Thirty-one adults celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation at Our Lady of Carmen Parish in Alajuela

On November 22, parish in Alajuela, Costa Rica was festive because thirty-one adults received the sacrament of Confirmation at the hands of Monsignor Angel Sanmiro Fernández, Augustinian bishop emeritus of this city. Eight of them also received the sacrament of Baptism, of which a couple already has the date of their Catholic wedding.
News | 2019 Nov 27

Thanks to the support of all the catechists of the Augustinian Recollect community "Love and Science", especially Don Ronald Martínez Saborío  and Mrs. Ana Marcela Cruz Solís, these thirty-one adults have carried out the formative process with fervor and tenacity, demonstrated by their fidelity to attend their classes, which they had every Wednesday since last July.

On 20 November, a Eucharist was held, and they expressed their willingness to be marked by the sacraments, including that of Reconciliation. The community always supported them.

For these adults, it has been important to honor their Catholic Baptism and to pastorally consider their need for religious formation. This led them to continue to prepare and led them to ponder their faith as adults and to open themselves more to the Holy Ghost.

Monsignor Angel embellished the liturgical celebration with the joy of being able to administer Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. He promised to follow in his homily the guidelines of Pope Francis at least time wise, and almost succeeded, the promised 10-minute homily, he took 15 minutes.  In that time, he had the ability to engross the church goes with an explanation on the gifts and fruits of the Spirit, while making a statement on the value of life in the face of the danger of the President of the Costa Rican Republic signing the Technical Standard for Therapeutic Abortion. Here, he said, we are in a strong "no to abortion" attitude, as was evident at the December 1 rally.

Monsignor San Casimiro did not miss the opportunity to call at the end of the celebration the two catechists mentioned: Ms.  Ana Marcela and Don Ronald, to highlight their catechetical apostolate as lay people and to recognize that, as a couple, they become an example for Christian married life.  A very loud applause corroborated his impression.

The parish priest, the Augustinian, John Cerda, comments that "this celebration is a time to thank God for the Sacrament of Confirmation that leads us to strengthen and complete the work of Baptism with the gift of the Holy Spirit". He adds: "Some lay adults are already on our doorstep, and with the knowledge and permission of Archbishop  Bartolome Buigues Oller, Bishop of Alajuela, we will continue to serve them next year, in order to confirm them in the faith that unites us as brothers and sisters."

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