A Typo and Confirmation
In last week’s bulletin I mentioned that I was visiting family last week. The article mentioned that my sister-in-law in Connecticut is expecting a baby boy in January. That was an unfortunate typo. She is expecting a boy in June. So we continue to wait for the new child.
Next weekend the archbishop will be visiting to Confirm our tenth-grade young men and women. Please pray for them, that they may receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation gives us the grace of the Holy Spirit just as the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Apostles in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.
Pentecost is a remarkable turning point in God’s plan of salvation. The Apostles are huddled up in a room filled with fear and anxiety. After the Holy Spirit descends upon them (Acts 2:1-4), they boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and willingly suffer for His sake. The rest of the Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the Holy Spirit working in the Apostles.
We pray that the same graces may be poured out upon these young men and women who are preparing for Confirmation. May they be filled with the Holy Spirit so that they will act boldly for Jesus. May the graces of Confirmation allow them to witness to the power of Jesus Christ and the goodness of God the Father. Confirmation is the Sacrament of going out in boldness and generosity. Please pray that our confirmandi receive these gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Courage is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. These seven gifts are given through Confirmation. The seven gifts find their origin in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (11:2), “And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.”
May our confirmandi be filled with these incredible gifts of the Holy Spirit. Let these gifts be generously shared with the entire world!
The Confirmation Mass will be during the 4:30pm Mass at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, February 3rd. It isn’t usual for Confirmation to happen during the Saturday vigil, but that is when the Archbishop’s Office scheduled it, so we’ll make it work.
This means that the 4:30pm Mass at St. Joseph will be more crowded than normal. If that is your normal Mass time and you don’t care for large crowds or extra ceremonies, it is probably best to attend another Mass. It will be packed and it will be longer than a normal Mass. If the 4:30pm isn’t your normal Mass and you want to attend to pray for our confirmandi and pray with our Archbishop, you’re more than welcome to attend. Finally, if you want a great seat at confirmation, consider singing in the choir; the final practice is this Monday evening, details are on page 4.
Fr. Willig and I will both be at Confirmation Mass on Saturday, which means that we found a substitute priest for the 4:00pm at Immaculate Conception. Fr. Jarred Kohn, of happy memory, will be covering Mass at IC this Saturday. We’re grateful for his generosity in helping us out.
Please pray for our confirmandi. May they be filled with the Holy Spirit and boldly witness to the Gospel.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson