Come, Holy Spirit!!
Our Community of Faith will gather together at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th with our Archbishop, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a wonderful day and event for our youth and their families and for the entire parish family. And it is an event OF the entire parish family. Please consider yourself invited to the feast. If you are unable to attend, please remember our youth in your prayer throughout the day.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say about the Sacrament of Confirmation:
III. THE EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";117
- it unites us more firmly to Christ;
- it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
- it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;118
- it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross:119
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.120
Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an
indelible spiritual mark
, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.121
This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially
Thursday, November 7
Fr. Bob Barras
on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 1:35PM