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Lesson #1
Sacraments of Initiation, Part I
Baptism & Confirmation
Adult Confirmation:
Immediate Preparation
(Spring 2014)
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Opening Prayer
(Mark 1:1-11)
What are your reflections now about
our Confirmation Retreat?
How do we as Catholics define a sacrament?
 CFLFF, MA, 2.2.2 -Sacraments are efficacious signs of
grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church,
through which divine life is dispensed through the
power of the Holy Spirit; Catholics are sanctified and
the Body of Christ gives greater honor and glory to
God. [CCC#1127, 1131]
 CFLFF, MA, 2.2.3 - The purpose of the sacraments is to
sanctify people to build up the Body of Christ and to
give worship to God. [CCC#1110, 1123, 1131]
Essential Question(s)
…for this lesson, the next lesson, and for lifelong faith
• Why does the Church consider Baptism,
Confirmation, and Eucharist as the three
sacraments needed for “initiation”?
• As fully initiated Catholics, what do God and
the Church expect of us?
Connect/Conectar…to the Rite of
What are the similarities between the
sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation?
(Turn & talk with a neighbor.)
Extend & Enrich/
Extension y Enriquecimiento
“We share in the priesthood of Christ as
well as his prophetic and royal mission.”
(USCCA, p. 193)
Explain how this statement echoes our
responsibilities as fully initiated
Catholics. What does the Church expect
of us?
Exit Slip:
Celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation
makes us members of the Body of Christ.
How does this membership challenge you in
your relationship with God and others, as
well as your understanding of your true
• What new ah-ha do you now have about the
Sacraments of Initiation, especially
• What do the sacraments say about our
universal Church?
• What new insights about Jesus and the
Paschal Mystery (Suffering, Death, Resurrection &
Ascension) do you now have?
Personal Commitment
to Action/ Compromiso
Personal a la Acción
After today’s lesson, how will you
better prepare yourself for
celebrating the Sacrament of
Confirmation? Name and commit to
one new action. Jot it down in your
Confirmation journal.
Further Reading/Lecturas
• United States Catholic Catechism for Adults,
Chapters 15-17, pp. 181-232.
• Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic
Church, #251 - #294.
• Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II,
“The Celebration of the Christian Mystery,”
#1210 - #1421.
For our next lesson [#2],
“Sacraments of Initiation, Part II
“The Eucharist: Source and Summit
of the Christian Life,” Chapter 17,
pp. 213-232.
Closing Prayer
(Ezekiel 36:24-28)

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