Confirmation and Eucharist at St Philip’s, Segamat

On September 6, during the sunset Mass the parish community of St Phillip’s Church witnessed the culmination of years of patient instruction fused with dedication and love, lent both by parents and catechists, when eight candidates were conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Sep 19, 2014

By Philip Packium,
On September 6, during the sunset Mass the parish community of St Phillip’s Church witnessed the culmination of years of patient instruction fused with dedication and love, lent both by parents and catechists, when eight candidates were conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation and four youngsters received the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus for the very first time.

What a momentous occasion for the candidates, the teachers, the parents and the parish community at large.

Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing, SJ was the main celebrant with parish administrator Fr Moses Rayappan and Fr Patrick Tyoh concelebrating.

In his homily, neatly articulated in Bahasa, Tamil and English, Fr Moses made no bones of the responsibility that the confirmands faced, especially in the light of the dearth of accountability and integrity that was plainly prevalent. He reminded the candidates that the grandeur and novelty of the day was transitory, and when it wore off, the prospect of paying scant attention to the fruits of the Spirit may loom larger than life, hence the onus was on them to remain faithful to the Holy Spirit and His constant prompting.

Then turning his attention to the four youngsters who were anxiously waiting to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the very first time, he told them that the greatest gift of Christ to us was His own Body and Blood. He emphatically added that under no circumstances must they compromise this Divine love by loving someone or something more than the Lord Jesus. He held that everyone was an “unfinished product” and that the Lord was continuously moulding and fine-tuning us, so responding to God’s salvific plan, it was paramount that we did not allow sin to hold sway in our lives, for in Christ’s own words, ‘no one can bear fruit without Him.’

He ended by telling the congregation that the momentum initially generated may evaporate all too easily. Hence he urged everyone to be wary of being complacent.

After the confirmation ceremony and the liturgy of the Word, the newly confirmed and the first communicants gathered excitedly for a photo session after which everyone gathered at the parish hall for a fellowship sponsored by the parents of the candidates.

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