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Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Welcomes Relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta
Monday, July 31st 2017

Parishioners turned out in their numbers to see the relic of Mother Teresa in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish.  The relic was received in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne with Evening Prayer, followed by Rosary, Benediction and the opportunity to venerate the relic.  Prayers of intercession were offered to St. Teresa of Calcutta (affectionately known as ‘Mother’) who often prayed with couples experiencing difficulty starting a family.  As preparations advance for the World Meeting of Families 2018, the parish sought Mother’s intercession for families, and as someone who personally experienced the ‘dark night of the soul’, her intercession was sought for those who ‘walk in darkness’.



As Mother was a ‘Friend of the Poor’, special prayers were offered for the poor, the homeless and the refugee.  Fr. Derek explained to those gathered, ‘In every chapel, in every convent of the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa had the words, “I Thirst” emblazoned on the wall next to the crucifix.  Mother believed Jesus’ was thirsty for souls; she was thirsty for him.’  Final prayers were offered for those who struggle with their faith, with prayer, or those who find it difficult to trust (God).  The Missionaries of Charity, Dublin kindly provided the parish with recordings of Mother Teresa from two of her previous visits to Ireland, extracts of which were played during evening prayer.  The local Kerala Community joined together at the end of the evening to offer prayers in Malayalam.  Parishioners lit candles and left petitions at the parish shrine to St. Teresa of Calcutta.  The relic continued its journey to the archdiocese of Dublin after Mass was offered in honour of St. Teresa of Calcutta on Friday 28th July.  Fr. Derek expressed his gratitude to all who facilitated the visit of the relic: the Knights of St. Columbanus, the Legion of Mary, the Malayalam Community, and those who gathered in prayer throughout the two days.




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