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July Parish Prayer
Thursday, June 26th 2014

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish
July Prayer

OLMCDear Jesus, July is for many a time to rest and relax. Lord may all who travel do so in safety. While we engage in recreation which restores our bodies and minds help us to spend some time regularly with You so that Your Holy Spirit may restore and recreate our souls too. May the sporting activities which people engage in over the summer be an opportunity for fraternity and personal growth in generosity and respect for others.

Lord, You poured out Your Blood on Calvary as a fount of life for us. We claim It’s protection for ourselves, our families and all for whom we pray in these times of worldwide distress, hunger, homelessness, war, disease and urban violence. We remember those in our own country forced to sleep in the streets and those forgotten and alone. We ask Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary, to adopt them as their own children. May St Martha sister of Lazarus ever hospitable to Jesus and His companions ensure that the hands of those who provide hospitality for them never lack the means to do so.

Lord, You commissioned us to go out to all nations teaching them all that You command and baptising them in the name of the Most Holy Trinity. With Pope Francis we ask the Holy Spirit, the apostles Thomas and James, Mary Magdalen and your holy martyr Oliver Plunkett to help all missionaries especially lay people to witness courageously to the Gospel in the poorest countries particularly those in which Your followers are persecuted.

Mary, mother of the Church on earth, of the souls in Purgatory and the blessed in Heaven, Lady of Mount Carmel intercede for us all and clothe us in the mantle of your special protection so that we may not succumb to the temptation to serve mammon. Help us to use wisely the things of earth to ensure for all the necessities of life. Help us to be content in the knowledge that Jesus supplies all our needs when we come to Him with open hearts and empty hands.

Lord, we remember the people of Ukraine at this time and we commend them and all of Europe to the protection of St Benedict our patron. Heavenly Father for the sake of the sorrowful passion of Jesus have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen


June Parish Prayer
Friday, May 30th 2014

June Prayer

Holy TrinityHoly Trinity, true God, we adore You profoundly as the Church celebrates Your mystery.  Lord God, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier help us to know, love and serve You as we ought by listening to Jesus and doing as He tells us.

Lord Jesus, at your Ascension You left to prepare a place for us in Heaven.  As we walk the narrow path ‘in this vale of tears’ fill us with Your Holy Spirit of love.  May we use our talents to bring others with us to that place of peace and joy which is our true home. Jesus, lord of love, strengthen us on our journey with Your Eucharistic Body and Blood.  May we always receive You with humility, great reverence and sincere gratitude.

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May Prayer
Saturday, May 3rd 2014

May Prayer

May PrayerLord Jesus, May is the month when traditionally we venerate the Eternal Virgin of Israel, Your Mother Mary.  She cares for us her adopted children as she cared for You her firstborn son, the Lamb of God, who was sacrificed for our sins. Mary, dearest mother, your purpose for all eternity is to bring Jesus to us, and us to Jesus.

We ask you to visit us again as you visited your cousin Elizabeth.  Just as you carried the Son of God in your womb, and sanctified John before his birth, bestow your blessing on us, we pray, and sanctify each moment of our day.  And as you appeared in Fatima as the new Esther to rescue the church from evil, spread your mantle over us and our country to protect us from the evils that assail us.


 Together with Our Holy Father, we ask you to pray for us Mary, that the media may serve the cause of truth and peace, especially during the forthcoming elections.  Star of evangelisation, guide the church in proclaiming the truth of the Gospel to all nations.


 Mary, as the little children receive Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time help them to realise what a treasure is the Holy Eucharist and to grow in love and respect for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  Call them to meet Him often and to receive Him with great love and respect.  May they nestle close to His most loving heart.  Mary, pray for them that they may never lose their innocence and never abandon Him but grow in love and confidence in Him as their most trusted friend now and always.


 St. Philip Neri pray for our priests that they may radiate holiness and promote the sanctity and dignity of the Holy Temple of God amongst His people.  May we may always have priests to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and administer the Sacrament of Penance.  May the celebration of these sacraments help us to grow in personal holiness.


 Bl. Edmund Rice pray for us that the Catholic ethos of our schools be preserved from atheism, false religions and intolerance.  Holy apostles Philip, James and Matthias pray for us and the persecuted church everywhere especially in China.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now and every shall be, world without end.  Amen.






April Prayer
Saturday, March 29th 2014

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish

April Prayer


Lord Jesus, this month we celebrate Your passion death and resurrection.  Like the crowds welcoming You to Jerusalem we can, at times, fail to appreciate the meaning of the events which accomplished our liberation from sin and our rebirth into the life of grace, and so we ask You to teach us, Lord.

Jesus, as Your human life draws to its close and You endure in Gethsemane the great struggle to accept crucifixion as Your Father’s will, we resolve to spend an hour with You, our Passover Lamb, to comfort You in Your desolation.  Help us to accept Your will for us even in suffering—mental, physical or spiritual.  Lord fill with hope all those tested by pain and sickness.

 Jesus, Universal King, You accepted the torture of being tried, stripped, scourged , mocked and crowned with thorns.  Our sins were heaped upon You, innocent lamb, before Your slaughter on Calvary.  There You poured out Your blood as grace and mercy for us.  At the eleventh hour You reassured the good thief that he too with all his sins forgiven would accompany You to Heaven that very day.

Jesus, as we venerate Your cross and renew our Baptismal Vows give us the grace of true conversion even though it be our eleventh hour.  Jesus, whose greatest attribute is mercy, call us and all sinners to meet You in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Easter.  Grant us Your forgiveness, and the peace of knowing we are re-united to You.  May we love You and our neighbour with all our heart.  May those baptised this Easter keep their baptismal innocence until they meet you face to face. 

Risen Lord ,You sent Mary Magdalene, reformed sinner, to announce Your  resurrection to the apostles; grant that through her intercession Your priests may be faithful in following You and caring for Your people.

 Lord, as Spring unfolds we pray with Pope Francis that governments foster protection for creation—men, women, plants and animals, earth and ocean: and may they ensure just distribution of all natural resources.

 Sts. Mark, the evangelist and Catherine of Sienna pray for us that we may live in the joy of Easter and witness to the love and mercy of Jesus for us and all creation. Amen  



March Prayer
Sunday, March 2nd 2014

March Prayer

Lord our GoSt. Josephd in Your wisdom You have arranged a time for everything under Heaven, so, this month we enter once again into the holy season of Lent when Your Church proposes to us the means to come closer to You and our neighbour by prayer, penance, fasting, and alms giving.  We ask the help of Sts Joseph and Patrick in choosing our resolutions and putting them into practice with humility and perseverance.

Lord, when we pray give us a greater appreciation of our nothingness before Your majesty; when doing penance, knowledge of our sins and true repentance; when fasting and giving alms, the gift of temperance and deep gratitude for Your gifts to us. Read on »


Parish February Prayer 2014
Monday, January 27th 2014

February Prayer

Presentation at the Temple

God our Father this month we remember the Presentation of Your Son Jesus to You in Your Temple at Jerusalem.  We accompany Mary Your Spouse and the virgin mother of Jesus as she goes with Joseph to fulfill the law of Moses. Lord God, what example of humility is shown to us in the redemption of The Redeemer by the sacrifice of two turtle doves and the purification of Mary, the purest of all creatures, by the offering of candles! 

 What great faith is shown to us by the elderly Anna and Simeon who alone are graced to recognise the Saviour.  Lord, may the Church and society recognise and respect the wisdom and experience of the elderly.  Holy Mary, so young and yet so full of grace how you must have wondered at the future fate of your tiny vulnerable child.  He would soon be forced to flee from a murderous king; his crucifixion, as that of a suffering servant, a man of sorrows, crushed like a worm as he would lie prostrate under the heavy weight of the cross was already foretold by the prophet Isaiah.  Lord Jesus, to follow You we must take up our cross daily and start afresh.  Hear the prayers of those who suffer grievously because of war and violence.  We ask the intercession of St. Brigid for peace and reconciliation in our country and that of  Sts. Cyril and Methodius for the people of Eastern Europe and Ukraine.  Lord there are so many countries where war prevails.  We earnestly entreat you to hear the prayers of the Holy martyrs of Your church especially for the people of Syria, the Middle East and Sudan.

 Lord Jesus strengthen and support Pope Francis whom You appointed to the Chair of Peter to evangelise the world and lead the faithful to safe pastures.  May all your Church, priests, religious and lay people co-operate generously so that the world may know that You alone are the one true God.

 Holy Mary, Mother of God, Lady of Lourdes, as you care for your children willed to you by Jesus from His cross, hear our prayers for the sick.  Extend your gentle hands to those who, ill or infirm, find daily life a trial.  Lord Jesus, we thank You for all Your gifts to us and with Mary, Your mother and ours, we offer you this day and every day of this month to be lived in accordance with Your commandments to love God and each other. Amen.



Parish Prayer, December 2013
Monday, December 2nd 2013

Lord, our Advent journey begins as we accompany Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem contemplating the wonder of what is about to unfold the Son of God becoming flesh, born in a poor stable lacking even the simple comforts of the humble home of Nazareth. There will be no relatives nor neighbours to rejoice with them who before long will be refugees in an alien land together with their Son. As a family you will look no different from any other family forced to exist on whatever God provides through the kindness of strangers. Meanwhile the gentle ox and the little donkey lend You their manger on which Your mother places You wrapped in her mantle.

Mary, we ponder that birth and marvel at the providence of God Who sent a heavenly choir to herald His arrival and the shepherds who came at the angel’s word to worship the Shepherd King both of which would have been impossible at home for fear of drawing attention to the mystery before it’s time. So too the Magi, to whom, for the gentiles, were entrusted the good news of the coming Redemption.

Heavenly Father, You permitted Your only Son should be exiled so that the prophesy could be fulfilled: “I called My Son out of Egypt” (Matt.2:15) and we poor sinners could be “raised from the dunghill to sit in the company of princes”(1 Sam 2: 8 ) Lord, help us to welcome Your Son by making a sincere effort to turn our backs on those things which preoccupy us to the detriment of our relationship with You and with our neighbour. May the approaching feast be a time of repentance and joy for us as, like the shepherds and the Magi, we bring our gifts to the King of kings.

St Joseph, chaste spouse of The Immaculate Virgin Mary, to whom the Son of God was entrusted, protect our families and make them models of faith, hope and love. Lord Jesus, together with the Holy Innocents, we entrust to Your tender care all the children of the world born and unborn; and to the Holy Family, the protection of all families especially those who are suffering from war, famine and disaster.

Lord Jesus have pity on those who because of persecution cannot celebrate Your birthday with the Christian community. Console them with Your mystical presence and the support of St. Stephen and all the martyrs . Lord, may the feast of Christmas bring peace to us and to people of good will here and throughout the world. Amen


Monthly Prayer, November 2013
Tuesday, November 5th 2013

Lord our God, You have given us times and seasons for everything and so, together with the Church throughout the world, we remember in prayer those who have finished this life’s journey in the hope of reaching Heaven.  While on earth Lord Jesus, You brought them to the inn of Your Church where You healed their wounds of sin through the sacrament of penance and confirmed their repentance with the wine of joy.  Now Lord, we ask that those who still require the remedy of purgatory may soon complete their cure and be welcomed to the banquet of Heaven.  We pray especially for our departed loved ones and for those who have nobody left on earth to remember them.

Christ, King of the Universe, Sovereign Lord, help us to live according to Your desires by imitating the example of Your beloved friends the saints who, in a myriad of ways, show us how to walk humbly, to live justly and to love tenderly using the gifts You have given us.  Lord, through the wisdom of the great teachers of the church instruct us, the courage of the martyrs strengthen us, and the fortitude of the great missionaries give us perseverance.  May all the saints, especially all the saints of Ireland, intercede for us that our country may never lose the faith for which our forefathers suffered so long and so hard.

Mary our mother, at a tender age you presented yourself to the Lord in His temple as His servant; in union with Pope Francis hear our prayers for all who have dedicated their lives to God by priestly and religious vows. Comfort, sustain and confirm Jesus’ priests who suffer, doubt or waver that they may persevere in fidelity to the Lord Who has chosen them.  With the Holy Father we pray also that the Church in Latin America may produce fruit in the form of missionaries for the whole world.

Lord, as we spend time in Your presence we remember the many who are suffering in different ways in our own parish, our country and abroad.  Hear our prayer for all of our needs.  Thank You for Your gifts to us and help us to remember the difference between needs and wants and to share generously from our varied resources. Amen.


Monthly Prayer, October 2013
Tuesday, September 24th 2013

Dear Jesus, this month we celebrate Mission Sunday.  We reflect on the mission of The Church to all nations and our Christian obligation as individuals to proclaim Your Word in the circumstances of our lives.  Lord, may we so live in union with Your will that we may be Your instruments in spreading the Good News of salvation to those who do not yet know You.  Help us to bring back to Your fold those who have strayed and to bind up the wounds of those crushed by the hardships of life so that they may feel Your loving embrace.  Virgin Mary, Lady of The Most Holy Rosary, help us to  re-awaken in ourselves the mysteries of the Gospel in our commitment to reciting your beautiful rosary.  May this chain which binds Satan protect us from all evil. (Rev.20: 1)

St. Therese of The Child Jesus, patron of the missions, intercede for us and for missionaries everywhere that their efforts may bear fruit and the people they serve may live in safety and peace.

Lord of the harvest, we thank You for providing food for us and for all your creatures.  As you blessed your servant Abel we ask Your blessing on farmers and all who work on the land.  Jesus, we thank You for giving us Pope Francis and we ask the protection of Blessed Michael Archangel for him as he strives to show us how to live in Your presence, as did St. Francis, in simplicity and joy.

Angels of God, given to us at our conception, help us to become more aware of your presence in protecting us from danger, in directing us in doing good and avoiding sin, and to thank God for the privilege of knowing that despite our failings and feelings of hopelessness we are never alone.  Jesus, in this Year of Faith we ask you to strengthen our belief and trust in You.  May the prayer of St. Ignatius of Antioch who bravely faced his gruesome death in the lions den, give hope and courage to all persecuted Christians especially those in Syria and the Middle East.

Lord, with all the saints and martyrs, especially our Irish martyrs, may we bless, praise, glorify and thank You for creating us for Heaven.  During this month please give us new heart as we try to walk the narrow road and enter by the narrow gate that leads to Life Eternal.  Amen.


September Prayer
Thursday, August 29th 2013

Lord our God, with our Holy Father we ask for an appreciation of the value of silence as we come into Your presence so as to hear what You wish to teach us about the mystery of yourself. Most Holy Trinity, three Divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet one God.

Bring us to kneel in silence before the tabernacle in which Jesus the Saviour of the world now lives amongst us under the appearance of bread. Lord Jesus, so often alone, we come to keep You company and to bring all our thoughts, prayers, needs and anxieties and those of our neighboursí to You Who said, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” Lord, in this noisy world, help us to remember that Your word is heard only in the gentle breeze.  Through prayerful silence may we become receptive to a new outpouring of the gifts of Your Holy Spirit for our good and the good of our neighbours.  May the charity  of St Vincent de Paul be our example in doing good for others.

Lord Jesus, we remember the Exaltation of Your Holy Cross and the sorrows of Mary Your Holy Mother. Through the grace You won for us on the road to Calvary grant us fortitude and perseverance, true sorrow for our sins, great love of neighbour and forgiveness of those who have wronged us.

Mary our Mother, as we celebrate your birthday and revere your Holy Name we ask you, Ark of The new Covenant, to keep us united in truth and love and in obedience to Jesusí representative on earth, Pope Francis, as he steers the Universal Church through the stormy waters of this age. Sts. Gregory, Jerome and John Chrysostom pray for him.  Sts Mathew and Pio of Pietrelcina, martyrs of love, be with all persecuted Christians especially in Africa, China and the Middle East as they endure hardship and death for the love of Jesus. Lord, may the testimony of todayís martyrs set the world on fire with Your love.

Dear Jesus, as young people begin, or return to school or college, or enter the workplace, may they be conscious of the assistance of their guardian Angels in all their endeavours. Holy angels and archangels Michael, Gabriel and
Raphael protect us and our beloved country. Amen




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