Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “Sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285
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).
For the 2019-2020 year, Sacred Heart Parish will be fully participating in the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation: 2nd Graders will receive their First Reconciliation. 3rd Graders will receive their Confirmation and First Eucharist.
2019 – 2020 Elementary Faith Formation Program Children will receive Confirmation and First Eucharist beginning in 3rd grade.
Sacred Heart & Holy Family Catholic Church children will prepare and celebrate First Reconciliation in 2nd grade. All children in 3rd grade and older who have not received Confirmation and/or First Eucharist will be placed in the appropriate Sacramental Preparation class.