Monday, December 6, 2010

Sacraments of Initiation, Pelican Narrows

On December 5th, the second Sunday of Advent, Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie OMI presided over the sacraments of initation for around 80 eager candidates. Pictured here are most of the group of candidates who were confirmed, with many of them also receiving Holy Communion for the first time.

Fr. Susai Jesus OMI with his helpers has been working hard for the past two months preparing these candidates. He is implementing the new policy of restoring the order of sacraments that many dioceses in Canada are now doing. This practice puts the sacrament of confirmation after baptism, as the completion of baptism, and before First Communion, which then becomes the final and ultimate sacrament of initation. The theology behind this teaching is that confirmation is primarily a free gift of grace to help one grow in the faith, rather than a sacrament of maturity for service as was the case in the past.

Pictured here are a group of elders, catechists and helpers who assisted in preparing the young people for their big day (L-R: Suzette & elie Sewap, Sylvia Morin, Frances McCallum, Cecilia Dorion, Angela Ballantyne, Marilyn Merasty with Fr. Susai Jesus OMI)

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