Come Holy Spirit!: Hundreds confirmed on Pentecost weekend
June 8, 2021
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo anoints the head of a Confirmation candidate during a celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation at a Mass at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands on May 7. (Photo by Michelle Eisterhold)
On Pentecost weekend, May 22 to 23, hundreds of adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Spring, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in northwest Houston, Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood and St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. The Masses were celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Bishop-elect Italo Dell’Oro.
"The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God's Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus' entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service."