First Communion and Confirmation – An Update from the Archbishop

First Communion and Confirmation: I am being asked about Confirmation and First Holy Communion ceremonies.  We can only begin to speak of a timeframe for these Sacraments, when schools have been fully reopened and when it is possible once again to hold large indoor gatherings of people, especially children.  This will not be the case for some months ahead.   There is therefore absolutely no way that Confirmations or First Holy Communion can be celebrated, as some would suggest, during the months of May and June.      I realise that this is very difficult for the pupils and their     families. I will be in contact with the Priests, Parish teams and schools at a later date when there is further clarity around the situation.