A sacrament is a visible, tangible and efficacious sign given to us by Christ through the Holy Spirit; it gives us grace or divine life. It is visible and evident like water, oil, and bread and wine. It is tangible in that it can be touched and tasted; it’s efficacious in that it does what it says. The sacraments have been defined by the Church and limited to seven since the Middle Ages. Through the medium of these signs the divine life is guaranteed. It is not up to the individual to decide what it means or how it is accepted. It is not subjective but always objective.
WHAT IS “RESTORED ORDER?" The Archdiocese of Denver has been asked by Archbishop Aquila to “restore” the order of our Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
From the Archdiocese of Denver website:
“How is the celebration of Confirmation going to change in the Archdiocese of Denver?"-The standard age of Confirmation is going to be lowered to third grade, and Confirmation will be given before, not after, First Communion. This practice restores Confirmation to its original place.”
“Why is it called the “restored order”?-Because it restores the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation to the logical order in which they were designed to be given: first Baptism, then Confirmation, then the Eucharist. It also restores the practice of administering the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to young children as early as possible.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1212): "The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity."
St. John the Baptist is currently working on this directive over the next five years. For more information, please click here.
2017/2018 SACRAMENTAL YEARS:
2nd Grade – First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
4th Grade and older – Confirmation
RCIC/RCIT-Any child in need of one or more Sacraments of Initiation
REGISTERING REQUIREMENTS IN A SACRAMENTAL YEAR
Students must receive two consecutive years of Catholic religious instruction program prior to receiving a sacrament here at St. John the Baptist.
For instance, families who desires their child to receive First Holy Communion in May of their Second Grade year, would be required to have that child complete a first grade Catholic instructional course prior to registering for our First Holy Communion second grade class.
If they have received their instruction at another parish, please provide written confirmation from that institution so it can be recorded.
Please see registration info/forms to the right.