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Sacraments Not Conveyor Belts

The Archdiocese of Dublin is seeking the views of the faithful on how to improve the preparation and celebration of sacraments, especially Holy Communion and Confirmation. Sacraments are not conveyor belts. They are not just social occasions, although they are social, but “they are fundamentally moments of faith”.

“We want to see how is the best way in the years to come, to prepare children and families for the celebration of the sacraments.” He said the review process was important and significant. “If we all play our part, it can have a transforming effect. It can help change the quality of how we accompany young parents and young families. It can help us form tomorrow’s church; a church of faithfilled families who are confident witnesses.”

The survey arises from a growing need to review the preparation for sacraments. “Many people are asking how can these celebrations be joyful encounters with the Risen Christ rather than just ‘rites of passage’? How can they be celebrations of a vibrant faith rather than the ‘conveyor belt’ they are often described?” asked the Archbishop. “The first step in the consultation will be to listen. The review group wants to listen to the people who are most involved with these sacraments. They will listen to parents. They will listen to clergy, to pastoral workers and catechists, to sacramental teams, to pastoral councils, as well as to others in the parish. In addition, in the case of First Communion and Confirmation, they will listen to people in our schools, to principals and to teachers.”

Both surveys can be accessed online go to www.dublindiocese.ie and follow the link.

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