You Shall Be My Witnesses is designed to offer resources to members of the parish team that will enable them to encourage, challenge and invite parents and the wider parish community to become more actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation. Over five sessions You Shall Be My Witnesses explores the themes of belonging, believing, being, becoming and beginning again. Each of these sessions is conducted by two leaders working with a small group of eight to ten candidates. The first four sessions take place before the celebration of Confirmation and the fifth session takes place after the celebration is over.
The Co-ordinator Book contains:
- Information about how to begin the programme in your parish
- Sample letters for parents
- PowerPoint presentation and notes for the initial meeting with parents and for the leaders’ training meetings
- Sample ceremonies and services for use with candidates and their families
- Safeguarding Children forms
Maeve Mahon is Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in Primary Schools of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Her background is in primary education and she worked as a primary teacher in Ireland and abroad prior to taking up her current position. She is the co-author with Martin Delaney of the successful ‘Do This in Memory Programme’ - a parish based programme for sacramental preparation for First Eucharist and with Julie Kavanagh of ‘Welcome for Your Child, A Guide to Baptism for Parents’ She contributed to the recent publication, Exploring Religious Education, edited by Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran and has also had articles published in The Furrow and Intercom magazines. She is frequently invited to give input on sacramental preparation at gatherings of parents, priests and teachers all over Ireland and abroad. She is a member of the National Steering Committee for Catholic Schools Week and of the Council of the newly established Catholic Schools Partnership.