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Advent 2017

Advent allows us to make time for the Lord in our families, in our parish and in our town community.

The Parish Pastoral Council invites parishioners to engage with some of the Advent suggestions below:

Devotions & Ceremonies in our parish

Evening Prayer & Benediction:
Every Sunday of Advent in St. Anne’s Chapel at 6:00pm.

Morning Prayer of the Church:
10 minutes before 9:15 and 10:00 weekday Masses.

Service of Penance & Reconciliation:
Tuesday 19 December in St. Mary’s at 8:00pm.

Carol Service:
Sunday 17 December St. Mary’s at 4:00pm.

“One Parish One Book”

This year Navan parishioners are invited to deepen their understanding of their Catholic faith by reading together a book entitled Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel, who explores in a wonderfully accessible way, some of the aspects of our faith, and how faith can speak to us in a greater way.

Who can take part?
Anybody who would like to use the season of Advent as a time to spiritual prepare for Christmas is very welcome.

Where can I buy the book?
Letters to a Young Catholic is available in St Mary’s Parish Shop (Open Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm). It is available on-line and Kindle download.

How do I get involved?
After buying the book, you are invited to begin by reading Chapter 2, “Rome – The Scavi of St. Peter’s The Grittiness of Catholicism”.

On Tuesday, 28 November, at 8pm, our first meeting will be led by Fr Kevin in the Parish Rooms  behind St Mary’s Church. We will have a presentation on the chapter, a few questions to discuss and an opportunity to share your own thoughts about the chapter, finishing with prayer and light refreshments.

The Series continues on Tuesday, 5 November with an exploration by Fr Declan of Chapter 4, “The Formation Abbey: Mary and Discipleship” and Chapter 12 “Chartres Cathedral: what Beauty teaches us.”

 

#ShopLocal 😉

A selection of nativity scenes and Christmas Cards are now available in our Parish Shop.

Opening Hours for December are as follows:
Monday – Wednesday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: 9:30am – 7:00pm

We encourage parents and godparents to promote the joy of the Nativity by installing a crib in their home. We will bless the Cribs the Masses and at our parish Carol Service on the Third Sunday of Advent

 

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Day of the Poor 2017

Pope Francis has hosted the first World Day of the Poor this Sunday 19 November 2017. We give thanks for all who support many outreaches in our parish.
We think of the students from St Pat’s who travel to Calcutta, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers who work locally, the Order of Malta, the many St Vincent de Paul conferences in our area, Sr Catherine and friends in Tabor House and many others who serve the poor in our parish community by raising funds and awareness.
 
“We are all poor in some way and everybody’s got something to give, something to offer and this day can serve to open our minds and hearts, our attitudes towards the poverty that exists every day of the year.”

Message of Pope Francis for the first
World Day of Prayer for the Poor

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 November 2017

1. “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18).  These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard.  The seriousness with which the “beloved disciple” hands down Jesus’ command to our own day is made even clearer by the contrast between the empty words so frequently on our lips and the concrete deedsagainst which we are called to measure ourselves.  Love has no alibi.  Whenever we set out to love as Jesus loved, we have to take the Lord as our example; especially when it comes to loving the poor.  The Son of God’s way of loving is well-known, and John spells it out clearly.  It stands on two pillars: God loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:10.19), and he loved us by giving completely of himself, even to laying down his life (cf. 1 Jn 3:16). [read full text here]

 

More information and resources are available via [Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation]

 

A message has been prepared by Bishop John McAreavey welcoming the  First World Day of the Poor. The text is available via [CatholicBishops.ie]

 

Cemetery Prayer Card

The provision of a prayer-card for use in our cemeteries was suggested at a recent meeting of our Parish Pastoral Council.

The intention was to offer a resource to parishioners for prayers at their family grave during the month of the Holy Souls.

Psalm 129 and a prayer for the dead have been offered to focus our attention on prayer for deceased parents, relatives and neighbours.

 

The card features a Pietà by Fra Bartolomeo, a Dominican friar from Florence. Painted in 1516, St John is holding Our Lord while Our Lady is tenderly kissing the forehead of her Son.

We read in the Gospels that John leaned close to Jesus during the Last Supper. Now the roles are reversed. The lifeless figure of Christ is supported by the Beloved disciple. Mary Magdalene who washed the feet of Jesus and anointed them in the house of the Pharisee is now straightening the feet of Jesus after he has been taken down from the Cross.

The prayercard is now available [here] for download.