Confirmation 2019

Confirmation Session #5
September 21 & 22, 2019

Download Confirmation Retreat Notes Sept 21, 22, 2019

Confirmation Session #4
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Why is the history of the Catholic Church important?
Why do we have statues and paintings/pictures in church?
Why do we have symbols in church?
How were our two churches, St. Joseph and St. Anthony, named?

The history of the Catholic Church – where we’ve been and where we are going.
A look at the history of the Catholic church through a tour of Saint Anthony Church…


  • Nativity – Jesus’ birth
    What does this mural tell you of Jesus’ birth?
  • Epiphany – Wise men/Magi
    What gifts did they bring?
    Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh
    What do each of these gifts represent?
    Gold – King
    Frankincense – Priest
    Myrrh – Prophet
  • Jesus being baptized
    Who is baptizing Jesus?
    John the Baptist
    Why was Jesus baptized?
    Why are we baptized?
  • King David (in the choir loft)
    Why him in the choir loft?
  • Saint Cecelia (in the choir loft)
    Why her in the choir loft?
  • Resurrection
    Why did Jesus rise from the dead?
  • Good Shepherd
    Who are Jesus’ sheep?
  • Pentecost
    How can you tell?
    Birthday of the Church
    How many apostles in this mural? 
    Who replaced Judas Iscariot?  

Stained Glass Windows

  • Saint Peter and Saint Paul
    What do you know about Saint Peter?
    What do you know about Saint Paul?
  • Annunciation
    Who do you see in the window/picture?
    What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25?
  • Jesus praying in the garden at Gethsemane
    What was Jesus prayer at this time?
  • Mary Queen of Heaven
    What is the significance of this title?


  • Joseph’s Deathbed
    Who do you see in this picture?
    What is the significance of the picture?
  • Family Picture
    Who do you see in the picture?
    What are they doing?
    What is the significance of the picture?

Trivia…you see clouds around the murals. When they remodeled/repainted, they wanted to keep the murals but freshen them up a bit so they added the clouds.

Rose window in the choir loft behind/among the organ pipes. Rose window is tradition in the Catholic church. What is its significance? Research it

Tradition – Church teaching that tells our story
tradition – information that is accepted to help fill in the blanks, make history interesting


  • Joachim, Mary with Jesus, Anne
    Who does tradition tell us Joachim and Anne are?
  • King Louis IX, Joseph, St. Henry
    What is the significance of King Louis IX and St. Henry for us?

Side Altars and Back Altar and Sanctuary

  • Left side altar as you face the altar

What is in the “old” tabernacle?

Holy Oils


What do these initials stand for and when is the oil used?

OI – Oil of the Infirmed – for anointing of the sick
OC – Oil of the Catechumenate – Baptism of everyone…children and adults
SC – Sacred Chrism – Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders

These oils are blessed annually at the Chrism Mass on the Tuesday during Holy Week. Also at this Mass, the priests of the diocese renew their vows to serve the people. You should go at least once!

  • Right side altar

What is under the little square in the marble in this altar?
A relic.
What is a relic? 1st class relic, 2nd class relic, 3rd class relic

In the time of the Romans, they went to the graves of their loved ones and celebrated that person’s life.
In the early church, the Christians were persecuted for a period of 300 years. So, they didn’t go to graves.
They gathered in the catacombs. Eventually, they didn’t want to leave their loved ones, or Saints behind, so they took a piece of that person (relic) with them. Until the 1950’s, altars had relics placed in them.
What is the process of being declared a Saint?

  • Back altar/Sanctuary
    2 statues in the sanctuary – Sacred Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus

Looking at the back altar

Who do we see in the statues?
2 angels
4 Gospel writers – What are their names? What symbol does each one have?

We bow or genuflect when approaching the tabernacle. Why?
There is a picture of a pelican on the second/inside door of the tabernacle.
What is it doing?
Feeding its young with its own blood.
Why is this picture appropriate for the door of the tabernacle?
What symbols do we see on the back altar?

Pax Christi Chi Rho
Alpha and Omega
Beginning and End

What is the lit candle sitting to the right side of the back altar?
Sanctuary/Tabernacle light/candle.
It is lit every day of the year except one. Why is it lit? Which day is it not lit?

Pictures in the apse

Who are the 12 people in the bottom row?
What symbols are in their pictures? Why?

Who are the 4 people in the next row up?

What are the 9 choirs of angels?

Who is in the center of the mural in the apse?
Story has it that a previous priest St. Anthony parish was the model for this picture of Jesus.

What trio is represented in the picture at the top of the apse?

Paschal Candle/Easter Candle

This candle is blessed at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.
Mass on Holy Saturday is one part of the of the Triduum.
Triduum – 3 days Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday.

If you have never been to the Triduum celebration, you should go at least once and experience this important season in our Church!

Confirmation Session 2
Sunday, June 23, 2019

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We spent Session 2 talking about what we believe as Catholics.  We didn’t cover everything!
But here is where we started…

A. Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  1. Knowledge/Right Judgement
  2. Understanding
  3. Wisdom
  4. Courage
  5. Piety/Wonder and Awe
  6. Fortitude/Strength
  7. Fear of the Lord/Reverence
Kyera    Knowledge
Usually Understanding
Wears Wisdom
Corn Courage
Puffs Piety
For Fortitude
Fun Fear of the Lord

We talked about how each of these Gifts can be present in our lives.

Which gift/s do you think you already have?
Which gift/s would you pray to have more of?

B. Holy Days of Obligation

  1. Christmas
  2. New Year’s Day
  3. Ascension
  4. Assumption
  5. All Saints Day
  6. Immaculate Conception
  7. Sundays

Do you remember what we celebrate on each of these days?
Why is it important that we come together as parish family/Catholics to celebrate on these days?

C. Vocations of the Church

  1. Ordained
  2. Married
  3. Single
  4. Consecrated Life

Do you remember who we mentioned as examples of living each of these vocations?
Is one vocation easier to live than another?
Do you remember what we talked about in living the vocation of Marriage?

The importance of how we and our future spouse live our lives as Catholic/Christians?
1 Corinthians 13:3-5 and the marriage vows

D.    Name a past or present Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville.

E.    What year was All Saints parish founded?

F.     Name a pope.

G.   People who are not Catholic often ask, “Why do Catholics worship ___________________?”

H.    When will you be confirmed?