Confirmation Mass - 13th July, 2019

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Eighty-two (82) confirmands from 4 language group – 66 of them Form 5 students and 16 adults from the RCIA and special class conducted by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. George Harrison, received the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Confirmation mass held on 13th July, 2019 at the Church of The Visitation, Seremban. The 6.00 pm mass was celebrated by His Grace Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. George and Rev. Fr. Xavier Andrew. The confirmands arriving in their best attire, assembled at the Visitation community hall as early as 5.00 pm. They then proceeded to the front of the church for a group photo with the Celebrants. Family members, relatives and friends from far and near packed the church. The multi-lingual mass was animated by the Form 4 students and the Liturgy team.

The first and second reading was read in Tamil and Mandarin respectively. The Gospel reading from St. Luke chapter 10 verses 25-37 on the parable of The Good Samaritan was read by Fr. Xavier. Reflecting on the gospel text, Archbishop Julian in his homily delivered in English and Bahasa, asked the confirmands “who are your neighbours?” He went on say that as an adult Catholics, they are responsible for their faith they professed and never abandon or lose it. He urged them to remain faithful and like in the parable, it teaches them to show mercy towards someone that they do not know who are in need. We are reminded in Luke gospel chapter 6 verse 36 “to be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. Guided by the RE teachers, the confirmands and with their sponsors then approached the Archbishop who was assisted by both the parish priests for anointing.

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At the end of the mass, Fr. George thanked His Grace for presiding over the mass, all the Catechists who have guided the confirmands and most importantly their parents who remains their first Catechists. Outside the church, parishioners took the opportunity to greet and took photo with His Grace. The Confirmation mass marked the end for the Form 5 students’ journey in the Religious Education since they first enrolled 10 years ago in 2009, hence completing the Sacrament of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation).

Prior to their Confirmation mass, The Form 5 students were engaged in community services like visiting the hospital, SSVP ration packing & distribution, bringing cheers to students at the IJ Learning centre located in Kampung Pasir and PD beach cleaning. Some of the students also helped out in the Street feeding programme. The students also attended a compulsory 3D 2N stay-in Confirmation camp where the Dynamic Catholic programme (https://dynamiccatholic.com) was used. We pray that the sacramental grace of Confirmation they have received will help them to live out their faith loyally and profess it courageously.

A word of thanks to Elizabeth Chong, Form 5 catechist for information and photos.