I have received a number of queries concerning comments of the Acting Chief Medical Officer about gatherings in households after Baptism and First Holy Communion liturgies. The comments of the CMO were clearly about celebrations in households and did not refer to religious ceremonies themselves.
Indeed I have been receiving many positive comments on the manner in which First Holy Communion liturgies are being celebrated in small groups, with full respect for the social distancing and face covering norms. Many have found these intimate celebrations – often with the participation of just both parents – more prayerful and reflective than the traditional larger school-class based ceremonies.
The current increase in infections in the greater Dublin area requires scrupulous adherence to the restrictions on household gatherings.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Thursday 10th September