This afternoon, St. Francis Xavier will welcome Bishop Donald Kettler who will celebrate with 68 tenth grade students and one adult who have prepared for and are asking to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Bishop of a diocese is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation although he can delegate that responsibility, when needed, to a priest. We are fortunate to have Bishop Kettler presiding here today as it is not always the case as he attempts to attend as many parish Confirmation celebrations as possible.
Our young teens have spent more than a year in preparation, gathering here at church and in the homes of their small group leaders exploring their faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. They have worked on service projects with family members and sponsors that benefitted the poor and those in need in our area and beyond. They have prayed together, attended a retreat and offered their time and talents to our parish. We are proud to celebrate with them!
Today, we as their parish family, lift them in prayer asking that God send the Holy Spirit to each candidate that they might through the anointing and the laying on of hands come to know in a more complete way the presence of God with them in the Holy Spirit. We pray that each one of them may be open to receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit and will then make every attempt to use those gifts throughout their lives to share the love of
Christ with all people.
In many ways this is a milestone that teens look forward to as it marks for many the end of formal weekly formation classes. Now, having received much instruction in their faith they will go into the world as young adults to live that faith daily. In many ways today is a new beginning, not an ending, for our formation of faith takes a life time. Our hope is that these young men and women will be open to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those they meet at school, at work, as they socialize and in future family relationships. We ask God’s blessing upon each of them and we as a parish commit to making them feel welcomed as young adults prepared to speak and live their faith. May God bless their faith journey and may they be blessed, comforted and strengthened by the grace of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We also celebrate with Brock Luzier, a young man from our parish who is now engaged to be married, as he too is confirmed on this day. May he, through this sacrament be strengthened in faith and sure of the presence of the Holy Spirit with him as he begins a new chapter in his life through the sacraments of both confirmation and marriage. Congratulations Brock (and Molly)!
With joy and celebration,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC