A Sacrament is a visible sign of an invisible grace of God. It is a sign established by Jesus himself to confer or to increase grace in the lives of his disciples. The Sacrament of Confirmation confers the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord) upon the recipient, who must be a baptized person at least seven years old. Someone who is to be confirmed needs to undergo catechetical instructions to make he or she understand fully the tenets of faith and be able to defend himself or herself when faced with challenges tagetting his or her faith. The efficasy of any the Sacrament depends on the faith and adherance to the promises or convenant pertaining to the Sacrament received.
Here in Simanjiro mission, we prepare children for a period not less than one year. They have to demonstrate that they have understood what is required of them before receiving the Sacraments. This year 188 young people received the Sacrament of confirmation in a colourful celebration led by His Grace Prosper Lyimo, the auxilliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Arusha.
The Children arrived on Saturday 07.08.2021 for a seminar in preparation for the occasion. That evening they all received the Sacrament of reconciliation
The Confirmation ceremony was attended by faithful from all the outstations. Later they the children and all the faithful had lunch before going home.
we were also blessed with the weddings of two catechists during the same celebration. We thank God for these young people who we pray that they will be the new salt in our parish.
Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD
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