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Welcome to Ashbourne Donaghmore Parish

Welcome to the Ashbourne Donaghmore website. We see ourselves as a parish without walls, a parish that reaches out to and welcomes everybody. While the parish has to attend to day to day things, essentially it is about deeper things of the heart. Read More »

"Go deeper than love, for the soul has greater depths, love is like the grass, but the heart is deep wild rock molten, yet dense and permanent". (DH Lawrence, taken from "Dive Deeper" by Michael Paul Gallagher.)

We look forward to hearing from you because we want to listen and engage with you and your concerns and issues. We hope you will get the information you need on this website, but also that all of us will hear the good news of God's great love for us.

While all of us want to share the kind of parish we want -

"The real pastoral problem is simply to make a parish want the right thing, to instil in it a yearning for Christ. Then the rest will follow". (Carlo Maria Martini)

The real question is what kind of parish does God want Ashbourne Donaghmore parish to be.

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Wednesday, November 22 2017
Ashbourne Turns Red! #RedWednesday

Our new external church lighting was formerly switched on Wednesday 22nd November to coincide with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s #RedWednesday campaign.  The Church was lit red in an attempt to shine a light on Christian persecution and highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.

NINEVEH PLAINS CHALLENGE

Aid to the Church in Need is embarking on it’s most ambitious project to date – The Ninevah Plains Campaign—whereby they are attempting to resettle 14,000 registered families who fled from Mosul and Erbil (The Nineveh plains) during a time of great persecution by ISIS.  Nearly 13.000 homes have to be rebuilt, there are ongoing security concerns in the villages, Kurdish-Iraqi political manoeuvring on the ground, infrastructure concerns (water, electricity, roads, schools and clinics) and most importantly the transition period between the end of monthly rentals and food packages.  The ultimate goal is to enable Iraqi Christians to return home to their villages in the Ninevah Plains, where they have lived for centuries, and to do so in dignity, safety, as well as security.

 

Tuesday, November 21 2017
Annual Memorial Service

This years Bethany Memorial Service took place this weekend.  Our parish community were invited to pause in remembrance and prayer for those who have died, particularly those who died in the last year.  The theme for this year’s Service: ‘The Stone Rolled Away’.  Our thanks to Seán Kenny and Helen Orrock who provided the music, member of the Bethany Bereavement Team (photographed), and the Legion of Mary who provided refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall.

 

Tuesday, November 21 2017
Sacramental Preparation Ritual Mass

Children preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation continued their preparation this weekend as they joined the parish community for Sunday Mass.  This months ritual Mass focused on ‘Helping Others’.  The Confirmation children focused their attention of ‘Families Helping Families Across the World.’  They launched the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign where they have twinned with Ikire Parish in Nigeria.  The children are invited to pledge a number of bricks which will assist in building toilets, providing running water, and completing the construction of an out-station church which was commenced in 1986.  Individual families, businesses, community groups can support the initiative.  Students can work together on initiatives to raise money: cake sales, sponsorship, personal pledges, coffee mornings etc.  Each brick costs just €10!

 

Monday, November 13 2017
#RedWednesday

Our new external church lighting will formerly be switched on Wednesday 22nd November at 5pm to coincide with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s #RedWednesday campaign.  On this day, churches will be lighting their buildings red in an attempt to shine a light on Christian persecution and highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.  Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom.  Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.

 

Friday, November 10 2017

                                Light a Candle

               Annual Bethany Memorial Service

                           Ashbourne Church

                Sunday 19th November at 7pm

          Refreshments afterwards in Parish Hall

                                All Welcome

Thursday, November 2 2017
All Saints Parish Party

Thank you to all who celebrated our Parish’s inaugural All-Saints Party on Tuesday 31st October (eve of ‘All Saints’), those who prepared the activities and refreshments, and the many adults and children who prepared imaginative costumes based on well-known saints.

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Thursday, November 2 2017
Feast of All Souls

Crucifix in Ashbourne Cemetery on the Eve of All Souls

“It is a good and wholesome thing to remember the dead.”

(2 Macc 12:46)

The month of November is an occasion for us to continue the tradition of visiting the church and cemetery to pray quietly for our dead.  Remembering our loved ones, family and friends during the month of November has always been seen as an act of charity to the faithful departed from those who still have the gift of life to help them attain their eternal rest.  Our prayers, particularly the offering of Mass, expresses our hope that God will free the person who has died from any burden of sin and prepare a place for them in heaven.

“Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.” Amen

 

Monday, October 30 2017
Annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving

Our parish’s Annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving took place this weekend.  We remember with grateful hearts the labours of those who earn their living from the land, the bountiful harvest, and the blessing of food we share each day.  May we always be grateful for the blessings we receive, remembering those who are hungry and in need.

Our thanks to all who contributed to this years harvest display: Deirdre Kennedy, K&K Produce; David & Gráinne Farrell; Daragh Donnelly; Anthony Battersby; Peter Keogh & Sons, Simon & John Gormley, and Reika O’ Sullivan.  All produce kindly donated will be distributed by St. Vincent De Paul to needy families in our Parish.  Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish encourages our parishioners to support local businesses by shopping local.

 

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