Confirmation to 135 childrens and The Foundation Stone for the renovation of Church Building at Bondel
Mangaluru: Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop emeritus, diocese of Mangaluru, administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 135 children of St Lawrence Church, Bondel.
Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop emeritus of Mangalore along with Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza Parish Priest, Rev Fr Peter Gonsalves Principal, Rev Fr Lancy D’Souza Assistant parish priest, Rev Fr Rupesh Tauro Asst Director St Anthony’s & Rev Fr Ravi Kumar MSIJ concelebrated the Holy Mass of Confirmation. In his homily, the Bishop highlighted the significance of the Holy Spirit: “Lord sends forth your spirit and renews the face of the earth” The Holy Spirit helps us widen the scope of our mission. The disciples are given the gift of tongues so that they can reach out to many people. The reading mentions as many as 13 languages. The Holy Spirit strengthens the Church with His Gifts, the son prompts the services, and the Father leads the activities. The Holy Spirit enriches the Church with his fruits; the risen Lord breathes over his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
He emphasised that Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. “Peace be with you,” he says. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.
The foundation stone for the renovation of the church building was laid by Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop emeritus, Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza, Rev Fr Peter, Rev Fr Lancy, Rev Rupesh, Rev Fr Ravi Kumar MSIJ, Mr Reginald Vice President, Mr Steevan Noronha Secretary Parish Pastoral council, Jubilee committee President Mr Stany Alvares, Secretary Mrs Mary Mirada and Mr Gregory DSilva, Engineer were present
Catechism Year 2022-23 was inaugurated, the inaugural ceremony took place comprising of enthronement of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, 12 fruits of the Spirit on a tree,
At the end, Rev. Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza greeted and thanked the Bishop for officiating the Sacrament and conferring children. He also thanked Rev Fr Peter Gonsalves, Rev Fr Lancy D’Souza and everyone involved in preparing the children for confirmation. He congratulated all the children for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.