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Monday, March 12th 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 on »


Friday, March 9th 2018


Episcopal Ordination – Mgr. Dermot Farrell
Friday, March 9th 2018

Mgr Dermot Farrell, a priest of the Diocese of Meath, will be Ordained as Bishop of Ossory this weekend.  Bishop-elect Farrell will take up his ministry as the next successor to St Kieran, the first to bring Christianity to the Diocese of Ossory.  As Bishop of Ossory he will have the responsibility to teach, govern and sanctify.  The Chief Ordaining Prelate will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, who will be assisted by His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, and Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath.

Lord, guide him as he enlightens hearts and minds with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to serve you in all things.  May he be a shepherd who will inspire others to be Christ’s heart of mercy, His voice of hope and hands of justice.

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be NO 12.30pm Mass on Sunday 11th March.


Weekend Church Services Resume
Saturday, March 3rd 2018

Normal Church Services resume this weekend following disruption with snow and ‘Storm Emma’.

Saturday 6pm   Ashbourne

Sunday 9am, 11am, 12.30pm Ashbourne

There will be NO Sunday Mass in Donaghmore Church this weekend.  Snow has drifted along the roadsides making parking impossible.

Sunday Baptisms in Ashbourne will continue as normal at 1.45pm.


Friday, March 2nd 2018


Confirmation Meeting Cancellations
Wednesday, February 28th 2018

The scheduled launch of the new Confirmation Programme this evening, Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March have been cancelled due to weather warnings.  An alternative date will become available when weather improves.  Keep warm everybody and stay safe!



Friday, February 23rd 2018

Congratulations to the boys and girls of our Parish who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Michael this weekend.  We pray for them and their families: may the Holy Spirit enrich their lives and faith as they become full members of the Church.  We thank the parents involved in our parish preparation programme: ‘Confirming our Children’, the Principals, teachers and staff of our schools, and all who supported the children in their preparation for sacraments.

11am          St. Mary’s & Gaelscoil na Cille

3pm           St. Declan’s



Monday, February 19th 2018


Parents with children in non-Catholic schools currently in Senior Infants who wish their children to begin preparation to receive First Holy Communion in 2020 are invited to attend an information evening, Wednesday 21st February in Ashbourne Church:

Educate Together National School, 7.30pm                      

Gaelscoil na Mí, 8.30pm



Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish is preparing to launch it’s Confirmation Programme for children attending non-Catholic schools.  Parents with children currently in 4th and 5th class who are baptised and have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to attend an information meeting:

ETNS  Wednesday 28th February 7.30pm

Gaelscoil na Mí  Thursday 1st March 7.30pm



Friday, February 9th 2018


 Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne

Mass & Distribution of Ashes: 7.30am, 10am, 8pm

School Prayer Services & Distribution of Ashes 11am, 12pm


Daily Lenten Masses

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne   7.30am & 10am



The Value of Human Life ~ Maria Steen
Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995) reminded all Catholics of the “pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life!”  Following the recent decision to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, Maria Steen was invited to address our parish community on ‘The Value of Human Life, as we witness to the Gospel of Life.

The Value Of Human Life
Today in Ireland we stand at a crossroads. There are those who wish to remove the protection of the law for children before they are born.  Contrary to what people think, the Eighth Amendment is not a constitutional ban on abortion. Rather, it recognises the right to life of the child before birth. This is
what we will soon be asked to vote away: the most basic human right of all – the right to life – from the most vulnerable of all human beings – the infant in the womb. By taking those rights out of the Constitution, we leave all babies vulnerable. Read on »




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