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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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Tuesday, June 6 2017
Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Congratulates Ephrem Feeley

Parish Organist, Ephrem Feeley’s composition ‘A Joy for all the World’ has been selected as the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held the preceding two years. A substantial portion of the document is a treatment of the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13. and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text. Congratulations to Ephrem on this marvelous honour! We pray God’s continued blessings on his music ministry.

Friday, June 2 2017

ANNUAL CEMETERY DEVOTIONS

Killegland              Friday 2nd June 7pm

Donaghmore          Sunday 4th June after 10am Mass

Greenogue              Sunday 4th June 6pm

Ashbourne              Sunday 4th June 7pm

St. Declan’s            Sunday 4th June 8pm

Friday, May 26 2017
Fr. Derek Remembers Ashbourne-Donagmore in Lourdes

Fr. Derek recently visited France with a group on Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes.  He lit a candle, for all the families in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish and celebrated Mass at the grotto for their intentions.  During his pilgrimage he prayed at the grotto with Fr. Robert Mc Cabe, Navan who was attending the Annual Military Pilgrimage.

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Friday, May 26 2017
First Holy Communion 2017

We congratulate the boys and girls of Gaelscoil na Cille and Gaelscoil na Mí who received their First Holy Communion last weekend and Educate Together N.S. and St. Declan’s N.S. who received their First Holy Communion this weekend.  We pray for them and their families: may this moment of special grace sustain them in faith, hope and love.  We thank the parents involved in our parish preparation programme: ‘Do This in Memory’, the Principal, teachers and staff of the school, and all who supported the children in their preparation for sacraments.

 

Friday, May 26 2017
Student’s Exam Prayer

Dear Lord,

as I take my exams,

I thank you that my value is not based on my performance,

but on your great love for me.

Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.

Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.  Read the full post »

Friday, May 26 2017
Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Prayers for Manchester

Flags flying in the main square in Lourdes for the Annual Military Pilgrimage are tied with black ribbons in memory of the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester.

The Chief Rabbi of England,  Ephraim Mirvis composed the prayer below:

Heavenly Father, Master of the universe, Read the full post »

Friday, May 12 2017
First Holy Communion 2017

We congratulate the boys and girls of St. Mary’s Primary School who received their First Holy Communion this week.  We pray for them and their families: may this moment of special grace sustain them in faith, hope and love.  We thank the parents involved in our parish preparation programme: ‘Do This in Memory’, the Principal, teachers and staff of the school, and all who supported the children in their preparation for sacraments.

Next week: Gaelscoil na Mí 10am and Gaelscoil na Cille 12noon.

Friday, May 12 2017
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish formally inaugurated a local branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society at the 11am Mass, Sunday 7th May 2017.  St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society is a Catholic lay organisation that are founded to help students who are on their journey to priesthood.  The Society supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life through assisting students through their prayer and financial support. The local branch meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Parish Office at 11am with the exception of the May meeting which takes place Friday 26th May at 11am.  All welcome.

Pictured at the parish shrine to St. Joseph are members of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society along with Fr. Seamus McEntee, National Chaplain to St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society.

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