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Wednesday, April 11th 2018


Holy Saturday 2018
Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Congratulations to those who were welcomed into the Church on Holy Saturday night through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also congratulate their Godparents, Sponsors, and families.  Our appreciation also goes to our catechetical team who prepared candidates through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Programme in our Parish.




Good Friday 2018
Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Transition Year students of Ashbourne Community School created this year’s Good Friday image: ‘Into the eyes of Jesus’.  It depicts the face of Jesus who in his life, ministry and suffering gazed into the eyes of many.  He now gazes into our eyes.  The eyes are made of mirrors and the image invites us to gaze into the eyes of Jesus and see the image of ourselves reflected back.  When we gaze into the eyes of Jesus, do we see ourselves as Jesus sees us?


Holy Thursday 2018
Tuesday, April 10th 2018

This year the solitary olive tree on the sanctuary took us back to this night when Jesus makes his way to the olive grove in the Garden of Gethsemane, and there in the darkness he accepts his Passion, ‘let your will be done, not mine.’

After the washing of the feet, seven baskets of bread were brought to the altar representing the seven baskets collected after Jesus fed the multitude of 5,000.  The ritual formed part of our parish preparation for the World Meeting of Families, while honouring the Jewish tradition of the Passover and the Christian commemoration of the Last Supper.


The blessing recalled how the Lord nourished His people throughout history and nourishes us now, as God’s family, in the Eucharist.  Families were invited to bring bread to their homes after the Mass and at any time during the evening, they celebrate the family ritual of breaking bread.  The ritual had three elements: lighting the candles, blessing with water and the breaking of bread, all involving different members of the family.

At the end of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament was brought in procession to the Altar of Repose in the St. John Paul II Chapel.


Friday, March 23rd 2018



Chrism Mass         7pm         Mullingar Cathedral



Confessions                                  10am-11am

Mass of the Lord’s Supper            8pm         Ashbourne

Night Prayer                                 10.30pm



Confessions                                 10am-11am

The Passion of Our Lord              3pm         Ashbourne

Stations of the Cross                    7pm          Ashbourne



Confessions           10am-11am

Easter Vigil             8pm          Donaghmore

Easter Vigil             9pm           Ashbourne



9am, 11am, 12.30pm                  Ashbourne

10am                                           Donaghmore


St. Patrick’s Day in Ashbourne
Saturday, March 17th 2018

Thank you to all who joined our parish community for Mass on the Feast Day of our National Patron, St. Patrick.  Our gratitude to all who prepared and participated in today’s liturgy.  Congratulations to all who organised, worked at, and participated in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in our community.  May the efforts of so many deepen our appreciation of the community in which we live, and a sense of belonging for those who have come to call Ashbourne their home.  Congratulations to the parade’s Grand Marshalls.  This was the first year the Church of the Immaculate Conception was lit in green to mark the occasion. Read on »


Friday, March 16th 2018


Ashbourne:        9am,    11am,    12.30pm

Donaghmore:    10am



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.




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