Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation Information

Most Precious Blood is currently in the transitional phase of the Archdiocesan mandate to restore the order of the Sacraments of Initiation.  This means that the sacraments will be celebrated in the original, logical order of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, thus restoring the practice of administering the Sacraments of Initiation to young children as early as possible.  In the restored order, the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion are celebrated in the child’s 3rd grade year. During the 2nd grade year, children prepare for and celebrate their First Reconciliation.  Preparation for these sacraments is done by the parents in the home with help from the parish faith formation team.

To learn more about the history and practice of Restored Order, please click here to visit the Archdiocese of Denver’s Restored Order program site: Saints Among Us.

Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion

The restored order of Confirmation and First Communion underscores the fact that Holy Eucharist, not Confirmation, is the culmination of Christian Initiation.  It is the hope that the grace of the Holy Spirit received in Confirmation at a younger age will give children greater courage and guidance in facing the ever increasing challenges of living the Christian life.  Also, a younger age is often when children are more eager to participate in and more open to the experience of wonder and grace.  Celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit in conjunction with the celebration of coming to the table of the Lord for First Communion highlights the primacy of the Eucharist as the fulfillment of Christian initiation.

Children in third grade will prepare for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion (Restored Order) during the year and celebrate those sacraments at one Mass in the spring of 2018. The exact dates for those celebrations are determined by the Archdiocese and should be available to us by early fall. Families must be registered members of Most Precious Blood parish.  If you need to register in the parish, please click here.

Guidelines : Who can celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation & First Communion?

  • All baptized MPB children in 3rd grade or above (August 2017) AND
  • Who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and not received their First Communion AND
  • Who are enrolled in the FAITH program or attend MPB or another Catholic school AND
  • Whose parents attend the scheduled parent meeting AND
  • Who provide a recently issued, certified copy of their baptismal certificate AND
  • Whose families are registered members of MPB Parish AND
  • Who register and pay the fee for Confirmation/First Communion by August 16, 2017 AND
  • Who complete their at home study program and attend scheduled rites!

Requirements

Certified Baptismal Certificate

If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, an official certified baptismal certificate must be sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of baptism. This can be obtained by calling the parish of baptism and requesting that a certified copy of the baptismal certificate be sent to MPB. Photo copies of the original certificate do not suffice.

Sacramental Recording Form

In order to record the necessary information for each candidate following the celebration of a sacrament, ALL families must submit a completed Sacramental Recording Form. This form is different than the registration form. The form will be handed out at the parent meeting and can also be located here.

Confirmation Sponsors

Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation when preparing for Confirmation/First Communion. They should choose a sponsor (not their parents) who is a practicing, confirmed Catholic, currently registered in a parish. The Confirmation sponsor should be a faithful Catholic who accompanies the candidate as witness and guide. This may be the candidate’s godparents, which supports the connection between Baptism and Confirmation, but does not have to be a godparent. The sponsor should display maturity for this role and a willingness to witness his/her faith to the candidate. The primary role of the sponsor is to listen, support, pray for and assist the candidate on his/her spiritual journey. The sponsor must be at least 16 years of age and confirmed.

We encourage sponsors to spend time with their candidates during this formation process. Here are some ideas to share with sponsors: attend Mass together, go to the Stations of the Cross during Lent, participate in Family Service Sundays and outside service opportunities, visit virtually and share information about each month’s formation topic. Each candidate will also have the opportunity to interview his/her sponsor as part of their Confirmation coursework.

Selection of Confirmation Name & Saint Report

A Confirmation/First Communion candidate may be confirmed under his or her baptismal name, or in accordance with the past custom of the Church, select the name of a biblical, beatified, or canonized person. If candidates decide to select a name, they should be familiar with the life of the patron of their choice and the ways in which this person was a witness to Christ and demonstrated discipleship. A guided report on the person is a required part of the course work for Confirmation.

Required Dates for Restored Order

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM: Restored Order Parent Meeting in the Parish Center

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM: Rite of Restored Order in the church
    • Certified copy of baptismal certificate DUE
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM: Rite of Restored Order in the church
    • Sacramental Recording Form DUE
    • Guided Confirmation Saint Name Report DUE
    • Sponsor Interview DUE
  • April/May 2018: Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese)

How to Register

Sacramental preparation is a parish sponsored process.  If you are a registered member of Most Precious Blood parish and your child is baptized and in the third grade or above, you may register him/her to celebrate the sacraments of  Confirmation and First Communion during the 2017-2018 school year.

Registration Link and Fee Information

Registration is open from July 1-August 16, 2017.

Children must be enrolled in the FAITH program OR at a Catholic School AND participate in an additional program to prepare for Restored Order.

The fee for the FAITH program is $95 for the first child and $140 for 2 or more children. The fee for MPB’s sacramental preparation program is $40 per student registered. We do not want the cost of the programs to inhibit participation; if you are unable to pay the fees for these programs, please contact the Faith Formation Team (faithformation@mpbdenver.org).

•    If your 3rd grade does NOT attend a Catholic school, register for FAITH AND Confirmation and First Communion (Restored Order).
•    If your 3rd grader attends a Catholic school (MPB or other), register for Confirmation and First Communion (Restored Order).

**Registration has now closed.  Please contact the Faith Formation Team (faithformation@mpbdenver.org) or 303-756-3083 for all late registrations.**

For further information or with questions about the registration process, contact the Faith Formation team at 303.756.3083 or faithformation@mpbdenver.org