Teaching Confirmation Classes: Resources?

Hi guys!

Well, I was asked to teach confirmation classes/catechism classes once a week for the students at my University. I agreed because I really wanted to do it, and of course it's a great opportunity to interact with people and to help people understand the Church. One problem though.

I wasn't given any kind of training - or any kind of booklet, pamphlet, syllabus. Nothing. I was told (by the person who I am taking over from) that they have done Mariology, the Our Father, the Saints, and a few other things. Which is great and I am sure they were taught well. But I do not have any resources. I don't want to teach a class based on my own knowledge because I might be slightly wrong and I want to give them a good, solid teaching with direction.

Feel kind of lost at sea. Are there any resources online that I can use?

Thanks :)

catholic.net has a catechism 101 link you can subscribe to for weekly updates or access by topic, it is Q&A style like the compendium
catholic.org also has good reference articles you can download and print for "handouts"

The best topical outline I have seen that is easiest to use for someone in your situation is Making Disciples from Our Sunday Visitor. It is an outline for RCIA doctrinal instruction but there are suggested lesson plans for adult confirmation.

Each lesson gives CCC and scripture references, begins with prayer and a scripture, outlines "what we must teach", gives discussion questions and further reading. Since there are no "handouts" for participants you may want to ask if some handbook-style resource can be purchased for them, Handbook for Today's Catholic from Liguori has the basics of doctrine (one paragraph per topic), sacraments, prayers, practices, commandments, order of Mass etc.
Outlines of the Catholic Faith from Leaflet Missal is another good one, with a systematic doctrinal outline, excellent section on commandments and moral life, prayers etc. Each is less than $4

otherwise you can go on line and copy prayers, creed, etc as you need them

the basics you must cover are the Creed, Divine Revelation, Mission of Christ the Redeemer, sacraments, concentrating on Sacraments of Initiation esp. Confirmation, the Holy Spirit and the Church, Moral life in Christ, prep for first confession and communion if needed (review for others), Mass and the liturgical year, Christian prayer, discipleship and service, Mary and the communion of saints.

I have taught the entire course for adults using the Outlines in years I was given no other resource. Each participant should if possible be given or purchase a bible and catechism, so you can teach them to look up references there and make short reading assignments.

Bless you for volunteering your time and talents to building God’s kingdom! :slight_smile:

First, there’s some bad news. Most American Catholics have about a first grade knowledge of their faith.

Second, there’s some good news. Most American Catholics have about a first grade knowledge of their faith.

That means that you have a lot of work to do, but you don’t have to worry much about covering “old ground.” You can almost start from scratch and go from there. Plus, they’re old enough you don’t have to go slow like they really were in first grade. You can give 'em mostly “meat” instead of oatmeal.

Even better news! For only $27, you can download the 50 talk series by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that explains the faith (plus many other ones!) from the following website:

fultonsheen.com/Fulton-Sheen-MP3.cfm

I did it and they’re absolutely wonderful, orthodox, and easy to understand!

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catholic.net has a catechism 101 link you can subscribe to for weekly updates or access by topic, it is Q&A style like the compendium
catholic.org also has good reference articles you can download and print for "handouts"

The best topical outline I have seen that is easiest to use for someone in your situation is Making Disciples from Our Sunday Visitor. It is an outline for RCIA doctrinal instruction but there are suggested lesson plans for adult confirmation.

Each lesson gives CCC and scripture references, begins with prayer and a scripture, outlines "what we must teach", gives discussion questions and further reading. Since there are no "handouts" for participants you may want to ask if some handbook-style resource can be purchased for them, Handbook for Today's Catholic from Liguori has the basics of doctrine (one paragraph per topic), sacraments, prayers, practices, commandments, order of Mass etc.
Outlines of the Catholic Faith from Leaflet Missal is another good one, with a systematic doctrinal outline, excellent section on commandments and moral life, prayers etc. Each is less than $4

otherwise you can go on line and copy prayers, creed, etc as you need them

the basics you must cover are the Creed, Divine Revelation, Mission of Christ the Redeemer, sacraments, concentrating on Sacraments of Initiation esp. Confirmation, the Holy Spirit and the Church, Moral life in Christ, prep for first confession and communion if needed (review for others), Mass and the liturgical year, Christian prayer, discipleship and service, Mary and the communion of saints.

I have taught the entire course for adults using the Outlines in years I was given no other resource. Each participant should if possible be given or purchase a bible and catechism, so you can teach them to look up references there and make short reading assignments.

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Awesome! Thanks alot, this has given me a lot of information and a lot to think about. :)

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Bless you for volunteering your time and talents to building God's kingdom! :)

First, there's some bad news. Most American Catholics have about a first grade knowledge of their faith.

Second, there's some good news. Most American Catholics have about a first grade knowledge of their faith.

That means that you have a lot of work to do, but you don't have to worry much about covering "old ground." You can almost start from scratch and go from there. Plus, they're old enough you don't have to go slow like they really were in first grade. You can give 'em mostly "meat" instead of oatmeal.

Even better news! For only $27, you can download the 50 talk series by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that explains the faith (plus many other ones!) from the following website:

fultonsheen.com/Fulton-Sheen-MP3.cfm

I did it and they're absolutely wonderful, orthodox, and easy to understand!

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South African here unfortunately :blush:

But thank you anyway, and thanks for the encouragement!

I forgot to say to search the evangelization forum for more discussion and resources, and thanking you on my knees for answering the call of the Holy Spirit for this ministry

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