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# Communion

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# abortion views
US Catholic bishops advance effort that could deny Biden holy communion
Biden supports the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion.
# Communion
'Significant' plans announced to move sacramental preparation away from schools
The sacraments are Baptism, Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation.
# First Holy Communion
Parents spending over €900 on average for their child's Communion
A quarter of children make over €800 on their Communion day.
Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals?
Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Burial are now rites of passage but do we understand their theological foundations, writes Shane Dunphy.
# Ballymun
'This is what it's all about': The communion wear pop-up shop demonstrating community spirit
The pop-up shop is based out of the Ballymun Child and Family Resource Centre and has been helping take the financial stress out of communion season.
# Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis
Martin says refusing Fianna Fáil TD communion at mass was a 'very unchristian thing to do'
It was reported last month that Robert Troy was recently refused communion at a mass due to his position on abortion.
4,000 Eucharistic ministers who are 'steady on their feet' needed for Pope's Mass
Pope Francis is set to celebrate Mass at the Phoenix Park next month.
# Dublin
Man whose dangerous driving caused death of woman (70) allowed to attend son's Communion
The postman, who is visually impaired, can attend the event before starting his five-year jail term.
# Communion
10 Communion traditions that children of the future will be happy to miss out on
They’ll never have to deal with getting Alive-O songs stuck in their head.
# wafer or wine
Concern from Catholics, but gluten-free communion host IS available in Ireland
A new statement from the Vatican had some people confused.
# Church and State
Archbishop says Church stubbornly reluctant to let go of the control of schools
Diarmuid Martin has raised concerns about growing hostilities between the Church and State.
# some bread
€570 is the average amount an Irish child gets for Communion (but some kids get over a grand)
This story may make you cross.
# Mountjoy Prison
Chalice given back to Spike Island after 134 years in Dublin
When the island ceased to be a prison in June 1883 the chalice was taken to Mountjoy Prison.
# holy cowmmunion
This 10-year-old boy decided to buy a cow with his communion money
Ewan Hanny has wanted to be a farmer all his life.
# puttin on my top hat
This lad from Swords expertly trolled his sister by recreating her Communion outfit for Halloween
And he looked GOOD.
# Injury
Boy who hit his eye in shop and missed First Communion photos awarded €11,000
His mother was given €200 to arrange new photos.
# (god) bless you
This 'non-First Holy Communion' card from an Irish granny is just wonderful
“We hope you both had a great day celebrating not getting your Communion.”
# money wallet
This Communion card from Marks & Spencer is a little TOO real
Bit on the nose there, lads.
# rubai
This Irish film about an 8-year-old atheist girl is winning lots of awards
The short film is going to be shown on TG4 tonight.
# synod
Catholic bishops have a new view on allowing divorced people receive communion
Their view on gay marriage, however, remains unchanged.
# back in my day
Here is how much kids made from their Communions this year
The figure has actually dropped since 2014.
# Your Say
Poll: Should parents be allowed take photos during Communion ceremonies?
Priests have been advising parents against the practice, due to concerns about child protection.
# let us pray
8 awkward moments you'll always have at mass
So much potential.
# dresses and suits
This soup kitchen wants to make Communion easier for struggling families
Cork Penny Dinners is giving away all the gear for free.
# Holy Show
Young GAA stars can't part with their hurleys on Communion day
Mind those dresses though.
Opinion: First Holy Communion etiquette for sensible spenders
Let me warn you now about those who may try to get you spending against your will – and help you to defend yourself.
# first holy pepperoni
Apache Pizza in Cork are doing Communion buffets
The little pups these days don’t know they’re born.
# Catholic Church
FG TD who was told not to help with communion insists he's 'very much pro-life'
Derek Keating has been told not to fulfil his duties as a minister of the Eucharist at St Mary’s Parish in Lucan in the wake of his support for the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill last July.
# Save the Date
Parents vote to keep Communion date despite clash with One Direction gig
The communion at Gaelscoil an Ráithín is on the same day as the boy band’s concert in Dublin which some of the children have tickets to.
# Abortion
TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest'
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church was responding to a report at the weekend that TDs were being warned off seeking Communion by their priests.
# holy god
Is €713 too much to spend on a Communion? Most parents don't think so
The survey found that parents are spending less on the party, but more on their own outfits.
# rite of passage
14 things you'll see at an Irish first communion
From cocktail sausages to a good rosette.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: How Ireland has some of the fittest fat kids in the world and why the axing of Communion grants is ‘worse than the famine’.
# Money
Government criticised for scrapping Communion and Confirmation grants
The Department of Social Protection confirmed it was scrapping grants which covered the costs of religious sacraments.
Average welfare payments for religious ceremonies halved in 2012
Joan Burton reveals that the average welfare payment for religious ceremony clothing went from €245 to €120.
# science week 2012
Rubberbandits ask: "Are communion wafers haunted by the ghost of Christ?"
They’re trying to find the truth as part of Science Week 2012.
# need to know
The Evening with added gecko tongue
The things we learned, loved and shared today.
# In Numbers
Prime numbers: the week in stats
Opinion polls, lucky punts, expenses, unemployment and more – our numerical guide to the last 604,800 seconds in Ireland.
# Cuts
Gilmore: Communion allowance cut to stop 'lavish' spending
The government spent €3.4 million on communion and confirmation allowances to people who needed help last year – but has announced plans limiting the payment to €110.