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Posted: July 20 2005 at 12:00pm | IP Logged Quote Maureen

I'm planning on preparing my oldest dd for Confirmation this year. Does anyone have suggestions for resources? She's 15. Our diocese usually confirms in 11th grade(she'll be in 10th), but I think we should have done this earlier. Has anyone had any experience preparing their children for this sacrament?

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Posted: July 20 2005 at 12:52pm | IP Logged Quote ALmom

Ignatius press sells a good one,(I'm trying to find my copy to give you its name) also Quiz flip cards for catechism and the Baltimore catechism as well as 5th Grade Faith and Life. We have prepared one child ourselves and are in the process of preparing the next.

If you know what kind of bullets your diocese wants filled in, you can make sure you have done these kinds of things before approaching your pastor. We knew that our diocese wants a certain number of service hours. We didn't want our child doing service in order to fulfill a Confirmation Requirement but quietly observed and recorded what our child did. We had a little type written list of materials used, etc.

It is the pastor's responsibility to verify the readiness of the child so this helps save him time in his duty. We were referred from the pastor to the DRE but the pastor already smoothed the way for us so we had no difficulties even with a child under the normal age. There was an interview with the folks - we requested being interviewed by FR as he was one of the interviewers.

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Posted: July 25 2005 at 9:22am | IP Logged Quote TracyQ

The resources we're using in our Catholic support group, which will make their Confirmation (including our oldest son) are:

Confirmation Preparation for Young Catholics by Seton
Confirmation Prep for Young Catholics

Firepower through Confirmation
Firepower through Confirmation

A Brief Review for Confirmation (out of print)
by Pauline Press

There are some great resources out there! Hope this helps!

Blessings and Peace,
Tracy Q.
wife of Marty for 20 years, mom of 3 wonderful children (1 homeschool graduate, 1 12th grader, and a 9th grader),
homeschooling in 15th year in Buffalo, NY
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