Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/10/2012. Tags: Parenting Parenting Kids
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is set to announce changes to how children are prepared for First Communion in Dublin, with an announcement to be made later today (October 1st).
Under the proposals, there will be greater parental involvement, as the responsibility for preparing youngsters moves from schools to parents and the parish, the Irish Times reports.
Families will be expected to attend Sunday Masses more regularly during the preparatory year and it will be mandatory for a child's baptismal certificate to be produced by the previous September 30th.
The new policy will base First Communion and First Reconciliation
in the parish and these will generally take place at Sunday Mass.
In a bid to curb excessive spending and private celebrations, parents will be encouraged to avoid extravagance and recognise that First Communion is a welcome to the parish liturgical community.
The revised First Communion and First Reconciliation diocesan policy document outlines an 11-step programme that must be followed and will be distributed to all schools and parishes in the Dublin archdiocese.
Written by Donal Walsh