Third Sunday of Easter

Roundel of the Supper at Emmaus (this Sunday’s Gospel) from the Trimgate Gallery entrance.

This week’s parish bulletin in summary:

  • Schedule of broadcast Masses & devotions continues as heretofore:
    7:30am (Mon-Fri) early morning Mass
    9:30am (Mon-Sat) Daily Mass & Rosary
    10:30am (Mon-Fri) Mass
    7:30pm (Sun-Thurs) Evening Devotions – Benediction
  • We invite parishioners to join us for the Sacred Heart Novena on nine Fridays for Mass and Devotions at 7:30pm from 24 April until 19 June (Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). 
    More details at

Our Churches are open.
Your priests are available


If you are unable to view the above file, please click here

  • We continue our journey towards the feast of St Joseph the Worker on Friday 1 May by praying a novena at the 9:30am Mass (and at the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 26 April). Details and texts are provided here.
  • Thanks also to our online viewers and our “virtual” parishioners who have been making donations to support the running costs of the parish through IBAN or via
  • If you would like to receive this bulletin and parish updates by email in future, please register via this link so that we can keep in touch.
  • Please print the bulletin for parishioners who do not have internet access so that they can keep connected with the life of our parish.

Quasimodo Sunday 2020


This week’s parish bulletin in summary:

  • This weekend we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday – devotions at 7:30pm on Sunday evening.
  • Schedule of broadcast Masses & devotions continues as heretofore:
    7:30am (Mon-Fri) early morning Mass
    9:30am (Mon-Sat) Daily Mass & Rosary
    10:30am (Mon-Fri) Mass
    7:30pm (Sun-Thurs) Evening Devotions – Benediction
  • We invite parishioners to join us for the Sacred Heart Novena on nine Fridays for Mass and Devotions at 7:30pm from 24 April until 19 June (Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).
    More details at

If you are unable to view the above file, please click here

  • Starting Thursday 23 April, in preparation for the feast of St Joseph the Worker on Friday 1 May, we will pray a novena at the 9:30am Mass (and at the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 26 April). Details and texts are provided here. More details will be added in the coming days.
  • A letter to Parents and Guardians of the children and families who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation is available here.
  • Sincere thanks to Parishioners who handed in envelopes from last Sunday’s collection or who contributed by Standing Order last week.
  • Thanks also to our online viewers and our “virtual” parishioners who have been making donations to support the running costs of the parish through IBAN or via
  • Parishioners who wish to receive this bulletin by email are invited to register via this link.
  • Some of you might be able and willing to print for any parishioners who do not have internet access. This will be of great help in keeping them connected with our parish.


Our Churches are Open.
Your priests are Available.

St Joseph Novena


During the coming week, we will lead nine days of prayer from Thursday 23 April until Friday 1 May. As we pray for all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will explore how St Joseph the Worker can inspire us to carry out our Christian duty in spiritual and corporal works of mercy at this time.

In 1955, Pope Pius XII, proposed the example and intercession of Joseph as worker and provider. On this date many countries celebrate the dignity and cause of human labour. In recent weeks, many families in our parish and beyond have been working extra hard – especially in maintaining “frontline services”, in home-school duties and in extra charitable outreaches in our parish,


A6 prayer card size version:
Click here to download a printable version of the Novena prayers which will print 2 copies on an A4 page (front and back). You might consider sharing them with a neighbour who does not have a printer.

These reminders (below) of the Corporal and Spiritual works of mercy have grown in relevance and necessity for many parishioners during this time of pandemic. The two posters which are displayed at St Joseph’s Shrine formed part of our path of prayer and reflection for parishioners and pilgrims who sought God’s indulgent mercy during the Jubilee of Mercy.


A5 leaflet (larger print size) version:
Click here to download a printable version (large A4 booklet size) of the Novena prayers which you could print and share with neighbours.


Sacred Heart Novena


On Feb 14th we began a Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Our intention was to pray our way every week towards Good Friday 2020. Little did we imagine how much comfort and strength we would receive from Our Lady during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next Friday 24 April we begin another solemn novena, this time to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – as Friday will be nine Fridays to the feast day of the Sacred Heart on Friday 19 June 2020.

Mass and devotions Fridays at 7:30pm via

• Petitions and prayer requests (some of which will be read during Friday devotions) can be sent to
• You can leave them in the petition box at the Sacred Heart altar
• Petitions can be sent by post to
St Mary’s Parish, Fair Green, Navan, County Meath.


If you are unable to access the above document, please click here to download two A4 pages (front and back) for use in your home.
Additional copies are available at the Sacred Heart altar in St Mary’s Church and in St Oliver’s Church

To register for further information and parish updates,
we invite you to register through this link.

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Sacramental Preparation

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Dear Parents/Guardians of children in preparation for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation:

The restrictions in force due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 crisis have obvious implications for the planned celebration of the Sacraments for which your children are preparing.

As you know, the current restrictions are in force until midnight of the Bank Holiday Monday 4th May.  However, it is not possible at this point to know if schools will return on Tuesday 5th May or if gatherings in churches will be permitted from Tuesday 5th May.

Therefore, Navan Parish wishes to announce the following:  

First Holy Communion ceremonies scheduled for Saturday 25th April (Scoil Naomh Eoin, St. Anne’s, Gaelscoil Eanna) are postponed and will be rescheduled when schools resume AND when gatherings in churches are permitted.

At this point in time, in the absence of any clear indication about when schools can resume and when gatherings in churches will be permitted, we must accept that it is highly unlikely that the Confirmation ceremonies planned for 9th May and the First Holy Communion ceremonies planned for 1st May (St. Ultan’s), 16th May (St. Joseph’s Mercy, Scoil Mhuire, St. Oliver Plunkett) and 23rd May (St. Paul’s, Scoil Bhríde Cannistown) will take place as scheduled.

We know that you and the children have been looking forward to these special days for a long time, and that you will already have had preparations in place for celebrations with your families.  As priests, we assure you that we share the disappointment that you and your children will feel.  Once again, we wish to emphasise that Navan Parish will provide the Sacraments to all children who are already in preparation as soon as it is possible to do so.

In the meantime, we encourage you to stay connected with Navan Parish through our website, our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and above all, to join the parish community with your child for Mass via webcam from St. Mary’s Church on  

We also hope to be in touch with you to offer resources to help you and your child to continue your preparations for the Sacraments.

At this Easter time, we pray that the Risen Lord will bless your children and your homes with his peace and his joy.

Fr. Declan Hurley (Chaplain to St. Oliver Plunkett’s and Scoil Naomh Eoin)
Fr. Robert McCabe (Chaplain to Scoil Bhríde Cannistown, Gaelscoil Éanna & St. Ultan’s)
Fr. Shane Crombie (Chaplain to St. Anne’s, Scoil Mhuire & St. Mary’s Special School)
Fr. Louis Illah (Chaplain to St. Paul’s & St. Joseph’s Mercy)

Easter Octave 2020


Χριστός Ανέστη … Αληθώς Ανέστη
Christ is risen – He has indeed risen!

We wish all our parishioners the graces and blessings of Easter.

Sincere thanks to all who have been in contact with us during the past week and especially to those who have kept us in your prayers.

The bulletin for the Easter Octave is provided below. If you have a relative or a neighbour who is cocooning at present, can we ask you to print a copy for them please?

The 9:30am Mass will be broadcast from Monday – Saturday during the Easter Octave. Devotions – Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction will take place from Monday – Friday at 7:30pm. Bígí linn agus fáilte!

While it was not possible to complete Lent as we would have wished, let us trust that God will reward our Lenten efforts, and that our current sacrifices will, in God’s providence, bear fruit in a new springtime for our Church and our world.

A note is included in the bulletin also for parents of First Communion and Confirmation candidates who will be affected by Friday’s announcement of the extension of restrictions due to the COVID pandemic.

We keep in prayer all “Frontline Staff” who are working at local and at national level to #FlattenTheCurve – especially those who are also keeping their families going “one day at at time”.


If you are unable to view the file, please click here

On Holy Thursday evening, 10,000 individual visitors spent time with us for prayer. As a result, our server was not able to cope and some of you experienced a loss in signal! We realised that we need to flatten the curve by making a significant upgrade to our webserver. We hope that this investment will provide our online parishioners with a steady signal.

Your encouragement and generous support through has enabled this investment in our “virtual parish.” Nár laga Dia sibh!

Holy Week 2020

Click above to download a print version of the Holy Week schedule for your family or a neighbour who would like to follow the online ceremonies

Dear parishioners,

none of us ever imagined on Ash Wednesday that our Lenten journey would be concluding in isolation for all parishioners and for families all over the world. Some of you feel cheated that our journey together was so abruptly (but necessarily) halted just as our prayers, fasting and almsgiving was bearing fruit.

The current situation with the pandemic which is affecting the movement, gathering and daily lives of so many people has resulted in a great silence in our towns and places of work. It’s as if EVERYONE has been brought into a journey of caring for the vulnerable and looking out for each other.

As your priests, we are greatly encouraged by the messages, emails and letters from all who have connected with us during the past week. WE MISS YOU!

The four of us have been preparing (and rehearsing and improvising!!) for the Holy Week ceremonies which will be broadcast on our parish webcam.

Without the help of a visible congregation and the support of sacristans, musicians, Ministers of the Word we have our work cut out for us! Nevertheless we promise you a prayerful journey through Holy Week.

Monday evening 6 April – some musical sounds for Holy Week – as proposed by Fr Robert & Fr Shane.

The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Ubi caritas et amor (Taizé)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727 – (J.S. Bach)
This is my Body, broken for you – (Jimmy Owens)
Miserere mei Deus – Psalm 51 setting by Allegri
The Holy City – Adams & Weatherly

Our 7:30pm devotions & reflections will continue every evening. We hope that these times of reflection, music and guided prayer are of help to you and to your family.

If you know of someone who doesn’t have access to the webcam, could you do a phone-link to their house for one of these broadcasts?

This week’s bulletin is provided below:


A printable version is available for download here. Can we encourage you to print and share it with a neighbour or put it through the letterbox of a person who is cocooning at present?

We commend to God’s mercy the repose of the souls of the following who died recently. As private family funerals are being held during these days, we ask you to include an extra prayer for their families who grieve without the surrounding support of a prayerful congregation:

  • Elizabeth Herron, Springfield Glen 
  • Kevin Foyle, Woodlands 
  • Noeleen O’Hare, Parnell Park 
  • Jerome Lyness, Emmet Terrace 
  • Eugene ”Hughie” Stapleton, Graigs Lane 
  • William “Bill” Duffy, Emmet Terrace 
  • Gerard “Gerry” Ellis, Parnell Park 
  • Adrian Bartley, Ardbraccan & formerly Robinrath 
  • Séamus Connolly, Abbeygrove 
  • James Kiely, Bettystown & formerly Drumconrath 

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Many messages come every day from different parts of the world to let us know about our “virtual parish” during these strange days. Sincere thanks to those of you who have been topping up your offertory envelope on a weekly basis.

Particular thanks to those of you who found your way to our secure Paypal parish account. We will be in touch by email or by phone next week to thank you personally for your support during the past few weeks.

Our churches are open … your priests are available.

St Mary’s is open most days from 12:00noon until 6:00pm for quiet personal prayer. Frs Declan, Robert, Louis or Shane are available during these hours in the church or around the church grounds.

St Oliver’s is open every day from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

As we set off into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, we will all pray for you.