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.
Family-Prayer-Leaflet

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.

Suspension of Masses

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All Masses and other ceremonies will be held without a congregation  with immediate effect.

Please see the statement of Bishop Deenihan on www.dioceseofmeath.ie

A printed version of this webpage is available for download here

Beginning tomorrow morning (Friday 13 March 2020), all Masses which are normally scheduled in the parish will be celebrated without a congregation in St Mary’s Church and will be live-streamed via webcam at the usual times.

Masses on Sunday and on St Patrick’s Day
will be broadcast on webcam at 
6:00pm, 7:00pm, (Vigils)
8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am,
11:00am, 12noon, 1:00pm

Opening Hours for St Mary’s Church 
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Opening Hours for St Oliver’s Church 
Monday – Friday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

These arrangements will be subject to review. 

Schedule for the coming week:

The following Masses will be relayed via webcam from St Mary’s Church. Please help your neighbours and those who are living on their own to tune in to one of these Masses.

Friday 13 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
7:30pm Novena Mass (placing ourselves under the care of Our Blessed Mother)

Saturday 14 March 10:30am, 
6:00pm & 7:00pm

Sunday 15 March 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
11:00am, 12noon & 1:00pm

Monday 16 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
6:00pm & 7:00pm (Vigil Mass)

Tuesday 17 March 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am
11:00rn (as Gaeilge)
12noon & 1:00pm

Wednesday 18 March 7:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am
– Friday 20th March 7:30pm (Novena Mass)

Every broadcast Mass will be preceded by the Prayer from the World Meeting of Families (so that every family and household can “tune in” to the Mass.)*

Every broadcast Mass will conclude with the Memorare as requested by the Irish Bishops.*

* These two prayers will be available on the parish bulletin (with scripture readings and reflections). They can be downloaded and shared with neighbours and in nursing homes from Saturday afternoon via www.navanparish.ie/bulletin. The printed bulletin will also be available in St Mary’s during opening hours.

Eucharistic Adoration

will take place in St Mary’s during its opening hours and at all other times in the Adoration Chapel. During this time, the Adoration Chapel will be restricted to a maximum of  four persons.

Priest on Duty

A priest will be available in St Mary’s Church every evening for 90 minutes prior to closure.

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 (carmelfagan52@gmail.com)

PatronDay2019

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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 www.navanparish.ie/webcam

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!