The nice thing about being Catholic is the various rites we go through in our lives. These rites or rather sacraments are all very rich in tradition and full of religious symbols. After birth, around 40+ days, a baby will be baptised, which symbolise being part of the church. At 9 years old (or around this age, depending on the church), the child will be accepted into the community and ‘have supper with Jesus’ in the First Holy Communion. (My #3 son first holy communion in 2005) At 16 years old (or around that age when a child is considered able to understand the purpose), he/she will go through Confirmation, or being confirmed as a Catholic.
This is the batch of youths who received their confirmation today at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. There is another post on Confirmation 2006 for my eldest son.
At their confirmation, they are supposed to choose a Saint’s name as their middle name. A saint whom they want to look up to and emulate the saint’s life. My eldest son’s took his father’s Chinese name and changed to Eugene. I wanted my #2 son to use the same Eugene (as there are lots of St. Eugene) but he wanted to be named after Ninja Turtle. LOL. First, he wanted Michaelangelo. Since his name is Michael and surname is Loh, he said, “Hey, let’s take Angel as my middle name!” DOH. I asked Father Fabian if a boy can use a girl’s name and vice versa. He went, errmmm…*shrugs shoulder and laughed* So, I asked him if I can use the same middle name for all my children so that next time, in my orbituary, I can have ABC Eugene Loh, DEF Eugene Loh, XYZ Eugene Loh (alphabets are their real names lah). I told Father Fabian that there is uniformity in my orbituary, looks neater and nicer right? LOL. But my #2 has a better idea. Michael is the archangel’s name. There are two other archangels (or maybe more, I don’t know lah). One is Gabriel and one is Raphael. (pronounce as ra-fah-el and not ray-feel like how the Bishop pronounced). So, he took Raphael. Lucky he doesn’t want Donatello like Ninja Turtle.
Michael Raphael with Father Fabian. Actually, we can opt not to take a Saint’s name if our name is already a Saint’s name. I didn’t take a Saint’s name during my baptism/confirmation (conversion to Catholic) because there is already a Saint Lillian that I want to emulate.
The newly confirmed Catholic was extremely hungry because the mass was rather long. We went to have dinner at Mizi Bistro after mass.
I asked him what he remembered about the Bishop homily and he said, “Breastfeeding and wasting time.” LOL, it’s true. The Bishop preached that parents should breastfeed their babies and they should spend time, ‘wasting time with their children’. Praise God, I think I got ’em right, somewhat. ‘Cos my kids are all good boys mah….Heh.
It is nice having so many kids. I will go through all these sacraments, once every few years. By the time my youngest get confirm when he is 16 years old, I will be 54 years old. So, this photo is for keepsake. Too bad I didn’t take a photo with the eldest son, two years ago.
(the person with his hand on my son’s shoulder is the godparent. Godparents play an important role and they must be there during all these sacraments. You can see the godparent at Matthew’s baptism in 2003 on this post)
In closing, I wish Bishop would praised us parents more for bringing up these teens. (maybe Bishop did but I wasn’t paying attention LOL) In this modern world and some of us who are not born Catholics and have spouses not of the Catholic faith, I think we have done well by bringing up these 16 years old who willingly and excitedly embraced the Catholic faith. It is one of the hardest faith to embrace because there are so many challenges for the young people. So, every parent should be extremely proud, sitting there, witnessing the labour of their love and God’s grace. Mostly, God grace.
Tralallala…In another four years, my #3 son will be confirmed and my #5 who will receive his first holy communion.
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All your family members are catholic?
Penang Tionghua – Family means what? My children and I are. My hubby is not. None of my brothers or sisters are Christians but two nephews are Christian converts and married Christians. My inlaws are super allergic to Christians. So, define family again? LOL.
My God always be with you to guide you
and show you the right way….
Congratulations on your Confirmation
Blessings and Good Wishes
Congratulations to your #3 for his confirmation.
I still remember my year when we had 100+ confirmants. The Archbishop of KL came to our confirmation and was assisted by the parish priest. It was a great day ‘coz I saw all the naughty boys in my class got confirmed and became men that day. 🙂 Those naughty boys became so serious after our 2nd camp. I’d guess that day, we all grew up to become adults in the eyes of our parents and family.
I knew 1 of those naughty boys and he’s now a family man with 2 kids of his own. 🙂
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That’s what I wanted to know – ur hubby. Since hubby and his parents have the allergies, how did u manage to administer the piriton so that ur sons could join ur congregation?
I forgot to comment – wow! ur son looks very much like you at the close-up pix. Very handsome boy! 2nd time I made the comment on ur blog. Yes. looks like u know how to create the mold… u must share with ur young and newly-wed readers… hahahaha
Penang Tionghua – I used to keep my parents-in-law’s altar at home and cooked the whole nine miles of foods and seng lay for all the Chinese festivals wan. But Jesus Christ is greater, He works wonder. My hubby not very religious one and he believes everyone has their right to believe in whatever god they want so it is fine for me to convert and my older sons wanted to follow along. So, no problem lor. You have to read my conversion story on my faith blog lah.
Same face meh? No lah, my eldest looks more like me.
angie – It is only #2, not #3 yet. 😛
Jennifer – Thank you.
I have read your re-birth. God works in his own way:
“I choose you and not you choose me.”
When the call comes, it is the right time to act.
Congratulations to ur son on his confirmation.
May God Bless Everybody…
One word: HENSEM!
Congrates, Michael! 😀
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yr hubby & shares much in common….
Congrats anyway!! 🙂
Boy… During my time, we had our confirmation at Pentecost but now, times have changed, huh? 🙂
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