Wednesday, May 17, 2017
WILL THIS FURTHER WEAKEN THE CATHOLIC FAITH OF ADULTS???????????????? WILL WE SEE LESS THAN 12% OF CATHOLICS ATTENDING MASS IN THIS DIOCESE AND OTHER NORTHEAST DIOCESES?
His Excellency Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire, explains in his diocesan newsletter how he is reintroducing the historical order of the Rites of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.
The timing will be as follows:
1. Infants will be baptized as is our tradition.
2. In the Second Grade, the child will make First Confession as a renewal of the forgiveness of Baptism
3. In the third grade, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be celebrated together at the same Mass.
Bishop Libasci wants to develop better adult formation as well as strengthen youth ministry.
In 1962 (pre-Vatican II rite) I received Confirmation in the 4th grade.
Today however, most catechists and priests will tell you that a significant number of parents usually bring their children for religious instruction for the sacraments. Thus we see them in the 2nd grade and then in the 8th Grade and that's it. There is a very shallow commitment to religious instruction and to Mass attendance.
Will restoring the traditional order exacerbate the number of adult Catholics who are clueless about their Catholic Faith, merely cultural Catholics, if that, and seldom if ever go to Mass or even get married or buried from the Church. I fear so given the nature of our culture and Church today.
Those who are of the Eastern Rite or Eastern Orthodoxy where all three Sacraments are celebrated at the same time for infants--how does that work with later formation in the Faith?