Wednesday, March 03, 2021


Bishop Kevin Doran.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will not be celebrated in the Diocese of Elphin until at least Autumn it has been confirmed.

In a statement issued by the Bishops of the six dioceses of the Province of the Archdiocese of Tuam which includes the Diocese of Elphin and Diocese of Achonry, the Bishops said “in so far 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.”

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