Our first Confirmation II class is tomorrow in Our Lady of Providence Hall. The class is scheduled to start at 7 pm and is 60 minutes long. My intention is to end the class on time. However, it may run over depending on how long it takes the group to settle down and start paying attention. If it looks like we will be running over, I will send a text to let you know.
Like last year, I am not not assigning candidates to specific tables or groups. We have 114 candidates registered for Confirmation II, and there will be 12 tables with 10 chairs each set up in Our Lady of Providence Hall. For each class, candidates will be allowed to choose where they want to sit with the following restrictions:
- Seating is on a first come first serve basis.
- No more than 10 candidates may sit together at any particular table
- Nobody is allowed to save a seat for someone who has not yet arrived.
I fully understand that teenagers move in packs and like to be with their friends. However, this is Church, which means that there is no “us” and “them”in this place. So, while it is good to sit with a friend, it is good to engage with new people as well, and a Christian does not exclude or marginalize anyone. Jesus was all about table fellowship and extending hospitality to draw people together. This is an important lesson for young people to learn, and this is as good a time as any for them to learn it. Please speak to your child about the importance of being kind to a stranger (or even someone who is just a little strange!) The class is only an hour long and everyone in the room is part of the same Body of Christ.
Saint Paul writes, “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Cor 12: 12-13)
Finally… Please be sure your child ALWAYS comes to class prepared!
When candidates show up with nothing but their cell phone, it not only causes significant disorder, but shows a lack of seriousness and respect for the process. One person not having a notebook or pencil may not seem like a big deal, but unless I make a point of telling parents to be mindful, it is never just one kid. So please, be sure your child has what he or she needs for class.
This means candidates should come to every class with a notebook and a pen or pencil. He or she should also bring a Bible and the Decision Point book. We may not use the Bible or Decision Point book at every class, but I would like the candidates to bring them in case we want to look up something.
That’s it for now. Pray that we have a good night tomorrow!
All the best,