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Altar Server Awards 2017
Monday, April 24th 2017

Congratulations to all the servers of our parish who received awards in recognition of their length of service, commitment, reverence, prayerfulness and good example.

St. Patrick’s Medal

Alex Crabb, Jake Dennehy, Hannah Lynam, Aoibheann Shortt, Isabelle O’ Brien, Niall O’ Sullivan, Deirdre Gaughan, Clíona Creed, Joedev Puchon, Darragh Finn

St. Michael’s Medal

Thomas Linnane, Rhys Thomas, Paul Wilson, Lauren Wilkie, Ade Okosun, Cianán Finn

St. Stephen’s Medal

Conor Nulty, Adam Power, Ciara O’ Sullivan, Ben Mather, Ella Webster, Osezele Okosun, Bebin Benny, Onora Finn


Holy Saturday, Holy People
Monday, April 24th 2017


Our heartfelt congratulations to Flavio Bruni Rodrigues da Silva and Cuiwen Yu who were received into the Church on Holy Saturday night as they celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion.

We give thanks for their fruitful participation in the parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme.  We are indebted to their Catechists for their support, witness and instruction.

May they continue to witness to the joy of the resurrection in their witness to their faith.




Good Friday – The Veneration of the Cross
Friday, April 14th 2017

The cross will be carried through the church.  Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the salvation of the world.  And as the cross is raised we respond – “Come, let us adore”.

The cross was left before the altar.  The rose petals are a poignant reminder of all who have suffered and lost their lives because of their faith in the cross of Jesus Christ.


Good Friday – The Passion of the Lord
Friday, April 14th 2017

The image which dominates the church today painted by students from Ashbourne Community School takes its inspiration from the thirteenth station of the cross – Jesus is taken down from the cross.  It depicts the iconic image of the Turkish soldier holding the lifeless body of little Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee.  On the right of the painting are Mary & Joseph; they too were refugees.  There is one profound addition to the painting:  if you look closely you will see two holes in the feet of the baby Jesus in his mother’s arms as they flee into Egypt.  You will also notice two holes in the feet of little Aylan.  It reminds us that Jesus continues to suffer with all who suffer in our world today.  Whenever we inflict pain or suffering on another; whenever we speak words of war and hatred, and not peace, whenever we mistreat another in word or deed, Jesus is once more nailed to the cross.  We heard last week of the chemical attack in Syria; we heard this morning on the news of 50,000 men, women and children urgently being evacuated from towns across Syria.  We heard words of war from North Korea.  The holes in Aylan’s feet remind us that the drama of Good Friday continues today.

(Extract from Fr. Derek’s Good Friday homily)

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Good Friday – Morning Prayer – Blessing of Sudaria
Friday, April 14th 2017

‘It is your face O Lord, that I seek, hide not your face.’ (Ps. 27:8)

During Morning Prayer, preparations were made for the celebration of The Passion of Our Lord, Jesus with the preparation and blessing of Sudaria.  As Veronica wiped the face of Jesus, she brought with her a cloth known as a Sudarium – a sweat cloth, on which was imprinted the face of Jesus.  As the cross was venerated each person was invited to pray:

Help us to wipe the face of those who are sick,

to dry the tears of the broken hearted

to sooth the wounds of those who hurt.

Through your passion and cross, unite our sufferings with yours,

that as you help us to carry our cross, we may help others to carry theirs.



Fr. Derek, Fr. Ciarán and Parishioners attend Chrism Mass
Friday, April 14th 2017





















Almost 100 priests from the Diocese of Meath joined Bishop Michael Smith for the annual Chrism Mass on Holy Week, during which the clergy renewed their priestly vows.

“Faith calls us to walk in a way that does not always conform to the prevailing fashions of the age” Bishop Smith told the priests and asked the full Cathedral congregation to pray for their local clergy.

The Bishop blessed the various holy oils to be used in all 69 parishes in the Diocese of Meath for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations and the anointing of the sick.  

At the end of the liturgy, a member of the Cathedral liturgy team, Julie Darby, expressed a word of thanks to the clergy. “You have been there at all the most important moments in our lives” she said. “We are your people and we are proud that you are our priests. You have given up your lives to follow your vocation and we appreciate who you are and what you do.”


Holy Week Schedule
Thursday, April 6th 2017


The Chrism Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Smith with the priests and religious of the Diocese of Meath in the Cathedral on Wednesday 12th April at 7pm.  During Mass the priests of the Diocese will renew their commitment to priestly life and the Holy Oils for use during the year in the parishes of our diocese, will be blessed.



Morning Prayer  9.45am

Confessions  10am-11am

The Lord’s Supper, takes place in Ashbourne Church, 8pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. John Paul II Oratory.

Adoration will conclude at 10.30pm with Night Prayer for Vocations.



Morning Prayer and Blessing of Shrouds   9.45am

Confessions – 10am-11am

The Passion of the Lord, Ashbourne, 3pm

Stations of the Cross, Ashbourne, 7pm.

A collection will be taken during Good Friday ceremonies for the suffering Church in the Holy Land and the Middle East.  Since the needs are so vast and the suffering of Christians and other faith groups so great, Pope Francis has encouraged all Catholics to support our persecuted brothers and sisters.

This years portrait created by students from Ashbourne Community School, draws it’s inspiration from the Thirteenth Station of the Cross: Jesus is taken down from the cross, and the plight of refugees across the world.  It will adorn Ashbourne Church from Good Friday.  We invite all to spend some time in quiet prayer and reflection.



Morning Prayer   9.45am


 Easter Vigil, Donaghmore, 8pm;

Easter Vigil, Ashbourne, 9pm.

Your prayers are asked for those preparing to be received into the Church on Holy Saturday.  We give thanks for their fruitful participation in preparation for Sacraments and express also our deep gratitude to the RCIA preparation team in the parish.



Wednesday, March 29th 2017


Church of the Immaculate Conception


Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April 2017
Each mission evening starts at (7.30pm)

Night 1: God’s Love

The amazing story of John Pridmore

 Night 2: God’s Mercy

A chance to meet Jesus personally in the
Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Visiting priests in attendance)

 Night 3: God’s Healing

Healing service (miracles abound)

 Night 4: God’s gift of Mary

The love of Mary for us

 Night 5: Mass of the Holy Spirit

The most powerful prayer of the Catholic Church
There will be talks and music at each of the morning Masses.
 Masses: Mon –Thurs (10am)
Mission Evenings: Mon –Fri (7.30pm)
 All Welcome.



Confirmation 2017
Friday, March 24th 2017

Congratulations to the children of our parish who were confirmed this week by Bishop Michael.

We would like to express our gratitude to the principals, teachers and staff of our schools for their commitment and dedication.  A particular word of thanks to the teachers of our sacramental classes, music directors and choirs who enhanced our Confirmation ceremonies this weekend.

Thank you to our parish parents group who coordinated our parish-links Confirmation programme, ‘Confirming our Children’ and worked alongside our priests, teachers and children in preparation for this weekend.  We hope it has enriched the lives of your families as we invite you to joyously witness to Jesus with lives built on faith and love.




St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 10th 2017

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11am (Bi-lingual),




(Please note: there is no vigil Mass, 16 March 2017)








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