Newsletter 31st January 2021

Kilmessan / Dunsany Parish

Jan 31st  2021                                             087-7844864                             4th Sunday Ordinary Time

Mass on web-cam:      Sat 7.30pm

Sunday 11am John Tyrrell (K)

                                            Weekdays 10am

Word of Life (January):  “Remain in my love: you will bear much fruit.” (Jn 15:5-9)

Commentaries in porches of churches.

Waiting for the Jab-

Thank God we are getting along quite well during this shut-down period. While it is challenging, we are so fortunate in having two good shops and a butcher’s in our village. It means that while we are restricted, we can manage. Of course many people are struggling with different tasks, especially families. Hopefully, two more months should see us closer to the end of this particular tunnel. We owe it to people on the front-line to keep our guard up. At the same time we can order our days to include healthy living. May I suggest that we do some good reading during this time? We have an opportunity for personal spiritual growth now which may never come again. We must live the present moment well because that is all we are sure of.

Meeting with Bishop to discuss parish restructuring…

The Diocese is made up of deaneries containing a number of local parishes. We belong to Navan Deanery.  Every few months the priests of these parishes meet. At a recent meeting with Bishop Tom Deenihan on Zoom we discussed the future of our parishes in view of the reduction of the Mass-going population and the diminishing number of priests. This will mean the amalgamation of parishes in the future. Parishioners together with priests will be required to discuss these changes as we move forward. “The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 28).

Navan Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help

All parishes in the Navan Deanery are invited to take part in the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help which will be live-streamed from St Mary’s Church, Navan on Friday evenings at 7.30pm on

Feb 5th    Navan;      Feb 12th  Bohermeen;     Feb 19th Kentstown/Beauparc;      Feb 26th Kilmessan/Dunsany

March 5th Johnstown;     March 12th Castletown-Kilpatrick;   March 19th Oristown;     March 26th Skryne;

April 2nd Good Friday

Petitions can be left in St Mary’s Church (open 2pm to 7pm), or posted to the parish Office, St Mary’s Presbytery,

The Fairgreen, Navan or emailed to [email protected]

Candles can be purchased from Navan Parish Shop to be placed at the shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Novena Hymns and Prayers can be downloaded from or collected from the parish churches.

Please note that we are doing all in our power to have our land-line restored. Apparently, it is a common problem. Mobile No: 087 7844864