Confirmations at NPH Mexico
NPH Mexico celebrates the confirmation of over 30 of our children.
June 22, 2012 - Mexico
At our home every spring, as the end of the school year approaches, our students who are preparing to graduate from secondary school. They also prepare for a very important event in their lives, their Confirmation in the Catholic Church. Pentecost is the Christian celebration that commemorates the day that the Holy Spirit descended from heaven upon Jesus’ apostles following his resurrection. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter and is a time that our children reflect upon the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“Confirmation – sacrament of reception of the Holy Spirit – for us happens at end of secondary school, so kids are mature enough to make the commitment to their faith on their own. They are prepared in catechism classes for the entire third year of secondary school and then participate in a retreat before they make the commitment to their faith that Confirmation entails” states Father Phil Cleary, a priest for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™. “We celebrate the sacrament as close to Pentecost as possible (according to the Bishop’s schedule) because Pentecost is the feast when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. We celebrate it at the Cathedral instead of at our home so the kids get an idea that the Church is bigger than their own chapel and their own home.”
The historic Cathedral in downtown Cuernavaca
On the day of the sacrament of Confirmation, our secondary students along with high school students who arrived to our home without having received the sacrament and the high school musical group arrived at the cathedral in downtown Cuernavaca for the Confirmation mass. Each child was met by their Confirmation godparent. The godparents included NPH directors, employees, and teachers who will stand as witness to the children’s Confirmation and will share a special bond with the children to guide and support them in their faith.
Before the service began, our children sat quietly with their godparents while taking in the grandness of the 16th century cathedral. Soon it was time for mass to begin. Bishop Alfonso Cortés Contreras and Father Phil began to celebrate mass at the altar in their bright red vestments which symbolize the Holy Spirit. Our children were asked to confirm their faith and each child held a candle, which they lit to symbolize their commitment to their faith and the acceptance of the Holy Spirit as a light within them. Each child came to the altar to receive a special blessing from the Bishop and their godparents accompanied them for support.
After mass ended, everyone took pictures with their godparents and with Father Phil and returned to our high school home to celebrate their Confirmation with a special dinner and cake. It is not only a celebration of their membership in the church, but of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the faith that will help and guide them throughout their lives. We are very proud of our children, the commitment they have made, and know that their faith will serve an important part of their lives in the years to come.