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Parents not schools to lead communion preparations, says Archbishop of Dublin

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says new approach, centred on parents and parishes, should begin immediately
The Archbishop of Dublin has announced “significant” reforms aimed at moving the focus of sacramental preparation away from schools and towards the family and to parishes.

This will include preparations that take place outside school hours as the church seeks to move the emphasis off schools. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said training for the reform campaign, which will be implemented on a phased basis, should begin immediately.

A consultation has been taking place throughout the Archdiocese in an effort, he said, “to strengthen the bond between family, parish and schools in preparing children for sacraments”. It is thought this process was a response to a sense that sacramental preparation, such as for first communion and confirmation, had become too school-focused.

Dr Martin wrote to priests and parishes this week informing them that the Priests Council had endorsed a new approach to the sacraments which would be centred on “supporting parents in sharing faith with their children and that in time will see parishes assume responsibility for the preparation and celebration of all four sacraments”.

In his letter he reminded priests that “more and more Catholic children today attend other than Catholic schools. The proposal is not something that will be accomplished overnight; it cannot however be put forever on the long finger. We must begin now.”

“It will take some time to put in place an effective development of parish capacity to implement this initiative,” he wrote. “We need however to begin immediately with the preparation and training of voluntary lay catechists and the development of resource materials.”

The changes will also raise the possibility of schools spending less time on sacramental preparation during school hours. Catholic schools are entitled to set aside up to 30 minutes of the day for faith formation, although teachers have said these preparations can take longer.

Pilot programmes are planned to enable the preparations to be done outside of school hours, and the programme will be rolled out on a phased basis, depending on the resources available to each parish. The decision is the culmination of a process that began in September 2018 with the establishment of a sacraments review team, which led a consultation process that included an online survey which received 1800 responses.

The review group was partially established in response to concerns that sacraments were running the risk of being turned in to social occasions rather than moments of faith.

An implementation group is to be set up to examine a range of issues, including communicating with schools and parents, recruiting and training volunteers, as well as providing resources and finance for the transition.
 

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Excellent news for two reasons.
1. Many School principals and teachers are majority atheist, liberal and anti-Catholic. They are the last people you want to teach Your children Communion preparations. (I note RTE Regime propaganda TV called First Communion “a burden” today.
2.Preparation for First Communion within the Parish will strengthen the sense of Community in every Parish.
 

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Excellent news for two reasons.
1. Many School principals and teachers are majority atheist, liberal and anti-Catholic. They are the last people you want to teach Your children Communion preparations. (I note RTE Regime propaganda TV called First Communion “a burden” today.
2.Preparation for First Communion within the Parish will strengthen the sense of Community in every Parish.

You'd wonder then why the CC doesn't just sell these schools to the state. What's the point in the CC running Sodomite, Abortionist academies?
 
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Excellent news for two reasons.
1. Many School principals and teachers are majority atheist, liberal and anti-Catholic. They are the last people you want to teach Your children Communion preparations. (I note RTE Regime propaganda TV called First Communion “a burden” today.
2.Preparation for First Communion within the Parish will strengthen the sense of Community in every Parish.
Its another attack on our identity and I say that as an agnostic.

Will religion also be taking out of Muslim schools ? will it f**k.
 

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Its another attack on our identity and I say that as an agnostic.

Will religion also be taking out of Muslim schools ? will it f**k.
From my knowledge of “liberal” Catholic parents, I’d say it’s time to separate the sheep from the wolves and build a stronger, smaller Church.
 

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The church should set up charitable status private schools and parents who send their children to them should qualify for tax relief.
 

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From my knowledge of “liberal” Catholic parents, I’d say it’s time to separate the sheep from the wolves and build a stronger, smaller Church.

I couldn't agree more. The bishops are desperate to keep up the pretense that Ireland is a Christian country - meanwhile there's hardly one Christian community in all of Ireland.
 
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