Following the government announcement of new public health measures The Path Ahead, it has taken some time today to establish the position in relation to the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation in parishes from 5th July.
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’.
This is extremely disappointing for many families, parishes and schools who have prepared and looked forward to these celebrations. Given that there is a projected rapid increase in transmission of the corona virus during July and August, I wish to let you know the following:
The celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism from Monday 5th July should not take place. In the case of emergency baptisms, pastoral judgement should be exercised.
Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation should not be celebrated at this time. This includes all celebrations that may have recently been arranged from 5th July next in some parishes.
First Holy Communions
All celebrations of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion should not be celebrated at this time. This includes all celebrations that may have recently been arranged from 5th July next in some parishes.
Arrangements in relation to the public celebration of Mass are unchanged.