Saturday, January 30, 2010
Candidates were presented to the Bishop for Confirmation by the Rev. Fr. Ralph W. Thomas, pastor of St. Paul. The Rev. Mr. Dennis A. Guritza, deacon of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls, was
After renewing their baptismal promises the candidates came forward with their sponsors standing behind them, placing their right hand on the shoulder of the candidate. The Bishop anointed each with chrism (an oil made form olive oil and balsam). The anointing means each is called and chosen by God in Baptism and now in Confirmation.
Each of the candidates wore a read satin sash with the sign of the Holy Spirit on it and the words "Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love."
Bishop Gries met to talk with the students in the Parish Activity Center prior to Mass. He joined them for a class photo. There was a reception in Boeke Hall, sponsored by the St. Paul PTO, after the Mass. the center after the Mass and attended a PTO reception in Boeke Hall.
Music for the Mass was provided by Mrs. Madeline Breen, Mrs. Patricia Trinella and the Spirit Singers.
The photo shows Bishop Gries confirming William Bobbitt, accompanied by his sponsor, Deacon Frank Lonteen
Click to see a list of the candidates, their Confirmation name and sponsors.
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