YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES
‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ is a parish-based preparation programme for Confirmation developed in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin by Maeve Mahon.
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 belonging, believing, being, becoming and beginning again. Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten candidates.
The first four sessions take place before the celebration of Confirmation and the fifth session takes place after the celebration is over. This is an attempt to reinforce the idea that we are not simply preparing for a one day event but that Confirmation begins a new journey as a full member of the Church.
Each of the five sessions will last approximately one hour.
This is the first time that this programme will be presented in the parish. We will invite volunteers from the parish who will be willing to share their faith over the five sessions with the confirmation candidates. The Parish Pastoral Council will help to organise this in September.