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A Confirmation Reader-Retreat: Read-Aloud Lessons, Stories, and Poems for Young Catholics Utilizing chapters from two excellent out-of-print Catholic books for children (I Belong to God, Great Truths in Simple Stories for Children and Lovers of Children by Lillian Clark; and Children’s Retreats in Preparation for First Confession, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation by Rev. P.A. Halpin), this book provides a basic doctrinal review of the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as prayer experiences—a nine-day read-aloud retreat/novena. The reprinted material has been supplemented with short stories and poems that provide insights in applying catechetical doctrines to the daily life of young Catholics. Each lesson concludes with “I Talk with God”—a section that encourages readers (of all ages) to deepen their relationship with each of the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity. Reflection questions promote the habit of spiritual conversation within your family—to encourage family members to discuss holy topics—and to help you grow together in holiness. Additionally, a traditional novena to the Holy Spirit is included.
A Confirmation Reader-Retreat is designed not only to prepare the confirmand but also to deepen the experience of this sacrament for the entire family. In the relaxed setting of a family read-aloud, get to know the Holy Spirit—His gifts and His actions in this sacrament—and renew the commitment of each family member to live as a holy, committed Catholic—a perfect Christian.
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Outlaws of Ravenhurst Study Edition First published in 1923, this classic story of the persecution of Scottish Catholics was revised and reprinted in 1950. This 2009 edition of Sr. Mary Imelda Wallace’s Outlaws of Ravenhurst contains the complete text of the revised story of 1950 plus chapter-by-chapter aids to assist readers in assimilating the book’s strong Catholic elements into their own lives. The study section focuses on critical thinking, integration of Biblical teachings, and the study of the virtuous life to which Christ calls us as mature Catholics. With its emphasis on virtues (theological and moral plus the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit), the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and the Beatitudes, Outlaws of Ravenhurst Study Edition is a fun and effective catechetical tool for Catholics preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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The Family that Overtook Christ: Lessons in Sanctity from the Family of St. Bernard of Clairvauz In addition to its value as Cistercian history and as an adult study on the virtuous life, this book is also an excellent read for young adults who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. "By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are . . . more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed" (CCC, no. 1285). In this exciting chronicle of the life of twelfth-century knights, we can learn much about defending and spreading the faith in true soldier-like fashion. Here, we have an entire family of nine saints who lay before us their individual means of achieving intimate union with Christ. Learn with the Fontaines family how to supernaturalize the natural, develop a God-consciousness, and attain sanctity by being yourself. Perfect for high-school read-aloud, this new study edition has the complete text as authored by Rev. Raymond plus over 250 footnotes for increased comprehension and numerous discussion/meditation points to promote the art of spiritual conversation. The appendix lists formulas of Catholic doctrine that are essential for confirmands not only to know but also to incorporate into their own spiritual lives. This engaging book provides many excellent lessons in sanctity for anyone interested in living the "authentic Christian life."
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TESTIMONIALS: “. . . Thank you immensely for the Confirmation Reader & The Outlaws of Ravenhurst study guide. . . . I used both these for my twin boys to prepare them for their confirmation and found them incredibly inspiring!!! My boys could not stop the discussions and questions. This is what I call true ‘learning of the Faith.’ As they dug deeper, they became more convinced how much they love their Catholic Faith. Thank you so much. . .” A.H., Austrailia
This study guide for the popular 1950 revised edition of Sr. M. Imelda Wallace’s Outlaws of Ravenhurst contains vocabulary words for each chapter in addition to aids designed to assist readers in assimilating the book’s strong Catholic elements into their own daily lives. The questions and supplements focus on critical thinking, integration of Biblical teachings, and the study of the virtuous life to which Christ calls us as mature, confirmed Catholics. With its emphasis on the virtues (theological and moral plus the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit), the spiritual and the corporal works ... View More...