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 Leader’s Book guides the parent/adult leaders through the material in each session.
Due to the change to the Creed in the new Roman Missal, a section from the You Shall Be My Witnesses programme is affected. Two inserts have been designed, to download Leader’s insert click here.
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.