The 14th of December, 2019 was quite remarkable for the Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist, Iseyin with the achievement added to the record of progress made in the aspect of evangelization in the community as over a hundred of lay-faithful in their white attire, were graced with the sacrament of Confirmation (a sacrament that calls to witnessing to Christ with no atom of fear) by His Lordship himself, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, the chief celebrant at the Mass who also doubles as the homilist. In his sermon, he congratulated the confirmands (comprising of both young and old) stating the obvious challenges they might have encountered in the course of their preparation which of course, according to him should serve as a driving force to living out the demands of the sacrament. He encouraged them to be steadfast in prayer being the armour of Christian and to make the word of God their companion. Meanwhile, using these favoured candidates as a point of contact, he went on to admonish the whole congregation who had received the sacrament in the past but already found dead in them, to pray that God revives it. In a bid to make this blessed day worth remembering for the confirmands for the good it obviously stands for, they were each gifted a sacramental which was duly blessed. As if that was not even enough, the ceremony doubles with the foundation laying of the prospective mission house immediately after the Holy Mass on the same day. It was indeed a day that would linger for long in the hearts of the lay-faithful. The voice of appreciation was heard from the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Adejumo whose joy knew no bounds having all of these notable events happening in his era.
Without mincing words, the community of God in conjunction with their Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Adejumo in one accord could not have wished for more, most especially for the number of Christian soldiers that were made and as such, they express their profound gratitude to God and remain indebted to him infinitely for the favours received.
BY REGINA OGUNTOYE