The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, Donkorkrom on Sunday 5th November, 2023 witnessed the Confirmation of 86 Candidates from the main parish and other outstations by his Lordship John Alphonse Asiedu, SVD, Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Donkorkrom, Ghana.
According to the Chief Shepherd, such a big number being confirmed is a mark of growth for the Church, and most importantly, the faith as well. Reflecting on the readings of the day, he exhorted the faithful to live lives of humility, service and faith, and that they should work according to God’s Word, serving the needs of one another.
He went further by pointing out the example of St. Paul in 1Thesalonica 2:7-9,13 who sets himself as a model to the believers. In like manner, Christians should heed to the invitation of Christ in the Gospel of Mathew 23:1-12 to live lives different from that of the Scribes and Pharisees, by reflecting what they preach.
The Bishop also challenged the faithful to be attuned to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, for, anyone who is strengthened by the Holy Spirit is given the power to be able to live an authentic life, so that his life reflects what he believes.
Encouraging the newly Confirmed, the Bishop stressed that they must not stop coming to Church as is often the practice. Rather, they should stick to the Spirit with which they have been sealed, and for this spiritual growth to happen, they must remain in the Catholic Church where they will continue to deepen their faith as well as render service to the Church.
Bishop Asiedu lauded the efforts of the sponsors of the newly confirmed in accompanying, encouraging, and advising them, and setting themselves as a model and example for the newly confirmed. He hoped that the sponsors would continue to accompany the candidates so that what has begun in them will continue to grow and yield more fruits.
The Confirmation Mass was graced by three prelates: Rev. Fr. Leopold Ettuh, Chaplain of St. Fidelis Senior High School, Tease, Fr. Bernard Appiah Adjei, SVD, Cathedral Administrator, and Fr. Vincent Amuzu Asafo, SVD, the Assistant to the Cathedral Administrator. Some Religious Women within the parish were also present, as well as Christians from Agotime, Kwaekese and other Outstations.