Confirmation: Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit
Confirmation celebrations held across western N.C.
CHEROKEE — Twenty-five people from St. Joseph Church in Bryson City, St. Jude Church in Cashiers and St. Mary Mother of God Church of Sylva received the sacrament of confirmation June 11 from Bishop Peter J. Jugis during Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Cherokee.
Concelebrating the Mass were Father Shawn O'Neal, pastor of St. Joseph Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, and Father Alejandro Ayala, pastor of St. Mary Mother of God Church.
As Bishop Jugis prepared to anoint the candidates with sacred chrism, sealing them with the gift of the Holy Spirit, he spoke of the light rain that was falling outside: "I am happy to see the rain – it is a reminder of your baptism," he said.
(Photos by Vicki Dorsey | Catholic News Herald)
LEXINGTON — Thirteen young people at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Lexington received the sacrament of confirmation June 6 from Bishop Peter J. Jugis.
(Photo provided by Linda McAdam)
HAYWOOD COUNTY — Bishop Peter J. Jugis confirms Cristian Lopez of St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Maggie Valley. Cristian's sponsor is his grandmother, Celsa C. Oliva. The sacrament of confirmation was celebrated May 22 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville for a combined class of 21 youths from St. John and St. Margaret of Scotland parishes.
Confirmandi from St. John were: Daniel Cheek, Jacob Cioffi, Mary Escaravage, Molly Escaravage, Jennifer Gamez, Christopher Hill, Jessica Huber, Joshua Jimison, Gabriela Julian, Elizabeth Martin, Dayana Martinez, Maritza Pina and Juan Rios; and from St. Margaret of Scotland were: Matthew Fowler, Sydney Franklin, Cristian Lopez, William McLeod, Erin Peterson, Sinjon Stringfellow, Rylee Yarrington and Ashley Zander. (Photos by Joanita M. Nellenbach |Catholic News Herald)
LINCOLNTON — Bishop Peter J. Jugis celebrated the sacrament of confirmation at St. Dorothy Church in Lincolnton in May. (Photos by Anthony Perlas, seroptics.com, Catholic News Herald)
DENVER — Thirty-three teens at Holy Spirit Church in Denver received the sacrament of confirmation May 9 from Rev. Monsignor Mauricio W. West, vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte.
Maggie Foley receives the sacrament of confirmation with the support of her sponsor Jordan D'Amato. Deacon James Atkinson and Father Carmen Malacari, pastor, assist Monsignor West.
(Photos by Doreen Sugierski |Catholic News Herald)
KING — Father Lawrence Heiney and the families of Good Shepherd Parish in King were honored to welcome Benedictine Abbot Placid Solari, abbot of Belmont Abbey and chancellor of Belmont Abbey College as the celebrant for the sacrament of confirmation April 21. Pictured are Blanca Mares, Megan Fournier, Armando Rodriguez, Abbot Placid Solari, Luis Angel Padilla, Luis Bueno, Andrew Solorio and Araseli Valverdi; Juan Landaverde, not pictured. (Photo provided by Annette Tenny and Barb Robless)
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Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy