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Catechist Background

Session Outcomes

Informing the Mind

  • Understand that Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide the Church and make her holy
  • Recognize that the power of the Holy Spirit unites all members of the Church through one faith and one Baptism
  • Realize that Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation in which a person is sealed with the Holy Spirit and strengthened for a life of discipleship

Forming the Heart

  • Develop a deepening awareness that the Holy Spirit, who first came to us in Baptism, is our helper and guide
  • Appreciate that the Holy Spirit urges us to worship and serve God in our parish community, which connects us to the whole (universal) Catholic Church
  • Discover that Confirmation is our own Pentecost—when we personally receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Church Documents

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church 1267, 1285–1289
  • Rite of Baptism for Children 91
  • Order of Confirmation 23

Catechist Background

Do you know that the Holy Spirit is passionate about you? The Spirit’s passion helps you to know and love God. He leads you to an encounter with Christ, an encounter that begins a life-long journey of conversion. This all started at your Baptism.

As we gather around the baptismal font, this prayer reminds us of the miracle that is about to take place: “By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, …. We ask you, Father, with your Son to send the Holy Spirit upon the waters of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of baptism rise also with him to newness of life” (Rite of Baptism for Children, 91).

The miracle we witness at each Baptism is that we are given new life in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We become one with Christ. As Christians, we relate to everyone and everything through Christ. Our relationships with creation flow through Christ. Our relationships with our spouses, children, and siblings flow through Christ. Our relationships with money and how we use our time flow through Christ. In Christ alone "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

This unity with Christ is true for all baptized people. We are therefore all united with one another. This unity is made possible only in the Holy Spirit. In the waters of Baptism, we die to a solitary life and rise a member of the Communion of Saints. "From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God …" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1267). “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, …” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

Reflect  What difference would it make if you lived each day conscious of your baptismal call to deepen your relationship with Christ? What are some practical things you could do to live more consciously of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your life?

Holy Spirit, strengthen me on this journey with these young people. Help me to share with them the Good News of new life and unity for all baptized people.