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Altar Servers Tour 2012
Sunday, March 4th 2012

76 Servers attended a special screening of The Muppets in Showtime Cinemas, Ashbourne. Thanks to everyone who assisted in getting the children to and from the cinema, the cinema staff for their welcome and hospitality and the schools for facilitating our visit. Below are some photos from the trip. Read on »

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Altar Servers Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, March 29th 2011

At a recent ceremony, Altar Servers were presented with awards appropriate to their length of service, commitment, reverence, prayerfulness and good example.

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Altar Servers: The St. Michael’s Medal
Monday, February 28th 2011

The red and green colours of the ribbon used for mounting this medal (St. Michael’s Medal) draws inspiration from the portrayal of Michael the Archangel in iconography.

He is often depicted wearing a green tunic draped in a red cloak, a sword in one hand and scales in the other. The green, in ancient heraldry represents hope, joy and loyalty; the red strength and courage. In Christian symbolism green signifies freedom from bondage and the victory of life over death; while red signifies action, charity, the Holy Spirit, spiritual awakening and the joy of life and love.

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Altar Servers: The St. Patrick’s Medal
Monday, February 28th 2011

The red and white colours of the ribbon used for mounting this medal (St. Patrick’s Medal) have their origins in an ancient order of chivalry called the Order of St Patrick es- tablished in 1873 following Britain’s acknowledgement of the exclusive right of the Irish parliament to legislate for Ireland.

The white, in ancient heraldry represents peace and honesty; the red, strength and courage. In Christian symbolism red signifies action, charity, the Holy Spirit, spiritual awakening and the joy of life and love, while white signifies purity, innocence, and new life.

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Altar Servers’ Cinema Trip
Sunday, January 23rd 2011

Ashbourne Parish’s altar servers recently went on a trip to the cinema to see Gulliver’s Travels. Here are some photos of the trip.

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Altar Servers: Guild of St. Stephen
Monday, July 5th 2010

Saint StephenAshbourne Donaghmore Parish is pleased to announce its enrolment in the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen, Westminster, London.

The Guild of St. Stephen is an International Organisation of Altar Servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a Society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London. In 1905, Pope Pius X gave his approval to the canonical establishment of the Guild at Westminster Cathedral. The Guild spread, and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all Guilds of Altar Servers throughout the world to be affiliated with the Archconfraternity at Westminster.

Altar Servers who have completed three years of unbroken service in our parish will be awarded the bronze medal and enrolled in the Guild of St. Stephen.

Altar Servers Guild of Saint Stephen

  • In the centre the letters XP are the first two letters of the name “Christ” in Greek.
  • At the top is the crown of victory given by God to every-one who overcomes evil, especially those who die for him.
  • At the bottom are the palm branches, traditional signs of martyrs who died for Christ.
  • Around the edge are the Latin words of the Guild motto: CVI SERVIRE REGNARE EST. TO SERVE CHRIST IS TO REIGN.

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Photos from Altar Servers Trip
Sunday, February 14th 2010

Some photos from a recent trip undertaken by Altar Servers from St. Mary’s National School, Gaelscoil na Cille and St. Declan’s National School.

Click on an image to view a full-size version.

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New Altar Servers Page
Friday, February 12th 2010

We are pleased to announce that Ashbourne-Donaghmore parish’s Altar Servers now have their own dedicated page on the parish website. Information about altar serving, including details on how to apply to become an altar server, and the latest news involving the group’s activity will be posted there.

The new Altar Servers page can be found by clicking here or by clicking the relevant link in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the website.

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