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.~Fr. Ron Weissbeck
WHAT IS “RESTORED ORDER?”
All parishes in Archdiocese of Denver have been instructed by Archbishop Aquila to “restore” the order of our Sacraments of Initiation to their original order of 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” (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. To find out more on this, please click here.
2017-2018 SACRAMENTAL YEARS FOR CHILDREN: