Lenten Series 2017 *update


Our Wednesday evening reflections this Lent have been dedicated to the words of Christ “I have come so that you may have life.” We have explored various aspects of the value and dignity of life.

  • “Challenges to the Value and Dignity of Life” (Fr Louis Illah CC) 8 March
  • “God’s creation – blessed with life” (Fr Robert McCabe CC) 15 March
  • “Caring for those with Special Needs” (Fr Kevin Heery CC & pupils from St Mary’s Special School) 22 March
  • “Living with Suicide” (Fr Declan Hurley Adm) 29 March
  • “Four Tasks of Grief – a Map for the journey” (Fr Philip Baxter OFM Cap) 5 April

Two aspects of our Lenten reflections this year which have enriched our time of prayer have been the chanting of the psalms, canticle and the Magnificat. Thanks to Michael, John, Tom and Gemma for their help with the music.

We have also taken a text from the encyclical Evangelium Vitæ of Pope St John Paul. His prayer is addressed to Our Lady and invite as a focus point of prayer for life at all stages.

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life.
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely,
in order to build, together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.


The series concluded with the monthly Padre Pio Mass during which Fr Philip Baxter (OFM Cap) explored “Four Tasks of Grief” which have been developed by Thomas Worden.

Through story and comment Fr Philip outlined a journey of recovery from grief that nurtures Christ-like presence in us. Worden suggests that on the very personalized journey that each one of us makes though grief, we will have four tasks to accomplish

  1. Accept the reality of the loss
  2. Work through the pain and grief
  3. Adjust to a new environment where the loved one is no longer present.
  4. Find an enduring connection with the deceased while moving forward with life.

If you are interested in reading some further materials which were offered by Fr Philip, please contact the parish office.

* updated 6 April 2017

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:


St Patrick’s Day 2017

Thursday 16 March

6:00pm Vigil Mass in St Mary’s Church
7:00pm Vigil Mass in St Oliver’s Church

Friday 17 March

8:00am Mass in St Mary’s Church
10:00am Mass in St Oliver’s Church (Traditional Irish Music)
11:00am Aifreann Naofa in St Mary’s Church (Mass will be celebrate in Irish)
12:00am Mass in St Oliver’s Church
1:00pm Mass in St Mary’s Church

Adoration Chapel

Due to the closure of St. Mary’s grounds, Eucharistic Adoration will be transferred to St. Oliver’s Church from 1:00pm on Thursday 17 March until 9:00am on Friday 18 March. 

The Adoration Chapel video-feed will be reactivated on Friday morning 18 March.

Lent 2017

Mass times for Ash Wednesday in Navan and Johnstown are provided here along with times of weekday Mass during Lent 2017 in surrounding parishes.

Other Lenten activities to which parishioners and locals are invited include:

  • Morning Prayer before the weekday Masses in Navan and Johnstown parish.
  • Lenten Mission “I have come to that you may have life” on the Wednesdays of Lent from 8:00pm – 8:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Navan. This mission will combine Evening Prayer of the Church with a reflection by priests of the parish on the subject of the Dignity of Human Life.

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  • Lectio Divina – Reflection on the Gospel of the following Sunday from 1:10pm – 1:50pm on the Fridays of Lent (except St Patrick’s Day) in the Parish Rooms at St Anne’s Resource Centre. Tea and Coffee will be available for those on lunchbreak.
  • Stations of the Cross will be led in St Mary’s Church at 7:00pm on the Fridays of Lent (except St Patrick’s Day).
  • The Sacrament of Confession will be celebrated every Saturday from 12:00noon – 1:00pm in St Mary’s Church

In the Lenten Message of Pope Francis, a reflection around wealth and poverty is proposed to us as a springboard for our conversion as individuals and as a community:

When Jesus asks us to take up his “yoke which is easy”, he asks us to be enriched by his “poverty which is rich” and his “richness which is poor”, to share his filial and fraternal Spirit, to become sons and daughters in the Son, brothers and sisters in the firstborn brother (cf. Rom 8:29).

We could … say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.

Full text available here

Carols at the Crib

St Joseph’s Mercy 12 Days of Christmas Navan from Robert McCabe on Vimeo.

Thanks to parishioners and musicians who kept the joy of Bethlehem alive during the Twelve Days of Christmas by leading carols near the Crib in St Mary’s. Special thanks to the following groups:

26 December – Polish Community
27 December – Indian Community
28 December – John, Michael & Male Voice Choir
29 December – Marian Singers & Andrew Gavin
30 December – Beauparc Folk Group & musicians
31 December – Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
01 January – African Catholic Community
02 January – Comhaltas Ceoltóirí with Sandra & Deborah
03 January – Youth Choir & friends
04 January – Mercy Secondary Choir
05 January – Diocesan Vocations Team & Lithuanian Community
06 January – Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany

Advent 2016


The priests of the parish propose a set of Advent Talks on the first three Tuesdays of Advent. They will explore the theme “a voice cries in the wilderness” –
becoming a person of faith and courage today. 

Tues 29 November 8:00pm:
Fr. Kevin Heery: being a person of faith and courage in Ireland today. 

Tues 6 December 8:00pm:
Fr. Louis Illah: an African perspective on people of faith and courage. 

Tues 13 December 8:00pm:
Fr. Declan Hurley: models of faith and courage in the Scriptures. 

All talks will take place in the Parish Room, St. Anne’s Resource Centre, at 8:00pm.

Evening Prayer & Benediction,

every Sunday of Advent in St. Anne’s Chapel at 6:00pm.

Morning Prayer of the Church:

weekdays, 10 minutes before 9:15 and 10:00 Masses.

Service of Penance & Reconciliation

Tuesday 20 December in St. Mary’s, 8:00pm.
led by Fr. Robert McCabe.
Visiting confessors will be available to assist

Carol Service

Sunday 18 December in St. Mary’s 4:00pm – 5:15pm.

All Saints Party 2016

All Saints Party 2016

Our annual All Saints Party was another great time of family, faith and fun in the parish centre from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

We thank the parents and godparents who supported the Legion of Mary in organising the event and all who found time to make costumes and outfits. We also thank the parents who entered into the spirit of the evening with their own outfits!

Thanks to the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal for their music and support and to all who continued the energy of the evening with prayer for families in Syria. #PeacePossible4Syria

Click here to view a photo album of the evening!