Two Hundred Eighty OLVP Youth Confirmed
The parish of Our Lady of The Visitation, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, witnessed the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation of two hundred eighty of its young members last March 17, 2022.
The rite, which was held within the Mass at the parish church, commenced at three o’clock in the afternoon. Most Rev. Jesus A. Cabrera, D.D., Bishop-Emeritus of the diocese of Alaminos, presided over the rites. With him were all the four members of the local Recollect community. Accompanying the confirmands from the various barangay chapels of the parish were their family members and sponsors. The parish catechists, some Religious Sisters, and parishioners also graced the solemn occasion.
During his homily, which he delivered in Pangasinan dialect, Bishop Cabrera exhorted the confirmands, “You will receive the Holy Spirit… From now on, live according to the Spirit…” The confirmands, on their part, responded in unison, “Amen!”
Due to the candidates’ number, the most reverend bishop delegated Fr. Samson Silloriquez, OAR, Fr. Ramon Bitancor III, OAR, and Fr. Nestor Raras, OAR to help him in administering to them the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Before the final blessing, Miss Keizha Diaz delivered the message of gratitude on behalf of her fellow newly confirmed youth. After the rites, the parish community—thanks to the kindness and generosity of several sponsors—distributed to them packed snacks. The event lasted until quarter to five in the afternoon.
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