Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation
We are ready to launch a new momentum in our Religious Education program at CTK this year. As you know, the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation are on their way: Baptism, then Confirmation and Holy Communion. Our primary focus for this year will be to prepare the parents of the children who are to receive Confirmation, then First Communion. As you promised at your children’s baptism, you are to be “the first and best teachers to your children in the ways of the Faith,” and we are ready to assist you in that role.
For all parents whose children are enrolled in 2nd/3rd grade for 2016-2017, we will have a Q&A session on Wednesday, April 19 at 4:30 pm during our regularly scheduled RE classes or following the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, April 23 at noon. Anticipating the changes, a new curriculum has been prepared for the parents to assist them in passing along our Catholic Faith to the next generation.
Reminder: this is required by the Archbishop of Denver. All parishes throughout the Archdiocese (the local church) are undertaking the same task. We will still have our Family Catechesis Nights to encourage the communal sense of Body of Christ, as well as the regular sessions for the children, which will complement your lessons at home. As we better prepare ourselves to inspire our children to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285), let us undertake this change with the unifying mindset given by the Spirit. Please read Galatians 5: 22-25.
May the Lord bless you and your families as we walk together in the ways of Christ.
Rev. James R. Fox
Over the next few years, the standard age of Confirmation is going to be lowered to third grade throughout the Archdiocese of Denver, and Confirmation will be given before, not after, First Communion. This practice restores Confirmation to its original place. Through this process, the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation return to the logical order in which they were designed to be given: first Baptism, then Confirmation, then the Eucharist. It also restores the practice of administering the Sacraments of Christian Initiation to young children as early as possible.
Christ the King has a plan for our stepdown schedule, as well as a renewed vigor for implementing Restored Order within the context of Family Catechesis. Both elements will go hand-in-hand to provide an enriching experience of God's love through the sacramental life of the Church.
For more information on the Restored Order of the Sacraments, you can visit the Saints Among Us page at the Archdiocese of Denver, or you can contact the CTK Religious Education office at 303-674-5282.