Wait, Didn’t I Graduate?
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Edge Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to explain to the middle school youth that Confirmation completes their Baptism and that it is not a graduation from Church. The youth will learn that an outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurs at Confirmation and they will understand that the important role the Holy Spirit plays in their lives and how they are now responsible for spreading and defending the faith.
About this night
The Sacrament of Confirmation is another outpouring of the Holy Spirit that follows Baptism. It is important to note that we receiving the Holy Spirit at our Baptism; we do not receive “more” Holy Spirit at our Confirmation. At our Confirmation we receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that stirs up the seven gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage, reverence, wonder and awe, and right judgment. We also receive the grace to carry out the Christian life. The night will concentrate on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the duty we have to defend and protect the faith, and the commitment one has when confirmed to live out the faith. Due to the fact that many dioceses confer the sacrament at different ages, it will be important to tie your local custom in when discussing the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The night, all done with the backdrop of a graduation, begins with a silly and fun game that uses fruit to focus the youth on the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we experience as we live out our Catholic faith. During the Proclaim, there will be a skit that shows a few people talking about graduating from church as a false understanding of this Sacrament. The teaching will convey the graces that are received from this Sacrament to help us grow in our understanding of being Catholic, to defend the Church, as well as the courage to be a witness of the Gospel to the world. There are a few options for small group. The night concludes with a large group prayer service praying for certain gifts.
Before The Night
Ask a recently Confirmed teen to offer the witness talk for the night. The witness talk should focus on his/her experience and how he/she has grown in faith. Be sure to have the teen practice his/her witness with you prior to the night to ensure the content is correct and the message is delivered well.
Tonight we covered the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many young people today can look at this sacrament as a graduation from church. That cannot be further from the truth. Confirmation completes what you started when you had your child baptized. The calling down of the Holy Spirit is one that is very ancient in our Church, and it brings with it gifts and fruits of the Spirit that aid us in our every day lives to live as Christians. Through our Confirmation, we are called to be active members of the Catholic Church, to defend the faith, and serve others. Share with your child what you recall about your Confirmation.
Here are a few questions to ask your child:
- What is Confirmation and what sacrament does it complete?
- What are the gifts and fruits of the Spirit?
- What do some people think Confirmation is? Why is this wrong?
- How can you remain an active member of the church after Confirmation?
Create a graduation scene for the night, which will be the backdrop for the Gather skit. Have chairs at the front of the room with a podium. Have the Core members dress in robes. You can use choir robes or find actual graduation gowns. Create signs that say “Congratulations,” “You did it,” “Happy Confirmation,” etc. Create a large dove for the center of the room to represent the Holy Spirit.
• Poster boards
• Magazines or other items for decorations
• Nine different types of fruit
• Handout A: “I Want That”
• Handout B: “You Need Your Fruits”
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