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102 Youths Confirmed in SIC

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On the fourth Sunday of Easter on 6 May at the 6 pm Mass, His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with one of the largest groups of confirmands ever in the history of St Ignatius Church. Seventy four students from the English Sunday school and 28 students from the Mandarin Sunday school were anointed with the Oil of Chrism. It signifies their receiving the seal of the Holy Spirit to mark their total belonging to Christ and their enrollment in his service forever. With Confirmation – the completion of Baptism – the baptised are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

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In his homily, Archbishop Julian hopes that the confirmands are able to recognise the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd after 11 years of catechism. In the real world, they have to face all the challenges, pitfalls and cliffs that they may fall over if they wander too far from the Shepherd. They must also share the faith, to bring others who are in darkness into the light, those in ignorance to undestanding. As it is also Vocation Sunday, Archbishop Julian shared that the call for each one of us is to discover what is God's will for us – what has God called us to. Are we living out that vocation that God has planned for each one of us? The basic vocation that each disciple of Christ is called to is to love as Jesus loves.

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In addition to bread and wine, confirmands offered up their talents and gifts for which they have been blessed with, and faith experiences encountered through Sunday school lessons, Renewal in the Spirit Seminar, service projects, Confirmation Camp and other activities. At the end of Mass, SIC Parish Priest Fr Andrew Wong CDD congratulated the confirmands who are now adult Catholics responsible for their own faith and spreading the Good News to others through words and actions. As they are now on a new journey of faith, he advised them to attend faith-formation programmes and serve in church ministries to strengthen their faith and be witnesses of God.

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Fr Andrew also reminded that: Faith is a life-long learning process and a special encounter with the Lord. The more you seek the more you will find. The more you find the more you will understand. The more you understand the more you will explore. And the more you explore, the more you will act in love through and with the Holy Spirit to give glory to God. SIC Assistant Parish Priest Fr Lawrence Ng CDD was the concelebrant at the Mass with godparents, family, friends, Sunday school teachers and fellow Catholics in attendance.

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