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Thursday, 21 January 2016 05:16

Holy Spirit Comes to Ialibu

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Almost fifty people of all ages coming from Saint Clare Parish in Ialibu and it's surrounding outstations, received the gifts of the Holy Spirit recently in celebration in which the whole community took part.

 Father Stan Banasinski, MSF is the parish priest of the parish.

 The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the seven Sacraments founded by Jesus to communicate his life and grace and to strenghten God's People to become missionary disciples on their way to the Kingdom.

The light of the Catholic faith came the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea in the mid-1950's.  The Holy Spirit was already in Papua New Guinea before the missionaries came preparing the way for the coming of the preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Now most people in PNG would identify themselves as Christians.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Church believes that the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the recipients in a kind of new Pentecost.  There are many fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, such as: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude, fear of the Lord.  The gifts given and received are for the selfless service of our brothers and sisters and the building up of the community of faith.

Pray that those who receive these heavenly gifts may cherish them and share them for the glory of God and the building of the Church.

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