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Heath Emergency Update:
Saturday, March 28th 2020

Ashbourne and Donaghmore Churches will remain closed until the recent restrictions for the current Health Emergency is lifted by the Government/HSE. [Notice Printed: 28th March 2020]

Mass on Sunday 29th March at 11am in Ashbourne Church will be celebrated behind closed doors and will be available via the webcam. In this Mass the intentions of this week will be remembered: Tom Van Der Pluijm, Gerry Snowe (Months Mind), Michael & Philomena Allen, Gerry Ryan, Tony & Brian O’Connor, Olive O’Neill, Margaret Murphy, Paul Geoffrey Smith and the Intentions listed for the Bethany Memorial Mass will also be placed on the Altar. May they all rest in the peace of the Risen Christ. Amen.


Bulletin 29th March 2020
Friday, March 27th 2020


Urbi et Orbi blessing from Pope Francis
Thursday, March 26th 2020

Friday’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing by Pope Francis

Tomorrow Friday, 27 March, at 5.00pm Irish time, the Holy Father Pope Francis will preside over an extraordinary global celebration (Statio orbis) of prayer.  It will take place on the sagrato of Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in from of the facade of the church.  The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving his Urbi et Orbi (to the City [of Rome] and to the world) blessing.  During this prayer ceremony the Pope will grant to participants all over the world a plenary indulgence in the context of the Coronavirus.

Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. SeniorLine is one of their programmes and could be very helpful to you at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer-to-peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on anyday of the week on 1800 80 45 91.


Thursday, March 26th 2020

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Liturgy of the Word including Readings for the day and Prayers of the Faithful will be lead in Ashbourne Church Monday to Saturday at 10am behind locked doors also available on our Parish Webcam. This time of prayer will end with a Eucharistic Blessing for all of us who cannot receive Holy Communion at this time.

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 11am in Ashbourne Church. This will take place behind closed doors but will be available via Webcam. The weekends Mass Intentions will be remembered at this Mass but families are also free to contact the Parish Office in order to re-schedule these Masses when the present health emergency is over.

Prayer for our protection

The Irish Bishops have asked us to say this prayer daily

We ask for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus.  Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, we invite everyone to pray these prayers:

Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.


March 25th – World Day of Prayer
Tuesday, March 24th 2020


Bulletin 22nd March 2020
Friday, March 20th 2020


Bulletin 15th March 2020
Friday, March 13th 2020


Thursday, March 12th 2020


Bulletin 8th March 2020
Friday, March 6th 2020


Bulletin 1st March 2020
Friday, February 28th 2020




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