First Communion and Confirmation Details

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION APOLOGY/POSTPONEMENT NOTICE

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

The Archdiocese of Dublin has this evening (Saturday 28 November 2020), issued the following guidance:

“The numbers permitted at Funerals and Weddings will remain at 25 for ceremonies and receptions.  This is a specific decision that applies not just to religious funerals or weddings.   It flows from concerns that have emerged about gatherings where social distancing has not been respected.  This would include some instances around the outside of Church buildings.

 We should be careful not to do anything that might compromise safety during the re-opening of Churches.  We have to be especially careful not to be fostering any concentration of ceremonies involving gatherings of large numbers of children, especially in this winter season.  Reducing the number of gatherings is a key element in the fight to curb the spread of the virus.”

This statement makes it clear that it would not be prudent to go forward with the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies at this time. We will reorganize the ceremonies when it is safer to do so. Our children’s health and the health of the whole community are of paramount importance.

We know none of this is any comfort to you in this situation, we offer it simply as a context for the poor decision to confirm the celebrations of the sacraments last night on our Parishes Facebook Page. We can only offer our sincerest apologies for all the hurt and distress we have caused.

Yours sincerely,

Fr. Pat McKinley and the Parish Team.