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FR. Joachim Rodrigues OCD

Spiritual Director

Clinton D'mello    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jubilee Cardoza

Animator

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Confirmed and initiated into Christ” is a process of preparing adolescent candidates for celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. The Fundamental insight that drives this present Confirmation process is its definition as a Sacrament of Initiation as indicated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC )

“ Baptism, the Eucharist and the sacrament of confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian Initiation, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For by the sacrament of confirmation, (the Baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” ( CCC 1285)

CCC further explains the importance of the post baptismal Catechesis.

“ By its very nature infant baptism requires a post- baptismal Catechumenate. Not only there is a need for instruction after Baptism, but also for the necessary flowering of Baptismal grace in personal growth.” ( CCC 1231)

 

This Perspective of the “Post- Baptismal Catechumenate” provides the much needed renewal of vision for confirmation Catechesis, which has been incorporated in this Programme. This Vision enable us to be better equipped for the demands of Catechesis with Confirmands, as the CCC stipulates, “ Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – His actions, His Gifts, and his biddings --- in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian Life. To this end Catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the Universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears a special responsibility for the preparation of Confirmands “ ( CCC 1309 )

The process envisioned in  this  programme requires that the parish community, Vibrant in its Small Christian communities as well as at the Parish Level, provide the Confirmands with the witness of a fellowship worth belonging to. The Confirmands themselves are challenged to make their contribution to the life of the Parish as well as the SSC’s.

The Risen Lord promised his disciples the gift of his Spirit. And when the spirit Himself came and filled their hearts with his fire, He motivated them to ensure that the gift would continue to be given in the church until the end of time. It is indeed a mutual responsibility.

 

 

 

 

 

     
 
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