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Evening of Prayer for Families (WMOF 2018)
Monday, September 11th 2017

AN EVENING OF PRAYER FOR FAMILIES IN OUR PARISH

Following the recent visit of the relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta, the Missionaries of Charity Community in South Circular Rd., Dublin will lead our parish community in an hour of prayer for families in keeping with the spirituality of Mother Teresa on Wednesday 13th September (The fifth apparition of our Lady of Fatima) at 8pm.  All welcome!

 

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Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Begins Preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018
Sunday, September 10th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish formally began its preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 this weekend with an International Family Mass, followed by a Family Day in the Parish Hall and adjoining grounds.  Led by the parish Folk Group, Mass began with ‘We are the Family of God’.  In his homily, Fr. Ciarán encouraged families to unite in prayer using Pope Francis’ 5-finger prayer.   The Prayers of the Faithful were read in some of the languages of the many families living in our parish: English, Irish, Malayalam, Russian, German, Mandarin and Spanish.  The community joined with Baby Cooper and Baby Sadie’s families as they were baptised into the family of God in the sacrament of baptism, and the Kingston family presented an image of the Holy Family, along with the World Meeting of Families 2018 logo.  After Mass celebrations continued in the Parish Hall where families joined together for refreshments, food, music, dance, face painting, along with the many groups who showcased their activities as users of the Parish Hall.   Donations from a raffle on the day will assist in enabling a family from overseas to attend and participate in the World Meeting of Families.

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PARISH FAMILY DAY
Tuesday, September 5th 2017

 

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018, our parish will embark on a programme of specific family-orientated liturgical celebrations, prayer activities, music, speakers, activities, and projects which enhance and celebrate family life.

Join us this Sunday (10th September) when we kick-start our preparations with a ‘Parish Family Day’, beginning with Mass at 12.30pm.  Our Family Mass will celebrate ‘family’ in our community as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist as the Family of God.  Afterwards, parishioners are invited to continue the celebrations at the Parish Hall.  Activities include: face-painting, bouncy castles, an ice-cream parlour, pizzas, music provided by The Lost Boys,  Young Einstein’s, Cinnamon Garden, teas, coffees and refreshments in the Parish Hall.  All welcome! 

 

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World Meeting of Families 2018
Sunday, August 27th 2017

Fr. Derek, Fr. Ciarán and parishioners from Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish recently gathered with thousands of families from across the country for the launch of the one-year countdown to the World Meeting of Families (WMOF2018) in Dublin.  During the ceremony, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin anointed and unveiled a new icon of the Holy Family which will tour the dioceses of Ireland over the next year.

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Monday, August 14th 2017

In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018, our parish will embark on a programme of specific family-orientated, liturgical celebrations, prayer activities, music, speakers, activities, and projects which enhance and celebrate family life.

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish in conjunction with the Parish Hall will celebrate a ‘Parish Family Day’, Sunday 10th September next beginning with Mass at 12.30pm.  Our Family Mass will celebrate ‘family’ in our community as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist as the Family of God.  Afterwards, parishioners are invited to continue the celebrations at the Parish Hall.  Activities include: face-painting, bouncy castles, an ice-cream parlour, pizzas, music provided by The Lost Boys,  Young Einstein’s, Cinnamon Garden, teas, coffees and refreshments in the Parish Hall.  The Parish Hall will showcase many of the groups and activities that use the Parish Hall throughout the year.  All welcome!  Anyone willing to assist with preparations or offer support on the day, please contact the Parish Office.

 

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Sr. Sumreen Visits Ashbourne from Pakistan
Monday, August 14th 2017

Sr. Sumreen, Missionary Sister of St. Thomas the Apostle, working alongside Fr. Tom Rafferty, Ashbourne, visited our parish on vacation from Pakistan in recent weeks.  Sr. Sumreen is principal of St. Thomas’ Middle School, K.P.K., Pakistan, a Catholic School for minority religions, (Christians: Catholics, Protestants, and Hindu’s) educating approximately 100 students in languages, sciences, and social studies.  Many of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and do not have the financial means to attend mainstream school.  St. Thomas’ school, because it is a Catholic school, receives little funding from the Government, and so relies on resources Fr. Tom acquires from benefactors.  Anyone wishing to support Sr. Sumreen’s school can make donations through the Parish Office.

Pictured below are Fr. Derek, Sr. Sumreen, Fr. Tom Rafferty and Fr. Ciarán.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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’.

   

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Water Shortage in Ashbourne Area
Tuesday, July 25th 2017

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish is assisting the local Fire Service as it facilitates a temporary water station in the church grounds in Ashbourne while residents await the restoration of normal water supplies in the coming days.   Our thanks to our local Councillors and the Fire Service for their tremendous support and action during this time.  We pray for a speedy resolution to the disruption; may we remain patient and helpful to one another during this time, always mindful of those who live on their own.

The Fire Service will be in the church grounds until homes are reconnected to mains water supply.   People can access  the water station throughout the day.  People are being reminded to boil water they take from these water stations as a precaution.

 

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New Baptistry for Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish
Monday, July 17th 2017

A new Baptism Font and Ambry were installed recently in our church in Ashbourne.  The font, was specially commissioned from China with Paul Rennicks Memorials and the flooring was installed by Natural Stone Carpets, Ireland.

“Baptism is the sacrament by which men and women are incorporated into the Church, built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit, into a holy nation and a royal priesthood.” General Introduction to Rite of Baptism

 

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Journey with the Relic of Mother Teresa
Tuesday, July 11th 2017

The Relics will arrive in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish, Thursday 27th July, beginning with procession at 8pm, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recordings of Mother Teresa during her visit to Ireland in 1993, Rosary and Benediction.  Veneration of the relic will follow Benediction.  Members of the Malayalam Community from Kerala will lead prayers in their own language after veneration of the relic.

The Knights of Columbanus received the relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) from the Sisters of Charity and have arranged for it to tour Ireland to facilitate its veneration.

On Friday 28th July, the daily 10am Mass will be offered in memory of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  The relic will be available after Mass for veneration.

After departing Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish on Friday 28th July, the Relic – a muslin cloth bearing the blood of St Teresa, encased in a cross – will be brought to the Archdiocese of Dublin until it will be brought to Newry Cathedral on Friday 11 August where it will take up permanent residence.

 

Brought by the Knights of St. Columbanus

 

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