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St. James Confirmation 2011

Last Friday, March 25, 2011, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. Bishop of Tucson presided over the confirmation rite of 16 young people, made his presence felt and left a huge impact through his style of preaching and in ways mysterious. Take a look at the picture below.
Newly confirmed with Bishop Kicanas and Fr. Jojo

St. James Altar on Confirmation Day

Bishop Kicanas asked two confirmands to come up front during the homily 
I’d like to thank the Parents/Guardians who brought them into the Church and passed on the rich treasures of the Catholic Faith; Gerry Krempasky, Director of Religious Education and Frank Ashford, Confirmation Teacher and the Catechists for their dedication in the education of the young and commitment to the program; the Sponsors for accepting the huge responsibility of leading by example; above all, to God Almighty, for keeping the parish always under providential care. 

I hope this will be a marvelous start and wonderful descent into a new level of discovery and growth in our lifetime commitment to the Gospel and the Catholic Church as opposed to what others think, (Sigh) Thank you St. James, I’m done with Catechism and I’ll see you who knows when. The reality is, our childhood faith and everything learned in the classroom including our personal ideals and beliefs will be constantly tested in the world. Some will give up, others will hold on to Jesus by applying the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit without question and persist. Amen. 

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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