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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 25th June Mon at 8am,
Tues, Wed & Fri at 9.30am,
Thurs at 7.30pm,
Sat 10am.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day.

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

Cemetery Devotions, Athboy

June 24 @ 3:00 pm


July 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Baptism Meeting for Parents

July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Weekly Notices

World Meeting of Families – an Update

June 21, 2018

National Collection: Families are invited to contribute to the fourth national collection at all Masses this weekend.

Invitation: An open invitation is being extended to families around our parish to visit the Icon of the Holy Family in  St. Mary’s Church, Navan from Tuesday (afternoon) 26 June to Friday 29 June (morning). Parishioners are welcome…

Cemetery Improvements

May 10, 2018

Work in the cemetery is continuing.It will consist of new paths and the  re-surfacing of existing paths and  a new layout of future graves.

The areas that are being worked on will be cordoned off during working time for health and safety reasons.

Fundraising Events for the Cemetery:
• Envelopes for “Sponsor a Metre…

8th Amendment

April 19, 2018

The proposed amendment to the Constitution, the 36th Amendment, will make the following two changes to the Constitution if passed in the referendum:

The 8th Amendment of the Constitution provides:

“The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws…

Day of Prayer for Vocations

April 13, 2018

Next Sunday April 22nd the Church throughout the world prays for vocations.

Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
-Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
-Keep our parish priests in your…

Enrolment Ceremonies for First Holy Communion

April 12, 2018

The enrolment ceremony for the boys and girls who are making their First Holy Communion this year takes place at all Masses on Sunday April 29th.
First Holy Communion takes place on the feast of Corpus Christi Sunday June 3rd at 9am in Rathmore and at 10.15am in Rathcairn.
First Holy Communion takes…

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