In the early Church, the person was immersed into the waters of Baptism, anointed with chrism, and shared in the Eucharistic meal as part of a single event. Over time, and for many reasons, the celebration of these three sacraments became separated from one another. In the renewal stemming from the Second Vatican Council, the Church was asked to more clearly set forth the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation. This original order helps us recognize that sharing in the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Church and that it is Eucharist which is the “source and summit of our faith” (Lumen Gentium 11)
In accordance with declaration 6 of the Fourth Diocesan Synod (2017), the Sacraments of Christian Initiation will be offered in the proper sequence – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. To promote discipleship and stewardship as a way of life from an early age, those who are baptized as infants are to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at about the age of reason, which in this Diocese will normally be in their third grade of elementary school, after they have been properly prepared and have made sacramental confession.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
1307 - For centuries, Latin custom has indicated "the age of discretion" as the reference point for receiving Confirmation. But in danger of death children should be confirmed even if they have not yet attained the age of discretion.
1308 - Although Confirmation is sometimes called the "sacrament of Christian maturity," we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth, nor forget that the baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need "ratification" to become effective.
1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands. [Emphasis Original]
National Directory for Catechesis
Dioceses and parishes should present catechesis for the Sacrament of Confirmation that
- Teaches that Confirmaion increases and deepens the grace of Baptism, imprinting an indelible character on the soul (CCC 1303-1304)
- Teaches that Confirmation strengthens the baptismal conferral of the Holy Spirit on those confirmed in order to incorporare them more firmly in Christ, strengthen their bond with the Church, associate them more closely with the Church's mission, increase in them the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and help them bear witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds (CCC 1303)
- Teaches about the role of the Holy Spirit, his gifts, and his fruits
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel (sometimes called right judgment), fortitude (sometimes call courage), knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord (sometimes called wonder and awe) (CCC 1831, Isaiah 11:1-2)
- Fruits of the Spirit: charity (love), joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty self-control, chastity (CCC 1832, Galatians 5:22-23 Vulgate translation)
- Is developmentally appropriate and includes retreat experiences (cf. CCC 1309)
- Includes instruction on the Rite of Confirmation and its basic symbols:
- the imposition of hands (CCC 1288)
- the anointing with Sacred Chrism, (CCC 1289) and
- the words of the sacramental formula (CCC 1300)
- Ensures that parents and sponsors are involved in the catechetical preparation of the children for Confirmation (cf. CCC 1311)
- Teaches that the bishop is the ordinary minister of the Sacrament of Confirmation (CCC 1313)
(The above section is copyright 2005 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Reprinted by permission)
- Bishop Paprocki's Post-Synodal Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on the Art of Living and Dying in God's Grace (August 2018)
- Bishop Paprocki's Column: Young People Need the Holy Spirit at an Early Age (CT 3/18)
- Bishop Paprocki's Column: Ensuring our Synodal Efforts Bear Fruit (CT 6/24)
- Bishop Paprocki's 3 Decrees on Restored Order (pdf)
- Rationale with Timetable (pdf)
- Introduction with Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
- Quick Reference for Parish/School Receptionists/Secretaries (pdf)
- Bulletin Announcements (Word doc) Bulletin 1 (jpg) Bulletin 2 (jpg)
- Restored Order Flier (pdf)
- Restored Order: Restauración del Orden, (Spanish presentation) June 18, 2019, created by Cecy Reza
- Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - Confirmation Through the Ages written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, February 17, 2019
- Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - It is Not About Us, but Him written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, February 3, 2019
- Restored Order: Sacraments of Initiation - Sharing in the Life of Christ written by Rev. Daren Zehnle appearing in the Catholic Times, January 20, 2019
- Fourth Diocesan Synod presentation prepared and presented by Mike Christie at the January 17, 2019 Community of Religious Educator's (CORE) meeting.
- The Sacraments of Initiation” Homily written by Rev. Steven Janoski for the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe (November 25, 2018)
- Restored Order presentation delivered to St. Mary, Edwardsville at all Masses on September 8th and 9th, 2018 written by Gloria Couvion
- The Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila - Saints Among Us: The Restored order Sacraments of Initiation
- Archdiocese of Denver: Sacramental Preparation Curriculum
- Diocese of Lincoln: Confirmed for Mission - An Evangelical catechesis on Confirmation developed by the Office of Religious Education for students in 5th - 7th grade
- Sadlier: Believe - Celebrate - Live: Confirmation - Restored Order (workbook/leader's guide) ~ bilingual edition available
- Loyola Press: "God's Gift: Confirmation in the Restored Order" (program) ~ bilingual edition available
- Our Sunday Visitor:
- Catholic Parent Know-How: Overview of Restored Order (paperback) ~ bilingual edition available
- Encounters with Christ: Confirmation Restored Order (booklet)
- Pflaum Publishing Group:
- Gospel Weeklies: "Together in Jesus: Confirmation with First Eucharist"
- The Sacrament of Confirmation: Receiving the Holy Spirit (curriculum for grades 4 - 6)
- RCL Benziger:
- St. Mary's Press: Go - Seek - Find (series)
- Sophia Institute for Teachers: Sealed in Fire: Restored Order
- Other Resources:
- "Children of Hope: Eucharistic Adoration for Children and Familes" (online resources)
Cathy Becker (St. Agnes, Springfield)
- Children Families and the Holy Spirit (pdf)
- Restored Order - Preparation Confirmation and Eucharist (pdf)
- Our Family Gathers (sample)
- Our Family Faith Neighborhood (sample)
Donna Dausman (Ss. James & Patrick, Decatur)
Ann Gage (Blessed Sacrament, Quincy)
- Reconciliation and Eucharist Preparation session ideas (pdf)
Diocese of Honolulu
- Family Retreat Series on the Sacraments (live link)
- Family of Faith (live link)
Scott Elmer (from the DAEC Presentation)
Bishop Paprocki invites adult Catholics who are catechized but not confirmed (e.g., who have received catechetical formation and the sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Holy Eucharist) to complete the Sacraments of Initiation by celebrating Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
The Confirmation of catechized Catholics is currently scheduled to be celebrated on Pentecost, May 28, 2023.
A REGISTRATION FORM along with an original baptismal certificate should be returned to the Office for Catholic Education by May 15. If you have any questions please contact Kyle Holtgrave, Director for Catechesis in the Office for Catholic Education, at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration form is a fillable PDF.
Further information will be sent after the May 15 deadline.
The Office for Catholic Education has prepared an optional 4-5 hour session that may be used one-on-one or in small groups. The session utilizes Together in the Spirit by Bishop Robert F. Morneau and Mike Grzeca and has been designed for flexibility. The schedule, sequence, or content of the session can be adjusted based on local needs, or can be used with other resources in the parish.
Parishes might also consider using the small group outline and resources contained in "Sacraments and Social Mission: Living the Gospel, Being Disciples" for a short study session on the sacrament.
Adaptive resources are available for people with special needs who are preparing to receive sacraments.
Sacrament of Reconciliation DVD:
Institute for Pastoral Initiatives: