Tara-Slane walk

This year’s Tara-Slane pilgrimage walk takes place on Saturday 31 August next. Many Irish families have walked up Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, walked barefoot at St Patrick’s Purgatory on Lough Derg or have travelled along the Camino de Santiago to Compostela.

Our annual Tara-Slane pilgrimage walk allows us to connect with the faith of our nearest neighbours and parishes back to the time of St Patrick. 

“Going on pilgrimage without a change of heart of heart brings little reward from God. For it is by practicing virtue and not be mere motion of the feet that we are brought to Heaven” (fifth century Book of Lismore) 

Registration Forms are now available from the Sacristies or from the Parish Office.

In order to prepare our Pilgrim Passports, we ask you to return the completed form with your pilgrimage fee not later than 5:00pm on Thursday 29 August

Pope Video – August 2019

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

Pope Francis – August 2019

What kind of world do we want to leave for the future?
Let us leave a world with families.
Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centers of humanity.
And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.
Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

Cemetery Sunday 2019

On the first Sunday in July, the annual devotions take place in St Mary’s Cemetery on the Boyne Road.

Last weekend saw the completion of the annual devotions in the cemeteries of the parish (St Mary’s, St Finian’s, Donaghmore, Dunmoe, Athlumney, Cannistown, the Cemetery at Our Lady’s Hospital for victims of poverty and families and also those buried in St Mary’s Church). The collection at the gates of St Mary’s Cemetery this year towards the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery raised €6,787. Thanks to all who contributed.

The priests of the parish express their gratitude to all who assisted in any way during the pilgrimages made by many families to the final resting places of their relations and neighbours: Navan Gardaí; Meath Civil Defence; Order of Malta; Bobby Farrelly (caretaker in St Mary’s cemetery) and Greg Smith (caretaker in St Finian’s cemetery); the local cemetery committees; Jim Dowdall, the Coldrick family and Anderson Construction Ltd for facilitating parking in their fields; the volunteers who stewarded traffic and parking; St Mary’s stewards; Michael McGoldrick for the amplification; Boyne Waste, parishioners and family members who led prayers; choir members, soloists and organist Niamh Gavin.

We share a few photos below of the stewards and Gardaí from St Mary’s Cemetery devotions.

Fr Robert’s Silver Jubilee

Fr Robert celebrated his Silver Jubilee Mass on Sunday 30 June at 11:00 in St Mary’s. A video from the parish files can be viewed below:

10 pictures (short video) from Mass – turn up the sound!!

10 pictures (short video) from Parish social – turn up the sound!!

Icon of the Holy Family in Navan ***Update

We welcomed the Icon of the Holy Family as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families and for the visit of Pope Francis. The Icon of the Holy Family arrives at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday and will be with us until Friday afternoon.

We rejoice in being chosen to host the icon, and we look forward to welcoming parishioners from parishes all around Co. Meath.

All are welcome to join the evening ceremony to pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families, and for the intentions of your families.

photo from the opening night of the Icon’s visit to Navan. Fr Robert leads Evening Prayer accompanied by Fr Phil Gaffney.

Timetable:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:
7:00pm: welcome, prayer path, petitions
8:00pm: Evening Prayer with a reflection on the Icon by Colette Furlong
    refreshments served afterwards.
10:00pm: Night Prayer

Wednesday & Thursday
   11:30am visit of Primary School children
5:30pm (Thursday) – Graduation ceremony for Cannistown pupils.

Friday
   10:00am: Mass of Thanksgiving

The Parish Shop will be open during the evening ceremonies.
WMOF2018 merchandise available, and souvenirs of the visit of the Icon.

REGISTRATION UPDATE: Online registration for tickets for the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park will open tomorrow Monday 25 June. Registration via www.worldmeeting2018.ie.

Our parish WMOF office is open on Mon, Tues, & Wed from 9:30am – 12:30pm to arrange seats on one of the coaches which will travel daily from Navan.

Cemetery Devotions 2018

 

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