Sacramental Formation

Sacraments of Initiation in the Restored Order

Reconciliation –> Confirmation –> Holy Eucharist

Since 2005, the Diocese of Tyler has prepared children for the sacraments of initiation in the following order: Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Eucharist. Following this restored order of initiation helps us to show more clearly that the Eucharist the source and summit of the Christian life. It also highlights the organic unity between all of the Sacraments of Initiation.

In July of 2020, the Bishop approved a set of clarifications regarding the procedures and methods of preparation. It is the responsibility of the pastor of a parish, oftentimes by delegation to a faith formation leader, to ensure that all preparation for the reception of the sacraments is followed according to the guidelines laid out in the following document and in the previous policy of the Diocese issued in 2015.

NEW! Confirmation Booklet

The St. Philip Institute offers a new resource for families with children who are being formed for the Sacrament of Confirmation. In many dioceses, this sacrament is celebrated in the teen years. However, in the Restored Order followed by the Diocese of Tyler, restoring the Eucharist to the summit of the Sacraments of Initiation requires that children celebrate Confirmation much sooner.

To help teach children the basics of the Catholic faith, Fr. John-Mary Bowlin, a priest in the Diocese of Tyler, and the St. Philip Institute have produced a small, easy-to-follow booklet — Christian Initiation Catechism: A Guide for Children and Families — so parents and grandparents can sit down with their children and together learn what every Catholic should know to be confirmed in the faith.

Baptism Formation for Families

The St. Philip Institute has developed a new formation program for the Sacrament of Baptism, available in both English and Spanish. These materials are designed to empower parents and godparents to fulfill their role as primary educators of the faith. This program includes a process of theological study, personal reflection, and practical application to a lived faith modeled by the Holy Family.

Resource Website for Baptism Formation

This website contains all the videos and downloadable forms that accompany our baptism formation program.

Training Videos for the Baptism Formation Program

These explain the program in general and how parents and parish leaders can use the program to form holy families.

If you have any questions about formation for the Sacraments of Initiation or Restored Order, please contact the Director of Faith Formation, Luke Arredondo, PhD at LArredondo@StPhilipInstitute.org.