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Friday, December 15th 2017

We welcome you and your family to join our Parish community during the seasons of  Advent and Christmas.


Penitential Service

Monday 18th December, 8pm, Ashbourne Church.  (visiting priests in attendance)



Friday 22nd December 10.30am

Saturday 23rd December 10.30am-12 noon

Saturday 23rd December – Confessions in Polish 4.30-5.30pm


Please note there are NO CONFESSIONS on Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve (Sunday Masses)

Ashbourne:  9am and 11am

(No 12.30pm Mass)

Donaghmore: 10am


Christmas Eve

5pm Family Mass Ashbourne

8pm Donaghmore

9pm Ashbourne


Christmas Day Masses

Ashbourne: 9am, 11am, 12.30pm

Mass in Polish Language 10am

Donaghmore: 10am


St. Stephen’s Day

10am Mass

Church opens at 9.30am



Thursday, November 30th 2017


We welcome Colin Bell, father of the late Kevin Bell who joins our Parish this weekend as we begin our Advent journey.  The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was established to honour Colin and Eithne’s son Kevin, who died tragically in America in 2013.  From their own experience they wanted to alleviate the financial hardship of other bereaved families whose loved ones died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances and assist in their repatriation back to Ireland.  Through their own experience, they wish to offer PEACE to families.



Thursday, November 30th 2017


During the Sundays of Advent, guest speakers will speak on the Advent themes of Joy, Hope, Peace and Love as we continue our preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

First Sunday of Advent  —  Offering Peace to Families

Colin Bell, Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.  The Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating loved ones who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland.

Second Sunday of Advent  —  Offering Joy to Families

Daráine Mulvihill, broadcaster and TV Presenter.  Daráine is well known for her involvement in TV presenting for the London 2012 Paralympics for channel 4, the Rio 2016 Paralympics for RTE2 and more recently her coverage of the 2017 Invictus Games from Toronto.

Daráine is also a survivor of meningitis.

Third Sunday of Advent  —  Offering Hope to Families

Colin White—Irish Kidney Association.  Colin will explain the work of the Association and speak on the hope organ transplants offer to patients and their families.

This weekend is traditionally ‘Bambinelli Sunday’ where families are invited to bring the ‘baby Jesus’ from their family cribs to Mass for an Advent blessing.



Ashbourne Turns Red! #RedWednesday
Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Our new external church lighting was formerly switched on Wednesday 22nd November to coincide with the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need’s #RedWednesday campaign.  The Church was lit red in an attempt to shine a light on Christian persecution and highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.


Aid to the Church in Need is embarking on it’s most ambitious project to date – The Ninevah Plains Campaign—whereby they are attempting to resettle 14,000 registered families who fled from Mosul and Erbil (The Nineveh plains) during a time of great persecution by ISIS.  Nearly 13.000 homes have to be rebuilt, there are ongoing security concerns in the villages, Kurdish-Iraqi political manoeuvring on the ground, infrastructure concerns (water, electricity, roads, schools and clinics) and most importantly the transition period between the end of monthly rentals and food packages.  The ultimate goal is to enable Iraqi Christians to return home to their villages in the Ninevah Plains, where they have lived for centuries, and to do so in dignity, safety, as well as security.



Annual Memorial Service
Tuesday, November 21st 2017

This years Bethany Memorial Service took place this weekend.  Our parish community were invited to pause in remembrance and prayer for those who have died, particularly those who died in the last year.  The theme for this year’s Service: ‘The Stone Rolled Away’.  Our thanks to Seán Kenny and Helen Orrock who provided the music, member of the Bethany Bereavement Team (photographed), and the Legion of Mary who provided refreshments afterwards in the Parish Hall.



Sacramental Preparation Ritual Mass
Tuesday, November 21st 2017

Children preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation continued their preparation this weekend as they joined the parish community for Sunday Mass.  This months ritual Mass focused on ‘Helping Others’.  The Confirmation children focused their attention of ‘Families Helping Families Across the World.’  They launched the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign where they have twinned with Ikire Parish in Nigeria.  The children are invited to pledge a number of bricks which will assist in building toilets, providing running water, and completing the construction of an out-station church which was commenced in 1986.  Individual families, businesses, community groups can support the initiative.  Students can work together on initiatives to raise money: cake sales, sponsorship, personal pledges, coffee mornings etc.  Each brick costs just €10!



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





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