Or, Teens Say The Darndest Things
Boulder, Colorado: At last report, young people are still a little confused about the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Basil's Catholic Church.
"I was a little offended that Fr. Janssen didn't let us wear our graduation gowns. I mean, at least the mortarboard. My mom even made a little dove with a '07' in its mouth to swing from the tassel; it was so cute," said newly-sealed-in-the-Holy-Spirit 16 year old Katie Loomers.
Jacob Williams concurred. "Dude, I had to pass a test. Every year I passed a test, we've done a graduation routine--it's all about moving on and out. I see this as being the same deal. I kept waiting for the diploma."
Apparently choosing a saint's name as a Confirmation name gave some fits as well. Raquel Ortiz said, "Ok, like, the bishop is up there asking me what my confirmation name is, and no one told me! So I thought fast, and my best friend's name is Paige Jasmine, so that's what I said. He just looked at me. OK, I thought I saw a tear running down his cheek, but he said later he had wicked allergies."
Aaron Anderson had a similar reaction. "I was first in line, and the question took me totally by surprise. My mom has this saying, when in doubt, Mary helps out. So... I said Mary. I'm totally never going to live this down," he said, shaking his head.
Jacob Williams agreed. "It surprised me, but I think I did OK. I heard the question put to others, and had a chance to think. I liked the David and Goliath story when I was a kid, so I said Goliath. He's a figure I can look up to for the rest of my life," he said.
St. Basil's Director of Religious Education, Andrea Dalrimple, immediately left for a short retreat at St. Anxiete's Rehab for Churchworkers, and was unavailable to comment for this story.