The Sacraments of Initiation
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
The goal of this Life Night is to teach about the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Communion and Confirmation. The Life Night will also emphasize the importance of initiation and being fully part of the Catholic family.
About this night
Using an “initiation” theme, this Life Night will explore the Sacraments of Initiation. The night will begin with a few small group activities that resemble adapted fraternity games. After a teaching on the three Sacrament of Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation—the teens will have an opportunity to reflect on their baptismal vows and discuss how the vows challenge them to live their faith differently. The night will end with a time of prayer before the Tabernacle, asking God to be our source and summit.
This week we are beginning our study of the seven sacraments. Tonight we are discussing the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Take a few minutes this week to discuss these sacraments with your teen(s) and why you as their parent wanted them to be baptized, why you chose their godparents and the importance of faith in their lives. Here are a few discussion questions to help:
- (If confirmed) What does it mean to you to be a full member of the Church
- (If not confirmed) Are you looking forward to your Confirmation? Why or Why not? How can your family help you prepare?
- What are some ways we as a family can be more active members of our faith community?
The environment for night should be set up like a fraternity house. Include couches, comfy chairs and Greek letters on the wall. Have the name of the fraternity “Alpha Omega” on the entrance doors of the meeting space. Take formal pictures of each Core Member and have them all around the space. Also include pictures of popes, saints, the local bishop and priests on the wall. The Core Members should all be dressed in formal attire. They should greet all the teens as they are walking in by welcoming them to the Alpha Omega fraternity.
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