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Celebrating Christian Baptism

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Congratulations & Welcome!

“In the waters of the Jordan
You revealed with signs and wonders a new Baptism,
so that through the voice that came down from heaven
we might come to believe in your Word dwelling among us,
and by the Spirit’s descending in the likeness of a dove
we might know that Christ your Servant
has been anointed with the oil of gladness
and sent to bring the good news to the poor.

Preface from the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in our parish on The Lord’s Day. A pre-baptismal meeting is held on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm in St Anne’s Resource Centre. We invite couples to register for the course by calling to the parish office with the candidate’s birth certificate, prior to attending.

In the case of adults or children under seven years of age who wish to be enrolled in the pre-baptism catechesis, we invite you to make contact with one of the parish clergy after any Sunday Mass

Due to large numbers, the Baptism Course is limited to eight couples each Wednesday night. Parents and godparents may apply to have their children baptised at these meetings.

In the days, months and years after baptism, the cousins, uncles, aunts and grandparents are invited to assist the parents and godchildren in helping the newly baptised to grow in faith.

This is a valuable opportunity for Confirmation candidates to help their younger siblings to learn their prayers – especially the Sign of the Cross and the Lord’s Prayer.

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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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BLESSING OF OUR HOMES ON EPIPHANY
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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