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First Sunday in Advent First Sunday in Advent
First Sunday in Advent First Sunday in Advent


Master of both the light and the darkness
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

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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

for week beg 22nd Nov All public Masses are suspended.
Mass this week will be broadcast here on our website and on our parish facebook page.
Sun 10.15am (as Gaelige) & 11.30am
Tues 7.30pm,
Wed, Thurs & Fri 9.30am
Sat 10am & 6.15pm (Vigil)

The churches remain open for private prayer.

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

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Weekly Notices

Remembering our loved ones who have died

On this Wednesday evening November 25th  at 7.30pm, Fr Padraig will lead the annual Remembrance Ceremony for parishioners who have died during the past year.

The ceremony will take place online due to restrictions.

Please let family members who live outside the parish know they can watch the ceremony on the parish facebook page or…

Athboy Parish List of the Dead

November begins next Sunday on the feast day of All Saints, on Monday 2nd we commemorate All Souls.  November is a month of prayer and remembrance, particularly for those who have died during the previous year.  We visit the church and cemetery to pray for our dead.

This November, our remembering is especially poignant. We…

Mass on our Website and Facebook

Current Government restrictions prohibit indoor gatherings which include weekday and Sunday Eucharist.

  • Fr Padraig will celebrate Mass each day in the Parochial House Oratory and you can watch it  here on our website or clicking on the parish facebook page which can be accessed at
  • Athboy Church remains open for private prayer.
  • We…

Suspension of Masses – Level 3

Government restrictions at Level 3 prohibit indoor gatherings which include the weekday and Sunday Eucharist.

  • Baptisms must be postponed at level three as gatherings other than weddings or funerals are not permitted in church or indoors.
  • Fr Padraig will celebrate Mass in the Parochial House Oratory and in the coming days will explore transmission options…

Receiving Holy Communion for the first time

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well.  Thank you to all of you who have been attending weekday or Sunday Mass with your child since June.

Public health restrictions have relaxed a little but not as much as we would have hoped for, however, we will proceed on…

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