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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)

Diocesan Resources

Bishop Paprocki's Post-Synodal Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on the Art of Living and Dying in God's Grace (August 2018)

Bishop Paprocki's Column: Young People Need the Holy Spirit at an Early Age (CT 3/18)

Bishop Paprocki's Column: Ensuring our Synodal Efforts Bear Fruit (CT 6/24)

Bishop Paprocki's 3 Decrees on Restored Order (pdf)

Rationale with Timetable (pdf)

Introduction with Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Quick Reference for Parish/School Receptionists/Secretaries (pdf)

Bulletin Announcements (Word doc)   Bulletin 1 (jpg)   Bulletin 2 (jpg)

Restored Order Flier (pdf)


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

Restored Order: Restauración del Orden, (Spanish presentation) June 18, 2019, created by Cecy Reza

Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - Confirmation Through the Ages written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, February 17, 2019

Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - It is Not About Us, but Him written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, February 3, 2019

Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - Sharing in the Life of Christ written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, January 20, 2019

Fourth Diocesan Synod presentation prepared and presented by Mike Christie at the January 17, 2019 Community of Religious Educator's (CORE) meeting. 

The Sacraments of Initiation” Homily written by Rev. Steven Janoski for the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe (November 25, 2018)

Restored Order presentation delivered to St. Mary, Edwardsville at all Masses on September 8th and 9th, 2018. Written by Gloria Couvion

Archdiocese of Denver

The Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila - Saints Among Us: The Restored order Sacraments of Initiation


Publisher Resources

Archdiocese of Denver

Sacramental Preparation Curriculum

Loyola Press

"God's Gift: Confirmation in the Restored Order" (program)

Other Resources

"Children of Hope: Eucharistic Adoration for Children and Familes"  (online resources)

Our Sunday Visitor

Catholic Parent Know-How: Overview of Restored Order (paperback)

Sacrament Resources (booklet)

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

"Together in Jesus: Confirmation with First Eucharist"

RCL Benziger

Restored Order FAQ 

The Gifts of Life and Love Family Book (pdf)

The Restored Order: Preparing for Confirmation and Eucharist (pdf)

The Restored Order Flyer (pdf)


Believe - Celebrate - Live: Confirmation - Restored Order (workbook/leader's guide)

St. Mary's Press

Go - Seek - Find (series)


Family Resources

Cathy Becker (St. Agnes, Springfield)

Children Families and the Holy Spirit (pdf)

Restored Order - Preparation Confirmation and Eucharist (pdf)

Our Family Gathers (sample)

Our Family Faith Neighborhood (sample)

Donna Dausman (Ss. James & Patrick, Decatur)

Restored Order:  Receiving the Sacraments of Initiation in their Original Order (pdf)

Ann Gage (Blessed Sacrament, Quincy)

Reconciliation and Eucharist Preparation session ideas (pdf)

Diocese of Honolulu

Family Retreat Series on the Sacraments (live link)

Sophia Institute

Family of Faith (live link)

Scott Elmer (from the DAEC Presentation)

Restoring the Order of the Sacraments (pdf)