The group of 57 confirmands, including 11 teenagers with special needs, pose for a photo with Archbishop Chia.

Eleven teenagers with special needs were confirmed on Dec 18 at Blessed Sacrament Church.

They were part of a group of 57 adults and youths from the parish who received the sacrament, administered by Archbishop Nicholas Chia.

The 11 confirmands with special needs, together with their parents and godparents, had earlier attended preparatory sessions.

Madam Cassey Chia, whose daughter, Gwendoline, was among the 11 confirmed said, “We waited very long for this day to come.” She added that she was “thankful that God made this day happen”.

The sacrament would help boost the spiritual growth of her child, she said, adding that these special-needs children are “close to the Spirit”.

Having children with special needs confirmed together with other children also helps members of the community to be more accepting of their needs, she said.

Gwendoline shared: “It has been a long journey to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be healed, to receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I praise and thank God for this special day.”

Another parent, Mr Lee, hailed his son’s confirmation as “a happy event” and added that it is rare for a group of teenagers with special needs to be confirmed together.

He hopes the reception of the sacrament would bring his son closer to God, and that he would be better able to understand what Mr Lee and his wife teach him about the faith.

By Darren Boon
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