Planned communion and confirmation celebrations in Cork have again been deferred and will now not take place until Level 2 restrictions are restored.
The ceremonies normally take place in the spring and early summer months, however, these were deferred this year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
First holy communions and confirmation celebrations had resumed in the Diocese of Cork and Ross in recent weeks, but the introduction of Level 3 restrictions under the Government's Living with Covid plan means the remaining celebrations cannot currently take place.
The Diocese has now confirmed that these will be deferred until restrictions are restored to Level 2.
The move to Level 3 restrictions also impacts other celebrations within the church including baptisms, weddings and funerals, and Bishop Fintan Gavin has now written to priests of the diocese regarding the new restrictions.
It has been confirmed that baptisms are not to take place in the Diocese until further notice.
Weddings can take place but the celebration of marriage in a church can only be attended by 25 people.
Up to 25 people will also be allowed to attend funerals of loved ones.
The Bishop advised that Churches in the Diocese should remain open for personal prayer, but not for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Instead, masses are to continue to be celebrated without a congregation, with parishes encouraged to stream these via church webcams or Facebook Live.
“Such means of communication have been very helpful when churches were closed to public worship from 14th March – 29th June. I would encourage you to continue to use such means of communication to give messages of hope and solidarity to parishioners in these difficult times,” the Bishop said.