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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 »

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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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World Meeting of Families 2018
Wednesday, September 27th 2017

“Family life is the most important web of meaning for Irish people” delegates at a Meath diocesan assembly were told.  “Our everyday lives revolve around other family members.  Most people see and understand themselves in terms of being parents, grandparents, husbands, wives and children.”

This was one of the findings of a study by sociologist Tom Inglis, quoted by Martin Kennedy at an gathering in Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Monday (25 September), attended by over 350 representatives from parishes in the Diocese of Meath.

Martin Kennedy was outlining plans in the Diocese of Meath ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018, which it is hoped Pope Francis will attend.

Towards the end of the diocesan assembly, Brenda Drumm from the Catholic Communications Office interviewed Ephrem Feeley, who composed the theme song for the World Meeting of Families. Read on »

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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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