Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation
All parishes within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are restoring the Original Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) between 2019-2025. 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 set forth more clearly the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation. This original order also helps us recognize that sharing in the Eucharist completes our initiation into the Church and that it is the Eucharist which is the “source and summit of our faith.”
Between 2018-2021, St. Joseph the Worker transitioned the formation process of these sacraments, and their original order has now been obtained. The requirements set forth by the Bishop have been completed. Therefore, formation for the Sacraments of Initiation begins in February of the 2nd grade year. All Restored Order students learn in weekly class sessions, and also gather together for three enrichments in the Spring to learn about Baptism, the Saints, and prepare for First Reconciliation in April. These enrichments are held monthly and at least one parent or sponsor is required to be in attendance with the child.
The formation process loops to the 3rd grade year, where they continue to learn about the Eucharist, Confirmation and Parish Life, again in combination with weekly classes and monthly enrichments. A hands-on retreat occurs in November, with the Restored Order Mass typically following in January of the 3rd grade year. Here they receive both Confirmation and Holy Eucharist together. The Bishop invites all parishes to the Cathedral for this special Mass, which due to our close proximity to the Cathedral, will be scheduled on a Tuesday night.
Knowing that not all Catholic Dioceses in the country follow Restored Order, we realize that we will continue to have families and children join our program in the years ahead who are older and who may be in need of one, two or all three Sacraments of Initiation. We ask that you please contact the parish office, Fr. Joe or Janice Anderson so that we can work with your family in setting up a formation process to best meet the needs of your circumstances.
Please note that in order for your child to receive these sacraments, families must be registered and active members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, and your child must be enrolled in our weekly Faith Formation classes.