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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

Church Open for Public Masses

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:




Monday:    Bank Holiday

No Mass









Eucharistic Adoration

from 9am to 6pm
(Suspended until further notice)


On Request

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.

Our Lenten Effort for 2020

Trócaire :  
If you can, Please drop your Trócaire Box/Envelope and Church Envelopes to the Presbytery.
Please make all cheques payable to ‘Mornington Church’.

Volunteers Needed

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.

  • It is essential that Social distancing signage is followed.

  • 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’.

To ensure that Public Masses can continue we need volunteers to steward and sanitise the Church at each Mass.  
Please leave your name, address & phone no. under the Sacristy door or in the Presbytery.

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

Church Grounds Maintenance Team Continue their  Clean-up of the Church grounds next Wednesday & Saturday from 9.30am-11am.
Just turn up on the day.  Many hands make light work.  
Any help will be really appreciated.  
Thank you to those who continue to help  each week.


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 in the recent weeks.  Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

We kindly invite people to consider maintaining or making a donation to the Parish during this critical time.   

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.

  • 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

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Will  not travel this year owing to the corona virus and it has been deferred until September 12th 2021.
A word of appreciation to everyone who supports the pilgrimage and makes it possible and we look forward to being able to travel again next year.


Health and Safety in Reilig Mhuire Cemetery

We have recently received advice informing us that people should not place any items in the cemetery that create a heightened insurance risk.  This was on the foot of numerous complaints that have been made regarding a number of seats have been introduced into the cemetery without permission.  As this has been identified as a heightned risk, we would kindly ask people who have placed seats in the cemetery to take them home as soon as possible.   Perhaps you could have them as a memorial of your loved ones in your garden or in another appropriate place.  Please also remember in placing flowers or other items on your plots, to keep them within the area of your plot. Items that are outside the area of a plot will have to be removed.  
Guidelines regarding headstones and surrounds are to be found on Laytown Church website at

Mornington Parish / Do This In Memory
Parish based preparation programme for First Communion
First Holy Communion will take place on the following dates:-

Donacarney  Boys School:  Saturday 25th July
Ms Smith’s Class @ 10.00am  &  Ms Callan’s Class  @ 12 noon
Donacarney  Girls School:  Saturday 1st August
Ms McGuinness’ Class @ 10.00am  &  Ms Smith’s Class @ 12 noon
Le Chéile School:  Saturday 8th August at 11.00am.

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

Donacarney Schools Confirmation took place on Thursday 5th March 2020.

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