Catholic youngsters receive confirmation sacrament


Fifty-one people were confirmed into the Catholic church at the Mary Help of Christians Parish in Kokopo’s East New Britain last month.
A confirmation, which is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts, also coincided with the parish’s feast day.
Vicar general of the archdiocese of Rabaul Fr Paul Kote told the confirmands on May 29 that: “Receiving confirmation is, in fact, having the experience of the disciples of Christ who have followed Jesus from the beginning until the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost”.
“Therefore, by confirmation, the candidate finishes his initiation into faith and becomes fully Christian, called to become a witness of the Good News to the ends of the earth like the apostles on the day of Pentecost.”
He invited the community to support them in prayer so they could bear witness to the Gospel.
Fr Paul, who also spoke on the liturgical texts concerning the Parish’s feast day, said: “The celebration of the ascension of the Lord, that is to say the return of Jesus to his Father, God; is for us a sure proof that we too, one day after our life here below, will join our master, who is going to prepare a place for us in the kingdom of his Father, our Father.”