Cemetery Devotions 2018

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Cemetery Devotions 2018
– please share with family, friends and neighbours.

St Finian’s Cemetery – Wednesday 27 June – 7:30pm
Cannistown Cannistown – Friday 29 June – 7:30pm
St Mary’s Church – Saturday 30 June – 6:00pm
St Mary’s Cemetery – Sunday 1 July – 3:00pm
Donaghmore Cemetery – Tuesday 3 July – 7:30pm
Old Athlumney Cemetery – Wednesday 4 July – 7:30pm
Dunmoe Cemetery – Thursday 5 July – 7:30pm
Our Lady’s Hospital Burial – Sunday 8 July after 9:00am Mass

WMOF2018 workshop for parishes

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A workshop was held in St Mary’s Parish last Thursday 7 June to offer information and resources to parishes as part of their journey toward the World Meeting of Families in August.

Fr Philip Gaffney (chair of the diocesan organising committee) introduced the evening and outlined the opportunities for parishes to support the development of faith in families during the coming months. He encouraged participants to register for the events in the RDS on Wednesday 22 August and to make early booking of tickets for the Papal Mass when they come available on 25 June.

Hannah Evans (WMOF office in Dublin) told participants that the RDS Congress events from Wednesday – Friday before the Pope’s visit has an estimated participation of over 20,000 people each day and is one of the highest attendances at any WMOF to date. She also highlighted the great amount of young families who are participating from abroad and the great work of host families in the towns around County Dublin, Meath and Kildare.

Fr Robert McCabe outlined some of the catechetical opportunities for parishes and thanked the 250 singers from around the diocese of Meath who have volunteered to assist in the Mass in the RDS and the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.

Ephrem Feeley (Ashbourne parish) rehearsed the congregation in his hymn “A Joy for all the Earth” which has been chosed as the the theme hymn for WMOF 2018 and which is being rehearsed by the diocesan choir and many parish and school groups at this time. Ephrem also led the congregational singing during the celebration of Solemn Evening Prayer which led the attendance into a time of prayer and reflection.

Msgr Seán Heaney VG presided at Evening Prayer during which the icon of the Holy Family was reverenced with incense. A joyful procession of families from the Nigerian, Polish, Filipino and Indian communities presented flowers before the icon of the Holy Family and the diocesan family of parishes joined in praying and singing the psalms and praying for the success of the World Meeting of Families.

Prayers were also included for Hannah and her colleagues in the organising committee.

The procession, prayers, music and Solemn Evening Prayer which was led by Msgr Heaney will next be celebrated at local level in the deaneries of the diocese on Tuesday 21 August.

The evening concluded at 8:45pm with refreshments in glorious sunshine in the grounds of St Mary’s.

The next event on the WMOF calendar is the visit of the icon of the Holy Family to St Mary’s Church, Navan and to the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

More details along with information on the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park and further updates will be made available on http://www.dioceseofmeath.ie/wmof2018


Statement of Bishop Smith on the forthcoming referendum


In a few weeks time, the people of Ireland must make a decision that will have a profound impact on the kind of society we will be in the future. We will be asked to decide on whether to retain the 8th amendment in our Constitution by voting ‘No’ or to remove it by voting ‘Yes’. I wish to share with you my conviction about why it is essential to vote “No” if we are to build a truly compassionate society that values all life.

The choice before us has become even starker in the light of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court which stated that the only legal protection the unborn child has at present is the 8th amendment. If this is removed the unborn child up to birth becomes a non-person in Irish law. Do we want to say that the child in the womb has no rights whatsoever in our Constitution? This, I am sure, every mother would find impossible to believe from her experience of her child moving in the womb as he or she grows and develops. The Supreme Court judgment means that the child in the womb would have no constitutional right to treatment or support.

Despite suggestions to the contrary, the Church asks that all necessary medical treatment be given to a mother in pregnancy even if this were to result in the unintended death of the child. Highly respected medical and legal experts have made it clear that under the present law the best standards of care are available to mothers in a crisis pregnancy. All involved in caring for the pregnant mother in Ireland have to take pride in the fact that Ireland is one of the safest countries in which to be pregnant.

A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby. The 8th amendment is a declaration of equality and respect for human life. It represents, at the very foundation and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life has to be cherished. Are we as a society to say to women experiencing a crisis in their pregnancy that the solution to their concern is to be found in abortion? Does this show compassion and care for women? The solution to a crisis pregnancy should be found in addressing the crisis, not in terminating the life of an innocent child. Abortion is a brutal act. There is no semblance of compassion involved in ending the life of the child in the womb. It is difficult to imagine how such an action could be compatible with the Catholic faith in any way.

The recent Supreme Court judgment means that, were the 8th amendment to be removed from the Constitution, the current government will legislate for unlimited abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, for unlimited abortion up to 24 weeks on the grounds of mental health, and for unlimited abortion up to birth in cases of life-limiting conditions. This prospect can only be described as horrifying. The appalling statistics of abortion rates in other countries should fill us with the dread of similar rates becoming normalised here. Are we to ignore the images, which technology makes available to us, of a child at 12 weeks who has a beating heart, a brain, eyes and ears, limbs, who is yawning, sucking the thumb, and who is clearly saying to us, “I want to live!”? To deprive the child of the right to life would be the gravest of injustices and by removing the 8th amendment we are doing just that.

It remains my hope that we can hand on to future generations a vision for society that is truly inclusive, which enshrines in its laws the equal right of every person to life, and which is capable of offering compassion and care to those in crisis. Our Constitution acknowledges that the right to life precedes all our laws, and our common humanity tells us that this is how it should be. The power to decide who lives and who dies should not belong to the individual. This can never be the foundation for a society that seeks to put compassion and care at its heart. Saving the 8th means that we do not have to choose between two competing rights. To choose life is to choose both.

A printed version of this statement is available for download here


Holy Week 2018

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Since Ash Wednesday, parishioners have been preparing in different ways to make the journey through Holy Week. This week we will follow the Lord Jesus along his journey into Jerusalem, to the Upper Room and to Calvary.

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Palm will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.

Holy-Week mini-retreat

Martin McConigley & Fr Tony Draper are leading Holy Week mini-retreat entitled “People of the Passion” in St Anne’s Parish Room.
• Monday: “Were you not also with him in the garden?”
• Tuesday: “30 pieces of silver”
• Spy Wednesday: “Women on the road to Calvary”.
Retreat begins after 10:30 Mass with a cup of tea and concludes at 12:30.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy Week

7:30am  Mass– St. Mary’s
8:30am  Mass – Johnstown
7:30am  Mass – St. Mary’s
7:30am  Mass – St. Mary’s

Tuesday of Holy Week

Confessions in St Mary’s from 8:00am – 11:00pm.
Two priests will be available all through the day. Parishioners are invited to follow a Path of Prayer which offers an examination of conscience around “Reconciliation and Healing in the Family.”
Penitential Service at 8:00pm with visiting priests.

Spy Wednesday

7:00pm Mass of Chrism in Mullingar Cathedral. A bus is available for parishioners. Please contact Mary in the parish office on 9027518.

Holy Thursday

7:00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper– St. Oliver’s
8:00pm  Mass of the Lord’s Supper– St. Mary’s
11:00pm Night Prayer– St. Anne’s & St. Oliver’s

Good Friday

10:00am   Stations of the Cross– St. Oliver’s
12:00noon   Ecumenical Way of the Cross through Navan
3:00pm   The Passion of Our Lord– St. Mary’s
7:00pm   The Passion of Our Lord– St. Oliver’s
9:00pm   Prayer around the Cross– St. Mary’s

Holy Saturday  

9:00am   Święconka – Polish Blessing of Food – St. Mary’s

12:00noon – 4:00pm   Confessions– St. Mary’s

No 6:00pm or 7:00pm Masses this evening
9:00pm   Solemn Vigil of Easter – St. Mary’s

Easter Sunday – Resurrection of Our Lord 

8:00am, 11:00am & 1:00pm – St Mary’s
09:00am – Our Lady’s Hospital Chapel
10:00am & 12:00noon – St Oliver’s
5:00pm – Msza święta w językku polskim

Red Alert Weather status



St Mary’s Church will be closed from 3pm today (Thursday) and will reopen for 10:30am Mass on Friday morning 2 March. This will be the only Mass tomorrow.
There is no 7:30am or 9:30am Mass on Friday morning.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will cease at 3pm today and resume when the Red Alert Weather Status is lifted about 1pm tomorrow.


You are most welcome to join us at Mass in the morning on the webcam at 10:30am.


We keep in our prayers the many people around the parish who are working hard to keep our community safe from the storm.

We pray God’s blessing on all parishioners who are involved with charitable organisations and with caring for the elderly and housebound.


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Day of the Sick

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The 26th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11 February 2018.

At 11:00 Sunday Mass on 11 February, the Navan branch of the diocesan Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes will participate in the 11:00 Sunday Mass.

They are one of the eight teams of stewards and helpers who provide practical, nursing and spiritual support to the many pilgrims who travel to Lourdes every year from 12-17 September. The 2018 pilgrimage will be the 70th Meath diocesan pilgrimage.

Refreshments will be served for former members of staff, former pilgrims and those who are interested in joining the Meath Pilgrimage team.


The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother.  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27).

The Lord’s words brilliantly illuminate the mystery of the Cross, which does not represent a hopeless tragedy, but rather the place where Jesus manifests his glory and shows his love to the end.  That love in turn was to become the basis and rule for the Christian community and the life of each disciple. (Pope Francis)

In countries where health care systems are inadequate or non-existent, the Church seeks to do what she can to improve health, eliminate infant mortality and combat widespread disease.  Everywhere she tries to provide care, even when she is not in a position to offer a cure.  The image of the Church as a “field hospital” that welcomes all those wounded by life is a very concrete reality, for in some parts of the world, missionary and diocesan hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population. (§4 – Message of Pope Francis for 2018)

The full text of the message of Pope Francis is available here via the website of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.