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Christmas in the churches

Monday, 23rd December, 2013 6:13pm
Christmas in the churches

'Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple' from St Joseph's Chapel in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

Christmas in the churches

'Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple' from St Joseph's Chapel in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

As Christmas approaches, Bishop Michael Smith thanked the parishes in the diocese of Meath for their efforts to make the Church a place of welcome during the Feast of the Lord’s birth.

He said: “I hope that people will experience that God is close to them this Christmas time.  The words of the well known 'O Holy Night' set the tone of the invitation which Christmas places before us.  “He knows our needs, our weakness is no stranger”.  We are invited to celebrate the birth of the Saviour who is attentive to our needs and who bandages our wounds.   I encourage families, in preparation for Mass on Christmas day, to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and, in so doing, to experience the true spiritual blessing of the festive season.”

Christmas ceremonies in the Churches


Ardcath & Curraha Parish


Masses on Christmas Eve: Curraha 5.00pm Ardcath 7.00pm

Masses on Christmas Day: Clonalvy 10.00am Curraha 11.30am


 Ashbourne & Donaghmore Parish


Masses on Christmas Eve: Ashbourne 5.00pm and 10pm; Donaghmore 8pm


Masses on Christmas Day: Ashbourne 9am, 11am, 12.30pm; Donaghmore 10am



Athboy Parish


Masses on Christmas Eve: Athboy at 7 pm & 10 pm


Masses on Christmas Day: Rathmore at 9am. Rathcairn at 10.15am

Athboy Church at 11.30am


Confessions Christmas Eve: 11am-1pm.



Ballivor Parish


Masses on Christmas Eve Children’s Mass 4.00pm and Vigil Mass 10.00pm


Mass on Christmas Day 11.30am


Beauparc Parish


Beauparc Christmas Eve: 9.00pm

Christmas Day:  10.30am


Kentstown Christmas Eve: 8.00 pm

Christmas Day: 9.30 & 11.30 am




Bohermeen Parish


Bohermeen Christmas Eve at 9.00pm and Christmas Day at 11.30am


Cortown Christmas Eve at 6.30pm and Christmas Day at 10.15am


Boyerstown Christmas Eve at 7.00pm and Christmas Day at 10.00am

Clonmellon & Killalon Parish


Clonmellon: Christmas Eve at 9am and Christmas Day at 11.15am

Killalon: Christmas Day at 10am

Confessions on Christmas Eve in Clonmellon at 12 noon and 7 – 8pm

Confessions on Christmas Eve in Killalon at 3pm



Christmas Eve: Delvin at 6.30pm


Christmas Day          Delvin at11am

Killulagh at 9.30am



Penance Service in Delvin on Monday 23 at 7.15pm

Confessions on Christmas Eve in Killulagh at 12noon & Delvin from 2 - 2.30 and after the Vigil Mass


 Drogheda - Holy Family Parish


Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve at 5pm and Vigil Mass at 7.30pm


Christmas Day Masses at 8.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm


 Confessions on Christmas Eve at 6pm



Drogheda – St Mary’s Parish


Christmas Eve 6pm Children’s Mass and 12:00am Midnight Mass


Christmas Day 9am (broadcast live on LMFM), 10:30am and 12.00noon


Confessions: Christmas Eve 3:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 8:00pm



Duleek & Bellewstown Parish


Duleek Christmas Eve Mass at 9pm

Christmas Day Masses at 9am and 11.30am


Bellewstown Christmas Eve Mass at 7pm

Christmas Day Family Mass at 10am


Confessions Duleek on Christmas Eve 2pm.-3p.m & 8pm.-9pm.


Bellewstown on Christmas Eve 5pm.-6pm.


Dunboyne & Kilbride Parish

Dunboyne: Christmas Eve at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm

Christmas Day at 9am and 11.30am


Kilbride: Christmas Eve at 7pm

Christmas Day at 10am


Confessions in Dunboyne on Christmas Eve at 11 am – 1 pm and 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm




Dunshaughlin & Culmullen Parish


Dunshaughlin: Christmas Eve: 6.00 pm Children’s Mass

9.00 pm Vigil Mass (Carol Service from 8 pm)

Christmas Day: 9.00 am and 12noon



Culmullen: Christmas Eve: Vigil Mass 9.00pm (Carol Service from 8.15 pm)

Christmas Day: 10.30 a.m.




Johnstown & Walterstown Parish


Christmas Eve: Walterstown 5pm, Johnstown 7pm & 10pm


Christmas Day: Walterstown 9.30am, Johnstown 11am




Kells & Girley Parish


Christmas Eve: Kells 8pm  Girley 8pm

Christmas Day: Kells 9am; 11am; 12:15pm  Girley 10am


Confessions on Christmas Eve: Kells 12-1pm; 2-3pm; Girley 10:30-11am




Kilbeg & Staholmog Parish


Christmas Eve:    7.00 pm in Staholmog and 10.00 pm in Kilbeg


Christmas Day:  10.00 am in Kilbeg and 12 noon in Staholmog



Kildalkey Parish


Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 6.30pm and Vigil Mass at 8.30pm


Christmas Day Mass at 10.00am


Confessions Monday 23 December at 10 am



Kilmessan & Dunsany Parish

Kilmessan Christmas Eve 7.30pm and Christmas Day 11am

Dunsany Christmas Eve 6pm and Christmas Day 9.30am


Kilskyre & Ballinlough Parish


Ballinlough Christmas Eve at 7pm and Christmas Day at 10am


Kilskyre Christmas Eve at 9pm and Christmas Day at 11.15am



Kingscourt Parish


Mass times for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: 

6p.m. Family Mass in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt

7.30p.m. Christmas Mass in Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Muff

9p.m. Candlelit Christmas Mass in Kingscourt

9a.m. Christmas Day Mass in  Saint Joseph's Corlea,

10.30am Christmas Day Mass in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt.

12 noon Christmas Day Mass in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt. 



Laytown & Mornington Parish


Laytown: Christmas Eve 5pm and 9pm

Christmas Day 10am and 12noon


Mornington: Christmas Eve 4pm, 6pm and 9pm

Christmas Day 10am and 11.30am



Lobinstown Parish

Christmas Eve 9pm

Christmas Day 8.30am and 10.30am



Moynalty Parish


Christmas Eve Moynalty at 8.15 pm


Christmas Day Moynalty at 8.30am & 11.15am

Newcastle at 10 am


Mullingar Parish


Christmas Eve: Children’s Mass in St Paul’s Church at 6pm

Masses at 6pm in the Cathedral

Mass at 9pm in St Paul’s Church

Mass at 10pm in the Cathedral


Christmas Day: Cathedral – 8.30am, 11am and 12.30pm;

St Paul’s Church – 10.30am and 12 noon;

Walshestown – 9am; Brotenstown – 10am; Gainstown – 10am.


Penitential Service in the Cathedral on Monday 23 December at 7.30pm

Confessions in the Cathedral in Tuesday 24 December from 12 noon until 5.30pm



Navan Parish

St. Mary's Church: Christmas Eve: 6pm and 8pm

Christmas Day: 8am, 11am and 1pm

St. Oliver's Church: Christmas Eve: 6pm and 8pm

Christmas Day: 10am and 12 noon

Our Lady's Hospital: Christmas Day: 9am

Confessions on Christmas Eve: St. Mary's Church 12 noon - 4pm

St. Oliver's Church 4.30pm – 5.30p-pm



Nobber Parish


Christmas Eve:  Masses at 8 pm and Midnight


Christmas Day:   Masses at 8.30 am and 11.00 am




Oldcastle & Moylagh Parish

Oldcastle: Christmas Eve Masses 6.00pm (Children’s/ Folk Mass) & 9.00pm (Vigil Mass)

Christmas Day Mass at 11.30am


Moylagh: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 7.30pm
Christmas Day Mass at 10.00am



Oristown & Kilberry Parish


Oristown Christmas Eve Vigil 8.30pm and Christmas Day 10am


Kilberry Christmas Eve Vigil 7pm and Christmas Day 11.30am




Rathmolyon & Jordanstown Parish


Rathmolyon Church: Christmas Eve Mass - 7:30pm

                                  Christmas Day Mass - 10am


Jordanstown Church: Christmas Eve Mass - 6pm and 9pm

                                   Christmas Day Mass - 9am and 11am



Ratoath Parish


Christmas Eve: 5.00pm; 7.00pm and 9.00pm
Christmas Day: 9.00am; 11.00am and 12.15pm


Slane & Monknewtown Parish


Christmas Eve - Vigil Mass - Slane at 8pm and Monknewtown at 10pm


Christmas Day - Mass - Monknewtown and 9.30am & Slane at 11am


Confessions - Christmas Eve in Slane 10.30am to 12noon



Stamullen & Julianstown Parish

Stamullen Christmas Eve  430 pm       Mass for Young Families

                   8:30 pm       Carols with Stamullen Choir

                   9:00 pm       Vigil Mass of the Nativity

Christmas Day 9:00 am       Dawn Mass of the Nativity

                   11:00 am       Mass of the Nativity


Julianstown Christmas Eve  6:30 pm       Mass for Young Families

                   8:40 pm       Carols with Julianstown Choir

                   9:00 pm       Vigil Mass of the Nativity

Christmas Day 11:00 am       Mass of the Nativity






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