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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, April 11 2018
TWO DAYS TO GO!

Wednesday, April 11 2018
Holy Saturday 2018

Congratulations to those who were welcomed into the Church on Holy Saturday night through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also congratulate their Godparents, Sponsors, and families.  Our appreciation also goes to our catechetical team who prepared candidates through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Programme in our Parish.

    

 

Wednesday, April 11 2018
Good Friday 2018

Transition Year students of Ashbourne Community School created this year’s Good Friday image: ‘Into the eyes of Jesus’.  It depicts the face of Jesus who in his life, ministry and suffering gazed into the eyes of many.  He now gazes into our eyes.  The eyes are made of mirrors and the image invites us to gaze into the eyes of Jesus and see the image of ourselves reflected back.  When we gaze into the eyes of Jesus, do we see ourselves as Jesus sees us?

Tuesday, April 10 2018
Holy Thursday 2018

This year the solitary olive tree on the sanctuary took us back to this night when Jesus makes his way to the olive grove in the Garden of Gethsemane, and there in the darkness he accepts his Passion, ‘let your will be done, not mine.’

After the washing of the feet, seven baskets of bread were brought to the altar representing the seven baskets collected after Jesus fed the multitude of 5,000.  The ritual formed part of our parish preparation for the World Meeting of Families, while honouring the Jewish tradition of the Passover and the Christian commemoration of the Last Supper.

   

The blessing recalled how the Lord nourished His people throughout history and nourishes us now, as God’s family, in the Eucharist.  Families were invited to bring bread to their homes after the Mass and at any time during the evening, they celebrate the family ritual of breaking bread.  The ritual had three elements: lighting the candles, blessing with water and the breaking of bread, all involving different members of the family.

At the end of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament was brought in procession to the Altar of Repose in the St. John Paul II Chapel.

Friday, March 23 2018

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2018

SPY WEDNESDAY

Chrism Mass         7pm         Mullingar Cathedral

 

HOLY THURSDAY 

Confessions                                  10am-11am

Mass of the Lord’s Supper            8pm         Ashbourne

Night Prayer                                 10.30pm

 

GOOD FRIDAY 

Confessions                                 10am-11am

The Passion of Our Lord              3pm         Ashbourne

Stations of the Cross                    7pm          Ashbourne

 

HOLY SATURDAY

Confessions           10am-11am

Easter Vigil             8pm          Donaghmore

Easter Vigil             9pm           Ashbourne

 

EASTER SUNDAY 

9am, 11am, 12.30pm                  Ashbourne

10am                                           Donaghmore

Saturday, March 17 2018
St. Patrick’s Day in Ashbourne

Thank you to all who joined our parish community for Mass on the Feast Day of our National Patron, St. Patrick.  Our gratitude to all who prepared and participated in today’s liturgy.  Congratulations to all who organised, worked at, and participated in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in our community.  May the efforts of so many deepen our appreciation of the community in which we live, and a sense of belonging for those who have come to call Ashbourne their home.  Congratulations to the parade’s Grand Marshalls.  This was the first year the Church of the Immaculate Conception was lit in green to mark the occasion. Read the full post »

Friday, March 16 2018

MASS TIMES

Ashbourne:        9am,    11am,    12.30pm

Donaghmore:    10am

 

Monday, March 12 2018

Ordination Address by Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory (Extract)

“In these days we are all very aware of the need to protect the life of every child in the womb.  There is no such thing as a human life that has no value. However it is paradoxical and in some ways the ultimate delusion — to extinguish this most fundamental right of all, the right to life of the innocent child, in the name of personal and civil rights” – Bishop Farrell

All across the diocese, people have prayed over many months for the selection of a new Bishop.  They asked the Lord to help them find someone to lead with vision for our future, understanding for our present and with compassion for our past.  This was a sincere prayer for a daunting task.  Today, I stand here before you more than aware of my own inadequacies.  But you and I also stand before God, who is our hope and our help.

When I think of the responsibilities and duties that lie ahead I am comforted by the words of Saint Augustine in a sermon he preached on the anniversary of his ordination.  He told his people: “Believe me, brothers and sisters, that if what I am for you frightens me, what I am with you reassures me.  For you, I am bishop; with you I am a Christian.” (Vobis enim sum episcopus, vobiscum sum Christianus—Sermon 340.1) Read the full post »

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