108 S. Marquette St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
A message from Father Robb Jurkovich
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Once again, we welcome Bishop John Doerfler to our parish this weekend for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation! This will be celebrated on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm for all the candidates for our entire vicariate. Our vicariate includes all the parishes of Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, so several parishes will be represented here. As you know, the age for receiving the Sacrament has been moved back into high school again, so it will be wonderful to see so many young people in the church for this Mass and to see them all receive this great gift of a deepening of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Obviously, we need to pray for them all, that the reception of such powerful graces is not seen as ‘graduation’ from Church but a brand-new beginning to dive more deeply into the mystery and practice of our Catholic Faith! And not only ought we to pray for them, but also visibly encourage and support them in their journey of faith whenever we see them…they are not only the future, but they are important and needed right now!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us of some of the awesome effects of this Sacrament: “It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost (1302)
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: --it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation (becoming a son/daughter of God) which makes us cry out ‘Abba! Father!’; –It unites us more firmly to Christ; --it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; --it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; --it gives us 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 boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross (1303).”
This is powerful stuff. May we be reminded that this gift was given to us when we were Confirmed as well! And if you are a Catholic who ‘fell through the cracks’ and did not receive this sacrament for some reason, please talk to me asap. You should be enrolling in the RCIA classes that will begin in October in preparation for next Easter. Not having this sacrament is like being on a battle field with only part of your armor and part of your weaponry arsenal. In other words, you are fighting the good fight at a disadvantage from where you should be. So please do not put it off any longer if that applies to you!
May the Peace of Christ be with you always!