The 2014 Confirmation Service in St Mary's Magheraculmoney, Ardess, took place on Sunday May 4th at the 11 am service. Bishop John commented that this was his fourth Confirmation in Ardess. Nine candidates were confirmed by the Bishop. Rev'd Caroline and Mrs Hazel Irvine took the confirmation class from October, including Youth Alpha as well as the Church of Ireland elements. The general feedback was that the classes were on the whole enjoyable and interesting.
The Bishop spoke in his sermon about the nature of holiness and what it is to be holy, as God asks of his people, to set themselves apart 'and be holy as I am holy'. Holiness is not a 'holier than thou' attitude, the Bishop observed. Such a mindset was all too popular in Northern Ireland. Instead it was about people feeling better about themselves in our presence, of being aware of further and greater possibilities than they had been before.
Many thanks to all who have prayed for our candidates throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming them to CONNECT, our Youth Fellowship, who are to hold a party celebration for the candidates on May 11th at 7pm in the Fountain Centre.
Ardess Parish Confirmation Service