Although the coronavirus vaccination programme is already in full swing, the Catholic Church has decided to edge on the side of caution, not least because it is still far from certain as to how many people will be allowed into churches and under what conditions during April and May. Each diocese will draw up a revised timetable for the confirmations and this will be communicated in good time.
No uniform decision has been taken regarding first communions. It is likely that a decision will be taken on a dioceses-by-dioceses basis. However, it is not unlikely that these too will be postponed until after the summer holidays.
Non-confessionals also have their own version of first communion and confirmation. Children around the age of 6 are treated to a Spring Feast, while they celebrate their “Feast of the non-confessional youth” around about when they reach the end of primary school. Here too corona is once again playing the role of spoil sport.
A digital, online alternative is being provided for those that wish to celebrate in the spring, while a physical gathering, for example a party, can be held in the autumn, Freddy Mortier, the Chair of the group that brings together Flanders’ non-confessional humanists told journalists.