Sacred Heart Novena

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On Feb 14th we began a Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Our intention was to pray our way every week towards Good Friday 2020. Little did we imagine how much comfort and strength we would receive from Our Lady during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next Friday 24 April we begin another solemn novena, this time to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – as Friday will be nine Fridays to the feast day of the Sacred Heart on Friday 19 June 2020.

Mass and devotions Fridays at 7:30pm via www.navanparish.ie/webcam.

• Petitions and prayer requests (some of which will be read during Friday devotions) can be sent to webcam@navanparish.ie.
• You can leave them in the petition box at the Sacred Heart altar
• Petitions can be sent by post to
St Mary’s Parish, Fair Green, Navan, County Meath.

Sacred-Heart-Novena-leaflet-2020

If you are unable to access the above document, please click here to download two A4 pages (front and back) for use in your home.
Additional copies are available at the Sacred Heart altar in St Mary’s Church and in St Oliver’s Church

To register for further information and parish updates,
we invite you to register through this link.

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)

Third Week of Lent

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The parish bulletin for Sunday 15 March
can be downloaded here

We are still working on a messaging service for parishioners. if you wish to join our email database for updates from the parish, please send us an email to webcam@navanparish.ie

Every scheduled Mass will be broadcast from St Mary’s via http://navanparish.ie/webcam

Sunday Masses
Saturday Vigil: 6:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am,
11:00am, 12:00noon, 1:00pm

Weekday Masses
Monday – Friday: 7:30am & 9:30am
Monday – Saturday: 10:30am

All our parish Masses are being celebrated without a congregation in order to implement the necessary COVID-19 preventative measures.
The Church bell will ring before scheduled and Requiem Masses as usual.

May they rest in peace:
We pray for the repose of the souls of

Paddy (Henny) Ratty RIP, St Patrick’s Terrace
(Private Requiem Mass on Saturday 21 March)

Shane Murtagh RIP, Castle Grove
(Private Requiem Mass on Saturday 21 March)

Anthony Gallagher RIP, Athlumney
(Private Requiem Mass on Tuesday 17 March)

Maisie Higgins RIP, Woodlands
(Private Requiem Mass on Monday 16 March)

Phyllis Gibney RIP, Blackcastle
(Private Requiem Mass on Monday 16 March)

All funerals in our parish will be celebrated in a private gathering of family during this time of COVID-19 prevention. Ceremonies from St Mary’s can be viewed on www.navanparish.ie/webcam

Golden Jubilee – Meals on Wheels

Bishop Smith celebrated Mass on 16 June to mark the Golden Jubilee of Meals on Wheels.

Click below to view the Mass:

Founding members and current staff and drivers hosted Bishop Deenihan on Friday 5 July for a visit of Meals on Wheels.

24th Sunday of the Year

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Please note the new times for Sunday Mass which will come into effect next Sunday 20 September.
This new arrangement will provide seating for an additional 200 parishioners on Sundays in St Mary’s.

13-Sept-2020

First Holy Communion 2020

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Dear parents and guardians

We are delighted to be able to prepare towards a definite date for your child’s First Holy Communion Day.

The Mass will be celebrated according to the schedule below:

St. Joseph’s Mercy
  Saturday 3rd October, St. Mary’s Church, 10:30am & 12 noon*

Scoil Bhríde, Cannistown
  Saturday 3rd October, St. Oliver’s Church, 10:30am & 12 noon*

Scoil Naomh Eoin
  Saturday 3rd October, St. Oliver’s Church, 2:00pm

St. Anne’s
  Saturday 10th October, St. Mary’s Church, 10:30am & 12 noon*

St. Paul’s
  Saturday 10th October, St. Oliver’s Church, 10:30am, 12 noon, & 2:00pm*

Gaelscoil Éanna
  Saturday 17th October, St. Mary’s Church, 10:30am

Scoil Mhuire
  Saturday 17th October, St. Mary’s Church, 12 noon

St. Oliver Plunkett
  Saturday 17th October, St. Oliver’s Church, 10:30am & 12 noon*

* For schools which require more than one ceremony, the school will inform you in due course of the time of your child’s ceremony.
This information will also be circulated by the schools of the parish.

As priests, parishioners, school communities and friends we are asking all parents and godparents to continue rehearsing the prayers of the Mass with the candidates from their Grow in Love books or their Prayerbooks.

Reminder of the Assembly on Thursday 2 April 2020

Video link for viewing at home in your family and also in school.

First Communion Assembly from Navan Parish on Vimeo.

21st Sunday of the Year

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Next Tuesday we will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for the pupils in our parish schools who have been waiting in joyful hope for the pouring into their hearts of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We have prepared the following resources for them and for their families. Included are the Baptismal Promises and the Dialogue with the bishop.

These resources are also made available to those who wish to renew the grace of their own Confirmation Day.

Confirmation Day 2020 – Leaflet for Candidates here

Preparing for Confirmation 2020 – Leaflet for Parents/Guardians and Sponsor of our Candidates

We are asking ALL our parishioners to pray for our young Candidates so that God’s Holy Spirit will find a welcome in their generous hearts and will enable them to make space for the Lord in the years ahead.

This week’s parish bulletin is provided below:

23-August-2020

Preparing for Confirmation 2020

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Holy Spirit window (in alabaster glass) at St Peter’s Basilica

Dear parents and guardians

in preparation for next Tuesday’s joyful celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, we ask your cooperation with the following:

  • Please ensure that your child knows by heart the responses needed to take part in the ceremony. These are available on https://navanparish.ie/confirmation-day-2020/ as a 4 page leaflet.
  • We are asking you to set aside some time with your child over this weekend to read, pray and learn your way through the ceremony which includes the dialogue with the bishop. 
  • Please join us for an online Mass via www.navanparish.ie/webcam on Sunday (9am, 11am or 1pm) at which your child will have the opportunity to practice the Renewal of Baptismal promises and get some words of encouragement from the priests of the parish.
  • We are asking you to explore honestly and sincerely with your child the invitation to take the Confirmation pledge. This is a solemn promise to abstain from alcohol and other harmful drugs until they reach the age of 18. We encourage you to offer this to your child as a positive and courageous decision for their physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • The school will communicate to you the colour-coded door by which you will enter the church. Please ask your child’s Sponsor to collect at the door a printed card which displays the candidate’s chosen Confirmation name. 
  • Please note that the Child Safeguarding Policy of our parish does not permit the taking of photographs or video recordings during the ceremony.
  • When they are invited to approach the bishop, please ensure that the sponsor places his/her right hand on the child’s shoulder and with their left hand shows the card clearly to the bishop. 
  • Religious objects will be blessed at the end of the ceremony. Our parish shop at St Mary’s Church has a wide selection of religious articles suitable for Confirmation.
  • A collection will be taken up at the end of the ceremony towards the running costs of the parish. We appreciate your support of the parish at this time.
  • Kindly follow the directions of our parish volunteers on the day who have generously made themselves available to assist at all ceremonies and to disinfect all surfaces in the churches of the parish.

Yours sincerely

Frs Declan, Robert & Louis

Confirmation Day 2020

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Bishop Deenihan and Bishop Smith will be joined by the Vicars General for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for the Candidates from our parish on Tuesday 25 August 2020.

This year’s ceremonies have been organised in line with current restrictions which require a church building to be divided into separate sections with a limit of 50 persons per section.

In preparation for the ceremony, we are providing the 4 page leaflet below with responses for the Confirmation Candidates.

Confirmation-leaflet-2020

St Mary’s Church:
10:30am St Anne’s, Scoil Mhuire & Gaeilscoil Éanna
12:30pm St Joseph’s Mercy, St Ultan’s
3:30pm St Oliver Plunkett
5:30pm Scoil Bhríde, Cannistown

St Oliver’s Church:
10:30am Scoil Naomh Eoin
12:30pm & 3:30pm St Paul’s