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By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)


The culmination of God’s creativity in our midst comes when the Holy Spirit first came upon the Apostles and they thus began our Church as we know it today, celebrated June 4 as the Solemnity of Pentecost.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane prays over 55 men and women from 16 different Parishes who recieved the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost, June 4, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

The gift from God is the promise given to the Disciples by Jesus at the Last Supper and is passed down through the generations to the faithful.

Pope Francis noted that the Holy Spirit “is the living memory of the Church. And while it makes us remember, it enables us to understand the words of the Lord… The Spirit of truth and charity that recalls to us what Christ said, allows us to enter more fully into the meaning of His words.

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis said that division doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit, who forms the universal Church with both unity and diversity. The Holy Spirit creates diversity in unity because in every time and place He gives and nurtures different charisms and graces, Pope Francis continued. And the Holy Spirit does so in a way that “effects true union, according to God’s will, a union that is not uniformity, but unity in difference.”

Bishop Frank J. Dewane bestows the Sacrament of Confirmation on one of 55 men and women from 16 different Parishes on Pentecost, June 4, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated Mass on Pentecost at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice where he also bestowed the Sacrament of Confirmation upon 55 women and men from 16 different Parishes of the Diocese. The confirmandi were people who otherwise missed being confirmed either at the Easter Vigil or during Confirmation Masses in the Parish throughout the Easter Season.

The confirmandi were reminded by Bishop Dewane that they renew their Baptismal vows to publicly proclaim who they are as Catholics. Their unity to the Church is completed with the anointing with holy Chrism oil during the Sacrament of Confirmation.

“This Sacrament makes you more the woman or man of God you are called to be,” he explained. “The Holy Spirit is sealed within you and will stay with you forever. Be an inspiration to others as you let the gifts of the of the Holy Spirit shine forth in your actions and your words.”

Luis Gutierrez, 19, of St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs, said he is proud of himself for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, partly because it makes his mother happy but also to run his life.

“I chose to take this step to make my life better,” Gutierrez said. “Preparing for this day has already made a difference. I have grown in my faith and am confident that I will continue to turn my life around.”

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