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Future Confirmations/First Holy Communions at Cathedral

Updated on May 06, 2021 02:16 PM by Lake, Julie
Dear Parents,
In early 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki began looking into moving Confirmations and First Holy Communions for third-graders to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. After researching and discussing this change with priests from across the diocese and lay leadership, he is excited to officially make this change effective July 1.

Bishop Paprocki cares most importantly about the souls entrusted to his responsibility in our diocese. Taking Confirmation and First Holy Communion to the Cathedral is an opportunity to create a meaningful pilgrimage for third-graders (and their families) and to boost their faith to new levels.
Every Catholic should visit the Mother Church of their diocese, their Cathedral, at least once in their life. Making a pilgrimage to the Mother Church is a spiritual journey. Our children, while on this journey, will be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit through Confirmation, will receive Jesus Christ for the first time in the Holy Eucharist, and ultimately come to know God better and have an even stronger and holier relationship.
The Diocesan Bishop, who is a successor of the Apostles, is a symbol of our connection and communion with the universal community of the Catholic Church. So, it is fitting to celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion with the Diocesan Bishop at the Cathedral, the church that is also a diocesan symbol of our universal faith.
In addition, this change also gives Bishop Paprocki more flexibility to make more parish visits every year across the diocese, allowing him more time at each parish to celebrate Mass, get to know parishioners, take questions, and hear what the parish is doing to advance our faith.

Please see the below attached documents and visit for more information. If you have more questions please feel free to contact Mr. Ryan Skolasinski at
or Mrs. Julie Lake at