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# Your Say
Poll: How much is appropriate to give to a child making their communion?
A quarter of children surveyed received more than €800.
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.
# Communion money
How much do children get on their Communion day and how much do parents spend?
It’s an expensive day all around, but how expensive are we talking?
# lunch crunch
Poll: How much is appropriate to give to a child making their communion?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# big spenders
Parents splash out €836 on their child's First Communion, while kids rake in over €500
Some children are making more than €800.
# (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.”
# Courts
Prisoner refused compassionate bail to go to his son's First Communion
The young man has 101 previous convictions but says he is now drug-free and won’t abuse trust.
# i have received
15 signs you're at an Irish First Communion
Two words: bouncy castle.
# well holy god
Church hands out fancy pre-packaged Holy Communion
Praying on the go.
# In THe money
NOW the recession is officially over: families are spending more on First Communions
The average family spent €764, up €32 on last year. Beating the pants off the rest of the economy, according to sleuthing by…
# 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.
# 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.
# Theft
Blessed Sacrament stolen from Kildare church
The priest in Sallins said the theft brought darkness to a place of worship.
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.
# Complaint
Bishops claim Mario Rosenstock sketch is "grossly offensive"
The Catholic Communications Office said that a recent sketch “is grossly offensive to all Catholics” as it shows a man spitting into a bucket before receiving Holy Communion.
Column: I don’t want my son to make his Communion, but I’m worried
Communion takes up too much school time says Emma Gilmore, but by opting out she fears her son may be ostracised.