Second Sunday in Lent Second Sunday in Lent
Second Sunday in Lent Second Sunday in Lent
Second Sunday in Lent Second Sunday in Lent
Lent Lent


Prepare a place in my home
and heart for silence and solitude,
so that I may re-discover
the grace of a prayerful life.

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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 Public Masses are suspended.
Mass broadcast on our Facebook page.
Tues 7.30pm,
Wed,Thurs, & Fri: 9.30am
Sat 10am

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

Celebrating First Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation

This week Fr Padraig is preparing a letter to parents of the Confirmation class requesting any candidate for Confirmation who was not baptised in Athboy parish, to submit a certificate of Baptism.   Dates for these celebrations will be announced when public health restrictions are eased.  In the meantime, parents are invited to watch Mass on…

New Year’s Day Message

Happy New Year to all our Parishioners in Athboy, Rathmore & Rathcairn.

Pope Francis appealed for a “culture of care” in his message for the 2021 World Day of Peace on 1st January.

“The culture of care … calls for a common, supportive and inclusive commitment to protecting and promoting the dignity and good of…

Latest CoVid Restrictions

Level 5 restrictions come into force after Christmas Day and they prohibit indoor gatherings including weekday and Sunday Mass.

  • Fr Padraig will celebrate Mass in the Parochial House Oratory during the current restrictions. It can be viewed on the parish facebook page which can also be accessed on
  • Athboy Church remains open for…

A Blessed Christmas

May the Blessings of the Christmas Season bring joy, hope and peace to all.  We continue to pray for an end to the pandemic and for all who could not travel home to be with family & loved ones.

Thank You to everyone who in any way helped to organise our parish celebration of Christmas…

Christmas Message from Bishop Tom Deenihan


Bishop Tom Deenihan has written a message for Christmas 2020.

You can read it here Christmas Message 2020

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