Assembly for First Communion candidates and families


Thursday 2 April 2020 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Join us via

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
• 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 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.

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.

Life in the Spirit 2019

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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 (



The preachers of the 2019 Triduum were Fr Paul Crosbie (PP Trim), Archbishop Michael Neary (Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam) and Fr Shane Crombie (CC Navan formerly CC Church of the Assumption, Tullamore).

Happy Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to all our parishioners! “Who had realized that until her arrivalthe crowded heavens had been incomplete?”We include a mention to all who join us via

Posted by Navan Parish on Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sincere thanks to all who took part in our prayerful Triduum. We are particularly grateful to Davey Lynch for his work at Our Lady’s altar, to Anne & John O’Hare for their decoration and to Frances for her flowers.

We are grateful to musicians and cantors who led the congregations in prayerful music: Michael, Tom, Gemma & David.

Some parishioners will also have noticed the great work done by Declan in the Rosary Garden. Maith sibh go léir!

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

The Baptism of the Lord

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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:
(for parents/guardians who might have not yet provided an email address)