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Ireland Church will take control of Communion from schools

13:35  05 december  2019
13:35  05 december  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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In the Catholic faith, Communion is the central part of the Mass. To receive the Eucharist, you must, among other requirements, be a Baptized Catholic, and be in a state of grace. You will take Communion during Mass. Prepare yourself mentally during the Consecration of the Eucharist (when

Closed communion is the practice of restricting the serving of the elements of Holy Communion (also called Eucharist, The Lord's Supper)

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The Archbishop of Dublin has announced a "process of significant change" that will see schools relinquish primary responsibility for the preparation of religious events like First Communion.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the process will be slow - but eventually the preparation for Baptism, Confession, First Communion and Confirmation will fall back to parishes rather than teachers taking responsibility for preparing children as is currently the case.

The archbishop said that since "more and more Catholic children today attend other-than Catholic schools", it is important that the teaching of the sacraments shifts from schools and their teachers to priests.

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Open communion is the practice of some Protestant Churches of allowing members and non-members to receive the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper). Many but not all churches that practice open communion require that the person receiving communion be a

The Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion . Founded in 1867 in London, England, the communion currently has 85 million members within the Church of England and other

Stock image © Catalyst Images Stock image Since 2018, a consultation has been taking place throughout the Archdiocese in an effort to strengthen the bond between family, parish and schools in preparing children for sacraments.

In a letter sent by Archbishop Martin to priests across Ireland announcing the changes, he wrote that "at the heart of the proposal is to stress the primary role of families in sacramental preparation".

He also advocated a renewed relationship with Catholic schools in promoting Catholic ethos and in delivering the 'Grow in Love' programme.

"We must remember too that more and more Catholic children today attend other than Catholic schools," he said.

Diarmuid Martin wearing a suit and tie: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Tony Gavin © INM Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Tony Gavin Changes

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Since the 1990s, the Anglican Communion has struggled with controversy regarding homosexuality in the church . In 1998, the 13th Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops passed a resolution "rejecting

Our Akathist for Holy Communion that many Orthodox Christians prayerfully read before communion reminds us of one our Lord’s teachings Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beliefs on closed communion . I grew up Southern Baptist and have been searching for a “deeper well” from which to

While the archbishop acknowledged that the new sacramental changes will not be instantaneous, he urged priests to not delay in implementing them.

"The proposal is not something that will be accomplished overnight," he wrote.

"It cannot, however, be put forever on the long finger. We must begin now.

"It will take some time to put in place an effective development of parish capacity to implement this initiative.

"We need, however, to begin immediately with the preparation and training of voluntary lay catechists and the development of resource materials."

This week's decision by the Priest's Council is the culmination of a process that began in September 2018.

a person posing for the camera: The average amount of money received by children for their communion this year was €617. Stock Image © Jose Sosa The average amount of money received by children for their communion this year was €617. Stock Image A review group was set up to consult widely and make practical recommendations on the future practice around these Catholic sacraments.

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Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for His blood. Yes, it sounds strange. But why do Christians talk about eating Jesus started the tradition of communion . He instructed His followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice He was going to make

By taking Holy Communion , the Catholic is also expressing her union with all Catholics around the world and at all times who believe the same doctrines This is why Catholics (and Eastern Orthodox Christians) have a strict law that only people who are in communion with the Church can receive

Some 1,800 people responded to an online survey including parents, parishioners, clergy those in parish ministry, schoolteachers and principals.

There were also a number of focus groups set up with young parents who were not regular churchgoers in an effort to appeal to understand the viewpoint of this quickly growing group.

Three assemblies were subsequently held across the diocese, where the outcomes of the survey were presented and discussed.

The study found that respondents considered family to have the primary responsibility for leading children in faith, while there is a desire for the planned shift in sacramental preparation to the parish.

The wish to continue Catholic involvement with schools was also strongly expressed.

An implementation group for the findings is expected to be in place by early next year.

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