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Confirmation at Christ the King, Plymouth
Tuesday 6th May 2014

On Saturday 3 May, the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on one of the Ordinariate's young members, Saffi, at the Church of Christ the King in Plymouth. Saffi had been received into the Catholic Church in 2013 and after catechesis was ready to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. In the Ordinariate, Confirmation is conferred before First Holy Communion, and so it is conferred at a younger age than in most parishes in England and Wales.

Following the Mass (of Ss Philip and James) there was a lunch party in the hall attended by members of the Ordinariate who had travelled from all over the South West area.

Saffi had chosen St Catherine as her confirmation name and patron, and Mgr Newton reminded her of the Bas-relief of St Catherine in Rome, which depicts her wagging her finger at the Pope. Mgr Newton said St Catherine was a very strong and powerful Christian lady and so he expected Saffi to grow into a strong Catholic woman with the assistance of St Catherine's prayers.

Saffi chose a lemon cake for her Confirmation cake, which was made by her sponsor, Margaret Hellyer (pictured here with Saffi), who is married to Fr Ian Hellyer of the Ordinariate.

Fr Hellyer writes: "the occasion was one of great blessing for us all, but especially we thanked God for His strengthening of young Saffi by Confirmation, to make her ready to be a good witness to Christ as she grows into adulthood".

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