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SGG Confirmation Study Guide
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The Ascension is Jesus, rising body and soul to his Father in heaven. We celebrate this Holy Day of obligation 40 days after Easter.
The Assumption is the mystery of Mary's being taken into heaven body and soul at the end of her life. This Holy Day of obligation is celebrated on August 15.
The Blessed Trinity is One God in three Divine Persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. While we believe the three divine persons are distinct and equal, there is only one God.
A canonized saint is a person the church has recognized as living a holy life and officially declared a saint through a formal process of canonization.
Conscience is the most basic awareness in us of knowing what is right and wrong.
Consecration is during Mass, through the words of the priest and the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Corporal Works of Mercy (1)
The Corporal Works of Mercy are acts of love that help us care for the physical and material needs of others.
Corporal Works of Mercy (2)
The Corporal Works of Mercy are: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to visit and ransom the captives, to shelter the homeless, to visit the sick, to bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy (1)
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of love that help us care for needs of people's hearts, minds, and souls.
Spiritual Works of Mercy (2)
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are: to admonish sinners, to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to comfort the sorrowful, to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive all injuries, to pray for the living and the dead.
Ecumenism is the effort on the part of Catholics and other Christians to work toward full unity among all baptized Christians.
The Eucharist is Jesus, TRULY PRESENT under the appearance of bread and wine.
Fasting is to go without food as an act of penance.
Grace is a gift from God given to us through prayer and the sacraments that enables us to share in God's divine life.
The Holy Trinity is the mystery of one God in three divine persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter.
Holy Days of Obligation
Beyond each Sunday, there are other solemnities in the liturgical year on which we are obligated to attend Mass. These are Holy Days of Obligation.
Incarnation is the mystery of God becoming man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was truly divine and truly human at the same time.
Infallible is a gift of the Holy Spirit that keeps the Church from error in matters concerning revelation and the deposits of faith. The divine guarantee we have that the Church can never be in error about truths necessary for our salvation.
Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary was free from original sin from the time she was conceived.
Mortal sin is the deliberate choice to break our relationship with God.
Venial sin is an act that weakens our relationship with God.
Original sin is the first sin, disobeying God, committed by Adam and Eve, resulting in the loss of sanctifying grace for themselves and all humans after them. Original sin is washed away through our Baptism.
A parable is a special kind of teaching story used by Jesus to describe God's Kingdom and to explain God's will for us.
Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus who were gathered together. The signs of the Spirit's presence were wind and fire. The disciples spoke in tongues for all to understand. Called the birthday of the Church, we celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Easter.
Peter is the apostle whom Jesus chose to be the first Pope. "You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
Purgatory is a process of purification after death for a person who has sinned, before going to heaven.
Redemption is when Jesus Christ offered his sufferings and death to God in satisfaction for the sins of men. He redeemed us or saved us from our sins.
The Resurrection is Jesus' greatest miracle - being raised from death by God's loving power. We celebrate Jesus's resurrection on Easter.
A sacrament is a visible sign and source of God's life and love given to us so that we can receive grace. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.
Sacraments of Initiation
The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Baptism and Confirmation can only be received once.
Sacraments of Healing
The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
Sacraments of Commitment
The Sacraments of Commitment are Matrimony and Holy Orders. Holy Orders can only be received once.
Temptation is an attraction to sin. It is not a sin.
Transubstantiation is when through the consecration of the bread and wine, there occurs a change of the entire substance of the bread into the Body of Christ, and the entire substance of the wine into the Blood of Christ.
What are the 10 Commandments? First to Fifth Commandments
1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
4. Honor your father and your mother.
5. You shall not kill.
What are the 10 Commandments? Sixth to Tenth Commandments
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
What is the Great Commandment?
The Great Commandment is "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 4 Marks of the Church are One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.
Mark of the Church: One
One is the mark of the Church that identifies its unity of faith, discipline, and structure. We believe in one Lord, share one Baptism, form one body, and are given life by one Spirit. Different people come together as one body.
Mark of the Church: Holy
Holy is the mark of the Church that identifies it as people called to live in a loving relationship with God, who alone is Holy. We share in Christ's holiness through the waters of Baptism.
Mark of the Church: Catholic
Catholic is the mark of the Church that identifies the Church as present all over the world. Catholic means universal. It is a worldwide family of faith.
Mark of the Church: Apostolic
Apostolic is the mark of the Church that identifies it as founded on Christ with Peter and the Apostles as its first leaders and teachers.
What does the Old Testament teach? (1)
The major point of the Old Testament is to testify to Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. The book of Genesis tells of the creation of the world, the entrance of sin, the flood, and the beginning of the nation of Israel.
What does the Old Testament teach? (2)
Then we have the history of Israel up to about 400 years before the birth of Christ. The books from Job to the Song of Solomon contain wonderful poetry and wisdom.
What does the Old Testament teach? (3)
The rest of the Old Testament is prophetic; that is, these books contain messages from God to Israel concerning its present condition and its future destiny.
What does the New Testament teach? (1)
The New Testament opens with 4 Gospels, which present the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts tells the story of Christianity in its infancy. It reveals the beginning of the Church.
What does the New Testament teach? (2)
The New Testament gives personal testimonies to encounters with the Gospel of Jesus Christ including the great Apostle Paul's conversion.
What does the New Testament teach? (3)
From Romans to Jude, we find letters to churches and individuals, concerning the great truths of the Christian faith and practical instruction concerning the Christian life. Revelation gives us a glimpse into the future, to events that will yet take place in heaven, on earth, and in hell.
Parts of the Mass
The two main parts of the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Liturgy of the Word (1)
The Liturgy of the Word is the part of the Mass when we listen and respond to God's Word. We listen to 3 readings; the first usually from the Old Testament with our response by singing or praying a psalm.
Liturgy of the Word (2)
The second reading is from the New Testament, most often from one of the letters of Saint Paul. The last reading is always taken from one of the 4 Gospels. These are accounts of Jesus Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the part of the Mass when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. It begins with the presentation of the gifts and ends after Holy Communion.
What is the importance of the Triduum?
The Triduum consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
First Day of the Triduum - Holy Thursday (1)
The first day of the Triduum, Holy Thursday, begins with the Mass of the Last Supper. At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us His most precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist when He blessed and broke the bread and wine.
First Day of the Triduum - Holy Thursday (2)
With this gift He showed us how to love. When He washed the feet of His Apostles at the Last Supper, He showed His followers how to serve one another.
Second Day of the Triduum - Good Friday (1)
Good Friday is the second day of the Triduum. We recall the suffering Jesus endured for the sake of every person. We recall his painful journey from the place where he was condemned to Golgotha, the place of his crucifixion.
Second Day of the Triduum - Good Friday (2)
On Good Friday, Christ suffered and died to free all people from sin and to bring them back to God's friendship.
Third Day of the Triduum - Easter (1)
Easter is the third day of the Triduum. The Church celebrates Jesus' Resurrection. When Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, He conquered sin and death.
Third Day of the Triduum - Easter (2)
Jesus' resurrection is a sign of new life; He triumphed over the selfishness that leads people away from God. He turned the darkness of sin into the light of love.
What is our celebration of Jesus' Last Supper?
The Mass is our celebration of Jesus' Last Supper.
Where was Jesus born and where did he grow up?
Jesus was born in Bethlehem and he grew up in Nazareth.
Who is our Pope?
Our Pope is Pope Francis.
Who is our Pastor?
Our Pastor is Father Michael McClane.
Who is our Bishop?
Our Bishop is Bishop David M. O'Connell.
What is the name of our parish?
Our parish is Saint Gregory the Great.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament through which the Holy Spirit comes to us in a special way to join us more closely to Jesus and his church and to seal and strengthen us as Christ's witnesses.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God and the third person of the Blessed Trinity.
What are the essential signs of Confirmation?
The essential signs of Confirmation are laying on of hands and anointing with oil.
Laying on of hands
Laying on of hands is a biblical sign that calls upon the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are passed on to you through the laying on of hands.
Anointing with oil
Anointing with oil is an essential sign of Confirmation. You are anointed as a sign of consecration and you are joined to Christ. You are sealed which signifies you belong to God forever and know that God is there for you.
Chrism is the holy oil, a combination of olive oil and balsam, consecrated by the Bishop, which signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is used to anoint a person in the sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders.
In the Old Testament you read there is a connection between anointing and being given a share in the life of the Spirit of God.
Who is the usual minister of the sacrament of Confirmation?
The Bishop is the usual minister of the sacrament of Confirmation.
What is the Character of Confirmation?
The Character of Confirmation is a spiritual and lasting seal that marks the Christian as a witness to Christ.
What does it mean to be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
After the "laying on of hands", the gifts of the Holy Spirit are within the candidate. They are "sealed" in by the anointing with chrism. Those 2 symbols represent a person's being chosen and empowered by God for the mission to build God's Kingdom on earth.
Why choose a Sponsor? (1)
The sponsor is a person of Faith who takes an interest in the spiritual development of the candidate. First, the sponsor serves as a role model for the candidate in faith. Second, the sponsor is a companion on the journey supporting the candidate in prayer and on your search for the Holy Spirit.
Why choose a Sponsor? (2)
The sponsor is a witness for you in front of the congregation proclaiming that you are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities and privileges of being a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church.
Why choose a Confirmation name?
You choose a name to remind us that God calls us by name - that is God knows us and loves us as unique individuals.
Why must the Confirmation name be that of a saint?
The Confirmation name must be the name of a saint so that you can honor the "patron saint" by living up to the values and ideals that made that saint holy and good in God's sight. You will try to emulate the saint's life.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen
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