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
Calendar 2019 - 2020

Calendar 2019 – 2020


Saturday 6th – Epiphany
Thursday 18th to 25th – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 7th February – Catholic Schools Week:
Theme – Celebrating the work of our Local Catholic Schools

Friday 1st – Feast of St. Brigid
Saturday 2nd – Candlemas Day – blessing of candles
Saturday 2nd – Enrolment Ceremony, Confirmation (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.
Sunday 3rd – Feast of St. Blaise – blessing of throats
Saturday 9th – Enrolment Ceremony, First Holy Communion (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 2nd – Service of Light, Confirmation (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 6th – Ash Wednesday
Saturday 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
Friday 29th – Sacrament of Confirmation (Edgeworthstown) @ 4.00 p.m.

Wednesday 10th – First Confession (Edgeworthstown) @ 7.00 p.m.
Sunday 14th – Palm Sunday
Thursday 18th – Holy Thursday
Friday 19th – Good Friday
Sunday 21st – Easter Sunday

Wednesday 1st – First Confession (Rathowen) @ 8.00 p.m.
Thursday 2nd – First Confession (Boherquill) @ 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 11th – First Holy Communion (Edgeworthstown) @ 12.00 p.m.
Sunday 12th – First Holy Communion (Rathowen) @ 12.00 noon
Sunday 19th – First Holy Communion (Boherquill) @ 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 30th – Ascension of the Lord

Sunday 2nd – Cemetery Sunday (Russagh)* @ 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 9th – Pentecost Sunday
Sunday 9th – Cemetery Sunday (Rathaspic)* @ 11.00 a.m.
Sunday 23rd – Corpus Christi
* Mass will be celebrated in the cemetery weather permitting

Sunday 7th – Cemetery Sunday (Edgeworthstown)
Sunday 7th – Cemetery Sunday (Church Cemetry, St. Fintan’s, Coolamber, Streete)

Thursday 15th – Assumption of Our Lady



Friday 1st – All Saints
Saturday 2nd – All Souls
Saturday 9th – (Edgeworthstown) First Holy Communion Enrolment Ceremony @ 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 23rd – (Edgeworthstown) Confirmation Enrolment Ceremony @ 7.00 p.m.

Sunday 1st – 1st Sunday of Advent
Monday 9th – Immaculate Conception
Wednesday 25th – Christmas Day
Thursday 26th – St. Stephen’s Day


Saturday 21st – (Streete) Confirmation @ 11.00 a.m.
Saturday 21st – (Rathowen) Confirmation @ 3.00 p.m.
Wednesday 25th – (Edgeworthstown) First Confession @ 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 25th – (Edgeworthstown) Confirmation Service of Light @ 7.00 p.m.

Friday 15th – (Edgeworthstown) Sacrament of Confirmation @ 4.00 p.m.
Saturday 30th – (Edgeworthstown) First Holy Communion @ 12.00 noon

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 December 8th
2nd Sunday of Advent
10.00 a.m.
12.00 noon
11.00 a.m. 11.00 a.m.
Monday 7.00
Feast of the Immaculate
11.00 a.m. 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday 11.00 a.m. 9.30 a.m.
Pro Populo
11.00 a.m.
Thursday 11.00 a.m.
Friday 11.00 a.m. 9.30 a.m. 8.00 p.m.
Saturday 11.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m.

December Sunday Masses:
St. Mary’s Edgeworthstown: Saturday Vigil 7.00 p.m. Sunday 10.00 a.m. & 12 noon
Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown: Sunday 11.00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Rathowen: Sunday 11.00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Streete (Boherquill): Vigil 8.00 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration this week:
Edgeworthstown (St. Mary’s Church):
Each week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
No adoration this week
Friday: 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Proposed 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.

Pro Populo Mass
Every parish priest celebrates Mass for the people of the parish each week.
This is traditionally known as the Pro Populo Mass.
This Mass is celebrated in Our Lady’s Manor each Wednesday morning.

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

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Recent Baptisms ~ Recent Deaths

Recent Baptisms and Deaths

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

~ March 2019 ~

  • David Obedunmi
  • Charles Edward Expedite Ward, Crosea
  • Laura Maebh Holly, Lacken
  • Lucinda Sandra Patricia Stokes, Corboy

~ May ~

  • Bernard Noonan, Dublin Raod

~ June ~

  • James Nigel Gilchrist, Cullogue
  • Tommy Marius Dzieciol, Mostrim Oaks

~ August ~

  • Hallie Mary Lena Mullane, Auburn Park
  • Emma Veronica Ogbodu Idomele, Back of Main Street
  • Ariana Rea, Bracklin Park
  • Amelia Jane Cosgrove, Lisnanagh
  • Nadia Mularczuk, Abhainn Glas
  • Seán Gerard Victory, Bracklin

~ October ~

  • Brajan Baldyga
  • Emilia Marta Nowicka, Abhainn Glas
  • Roddney Ndaba, Mostrim Oaks

~ November ~

  • Hayley Marie Donnelly, Kilbride Park
  • Niamh Frances Carron, Cranley

~ December ~

  • Maya Rose Murphy
  • Alec James Pierre Boeynaems, Longfield and Co. Wicklow

Please pray for the souls of our recently departed:-

~ January 2019 ~

  • Thomas (Tom) Nugent, Devine Crescent
  • Mary Flynn (Nee Kelly) originally from Rathowen who died recently in Dublin
  • Seamus Kiernan, Legan

~ February ~

  • Catherine (Kay) Quinn (nee Skelly), Dublin Road

~ March ~

  • Billy O’Neill, Russagh
  • Eddie Early, Boherquill
  • Patrick Kelly, Cappagh
  • Patrick (Paddy) McGrath, Bracklin

~ April ~

  • Patrick (Pat) Gilheaney, Church Street and Kilbride Park
  • Jim Phelan, Castlepollard and Streete

~ May ~

  • John Victory, Bracklin

~ June ~

  • Mona Kettle, Our Lady’s Manor
  • Bernie Tighe, Barradrum
  • Hal Gaynor, Lisryan
  • Sean Reilly, U.S.A. (originally of Coralanna)
  • Anthony (Tony) Coundland, Aughnahowna, Ardagh and Devine Crescent
  • William (Willie) McGuinness, Kilcoursey
  • Colm Sullivan, originally from Kilmore who died in Liverpool recently

~ July ~

  • Paddy Reilly, Balloo
  • Christina (Crissie) Flood (née Mc Grath), St. Patrick’s Terrace

~ August ~

  • Ita Doyle, Ringowney
  • Jim Taffe, Rathowen

~ September ~

  • Sean Duffy, Monadara and London
  • John Dermody, England, originally from Coole and Rathowen

~ October ~

  • Mona Walsh, Corwella
  • Rosemary Gilchrist, Lisnagrish
  • Patrick (Pat) Quinn, Garryandrew
  • Marcella Mulligan, Coolamber
  • Jimmy Duffy, Corry

~ November ~

  • Helen Harte, Corboy
  • Tommy Gallagher, Bracklin
  • Genevieve (Gen) Doherty, Culloge
  • Ken Sheridan, Camlisk

~ December ~

  • Nancy Cox, Rathaspic
  • Nancy Egan, Kilmore

    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!




Saturday 7.00 p.m: Mikie Doyle, Sarah Doyle
Sunday 10.00 a.m: Siobhan Campbell, Ruth McKeon
Sunday 12 noon: Aisling O’Reilly, Noreen Grant

Saturday 7.00 p.m: Angela Kelly, Marie Reilly, Mairead Fulham
Sunday 10.00 a.m: Orla Noonan, Ann Smith, Siobhan Campbell
Sunday 12.00 noon: Kate O’Donoghue, Emma O’Reilly, Yvonne Tuite

Please arrange a substitute if you cannot be present

Readings for today

Readings for Today

(Courtesy Irish Bishops Conference):

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Thought for the week - from our Parish Newsletter

Thought for this Week

(Courtesy Fr. Tom Cox)
Sunday Newsletter 08-12-19 Thought for this week

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


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Knock Shrine website :
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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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