Restoring the Original Order of the Sacraments
By: Robert Noguchi, Principal of Religious Education
You may have heard the buzz about the Sacrament of Confirmation moving to second grade here in the Diocese of Honolulu. The change is actually a move to restore the proper, or original, order of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and then First Holy Communion. As it stands now, children are typically baptized as infants, receive First Holy Communion in the second grade, and then are confirmed as teens (most often as high school sophomores). In the near future, both Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be received beginning in the second grade. St. Ann’s will move to this “restored order” of the sacraments in the 2017-2018 academic year.
This change naturally raises a lot of questions, especially for parents with children who may be affected by this transition. In preparation for restoring the proper order of the sacraments here in the St. Ann’s REYM program, we will be including supplemental information with our newsletters over the next few months. This month we are including Bishop Larry Silva’s letter (Please see email attachment.) introducing the topic of restoring the original order of the sacraments of initiation here in the diocese. You may also visit the diocesan website for more information at www.catholichawaii.org and clicking on “Original Order of the Sacraments”, located at the bottom of the homepage. Please feel free to call the Religious Education Office should you have any questions or concerns. May you and your loved ones have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Please feel free to call the Religious Education Office should you have any questions or concerns. May you and your loved ones have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!