Confirmation

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them.
Acts 8:14-15

In Confirmation we receive the grace we need to enable us to grow and mature in our Catholic faith. Confirmation is sometimes called the “perfection of baptism” because it binds us more closely to the Church and gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit so that we may become true witnesses to Christ and the Gospel in the world.

As with every parish in the Archdiocese of Denver, Our Lady of the Plains follows the Restored Order, by which young Catholics receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, first Holy Communion) according to the ancient traditions of the Church. As such, children make their first confession in the second or third grade (at seven years of age, or the traditional “age of reason”) and are prepared for – and receive – Confirmation and first Eucharist in the third grade.

The normal Preparation for these Confirmation and First Communion is done during the normal Sunday catechism classes. Please see our Kid’s Religious Education for information on classes.

If you or your child (who is older than 3rd grade) have already been baptized but are interested in getting confirmed and/or receiving 1st Eucharist, please contact the parish office to see about taking classes to pursue Confirmation.

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 below.

The Restored Order

 

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