third, Confession and Communion.
Apparently, the bishop is also getting rid of lengthy “service program” requirements to make kids “earn” the Sacrament of Confirmation. This has been getting ridiculous, as many parishes require up to two years of “volunteer” work, and make life difficult for kids who’ve just moved in. Some actually dare to require the parents to do service hours too, which is getting beyond ridiculous and into slavery. (When I was a kid, we did maybe six hours of service hours but it wasn’t portrayed as some absolute requirement; and even that was hard to fit into the family schedule.)
Sacraments are free gifts from God. We prepare for them, but we can never earn them.
There will still be service programs as part of youth ministry. But now kids will be able to really volunteer, not be serving under threat of not receiving basic Sacraments.
As Bishop Silva says, “We believe that Confirmation gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit — wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and the fear of the Lord. Young people need these gifts as they grow up, not when they are nearly done growing up.”
Hip hip hurray!