Last night’s Confirmation Intensive, a 2-hour session with the 8th graders, was a resounding success!
The kids were not surprisingly curious and anxious about what they were going to do for “2 WHOLE HOURS!!!”
We had them on the move for the whole 2 hours and they were delightfully engaged in their mini-sessions (20 minutes with each of the 4 eighth grade catechists. For my sessions, we met in my room in the school and then moved from the school building to the convent chapel. To do so, we formed a procession: I asked for volunteers to carry a cross, a candle, and my CD player that was blaring “Lord, send out you Spirit!” I got a kick out of how the kids got into this. No, they were not solemn and in fact they were somewhat giddy but I would have to say that they processed in a spirited manner and it set the tone for my sessions with them.
The 2 hours went by in a flash and the DRE tells me that she surveyed a number of kids on their way out and they said they enjoyed it. This was an engaging and effective method for covering a great deal of information about Confirmation in a significant block of time without “boring” the young people.
I’m greatly appreciative to my DRE, Arlene, who is so supportive and open to new ideas. I am also greatful to my fellow 8th grade catechists…they are such a great team to work with and I was so impressed with the kids from their classes…they are obviously doing wonderful work with them.
We’re off now until after Christmas and then we have a few more Confirmation intensives.
I’ll post the rest of this week and then will take Christmas week off. Talk to you tomorrow.