Sacred Heart Novena


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

• Petitions and prayer requests (some of which will be read during Friday devotions) can be sent to
• 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.


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, 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  

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


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

Every scheduled Mass will be broadcast from St Mary’s via

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

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.

14th Sunday of the Year of the Church

Livestream Masses from St Mary’s via

28 June 2020


The following are the Mass schedules for the coming weeks:

St Mary’s Church
Sunday: 9am, 11am & 1pm
Weekdays: 7:30am & 9:30am
Saturday: 9:30am & 6pm (Vigil Mass)

St Oliver’s Church
Sunday: 8am, 10am & 12noon
Weekdays: 7:30pm
Saturday: 7pm (Vigil Mass)

Attendance is limited to 50 persons at present until the government establishes and circulates a protocol for all places of worship. We hope and pray that this will happen soon and in the meantime, we invite parishioners and families to consider attending one Mass per week in church and to follow the other Masses via the livestream.

Sincere thanks to the 100+ parishioners who have made themselves available help with the stewarding and sanitzing of our churches in the weeks ahead.
Their attendance at training sessions during the past week shows a great eagerness to support other parishioners as we make the gradual return to Mass as a community of faith, hope and love.


Novena in honour of Ss Peter & Paul

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We are preparing to reopen of our Churches from 29 June – the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. This is a joy for us all in the parish as we prepare to gather once again to be nourished around the Altar of the Lord.

Our novena prayers are included below in an A4 leaflet format.

Defend, O Lord your servants
from all dangers of body and soul.
Through the intercession
of the holy apostles Peter and Paul,
in union with Mary the mother of God,
grant that your people may soon rejoice
to gather around your altar,
to be nourished by your Word
and by your Sacred Body and Blood,
you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen


The above leaflet is available for download from this link.

Bulletin for 21 June 2020


Click above to download novena prayers

Corpus Christi procession 2020

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Ten photos in a short video which capture last night's Corpus Christi procession. Thanks to the Gardaí for their stewarding help, to parishioners along the route from St Mary's to St Finian's Terrace for their prayerful accompaniment and to the families who attended and modelled good social distancing! Buíochas le Dia! #SharingFaith

Posted by Navan Parish on Monday, June 15, 2020

A short video is included below from the Blessed Sacrament Procession which was held on Sunday 14 June in honour of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

Another video will be shared on this webpage and also on Facebook in the coming days.

Corpus Christi


Every blessing to all our parishioners for the beautiful feast of Corpus Christi – which has taken on a very subdued tone in contrast to the celebrations, festivities and processions of previous years.

We are inviting parishioners to make a visit to the Lord at some stage during the coming week. St Mary’s is open daily after the final scheduled Mass until 6pm. St Oliver’s is open daily from 3pm – 6pm.

Social distancing is being observed in both churches of our parish. We are grateful to parishioners who have helped us to maintain our churches as welcoming places of prayer during the past number of months.

Following the guidance document published by the Irish Episcopal Conference last week we are now requesting the help of volunteers so that we can open BOTH churches of our parish for daily Mass from Monday 29 June. This will be a sustained effort over a number of weeks so we hope that many people will be able to offer their time and assistance. 



On the morning and afternoon of Tuesday 2 June 2020, the priests of the parish made a pilgrimage of prayer from St Mary’s Cemetery and on to Dunmoe, Donaghmore, St Finian’s, the famine burial ground at Our Lady’s Hospital, Cannistown, Old Athlumney and concluding at the Crypt at St Mary’s Church.

We prayed for all who are buried in the Cemeteries of the Parish and blessed
all the graves.

We are grateful to all who maintain our cemeteries 
and we wish to thank all who tend the graves with loving care.

Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís!
May we all be alive at the same time next year!

As our gatherings at family graves in early July will not be possible this year, we invite you to share this link with relations and friends who normally travel home for Cemetery Devotions every year.

Frs Declan, Robert, Shane & Louis