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Life in the Spirit 2019

Life in the Spirit seminars begin on 25 September from 7:30pm – 9:30pm in St Oliver’s Church, and will continue until 13 November 2019.

This year’s there is “Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9).

25 Sept “God’s Love” – Fr Joe Campbell
2 October “Salvation” – Eddie Stones
9 October “New Life” – David (Packie) Hamilton
16 October “Receiving God’s Gifts” – Fr Luke Ohiemi
23 October “Baptism in the Holy Spirit” – Fr Brendan Walsh
30 October “Growth” – Patricia Mitchell
6 November “Transformation” – Patrick McCrystal
13 November “Our Lady & the Mass” – Fr Declan Hurley

Contact details: Joe 087-9350662; Nickie 086-2338971
email: Carmel (carmelfagan52@gmail.com)

Golden Jubilee – Meals on Wheels

Bishop Smith celebrated Mass on 16 June to mark the Golden Jubilee of Meals on Wheels.

Click below to view the Mass:

Founding members and current staff and drivers hosted Bishop Deenihan on Friday 5 July for a visit of Meals on Wheels.

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Fr Robert’s Silver Jubilee

Fr Robert celebrated his Silver Jubilee Mass on Sunday 30 June at 11:00 in St Mary’s. A video from the parish files can be viewed below:

10 pictures (short video) from Mass – turn up the sound!!

10 pictures (short video) from Parish social – turn up the sound!!


Holy Week & Easter 2019

Palm Sunday Procession to St Mary’s

Good Friday Way of the Cross

The prayer above has become more relevant since the Easter Sunday attacks on Catholic parishioners in Sri Lanka. We reproduce the text below:

“As brothers and sisters in your family we are called to care for one another and to carry each others burdens. Open our hearts to our brothers and sisters who suffer because they voiced their faith in you, because they bear the name of Christian, because they dare to proclaim your name. May they know that across the miles, beyond the silence, we add our prayers to yours for them. Teach us how we can make a difference to their lives. Turn our hearts to the members of your family who cry to you for help.”

Easter Vigil

More photos available on our parish Facebook Page.

Masses for the Easter Octave:
Monday – Saturday – St Mary’s Church at 10:00am
Tuesday – Friday – St Oliver’s Church at 9:15am

Weekend Masses:
6:00pm Saturday Vigil in St Mary’s
7:00pm Saturday Vigil in St Oliver’s
8:00am Mass in St Mary’s
9:00am Mass in Our Lady’s Hospital
10:00am Mass in St Oliver’s
11:00am Mass in St Mary’s
12:00noon Mass in St Oliver’s
1:00pm Mass in St Mary’s


Lent 2019

Mass times for Lent in Navan and Johnstown are as follows:
07:30am – St Mary’s Church, Navan
08:30am – Church of the Nativity, Johnstown
09:30am – St Oliver’s Church, Blackcastle
10:30am – St Mary’s Church, Navan

Mass times in surrounding parishes and some Lenten suggestions for prayer, fasting and almsgiving are provided in our Lenten flier.

“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial;
we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty.”
(Pope Francis

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The Baptism of the Lord

The stained-glass window in St Oliver’s Church illustrates the Baptism of the Lord and Pentecost Sunday. At the centre of the window, we can see the priest pouring Holy Water and baptising the child in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

This window could summarise the journey for many families around our parish. Several hundred families will set out on a journey this year towards First Confession, Confirmation and First Communion.

Working from the ground up in the window, we see the Baptism of Our Lord by John the Baptist at the Jordan river.

Baptism window in St Oliver’s Church

In the upper part of the window, the apostles are gathered with Our Lady on the day of Pentecost – a reminder that God’s Holy Spirit is poured fully into the hearts of parishioners on their Confirmation Day.

The light of Christ from which the infant’s baptismal candle is lit is shining brightly in welcome for them beside the baptismal font.

Dear Parents, you have come here to present these children for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit they are to receive the gift of new life from God who is love.

On your part, you must make it your constant are to bring them up in the practice of the faith. See that the divine life which God gives them is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in their hearts.”

Rite of Baptism for Children

Pope Francis reminded parents that one of the simplest ways of handing on the faith to their children is by teaching them so make the Sign of the Cross – and to make it well. During his address in Croke Park in August 2018, he said:

“It is very important that children learn as early as possible to make the sign of the cross well. It is the first “creed” that they learn, a way of saying “I believe” in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This evening, before going to bed, ask yourselves, as parents: do I teach my children to make a good sign of the cross? Think about it, it is up to you!”

Pope Francis – WMOF 2018

As a parish community we have moved from the joy of Christmas to the life-giving events of Christ’s public ministry. This begins at his Baptism in the river Jordan.

Parishioners are invited to include a New Year’s resolution for prayer at home, at work, in school so that they can nurture our young parishioners in the ways of faith. This is particularly true for those who are on the journey towards their First Confession, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

Three Suggestions for parishioners this weekend

• We all know and celebrate our Date of Birth.
Can you discover your date of baptism and some photos from the day?
Make a note in your diary to celebrate your baptismal birthday day as well as your physical birthday!

• Make a generous sign of the cross with Holy Water before and after Mass this weekend. Our parish Sunday Mass times are available here.

• Central heating can cause the Holy Water to evaporate in the font at home! 😉 Might you encourage a young member of your family on the way to First Confession or Confirmation to keep your font “topped up”?
(Fonts and Holy Water bottles are available in the parish shop – link here)

An online Signup form is available at this link
for parents or guardians who might not yet have provided an email for updates.

Link for Signup Form available here: http://eepurl.com/gdU2AP
(for parents/guardians who might have not yet provided an email address)

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Carol Service 2018

Bishop Tom Deenihan celebrated the 11:00 Mass this morning and made some pastoral visits before leading us in our Parish Carol Service in St Mary’s today. 
We were all delighted to welcome Maureen Cowley back to switch on the lights on the Christmas Tree and also Sr Dolores Coffey (Perth, WA & Ardbraccan). 
Sincere thanks to ALL parish singers and musicians who made the Carol Service so prayerful and uplifting.