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Catholic Essentials

Catholic Essentials

Original Order Implementation Checklist
Parish Religious Education



Historical Background

Share insights provided by Bishop Larry Silva and Bishop Samuel Aquila (Archdiocese of Denver, formerly Diocese of Fargo) and articles from the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

Click here for link.


Transition Information

On Pentecost Sunday parishes in their respective transition groups will confirm baptized children/youth/adults. 

Instruction for the Transition: (PDF)
Instruction for the Transition Flowchart: (PDF)
Parish Transition Group List:
Transition Timetable: (PDF)


Norms (to be Implemented when Your Parish Implements Original Order)

This PDF file contains the "Decree of Promulgation" letter and the "Norms for the Preparation for and Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation and First Penance" document.


Sample Bulletin Announcements

Two bulletin announcement samples (Word file) are available for use.

Of note are the three separate bulletin announcements (Word file) written by Robert Noguchi, DRE/RE Principal for St. Ann Church/School which also include RE program details for parents. Mahalo, Bob, for sharing!


Original Order and Confirmation Videos

Share the link to the videos, "Sacraments of Initiation in their Original Order - One 'Ohana" and "Confirmation - One 'Ohana":


Questions and Answers

Q&A document (PDF) (written in collaboration with the Diocese of Fargo, who observes Original Order)

Quick Reference for Parish Receptionists (PDF)


USCCB Sacramental Catechesis Resources

Continue to pray and learn with your community of faith using these resources from the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops.


Evangelization is Essential

Pre- and evangelization of families is an ongoing responsibility of the entire parish community.  Remember that Jesus first invited and cultivated friendships with his disciples before he began to teach (catechize) them.  I have witnessed your evangelization efforts when you:

  • Greet every parent by name.
  • Strive for them to encounter Jesus’ love and care through your warmth and hospitality.
  • Listen to their stories with an open heart.
  • Offer to pray with and for them.




Office of Worship Guidelines

Confirmation Guidelines/Instructions


First Reconciliation during Advent

With your pastor, consider preparing children to make their first confession in the season of Advent.  Advent is a wonderful time to experience the reconciling love and healing grace our Lord offers. 


Religious Education Handbook

This is a great opportunity to update your general RE handbook.  A comprehensive template for the parish Faith Formation program. (Mahalo to advisers Sr. Mercedita Estrella, SPC and Julia Torres)

Click here (Word file).


Sacrament Preparation Handbook

Using this template, create a handbook specifically for parents of children who are preparing for Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The template includes references to the new Norms for the Sacraments of Initiation and videos on the sacraments. (Thanks again, Sr. Mercy and Julia!)

Click here (Word file).


Communicate with Parents

Parent involvement is essential!  This sample introductory letter can help get you started:
Click here (Word file).

Hold parent meetings using the Original Order and Confirmation videos.


Catechetical Guidelines for Teaching Religion

Align your curriculum for the Sacraments of Initiation.

Available in Word or PDF
Note: Due to the size of the file, the PDF may take some time to load. If it doesn't load, try closing and reopening the file; it may take multiple tries.


Acquire Teaching Resources

Contact a publishing company to obtain samples and purchase resources.


Lesson Pacing Plans

Every major publishing company is aware of our transition to Original Order.  A recommended procedure:

  1. Create a pacing chart template noting the # of weeks RE classes are held.
  2. Note all special solemnities, feast days, and other annual occasions/activities celebrated at your parish.
  3. Determine the date that children are to receive the sacraments.
  4. Determine the dates for parent faith formation and informational meetings.
  5. Determine the date(s) for family retreats.

Share this chart with your consultant and work with her/him to create lesson pacing plans for grades kindergarten - 5 for your RE year.  If needed for the parish's comprehensive youth ministry program, also include grades 6 - 8 and 9 - 12.


Parish/School Communication

Catholic schools are encouraged to provide the catechesis for Confirmation to their students.  Thus, parish/school coordination is essential.  The last two pages of the Instruction for Transition (PDF) contain sample letters of communication between the Catholic school and parish. 


Sacrament Preparation Retreat for Families

Get parents involved in preparing their child for Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist through hands-on learning. Invite parents of children who have already completed their Sacraments of Initiation to be facilitators!

Click here (PDF).



God is calling us to a new understanding of the Sacraments of Initiation.  We are offered new life in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and sustained and nourished in Eucharist.  May we allow God to renew us through our work and receive with joy the grace given freely to us in the Sacraments.