Confirmation and communion preparation is to take place outside schools in Ireland’s largest Catholic diocese.
A survey this year found there was a strong demand for parents and parishes to play a greater role in readying children for sacraments.
A review group was set up by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin following concerns that sacraments risked being turned into “social occasions”.
Primary responsibility for preparing Catholic children for First Holy Communion falls upon teachers and schools at present.
While mainly done in Catholic schools, some integrated primaries in Northern Ireland also get children ready for sacraments including First Penance and First Communion.
It is understood there are discussions taking place in every diocese in Ireland on issues raised by Archbishop Martin.
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