Yesterday (April 18), one hundred and one of our young parishioners were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. We were pleased to welcome to our parish Monsignor Michael Walsh to confer the sacrament.
In the past, Confirmation Day made many young people anxious. Memorizing the responses to many questions was paramount and there was the added fear that one would be called to answer a question before the bishop and the congregation. Times have certainly changed. But the sacrament’s meaning and serious preparation for its reception have not. Our parish program provides for regular doctrinal formation through regular classes, a retreat experience, sponsor involvement, writing reflection papers on the life of a candidate’s saint, and a personal interview with the clergy or catechist, as well as undertaking works of charity and service.
I am grateful to Mrs. Francis and all our catechists who helped prepare our newly confirmed. I am grateful to the parents and sponsors of the newly confirmed who by their love, prayers and sacrifices brought them to this important day. We pray that every young man and women anointed with sacred Chrism will remain faithful to the Lord. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that Confirmation…
• Brings us an increase and deepening of baptismal grace
• Roots us more deeply in the divine filiation
• Unites us more firmly in Christ
• Increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
• Renders our bond with the Church more perfect
• Gives us strength to spread and defend the Faith boldly
In our congratulations to the newly confirmed let us implore the Holy Spirit to renew His gifts within us. May his “fruits” be seen in our daily lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.