CONFIRMATION 2015 LNMV Religious Education Program Immaculate Conception – Lonsdale St Nicholas – New Market Most Holy Trinity - Veseli SATURDAY April 25th, 2015 10:00 AM Arrive at the Church of the Divine Mercy in Faribault by 9:30 a.m. Liturgical Ministers arrive by 9:00 a.m sharp and report to Sacristy upon arrival These are yet to be announced – please check back for details… Seating instructions and the total number of family members that can attend are On the following pages. Please read over carefully. Seating The Seating chart is NOT YET AVAILABLE FROM DIVINE MERCY. The next page will have the seating chart with candidate pew assignments listed when it is made available to us! You will be able to print what is posted here and share with family members and friends so they know where to find you! Please do not change seating with another candidate. Certificates and name tags will be placed in your assigned pew. Let family know that ushers will bring family to pews behind the candidates on a first come first serve basis starting with front to back, these pews are NOT reserved. This is the shape of the church – the colors represent parishes as they were in 2013, we are still waiting to get this information from Divine Mercy. Pew assignments for candidates and sponsors Candidates and Sponsors sit together in reserved pews. All family members will be seated on a first come basis. Ushers will seat you from front to back, I do not see a restriction on how many family members allowed (However the space will fill up quickly especially since it is a Saturday) Pew 1: Pew 2: Pew 3: Pew 4: Candidate and sponsor only: TBA Candidate and sponsor only: TBA Candidate and sponsor only: TBA Candidate and sponsor only: TBA All Candidates should be dressed in their: “Sunday best” This is a sacred occasion and these guidelines are strongly requested by the diocese Boys: Collared shirts and tie, dress pants and formal shoes Girls: Dress in a way that respects the need for Christian modesty (length of dress & neckline) Please no jeans or t-shirts *All electronics are to be turned off and remain that way *No flash photography/or video is permitted during the Confirmation Mass NO GUM is allowed – please remind guests There is a need for reverence and silence prior to the beginning of the Liturgy Respond to the Bishop loudly and with conviction Remain through the entire Mass Mass is approximately 90 minutes Group photo is taken after Mass recessional – they will announce parishes Instructions from Divine Mercy Catholic Church – Please Read Confirmation at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 10:00am, April 25, 2015 Directions to Divine Mercy Catholic Church: 139 Mercy Dr., Faribault, MN 55021 – Please use this address otherwise you will be directed to our former address. On the web at www.divinemercy.cc Readers, gift bearers and greeters are to arrive no later than 9:00am – you must check in with Divine Mercy staff in the baptistery by 9:05am to receive last minute training. Readers must have practiced their reading before the day of. Arrive NO EARLIER than 9:00am - You will find your seats by checking in at your parish table in the Narthex as you walk in. We will provide a seating map at your table. VIDEO Available! TBA……… Photography: TBA ------ Divine Mercy in the past provided a photographer who will be taking a group photo with the Bishop. Still waiting for more information from them. CHURCH ETIQUETTE: Silence: Respectful silence is to be kept in the Church before and after the Mass. It is an exciting day and we join you in that excitement and we ask that all see the Church as a house of prayer. During the group photo the Confirmands are invited to come forward for the picture. At this time we ask that only our photographer take photos. We have this policy because in the past it gets too confusing and respect seems to fall by the way side with everyone taking photos on their own. Thank you for responding to our request. Seating: When you arrive and after you check in with your coordinator we ask that you follow our usher’s directions. We will fill all the front pews with confirmands and guests in the rear. We will fill the pews from front to back. Once seated please remain in pews as the Narthex will be full with many arriving guests. Restrooms are available near the kitchen – it is easiest to exit through the organ door. Holy Communion: All are welcomed and loved by Jesus Christ. If you are not Catholic, not properly disposed or not practicing your Catholic Faith please feel welcome to come forward for a blessing. Indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest. BE PREPARED – YOU MAY BE ASKED BY THE BISHOP! The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 1.)Knowledge 2.) Understanding 3.) Counsel (Right Judgment) 4.) Wisdom. 5.) Piety (Reverence) 6.) Fortitude (Courage) 7.) Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) Follow the instructions provided by the Deacon or Master of Ceremonies •After the homily, candidates will be asked to stand when their parish name is called. Sponsors remain seated •Candidates will be renewing their Baptismal vows Please Respond “I do!” loudly and with conviction! (questions on next page) • Imposition of Hands – hands are extended over the candidates Anointing With Oil • Candidates and sponsors only will come forward as directed • Sponsors puts hand on candidate’s shoulder during anointing •Next two pages show questions and responses to be given by Confirmands) Renewal of Baptismal Promises The bishop questions the candidates: Please answer loudly and clearly. Bishop: Do you reject Sin so as to live in the freedom of God’s children? All candidates together: I do Bishop: Do you reject the glamour of evil and refuse to be mastered by sin? Candidates: I do. Bishop: Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness? Candidates: I do. Bishop: Do you believe in the God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? Candidates: I do Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? Candidates: I do Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting? Candidates: I do Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it through Christ our Lord. The entire congregation: Amen BISHOP: ____(Confirmation Name as Printed on Name Tag), be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. CANDIDATE RESPOND: “Amen” BISHOP: Peace be with you. CANDIDATE RESPOND: “AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT” After all have been confirmed the Mass will continue as normal Parking at the Divine Mercy Parking: Parking can be difficult; some advance planning can greatly assist the process: ♦ Please consider car-pooling with family members and/or members of your parish. ♦ It may help if you drop off passengers first, and then park. ♦ Arrive at least 30 minutes before but not more than 1 hour before Mass. 139 Mercy Drive Faribault, MN 55021 www.divinemercy.cc Where to Park: •General Parking •Please visit the Divine Mercy website. There is a link on their home page with map and directions to the parish •As you approach Divine Mercy please fill the lot North to the South. If all the blacktop is full, begin filling the fields to the south and west of the Church. •Handicapped Parking: •Several handicapped parking spots are available. •Words of Caution: •Please lock your car, and keep valuables out of sight. •Directions: •35W south to Exit 56 and merge to MN 60 E toward Faribault •Turn right onto Bagley Ave/Western Ave NW •Turn left on 230th St. W. •Turn left onto Albers Ave •Right onto Mercy Drive The first reading at the Confirmation Mass A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel Thus says the Lord God: I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new Spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my Spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees. You shall live in the land I gave your fathers; you shall be my people, and I will be your God. The Word of the Lord Ezekiel: 36:24-28 The second reading at the Confirmation Mass A reading from the Acts of the Apostles When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, And it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. As this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “you who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.” “Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses. Exalted at the right hand of God, he received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father and poured it forth, as you both see and hear”. The Word of the Lord Acts 2:1-6, 14, 22b-23, 32-33 The Gospel A reading from the holy Gospel according to John After Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples and eaten breakfast with them he said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord you know everything, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.” The Gospel of the Lord John 21:15-19 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22 Prayerfully consider where your gifts can best be used: In your parish as a: •Lector •Musician/Choir Member •Catechist •Participate in Parish Activities •Leadership •Table leaders at youth retreats In your community To continue growing in your spiritual life please consider some of these opportunites: •Participating in Youth Group activities, Dead Theologian Society Meetings, Scripture studies, Stuebenville retreats, NET ministries, committing to an hour of adoration. Questions? Call Kathy Chlan, Director of Religious Education at 952-652-6100 ext. 507 or e-mail @ [email protected] Parish Sending or Receiving Ceremonies Each parish has been praying for their Confirmation students please honor them by participating when invited for a sending or receiving ceremony in your parish. Watch your bulletins.