Christ is alive in all His disciples

Twelve confirmands of City Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation on September 14 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Sep 27, 2019

By Aaron Lim
Twelve confirmands of City Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation on September 14 at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Bishop Sebastian Francis, with Msgr Aloysius Tan (parish priest) and Msgr Daniel Lim as concelebrants.

The Bishop of Penang began his homily by wishing all parishioners a joyous feastday and Malaysia Day as the Confirmation Mass coincided with both occasions. 

“After listening to the young people and discernment through the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis is telling young people that Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive!” he said.

Touching on the recent document from the Pope, Bishop Sebastian said that Christ wants His disciples to be alive because of three truths – God loves us, Jesus saves us and God is alive.

“God loves each and every one of us without exceptions; Jesus came to save us and remind  us of His love, and the Pope tells us that we cannot save anyone whom we do not love,” he said.

The Bishop reminded the faithful that these three truths are foundation and fundamental messages which Christ and the Spirit tell us will remain until the end of time.

“The invitation from Christ to all young people is to go on an adventure, to accept the mission in sharing and living this truth in your  lives,” he said.

Bishop Sebastian said that traditionally, the Church is categorised into clergy, religious and laity; but in today’s context the Pope and Bishops are the apostles, followed by all the people of God being disciples through their baptism.

The Bishop then urged the young people to join the winning team, and trust that the Holy Spirit would guide and lead them to complete  the mission of Christ on earth.

He also invited the confirmands to come forward as young adults to make a decision to follow Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour with their own terms and choice.

“It is imperative and mandatory for us to go on mission; the Sacrament of Confirmation is a permanent seal whereby you go with confidence with the Holy Spirit’s companionship,” he said.

The confirmands then renewed their baptismal promises and received the gifts of the Spirit, witnessed by their parents, sponsors and parishioners.

A representative of the Confirmation class, Janice Ooi, delivered a speech after Mass. Bishop Sebastian then presented the certificates to the newly-confirmed.

Msgr Tan thanked the Confirmation class catechists together with the camp formators and parents for journeying with them.

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