Archbishop Martin said: "I believe that there's something wrong with extravagance. First communion has to be something simple and I think we have to try and keep to that. It's up to every parish then to decide what way they go about that so there isn't that sort of expense. One should be very clearly looking at the amount of money spent on outfits and sometimes transport and partying as well.
"Parishes should encourage people to celebrate the sacrament with the simplicity and authenticity which will help the child to fully understand the mystery of the Eucharist."