Our parish is served by two churches

St. Anne's, Bohernabreena and Holy Rosary, Oldcourt

Parish Office Opening Hours 

St. Anne's Parish Office

Wed & Fri 10.00am to 12.30am  

Holy Rosary Parish Office

Mon & Tues 10.00am to 1.00pm  
  • Secretary:   Deborah Brown                
  • Phone: 01 4141838                                    
  • Email: holyrosary.bohernabreena@gmail.com

 Parish Grouping Mass Times


6pm Vigil Holy Rosary

7pm Vigil St Martin


8.30am & 11.30am St Anne’s

10.30am Holy Rosary

9.30am & 12.30pm St Martins


Monday 10am Holy Rosary

Tues, Wed & Thur 10am St. Martins

Friday 10am St. Anne's

Eucharistic Adoration 

There will be Eucharistic Adoration at the following times and all are invited to attend: 
Holy Rosary Church every Monday morning for one hour following the 10am mass  St Martin de Porres Church Mon 7.00pm - 8.00pmWed after 10am Mass until 12 noonThu 7.00pm - 8.00pm
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On Thursday evenings during Lent adoration will take place

in St Martin’s church, Old Bawn between 7-8pm.

Adoration will conclude with the Night Prayer of the Church and Benediction




St. Martin de Porres Church  - Friday 3pm

The stations focus on specific events during the final journey of Jesus on Good Friday.

The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all are complete. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in St. Martin’s Church, Old Bawn every Friday during Lent at 3pm.  



 1. Martha and Mary are portrayed as people of faith but Jesus led them to an even deeper faith. Who were the people who led you to a deeper faith in Jesus? Remember them and give thanks. 

2. Martha and Mary were struggling to come to terms with their bereavement. What has helped you in similar situations? 

3. The concern of Jesus is palpable and touching. Recall those who matter to you and to whom you matter. Such love mediates God’s love, which surpasses human love with the gift of new life and Easter joy. 

4. One can imagine Lazarus as a symbol of people and groups that are written off as dead (sometimes by themselves), and yet through faith come back to life again. Have you had the experience of being revived by faith? Has faith helped to free you from what held you in bondage, or was destructive of your life?

 PRAYER: Merciful God, you showed your glory to our fallen race by sending your Son to confound the powers of death. Call us forth from sin’s dark tomb: break the bonds which hold us, that we may believe and proclaim Christ the cause of our freedom and the source of life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen. (www.tarsus.ie



The monthly collection for the local St Vincent de Paul Society will be taken up after all masses in the parish this weekend.  Your generosity is much appreciated.


There will be a cup of tea/coffee after mass this morning in Holy Rosary Church and all are invited to join us.



Family Bingo in Roseanna Hall 

on Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm

Books €5 and Raffle on the night.  

Please come along and support.  

All Welcome.

Come and See  - Stories of Hope

Time and Place

Mondays 7.30pm in Holy Rosary Church.   

Open to all.

St Martin’s proposed Pilgrimage to Knock 

Saturday 29th April 2023: 

A pilgrimage to Knock is proposed for Sat 29th April to join with the Archdiocese of Dublin. If you are interested please contact St Martin’s parish office (01 4510160) as we need to know if there is sufficient interest to hire a coach.



Our Parish Finance Committee present the Parish accounts for 2021 this weekend.  Copies are available at the back of both Churches with an accompanying letter for your information.  Please take a copy home with you.  Standing order forms are also available and we appeal to you to consider regularly contributing to the planned giving/family offering.




Next weekend is the start of the new year for our planned giving/family offering weekly envelopes.  The money contributed by parishioners using these envelopes, or standing orders directly to our bank accounts, are separate from the first and second collections taken up during masses and are the only funds which remain solely in the parish for the day to day running of our Churches and parish activities.  We thank all who regularly contribute for your generosity.

If you already contribute by weekly envelope, please collect your new box of envelopes from the back of the Church after weekend masses or from the parish office.  

If you have not previously contributed, but are now in a position to do so, please contact the parish office regarding same.  Where possible we encourage parishioners to consider contributing by standing order as this reduces our banking costs. 


Easter Dues envelopes are available at the back of the Church. 



Watch this new video about Fr Frank Drescher, Administrator of Kilnamanagh & Castleview, and his journey to the priesthood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8QBhdxbGpo

The video’s description reads: Fr Frank Drescher is from Germany and was raised in the Protestant church. Since childhood, he has wanted to become a Pastor. But one day, after watching a movie, he felt drawn to the Catholic church and started questioning everything he thought about the Church. After going through many internal battles, he converted to Catholicism, and when he told about his childhood desire to become a priest to his parish priest, the priest brushed it off, saying, “every convert wants to be a priest.” After persistently pursuing his desire and a period of discernment, his desire was finally fulfilled.



The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. 

Visit www.hospicefoundation.ie for more information.


Our next Baptism Preparation Meeting, for all parents who have baptisms booked in the parish will be held on Thursday, 27th April at 7.30pm in Holy Rosary Church.  

This is an essential part of our baptism preparation and failure to attend may result in your child’s baptism being postponed, so we would ask that all parents please attend.

If your child is being baptised outside of the parish but you wish to attend this preparation meeting, please contact the parish office in advance of the meeting.


The Deanery penitential service will take place in St. Mary’s Priory on Monday 3rd April at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend this wonderful opportunity to receive God’s healing mercy and love. 



Holy Week Triduum Retreat -  5th to 8th April 2023.

Facilitated by Fr Donagh O’Shea. 

The Self-emptying of Christ - He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Phil. 2:7). 

Cost:  €300 residential;  €60 per day Thursday/Friday only.  Meals included.  Booking now open, please call 01-4048189 or email dominicanretreats@gmail.com


Nowadays, the question of what it means to be a man can be perplexing, and to be a man of faith in Ireland today can be very difficult.   Most men have a longing for the support and guidance of other men in their journey towards masculinity, maturity, and a deeper experience with the divine.  Living a shallow unexamined life is an empty experience.


Opening the door to this journey can start with the Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP), a five-day deeply spiritual/ experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through profound rituals and teachings. It is the kind of experience that can help awaken men to the adventure and mystery of their own masculinity, their potential for leadership, and their life’s purpose.


Join with other men on this journey in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, 26th - 30th  July 2023. For more information, go to malejourney.ie/rites/mrop-2019 or phone 086-2326988

Our Churches are open for public worship 

and we also live stream our masses 

(live streaming from St. Anne's cannot be guaranteed as 

we only have access to a mobile signal which can be unreliable).


The Parish relies on the generosity of our Parishioners as the planned giving (Family offering) is the SOLE income which stays in the Parish for the day to day upkeep and running of our Churches - altar expenses, light & heat, wages, etc.  If you are in a position to contribute to the planned giving, please contact our parish offices for a box of envelopes (which can be returned each weekend at mass).   Every contribution is important to us, now matter how much you can give.You also have the option to pay online through EasyPayments on our parish website (www.bohernabreenaparish.com) or via monthly standing order.  Forms are available from the parish offices and, due to lower bank costs, this would be our preferred option if possible.

Please phone the parish office if you require any help or clarification on any of the above.

Registered Charity No. 20016166 

Prayer Before Holy Communion 

– St. Thomas Aquinas

All powerful and everlasting God,

I ask that I might receive, the Bread of Angels,

the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords,

with that reverence and humility, with that contrition and devotion,

with that purity and faith which is expedient for the salvation of my soul. Amen.


Prayer after Holy Communion 

– St Thomas Aquinas 

Sweetest Jesus, Body and Blood most holy,

be the delight and pleasure of my soul,

my strength and salvation in all temptations,

my joy and peace in every trial,

my light and guide in every word and deed,

and my final protection in death. Amen.

Is the Lord calling you to be a Eucharistic Minister?

‘When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people, and Christ, present in His word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], no. 29).

What is a Reader / Lector? This ministry may be called reader or minister of the word. A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Psalm (in the absence of a cantor) and the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass (in the absence of the deacon).  The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God's presence in that Word. If you are interested in becoming a Reader in our parish then please leave your contact details with Ann in the Parish Office or contact any of the priests.

Eucharistic Ministers are lay people who have been commissioned by the Church to help with the distribution of Communion at Masses and to bring Holy Communion to the sick, infirm and housebound who can no longer come to Mass. Before being commissioned the Ministers are invited to take part in a preparation process outlining the great importance of the Eucharist and also the practicalities involved in the distribution. 


This ministry is a very special and sacred one. For the sick, the reception of Communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support for its members and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill. New members are always welcome. If you would like to get involved in this Ministry, please give your name to one of the priests or leave it with the Parish Secretary in the parish office. 

We have copies of 

“Living Words - A Booklet for renewal in the Holy Spirit”

written by our own Fr Michael Hurley.  

This booklet helps you to see the spirituality in the daily life around you and grow a deeper trust in Jesus Christ’s love and goodness, leading to you living a more joyful and loving life.  The booklets are €5 each and are available from the churches and parish offices.  We welcome your support.


ACCORD Dublin Website

For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie 

150th Anniversary Book St. Anne's

The St Anne’s Church Committee produced a wonderful book to commemorate this special year in our parish. It looks back on the history of St Anne’s,  records the celebration events and also reflects on the future.

It contains lovely accounts, photos,  drawings, poems by the children and many friends of St Anne’s.  It is a truly valuable record of our community and heritage. 

Every household in the parish should have one. It will also make a special Christmas present for one and all.  It only costs €10 and is available from the parish office at St Anne's Church.

We, the people of God in Bohernabreena Parish, who worship in St Anne's and Holy Rosary, 

guided by the Holy Spirit and inspired by the love of Jesus Christ, are committed to creating a caring, 

welcoming community where there is justice for all.