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This past Sunday on the Feast of Pentecost, three of our children were confirmed in the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Faith.  We journeyed, as a family and amongst many friends from our parish as well as our parish priest, to St. Josaphat’s Church in Detroit, Michigan.  A traditional Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, as it had been celebrated throughout many centuries, was offered by his Excellency, Bishop Francis Ronald Reiss.

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His Excellency, Bishop Francis Ronald Reiss

Abigail, Michael, Maximilian, my dear Goddaughter Charis and their many friends, could barely contain their excitement, as they took this next step in completing the work which their Baptisms had begun.  They were born for this…born to know, love and serve God in this world that they may be happy with Him in the next.  And they had prepared for this, the many years of catechesis and sacramental celebrations culminating in the determination to live the Faith as true soldiers for Christ.  Our three young ones marched forward with their sponsors, their older brother Joseph assisting the Bishop, along with our pastor, Fr. Kevin Lutz, each  solemn yet joyful…the pronouncement of their Confirmation names given in Latin:

Sancte Raphael Archangele…

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Michael Gabriel with his sponsor, Michael Connaughten

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“Be sealed with the Holy Spirit..”

Sancte Maximiliane…

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“Be sealed with the Holy Spirit…”

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Maximilian Harrison

Sancta Ioanna de Arc…

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Abigail Elise and her sponsor, Sandra Smith…

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Sancta Ioanna de Arc, ora pro nobis…

Sancta Philomena…

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My lovely Goddaughter, Charis…

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“Be sealed with the Holy Spirit…”

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Sancta Philomena, ora pro nobis…

And so it is done…and now the long task of working out their salvation “in fear in trembling.”  May the Holy Spirit kindle their hearts with the fire of His love…may every good fruit and gift come to them as they live out their Faith!

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