confirmation class 2017Dear Friends,
This weekend we will celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation
here at St. Mark’s Church. We had five outstanding teens
receiving Confirmation: Molly Clement, Michael
Kays, Olivia Nda, Shannon Netzer, and Gabrielle Puia. Please pray
for them as they make this great commitment of faith in their spiritual

The sacrament of Confirmation is the strengthening of
baptismal grace. Grace is the free and undeserved gift of God’s help
in our lives to fully live out our respective vocations. In the sacrament
of Confirmation we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. According
to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1303,
– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which
makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gift of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ more boldly, and to never be ashamed of the cross.

Receiving Confirmation is not the end but rather the
beginning. I hope and pray that our teen’s journey continues after
they have completed their Faith Formation classes. May they find
new and creative ways to share Christ always. Once again, please
pray for them. And may God Bless you and your families.

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Sincerely Yours,
Fr. David Aufiero