Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Congratulations to our Confirmandi with Pastor Carlos
Last Friday we had confirmation celebrated at our parish thanks to Bishop Robert McElroy who presided the liturgy and celebrated the sacrament. 69 people were confirmed, mostly teenagers and one adult. Congratulations to them! They have received their last sacrament of initiation, which perfects Baptismal grace and seals them in the Holy Spirit.
During their preparation, the confirmandi were required to provide service to the parish or other organizations of their choice. We’re grateful for all the various jobs they did in the office, as well as painting some safety stripes for the school, and for helping out in the kitchen at various parish events.
The confirmandi also attended a day retreat. They were led to open their heart to God through various activities. They got to hear a powerful testimony from Patty Boland, who is one of their catechists.
Finally after all of their weekly classes, their service hours, and their retreat culminated in their confirmation Mass last Friday. I got to assist the bishop holding the vial of chrism oil as he anointed each candidate. Yet as I shared with them, having been confirmed is a new beginning.
Bishop McElroy’s homily on Friday talked about Facebook and its origins. He talked about how we can filter what we don’t like, and post what we like, and so create a mask for ourselves.
By the serendipity of the Holy Spirit, his homily matched really well the theme of the confirmation retreat we had earlier this year. During the retreat, several activities were about discovering their true self as created and loved by God, and becoming aware of the “masks” that they wear to impress others, or fit in to a group.
The sacrament of confirmation just celebrated reminds us that this Easter we are on the way to the feast of Pentecost, when we’ll celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. So I would like to share this traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit:
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faith-ful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.”
God bless,Fr. Carlos, OSA