Catholic students in the second grade receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students prepare for this sacrament by examining their conscience to understand right from wrong, and encountering the healing mercy and forgiveness of God.
Third grade students celebrate the Sacrament of First Communion. Students learn about this very sacred gift, which is the act of receiving Jesus’ body in the Eucharist for the first time. It is a very special time for Catholic students and their families. All Catholic students are invited to participate in the celebration.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is also held during the third grade year at St. Anthony Grade School and the Parish School of Religion. Third grade students celebrate their First Holy Communion and Confirmation during the same Mass which is held at the Cathedral in Springfield.
What is restored order?
During the Fourth Diocesan Synod in 2017, lay Catholics representing every parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois voted overwhelmingly in support of the restored order of the sacraments, meaning Confirmation would come before First Holy Communion, and they would both occur in third grade. Despite this change being implemented in parishes and schools several years ago, the same concerns and questions debated in the synod are being raised by Catholics in our diocese today. The Diocese of Springfield put together a list of questions that are commonly asked about Restored Order. Answers to those questions along with full information on Restored Order can be found here (hyperlink to https://www.dio.org/