St. Peter follows the restored order instituted by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila. Read the Archbishop’s pastoral letter here.
The world needs saints. Even as our society becomes more distant from faith and more forgetful of God, it still hungers for joyful witnesses who have been transformed by Christ. At the same time, new generations of Catholics need grace to sustain them in a non-Christian environment. To answer these needs, I have decided to restore the Sacraments of Initiation to their original order, that is, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This will make available every sacramental grace the Church has to offer to children who
have reached the age of reason. When I was Bishop of Fargo, I restored Confirmation to its original place in 2002 by issuing the pastoral letter Send Forth Your Spirit. I was convinced of the theological and pastoral reasons for doing this, but I was further convinced by hearing from parents and children about the effects of the graces they received. Grace, the Catechism teaches us, is the
free gift that “God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.”2
Many people today live as if God does not exist, or if he does, thenonly as a remote ruler who rarely intervenes in human affairs. Instead
of seeking God’s grace and an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our society turns to technology, science, and selfreliance to solve its problems.
Parents are called to be the primary educators of their children in the faith. Parents are encouraged and supported in teaching their kids the Catholic faith. When you feel your child is ready for a sacrament please contact Justyna Baustert to schedule an interview. The family must also be attending Mass faithful every week and should be known to the pastor. The Pastor will interview the child and confirm that he/she is prepared.
Materials are available to assist parents in their preparation. Please contact Justyna Baustert by email, at 970-352-1060 (office), or at 970-716-0003 (mobile).