Tara-Slane walk 2016 *update*

Bealach an tSolais 2016 – starting from the Hill of Tara

Tara is a symbol of our pagan past and Slane, according to tradition, is the site where St. Patrick lit the Paschal Fire for the first time in Ireland. The walk is therefore a journey towards the Light of Christ, a symbol of our faith journey through life. The walk is 15 miles (24 kms) long and winds along country roads through Skryne, Walterstown and Beauparc before crossing the Boyne at Slane.

Skryne AbbeyA photo album from Bealach an tSolais 2016 is available here

Date and time: The walk will depart from the Hill of Tara at 9am sharp on Saturday 27th August. Estimated time of arrival on the Hill of Slane is 4.30pm with conclusion of pilgrimage by 5pm.

Getting to and from: Participants may wish to “team up” by leaving one car at Slane and another at Tara. Alternatively, you might arrange for a family member or friend to leave you at Tara and collect you later at Slane.

Mass: We will celebrate Mass in Slane at 3:00pm approx. Due to a wedding in the parish church, we will use the parochial hall.

Registration Form available for download here – closing date for applications in Thursday 25 August so that adequate preparations can be made for the pilgrimage.

More information from the sacristies, the Parish Office and the Parish Bookshop.


My Healthy Parish 2016

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.

Bígí linn!