Our Parishes – Edgeworthstown, Rathowen and Streete

Three neighbouring parishes working together - Trí paróistí comharsanacha ag obair le chéileSt. Mary's Church, Edgeworthstown, Meathas TroimOur Lady's Manor Church, EdgeworthstownSt. Mary's Church, Rathowen, Ráth EoghanSt. Mary's Church, Streete (Boherquill), An tSráid


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Parishes Working Together - Edgeworthstown - Rathowen - Streete
~ includes proposed Sunday Mass times effective January 2020 ~

Parishes Working Together
Edgeworthstown – Rathowen – Streete

The three Roman Catholic parishes of St. Mary’s serve the adjacent communities of Edgeworthstown, County Longford and Streete and Rathowen, both in County Westmeath. We share a rich historic, cultural and literary tradition, counting Maria Edgeworth, Oliver Goldsmith and Oscar Wilde among those that lived or visited here. To this day there continues a vibrant and talented music, drama and written tradition, most delightfully practiced by our youngest generation.

Na trí paróistí Caitliceacha Rómhánacha Naomh Muire freastal ar na pobail in aice na Meathas Troim, Contae an Longfoirt agus Streete agus Ráth Eoghain, i gContae na hIarmhí. Roinnimid traidisiún stairiúil, cultúrtha agus liteartha saibhir, comhaireamh Maria Edgeworth, Oliver Goldsmith agus Oscar Wilde i measc iad siúd a raibh cónaí nó thug cuairt anseo. Go dtí an lá, tá fós le ceol bríomhar agus cumasach, drámaíocht agus traidisiún scríofa, an chuid is mó iontais chleachtadh ag ár ghlúin is óige.

Throughout the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois neighbouring parishes have been asked to explore ways of co-operating together which could lead to better communication and a better use of personnel and resources in providing the best possible service to our people. With this in mind our parishes of Edgeworthstown, Streete and Rathowen have begun a journey of exploration together.

Le linn an Deoise Ardach agus Chluain Mhic Nóis paróistí comharsanacha iarradh ar bhealaí comhoibriú le chéile a d’fhéadfadh bheith ina chúis le cumarsáid níos fearr agus úsáid níos fearr pearsanra agus acmhainní chun an tseirbhís is fearr is féidir a sholáthar dár ndaoine iniúchadh. Sin san áireamh inár bparóistí de Meathas Troim, Streete agus Ráth Eoghain tá tús curtha turas taiscéalaíochta chéile.

Update 03-11-2019:


“The whole group of believers were united heart and soul”….Acts of the Apostles.

Edgeworthstown Parish Pastoral Council has been considering the Sunday Mass schedule and attendances for the past year or so. While congregations vary in size, it has become evident that frequently, a large number of seats are vacant at our weekend Masses.

There is a very different experience in being part of a gathering that is small in size as opposed to one that has a fulsome congregation.

With a full gathering of the community there is more energy and engagement and it seems that a richer experience of being at prayer together is possible. We have experienced such richness at Masses on Christmas Day, Easter Sunday and St. Patrick’s Day etc.

The Pastoral Council is mindful of the scarcity and aging profile of the priests of the diocese. There are no students in training for the priesthood for our diocese so there are a lot of changes on the horizon in the next few years. The Diocesan Assembly next Spring is a response to this real challenge.

As announced last Sunday, from January 2020 the Parish Pastoral Council is proposing to merge the 10.00 and 12.00 Sunday Masses into an 11 o’clock ceremony. This should ensure that we have a large attendance at both the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses in our parish. Hopefully this will lead to a richer, more vibrant celebration and our Sunday Mass will be a place to meet and greet neighbours and friends and a place for the Massgoing public to feel strength and support in worshipping together in good numbers.

This initiative does ask for some compromise from all. Those who are used to coming to 10.00 will have to come an hour later while those who are used to 12.00 will have to come an hour earlier.

In considering this proposal the Pastoral Council has been liaising with the parishes of Rathowen and Streete to ensure that our Mass times are streamlined so that one priest can celebrate all ceremonies if the need arises and indeed, this may be the pattern in the future.

This new proposal would see a 10.00 Mass in Rathowen Church each Sunday morning. It is always preferable that people would worship in their own community but on occasion, that earlier option would be available just a few miles up the road.

The Parish Pastoral Council has given this change a lot of thought. We hope you will see the merit of this decision and that it will meet with the approval of the community. Once more the ultimate goal of this change is to enrich, enliven and strengthen our Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself”. – Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“The celebration of the Eucharist is not a private devotion but rather a communal gathering much like a family meal. We come together at the same time and in the same place so that we can take part in a common action. We then gather around the table of the Lord for our family meal. The actual partaking of the food is referred to as “communion”, a joining together of the members of the community, not only with their God but also with each other. Our celebration closes with a charge to go forth as a community and bring God’s love to the world”. – LOYOLA PRESS

Sunday Mass schedule, effective January 2020:
Sceideal Aifreann Dé Domhnaigh, éifeachtach i mí Eanáir 2020:Vigil Mass Saturday evening: Edgeworthstown @ 7.00 p.m. & Boherquill @ 8.00 p.m.
Sunday Morning: Rathowen @ 10.00 a.m. & Edgeworthstown @ 11.00 a.m.
Mass times will remain the same throughout the year.

Pastoral Letter about our Diocesan Assembly from Bishop Francis Duffy 9th June 2019
Day for Life ~ 6 October 2019 ~ The Scourge of Domestic Abuse
Parish Calendar 2020 - Holy Days, Bank Holidays and School/Parish Days of Note

~ January 2020 ~

  • Monday 1st January – New Year’s Day (public holiday)
  • Monday 6th January – Epiphany of the Lord

~ February ~

  • 26th February – Ash Wednesday

~ March ~

  • Monday 17th March – St. Patrick’s Day (also a public holiday)
  • Saturday 21st March – Confirmation (Streete) @ 11.00 a.m.
  • Saturday 21st March – Confirmation (Rathowen) @ 3.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 25th March – First Confession (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.

~ April ~

  • Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday
  • Thursday 9th April – Holy Thursday
  • Friday 10th April – Good Friday (not a public holiday)
  • Saturday 11th April – Holy Saturday
  • Sunday 12th April – Easter Sunday
  • Monday 13th April – Easter Monday (public holiday)
  • Saturday 25th April – Confirmation Service of Light (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.

~ May ~

  • Monday 4th May – May Day (public holiday)
  • Friday 15th May –

    Sacrament of Confirmation (Edgeworthstown) @ 4.00 p.m. Postponed until September 12th

  • Thursday May 21st – Ascension Thursday, Holy Day of Obligation, celebrated on Sunday May 24th
  • Saturday 30th May –

    Holy Communion (Edgeworthstown) @ 12.00 noon Postponed until October 3rd

  • Sunday May 31st – Pentecost Sunday

~ June ~

  • Monday 1st June – June Bank Holiday (public holiday)
  • Thursday 11th June – Corpus Christi, celebrated on Sunday June 14th

~ July ~

  • Sunday July 5th – Cemetery Sunday (Edgeworthstown), time of Mass to be confirmed

~ August ~

  • Monday 3rd August – August Bank Holiday (public holiday)
  • Saturday 15th August – Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

~ September ~

  • Saturday 12th September – Sacrament of Confirmation Edgeworthstown
  • Saturday 12th September – Sacrament of Confirmation @ 11.00 a.m. Streete
  • Saturday 12th September – Sacrament of Confirmation @ 3.00 p.m. Rathowen
  • Wednesday 16th September – First Confession @ 7.00 p.m. Rathowen
  • Saturday 19th September – First Holy Communion @ 11.00 a.m. Rathowen
  • Wednesday 23rd September – First Confession @ 7.00 p.m. Streete
  • Saturday 26th September – First Holy Communion @ 11.00 a.m. Streete

~ October ~

  • Saturday 3rd October – First Holy Communion
  • Monday 26th October – October Bank Holiday (public holiday)

~ November ~

  • Sunday 1st November – All Saints Day
  • Sunday 29th November – 1st Sunday of Advent

~ December ~

  • Tuesday 8th December – Immaculate Conception
  • Friday 25th December – Christmas Day (also public holiday)
  • Saturday 26th December – St. Stephen’s Day (public holiday)
Mass Times and Church Notices

Mass Times and Church Notices

Mass Times This Week:

St. Mary’s
The Manor
St. Mary’s
St. Mary’s
Streete (Boherquill)
Sunday October 11th
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Cycle A

Sunday Mass Times from January 2020:
Vigil Mass Saturday evening: Edgeworthstown @ 7.00 p.m. & Boherquill @ 8.00 p.m.
Sunday Morning: Rathowen @ 10.00 a.m. & Edgeworthstown @ 11.00 a.m.
Mass times will remain the same throughout the year.

Eucharistic Adoration this week:
Edgeworthstown (St. Mary’s Church):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Thursday – 10.00 a.. to 10.30 a.m.
Friday – 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Legion of Mary
Meeting every Thursday from 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the parish hall, Edgeworthstown (behind the church). New members are always very welcome.

Three months notice must be given to the Parish and to the State.
Pre Marriage course is required – ACCORD.

By arrangement.

Parish Secretary (Edgeworthstown):
If you wish to book Anniversary Masses.
Also if you wish to contribute to Offertory Collections and to Priests Dues by way of the weekly envelope system the parish secretary will include you.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
The Presbetry
St. Mary’s Church
Dublin Road
Co. Longford.

Phone no. 043 6671046
E-mail edgeworthstownparish@gmail.com

Services for our new communities
Polish / Czech / Syro Malabar / Africa
I am Polish. Where can I attend Mass in Polish?

Polish Mass is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month at 5.00 p.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford
Confession 4.30 p.m. when Polish Mass is celebrated.
Contact: Fr. Krzysztof Przanowski, Polish Chaplaincy, St. Mary’s Presbytery, Athlone.
E-Mail kprzanowski@gmail.com
Polish website: www.duszpasterstwowathlone.org

Jestem Polakiem. Gdzie mogę uczęszczać na Mszę po polsku?
Msza polska odprawiana jest w pierwszą i trzecią niedzielę każdego miesiąca o godzinie 17.00. w katedrze św. Mel w Longford
Spowiedź o 16.30 kiedy odprawiana jest polska Msza św.
Kontakt: ks. Krzysztof Przanowski, Duszpasterstwo Polskie, Prezbiterium Mariackie, Athlone.
E-mail: kprzanowski@gmail.com
Polska strona internetowa: www.duszpasterstwowathlone.org



I am Slovakian. Where can I attend Mass in Slovak?
Slovakian Mass is celebrated on the second Saturday of each month at 4.00 p.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford
Contact: Fr. Eugeen Ribinski, The Presbytery, Cathedral, Longford. E-Mail: stmelcathedral@eircom.net

Som slovenský. Kde môžem navštevovať mše v slovenčine?
Slovenská slávnosť sa slávi v druhej sobotu v mesiaci o 16.00 hod. v katedrále sv. Mel v Longforde
Kontakt: Fr. Eugeen Ribinski The Presbytery, Cathedral, Longford. E-Mail: stmelcathedral@eircom.net


Syro Malabar

I am from Kerala, India. Where can I attend Syro Malabar Mass?
Syro Malabar Mass is celebrated on every first Saturday of the month at 4.30 p.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford.
Contact: Fr. Reji Kurian, The Presbytery, Cathedral, Longford. E-mail: frrejimcbs@gmail.com
Visit http://syromalabar.ie the website of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Dublin.

ഞാൻ കേരളത്തിൽ നിന്നാണ്. സീറോ മലബാർ മാസ്സിനടുത്ത് ഞാൻ എവിടെ നിന്ന് പോകണം?
സീറോ മലബാർ മാസ്സ് എല്ലാ ശനിയാഴ്ചയും വൈകുന്നേരം 4.30 ന് ആഘോഷിക്കുന്നു. സെന്റ് മെൽസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ, ലോങ്ഫോർഡ്.
ബന്ധപ്പെടുക: ഫാ. റെജി കുര്യൻ, ദി പ്രസ്ബൂറ്ററി, ലോങ്ഫോർഡ്.
ഡബ്ലിനിലെ സീറോ മലബാർ കാത്തലിക് പള്ളി വെബ്സൈറ്റിൽ http://syromalabar.ie സന്ദർശിക്കുക
ñān kēraḷattil ninnāṇ. sīṟēā malabār mās’sinaṭutt ñān eviṭe ninn pēākaṇaṁ?
sīṟēā malabār mās’s ellā śaniyāḻcayuṁ vaikunnēraṁ 4.30 n āghēāṣikkunnu. senṟ mels kattīḍral, lēāṅphēārḍ.
bandhappeṭuka: phā. ṟeji kuryan, di prasbūṟṟaṟi, lēāṅphēārḍ.
ḍablinile sīṟēā malabār kāttalik paḷḷi vebsaiṟṟil http://syromalabar.ie sandarśikkuka.


African Mass

I am from Africa. Where can I attend African Mass?
African Mass is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at 5.00 p.m. in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford.
Contact: Fr. Joseph Okere, The Presbytery, Longford. E-mail: marvellousjoe@yahoo.ca

Sick or Housebound?
~ Live Mass Streaming ~

Live Mass Streaming

St. Mel’s Cathedral
Click HERE to watch Daily Masses:
Monday – Saturday: 8am, 10am, (November, Advent, Lent 7.30pm)
Saturday Vigil 7.30pm
Sunday: 8am, 10am, 11.30am, 1.00pm
Knock Basilica
Click HERE to watch Daily Masses live at 12 noon & 3pm (Sundays) and 3pm (Weekdays) during the Pilgrimage Season (last Sunday in April to 2nd Sunday in October).
Church Services Live TV
Click HERE to watch Mass or another service from a listing of live church services currently on or upcoming within the next two hours.
Churches are in Ireland (North and South) and England.
Recent Baptisms ~ Recent Deaths

Recent Baptisms and Deaths

We welcomed the following children into our Christian commmunity in recent weeks:

~ January 2020 ~

  • Lucie Brigid Victory Jones, Cranlemore and Dublin

~ April ~

  • Jacob Eamon Maguire, Kilbride Park
  • Freya Nevaeh Ward, Parc na hAbhainn

~ June ~

  • Kaci Ann Stokes, Corboy

~ July ~

  • Rachel Olga Filova

~ August ~

  • Marianna Frances Mongan, St. Patrick’s Terrace
  • Dillon Lynch, Cam & Lisburn
  • Emilia Evanna Daly, Bracklin
    Please pray for the souls of our recently departed:-

    ~ January 2020 ~

    • Nancy Jennings, (nee Smith), Castlebar, formerly St. Patrick’s Terrace
    • Margaret Mahon, Main Street
    • Patrick Casey, Cloverwell

    ~ February 2020 ~

    • Nell (Ellen) Coughlan (nee Keane), Ballinasloe, formerly of Ringowney

    ~ March 2020 ~

    • Barbara Leavy, Monadarragh

    ~ April 2020 ~

    • Austin Reilly, Kilsallagh
    • Elizabeth Carthy (Lily), (née Clarke), Lisryan
    • Maura Doyle (née O’Donnell), Cam
    • Donal Drake, Ballinree

    ~ May ~

    • Jimmy Gill, Devine Crescent

    ~ June ~

    • Pauline Curran, Dublin Road
    • John Harte, Colehill, formerly of Corboy
    • Annette Mulryan Walsh, Kilrooskey, Co. Roscommon, formerly of Barne

    ~ July ~

    • Margaret Kearney, Granard Street
    • Patrick Keary, Streete and late of London

    Requiescant in Pace
    Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim
    May they rest in peace and rise in glory

    Those we love don’t go away,
    they walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard, but always near.

    Jesus, thank you for destroying death so I may live forever!

    Rotas (SEPTEMBER)



    Saturday 7.00 p.m.: Sinead O’Farrell, Gerard Greene
    Sunday 11.00 a.m: : Sarah Jane Murphy, Cora Murphy

    Saturday 7.00 p.m: Diane Spillane. Sandra Durkin
    Sunday 11.00 a.m: Colm O’Reilly, Anne Smith

    Please arrange a substitute if you cannot be present

    Readings for today

    Readings for Today

    (Courtesy Irish Bishops Conference):

    Click for today’s Mass readings

    Thought for the week - from our Parish Newsletter

    Thought for this Week

    (Courtesy Fr. Tom Cox)
    Sunday Newsletter 11-10-2020 Thought for the week

    Financial Statement 2019 - St. Mary's Parish, Edgeworthstown
    Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois - Knock Shrine - Accord - St. Vincent de Paul - Safeguarding - General Register Office - World Meeting of Families 2018 - The Trócaire Romero Award

    ~ for websites of local interest see Community Notes pages ~

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    Knock Shrine website :
    Daily Masses are available to watch live at 12 noon & 3pm (Sundays) and 3pm (Weekdays) during the Pilgrimage Season (last Sunday in April to 2nd Sunday in October).

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    Accord website :

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    St. Vincent de Paul website :

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    Safeguarding website :

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    General Register Office website :

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    World Meeting of Families 2018 website :

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    Trócaire Romero Family Award:

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