Sacraments postponed in light of Government advice

Following receipt of updated Government advice, Bishop Fintan Gavin has written to all clergy in the diocese stating that the celebration of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation should not take place until the Government advice changes at a future date.

Government advice has been updated this afternoon to state that ‘religious ceremonies such as Baptisms, First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place at this time. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so’.

Letter to parishes

The celebration of these sacraments should not take place from Monday 5th July.  (In the case of emergency baptisms, pastoral judgement should be exercised.)

“This is extremely disappointing for many families, parishes and schools who have prepared and looked forward to these celebrations,” Bishop Fintan writes. “But the guidance is given because there is a projected rapid increase in transmission of the coronavirus during July and August.”

Arrangements in relation to the celebration of Mass are unchanged.

“I share your disappointment as I let you know of these revised arrangements in parishes,” Bishop Fintan said.

“We are all grateful to our parish stewards and volunteers who continue to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and ventilation in our churches and who make it possible for us to continue to gather safely and joyfully for the celebration of the Eucharist.”