One hundred twenty-nine Saint Elizabeth young people received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 24.  Bishop Edward Deliman presided at the 10:00 AM Confirmation Mass, while our pastor, Father Thomas Mullin, celebrated the 1:00 PM Confirmation Mass.

Candidates for Confirmation began their journey of Christian initiation with their parents’ decision to present them for Baptism and they have been getting ready for this special time since their First Holy Communions. Formal preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place in grades 6 and 7.

Four of those who are preparing displayed impressive maturity as they reflected on the importance of their decision to become responsible members of the Catholic Church and how it impacts their faith journeys.

Grace Kroboth – Grade 7: “Receiving Confirmation this spring won’t change the way I think about being a Catholic, but more of how I feel as a Catholic.  It will make me prouder of my faith.  The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are going to be very important throughout high school, college and the rest of my life.  There are a lot of difficult decisions that come with getting older and these gifts will help me to know and choose right from wrong”.  Her parents, Eileen and Tony Kroboth, commented, “We are so proud of Grace for her diligence in learning about her faith. To us, her Confirmation means that she is ready for whatever may come next on her journey, ready to move forward in faith.”

 

Zach Slade – Grade 7: “I didn’t really know how special Confirmation is and preparing to receive the sacrament this year has made me into a better person and Catholic.  It gives me a goal to stay on this path for the rest of my life. This experience feels like promising God to be actively participating as a Catholic.  I’m excited to keep living my life growing in faith.” His mother, Yesenia, added, “Confirmation is a very important stepping-stone in my son’s Catholic life.”

 

Chase Voigt – Grade 6: “When I receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next year, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will help me live like a Christian in this complicated world. I will be better able to understand my role in God’s family and become a more active participant in my faith.”  His mother, Nicole, said, “As parents, we chose to raise our children in the Catholic faith.  As candidates for Confirmation, they are choosing to remain and continue in that faith. We are both proud and blessed that our children value Catholicism as we do.”

 

Monica Young – Grade 7: “Being a candidate for Confirmation this year means that I am prepared to take the next step in my journey and do what I can to continue growing in my faith. It will change the way I think about being a Catholic by giving me the courage and strength to live out my faith in the world.” Her mother, Kathleen, said, “It is the end of Monica’s Elementary Faith Formation instruction, but just the beginning of her being an active and practicing member of the Saint Elizabeth community. I hope that Monica will continue to use the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to care for the people around her and be a strong witness of Jesus.”

Young people like these in our parish family give us hope for the future. May God bless them, their parents and sponsors and all who were confirmed during the Easter Season.

  • Lisa Sheronas