St. Mary's Parish, Drogheda


St Mary’s Parish Drogheda

Mass Arrangements

All public weekday and Sunday Masses are suspended, commencing Friday 13th March 2020 to Sunday 29th March

as instructed by Bishop Tom Deenihan.

Fortunately, we have a webcam facility in our church which can be accessed via our website Click on live stream to view.

Mass will be celebrated each morning (privately) at 10:00am (weekdays and Sundays).

The Church will be open each day from 11.00am to 4.00pm so that people can call in to say a prayer or light a candle. 
Adoration in the main Church Monday to Friday 11:00am to 12:00noon (as long as we are allowed).
Copies of the parish bulletin will be available in the Church.
The Parish Office is closed until further notice.  For queries please phone 041.9834958.

Fr Phil & Fr Ciprian 

St Mary’s Parish, Drogheda






Mass will be celebrated each day at 10:00am and will be available via webcam. You can join us by going online to our website live stream:

Adoration in the main Church Monday to Friday 11:00am to 12:00noon.



In the name of the Father, and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


“In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.” Mt: 18:19-20


As you light the candle pray:

Lord Jesus you came as a light

that shines in darkness and a light

that darkness cannot overpower

enlighten our hearts and minds to

your presence in our midst.


Act of Penance

For the times when we have failed to love God

and to love each other

we ask for God’s forgiveness.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.


We pray (Pause for Silent Prayer)

Almighty and merciful God

look with compassion on our affliction,

and so lighten your children’s burden and

confirm our faith

that we may always trust without hesitation

in your fatherly providence.

Through Christ our Lord.  men

Listening to God’s Word

The Lord is my shepherd,

there is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me

to revive my drooping spirit.

He guides me along what he knows to be right.

If I walk in the darkness, no evil would I fear.

I know that he will be there,

with his crook and with his staff.

The Lord has prepared, such a banquet for me.

Surely goodness and kindness

shall follow after me.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

all the days of my life. (Psalm 23)


A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew

"At that time Jesus exclaimed,

'Come to me, all you who labour and are

overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'"

The Gospel of the Lord – Thanks be to God


If you have internet access, you can replace this Gospel reading with the relevant daily readings which are available on


(Pause for a moment of silent reflection on the Gospel)



We bring our needs and prayers before our heavenly Father.

We pray for our world at this time

(Pause for silent prayer)

Lord grant healing and comfort to those

who are afflicted by the Coronavirus.

We pray for our health professionals, our

carers, and clergy who are working

with those who are sick. (Pause)

Lord protect them and strengthen them as they

care in your name.

We pray for our civil leaders (Pause)

Lord inspire them to make wise decisions

in these days.

We pray for our Scientists (Pause)

Lord enlighten them as they work

to understand what is happening –

guide their work as they strive to find ways to treat and protect us.

We pray for those who are anxious in these days (Pause)

Lord ease their fears and grant them the

consolation of your presence.

We pray for those who suffer in any way

at this time – the poor, the hungry,

the homeless - those who suffer from persecution,

war, violence – those who are depressed, lonely or sad (Pause)

Lord help them in their need.

We pray for our families and friends

(by name) – Lord protect them and look after them.

We pray for a spirit of charity among our

fellow country men and women (Pause)

Lord, at this time of national crisis, help the

people of Ireland to be generous and to look

out for and care for each other.

We pause to pray for our own private

intentions. (Pause to mention intentions)

Lord hear my prayer.

We pray for our loved ones who have died (Pause)

Lord enfold them ever more

closely in your loving embrace.


Father, we ask you to hear these our prayers

and if it be your will to answer

them for we make them in faith and love and

trust thorough Christ our Lord, Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

As God’s family we pray as Jesus himself taught us:

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,

hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen


While we cannot receive communion at this

time we can still make an act of Spiritual

Communion in which we express our faith in

Jesus and in his presence in the Eucharist and

invite him to unite himself with us.


Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the

Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things,

and I desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment

receive you sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you were already there

and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you. 


(Pause for silent prayer)

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and thanksgiving be every moment thine! X3

Concluding Prayer

Let us Pray (Pause for silent prayer)

Merciful Lord,

You know the anguish of the sorrowful,

You are attentive to the prayers

of the humble. Hear your people who cry

out to you in their need, And strengthen their hope

in your lasting goodness;

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayer of Blessing

St Michael, the Archangel,

Protect and Pray for us. Amen.

The Lord bless us and keep us;

The Lord make his face shine on us

and be gracious to us; The Lord turn

his face toward us and give us his peace

both now and forever. Amen.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Remember to extinguish the lighting candle




O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone

who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help, or sought thy

intercession was left unaided.

Inspired with this confidence,

I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;

to thee do I come; before thee I stand,

sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy

hear and answer me.


St Patrick’s Breastplate

I arise today, through

God's strength to pilot me,

God's might to uphold me,

God's wisdom to guide me,

God's eye to look before me,

God's ear to hear me,

God's word to speak for me,

God's hand to guard me,

God's shield to protect me,

God's host to save me.