Events in the Diocese of Meath for Lent 2014

These are some events taking place in the Diocese of Meath during the season of Lent.  If you would like an event in your parish to be listed here, please email the details to

Diocesan Assembly, Monday 24 March 2014

Mr Brendan O’Reilly makes a presentation on “Share the Good News”, outlining a 10-year plan for pastoral renewal in Ireland.  Chapter seven, the final chapter of Share the Good News, presents policies and objectives to be pursued at all levels of Church governance and membership. Alongside each objective, some indicators of achievement are provided, suggesting steps to be realised along the way in addressing a particular objective.  “Share the Good News” may be purchased at any Veritas shop or online at

Mullingar Parish Mission, 29 March – 2 April 2014

The Parish Mission is conducted by Fr Denis McBride CSSR, Director of Redemptorist Publications in the UK.  Fr McBride is a noted Scripture scholar and author of numerous publications.  The Parish Mission has a strong focus on the Word of God, looking at the life of Jesus through the witness of his disciples.  Fr McBride’s message is that discipleship requires witness, which comes first from knowing and loving Jesus.  The programme includes an emphasis on the participation of children and young people, as well as a guided prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (led by the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, Drogheda) and the Anointing of the Sick for those burdened by illness of the body, mind or spirit.  The Parish Mission is part of the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

St Mary’s Parish, Navan – “Pilgrimage through Lent with Pope Francis”

This series takes place on Wednesday evenings of Lent.  Parishioners gather in St. Mary’s Church, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and they recite Evening Prayer of the Church together.  The priests of the parish take it in turns to speak about some aspect of the Christian life through the prism of the writings and speeches/homilies of Pope Francis.  To date, Fr Declan Hurley has spoken about “Pope Francis and discipleship”;  Fr Stephen Kelly has spoken about “Pope Francis and Faith”; and Fr Louis Illah about “Pope Francis and Repentance”.  The evening concludes with Benediction.

On the Tuesday of Holy Week, the parish will once again hold our a Day of Prayer for Forgiveness.  A prayer path is created in St. Mary’s Church and parishioners are invited to take the prayer path, stopping at different points in the church to pray for forgiveness and healing.  Confession is available all day.


Morning Mass at earlier time of 7.30am

Evening mass each weekday at 7.30pm

Stations of the Cross before daily 10am Mass.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Church all day Friday.

Taize prayer each Friday 1-2pm.

Morning Mass in Durrow each Monday morning at 9.30am.

Evening Prayer of the Church each Sunday evening.

Sunday evening gathering of young people to share faith.

Collinstown – Fore Parish, 28 – 29 March 2014

The theme for this ‘busy persons retreat’ is “Time for God, Time for me” which will take place on Friday 28 March 7.00pm- 9.15pm and continue Saturday morning 10.00am – 12.15pm. The retreat will consist of two talks, refreshments, time for quiet prayer as well as time to chat with all those gathered. The speaker at the retreat will be Fr Declan Hurley.  The session on Saturday will conclude with the celebration of Mass.

Laytown, 30 March 2014

The Spring Choral Festival (Cór Fhéile an Earraigh) will take place in Sacred Heart Church, Laytown on Sunday 30 March, commencing at 7 pm. Choirs and music groups from the North East region will participate.  This festival of song will feature a wide range of traditional and contemporary choral music, folk music and Gospel music.  All are welcome to attend and participate in this unique event.

Fore Deanery, 4 – 5 April 2014

Fr. Michael Mullins (formerly of Maynooth College) will lead a weekend on St Matthew`s Gospel for the parishes of the Fore Deanery. All are welcome to attend.

Friday 4 April from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm Parish Centre, Castlepollard

Saturday 5 April from 10.30 am to 1.00pm

Ministers of the Word and Holy Communion are invited to attend as well as members of liturgy and pastoral groups.  Light refreshments will be provided.