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Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

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You Shall be my Witnesses dates and times

You   Shall   Be   My   Witnesses   is   a   parish-based   preparation   programme   for   Confirmation. The   first   3   of   7   modules   will   run   on Thursday   evenings   in   late   November   and   early   December   in   the   Boat   Inn   rear   function   room . After   Christmas   the   4th of   7   modules   will   be   held   in   late   January   also   in   the   Boat   Inn.   The   last   3   modules   on   responsibility   as   followers   of   Jesus   will be   run   in   February   2020   in   the   new   Lamb   of   God   chapel,   formally   the   old   sacristy.    These   7   modules   are   a   resource designed   to   encourage   active   partnership   between   those   involved   in   parish   leadership,   parents   and   members   of   the   wider parish community as they help children to prepare for the s acrament of Confirmation. There   will   be   an   enrolment   mass   for   the   children   and   parents   in   November   The   commitment   form,   one   for   both   child   and parents/guardians,   as   well   as   the   parental   permission   form   to   be   filled   and   signed   by   the   parent   /   Guardian,   will   be presented   in   person   by   the   Confirmation   children   at   the   end   of   the   enrolment   mass.   They   will   thereafter   receive   the course material. The Enrolment Ceremony for Confirmation children is found HERE There   will   be   extensive   training   for   parents   who   will   facilitate   the   You   Shall   be   my   Witnesses   program.   The    preparation   and training   will   run   on   Thursday   17th   October   from   7:30-9:00   pm   in   the   parish   presbytre.   All   necessary   support,   in addition to course material, will be given. The   You   Shall   Be   My   Witnesses    preparation   course   is   primarily   for   the   Confirmation   children;   however   the   parents   who volunteer   will   find   it   of   much   benefit   in   their   roles   as   parents   of   pre-teen   children.   The   relaxed   group   discussions   and workbook   activity   allow   a   space   to   form   over   the   7   evenings   that   facilitates   the   children   opening   up   and   talking   about   what their   lives   are   like.   This   will   give   insights   to   parents   on   how   to   better   communicate   with   their   own   children   during   demanding teenage years. Parents   who   wish   to   volunteer   as   leaders,   an   essential   element   of   the   programme,   will   need   Garda   vetting.   These forms   will   need   to   be   completed   as   soon   as   possible,   not   later   than   early   November.   The   required   forms   will   be available   on   the   night   of   the   general   meeting   of   the   30th   September   2019.   On   completion   they   must   be   brought   to Siobhan   McDonagh,   parish   office,   or   Fr   Michael   IN   PERSON   after   any   weekend   or   weekday   mass   in   Oughterard church,   or   during   office   hours   available   here,       with   a   passport   or   driving   licence   and   proof   of   address. You   may   visit the   Diocesan   webpage   HERE    and   download   forms   SG-01,   SG-02,   SG-03   and   SG-04   found   at   the   very   bottom   of   the page to download and fill out. The   child’s   Baptism   Certificate   needs   to   be   dropped   into   Siobhan   in   the   parish   office   by   15th   December   2020.   The Certificate   can   again   be   collected   by   your   children   after   it   has   been   verified.   If   your   child   was   baptised   in   Oughterard   and   you need   a   cert   issued,   please   ccall   into   the   parish   office   at   the   prescribed   opening   hours   or   email   to   organise   collection/delivery. Children   who   are   not   already   baptised   will   not   be   able   to   receive   the   sacrament   of   Confirmation   in   March   2020,   without   prior preparations   and   receiving   of   the   sacrament   Baptism   first. The   last   date   to   approach   fr   Michael   for   this   will   be   11th   November 2020, as there will be much preparation involved.

Candidates from Oughterard, Derryglinna and Collinamuck will be

confirmed on Friday 27th March 2020 11:00 am, in Oughterard

Looking for a confirmation cert re-issue, please go to the bottom

of this page HERE

What is the “You Shall Be y Witnesses” course for Confirmation children?

The programme is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team that will enable

them to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become

more actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation. The programme offers parents and

members of the wider parish community the opportunity to share their faith with the

candidates and hopefully create a space where all can learn from each other.

Over five sessions ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ explores the themes of

1.

belonging,

2.

believing,

3.

being,

4.

becoming and

5.

beginning again.  (After Easter)

Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten

candidates. Ideally both leaders will be drawn from the parents of the Confirmation class.

What are the 3 modules on responsibility as followers of Jesus about?

These 3 evenings of 1 ½ hours each offer a space for children to talk and reflect upon what

responsibility means. Three areas of life will be examined.

1.

Responsibility towards creation

2.

responsibility towards family/community/parish

3.

responsibility towards truth

Parents commitment form HERE

Children’s commitment form HERE

Parents consent form HERE

   Dates for the preparation meetings and family masses for the sacrament of

Confirmation 2019-2020

30th September 8:00 pm parish meeting rooms - Parents meeting which is obligatory for all parents (1

parent per child minimum). The programme will be explained in detail, with commitment required from

all families. Formation of a core group of parents.

20th October 2019 11:30am Oughterard NS hall – Both Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion children

will take part in Mission Sunday celebration, remembering the bonds between children all around the

world.

17th November 2019 11:30am Oughterard NS hall – Enrollment mass. All required forms must be signed

and presented to parish coordinators to receive the course material. Your child will not be officially

enrolled without these. Bring your baptism candles and your completed commitment forms and parental

consent forms too!

3 meetings before Christmas in Boat Inn – You Shall Be My Witnesses (YSBMW)

25th November 2019 7:30pm – Session 1

2nd December 2019 7:30pm – session 2

9th December 2019 7:30pm – session 3

Parents are to arrive no later than 8:45pm for short prayer time and reflection before leaving.

1 meeting after Christmas in Boat Inn – You Shall Be My Witnesses (YSBMW)

16th January2020 7:30pm – session 4

3 meetings after Christmas in new “Lamb of God” chapel – parish programme

3rd February 2020 7:30pm – session 1

10th February 2020 7:30pm – session 2

17th February 2020 7:30pm – session 3

Parents are to arrive no later than 8:45pm for short prayer time and reflection before leaving.

Confirmation children responsible for Ash Wednesday mass preparations

7:30pm 26th February 2020, with June and Fr Michael

Confessions before Confirmation, most probably parish Lenten penitential

service organized by confirmation children, June and Fr Michael. Date TBC at

session 1, 5th February 2020.

Service of Light 10th March 2020 7:00pm Oughterard church, organized by

the parish sacrament preparation committee

Confirmation in Church of Immaculate Conception, Oughterard Friday 27th

March 2020 11:00 am

Important ongoing parts to the preparation year

What is the “off-line challenge”?

All sacrament preparation children are strongly encouraged (they kind of have to) take the off-line

challenge one weekend per month. This means they will have to avoid the use of ALL game consoles,

tablets and phones, while limiting the use of TV to a maximum of 3 hours only. It is a very important

exercise to unplug from media and again re-discover our inner life. This is essential for our growth and

human beings and as Christians. CHILDREN, PLEASE BE CREATIVE IN HOW YOU USE ALL THIS EXTRA

TIME. HAVE FUN!!!

Daily prayer time:

Daily time of prayer with your child, lighting a candle and remember all that you have to be thankful

for. Let this be a special time of intimacy for your family.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE OFF-LINE CHALLENGE. ONLY YOU WILL KNOW IF

YOU HAVE BEEN TRUTHFUL OR NOT!

© Oughterard Parish 2017

Confirmation

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Candidates from Oughterard, Derryglinna and

Collinamuck will be confirmed on Friday 27th

March 2020 11:00 am, in Oughterard

Looking for a confirmation cert re-issue, please go

to the bottom of this page HERE

You Shall be my Witnesses dates and times

You   Shall   Be   My   Witnesses   is   a   parish-based   preparation   programme   for Confirmation.   The   first   3   of   7   modules   will   run   on   Thursday   evenings   in   late November   and   early   December   in   the   Boat   Inn   rear   function   room .   After Christmas   the   4th   of   7   modules   will   be   held   in   late   January   also   in   the   Boat Inn.   The   last   3   modules   will   be   run   in   February   2020   in   the   new   Lamb   of God   chapel,   formally   the   old   sacristy.    These   7   modules   are   a   resource designed   to   encourage   active   partnership   between   those   involved   in   parish leadership,   parents   and   members   of   the   wider   parish   community   as   they   help children to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. There    will    be    an    enrolment    mass    for    the    children    and    parents    in November   The   commitment   form,   one   for   both   child   and   parents/guardians, as   well   as   the   parental   permission   form   to   be   filled   and   signed   by   the   parent   / Guardian,   will   be   presented   in   person   by   the   Confirmation   children   at   the end    of    the    enrolment    mass.    They    will    thereafter    receive    the    course material. The Enrolment Ceremony for Confirmation children is found HERE There   will   be   extensive   training   for   parents   who   will   facilitate   the   You   Shall   be my   Witnesses   program.   The    preparation   and   training   will   run   on   Thursday 17th   October   from   7:30-9:00   pm   in   the   parish   presbytre.   All   necessary support, in addition to course material, will be given. The   You   Shall   Be   My   Witnesses    preparation   course   is   primarily   for   the Confirmation   children;   however   the   parents   who   volunteer   will   find   it   of   much benefit    in    their    roles    as    parents    of    pre-teen    children.    The    relaxed    group discussions   and   workbook   activity   allow   a   space   to   form   over   the   7   evenings that   facilitates   the   children   opening   up   and   talking   about   what   their   lives   are like.   This   will   give   insights   to   parents   on   how   to   better   communicate   with   their own children during demanding teenage years. Parents   who   wish   to   volunteer   as   leaders,   an   essential   element   of   the programme,    will    need    Garda    vetting.    These    forms    will    need    to    be completed    as    soon    as    possible,    not    later    than    early    November.    The required   forms   will   be   available   on   the   night   of   the   general   meeting   of the    30th    September    2019.    On    completion    they    must    be    brought    to Siobhan   McDonagh,   parish   office,   or   Fr   Michael   IN   PERSON   after   any weekend   or   weekday   mass   in   Oughterard   church,   or   during   office   hours available   here,       with   a   passport   or   driving   licence   and   proof   of   address. You   may   visit   the   Diocesan   webpage   HERE    and   download   forms   SG-01, SG-02,    SG-03    and    SG-04    found    at    the    very    bottom    of    the    page    to download and fill out. The   child’s   Baptism   Certificate   needs   to   be   dropped   into   Siobhan   in   the parish    office    by    15th    December    2020.    The    Certificate    can    again    be collected   by   your   children   after   it   has   been   verified.   If   your   child   was   baptised in   Oughterard   and   you   need   a   cert   issued,   please   ccall   into   the   parish   office   at the   prescribed   opening   hours   or   email   to   organise   collection/delivery.   Children who   are   not   already   baptised   will   not   be   able   to   receive   the   sacrament   of Confirmation   in   March   2020,   without   prior   preparations   and   receiving   of   the sacrament   Baptism   first.   The   last   date   to   approach   fr   Michael   for   this   will   be 11th November 2020, as there will be much preparation involved.

What is the “You Shall Be y Witnesses” course for

Confirmation children?

The programme is designed to offer resources to

members of the parish team that will enable them

to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the

wider parish community to become more actively

involved in the preparation for Confirmation. The

programme offers parents and members of the

wider parish community the opportunity to share

their faith with the candidates and hopefully create

a space where all can learn from each other.

Over five sessions ‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’

explores the themes of

1.

belonging,

2.

believing,

3.

being,

4.

becoming and

5.

beginning again.  (After Easter)

Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders

working with a small group of eight to ten

candidates. Ideally both leaders will be drawn from

the parents of the Confirmation class.

What are the 3 modules on responsibility as

followers of Jesus about?

These 3 evenings of 1 ½ hours each offer a space for

children to talk and reflect upon what responsibility

means. Three areas of life will be examined.

1.

Responsibility towards creation

2.

responsibility towards family/community/parish

3.

responsibility towards truth

Important ongoing parts to the

preparation year

What is the “off-line challenge”?

All sacrament preparation children are strongly

encouraged (they kind of have to) take the off-line

challenge one weekend per month. This means they will

have to avoid the use of ALL game consoles, tablets and

phones, while limiting the use of TV to a maximum of 3

hours only. It is a very important exercise to unplug from

media and again re-discover our inner life. This is essential

for our growth and human beings and as Christians.

CHILDREN, PLEASE BE CREATIVE IN HOW YOU USE ALL

THIS EXTRA TIME. HAVE FUN!!!

Daily prayer time:

Daily time of prayer with your child, lighting a candle and

remember all that you have to be thankful for. Let this be

a special time of intimacy for your family.

ALWAYS REMEMBER THE OFF-LINE

CHALLENGE. ONLY YOU WILL KNOW

IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRUTHFUL OR

NOT!

Parents commitment form HERE

Children’s commitment form HERE

Parents consent form HERE

 Dates for the preparation meetings and family

masses for the sacrament of Confirmation 2019-

2020

30th September 8:00 pm parish meeting rooms - Parents

meeting which is obligatory for all parents (1 parent per child

minimum). The programme will be explained in detail, with

commitment required from all families. Formation of a core

group of parents.

20th October 2019 11:30am Oughterard NS hall – Both

Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion children will take part

in Mission Sunday celebration, remembering the bonds

between children all around the world.

17th November 2019 11:30am Oughterard NS hall – Enrollment

mass. All required forms must be signed and presented to

parish coordinators to receive the course material. Your child

will not be officially enrolled without these. Bring your baptism

candles and your completed commitment forms and parental

consent forms too!

3 meetings before Christmas in Boat Inn – You Shall Be My

Witnesses (YSBMW)

25th November 2019 7:30pm – Session 1

2nd December 2019 7:30pm – session 2

9th December 2019 7:30pm – session 3

Parents are to arrive no later than 8:45pm for short prayer time

and reflection before leaving.

1 meeting after Christmas in Boat Inn – You Shall Be My

Witnesses (YSBMW)

16th January2020 7:30pm – session 4

3 meetings after Christmas in new “Lamb of God” chapel –

parish programme

3rd February 2020 7:30pm – session 1

10th February 2020 7:30pm – session 2

17th February 2020 7:30pm – session 3

Parents are to arrive no later than 8:45pm for short prayer time

and reflection before leaving.

Confirmation children responsible

for Ash Wednesday mass

preparations 7:30pm 26th February

2020, with June and Fr Michael

Confessions before Confirmation,

most probably parish Lenten

penitential service organized by

confirmation children, June and Fr

Michael. Date TBC at session 1, 5th

February 2020.

Service of Light 10th March 2020

7:00pm Oughterard church,

organized by the parish sacrament

preparation committee

Confirmation in Church of

Immaculate Conception, Oughterard

Friday 27th March 2020 11:00 am