Some of the first hospitals and centres of excellence in Ireland were located in the monastic settlements of the Boyne Valley. Many of the local placenames (e.g. Canon Row or Abbeylands) still bear witness to our heritage. These centres of care, learning and prayer provided guidance and support to our ancestors. Skills in farming, medicine, learning and craftwork were shared in these monastic communities.
Fr Robert has written to the organisers of the forthcoming Healthy Town initiative. His letter highlights the various ways in which the life of our parish contributes to the health of the community. An edited version of his letter to the organisers is available for download here. We welcome the comments and suggestions of parishioners.
Our parish community has inherited many layers of support which encourage individuals to develop health in body, soul and mind. Our framework for considering health is based on Matthew 22:37 – loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind and our neighbour as ourselves.
The proposed Healthy Town initiative which will run during September and October 2016 allows us to showcase how the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy are lived out and developed in many generous ways around the parish of Navan.
Chief among the Corporal works are the Meals on Wheels, the Active Retirement Group, the Parish Bingo gatherings. A great number of parishioners benefit from these parish outreaches and gatherings.
Less obvious but equally valuable are the many Spiritual works. Some of these include – Hospital visits, Quiet Prayer, Marriage Preparation, Al Anon gatherings, visits to the Nursing Homes, Bereavement counselling.
May Bradley (Connolly Avenue) & Kathleen Swan (Longwood) are pictured receiving their Healthy Town Ireland prizes from Fr Robert at tonight’s Bingo. Thanks to our generous sponsors: Pat & Mary in Clarke’s Fresh Fruit for the 2 marvellous hampers, Sandra and staff in Earls Kitchen for the fresh bread and scones, staff in Specsavers, Navan for two valuable vouchers and Joe (and Mayo supporters) in Staunton’s Pharmacy, Navan for the supplies of Cod-Liver Oil.
We assure all parishioners of our care, prayers and support.