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Office for Catechesis

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.  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. 

 

 Morning presentation with Johan van Parys, PhD.

Afternoon panel discussion with Jayne Mondoy and Lisa Gomes (Diocese of Honolulu)
and Jayne LaConti (Diocese of Phoenix)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1307 - For centuries, Latin custom has indicated "the age of discretion" as the reference point for receiving Confirmation. But in danger of death children should be confirmed even if they have not yet attained the age of discretion.

1308 - Although Confirmation is sometimes called the "sacrament of Christian maturity," we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth, nor forget that the baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need "ratification" to become effective.

1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation shouild strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands. [Emphasis Original]

Diocesan Resources

 

Articles, Homilies and Presentations (Diocese of Springfield in Illinois)

Archdiocese of Denver

 

Publisher Resources

For assistance locating materials for persons with special needs, please contact the Office for Catholic Education at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.

 

Family Resources

Cathy Becker (St. Agnes, Springfield)

Donna Dausman (Ss. James & Patrick, Decatur)

Ann Gage (Blessed Sacrament, Quincy)

Diocese of Honolulu

Sophia Institute

Scott Elmer (from the DAEC Presentation)

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