Archbishop Farrell update on Baptism & Sacraments of Initiation – Updates

The Archbishop has asked all parishes to follow the most recent government and public health guidelines. The increase in the Covid figures speak for themselves. While it goes against the pastoral instincts of the Archbishop and the clergy not to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation, it is essential to that the Church does its best to support the government and public health in their endeavours to keep families safe. Therefore, all Baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are suspended until further notice. Naturally we are all very disappointed. We will be in touch with you again when we are permitted to resume the celebration of these sacraments. We will contact you. The
preparation sessions are also postponed.

Letter from Archbishop Farrell dated 30th June 2021 in relation to the latest advice regarding the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation: Archbishop Farrell’s Letter in relation to Baptisms. First Holy Communions and Confirmations 30 June 2021
The Archbishop has asked all parishes to follow government guidelines issued during the past week. Therefore, all Baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are suspended until further notice. Naturally we are all very disappointed. We will be in touch with you again when we are permitted to resume the celebration of these sacraments. We will contact you. The preparation sessions in relation to the celebration of the Sacraments are also postponed.

Archbishop Farrell wrote to all parishes on 2nd June in relation to the celebration of the
Sacraments of Initiation. Public Health advice is that special religious ceremonies, including First Holy Communions and Confirmations should continue to be postponed for the month of June. In the coming week, a letter from the Parish Pastoral Council will be circulated to the parents who have registered their children for the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation which should have been celebrated in 2020. We will do our best to accommodate those families who would like to have small ceremonies during the months of July and August, always keeping the safety of all families to the forefront of our decisions and we encourage families to be mindful of “household mixing” in their celebrations following the church ceremony.

Archbishop Farrell’s Letter in relation to Baptism First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Once again, the Archbishop has reminded us this week of the celebrations which should not
take place until we are notified. In his most recent letter, the Archbishop confirms that in light of the most recent government health advice for May and June, the celebration of Baptism should only take place in exceptional circumstances. The ordinary celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism as well as the other Sacraments of Initiation, should not be organised until further notice.

Letter from Archbishop Farrell re Sacraments of Initiation 20 May 2021