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The goal of fasting is inner unity.
This means hearing, but not with the ear;
hearing, but not with the understanding;
it is hearing with the spirit,
with your whole being.

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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 Feb Mon at 8am
Tues & Thurs at 7.30pm
Wed & Fri 9.30am
Sat at 10am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays - commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day until late. No Adoration on Friday 23rd Feb from 2-5pm (Confirmation)

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

First Confessions Athboy

February 19 @ 7:00 pm

First Confessions Rathcairn

February 20 @ 6:00 pm

Practice for Confirmation

February 21 @ 7:30 pm

Eucharistic Adoration, Rathcairn

February 21 @ 7:30 pm


February 23 @ 3:00 pm

Weekly Notices

Celebration of the Sacraments – Confirmation & First Penance

February 16, 2018

At all Masses this weekend we welcome the children who are making their First Holy Communion together with their parents and families.
They will read the Prayers of the Faithful and participate in the Offertory procession.

They also will make their First Penance this week – in Athboy on Monday evening at 7pm, on…

Lenten Retreat for Young Adults

February 15, 2018

“Christ emptied himself taking the form of a servant”

A Lenten Retreat for Young Adults (18-40) will take place on Sat 24th Feb in Dalgan Ppark, Navan from 9.30am to 5pm.
A day of prayer to help you discern your path in life, in choosing one’s path, it is good to invite God in.

Columban Missionaries

February 15, 2018

Fr. Oliver McCrossan  of the Columban Missionaries will visit the parish on February 17/18, 2018  and  speak at  the Masses.
This year Columbans  celebrate 100 years of missionary work around the world.
We still need your support. You can help:

– by becoming a member of the Irish Mission League,

– by introducing…

Ash Wednesday

February 9, 2018

LENT begins on Ash Wednesday February 14th.
Masses at 8am, 9.30am & 7.30pm.
Ashes will be distributed at all Masses.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.

World Meeting of Families Parish Programme

February 9, 2018

“Let’s talk Family! Let’s be Family!” 6-week parish conversation on the Joy of Love for the Tuesdays nights in Lent, commencing on Tuesday 20th February at 8pm after the evening Mass in the  Adoration Room, St James’ Church. It is the official programme to prepare for the WMOF.

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