Fifth Sunday in Lent Fifth Sunday in Lent
Fifth Sunday in Lent Fifth Sunday in Lent
Lent Lent
Lent Lent


I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to harken to my need:

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Welcome to the Athboy Parish Website

We hope that you find this website informative and useful but also enriching spiritually through our prayer space.
Our parish is dedicated to St. James from the earliest times. St. James, a fisherman, was one of the first apostles, is the patron saint of pilgrims. He is represented in a magnificent stained glass window in St. James’ Church, Athboy with his staff, water jug, and satchel. His symbol a cockle shell is pinned to his cloak. In his hands is a representation of our church as he raises it up to God.

We are all on many different roads and paths to the Lord. We pray through the intercession of St James.

Mass Times

Week beginning 19th Mar Mon at 10am (Bank Holiday)
Tues & Thurs at 7.30pm
Wed & Fri at 9.30am
Sat 10am.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays - commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day until late.

St. James' Church, Athboy

Saturday Vigil 6:15pm
Sunday 11.30am
Confessions (Saturday) 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Baptisms (Sunday) 12:30pm
Baptismal meeting once a month.

Church of St. Lawrence, Rathmore

Sunday 9:00am
(or at 2pm if a funeral Mass)

St. Patrick's Church, Rathcairn

Sunday 10:15am
(or at 2pm if a funeral Mass)

Upcoming Events


March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Baptismal Meeting for Parents

April 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First Holy Communion, Athboy

June 2 @ 10:00 am

Weekly Notices

Holy Week Ceremonies

March 15, 2018

Palm Sunday March 25th:       Blessing of Palms at all Masses.

Monday March 26th:                Penitential Service at 7.30pm with a number of visiting priests available to hear Confessions.

Wednesday March 27th:          Chrism Mass in the Cathedral, Mullingar at 7pm.

Holy Thursday March 29th:  …

Cemetery Devotions

March 9, 2018

Cemetery Devotions take place in June:

on Sunday 17th June in Rathmore at 3pm

on Sunday 24th June in Athboy at 3pm, Old St James’ at 2pm

on Friday 22nd June on the Hill of Ward at 7.30pm.

Devotions in the Abbey in Rathmore on Friday August 10th at 7.30pm.

St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday 17th March

March 9, 2018

Mass on St. Patrick’s Day is as follows:

Vigil on Friday evening at 7.30pm,

Masses on Saturday March 17th at the usual Sunday times-
9am in Rathmore, 10.15am in Rathcairn and 11.30am in Athboy.

St. Patrick’s Day is a Holy Day of Obligation and a special day of Prayer for Emigrants.




March 3, 2018

Due to adverse weather conditions the Bingo which was to take place on Sunday March 4th has been cancelled.

World Meeting of Families Parish Programme

February 23, 2018

Our parish programme in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in August continues at 8pm on Tuesday March 6th  in the Adoration Room, St James’ Church, Athboy following the 7.30pm Mass.
Entitled “Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family!”, it is a 6-week programme for Lent and is a discussion and reflection on family…

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