Local priests say that sacraments within the church should be personal and meaningful, instead of the extravagant events that some make them.
That’s the view of Fr Paddy Rushe and Fr Michael Cusack who spoke to The Dundalk Democrat following the governments decision to cease the Communion and Confirmation grant.
“The sacrament of First Holy Communion does not require major expenditure,” said Fr Cusack, “Things can be simplified across the board and this includes marriage.
He pointed out that the sacrament of Holy Communion is free.
“The sacrament itself does not cost anything. Humans bring the cost upon themselves,” he pointed out.
“Clothing is expensive and there may be a case that people making their communion should wear their school uniform.”
He went on to say that the celebration of marriage has also become extravagant.
“Even marriage has become extravagant and it should be simplified.”
Meanwhile, Fr Paddy Rushe said that while he understands people want to celebrate, it can be done in a less extravagant way.
“This is a religious event,” said Paddy, “There should be no pressure on families at times like these. But I do understand that people demand a lot for these ceremonies.
He added: “I favour the move towards a personal celebration. It is much more than a “big day”, it is a very meaningful day.”
He gave an example of a simpler ceremony that he had recently officiated at.
“The same can be applied to the sacrament of marriage. Last week I officiated at a wedding that had only the bride, groom, bridesmaid and best man. It was a very simple, but personal ceremony,” Fr Rushe added.