Belfast Telegraph

Spending on Communion day is getting out of hand

Editor's Viewpoint

First Holy Communion is one of the great sacraments of the Catholic Church, but its religious significance sometimes seems overshadowed by the grandeur of the occasion as expressed through the expenditure on dresses for the young girls in particular and the lavish parties held subsequently.

The average bill for the day, according to the Ulster Bank, is an astonishing £729.

No one is suggesting that communicants should go to church in sackcloth, but surely there should be some restraint to ensure the solemnity of the occasion is recognised?

At current prices, many parents will be praying the day does not bankrupt them.

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