Share your heart
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This ministry asks an adult who is visibly committed to their own faith life, and active in our parish, to agree to enter into a relationship with a confirmation candidate who is in high school. The mentor will meet once a month with the young person in a group setting at the parish, support the candidate through prayer, and invite and encourage the candidate to participate in parish activities and liturgies, most especially the celebration of the Mass.
The mentor will share their own faith journey in an honest, appropriate fashion, as well as enter into the candidate’s faith journey as far as their candidate invites them.
The mentor is not expected to be a Catholic encyclopedia of knowledge, but to provide a ministry of “compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus’ care of people.” (Renewing the Vision, 42)
Length of Commitment:
March of 2018—March of 2019
Mentor Tasks to be Performed:
Support for Mentors
Opportunity to relate one-on-one, and in group settings with a young person of our parish family; to discover more about your personal faith, our faith community, and the Church as a whole.
Are mentors the same as sponsors?
While a mentor may be a sponsor, the mentor and sponsor may also be different people. The Church requires of a sponsor that they be “confirmed Catholics, at least 16 years old and practicing members of the church, while not being your parents.” (Catholic Update, Godparents & Sponsors, Feb. 1997)
In our parish it is not unusual that the sponsor is a family member or friend who lives a long distance from Sidney, making it impossible for them to be actively involved in the preparation. Mentors (who must be members of the parish) are able to be present throughout the last months of preparation for the reception of Confirmation.
From “ Renewing the Vision, A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry” from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1997
Goals for Ministry with Adolescents
Goal One: To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.
Goal Two: To draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work
of the Catholic faith community.
Goal Three: To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Components of Comprehensive Youth Ministry
“The challenge of discipleship-of following Jesus-is at the heart of the Church’s mission. All ministry with adolescents must be directed toward presenting young people with Good News of Jesus Christ and inviting and challenging them to become his disciples….If we are to succeed, we must offer young people a spiritually challenging and world-shaping vision that meets their hunger for the chance to participate in a worthy adventure.” (10)
For more information contact Pat at the parish office, 254-2828 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
All volunteers who work with children and youth are required to attend Safe Environment Initial Training
St. Patrick's participates in the diocesan Safe Environment program. This program is designed to protect our children and young people by creating an environment where they encounter adults who are positive, protective and consistent. The initial training, along with background checks and references are required for any adult who has regular contact through a parish program with children and youth.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
March 2020 - Date TBA
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