A priest in Donegal has stated that he will hold a First Holy Communion ceremony this week, despite current health guidelines.
Father John Joe Duffy from St. Michael’s Church in Creeslough stated, “I think what’s being imposed on these children and on the church is disproportionate, unfair and unreasonable in the context of the overall reality.”
He added that the advisory against holding communions and confirmations doesn’t make sense.
While stating that the children and families involved are already mixing within the sights of the church, Fr. Duffy said that the ceremony will not contribute to the spread of infection through the community, with 18 children expected to receive their communion.
He said that the area has always reported consistently low numbers of the virus while adding, “No, I don’t hold that theory at all that communions and confirmations will contribute to higher numbers.”
He described the government’s decision to allow certain ceremonies to go ahead but not communions and confirmations as illogical.
“Yet I can have a 100 people in the church for a wedding, 50 people in the church for a funeral – people who are coming from all areas and parts, whereas children who are coming for holy communion and children for confirmation are…already mixing within sights of the church.”