What is Confirmation to me… Confirmation is another step in my Catholic life. There are some steps I have to go through. Throughout my journey, I will be blogging about what happens in this faith journey and what I go through. Also, it will help me spread the Word of Christ. I have to find a sponsor (who is not a family member) to sponsor me and guide me through my holy journey.
What Confirmation means to me? Confirmation is another step in my Catholic journey, for me to spread the Word of the Lord. I will become an adult in the eyes of the Catholic Church. To be confirmed, you must be an active member of the Church. To prepare, I must find a sponsor to lead me through my long and holy journey. A sponsor will guide you through your Catholic journey just like a godparent guides you through life.
by Brenic Jedrzejak
Christmas to me is about food, presents and the birth of JESUS. Christmas was so much more back in B.C 1 when Mary gave birth to Jesus and the Magi gave him gifts worthy of a king. A Christmas tree was never related to Christmas at all and feast usually comes when we celebrate something, then we exchange gifts and eat food. We are celebrating Jesus’ birth and that is what Christmas means according to the reading in the link. The angel “Gabriel” told Mary she was going to bear the child of God and Joseph was to be her husband. They had Jesus in a stable and the Magi followed a star that was directly above the stable where he was born.
-Andrew Jedrzejak and Josue Ramirez E.
What is Christmas to us?
Christmas means to take our life and daily life and put time aside to get together and give family and friends your love and time. Ultimately, on Christmas we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday.
Most people think that Christmas is all about the presents and food. But Christmas is so much more than those two factors. On Christmas, you get to do these activities, but you also get to spend time with your family and celebrate the birth of Jesus. In the readings that we read, an angel named, "Gabriel" went up to a woman named Mary and told her that she was having a child and that his name would be "Jesus". Mary did not believe Gabriel at first because she had not ever had relations with a man. In the reading of LK 1: 26-38, it states:
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.”
By: Mia Tejada and Carlos Perez
Christmas is a celebration of the coming of Jesus. Readings all throughout the Christmas season reference how we are to stay hopeful, peaceful, joyous and faithful. The readings in the second and third week of Advent tells us about John the Baptist and how he is calling everyone to prepare, trying to tell them about how Jesus will come to teach: “I'm simply a messenger, even if you can't see him now.” The fourth week before Christmas Day, the reading told how Mary was told she had been chosen to have this baby, to become a family. Families should come together on Christmas, to celebrate, to really understand the coming of Jesus, giving our devotion and time to him. Christmas is about being with your family. It's about giving and having hope. Christmas to me is about spending every moment with family and friends. Let it be a joyous season, when we share happiness with people you know and even do not know.
~Meghan Behrens & Maria Penaloza~
Lent is a forty day period in preparation for Easter. This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that this holiday is celebrated every year shows its importance. Lent's purpose is to remind Catholics of the value of repentance. Lent is to remind Catholics of the sacrifices made and for them to commit to sacrifices as well such as fasting, moderation, and self- denial.
“Yet now," declares the Lord,” return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster." - Joel 2:12-2:13 ESV
In order to appreciate Jesus and to feel for him, thinking back to his suffering would make someone feel. It allows for someone to forget all of one's riches, and to diminish envy for others. Lent is a time to understand Jesus a little deeper.
Lent is a time to subside from the world and focus on your faith. Lent helps answers questions that have been unanswered. -C
Last Saturday, I did Confirmation. This lets me know that I can now follow Jesus more. My family was very proud of me, that I did it, because they all wanted me and my brother to do this. My family wanted me to do Confirmation because they wanted me to follow God more then I already do. My grandma is in love with God and she wants me to love him too. I wanted to do Confirmation because I want to know God more, I want Him to be with me, I want to go to heaven and live with Him there. -J
At the hands of the Pharisees Jesus was brought to trial under Pilate.
“When Pilate asked what charges were to be brought against him, they replied ‘Would we have brought him to you if were not a criminal?’."
In other words the Pharisees brought Jesus to trial because they did not believe that he was the Messiah. -E
being spiritual is about connecting with Jesus’ Spirit. You can get to heaven by having a good spirit. -J
Serving the Lord
Serving God is essential to get into heaven. You can serve the lord by serving others, and serving in church. You can serve others by helping someone in their day to day tasks. You can serve in church by doing something like altar serving. Serving God is important so you can get into heaven and receive everlasting life. -A
The Importance of Crucifixion in Lent
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ in a whole was his ultimate sacrifice to cleanse the sins of the world which in turn reconnected us with God. But allow a fellow to ask a question, why: why is this both these things and more. Here is the answer I can give at this point: why, because it marks him ending His life for people who seem unwanted of it, it is because of His purpose, His reason for being on earth at all, to spread the word of God, to save these men and women from eternal suffering, and this part was to be the ending of His final journey on earth to allow His disciples to carry on his message without Him. But in the end he is with all of us, in our soul, in the Holy Spirit. - F
Lent is essentially an act of prayer. You pray for the sacrifices that have been made for you and you pray that you will be able to carry out these same duties. The fasts of Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are a simple, but important part of Lent. The question is, why do we fast? We fast to honor the suffering and death of our Lord. This is important because it’s a preparation to be ready to once again, honor, and celebrate his ultimate sacrifice for us. -N & S
This week I did my Confirmation; this meant to me that I can now follow the path of God and became a disciple of Jesus and spread the Holy Spirit to the world.
At my Confirmation I was blessed with the Holy Spirit and I learned a lot of lessons. Such as, that we need to listen to the voice of God and follow his path that he lays out for us; that there will be people that get in our way and try to distract us from what important, but we have to focus and listen to the voice (like a GPS) that guides us; that we should respect our body and not lay it out to the world.
Confirmation means that you repeat the oath that your parents or guardian said when you were baptized. And finish the 3 sacraments (Baptism, Communion, then Confirmation) to go to heaven. -N
HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER: The Commandment means that we have to respect and appreciate our parents. In other words you cannot, for example, say that they are not your parents or that they are dead to you. There are times where you may give your parents attitude or get mad at them. It is fine as long as you go to confession. But if you do worst such as hurt your parents and don’t go to confession you will not be accepted into the gates of Heaven. You can never be in a state where you cannot be forgiven by God. Unless you do not make an effort to be forgiven. – NF
Another one of the Ten Commandments that we have learned about was 'Thou shall not bear false witness'. Bearing false witness basically means speaking falsely in any matter to deceive thou (your) neighbor. This also means speaking unjustly against thou neighbor. When most people see this commandment, they refer it to not lying. This is a basic explanation to what this means. It is going against the commandment to lie to someone else. You can even think about this in the simple terms of common sense and reality. Would you like it if you found out that someone lied to you? This is important because it is about this, protecting your commandment rights, but also protecting your personal feelings. -SL
The Ten Commandments are rules generated by Moses. If the people fail these rules, it would be known as a sin. There is a wide variety of sins that could be taken into action. There is a total of Ten Commandments. The eight commandment is the enforcement of not to steal. Stealing could be related to the action of murder, adultery and false swearing. Possessing something that is not yours is not showing love; it shows ignorance since the victim might have spent a lot of time and money on this product. Imagine profiting in an important monument that means something to you. If it were to be stolen it would be catastrophic. Furthermore, stealing would lead to guilt and consequences. -CB
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, wife or possessions. This means that you should not take people’s stuff because they work for that. So basically if you took a game from your neighbor and you would not give it back, you should go and confess yourself. -JB
The Ten Commandments are the building blocks that people should live their lives by at all times. These 10 rules were given by God that we should all live by. Jesus then gave us the sacrament of confession to go along with the Ten Commandments. Confession is a way for your sins to be taken away. Then you return with a "clean slate" that you can either keep clean or dirty up a bit and go back to confess these sins. Confession allows these sins of your life be erased from your soul, it is your ticket, your lifeline to Heaven and God. While our goal in life is not to break God's law, at least God shows us his love and mercy by giving us the tools to correct ourselves and our mistakes. –FG & NC
What is divinity? Divinity is being semi or god-like. It is a state of infinities.
Infinite power.......Infinite wisdom........Infinite knowledge........Infinite life....
Jesus was human and divine in one single being. He is something logic can’t even begin to comprehend. He is the impossible but possible. He is something we can't even imagine. -JR
Jesus is Divine. He is this way because he does the humanly impossible. A commonly used term, "anything is possible if you just believe": is this really true? Can a human resurrect from the dead? The answer is no. But for Jesus, the answer is yes. That's the thing. The answer for Jesus will continue to be yes. As a human, anything is possible, but to a certain extent. It is mathematically impossible to have something be more than 100%. But how does that explain the fact that Jesus is 100% divine while he was also 100% human? There are some things that simply cannot be described other than in saying that Jesus is divine. -S
Divinity is the trait that allows God to be God; it allows him to never die, to have infinite knowledge, and to have enough power to create the universe. This bodes the question, how can Jesus have been human and divine but still be one person? For starters, we can say that he was human because he was born a human, he had free will and lived, and he died as all humans do. However, he had something that brought him back from the dead: he was divine. He was able to walk on water, make miracles, and cheat death in the end. But how can he be 100% human and 100% divine at the same time? He is God’s son which gives him the traits of divinity but he was born a human from Mary. This is how it is possible even though math and logic speak otherwise. -F
Welcome to Faith and Tech or #FAITH. Throughout the year of Faith Formation the students in this class will be writing a blog to demonstrate how their own faith has grown in regards to either a specific event that is taking place within Jesus' life or simply based upon a reading and how it has affected them personally.
This first set of blogs (see posts above!) is about the Christmas season and how it has affected them all individually. I hope that all of us a community can use these blogs to help us all see more in our daily lives and to live more according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and to help spread his message of Love and Peace. Although we are now celebrating a New Year and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down, I hope that these blogs will be able to help us reflect on what truly matters thought out the coming year.
Over break my faith grew because on Christmas eve I spent time with my family. On that day my family gathered together in a circle and sang Christmas songs. Then talked about the people that have helped us this year and say what we would have done differently. Then exchange gifts. even though it was not the true meaning of Christmas, it was a big part of the night cause when I got my gifts even though I did not know what I was getting, I would say thank you. This has taught me to be thankful for what i have and Grateful for what I have gotten.
Also on break one of my family members was sick and couldn’t be there with us. So on Christmas Eve we talked about our memories of him and how we wish he was there. The next day we went to the hospital and spent time with him. It’s hard to be apart from a family member that has been a big part of your life. But it great to remember the times that you guys have had together rather than the memories you know you won’t have. Family. -NF
What Christmas means to me is that family gets together and we all celebrate Jesus’ birth. During the break I went to church, spent time with family at a dinner, said the rosary with the neighbors, did a barbeque after church, open gifts and exchanged gifts with the family. These things helped me realize what Christmas means to me. I got to do these things while also spreading my faith.
It affected me because the family doesn’t feel complete because my uncle is in the hospital; it seems that his time is coming. So appreciate what you have now, because you don’t know what will happen next. -JB