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  • 1. THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATIONFr. George J. Willmann Series #2 -1-
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  • 3. The Sacrament of Confirmation Rev. Msgr. JOSELITO C. ASIS, JCD Fr. George J. Willmann Series #2 -3-
  • 4. Nihil Obstat: Msgr. Pedro C. Quitorio KCFAPI ChaplainImprimatur: Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco Bishop of Cubao KC Luzon ChaplainThe Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a bookis considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is notnecessarily implied that those who have granted them agreewith the contents, opinions or statements expressed.Copyright 2010 by the Knights of Columbus FraternalAssociation of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI)Cover Design:Layout: Laurence John R. MoralesAll rights reserved. No part of this book maybe reproducedor transmitted in any form or by any means electronic ormechanical, including photocopying, recording or by anyinformation storage or retrieval system without the writtenpermission of the publisher.ISBN No. -4-
  • 5. Table of ContentsI - On the Sacrament of Confirmation ................... 7II - On the celebration of the Sa c r a m e n t o f Confirmation .................................................................. 13III - Frequently asked questions on the Sacrament of Confirmation .................................................................. 17Bibliography .......................................................................... 26 -5-
  • 6. Introduction Confirmation is one the sacraments that is not very wellunderstood among many Catholics. For some, the need for itcomes only when the child enrolls in a Catholic school or whena couple needs the certificate of confirmation upon applicationfor marriage. But pitifully enough, the need is mostly aboutthe certificate requisite and not the merit of the sacrament. Understandably, the lack of knowledge of the sacramentof confirmation, like any other sacrament, is mainly due to thedearth of catechesis in most parishes. But while the parish isthe center to catechetical formation, it does not free the parents,godparents, and lay leaders from the duty of explaining thefaith to others. The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines(PCP-II) decreed thus: “Lay faithful and particularly lay leadersshould acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to defendand explain the faith to others.” (Art 44, #3) It is in this light that the members of the Knights of Columbusare also called to the work of catechesis. Admittedly, formationor catechesis has been one of the weakest link of the Order ofthe Knights of Columbus in the Philippines. Such spiritualformation is barely enough to know the rudiments of the faith.A continuing catechesis is necessary. The Father George J. Willmann Series is only one of the modestways in helping the members of the Order get acquainted withthe Church’s teachings. A joint project of the Father George J.Willmann Charities, Inc. and the KC Priests-Scholars Association,we hope that this series will be disseminated in every councilthroughout the three State Jurisdictions in the Philippines.MSGR PEDRO C. QUITORIOChaplain, KCFAPI -6-
  • 7. I. On the Sacrament of Confirmation1. How does the Catholic Church define the Sacrament ofConfirmation? The Sacrament of Confirmation has been given differentnames, such as, “laying on of hands,” “sacrament of chrism,”and “sacrament of fullness.” It was St. Ambrose of Milanwho was the first one to use the term confirmation: “You havereceived the spiritual sign, the sign of wisdom; God the Fatherhas sealed you, Christ the Lord has confirmed you and hasgiven you the gift of the Spirit in your heart.”(St. Ambrose, DeMysteriis, 7. 42: PL 16. 403). The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us the notionof Confirmation: “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [thebaptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and areenriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence theyare, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spreadand defend the faith by word and deed.”(CCC No. 1285). The New Code of Canon Law describes: “The sacramentof Confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges themmore firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and tospread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enrichesby the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on thepath of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly tothe Church (Can.  879). Based from the above Church documents, we can definethe Sacrament of Confirmation as the sacrament instituted byChrist in which the baptized – through the laying on of hands andthe anointing with chrism, together with some sacred words – receivethe Holy Spirit in order to publicly confess the faith with fortitude,by word and deed. It is the sacrament in which one is enriched -7-
  • 8. by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to theChurch. It strengthens and obliges the baptized to be witnessto Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith.It is the sacrament in which one enters into full membership inthe Catholic Church.2. What does the Bible say about Confirmation? The direct reference to the institution of the sacrament ofConfirmation can be found in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter8, verses 12-17. Here, we learn that the deacon Philip hadbaptized many believers in Samaria. The apostles in Jerusalemheard that the people of Samaria had received the word ofGod, so they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived,they prayed for the believers that they might receive the HolySpirit for the Holy Spirit had not yet come down on any ofthem. They had only been baptized in the name of the LordJesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, andthey received the Holy Spirit. Also in Chapter 19, verses 1- 6 of the Acts of the Apostles,we read that St. Paul came to Ephesus, and found certaindisciples. He said to them: Have you received the Holy Spiritsince you believed? But they said to him: We have not somuch as heard whether there be a Holy Spirit. And he said: Inwhat then were you baptized? They said: In John’s baptism.Then Paul said: John baptized the people with the baptism ofpenance . . . Having heard these things, they were baptizedin the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had imposedhis hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and theyspoke with tongues and prophesied. From that time on, the apostles, in fulfillment of Christ’swill, imparted to the newly baptized by the laying on of hands -8-
  • 9. the gift of the Spirit that completes the grace of Baptism. Forthis reason in the Letter to the Hebrews the doctrine concerningBaptism and the laying on of hands is listed among the firstelements of Christian instruction. The imposition of hands isrightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of thesacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuatesthe grace of Pentecost in the Church. (cf. Catechism of the CatholicChurch, N. 1288). 3. What are the Matter and Form of the Sacrament ofConfirmation? The matter of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the anointingwith Sacred Chrism (oil mixed with balsam and consecrated bythe bishop during the Holy Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday),which is done by the laying on of the hand of the minister. Theform of this sacrament is the word pronounced by the minister:“Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”. It is the practice inthe Latin Church that the anointing is done on the forehead ofthe confirmands while the sacramental words are said. 4. What are the Effects of Confirmation? The effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the fulloutpouring of the Holy Spirit like on the day of Pentecost.From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepeningof baptismal grace: • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”; • it unites us more firmly to Christ; • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; -9-
  • 10. • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross: The sacramental grace of Confirmation strengthens oneagainst temptation, helps one in persecution and fortifies oneto be an active witness for Jesus.5. What are the Seven-fold Gifts and Fruits of the HolySpirit? Through the sacrament of Confirmation we receive sevengifts of the Holy Spirit: • Wisdom -- right sense of God in our lives - first things first • Understanding -- helps in understanding our Faith • Counsel -- helps us to choose the right human judgment • Fortitude -- helps us to persevere • Knowledge -- helps us to know how to choose what is helpful and reject what is harmful. • Piety -- Love for God, confidence in Him, reverence to Him. • Fear of the Lord -- knowing that God is a just Judge -- yes, He is loving and merciful but He is also just. Fruits of the Holy Spirit will be yours if you use the gifts ofthe Holy Spirit, the external product of the indwelling of theHoly Spirit: - 10 -
  • 11. • Charity -- unselfish person; • Peace -- well adjusted person; • Joy -- cheerful/pleasant person; • Patience -- slow to anger, not resentful • Kindness/Goodness -- not self-righteous, stands for what is right even when it means standing alone; • Generosity -- no self-pity, uncomplaining in sickness/ sorrow • Faithfulness -- their religion is first in their lives; • Modesty -- decent in dress, speech, action, self control in all you do; • Chastity -- reverence for your own and the sexuality of others;6. Who can Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? Every baptized person who is not yet confirmed, and onlysuch a person, is capable of receiving confirmation. In orderto receive confirmation licitly outside the danger of death, itis required that a baptized person who has the use of reasonbe suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renewthe baptismal promises. (Can.  889, §1-2). Likewise, theconfirmand must be in a state of grace. One should receive thesacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of theHoly Spirit. More intense prayer should prepare one to receivethe strength and graces of the Holy Spirit with docility andreadiness to act (CCC 1310). Regarding the right age of the confirmand, it is a general - 11 -
  • 12. practice in the Roman Catholic Church that the Sacramentof Confirmation be conferred on the baptized upon reachingthe age of reason (normally upon reaching the age of seven).However, it can be done before this age if there is a danger ofdeath or for other gave reasons (cf. Can. 891). The Conferenceof Bishops may also determine another suitable age, other thanthe age of reason, so that the baptized may receive Confirmationwhen they are more mature and have received the necessaryformation. In the Philippines, the Conference of Bishops has setthe age for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation to atleast seven years old or after the First Communion. However,it also allows for the delay of confirmation to a more suitabletime when the recipient is more mature after appropriatecatechetical formation. In any case, the reception of Confirmation, being part ofthe sacraments of Christian initiation – should not be delayedtoo much. A baptized would be deprived of an important helpin his or her fight against temptations.7. Who is the Minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation? The ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop (cf.Can. 882). Bishops are the successors of the apostles andhave received the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders.By administering the Sacrament of Confirmation, Bishopsdemonstrate clearly that its effect is to unite those who receiveit more closely to the Church, to her apostolic origins, and toher mission of bearing witness to Christ (CCC 1313). The bishop may, for grave reasons, concede to prieststhe faculty of administering Confirmation. For example, ifa baptized is in danger of death, any priest should give himConfirmation (cf. Can. 883, par. 3). Indeed the Church desires - 12 -
  • 13. that none of her children, even the youngest, should departthis world without having been perfected by the Holy Spiritwith the gift of Christ’s fullness (CCC 1314). Thus, the extraordinary minister of this sacrament is thepriest. Actually, a priest or presbyter is provided with thefaculty to administer Confirmation by virtue of universal lawor the special grant of the competent authority; and can conferthis sacrament validly (Can. 882). The following possess thefaculty of administering confirmation by the law itself: (1)within the boundaries of their jurisdiction, those who areequivalent in law to a diocesan bishop; (2) as regards the personin question, the presbyter who by virtue of office or mandateof the diocesan bishop baptizes one who is no longer an infantor admits one already baptized into the full communion ofthe Catholic Church; (3) as regards those who are in danger ofdeath, the pastor or indeed any presbyter (Can. 883). II. On the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation1. What are the Meanings of the Signs and Rite of the Sacramentof Confirmation? The sacrament of confirmation is conferred through theanointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by thelaying on of the hand, and through the words: BE SEALEDWITH THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The whole rite presents a twofold symbolism. The laying ofhands on the candidates by the bishop represents the biblicalgesture by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is invoked and in amanner well suited to the understanding of the Christian people. - 13 -
  • 14. The anointing with chrism and the accompanying words expressclearly the effect of the giving of the Holy Spirit. Signed withthe perfumed oil, the baptized receive the indelible character,the seal of the Lord, together with the gift of the Spirit thatconforms them more closely to Christ and gives them the graceof spreading “the sweet odor of Christ”(CCC 1293). Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is richin meaning. Oil is a sign of abundance and joy; it cleanses(anointing before and after a bath) and limbers (the anointingof athletes and wrestlers). Oil is a sign of healing since it issoothing to bruises and wounds; and it makes radiant withbeauty, health, and strength. By this anointing the confirmandreceives the “mark,” the seal of the Holy Spirit. A seal is asymbol of a person, a sign of personal authority, or ownershipof an object. A seal authenticates a juridical act or document.Christ himself declared that He was marked with His Father’sseal. Christians are also marked with a seal: “It is God whoestablishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us;He has put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our heartsas a guarantee”(2 Cor 1:21-22; cf. Eph 1:13; 4:30). This sealof the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ, ourenrollment in His service for ever, as well as the promise ofdivine protection in the great eschatological trial (cf. Rev 7:2-3;9:4-6) (CCC 1295-1296). The Bishop anoints the person to be confirmed with Chrismon the forehead in the form of the Cross. The oil of Chrism is blessed by the Bishop of a diocese onHoly Thursday or during Holy Week along with two other oils- the oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick. This Mass isspecial and is called the Chrism Mass. Enough oils are blessedfor the whole diocese for a year. Each parish in the diocese - 14 -
  • 15. sends a representative to the Chrism Mass who receives theoils for their parish for the coming year. Olive oil is used toanoint because in ancient times it was the sign of strength. Inthe sacrament of Confirmation it is the sign of the strengtheningeffect of God’s Grace on our spiritual lives. For the Chrism oil, balm is added. It symbolizes the “sweetodor of virtue” - “the attractiveness” of the life of those whouse the Graces of Confirmation correctly. The Cross is a reminder that we are to bear witness to theGospel through our lives. We are to be soldiers for Jesus -- tobe loyal to Him, suffering if necessary. This suffering wouldinclude both physical and mental. The sign of peace that concludes the rite of the sacramentsignifies and demonstrates ecclesial communion with thebishop and with all the faithful.2. How is the Sacrament of Confirmation Celebrated? As a rule, Confirmation takes place within Mass in orderthat the fundamental connection of this sacrament with all ofChristian initiation may stand out in clearer light. Christianinitiation reaches its culmination in the communion of thebody and blood of Christ. The newly confirmed thereforeparticipates in the Eucharist, which completes their Christianinitiation. When confirmation is given during Mass, it is fitting thatthe minister of confirmation celebrates the Mass or, better,concelebrates it, especially with those priests who may bejoining him in administering the sacrament. If the Mass is celebrated by someone else, it is proper that - 15 -
  • 16. the bishop preside over the liturgy of the word, doing all thatthe celebrant normally does, and that he give the blessing atthe end of Mass. Great emphasis should be placed on the celebration of theword of God that introduces the rite of Confirmation. It is fromthe hearing of the word of God that the many-sided work ofthe Holy Spirit flows out upon the Church and upon each oneof the baptized and confirmed. Through this hearing of Hisword, God’s will is made known in the life of Christians. Great importance is likewise to be attached to the saying ofthe Lord’s Prayer. Those to be confirmed will recite it togetherwith the congregation – either during Mass before communionor outside Mass before the blessing – because it is the Spiritwho prays in us and in the Spirit the Christian says, “Abba,Father.” When Confirmation is celebrated separately from Baptism,as is the case in the Roman Rite, the Liturgy of Confirmationbegins with the renewal of baptismal promises and theprofession of faith by the confirmands. This clearly shows thatConfirmation follows Baptism.110 When adults are baptized,they immediately receive Confirmation and participate in theEucharist (CCC 1298; cf. Can. 866). 3. What are the Things to Prepare for the Celebration ofConfirmation? The following should be prepared for the administrationof Confirmation: a. when Confirmation is given within Mass, the vestmentsprescribed for the celebration of Mass both for the bishop andfor any assisting priests who concelebrate with him. If the Mass - 16 -
  • 17. is celebrated by someone else, the minister of Confirmation aswell as any priests joining him in administering the sacramentshould take part in the Mass wearing the vestments prescribedfor administering Confirmation: alb, stole, and, for the minister,the cope; these also are the vestments worn when Confirmationis given outside of Mass; b. chairs for the bishop and the priests assisting him; c. vessel (or vessels) for the chrism; d. Roman Pontifical or Roman Ritual; e. when Confirmation is given within Mass, the requisitesfor celebration of Mass and for communion under both kinds,if it is to be given; f. the requisites for the washing of hands after the anointingof those to be confirmed. III. Frequently Asked Questions on the Sacrament of Confirmation1. Is Confirmation necessary for salvation? Confirmation is not actually necessary for the baptized tobe saved. Neither it is certain whether it is necessary by strictprecept. However, there is no doubt that Confirmation is veryadvantageous for the growth of Christian life and completingthe work of salvation. Otherwise, Christ would not haveinstituted it. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist form a unit,known as Sacraments of Initiation. We may say that without - 17 -
  • 18. Confirmation, Baptism is valid, but Christian initiation wouldstill be incomplete. Thus Canon Law specifies that “the faithfulare obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time”(cf.Can. 890; CCC 1306). 2. Why is this sacrament called Chrismation orConfirmation? In the Eastern Church, this sacrament is called chrismationor anointing with holy myron or chrism because its essentialrite is the anointing with chrism. It is also called confirmationbecause it confirms and strengthens the baptismal grace (cf.CCC 1289).3. Can we receive Confirmation more than once? Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark orindelible character on the Christian soul; for this reason onecan receive this sacrament only once (CCC no. 1304).4. How does a Candidate for Confirmation prepare for theReception of this Sacrament? To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation worthily, onemust be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacramentof Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit.More intense prayer should prepare one to receive the strengthand graces of the Holy Spirit with docility and readiness to act(CCC 1310). Following are some recommendations for those preparingfor confirmation: • Must freely choose to be confirmed and make their desire known; - 18 -
  • 19. • Must be in the state of grace; • Must have adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith and have participated in required catechetical sessions; • Must be practicing their faith; • Should regularly attend Mass and receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; • Are responsible for completing all required home study and service projects; • Must be aware of the initiation aspect of the Sacrament of Confirmation and be committed to continuing the faithful practice and study of their religion; • Must be willing to participate in the Confirmation program of prayer, retreat, communal celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation, etc.5. What are the Roles of the Sponsor in Confirmation? Insofar as possible, there is to be a sponsor for the personto be confirmed. The sponsor is to take care that the confirmedperson behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfillsthe obligations inherent in this sacrament (cf. Can.  892). To perform the function of sponsor, a person must fulfillthe following conditions mentioned in Can. 874, §1: • Must be designated by the one to be confirmed, by theparents or the person who takes their place, or in their absenceby the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intentionof fulfilling this function; • Have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the - 19 -
  • 20. diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause; • Must be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on; • Must not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; • Must not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertookthe same function in baptism (Can.  893, §2). Others roles of sponsor are: • Support the person to be confirmed in their commitment to a Christian life. • Must know the candidate and be willing to serve as a strong and long-lasting Christian influence on the candidate. • Should be sufficiently mature in their own faith commitment. • May be either male or female for any candidate. • May assist the candidate in choosing and carrying out the candidate’s service project commitment. • May help the candidate prepare for Confirmation. - 20 -
  • 21. • Must be reasonably informed on current church teachings. • May accompany the candidate to special liturgies and preparation programs. • Can encourage the candidate by growing in a faith relationship. • May assist in determining the candidate’s readiness for the sacrament • May present the candidate to the minister of Confirmation6. What are the Responsibilities of Parents of theConfirmands? Parents as the primary educators of their children in thefaith have the following responsibilities as regards preparationfor Confirmation: • Are responsible for initiating their children into the sacramental life; • Serve as models for their child by being committed Christians; • Worship with their families regularly; • Nurture their child in faith; • Should encourage their child to reflect and thoughtfully consider the decision to receive the sacrament of Confirmation; • Are asked to attend meetings, programs, and prayer - 21 -
  • 22. services that are planned to help their child prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation; • Are no longer permitted as Confirmation sponsors for their own child; • Are asked to assist their child with the immediate preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation through prayer, study and Christian Service; • Can emphasize the importance of the sacrament of Confirmation by taking an active part in the celebration of Confirmation; • Should stress the initiation aspect of the sacrament by encouraging their children to continue learning more about their faith; • Should help their child in understanding that the Confirmation service project is the beginning of a life committed to Christian service.7. What basic Teachings of the Church and Prayers are theCandidates expected to know before receiving Confirmation? The following are expected to be known by anyone enteringa Confirmation preparation program. Parents and Sponsorsshould assist the candidates in reviewing these topics:  The Ten Commandments: 1. I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have other gods besides me. 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain. 3.  Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 4. Honor your father and your mother. - 22 -
  • 23. 5. You shall not kill. 6. You shall not commit adultery. 7. You shall not steal. 8. You shall not bear false witness. 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. The Seven Sacraments: 1. Baptism 2. Eucharist 3. Reconciliation 4. Confirmation 5. Marriage 6. Holy Orders 7. Anointing of the Sick The Seven Gifts and Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit : The Gifts of the Holy Spirit help Christians live their livesmore fully committed to Christ. The gifts are: 1. Wisdom 2. Understanding 3. Counsel 4. Fortitude 5. Knowledge 6. Piety 7. Fear of the Lord From the Gifts of the Holy Spirit come the Fruits, whichare: 1. Charity 2. Joy - 23 -
  • 24. 3. Peace4. Patience5. Kindness6. Goodness7. Long-suffering8. Mildness9. Faith10. Modesty11. Continency12. ChastityThe Beatitudes:1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.2. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.3. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.6. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Seven Corporal Works of Mercy:1. Feed the hungry.2. Give drink to the thirsty.3. Clothe the naked.4. Shelter the homeless.5. Visit the sick. - 24 -
  • 25. 6. Visit the imprisoned.7. Bury the dead.Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy :1. To instruct the ignorant;2. To counsel the doubtful;3. To admonish sinners;4. To bear wrongs patiently;5. To forgive offences willingly;6. To comfort the afflicted;7. To pray for the living and the dead.The Precepts of the Church:1. To assist at Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation.2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.3. To confess our sins at least once a year.4. To receive Holy Communion during the Easter time.5. To contribute to the support of the Church.6. To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.Prayers that Candidates Should Know by Heart:• The Our Father• The Hail Mary• The Apostle’s Creed• Glory be to the Father• An Act of Contrition - 25 -
  • 26. Bibliography Catechism of the Catholic Church. With Modifications from theEditio Typica, New York-Vatican City 1997. (CCC) Catechism for Filipino Catholics, Catholic Bishops’ Conferenceof the Philippines, Manila 2005. (CFC) Vatican Council II, The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents,new rev. ed., Flannery, ed., New York 1992. New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Beal-Coriden-Green, eds., New York-Mahwah 2000. The Sacraments, Enrique Moline in AA.VV., Faith SeekingUnderstanding Vol. I, ed. Charles Belmonte, Studium TheologiaeFoundation, Inc., Mandaluyong City 2006. The Canonical Imperatives of Parish Catechetical Instruction,Joselito C. Asis, Antipolo City 2003. - 26 -
  • 27. Knights of Columbus FraternalAssociation of the Philippines, Inc. (KCFAPI) THE Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines,Inc. (KCFAPI), a non-stock, non-profit mutual benefit association isregistered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is under thesupervision of the Insurance Commission and observes sound accountingand actuarial principles. When it was finally confirmed that the U.S. Supreme Council could notprovide insurance coverage to Filipino Knights, KCFAPI was establishedand started operation in September 1958 to fill the vacuum in providinginsurance protection to Filipino Knights and their families. From an initialcapital of P32,000 which was donated by 64 KC members and councils,KCFAPI proved its financial strength as its resources continued to expandover the years, reaching P3.0 Billion as of the year ended December 31,2009. Through the years, KCFAPI remained true to its founding principlesof Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The organization is renownedfor its dedicated support for both the Church and Country. It establishedits foundations, the Knights of Columbus Philippines Foundation, Inc.,a charitable and civic organization providing scholarship to poor butdeserving youth as well as financial assistance to victims of calamities andthe KC Fr. George J. Willmann, S.J. Charities, Inc. which was registered onSeptember 9, 1992 to provide scholarship to poor but deserving diocesanseminarians and studies of priests and KC Council chaplains who wish topursue further studies in ecclesiastical disciplines. KCFAPI has set up the “CBCP Seed of Hope Fund” amounting toP10 million. The interest earnings of this fund is earmarked for the priorityprojects of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. To date,it has also donated financial and manpower resources to build 17 units ofhouses and one chapel in coordination with the Gawad Kalinga Project.KCFAPI and its Foundations, continue to provide assistance to dioceses,the poor and victims of calamities. KCFAPI will continue to be one with the Order of the Knights ofColumbus and the Catholic Church in promoting Christ’s teachings andSpirituality as it traverses its next 50 years of Corporate Life. - 27 -
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