Later this year Michelangelo will be making his Confirmation at our Homeschool Camp; with our Bishop’s blessing we prepare our children ourselves. I have total confidence in preparing our little ones for First Confession/First Holy Communion, however, despite ‘preparing’ three children to date for Confirmation I still struggle in feeling confident I have imparted all I need to. Point of fact is; what do I really need to impart? As ages of Reception vary greatly around the country and globe, resource content reflect this, I haven’t found a blueprint that sets it out clearly.
For Michelangelo’s three older siblings I’ve used Spreading and Defending the Faith – Image of God Series; parts of this are perfect, parts are too old for an 11/12 year old, a large part focuses on ‘Service’ an American emphasis not an Australian emphasis, also there is a ‘Soldier of Christ’ component which doesn’t totally encompass today’s understanding. However there is enough in this book that I can work with, but I’d dearly love to find the book, but alas I’m resigned that I shan’t. Therefore realising I need to work with a combination of resources, I’ve compiled a list from suggestions at 4Real for Michelangelo who will be 12 when he is Confirmed. Many of these I haven’t used before so it’s all a little unknown.
As Michelangelo and I read the following together, he will also be reading various saint stories, one of these inspiring and heroic men he will select for his Confirmation Name.
Faith & Life- 5
Not our favourite series;dry and dull, however there are a few relevant chapters.
New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism 2
We’ve long enjoyed reading these Catechisms, answering the questions and chatting about the material.
Brief Review of Confirmation (Daughters of St Paul)
I discovered this on my shelves and for some reason haven’t really looked at it before. Brief but looks promising, includes lots of catechism questions.
The First Sacraments – Inos Biffi
To be honest I recently purchased this and was disappointed, nice but not the book.
A craft activity designed to learn the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Could be engaging if Michelangelo is interested in this approach.
King of the Golden City
Appears to be an appropriate spiritual read. Have just ordered it
My Path to Heaven – Fr Geoffrey Bliss
A mini-spiritual retreat, reflective. Have just ordered this.
Illustrated Catechism – Inos Biffi
Compilation of 4 of Biffi’s books; Prayer, Apostles Creed, Sacraments and Ten Commandments. Just ordered.
Any Further Suggestions?