The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." (CCC 1324)  

First Eucharist


"The sacraments of Christian Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian Life. 'The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life.  The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.  By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.'" (CCC 1212) 


Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation

In 2015, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila issued the pastoral letter, Saints Among Us, to explain what it means to restore the Sacraments of Initiation to their original, historical order: Baptism, Confirmation, and then Eucharist.  Click here to go to the Archdiocese of Denver website to read the Archbishop's full letter. We are excited to be a part of this spiritual endeavor and look forward to journeying with each family as they prepare their children to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. 

In compliance with the Archbishop's plan, the Shrine of St. Anne will be making several changes to the sacramental preparation program. The program will be a two year process during which children will receive First Reconciliation in 2nd grade and Confirmation and Holy Eucharist in 3rd grade or above.  Children must be enrolled in a faith formation program or Catholic school for one year prior to preparing for the sacraments as well as during this preparation period. 

Here is the current schedule for implementing the Restored Order:

    Year           Grade*      Sacramental Preparation       Sacrament Celebration

 2018-2019        2nd+         First Reconciliation                    October 2018

 2018-2019        3rd+         Confirmation & Eucharist            Early 2019

 * Children who miss preparing for sacraments in these grades will be given attention on an individual basis

+ This includes children in all grades above this grade as well

There will be a Parent Orientation Meeting on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.  You must attend if you have children in grades 2 through 12 who need to prepare to receive Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation.

For more information please contact:  Karen Oldham, Director of Faith Formation

                                                       303-420-1280 ext 1203



Youth and adult Catholics who have only been baptized and wish to celebrate Holy Eucharist for the first time may need to participate in in the Christian Initiation process.

 Christian Initiation for Children
Christian Initiation for Adults


Shrine of St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish
7555 Grant Place Arvada, CO 80002


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