On Sunday the 25th of April, Bishop Samuel Rose of the Diocese of Eastern Newfondland and Labrador visited the parish of St. Michael and All Angels in St. John’s to take part in the second confirmation of his episcopacy. Three people were confirmed at the service: Michael Deir, Andrew Marsh, and Eleanor Murray.
The Gospel reading for that day was from John 10: 11-18, in which Jesus tells his followers that he is the good shepherd who will lay down his life for his sheep. In his sermon, Bishop Rose spoke about the sacrifices that a shepherd makes for the sheep who are in his care. Rose spoke of how disposible many of the things in our live are today, and how we sadly carry this over into important things like relatinships and our faith. But God searches for us when we are lost, and we are his sheep.
Bishop Rose told those who were being confirmed that this commitement that they were making to the Church means that they have the support and love and care of the Church—that the Church is a second family who will be there for them to share in the ministry of the good shepherd.