The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 42 adults Sunday, April 10, 2011, during Mass celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington. Fr. John McGee, O.S.F.S., Pastor of the Church, and Fr. Donald Baribeau, M.S., Pastor of St. Mildred Church in Swansboro, concelebrated.
Those receiving the Sacrament represented 10 parishes from the Cape Fear, New Bern and Newton Grove Deaneries. The newly confirmed are practicing Catholics who previously received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, they are now fully initiated into the Catholic faith.
Prior to conferring the sacrament, Bishop Burbidge explained to the candidates that their being chosen by God to enter into the “one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church” is “part of God’s divine plan.” Referring to the First Reading, Bishop Burbidge said, “Perhaps your faith journey also had moments of doubt and confusion. Yet, the promise the Lord our God made to those in exile is the same one He made to you: Through it all He has been and always will be present to sustain you.”
The adult Confirmation was the second of three being celebrated in the Diocese. Bishop Burbidge conferred the sacrament on 72 men and women during a Mass at St. Andrew Church in Apex on March 28. He will confer the sacrament on 21 university students Monday evening, April 11, during a 6:30 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.
Above and below: Newly confirmed, sponsors, friends and families attending Mass at which 42 adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation, April 10, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington.
Above and below: Bishop Burbidge conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on two of the 42 adults, now fully initiated in the Catholic faith.
Photos by Logan Wallace.