First Sunday of Advent 2020

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8:00am Mass with a congregation in St Mary’s resumes.
(Morning Prayer at 7:50am) 

9:30am Mass with a congregation in St Mary’s resumes followed by the Rosary. (Morning Prayer at 9:20) 

7:30pm Mass with a congregation in St Oliver’s resumes. (Evening Prayer at 7:20pm) 

Eucharistic Adoration in St Mary’s continues every day from 2pm – 7pm. (5pm on Saturdays). 


St Mary’s (Vigil) 6:00pm, 
Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm

[please note change]

St Oliver’s (Vigil) 7:00pm 
Sunday 8:00am, 10:00am & 12noon 

Novena for the Holy Souls

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Our Novena for the Holy Souls began on Sunday 25 October and continues until 2 November. The prayers and the litany for the Holy Souls is provided below and is available in both churches of the parish.

Schedule of devotions:

  • Sunday 25 October – Evening Prayer & Benediction at 7:30pm.
  • Monday – Friday 30 October – Mass at 7:30pm.
  • Saturday 31 October Mass at 7:00pm.
  • Sunday 1 November Evening Prayer & Benediction at 7:30pm.
  • Monday 2 November – Mass at 7:30pm.

All ceremonies and Masses without a congregation but can be viewed by livestream at

Candles can be purchased at the Parish Shop and placed at the altar for use at the Sacred Heart altar during afternoon adoration, and at St Joseph’s altar to honour him as Patron of a Happy Death.


Fratelli Tutti


Short summary of the document is available here

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, following Mass at the tomb of St Francis during a visit to Assisi on Saturday 3 October 2020.

The phrase ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is taken from the writings of St. Francis, one of the major inspirations for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, on fraternity and social friendship. The full text of the encyclical, the third of Pope Francis’ pontificate was released on Sunday 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. 

The resources below have been prepared by the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

Please see below the full text of the Encyclical letter and some useful links and resources: 

  1. FRATELLI TUTTI – the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship
  2. An overview of the Encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI
  3. Quick Key Guide to reading FRATELLI TUTTI
  4. Questions and Answers on FRATELLI TUTTI
  5. A statement by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 

Some visual overviews of Fratelli Tutti are also included on this page.

Catechetical Programme 2020-2021

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The restarting of the Parish Catechetical Programme this year presents some challenges, as I’m sure you can imagine.  The classrooms in St. Anne’s Resource Centre are of course too small, and an alternative venue is not easy to find! 

However, after much deliberation and consultation, we are happy to announce the restart of the programme.  Some details have yet to be finalised following discussion and feedback, but for now we can confirm the following:

  • The programme will be led by Fr. Sebi Tulbure who has replaced Fr. Shane Crombie.  Fr. Sebi is from Romania, and prior to joining us in Navan had ministered in Kells Parish since 2018.  He will be assisted by Barry White, a seminarian preparing for the priesthood, who has joined our Parish Team in Navan for the coming year.
  • They will be assisted by teachers and other adult volunteers.  We are recruiting at the moment.
  • The venue will be St. Oliver’s Church in Blackcastle, which is very spacious, and has ample parking facilities making it easier to arrange drop-off and pick-up.
  • At this point, it is anticipated that the First Holy Communion preparation programme will take place on Tuesdays (starting Tuesday 3 November) and the Confirmation preparation programme will take place on Wednesdays (starting Wednesday 4 November).  The time will be communicated at a later date.

Please find below the [4page] Registration Form

Please complete the form and return to me or to the Parish Office or to the sacristy of one of the churches at your early convenience.

You are invited to a meeting in St. Oliver’s Church on Tuesday 13 October at 8:15pm (after 7:30pm Mass) to discuss the restart of the programme.  As there is quite a number of changes this year, your presence at the meeting would be important.  I’m sure that the changes will present some challenges for you – as they have done for us – so I hope we will be able to address the challenges together at the meeting.

Kind regards,

Fr. Declan Hurley