Restoring the Order of the Sacraments of Initiation and it's Impact on Youth Ministry
In the Archdiocese of Denver, we've begun the process of restoring the order of the sacraments of initiation to their proper theological and historical order (Baptism, Reconciliation in second grade, Confirmation and Eucharist in third grade). As someone who understands the theological and historical significance of restoring the order of the sacraments of initiation I have a deep appreciation for this change, but as someone who works in a parish I'm met with some concern for how this might impact our efforts to engage the children of our parish. My fear is that families will treat confirmation as they have in the past (i.e. Catholic Graduation or a Catholic Bar Mitzvah). Does anyone on this forum have any experience working in a Diocese that has restored the order of the sacraments of initiation and if so how has this change impacted the way you do youth ministry?