From the Pastor’s Desk,

On January 29, 2018, the age for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Springfield Cape
Girardeau was changed. In response to the age modification and in response to the changing culture of the young
people in our Church, new Diocesan Guidelines for the Sacrament of Confirmation have been developed. The guidelines
were created first and foremost through abundant prayer, and secondly through discussion and research from other
dioceses. In fact the process was begun in 2008, delayed, begun and delayed, and finally completed under the
direction of Bishop Rice.
The age of formation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, as determined by the Bishop of our
Diocese is for those students who are enrolled in the 7th, 8th or 9th grade. The pastor, in consultation with his ministry
staff, will decide which grade levels will be prepared and Confirmed within their parish, based on their scheduled cycle
for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Every baptized person not yet Confirmed can and should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The three
Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist form a unity. Without Confirmation, the Christian initiation
remains incomplete. Through the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation, the people of God are
able to more fully participate in the life of Jesus as they continue the lifelong journey of seeking, learning and growing in
the faith.
The beginning of any sacrament formation process is evangelization; introducing the person of Jesus Christ by
creating opportunities for them to encounter Christ and recognize his presence in their daily lives. Our new direction for
our young people encourages participation in various activities and experiences of the Catholic faith. The Candidates
will have many opportunities to open their eyes, ears, heart and mind to receiving the Holy Spirit and continuing to form
a relationship with Christ and His Church.
Here at St. Agnes, as in most parishes, our Confirmation class will include young people from several different grade
levels as we will take several years to bring the Sacrament of Confirmation to the 8th grade timeframe.

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