The Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fintan Gavin has told children due to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, those waiting to receive their First Holy Communion, and those awaiting Confirmation that they “will have the opportunity to celebrate your special day” although for now, he said that “we are not in a position at this time to say when.”
Confirmation ceremonies were celebrated in the diocese until March 12th when schools were closed by government directive.
The vast majority of First Holy Communion Masses are usually held during the month of May and these are preceded in previous months by First Penance.
However, all ceremonies that had not already taken place this year are now postponed.
In a letter sent to parents and children through schools across Cork, Bishop Gavin said he was aware of how disappointed people feel that it is not possible to celebrate these occasions on the date that was originally planned.
The Bishop said that once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and “we are told that it is safe to do so, we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.”
“We are not in a position at this time to say when,” Bishop Fintan says, “but rest assured that you will have the opportunity to celebrate your special day when it is safe for us all to gather again,” he added.
In the meantime, Bishop Fintan Gavin asked pupils to pray with their families, “remembering those who are sick, all who are caring for them and all who are working so hard to keep us safe.”