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Parish Calendar 2016

Parish Calendar 2016

This year’s calendar reflects the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) 2015 and which continues until the Feast of Christ the King (20 November) in 2016.

Parish Calendar 2016Alongside the logo (click here for a full description of the logo) for the Jubilee Year of Mercy are two quotations from Pope Francis which summarise his intentions for the coming year. The first is a challenge to us as parishioners:

“I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of mercy as a special time for the Church – a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”

The second is an inspiration to us to allow our words, and our actions to initiate the example of Jesus:

“Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.”

The parish calendar has been available for the past few weeks in both churches. It is also available for collection from the Parish Shop and the Parish Office.


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Fr Declan recently welcomed Rita Keleghan and her son Peter to St Mary's as they came to explore the records of our parish.
This short video allows us to join them at the baptismal font where they revisit the care of a midwife and Rita's parents in 1926 and the parish support offered to Rita over the years. #SharingFaith "The worst ink is better than the best memory."
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As we move on from the Christmas celebrations, we invite the Christ child to be with us throughout this unfolding year. There is a tradition of inviting our Lord Jesus Christ to stay with us by blessing our homes on the 6th January with chalk blessed at Mass this day. The home blessing can be done as follows:
Use the blessed chalk to write
20+C+M+B+17 above the door:
2017 for the Year of the Lord (Anno Domini) 2017A.D. C, M, B for the 3 Wise Men – Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar – also the initials for “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,” Latin for “May Christ Bless this House.”

As you are writing, pray the following prayer:
Lord God of heaven and earth, you
revealed your only-begotten Son to
every nation by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house and all who inhabit it.
Fill us with the light of Christ, that our
love for others may reflect your love for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
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Friday is the Feast of the Epiphany, sometimes called Little Christmas and marks the arrival of the 3 Magi to Bethlehem. It's a Holy Day and Masses are:
St Mary's 8am, 10am and 6pm
St Olivers 9:15am, 7pm
Hospital 9am.
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Many thanks to the pupils and Mr Burke from St Josephs Mercy Secondary School Navan whose #CarolsbytheCrib lifted our hearts yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less

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