Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being marked with a Service of Prayer in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Navan on Sunday 21 January 2018 at 7:30pm.

This prayer service has been prepared by Christian communities in the Caribbean along a theme from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:27. “That all may be Free” is a challenge to reflect on the brokenness of Christian relationships so that
present injustices and past prejudices may be named, acknowledged and healed.

Sr Mary Hardiman from Dunderry will share some aspects of life with parishioners and with prisoners from her missionary endeavours in the town of St Marc near Port-au-Prince in Haïti.

Some of Sr Mary’s work (and the beautiful sounds of religious music from the region) has been captured in a video which can be seen below. This video provides an appropriate answer to disparaging comments about the region which have been reported in Washington and echoed around the world in the past week. It captures some of the joy, colour and faith of the people of the region (in spite of poverty and natural disasters)

“Could anything good come out of Nazareth … Haiti … Navan?” – Join the Christian communities of Navan tomorrow evening and pray with Canon John Clarke, Fr Robert McCabe, their parishioners and Sr Mary Hardiman for the people of the region and for a healing of the tensions between Christian denominations.

Refreshments will be served after the Service.

All parishioners welcome!

Christmas

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We welcome all parishioners who have travelled home to Navan to spend Christmas with your families. Christmas Eve Masses are being celebrated at 6:00pm and 8:00pm in both Churches of our parish.

Masses on Christmas Day are as on a Sunday.

 

Carols at the Crib will continue once again this year from 6:00pm – 6:30pm during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Thanks to parishioners and musicians who will keep the joy and freshness of Bethlehem alive during the Twelve Days of Christmas with carols near the Crib in St Mary’s.

The following is the provisional listing:

26 December – Polish Community (4:30pm)
27 December – Michael Moran & friends (6:00pm)
28 December – Sandra, Debbie & friends (6:00pm)
29 December – Marian Singers (6:00pm)
30 December – John Doyle & friends (6:00pm Vigil Mass)
31 December – Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with carols
01 January – Beauparc Folk Group
02 January – Comhaltas Ceoltóirí na hUaimhe
03 January – Mercy Secondary Choir
04 January – Kilmessan Parish Choir
05 January – Kentstown Parish Choir


06 January – Diocesan Choir (Vigil Mass)

Advent 2017

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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.”

 

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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

 

Day of the Poor 2017

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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]

 

Hurricane Ophelia

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Romero Family award

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During our enrolment ceremonies on the weekends of 7-8 October & 14-15 October we are proposing the Trócaire Romero Award to families.

We invite the parents of children preparing for their First Confession, First Holy Communion & Confirmation to register your interest by clicking here.

Tara-Slane 2017

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Tara is a reminder of our pagan past while Slane – according to tradition – is the site where St Patrick lit the first Paschal Fire in Ireland. The pilgrim walk is therefore a journey towards the Light of Christ, a symbol of our faith journey through life.

The journey is 15 miles (24km) long and winds along country roads through Skryne, Walterstown and Beauparc before crossing the Boyne at Slane.

Date and time:

The walk will depart from the Hill of Tara at 9:00am on Saturday 26 August 2017. Our estimated time of arrival at the Hill of Slane is 4:30p with conclusion of the pilgrimage by 5:00pm.

Requirements:

A completed registration form available in the sacristies and the parish office must be returned to the Parish Office not later than Thursday 24 August 2017.

Participants should be in good health and know that they are capable of walking the full journey unaided.

Proper walking footwear is essential. Keep an eye on the weather forecast to determine whether raingear or sunscreen will be required.

Participants should bring their own packed lunch. We will break for lunch at Beauparc Church.

Participants should also bring an adequate supply of water of the day. There are NO shops along the way until we reach the village of Slane.

Mass:

We will celebrate Mass in Slane at 3:00pm approx.

Getting to and from:

Pilgrims might 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 to collect you in Slane.

More information from the sacristies, the parish office or from Fr Declan.