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, St. Ignatius Loyola 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 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.

Teenaged children who were not confirmed in the Restored Order prepare for and receive Confirmation according to the Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens. For information about these aspects of the Sacrament of Confirmation, please call Ms. Toni Armstead at 303-283-8995.

Adults who have not been confirmed but who were baptized and who regularly practice their Catholic faith are prepared according to a program developed especially for them. For details, please call Margaret Wright at 720-863-8420.

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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