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Monday, November 13th 2017

Our new external church lighting will formerly be switched on Wednesday 22nd November at 5pm to coincide with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s #RedWednesday campaign.  On this day, churches will be lighting their buildings red in an attempt to shine a light on Christian persecution and highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.  Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom.  Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.



Friday, November 10th 2017

                                Light a Candle

               Annual Bethany Memorial Service

                           Ashbourne Church

                Sunday 19th November at 7pm

          Refreshments afterwards in Parish Hall

                                All Welcome


All Saints Parish Party
Thursday, November 2nd 2017

Thank you to all who celebrated our Parish’s inaugural All-Saints Party on Tuesday 31st October (eve of ‘All Saints’), those who prepared the activities and refreshments, and the many adults and children who prepared imaginative costumes based on well-known saints.

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Feast of All Souls
Thursday, November 2nd 2017

Crucifix in Ashbourne Cemetery on the Eve of All Souls

“It is a good and wholesome thing to remember the dead.”

(2 Macc 12:46)

The month of November is an occasion for us to continue the tradition of visiting the church and cemetery to pray quietly for our dead.  Remembering our loved ones, family and friends during the month of November has always been seen as an act of charity to the faithful departed from those who still have the gift of life to help them attain their eternal rest.  Our prayers, particularly the offering of Mass, expresses our hope that God will free the person who has died from any burden of sin and prepare a place for them in heaven.

“Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.” Amen



Annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving
Monday, October 30th 2017

Our parish’s Annual Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving took place this weekend.  We remember with grateful hearts the labours of those who earn their living from the land, the bountiful harvest, and the blessing of food we share each day.  May we always be grateful for the blessings we receive, remembering those who are hungry and in need.

Our thanks to all who contributed to this years harvest display: Deirdre Kennedy, K&K Produce; David & Gráinne Farrell; Daragh Donnelly; Anthony Battersby; Peter Keogh & Sons, Simon & John Gormley, and Reika O’ Sullivan.  All produce kindly donated will be distributed by St. Vincent De Paul to needy families in our Parish.  Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish encourages our parishioners to support local businesses by shopping local.



All Saints Party
Thursday, October 19th 2017

Ashbourne-Donaghmore’s inaugural All-Saints Party takes place in the Parish Hall, Tuesday 31st October (eve of ‘All Saints’) from 6.30pm-8.30pm.  Children are invited to model their costume on a well-known saint.  Check out some costume ideas on or  The evening includes traditional games, music and refreshments.  All welcome.


A Prayer for Protection and Safety
Monday, October 16th 2017

Lord Almighty, watch over and protect all

of your children in the path of hurricane Ophelia.

Please protect us and guide us toward safe harbours.

Protect from all harm our homes, those who are travelling or working, the emergency services, the elderly, and the homeless.

Let the storm pass through,

and we will take shelter in you:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the

Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”




Friday 13th October Holy Hour – 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions in Fatima
Monday, October 9th 2017

On Friday 13th October, the date of the final apparition in 1917, our parish will host an hour of prayer, rosary and adoration in Ashbourne Church at 8pm.  A specially crowned statue of Our Lady from Fatima will be loaned to the Parish for the occasion.  All welcome.

As celebrations continue marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima when she appeared to three shepherd children:  Lucia Santos, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, at the Cova da Irea, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence for the anniversary year to all who fulfil the ordinary conditions:  Go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

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Wedding Celebrations – St. JP II Chapel
Monday, October 9th 2017

My name is Louise O’ Connor, and my husband Ruadhrí and I wanted to share with other couples contemplating marriage our experience of Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish.

On 13th June 2017, surrounded by close family, Ruadhrí and I celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in the recently opened St. John Paul II Chapel in Ashbourne.


It was very important for us to have an intimate church wedding with our families, but we also wanted to celebrate with our friends and extended families.  We discussed our hopes for our marriage with family, friends and Fr. Derek, and after much consideration, we decided to separate the two ceremonies, the Sacrament of Marriage and the civil ceremony.  In this way, we believed we were maintaining the integrity of both of these ceremonies.  The celebration of the Wedding Mass (others chose a Wedding Service) was a moving one, involving everyone from both families in the Liturgy of the Word, the Prayers of the Faithful and the Offertory, music and reflections.  The St. John Paul II Chapel was the perfect setting in which to exchange our vows before God in an intimate ceremony.


A month later, on 21st July 2017 we were civilly married.  The ceremony took place in the Secret Garden of Boyne Hill House, surrounded by family and friends.  Read on »


Congratulations St. Declan’s Primary School
Friday, September 29th 2017

Congratulations to Saint Declan’s National School as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary!!  It opened its doors in 1977 replacing the school in the church grounds.  Bishop Michael Smith celebrated Mass for the school community, parents and former members of staff and Boards of Management on Wednesday the 27th of September at 12pm.  During the Mass he blessed a ‘Time Capsule’ which contains creative work from all the pupils in the school.  Bishop Michael retired to the school afterwards where he was welcomed by students.  Parents offered hospitality to invited guests and Bishop Michael visited the 6th classes as they prepare for Confirmation.  We thank everyone in St. Declan’s, past and present, for the enormous contribution they have made in those 40 years to education in our parish and their commitment to the religious ethos of St. Declan’s.


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