Restored Order: Confirmation & First Communion

The Faith Formation Program is transitioning to new leadership at MPB.  Please check back in July for updated 2022-2023 program information, dates, schedule and contact information.

Initiation is the word we use to describe the process of being welcomed into a group. The Sacraments of Initiation solemnly mark the full entrance of an individual into the Christian community. This initiation signifies that the person has died to sin and is reborn in Christ. Through Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist, one becomes a full member of the Body of Christ, the Church. The restored order of Confirmation and First Communion highlights the primacy of the Eucharist as the fulfillment of Christian initiation.

Additionally, many people ask how we can confirm kids so young since the traditional teaching of Confirmation was for candidates to choose for themselves the faith that was chosen for them by their parents at Baptism. The sacramental theology of confirmation — and the reason the bishop is the ordinary minister of this sacrament — is that God is confirming, through the bishop, what the parish priest had celebrated at Baptism. God is choosing us and confirming, strengthening, and deepening the graces received at Baptism through the bishop, who claims us for the Church.

Therefore, through the Sacrament of Confirmation, the bishop (or his delegate) confirms the sacramental journey of faith begun at baptism and initiates candidates into the Greater Church community. Through the celebration of the Eucharist, one continues the initiation process in becoming part of the Body of Christ — ever widening our reach of participation in our World Church.

What does it mean to celebrate sacraments in the Restored Order?

In accordance with the mandate from the Archdiocese of Denver, MPB has transitioned into celebrating the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. Sacramental Preparation is a two-year program at Most Precious Blood. This means that children celebrate their First Reconciliation in the fall of the first year (typically in the second grade). In the spring of the first year, children will begin preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, followed by preparation for First Eucharist in the second year (typically in third grade). In the spring of the second year, the Rite of Confirmation precedes the celebration of First Communion within the same ceremony.

Confirmation Only

Children between the ages of 8 and 18 who have already celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Communion may prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. To learn more about the preparation process for Confirmation only, please click here:

CONFIRMATION

These are the program dates for the second year (2021-22) of the Sacramental Preparation Program that began in January 2021

  • August 9-24, 2021: Confirmation and First Communion materials pick up from the Parish Office
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 6:30-7:45 PM: Parents attend the mandatory Parent Meeting via Zoom (link to be provided via email)
  • Participate in FAITH if registered for the FAITH Program
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #1 (Liturgy of the Word) in the church
  • Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 9:00-10:30 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #2 (Bread of Thanksgiving) in the church
  • Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 10:00 AM: Families attend Family Service Sunday Event – Details TBD
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Official Baptismal Record should be received in the parish office
  • Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 9:00-10:30 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #3 (Liturgy of the Eucharist Practice/Gifts of the Spirit) in the church
    • Sacramental Recording Form DUE
    • Saint Report DUE
    • Sponsor Interview Synthesis DUE
  • Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM: Families attend Family Service Sunday Event – Details TBD
  • Spring/Summer 2022: Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese)

These are the program dates for the second year (2022-23) of the Sacramental Preparation Program that begins September 2021.

  • August 2022: Confirmation and First Communion materials pick up and parents attend the mandatory Parent Meeting (Date TBD)
  • August 2022: Parents attend the mandatory Parent Meeting
  • Participate in FAITH if registered for the FAITH Program
  • Saturday in September 2022 (Date TBD) from 10:00-11:00 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #1 (Liturgy of the Word) in the church
  • Saturday in October 2022 (Date TBD) from 9:00-10:30 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #2 (Bread of Thanksgiving) in the church
  • Families attend Fall Family Service Sunday Event in the gym – Details and Date TBD
  • February 1, 2023: Official Baptismal Record should be received in the parish office
  • Saturday in February of 2023 (Date TBD) from 9:00-10:30 AM: Parents and children attend the Restored Order Ritual #3 (Liturgy of the Eucharist Practice/Gifts of the Spirit) in the church
    • Sacramental Recording Form DUE
    • Saint Report DUE
    • Sponsor Interview Synthesis DUE
  • Families attend Spring Family Service Sunday Event in the gym – Details and Date TBD
  • Spring/Summer 2023: Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese)

Certified Baptismal Record

If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, a certified baptismal record must be sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of Baptism by February 1st. This can be obtained by calling or emailing the church of Baptism and requesting the record be sent to MPB. Photocopies of the child’s baptismal 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, regardless of where the candidate was baptized. This is a paper form to be completed by parents. The form is distributed at the parent meeting and is accessible here and must be completed by the February ritual.

Confirmation Sponsors

Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation when preparing for Confirmation & First Communion. A candidate’s parent may not serve as a sponsor. Sponsors must be practicing, confirmed Catholics over the age of 16 and 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 the sponsor 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, spend time and share information about each month’s formation topic. Candidates 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 to 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 basic brief guided report on the person is a required part of the course work.

Please contact the Parish Office at contact@mpbdenver.org with any questions or for more information.

The Restored Order

The Archdiocese of Denver is in the process of restoring the order of the Sacraments of Initiation. These three sacraments are originally intended to be received in this order: Baptism, Confirmation then Holy Eucharist. The sacrament that fully initiates a person into the Catholic Church is Holy Eucharist (First Communion).

To watch a video about the Restored Order and to read the Pastoral Letter “Saints Among Us” from Archbishop Aquila click below.

SAINTS AMONG US

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