In recent years in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, most Catholics have been Baptised as babies, made their First Communion around age seven and been Confirmed as teenagers. These three Sacraments make up the process of belonging to the Church (called Christian Initiation). The Sacraments weren’t always in that order, and adults preparing for initiation have always received them in the original order: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (Communion). From September, 2012 in this Archdiocese, children who have been Baptised have followed that same order. Those aged eight by the first of September, are invited to receive Confirmation and First Communion in the days between Ascension Sunday and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) in the following year, and the same pattern is followed each year.
The Archdiocese has a website which provides information for everyone who would like to know more about the Sacraments in our Archdiocese. Follow the link: http://www.withyoualways.org.uk