87 students strengthen Christian faith through Sacrament of Confirmation
For the purpose of strengthening their faith in Christ, 87 students from Grades 10 to 12 received the sacrament of confirmation given by Most Rev. Honesto Flores Ongtioco, D.D. on October 19, 2019 at the school chapel.
Before the event began, Brother David John Torres from Santissima Trinidad Parish gave an orientation to the parents and godparents present regarding the process of the confirmation rites. At 1:50 in the afternoon, the candidates were lined up outside the chapel for the processional. before the mass began. After the reading of the Scripture, the candidates were presented before the bishop. Then, after the homily came the renewal of baptismal promises, laying on of hands, and anointing with Chrism. The program ended with picture-taking and the recessional at around 4:00 p.m.
During the homily, Most Rev. Ongtioco, D.D. shared several things such as that patience is an essential value to instill in oneself at all times, and that Holy Mass is a brief union of heaven and Earth. It was the bishop’s first time to set foot on SSC Manila, coming all the way from Pampanga. Two weeks prior to the event, the candidates attended a seminar, also with Brother David John Torres as the speaker, who explained to them the importance of confirmation in the Catholic tradition. He provided the students with the definition and classification of holy sacraments, and mentioned the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, along with the qualities of a mature Christian.
While there were fewer candidates for confirmation this year, the event remained sacred and successful. Elisabet Katarina Aldover of 10-C, one of the candidates for confirmation, claimed that her faith was not the strongest and she had hoped that receiving the sacrament would help her strengthen her relationship with God. “On the day itself, one of my most poignant emotions surfaced during the affirmation and anointing, where I walked to the bishop with my chosen ninang.”
By Patricia Contad and Shaina Lim