'Impossible' to know when weddings, communions and confirmations can go ahead in Cork due to Covid-19

'Impossible' to know when weddings, communions and confirmations can go ahead in Cork due to Covid-19

SOME Cork parishes are taking decisions to postpone First Holy Communion services because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Spokesman for the Diocese of Cork and Ross, Fr Tom Hayes, said: "Some parishes begin their First Holy Communion Masses in April and others are scheduled by local parishes to take place in May. Obviously, at this point, ones that were scheduled to take place in April have to be postponed in compliance with government restrictions."

He added: "We don't know at this point when the restrictions will be lifted so it is impossible to say when postponed First Confessions, First Holy Communions, Confirmations and Marriages can be rescheduled."

Confirmations that were scheduled to take place after March 12 have not yet taken place because schools were closed and because of public health restrictions including social distancing.

The Confirmation schedule ran until the end of May.

Fr Hayes said: "The Diocese is following and is informed by government restrictions on public gatherings which are extended at least until May 5."

Some parishes due to hold First Communions and Confirmation ceremonies after May 5 have already postponed the ceremonies indefinitely.

Meanwhile, parents who have ordered designer communion dresses for their daughters are concerned that their children will have outgrown the dresses by the time the First Communions are rescheduled.

Owner of Cinderella's Closet, Claire Dilworth, said the shop has been closed for the past number of weeks, but that hundreds of First Communion dresses have arrived after being ordered.

She said she is receiving daily phone calls from worried parents who have booked dresses from her and have not yet been told if their child's First Communion is going ahead on the scheduled date.

She continued: "Their biggest concern at the moment is not knowing when the First Communions will be on."

But she said: "Designers have put in extra material in the seam and the dresses can be made bigger if needed."

She added that she has received calls from some parents who purchased their daughters's dresses in Debenhams, and are worried the dresses will no longer fit them when the new First Communion date arrives.

Ms Dilworth said several dresses are also in the shop waiting to be worn by brides whose weddings have had to be postponed indefinitely too because of Covid-19.

She praised hotels however for working with couples to help them reschedule for dates at the end of this year and into next year.

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