Communion and Confirmation upheaval possible in Carlow schools after survey

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Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan


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Dublin Archdiosese takes in Laois and other Leinster counties.

Communion and Confirmation preparations in Carlow schools could be in for a big change after a survey has revealed a push for sacraments preparation outside of the classroom. 

The Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, which includes Carlow as part of the Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin, has completed a survey outlines a strong demand for parents and parishes to play a greater role in preparing children for sacraments.

The findings are contained in a sacrament review group survey of 1,800 school principals, teachers, parents, parishioners, clergy and parish workers in the archdiocese covering Dublin and Wicklow and parts of Laois, Carlow, Offaly, Kildare and Wexford.

The survey has found that potential changes could result in an "opt-in" approach to Communion and Confirmation in schools with the bulk of preparation taking place outside of school hours.

Responses are expected to be discussed in parishes over the coming weeks to determine options for sacraments in future.