“‘Before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit’.” Acts 1:5
Despite living and working with Jesus for three years and seeing Him rise from the dead, it was only when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that they were equipped with the courage to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Sacrament of Confirmation equips us to do the same.
Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)
Changes to the Sacramental Order
Beginning in 2019, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation in their original order (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) and Confirmation will be in the third grade.
First Holy Communion
The culmination of a person’s Christian initiation is the Eucharist. Beginning in 2019, children will be prepared for Confirmation and the Eucharist beginning in the third grade.