“The ACP believes that the current model whereby the bulk of sacramental preparation takes place in school, in a partnership involving school, parents and parish, is no longer fit for purpose. This way of doing things has to change. It is the role of the family and parish to nurture faith and introduce children to the sacraments.”
In Dublin archdiocese a 2020 experiment in family-led preparation for early sacraments was pronounced a success, but it is not yet known if Irish bishops will commit their dioceses to that or a similar model – or whether the declared move towards ‘synodality‘ will encompass this issue.
ACI also strongly supports a move to end over-reliance on schools for sacramental preparation and faith formation – a key factor in the clerical denial of necessary dialogue to adult lay people on matters of faith, and of faith formation, since 1968.
To read the full ACP statement of 8th August 2021 click here.