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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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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 »


Evening of Prayer for Families (WMOF 2018)
Monday, September 11th 2017


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!



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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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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