Novena in honour of Ss Peter & Paul

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We are preparing to reopen of our Churches from 29 June – the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. This is a joy for us all in the parish as we prepare to gather once again to be nourished around the Altar of the Lord.

Our novena prayers are included below in an A4 leaflet format.

Defend, O Lord your servants
from all dangers of body and soul.
Through the intercession
of the holy apostles Peter and Paul,
in union with Mary the mother of God,
grant that your people may soon rejoice
to gather around your altar,
to be nourished by your Word
and by your Sacred Body and Blood,
you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen

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The above leaflet is available for download from this link.

St Joseph Novena

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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,

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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.

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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.

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Sacred Heart Novena

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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 www.navanparish.ie/webcam.

• Petitions and prayer requests (some of which will be read during Friday devotions) can be sent to webcam@navanparish.ie.
• 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.

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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 www.navanparish.ie, 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 www.navanparish.ie/webcam.  

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)

Assembly for First Communion candidates and families

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Thursday 2 April 2020 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us via www.navanparish.ie/webcam

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 www.navanparish.ie/webcam
• 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 sacraments@navanparish.ie 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:

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.

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.
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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.