Saturday 10 December 2016

The €2,00 bill for sending a child to a Catholic school

Published 30/08/2015 | 02:30

Raise your child a Catholic and the bill for religious ceremonies could top €2,000 by the time they leave primary school
Raise your child a Catholic and the bill for religious ceremonies could top €2,000 by the time they leave primary school

Many parents have little choice but to christen their bundle of joy if they want to secure a place for their child in their local school and that school is Roman Catholic. Many others are happy to bring their child up as a Catholic regardless.

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Either way, raise your child a Catholic and the bill for religious ceremonies could top €2,000 by the time they leave primary school.

The first bill will be the christening itself and this could easily run to several hundred euro - when you include the cost of the ceremony and any meal you arrange for guests afterwards.

When booking your christening, you're often asked for a donation of around €50 towards the upkeep of the church - though the donation requested could be smaller or larger, depending on the church.

On top of that, you're usually expected to give an offering to the priest. How much you give to the priest is left to you but it can range from €20 to €50.

You're also expected to dress your child in white for the ceremony. The bill for christening garments and robes could run into the hundreds - but you can buy christening suits or dresses for €50 or less. So between the garment and the ceremony itself, the bill could be already at €150.

The cost of the meal and refreshments afterwards could run to €500 or more, depending on the venue and the number at the christening party. Host the party at home and you could keep the meal bill below €200 (even less if you do soup and sambos).

And a handmade cake could cost between €50 and €70.

About seven years after your child is christened (assuming they get christened when still a baby), you could be forking out as much as €3,000 for their First Holy Communion. Irish mums spend an average of €700 on a child's communion but one in seven families splash out between €1,000 and €3,000 on the day, according to a survey by mummypages.ie.

Confirmation, which takes place in your child's last year of primary school, could work out about 25pc cheaper than communion. That would still leave parents spending an average of about €525 for a child's confirmation - and that bill could easily run over.

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