Dublin Archbishop gives Communions and Confirmations the go-ahead despite restrictions 1 month ago

Dublin Archbishop gives Communions and Confirmations the go-ahead despite restrictions

"The format of such ceremonies should be adapted"

The Archbishop of Dublin has given Communions and Confirmations the go-ahead despite current restrictions. Government and NPHET have both stressed that events like Communions and Confirmations should not be taking place at the moment, especially because of the social aspect involved in both events.

However, the Archbishop has written to the priests in his archdiocese and has given both services his approval.

Archbishop Dermot Farrell informed 200 parishes that they can go ahead with Communions and Confirmations if they feel safe.

"It would be prudent to ensure that families confirm their awareness of the public health guidelines regarding household mixing," he said.

He believes it is unfair to ban Communions and Confirmations because of Government's fear that they will lead to family gatherings and socialising. He believes these restrictions are discriminatory.

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He said, "This is perplexing, as no such prohibitions were applied to other events such as sporting or civic events or other family occasions."

Archbishop Farrell stressed that the services can be run in a COVID safe way

"The format of such ceremonies should be adapted appropriately, as was the case in many parishes last year, with shorter, simpler and smaller ceremonies, which were nonetheless reverent and joyous."

He added that the situation in Ireland is improving and families deserve a chance to celebrate these occasions. He said that the "successful vaccination programme, the relaxation of restrictions in many areas of life and the proven record of parishes in conducting liturgies with great care for safety" should prove it is the right time to re-start Communions and Confirmations.

Would you feel comfortable if your child's Communion or Confirmation was given the go-ahead in the coming weeks?