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We whose hearts are heavy
seek the joy of your presence.

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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

Weekday Masses

Weekday Masses beg Dec 4th Monday 8am Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9.30am
Friday (Holyday) 10am & 7.30pm
Saturday: 10am & Vigil 6.15pm

CONFESSIONS: Saturday 5.45pm

St. James' Church, Athboy

Saturday Vigil 6:15pm
Sunday 11.30am
Confessions (Saturday) 5.45pm
Baptisms (Sunday) After the 11.30am Mass.
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

Weekly Notices

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Friday 8th December

We celebrate Mary, who from the first instant of her existence in the womb of her mother Anne, was “by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved free from all stain of original sin.”

Holy Day…


will be offered on 26, 27 & 28th December, cards are available in the sacristy or from Parochial House.

This year’s Mass Triduum card features pictures of the crib in Athboy Church and the star in the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem read more


The floor plan of our new Parish Office and Pastoral Centre can be viewed here  Parish Office & Pastoral Centre Plan.


Last week, priests from the 69 parishes of our Diocese assembled in Cavan to begin a process of reflection on the future of priestly ministry and pastoral life in parishes in the Diocese of Meath.

During this assembly, new models of parish life, possible collaborations among parishes, the provision of sacraments, personnel and resources, faith…

Tax Reclaim Forms

The parish is currently preparing and distributing Tax Reclaim Forms to parishioners who contributed €250 or more to parish funds during 2022, via standing order, weekly envelope or annual contribution.  Athboy Parish is a registered charity and can apply to the Revenue Commissioner for a rebate on contributions from parishioners who pay income tax.  If…

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