Assembly for First Communion candidates and families


Thursday 2 April 2020 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us via

The following pointers might help to set up at home for the time of prayer and reflection:
• Set the iPad or screen in a good location without distractions.
• The assembly / time of prayer can be viewed via
• Please light your child’s baptismal candle on the table.
• If you have a St Brigid’s cross or a crucifix, place it nearby.
• If you have a bottle of Holy Water at home, place it nearby.
• Find the Gospel passage from Mark 4:35 and read it with your child beforehand.
Download the cartoon of Pope Francis carrying the Lord Jesus in the boat with the disciples.
• Please encourage others in the family to join with you.

The video summary below of last Friday in St Peter’s Square describes some of the main parts of the message of Pope Francis.
Can you watch it with your family before we all tune in on Thursday?

A full version and text of the beautiful homily of Pope Francis is available here which might be of interest to older people in the house.

The above PDF link has a drawing which is based on the passage from St Mark’s Gospel which was used at last Friday’s ceremony and blessing in Rome.

• Ask your child to colour it in for us please.

• Please send your entries by email to not later than Friday morning at 10:00am. Don’t forget to include your child’s name and school name!

• We are looking forward to seeing the coloured-in pages.
THREE prizes will be awarded on Saturday for the best use of colour!!

We invite you to connect with us through the parish webcam for Sunday Masses and the ceremonies of Holy Week 2020.

Updates on life around the parish are available through our parish Social Media pages:

Fifth Week of Lent 2020


Summary of this page

  • Register for the bulletin/parish updates
  • Download this week’s bulletin
  • Parish timetable for the week ahead
  • Prayers for the recently deceased
  • Link to the Extraordinary Blessing Urbi et Orbi of 27 March
  • Five points to conclude

In recent months, parishioners added your names to the parish mailing list. Others among you have been in touch with your petitions for our Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 

Some other kind souls contacted us about a funeral Mass or some other ceremony which they viewed online. You have shared with us the consolation which the prayers and sense of being connected with our parish offered at that time. This sense of being connected has taken on a new currency and language as we work to drag the Corona virus from our communities during the coming weeks.

Click here to register for updates and for webcam schedules!

This week’s parish bulletin went to print before the revised Government measures were announced on Friday evening. As a result, some of the information below – especially in the yellow box – will need to be adjusted on Monday morning.

We will keep updates on this page in the coming days as we all learn to adjust to our new daily arrangements.


(if you are unable to view the bulletin above, please click here to view/download/print for your family or a neighbour.

The stringent measures which have been put in place for families in Ireland will hopefully bring as many of our parishioners through the coming week, into Holy Week and into a newer appreciation of the gift of life this Easter.

Five points to conclude:

• Fathers Declan, Robert, Louis & Shane are keeping you all and your families in our daily prayers and Masses. Please keep us and our families in YOUR prayers.

• Every scheduled weekend and daily parish Mass (including anniversary Masses) will continue to be offered and can be viewed online via

• The Rosary will be prayed after the 9:30am Mass from Monday – Friday.

• St Mary’s is open every afternoon from 12:00noon – 6:00pm for private personal prayer. St Oliver’s is open every afternoon from 3:00pm – 6:00pm for private personal prayer.

7:30pm devotions from Sunday – Friday from St Mary’s will be broadcast on the webcam.

Urbi et Orbi 27 March 2020

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This Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi lacked the usual crowds, colour, musical salutes and concelebrants. Instead we saw the successor of St Peter in a completely empty Piazza San Pietro leading his people in prayer and towards the blessings and courage which Christ offers. The icon of Our Lady and the crucifix from San Marcello highlighted the value of devotional images which give comfort and strength in the homes of all believers.

The time of Eucharistic Adoration which was followed around the world allowed Pope Francis to connect with many parishes in the world who have helped families to understand the beautiful Spiritual Communion.

The abiding memory for many viewers was of Pope Francis in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica imparting the Eucharistic blessing while Church bells combined with sirens in the background. The majestic Bernini altar, the alabaster Holy Spirit window and the splendour of St Peter’s was dimmed in these moments of prayer as Christ’s presence brought hope and strength to all who received the Eucharistic blessing.

report by Vatican News is available here

Full text of the homily of Pope Francis is available here

Pope Francis encouraged us all to pray incessantly. In a moving ceremony he extended the plenary indulgence to all who are sick with the Coronavirus, to their families, to healthcare workers and to all working to assist others at the front line. An updated list of online Masses in the diocese of Meath is available here.

Fourth Week of Lent 2020

Parish bulletin for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
(download available here
or you can scroll down for a viewable version)

Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi – Friday 27 March 2020

Click above to download an A4 (front & back) prayer-leaflet for families at this time.

Please drop us a line to if you wish to be added to our mailing list. We hope to launch the service for next weekend.

We pray for the happy repose of the soul and the comforting of the family of the following:

Olivia Carlin, Blackcastle Estate

Bridget (Biddy) Joyce, Reask Green

Margot Davis, RIP, “Echnach”, Donaghmore.

Margaret (Maggie) Barrett, RIP, St Benildus Villas.

Every blessing to all mothers in our parish!
Thank you for all you do and for all you are! 

Motherhood takes the strength of Samson,
the wisdom of Solomon,
the patience of Job,
the faith of Abraham,
the insight of Daniel
and the courage of David!

Sincere thanks to all who contributed to last weekend’s collection. We are grateful to receive the March envelopes which were delivered to the parish house.

The Paypal account is also accepting donations towards the running costs of the parish at this time.

A screen-version of the Parish bulletin is available below:


The voice of prayer is never silent

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Click above to download a printable prayer leaflet for use by your family at this time.

A summary of the resources in the A4 leaflet

  • The cover of the leaflet depicts Our Lady of Perpetual Help and includes a description of the icon which can be found in many homes around the country.
  • Many people who are able to connect with Eucharistic Adoration online or who visit their parish church will be glad of the Spiritual Communion (when unable to receive the Blessed Eucharist) which reminds us that a visit to the Blessed Sacrament prolongs the Mass. In his Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, Pope Benedict XVI, recommended the practice of making spiritual communions.“Even in cases where it is not possible to receive sacramental communion, participation at Mass remains necessary, important, meaningful and fruitful. In such circumstances it is beneficial to cultivate a desire for full union with Christ through the practice of spiritual communion, praised by Pope John Paul II  and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life” (no. 55).
  • The Prayer from the World Meeting of Families is also included as it has taken on an extra significance during the comings days and weeks of “cocooning” as families, health professionals and volunteers work to contain and to limit the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Some words of advice from Pope Francis in August 2018 take on some extra significance too and are included for reflection.
  • The Breastplate of St Patrick and the Memorare (attributed to St Bernard) are also included following the request last week from the Irish bishops.
  • The Serenity Prayer and some seanfhocail, (words by which to live from our Irish heritage) are also included.
  • Other prayers include a  and the popular prayer “Take my hand, O Blessed Mother“.
  • The popular prayer of the recently canonised Cardinal Newman is included along with a prayer by the composer Lucien Deiss.

Third Week of Lent


The parish bulletin for Sunday 15 March
can be downloaded here

We are still working on a messaging service for parishioners. if you wish to join our email database for updates from the parish, please send us an email to

Every scheduled Mass will be broadcast from St Mary’s via

Sunday Masses
Saturday Vigil: 6:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am,
11:00am, 12:00noon, 1:00pm

Weekday Masses
Monday – Friday: 7:30am & 9:30am
Monday – Saturday: 10:30am

All our parish Masses are being celebrated without a congregation in order to implement the necessary COVID-19 preventative measures.
The Church bell will ring before scheduled and Requiem Masses as usual.

May they rest in peace:
We pray for the repose of the souls of

Paddy (Henny) Ratty RIP, St Patrick’s Terrace
(Private Requiem Mass on Saturday 21 March)

Shane Murtagh RIP, Castle Grove
(Private Requiem Mass on Saturday 21 March)

Anthony Gallagher RIP, Athlumney
(Private Requiem Mass on Tuesday 17 March)

Maisie Higgins RIP, Woodlands
(Private Requiem Mass on Monday 16 March)

Phyllis Gibney RIP, Blackcastle
(Private Requiem Mass on Monday 16 March)

All funerals in our parish will be celebrated in a private gathering of family during this time of COVID-19 prevention. Ceremonies from St Mary’s can be viewed on

Suspension of Masses


All Masses and other ceremonies will be held without a congregation  with immediate effect.

Please see the statement of Bishop Deenihan on

A printed version of this webpage is available for download here

Beginning tomorrow morning (Friday 13 March 2020), all Masses which are normally scheduled in the parish will be celebrated without a congregation in St Mary’s Church and will be live-streamed via webcam at the usual times.

Masses on Sunday and on St Patrick’s Day
will be broadcast on webcam at 
6:00pm, 7:00pm, (Vigils)
8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am,
11:00am, 12noon, 1:00pm

Opening Hours for St Mary’s Church 
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Opening Hours for St Oliver’s Church 
Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

These arrangements will be subject to review. 

Schedule for the coming week:

The following Masses will be relayed via webcam from St Mary’s Church. Please help your neighbours and those who are living on their own to tune in to one of these Masses.

Friday 13 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
7:30pm Novena Mass (placing ourselves under the care of Our Blessed Mother)

Saturday 14 March 10:30am, 
6:00pm & 7:00pm

Sunday 15 March 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
11:00am, 12noon & 1:00pm

Monday 16 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
6:00pm & 7:00pm (Vigil Mass)

Tuesday 17 March 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
11:00rn (as Gaeilge)
12noon & 1:00pm

Wednesday 18 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
– Friday 20th March 7:30pm (Novena Mass)

Every broadcast Mass will be preceded by the Prayer from the World Meeting of Families (so that every family and household can “tune in” to the Mass.)*

Every broadcast Mass will conclude with the Memorare as requested by the Irish Bishops.*

* These two prayers will be available on the parish bulletin (with scripture readings and reflections). They can be downloaded and shared with neighbours and in nursing homes from Saturday afternoon via The printed bulletin will also be available in St Mary’s during opening hours.

Eucharistic Adoration

will take place in St Mary’s during its opening hours and at all other times in the Adoration Chapel. During this time, the Adoration Chapel will be restricted to a maximum of  four persons.

Priest on Duty

A priest will be available in St Mary’s Church every evening for 90 minutes prior to closure.