First Holy Communion 2020

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*** Update 5 October 2020 ***

Following the announcement by the Government of Level 3 measures to counter the spread of COVID-19, the following message has been sent to the parents and guardians of our parish.

The above message is also being shared by the Parish Primary schools to parents and guardians who are not yet on our database.

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The above message was also sent to parents via the following link: https://mailchi.mp/ec80dce9508e/impact-of-level-3-announcement

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Dear parents and guardians

We are delighted to be able to prepare towards a 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

The following ceremonies will be rescheduled in light of the announcement of Level 3 measures to counter the spread of COVID-19.


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.

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.

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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.

Tuttifratelli

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Short summary of the document is available here

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, following Mass at the tomb of St Francis during a visit to Assisi on Saturday 3 October 2020.

The phrase ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is taken from the writings of St. Francis, one of the major inspirations for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, on fraternity and social friendship. The full text of the encyclical, the third of Pope Francis’ pontificate was released on Sunday 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. 

The resources below have been prepared by the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

Please see below the full text of the Encyclical letter and some useful links and resources: 

  1. FRATELLI TUTTI – the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship
  2. An overview of the Encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI
  3. Quick Key Guide to reading FRATELLI TUTTI
  4. Questions and Answers on FRATELLI TUTTI
  5. A statement by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 

Some visual overviews of Fratelli Tutti are also included on this page.

27th Sunday of the Year

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Our new Mass times in St Mary’s are above. Please disregard the times on this week’s parish bulletin.
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Catechetical Programme 2020-2021

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The restarting of the Parish Catechetical Programme this year presents some challenges, as I’m sure you can imagine.  The classrooms in St. Anne’s Resource Centre are of course too small, and an alternative venue is not easy to find! 

However, after much deliberation and consultation, we are happy to announce the restart of the programme.  Some details have yet to be finalised following discussion and feedback, but for now we can confirm the following:

  • The programme will be led by Fr. Sebi Tulbure who has replaced Fr. Shane Crombie.  Fr. Sebi is from Romania, and prior to joining us in Navan had ministered in Kells Parish since 2018.  He will be assisted by Barry White, a seminarian preparing for the priesthood, who has joined our Parish Team in Navan for the coming year.
  • They will be assisted by teachers and other adult volunteers.  We are recruiting at the moment.
  • The venue will be St. Oliver’s Church in Blackcastle, which is very spacious, and has ample parking facilities making it easier to arrange drop-off and pick-up.
  • At this point, it is anticipated that the First Holy Communion preparation programme will take place on Tuesdays (starting Tuesday 3 November) and the Confirmation preparation programme will take place on Wednesdays (starting Wednesday 4 November).  The time will be communicated at a later date.

Please find below the [4page] Registration Form

Please complete the form and return to me or to the Parish Office or to the sacristy of one of the churches at your early convenience.

You are invited to a meeting in St. Oliver’s Church on Tuesday 13 October at 8:15pm (after 7:30pm Mass) to discuss the restart of the programme.  As there is quite a number of changes this year, your presence at the meeting would be important.  I’m sure that the changes will present some challenges for you – as they have done for us – so I hope we will be able to address the challenges together at the meeting.

Kind regards,

Fr. Declan Hurley

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