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fetscherDear Family,
Last Monday someone remarked, “Yesterday was certainly a great day for St. Sebastian parish.” His reference was to our celebration of Confirmation.
What a pleasure to have Archbishop James P. Keleher to confirm thirteen of our brothers and sisters. We had five adults and eight teenagers. That may not seem like a lot, but it is the largest Confirmation group we have had at least going back Annie’s arrival 21+ years ago.

We are very privileged to have Archbishop Keleher celebrate for us. He is the Archbishop Emeritus of Kansas City, Kansas, whose mom had a condo here for many years and which the Archbishop now uses periodically. It makes him our parishioner, and it blesses us. For one thing, without him, we would probably be combined with the Confirmation celebration of another nearby parish, simply because of numbers. We also experienced his very kind and insightful presence. But more than our convenience, Archbishop Keleher is a breath of spirituality that is reflected in his constant smile.

After the ceremony, when we were taking photographs of the confirmandi - Latin for “those confirmed” - he was perfectly willing to sit and smile and have everyone who wanted to, come up. He later quipped to me that he even could accommodate Spanish speaking families with a smiling, “Siempre, uno mas.”

Why do we celebrate? Everyone of these people were given spiritual gifts at baptism which were destined for the building up of the Body of Christ. Confirmation “sealed” them in those gifts. Remember what you learned about the gifts?
 
Wisdom is the capacity to love spiritual things more than material ones; it also means the want to understand God.
Understanding enables us to know how to live as followers of Christ.
Counsel (right judgement): With the gift of counsel/ right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right.
Fortitude (courage): With the gift of fortitude/ courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Knowledge enables us to understand the meaning of God. The distinction between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom gives the desire to know the things of God, whereas knowledge is the actual power by which such things are known.
Piety (reverence) gives us a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.
Fear of the Lord (wonder and awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord/wonder and awe, we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire.

Our Confirmandi: (from left to right)
Angel LeBlanc, Bryan Gipps, (behind is Frank Krauser, one of the 8th grade catechists) Stephanie Monasterio, Carly Malin, Tim Augustyniak, Nino Pusateri, Eriq Denton, Giovanni Jimenez, Katrina Lugo-Martinez, Julian Gacita, Rosemary Lugo-Gacita, Jorge Gacita, Amelie Desmangles.

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Congratulations to each of you!

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