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Restoration of the Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation

Beginning in the spring of 2019, all parishes within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are restoring the Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation between 2019-2025.

In the early Church, the person was immersed into the waters of Baptism, anointed with chrism, and shared in the Eucharistic meal as part of a single event. Over time, and for many reasons, the celebration of these three sacraments became separated from one another. In the renewal stemming from the Second Vatican Council, the Church was asked to more clearly set forth the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation.  This original order also helps us recognize that sharing in the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Church and that it is Eucharist which is the “source and summit of our faith.”

Restored Order - The Sacraments of Initiation

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, a meeting was held at the Catholic Pastoral Center with catechetical leaders from our diocese.  During this meeting, Johan van Parys, PhD., Director of Liturgy & Sacred Arts and Liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, spoke in the morning about the theology, history and symbols of the sacraments of initiation (left video). In the afternoon a live, streamed panel was facilitated which included Jayne Mondoy and Lisa Gomes of the  Diocese of Honolulu, and Jayne LaConti, parish catechetical leader from the Diocese of Phoenix. They gave practical advice about implementing restored order. Their perspective included diocesen, parish ministry, family and youth ministry experience (right video). 

Restored Order Resources

Religious Education Curriculum: Publisher Resources

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