Importance of Sacrament Confirmed by Attendance

The huge importance of the sacrament of Confirmation as a major day in the lives of school children and their families was clearly evident here in Castleisland on Friday afternoon.

Bishop Ray Browne began the ceremony at 3-30pm with close on 100 pupils with all the primary schools in the parish represented.

The packed Church of Saints Stephen and John sat for just over 15 minutes short of two hours with family and friends providing a web of solid support for the pupils on their great day.

Though bitterly cold with a wicked breeze, the day remained bone dry and that relieved the congestion in the church in the aftermath of the ceremony.

There was abundant evidence of family members and friends travelling long distances to be here for the event. At least two families I met had guests from the USA and others, no doubt, welcomed family members from many parts of the country and beyond.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit received through Confirmation are:

1. Wisdom; 2.Understanding; 3.Knowledge; 4. Fortitude or Courage; 5.Counsel; 6. Piety or Love, and

7. Fear of the Lord.