WMOF updates

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Most of the sheet music for WMOF liturgies  is available on the [click here] WMOF music page.

Additional music has become available this (Wednesday 1 August) afternoon.

As following pieces are not yet live on the WMOF website, I am sharing them below.

I hope they will be of help for small group rehearsals around the diocese in the coming days.

The next full rehearsal for the Wednesday RDS Mass will be held in Donnybrook Church on Wednesday 22 August. [Location details for your coach driver are provided here]

The following times have been provided by the Liturgical Music coordinators:

10:15 – 10:30 Sign-In at Donnybrook Church.
10:30 – 12:00 Music Rehearsal followed by walk to RDS.
12:30 – 13:30 Technical Rehearsal in RDS arena.
13:30 Lunchbreak.
TBC Take up places for Closing Mass.
16:30 Eucharistic Celebration in RDS arena.

Resourcing Individuals and Small choirs

I’ve been preparing some video clips to help with the compositions of Ronan McDonagh & of Peadar Ó Riada which are being used in the Phoenix Park. The first video “Fáilte roimh theachtaire Chríost” is now available here:



Meath Daily TV feature on Navan rehearsal

Some of you will have noticed a camera crew in St Mary’s during the large rehearsal on Monday 23 June. The good people at Meath Daily TV have published a video which can be viewed below:


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Icon of the Holy Family in Navan ***Update

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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.


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.

   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.

WMOF2018 workshop for parishes

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A workshop was held in St Mary’s Parish last Thursday 7 June to offer information and resources to parishes as part of their journey toward the World Meeting of Families in August.

Fr Philip Gaffney (chair of the diocesan organising committee) introduced the evening and outlined the opportunities for parishes to support the development of faith in families during the coming months. He encouraged participants to register for the events in the RDS on Wednesday 22 August and to make early booking of tickets for the Papal Mass when they come available on 25 June.

Hannah Evans (WMOF office in Dublin) told participants that the RDS Congress events from Wednesday – Friday before the Pope’s visit has an estimated participation of over 20,000 people each day and is one of the highest attendances at any WMOF to date. She also highlighted the great amount of young families who are participating from abroad and the great work of host families in the towns around County Dublin, Meath and Kildare.

Fr Robert McCabe outlined some of the catechetical opportunities for parishes and thanked the 250 singers from around the diocese of Meath who have volunteered to assist in the Mass in the RDS and the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.

Ephrem Feeley (Ashbourne parish) rehearsed the congregation in his hymn “A Joy for all the Earth” which has been chosed as the the theme hymn for WMOF 2018 and which is being rehearsed by the diocesan choir and many parish and school groups at this time. Ephrem also led the congregational singing during the celebration of Solemn Evening Prayer which led the attendance into a time of prayer and reflection.

Msgr Seán Heaney VG presided at Evening Prayer during which the icon of the Holy Family was reverenced with incense. A joyful procession of families from the Nigerian, Polish, Filipino and Indian communities presented flowers before the icon of the Holy Family and the diocesan family of parishes joined in praying and singing the psalms and praying for the success of the World Meeting of Families.

Prayers were also included for Hannah and her colleagues in the organising committee.

The procession, prayers, music and Solemn Evening Prayer which was led by Msgr Heaney will next be celebrated at local level in the deaneries of the diocese on Tuesday 21 August.

The evening concluded at 8:45pm with refreshments in glorious sunshine in the grounds of St Mary’s.

The next event on the WMOF calendar is the visit of the icon of the Holy Family to St Mary’s Church, Navan and to the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

More details along with information on the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park and further updates will be made available on http://www.dioceseofmeath.ie/wmof2018


Volunteer at WMOF2018

WMOF staff visit Navan

Richard Brennan from the WMOF office spoke during the Eucharistic Adoration conference in Navan on Saturday 7 October. He encouraged parishioners from around County Meath to consider the coming year as a time of family and faith renewal through all levels of the parish.

If your family is willing to host a family in Navan, please contact the parish office for further information.

Details of the Volunteer Application Process and the Pilgrim Programme are available by clicking the link above.

Romero Family award


During our enrolment ceremonies on the weekends of 7-8 October & 14-15 October we are proposing the Trócaire Romero Award to families.

We invite the parents of children preparing for their First Confession, First Holy Communion & Confirmation to register your interest by clicking here.

Joy for all the Earth

Music for your Wedding Day

The priests of the parish are recommending “A Joy for all the Earth” to choirs, musicians and all couples who are preparing for their marriage in the coming months.

This hymn has been composed for the World Meeting of Families by Ephrem Feeley – a teacher in St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School.

The hymn setting finds its origin in the letter of St Paul to the Corinthians – a popular New Testament text chosen for marriages. Pope Francis has given it a rich “Francis-treatment” in paragraphs 90 – 119 of Amoris Laetitia.

We hope that Ephrem’s music will become part of our parish repertoire in the coming months and will become “a joy for all the parish family!” The music and vocal score can be ordered from the Parish shop.

WMOF preparations

National Collection weekend of 01 – 02 April 2017

Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. Started by Saint John Paul II, and held every three years, this major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives, and the fundamental building block of society and the Church.

Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.

Bishop Michael describes his hopes for the preparation of the World Meeting of Families in a video interview below: