THE PARISH PRIEST OF MAGHERAFELT IN COUNTY DERRY HAS TRAUMATIZED A LITTLE BOY AND HIS FAMILY BY REFUSING TO GIVE HIM HIS FIRST HOLY COMMUNION WITH HIS CLASSMATES!
Fr. John Gates, a priest of Armagh diocese, is refusing Conree Muldoon his First Holy Communion because he went to play in a football match with his local club SKY BLUES instead of attending a religious service on the same day and at the same time!
But Conree had attended all the other preparation services and has been fully sacramentally prepared by his school and teacher for Holy Communion.
He needed to be at that particular football match to qualify for a much-desired club trip to Scotland.
Conree and his parents, Raphael and Eleanor, take their two children to Mass regularly either in Magherafelt, a neighbouring parish and at St. Mary's in Belfast.
I have emailed Fr. Gates and Archbishop Eamon Martin: