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Restored Order

About the Restored Order

The order in which children receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist has changed in the Archdiocese of Denver, with the standard age of Confirmation lowered to 3rd grade. This practice restores the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation to the order in which they existed in the ancient church and which is still practiced in Eastern churches: first Baptism, then Confirmation, then the Eucharist. Please note that for these children, Confirmation and Eucharist are received at the same liturgy, on the same day.

We are in a time of transition, and probably will be for a few years.

Baptized children are invited to begin preparation for the three sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion during 2nd grade. Since children are now Confirmed at a younger age, the time needed for preparation has been prolonged so that the children have time to internalize the material. Children receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the middle of 2nd grade. Children are Confirmed and receive First Communion in the 3rd grade. Children must attend Sunday Mass and be enrolled in Children's Word as part of their formation as well.

Older youth who have already received Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist (ie, those who went through the process in 2nd grade "like we've always done it") are invited to do Confirmation prep in Middle School. Since we are a small parish and want to give the youth the opportunity to participate with a group of peers, offering the program every-other year allows us to gather a larger group and conserves our resources. Confirmation preparation for Grades 7-9 will begin again in January 2019, with the Confirmation Liturgy taking place in the Fall of 2019.

Life doesn't always fit into tidy categories, right? If your child "doesn't quite fit" into the timetable above – perhaps she's a 7th grader who never received First Communion, a High School student who hasn't been Confirmed yet, or a 4th grader who is not yet baptized – please come talk to us! God is always calling us to deepen our faith through the Sacraments, and we are here to facilitate that journey!

If you would like to learn more about the reasoning behind the Restored Order, here is more information: http://archden.org/saints/faqs-on-the-restored-order/ If you have any questions,  please contact Mary McManus at mary@stelizabethdenver.org or 303-534-4014 x205.