3 March 2021: Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation — Information from the Western Bishops
Insofar as the Government plan currently offers no clarity about when we might expect to return to public sacramental life, we find it difficult to have any confidence that the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation can be celebrated before the end of the present school year. As of now, we have decided to defer the Sacrament of Confirmation for the 2021 class until the autumn, and we encourage our parishes to consider doing the same in relation to First Holy Communion. Should the circumstances change for the better, this decision can be revisited in each diocese. In the meantime, we encourage young people and their parents to continue with their preparation. We have provided online resources to support what is being done
through the religious education programme with the teachers in the schools.
Daily resources extracted from the booklet:
In consultation with dioceses across the country, the National Centre for Liturgy has compiled resources for Holy Week, the Easter Triduum, and Easter, based on last year's experience of these liturgies.
'Bringing Holy Week Home' (2020)
Video and other resources: www.armaghprays.com/wednesday-holy-week
Leading to the Feast of St Joseph and the opening of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year
On 19 March 2021, the Church will celebrate five years since the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On that day, Pope Francis will launch a year dedicated to the family which will conclude on 26 June 2022 on the occasion of the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome.
Bishops have welcomed the Holy Father’s ‘Amoris Laetitia Family Year’ and will mark its beginning with a Week of Prayer from 13 March to 19 March (the Feast of Saint Joseph). This resource is offered by the Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family to assist families to participate in the Week of Prayer.
The resources comprises a page for each day of the Week of Prayer which can be easily followed in parish, school and at home. Each day has a theme reflecting on family life through the lens of Saint Joseph. The resource has at its centre the prayer from Pope Francis which he wrote for the Year of St Joseph, and some inspiring reflections from The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).
Trócaire works with parishes and communities across Ireland to educate, inspire and motivate people to take action for global justice.
Find Trócaire's 2021 Lent resources here.
Lent Trócaire parish presentation from CEO Caoimhe de Barra:
An audio message from Caoimhe de Barra, Trócaire CEO:
Download a pdf: Church Collections 2021
The Council for Catechetics has worked with iCatholic to produce three preparation videos for Confirmation.
The first one is below, and an accompanying worksheet is here.
Here is the second video, and its accompanying worksheet is here.
The third and final video is below, and the accompanying worksheet is here.
Ad Clerum 2021 is downloadable here.
The Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. You can download it here. Current edition 15 March 2021.
Note: parish Mass times in the Directory have not been updated for Covid-19, as the position is changing regularly. See parish pages on this website for current updates.
Parishes: please email email@example.com to keep the diocesan office up to date with changes to parish information, Mass times, school headships, etc., so that the Directory and website can be kept current.
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A person must be at least 18 years of age before they can book a wedding in the diocese, by decree of the Bishop dated 19 December 2019.
The February 2021 list of Marriage Solemnisers is here.
See www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Getting_Married for information from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection on civil requirements for marriage.
The National Centre for Liturgy has a useful guide for payment of church musicians, updated in 2019.
The minimum suggested fee for a wedding is €235, but should be higher when the musician is required for a rehearsal or when music has to be purchased or learned.
The minimum suggested fee for a funeral is €130 for one service, and €169 when music also is provided for the reception of the body on a separate occasion.
For music copyright queries, see www.onelicense.net
ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG has a variety of useful resources online, including marriage preparation and relationship counselling: www.accord.ie
World Missions Ireland (Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission): www.wmi.ie
Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference (also known as the Irish Episcopal Conference): www.catholicbishops.ie
National Centre for Liturgy: www.liturgy-ireland.ie
All requests for a Papal Blessing Parchment must be processed online by the Vatican Office of Papal Charities. Please click on this link to access the English language Vatican web page for Papal Blessing applications. Note: there is a fairly narrow time window of six months before and four months after the date of an event during which a Papal Blessing can be requested.