Last month, Mother’s Day marked a special day for 86 Vietnamese youth of Our Lady of Lavang Parish who were confirmed by Archbishop Alexander Sample.
The youth were confirmed at St. Rose of Lima Church across the street from Our Lady of Lavang Parish, which is still under repair after spring rains flooded their church building.
“I am so excited for this day, but feeling sad at the same time,” said confirmand Sophia Nguyen. “I will no longer be with my classmates on Sundays. We have been together [in religious education] since second grade.”
Archbishop Sample and his mother Joyce arrived at the parish surrounded by young confirmandi before the Mass.
The church was standing room only for the Mass — catechists, women Religious, families, friends and godparents all convened inside St. Rose Church.
The archbishop told the confirmandi he would be very “generous” with the application of the sacred chrism oil, so that they could go out and be the “Odor of Christ in this world” and give off the “Fragrance of Gospel.”
After Mass, Archbishop Sample stood with each confirmed youth and their family as they taking turns with pictures.
“ Every time I celebrate Mass with the Vietnamese Community, I am always impressed with the prayerfulness, devotion and reverence of the young people. “ My hope is that they will always remain strong in their faith and that they will always have a close relationship with Jesus Christ.”