adventures of c&k: sacraments abound
Chances are, when you come from a large Catholic family and a wide Catholic network, springtime overflows with sacraments. As much as Karl and I wanted to be present at each and every celebration we were invited to, we had to accept the limitations of distance and double-booking. However there were two familial sacraments that were priorities and we did everything necessary to attend: my brother’s diaconate ordination (more on that here) and Karl’s sister’s Confirmation.
The church was overflowing with family and friends of the confirmani. We found whatever seats we could: Karl’s mom and her sister were on one side of the church in a pew, while Karl, Lindsay, and I were on the other side in chairs along the wall. Four of Karl’s siblings were involved in the confirmation – one as a confirmandi (Kathleen) and three as sponsors.
The mass was lovely, and the bishop’s words inspiring as he reminded the young men and women of their mission as full-fledged members of the Church Militant. Then, the eighty-four confirmandi presented themselves, along with their sponsors, to the bishop for confirmation. It took quite a long time as they filed slowly up the aisle and Bishop Serratelli sealed each one with the gift of the Holy Spirit. My heart soared for Kathleen as I saw her approach the bishop, with John, her brother and sponsor, at her side. Her forehead shined brightly with oil as she walked back to her seat. I teased Kathleen about her shiny forehead after mass, but also reminded her that just as the oils of confirmation shine, so too should Christ shine through her.
Welcome, Kathleen, to the ranks of Church Militant, confirmed!