Over the years the Carmelite presence in Moate, Co Westmeath, has changed a number of times since its first foundation here in 1735. The current church was completed in 1868 and the friary in 1870. In the 1949 a secondary school for boys was opened - Carmelite College, Moate - and ran successfully until 1996. In that year a new amalgamated school opened in the town and the Carmelite College closed to the disappointment of many. The old school buildings became a nursing/retirement home while part of the boarders' living section has become the Sophia Housing Trust in Moate. Since then the Community have built a thriving Community/Pastoral Centre and small repository to serve the needs of the people in the area.
Fr Prior, O.Carm.,
Tel: 090 6481160.
Fax: 090 6481879.
Tel: 090 6482147
Lay Carmelites in Moate
- Mondays to Fridays: 10.00am and 7.15pm.
- Saturdays: 10.00am and 7.15 Vigil Mass.
- Sundays: 9.00am, 10.30am and 12.00pm.
Saturdays: 4.30 to 5.30pm.
All day Thursday between 8.00am and 10.00pm.
Other Religious Events:
Triduum: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Triduum is held on the 14th, 15th and the 16th of July. A Triduum to St Therese of Lisieux is held annually between the 29th of September and the 1st of October.
Penitential Services: There are three penitential services in the Church, one is in the week prior to Easter, second in the week prior to All Souls’ Day, and finally in the week prior to Christmas. All day confessions are held on Holy Saturday and on the eve of Christmas.
Blessing of the Animals and blessing of Throats: On the Feast of St. Antony, which takes place on the 17th of January, the blessing of animals takes place. The Blessing of Throats on the Memorial of St. Blaise takes place on the 3rd of February.
Active Retirement Group: A few years ago a group of over 55’s came together and formed a branch of the Active Retirement Association of Ireland. It has approximately 40 members now and new members are always welcome. They meet each Friday in the Carmelite Pastoral Centre and, after having a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits (occasionally cake!), the members play bowls, skittle, darts, cards or bingo. Small prizes are given to the winners.
Each month an outing is arranged. Members have been to shows in Dublin, to a famous garden centre in Carlow, to race meetings in Punchestown and some have even gone to the dog races in Mullingar Greyhound Track. On the educational front a very successful art class was held with an exhibition of the paintings at its conclusion, also a computer course, a cookery course, jewellery making and flower arranging were held.
Each year there is a Christmas dinner together, which is enjoyed by all. There is also have an annual Mass celebrated by the Carmelite Prior. This year a crib made by some members will be on display at the Mass. The members are very grateful to the local Carmelite Community for providing such excellent facilities for their weekly meetings.