Sunday, October 17, 2010

Confirmation at Nelson House Oct 16-17, 2010

The hall in the sister's house was packed after the ceremony, as everyone enjoyed the hospitality provided by Sr. Susan and Sr. Ellen.

All but one of the candidates took in a retreat given by + Sylvain Lavoie and Sr. Susan Gardiner, with support from Sr. Ellen and Agnes Linklater, in preparation for the confirmation itself. The retreat used power point projection to focus on self esteem, who is Jesus, forgiveness, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Sr. Susan had prepared gift bags with momentos of each of the gifts that the participants received. The teachings were followed by singing and energizers that everyone enjoyed. The pariticipants all had the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Bishop Sylvain, as well as write a letter to the bishop. One young lady who accompanied her friends enjoyed the retreat so much that she decided to prepare for her first communion. and that is how the Catholic Christian faith community is growing in Nelson House.

The group of 12 newlyh confirmed apostles is pictured here. They all took a new confirmation name to emphasize the newness of life in Christ that they have been given by this sacrament.

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