VIRAR-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 03, 2013 : On January 27, 2013, fifty- one candidates belonging to Resurrection Church, Virar (East) and Mary Help of Christians Church, Naigaon (East received the Sacrament of Confirmation, administered by the Bishop of Vasai Diocese, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado, in a solemn Eucharistic ceremony, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, the Salesian Provincial of Mumbai Province; and Rev. Fr. Orville Coutinho sdb, the Parish Priest of Mary Help of Christians Church, Naigaon (East); Rev. Fr. Lawrence D’Souza sdb, the Parish Priest and Rev. Fr. Osborn Furtado, sdb, the Assistant Parish Priest of the Resurrection Church, Virar (East).
After a warm welcome by the First Holy Communicants, the Parish Pastoral Council Members, the Eucharistic Ministers, the Catechists and the Salesian Co-operators, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado and Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, proceeded to bless the newly installed life size statues of Mary Help of Christians and St. John Bosco respectively. The Church most beautifully adorned with fresh flowers, was packed to full capacity. Outdoor seating arrangements with a huge screen were provided for parishioners, who joined in the service from outside the Church.
In his homily, His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado dwelt on the analogy of the human body used by St. Paul in his Letter to the Corinthians, (1. Cor. 12:12 – 30 ) to drive home the message that each of us plays a vital role in the Church. No one should consider themselves insignificant as each of us contributes to keep up the vitality and the vibrancy of the Church, Christ being the Supreme head. The newly confirmed candidates were encouraged to always be actively united with the Church.
Fr. Lawrence D’Souza sdb, expressed his gratitude to His Grace, Archbishop Felix Machado and the Salesian Provincial, Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, and the Catechists of the two Parishes. The Vice-President of the Resurrection Church Parish Pastoral Council Mr David Castellino officially thanked our esteemed celebrants for gracing the occasion. After the Eucharistic celebration, a variety of home made snacks and beverages were sold by our parishioners on the church grounds to satiate their hunger.
We pray that with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the newly confirmed candidates in a special way will experience the richness and the fullness of a grace filled Christian life.