They don't translate into weekly mass attendance.
A Laois parish priest says families' enthusiasm for Communions and Confirmations doesn't translate into attendance at weekly mass services.
Current government public health advice says that First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place.
But five bishops say they will defy the guidelines.
Parish Priest of Abbeyleix Fr Paddy Byrne, says these bishops will be providing sacraments to some families who don't attend mass regularly: