Restored Order

Restored Order at St. Joe's

As you have heard by now, the Springfield Diocesan Synod passed the vote to move Confirmation back to its original order, which means that (in our parish) by the year 2022, all children in level 3 will receive Confirmation and First Communion at the same Mass. Our three year transition will follow the plan below.

2019                                     

  • Level 5 & 6 Confirmation (Both grade levels confirmed together)                  
  • Level 2 First Communion

2020

  • Level 4&5 Confirmation (Both grade levels confirmed together)                  
  • Level 2 First Communion

2021

  • Level 3 & 4 Confirmation (Both grade levels confirmed together)
  • Level 2 will begin preparation for both Confirmation & First Communion and loop that prep to their 3rd grade year (No First Communion Mass this year)  

2022

  • Sacraments of Initiation will be restored to their original order, which means that Level 3 students will receive both Confirmation and First Communion at the same Mass.
  • Level 2 students will begin preparation for both Confirmation & First Communion and loop that prep to their 3rd grade year.

Note: Solemn Reconciliation, which occurs in the 4th grade year, here at St. Joe’s, is still under discussion as to how/where that may still be included. Information will continue to unfold as the summer progresses.

For additional reference, please take a look at this document HERE. It gives a brief intro to what restored order is and a little historical background about it. Information will continue to unfold as the summer progresses. Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Janice Anderson or our parish office.