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Welcome to the website of Star of the Sea Church. The church is one of two churches in the parish of Laytown-Mornington.
We hope that you find the site useful for information on masses, sacraments and other church events as well as keeping up -to-date with what's happening in our community and parish.

Priests of the Parish

Procedures for Attending Public Mass

Fr. Joseph Apust
Tel: 041 9827384


Fr. Denis McNelis  P.P.
Laytown (041 9827258)

Parish Office Hours
Mon/Wed/Fri:  9.30am- 2.00pm

Mass Times

Saturday Night Vigil:














Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration has resumed on Wednesdays from 9am until 10am.  
All who can are encouraged to come & pray for an end to this pandemic.  
Due to COVID Restrictions a signing in sheet will not be in place but a record of attendance will be kept.


On Request


Following guidelines from the Irish Bishops & the Government a support team of parishioners has been established to assist with the reopening of our Church for public Masses.

  • Our Church has been divided into three sections, each section having it’s own entrance/exit.

  • Strictly no movement of people between sections before, during or after the service.

  • Government guidelines also recommend the wearing of face masks.

  • The areas in the church where people can sit will be clearly indicated.  Family members will be seated together.

  • Stewards will be available to guide people as they enter & leave the Church.

  • People will maintain physical distance when entering and exiting the Church and particularly when approaching for Holy Communion.

  • People are asked to maintain physical distancing in the Church grounds.

  • Please do not come to mass if you have any of the symptoms, i.e. High Temperature, Shortness of Breath, Breathing Difficulties or a Cough.

  • For parishioners, particularly those who are cocooning, sick and aged, the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass remains.  However they are invited if they wish, to attend Mass on weekday rather than on weekends.  This will help the decreased church capacity.

  • The Priest & Ministers of the Eucharist will sanitise their hands & wear a facemask while distributing Holy Communion.

  • Holy Communion can only be received in the hand.  The host will be placed on the hand without physical contact.

  • There will be no Altar servers until the threat of the Covid-19 has been eradicated.

  • There will be one reader for Readings & Prayers at each Mass.

  • There will be no offertory procession at Sunday Mass or Funerals.

  • There will be no sign of peace.

  • There will not be any holy water in the fonts.

  • Offertory Collection & Envelopes will be placed in supervised boxes as you enter the Church.

  • People are asked to sanitise their hands on entering & exiting the Church..

  • Bulletins must be brought home and not left in the Church after reading.

  • The Church will be cleaned/sanitised after each Mass.

  • Toilet facilities will not be available.

It is crucial that all these provisions are adhered to.  Indeed, the resumption of public Masses is contingent on such adherence.  
Please co-operate with the Stewards who are there for your Health, Safety and Welfare.

Pope Francis said ‘it remains necessary to follow the rules in force carefully because they are rules that help us to prevent the virus from spreading’.

Mass Cards

Mass Cards for the Dead, Birthday Remembrance, Special Occasion, Get Well & Christmas Mass Bouquets etc. are available in the Parish Office Mon/Wed/Fri 9.30am-1pm and in the Sacristy after Mass.

People are asked to wear a face mask when attending Mass.

Remember, also, to keep a 2 metre distance when leaving Mass and please do not congregate outside the doors of the Church.


A Very Special "Thank You!"

Our return to public worship was made possible thanks to our dedicated stewards and cleaners.  
We owe them a debt of gratitude as they welcome and direct people to their seats and give generously of their time in sanitising the church after every Mass.  
We thank also Jim, Kathleen & Maureen from East Meath Defibrillator Unit for their continued assistance with sanitising the Church.  

Church Grounds Maintenance Team

A Very Special 'Thank you' to the Church Grounds Maintenace Team
They Continue their  Clean-up of the Church grounds on Saturday from 9.30am-11am.
Just turn up on the day.  Many hands make light work.  
Any help will be really appreciated.  


Parish Finances

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for so many, with worries and pressures coming at them.  For this reason we are even more grateful to those who have been in a position to return their envelopes to the church.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

There are three ways of supporting the parish:

  • Weekly envelopes:  Continue to drop in the weekly envelope for the Church, through the letterbox in the Presbytery Door or in the boxes as you enter the Church for Mass.

  • Cheque (made payable to Mornington Church) or Cash Donation in Envelope marked ‘Mornington Church’:  Donations can be left in an envelope into the Presbytery.  Please include your name and/or envelope number (if you have one) as a reference so we can acknowledge your donation.

  • If you would like to set up a standing order with the Church or to make a one-off payment, you can do so by electronic transfer to our Church account.  Details are as follows:- A/C:  Mornington Church, BIC:  BOFIIE2D,  IBAN:  IE93 BOFI 9033 2287 6798 44.

Please let us know that you have made a donation or set up a standing order, so we can track your donation.

Please do not let your dog loose in the Church grounds and more importantly PLEASE clean up after it.

Corona Virus Precautions:  

How can I help to stop the spread of infection?

  • Do not attend Mass if you feel in any way unwell

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue – always carry tissues

  • Dispose of used tissues in a waste bin after use.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol based hand gel

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs spread this way

  • Avoid sharing water and other drinks

  • Consider setting up a standing order for Church collections


Click Here for the 'Do This In Memory'
2019/2020 Parish Preparation Programme for First Communion

Mornington Parish / Do This In Memory
Parish based preparation programme for First Communion

Click Here for the 'Confirming Our Children' 2019/2020 Parish Preparation Programme for Confirmation

Mornington Parish / Confirming Our Children
Parish Based Preparation Programme for Confirmation

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