In a letter dated May 15, 2009, Bishop Dewane writes to inform us of his decision concerning the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and how that will affect all the parishes in the Diocese of Venice.
Upon the arrival of Bishop Dewane to the Venice Diocese, he found a variety of approaches in each parish concerning the age for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Some of the parishes were adhering to the "Restored Order" process for celebrating the "Sacraments of Initiation" and many were not. Bishop Dewane has judged that the practice of "Restored Order" while theologically sound, has been problematic. It has not produced an enrichment of the sacramental life of the parishes nor addressed concerns about effective catechesis.
For these reasons, Bishop Dewane has stated that "Restored Order" for "Sacraments of Initiation" will be discontinued as a practice throughout this Diocese. Preparation for the reception of Confirmation will be a two year process, beginning in grade 9, culminating in the reception of the Sacrament at the end of grade 10.
Please call the Director of Religious Education for more information 941-497-2931