SARIKEI – Thirty-two parishioners from St Anthony’s Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation administered by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Hii during a special Mass on 29 November. The Mass was also attended by the sponsors and family members of the confirmants.
In his homily, the Auxiliary Bishop congratulated all the confirmants for successfully completing the three sacraments of Christian initiation, i.e. Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, which are all necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. He told them that after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, they become matured Christians and are not only fully united with their own community but also with the universal Catholic Church.
“By the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are more perfectly incorporated into the Church and are enriched by the special strength of the Holy Spirit to be true witnesses of Christ and obliged to spread the Gospel.” added Joseph Hii. He encouraged them to be actively involved in Church activities as they are part of the church.
Auxiliary Bishop Hii reminded the confirmants that Confirmation should not become a ‘license’ to do things according to their own will. He said that some misinterpreted the true meaning of Confirmation by assuming that they are now matured Christians, and are free to do anything they like. Instead, they should become more faithful to the Church as they are now grown-up Christians.
After the Mass a fellowship was held in the Jubilee Hall to celebrate the occasion.