Sunday, November 15, 2020

Soldier of Christ: The Sacrament of Confirmation

This weekend, on November 14, 2020, our 15 year old daughter (along with over 50 other teens from our parish) was Confirmed in the Extraordinary Form by her uncle who had been delegated and given facilities by the bishop! That makes four sacraments now (Baptism, First Confession, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation) that she has received from her uncles! 

Three years ago, when our eldest three were Confirmed, we had hoped and prayed that someday our other children would also be able to also receive this final sacrament of initiation in the ancient rite and we are so very grateful to now be parishioners here at St. Joan of Arc. God is good!


A quick picture on our way to the church, wearing her beautiful white dress and the St. Philomena necklace her Dad and I had purchased for her. St. Philomena, pray for us!

We weren't allowed to take pictures during the Confirmations. There was a photographer though so we are looking forward to seeing those pictures! Holy Mass followed the Confirmations. 


Afterwards I went looking for her, to congratulate her, give her a hug, and try and take a picture of her with her dear sponsor... I found her in the corner of the church praying. She has such a beautiful soul. Please offer a prayer for her and for all these great young Catholics! 









In addition to the necklace, we also gave her a painting of St. Philomena and a Sacred Heart Rosary from Come Holy Spirit Rosaries. She also received a lovely bracelet from her sponsor and a necklace (pictured below) handmade with her favorite colors by my sweet and generous friend Aleesa




I didn't have time or energy to bake a cake, but I did make a topper for her cheesecake! 



O Heavenly Spirit! Third Person of the adorable Trinity! Whom I have received and most fervently adore, deign to take eternal possession of my soul; create and maintain therein the purity and sanctity which become Thy temple. O Spirit of Wisdom: preside over all my thoughts, words, and actions, from this hour to the moment of my death. Spirit of Understanding! Enlighten and teach me. Spirit of Counsel! Direct my youth and inexperience. Spirit of Fortitude! Strengthen my weakness. Spirit of Knowledge! Instruct my ignorance. Spirit of Piety! Make me fervent in good works. Spirit of Fear! Restrain me from all evil. Amen.

St. Philomena, ora pro nobis!

21 comments:

  1. My nephew was confirmed along with your daughter! My husband and son attended (I could not) and I couldn't believe it when he told me there were 57 confirmandi! God is good! Congratulations to your daughter!

    2020-11-16 01:50:32

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    1. Congratulations to your nephew too!

      2020-11-16 03:34:47

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  2. Wow what a blessing to have her Uncle Confirm her. Her dress is pretty and she looks so beautiful. They had a large group getting confirmed which is wonderful. May her life with Christ only grow stronger and stronger. God bless y'all.

    2020-11-16 02:25:19

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    1. Thank you! God bless you too!

      2020-11-16 03:35:07

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  3. Congratulations! May I ask where your daughter's dress is from? It is beautiful!!

    2020-11-16 02:53:04

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    1. Thank you! It's the Duchess Lace Dress from JessaKae.

      2020-11-16 03:36:08

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    2. do you have a link you can share?

      2020-11-16 14:44:45

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  4. Thank you for this amazing opportunity! My grandchildren, ages 2-18, would be blessed to receive any of these gifts, but especially the books!

    2020-11-16 06:11:00

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  5. Thank you for these wonderful book suggestions! Congratulations to your daughter on her Confirmation! That is so wonderful that she was able to receive it via the ancient rite. God bless you all!

    2020-11-16 12:17:38

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  6. Hello Jessica, Congratulations and blessings to your daughter on her Confirmation. The Holy Spirit decoration that you made for the cake is lovely. I so enjoy you sharing your creative talents. May I ask where you purchased the St. Philomena painting? Thank you.

    2020-11-16 19:21:07

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    1. Thank you! It was painted by Heather at Sleightholm Folk Art: https://tidd.ly/2UEBp6t

      2020-11-16 21:58:54

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    2. Thank you!

      2020-11-17 02:33:08

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  7. Congratulations to your lovely daughter Jessica. I so enjoyed reading about her Confirmation and her uncle Confirming her! How very special!!! The photos are wonderful. She is a beautiful young woman with such pretty long dark hair. It brought tears to my eyes reading about her praying in front of our Blessed Mother Mary after she received the Sacrament of Confirmation. She truly is a very special young lady and so close to God. Her lace dress is exquisite and each of her Confirmation presents are so sweet. You must be so proud of your Chiquita!

    2020-11-16 21:02:47

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  8. Jessica, you have such a lovely family. Thank you for sharing part of your journey. May I ask, did you use any particular program/book to prepare her for confirmation? This year is so different and I am not thrilled with our parish program for confirmation preparation. Thank you and God bless!

    2020-11-17 03:20:16

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    1. Thank you! We used Preparation for Confirmation by Baltimore Catechism: https://amzn.to/3nC79pz

      2020-11-17 15:54:23

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  9. Congrats! What saint was her Confirmation name? May God Bless her!

    2020-11-17 19:44:08

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  10. Congratulations!! Many thanks to God for the gifts he bestowed and for the plans He has for you!

    2020-11-17 21:02:07

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  11. Congratulations Chiquita . You looked beautiful. God Bless Joan,Marilyn and Marion

    2020-11-17 21:40:02

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  12. Congratulations to your sweet girl xx Who would have thought 3 years ago when you had all the anxiety and effort to have the older children Confirmed here, that three years later you'd be living there!! :-) xx And you children have such a big group of friends to grow up with!!

    2020-12-05 00:01:17

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