Irish Government to Bishops: Cancel Summer Communions & Confirmations…

Irish Government to Bishops: Cancel Summer Communions & Confirmations…

Ireland’s HSE tells Catholic Church to cancel Communions and Confirmations

IRELAND’S Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned the Catholic Church not to hold First Communions or Confirmations in Midwest counties this summer.

In a letter to to the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Kieran O’Reilly, HSE chiefs suggested that the ceremonies be deferred to September instead.

The warning comes following a concerning rise in Delta variant cases across the country, which is threatening to delay Ireland’s reopening plan.

Thousands of children and parents saw their ceremonies cancelled back in May, with most schools and parishes rescheduling them for July, but now it appears that they might have to wait even longer, particularly anyone in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.

In response to HSE’s letter, Archbishop O’Reilly expressed his “disappointment”, but stressed that “serious consideration must be given to this recommendation,” in a message to his parishes.

He also advised parents to avoid throwing big parties to celebrate the event.

The HSE letter said: “We have had a number of queries in relation to the holding of First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies over the summer period in the Mid-West region.

“I wish to advise that it is our view that these services should be deferred until this September due to a number of factors, including: the current high rate of Covid-19 infection in the Mid-West region, and by September most of those eligible should be fully vaccinated against Covid.”  Source


“Archbishop O’Reilly expressed his ‘disappointment’ …”   

Gimme a break!   When are these bishops going to start learning how to say “NO!”  Loud and clear. Rhetorical question because we all know the answer.   

It’s not the State’s place to tell the Church anything, let alone when to dispense the Sacraments.  Honestly, seeing these churchmen bowing and scraping to corrupt politicians is dispiriting in the extreme. They talk ad nauseum about “discernment”  but they have none themselves, that’s for sure. 

I have a brand new ambition and it’s this:  if  God spares me for another fifty years (I’ll only be 39), I’ll re-train as a history teacher, because watching the reaction of future generations to this ridiculous scamdemic or plandemic whatever you want to call it, would be hilarious – fun-days every day of the week. 

Or will future generations admire the wimps we have allegedly serving us in the Church (mostly on YouTube) today… what do you think?   

Comments (15)

  • RCAVictor

    Pathetic. It would appear that the real state of emergency is not in secular society, but in the Church….thanks to the Modernist variant. Not to mention the Freemasonic variant, the homosexual variant, and the lust for power and money variant.

    June 25, 2021 at 9:57 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Without a doubt the real state of emergency is in the Church.

      Love your list of variants, but you forgot a couple – the Neil Ferguson variant and the Matt Hancock variant. In those two alone, we have all the proof we need that this is no deadly virus.

      If, for a single second, those two scoundrels truly believed “the science” that we are all at risk of imminent death unless we keep to “hands, face, space” nonsense, they wouldn’t have been flouting their stupid rules to keep anything but social distance from their extra-marital “friends”, if you get my drift.

      Oh, and I wonder if, when they kissed their illicit beloveds “bye bye”, Ferguson & Hancock told them to “stay safe”?

      Gimme patience!

      June 25, 2021 at 11:57 pm
    • Michaela

      RCA Victor,

      “Pathetic” is the word – truly pathetic.

      June 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm
  • Athanasius

    I’ve said it before and I say again – this is loss of supernatural faith in the bishops. They simply no longer serve Christ the King, they serve the Prince of this world and his governments.

    June 25, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    • editor


      Absolutely right. It’s incredible to think that they are allowing idiot politicians to run the Church. Incredible.

      If they think this makes them win the respect of these charlatan politicians, they’re wrong – they’re not the brightest buttons in the box, for the opposite is true. Their Government holds them in contempt – that is patently obvious – but their blindness prevents them seeing that reality.

      June 25, 2021 at 11:47 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    I of course Voted yes to the Above but in all Honesty as far as Ireland is now concerned does it really matter. After all the things most important must take precedence and we all know that maybe some Stupid Priest would have The Audacity to maybe speak out on the amount of Abortions taking place. As for those Useless Politicians and their Assistants Assistants you would surely have thought that they would have kept Social Distancing. Also it just goes to show how Arrogant they all are. In this Week when we Remember St John The Baptist I wonder how long He would have taken to call out that Extremely overpaid Idiot Hancock for wearing Red Socks with a Black Suit. They would put Lucifer on the Back Burners as far as Shame is concerned. I know not One with a Principle or an ounce of Integrity. Except of course when their filling out their Expenses Forms . As for those Supposedly Catholic Bishops their all it seems now on a Par with Each Other . Can Anyone Mention any Bishop Even One . Who looks as if they are Catholics in Ireland England Wales and Scotland. They live in Palaces with Big Cars ( no Green policies as far as that is concerned) and have Servants to Act on their Every Whim .

    June 26, 2021 at 6:24 am
  • Josephine

    Although it is shocking to see politicians taking charge of the Church and bishops meekly roll over, in this case it might be a blessing in disguise. I say that, because the Irish parents go overboard at Holy Communion times, by spending a fortune on the accessories. The clothes (especially the girls’ Communion dresses) and the rest, they have limousines and expensive parties and the kids are given loads of money and other non-religious gifts, so maybe this time it is a blessing because I’m sure that most of those kids making their First Communion will not return to the Church unless for family occasions like weddings and funerals – and First Communions!

    In full discovery, I know that parents in the UK also can put more into the celebration side than the teaching their children the real importance of First Communion, but I think the Irish are worse, from all I’ve read on the matter (including in Catholic Truth, LOL!)

    June 26, 2021 at 9:50 am
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Josephine you make a very good point ,Unfortunately. Am no Saint but when I was a Daily Mass Attender at the Novus Ordo sometimes on the Days of First Communion I was ashamed at the outfits. Not mostly the outfits that the Children wore but mostly the Outfits that their Mothers , and Women Family Friends wore . Again am certainly no prude .
      But you would have thought some of them were dressed up for a Weekend in Las Vegas. In saying that ,maybe that was where they were Heading for after the Communion Doo.
      As for the Irish though . Lots of the Tinkers Money is spent Lavishly on Girls Especially First Communion.
      Some of those Programs on Tinker First Communions a few years back on T.V were particularly Gross to say the least . Of course they weren’t the only ones . But without a doubt they were most certainly the Most who went right
      Over The Top .
      Again as for these Bishops, they seem to be a Scandal all over The Western World. I see The Godfather met with the Head of the German Bishops and gave Him his Blessing for German Synodality . Whatever that is supposed to mean. I haven’t even looked up the meaning as I know that if The Godfather gave His Blessing it has probably Nothing to do with Catholicism.

      June 26, 2021 at 4:14 pm
  • Michaela

    Frankly, this is no surprise to me. The 80% who voted yes in the poll are going to be very disappointed because there’s just no way the Irish bishops will stand up to the government on this or on anything else – unless the government tells them to sell their palaces and give the money to the poor! They’d fight back then, IMHO!

    The Irish bishops didn’t put up a fight before abortion and same-sex marriage were legalised, so they’re never going to bother about First Communions. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist means nothing to them – if it did they’d never have agreed to close their churches.

    I read once, in Christian Order, a comment from someone who said that Ireland is the most secular country in the whole of Europe, or was it the world, I’m not sure – both could be true.

    That’s what we’ve been seeing over recent years. This news is just the latest proof.

    June 26, 2021 at 12:44 pm
    • Athanasius


      You raise an interesting observation in your comment, which is that the most Catholic countries prior to Vatican II have become the most demonic secular nations today. I suppose the devil had a special assault lined up for these places, just waiting his chance to pounce. He got that when the conciliar bishops went rogue and indifferent. The Protestants in the north of Ireland are now more Catholic than the Catholic bishops in the south. Now there’s a sobering thought!

      June 26, 2021 at 4:04 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Athanasius that is Sobering thought but Unfortunately a True Sobering thought. These Men who are called Catholic Bishops surely cannot even have the First Hint of The Catholic Faith. ( If they ever did have ), Shame On Them and Shame on Them Again.

        June 26, 2021 at 8:35 pm
  • Nicky

    I’m not a bit surprised at this news either. The Irish bishops will go along to get along. They’re never going to stand up to any politician. Don’t look for any “Thomas More” martyrs among them, LOL!

    At least the kids will be spared the sacrilege of receiving their first Communion on the hand which is what now happens routinely.

    June 26, 2021 at 1:29 pm
  • Oliver G. Stoops

    I’ve often wondered too, dear Editor, just how future generations will regard the Church and society of today. Will they be aghast at the sight of a befuddled pontiff speaking out of both sides of his mouth at once and disgusted at the antics and blandishments of our present episcopal snollygosters? There’ll be an endless amount of irrepressible mirth at these goings-on. And of condemnation, as well, for the cowardice of these so-called pastors.
    Assuming there will be a future for people to enjoy and that there will be free agents to read and learn about the past, I’m betting that they will, just like us, have even more ludicrous absurdities besetting them. Human nature does not change. There’ll always be vanities, deceits, censoriousness and no shortage of wool to pull over the eyes of the weak. Holiness will shine through a darkened landscape – but who are the faithful prophets today?

    June 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm
    • editor


      My key point is that future generations will be astounded at how readily the majority of the population handed over our freedoms, without a second thought. Given that we have easy access to information about life in Communist states, this will compound their feeling that we were totally brainless not to see the truth about “the virus”. Ludicrous, you are correct, is the word!

      And their shock at discovering the faithless compliance of priests and bishops will be amazing to behold, if I’m spared that extra fifty years 😀

      June 26, 2021 at 11:33 pm
  • gabriel syme

    In response to HSE’s letter, Archbishop O’Reilly expressed his “disappointment”

    His Grace is probably disappointed only because the HSE beat the Bishops themselves to the punch in cancelling the ceremonies!

    I am sure any Catholic families who wish their childrens ceremonies to proceed without doubt would find a warm and helpful welcome at their local SSPX Chapels.

    June 27, 2021 at 8:52 pm

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