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Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

Confirming youths is a joy, privilege

Tonight (June 6) at Sacred Heart Cathedral when we confirm 105 candidates from Church of the Assumption Parish in Fairport we come to the end of the spring confirmation season.

As always, I look forward to the event. No matter what the day has been like I find it a privilege and a joy to confirm those who have so generously prepared to receive the sacrament. They bring a sense of excitement and hope that lift my spirit. They remind me that at the core of ministry is the sharing of life in faith. They strengthen my conviction that the Christian life, taken seriously, impels us to open our minds and hearts to the gifts and guidance of the Holy Spirit every day that we live. Just by their presence and openness they speak to me of God’s Spirit constantly renewing the face of the earth.

I am grateful to those newly confirmed friends and to their parents, sponsors, catechists and pastoral leaders who have been and will continue to be a part of their growth.

My thanks go as well to Fathers Dan Condon, Joe Hart, Bill Laird and John Mulligan for so generously assisting with confirmations all year round. They are always ready to serve, and do so with grace and warmth.

There are other groups of people to whom I express thanks, not only for myself but for all whom they served during this exciting season. I refer to Maribeth Mancini and her dedicated team from our Office of Evangelization and Catechesis; and to Father Kevin McKenna and the great people of the Cathedral Community — ushers, people who serve at the post-confirmation receptions, staff and volunteers who prepare the church for worship. I want to mention also Ginny Miller and the gifted and generous choir members who so wonderfully enhance our liturgical celebrations. Last but not least, I name as deserving of much gratitude Sister Mary Ann Binsack, RSM, for the many ways — seen and unseen — in which she contributes to the peacefulness and order of our celebrations.

I will not be writing an "Along the Way" next week because I’ll be going to Atlanta, Ga., for the spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It will be a Tuesday through Friday trip. The agenda for the meeting is on the routine and, I’d say, rather light side, but you never know what might develop.

Whatever the agenda, the meeting always provides an opportunity to renew friendships with brother bishops and to meet those who have been recently ordained. I am also pleased to tell you — especially the Yankees fans among you — that while we’re in Atlanta we’ll attend an interleague game between the Braves and the Yankees.

Peace to all.

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