As reported in a previous post, a delegation of seven members of Sint-Kwinten’s community went to Mechelen with Confirmation candidate Denise Bosman for a catechetical encounter and meal at the archdiocesan pastoral center. The following day, Sunday 1 March, the Leuven delegation that joined Denise at the Sint-Rombouts Cathedral for the Rite of Election was smaller but no less enthusiastic. She was accompanied by Jeroen, Katrien (her sponsor), Johannes, Henri, and Deacon Marc Michiels of the Leuven pastoral zone, who regularly participates in Denise’s RCIA program.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renews within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit takes not from me.
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustains in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
A moving and powerful moment came when the bishop requested the sponsors to put their hand on the shoulder of the Candidate entrusted to them and expressly asked them: “Sponsors, joyfully pray for these chosen ones; help them in word and deed on their way to the Easter sacraments.”