Statement from Bishop Cullinan regarding recommencement of First Holy Communions and Confirmations

The Sacraments are vitally important. So is one’s physical health. As a bishop, I must take both into consideration; spiritual health and physical health. While travelling around the Diocese and several counties of late, and seeing the large crowds congregating at all kinds of venues including thousands being officially allowed at sports events, I can see no valid reason for the further postponement of the Sacraments for our children. The communication from the Government and from NPHET regarding the Sacraments  leaves a great deal to be desired. 
 
We are all conscious of the need to remain vigilant. Parishes have been exemplary in taking the health guidelines seriously and will continue to do so, but for any local parish community and their priest who wish to avail of these Sacraments, they must be allowed to do so.
 
Therefore in line with the four Archbishops letter to the Government this week, access to these Sacraments for our children may go ahead from mid-August