Why do we confirm adults on Pentecost?
As Jesus ascended into heaven to meet the Father, he entrusted his apostles with an important mission: to spread the gospel to all nations (Matt 28:19-20). This task must have seemed daunting for them, especially without having Jesus visibly present among them anymore. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and other disciples to enliven them with faith and courage to play their part in this mission (Acts 2). Pentecost Sunday celebrates this event in which many have referenced as the official birth of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ and inaugurated by the Holy Spirit. Like these first disciples of the early Church, we are each invited to share in the mission of Jesus Christ. We experience our own Pentecost through the sacrament of Confirmation, in which we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to function not only out of our natural talents, but also through our supernatural gifts and charisms. This sacrament is typically reserved for the bishop to administer, unless he delegates this faculty to another priest. Bishop Deshotel has chosen to delegate this authority to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to all pastors in the diocese of Lafayette each year on Pentecost Sunday. Because of this, we are excited to confirm a number of adults at the 11am Mass this weekend. Join us in congratulating these men and women as they begin to live more fully a life in the Holy Spirit.