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World Meeting of Families Celebrations
Thursday, August 30th 2018

“I have found so much faith in Ireland.  I am close to you: keep moving ahead with courage.  The light of Faith will show the path to renewal for the Irish Church.” – Pope Francis

Festival of Families – Croke Park – 25th August 2018

“It is true that I like to say that in our families we need to learn three words.  They are “sorry”, “please” and “thank you”. Three words. What were they? Everyone! [all: “sorry, please, thank you!”] Another time! [“sorry, please, thank you!”]. I can’t hear you! [“sorry, please, thank you!”] Thank you very much! When you quarrel at home, be sure that before going to bed you apologize and say you are sorry. Before the day is done, make peace. Do you want to know why it is necessary to make peace before ending the day? Because if you don’t make peace, the next day you have a “cold war” and that is very dangerous! Watch out for cold wars in the family! Maybe you get mad sometimes and are tempted to sleep in another room, all by yourself. If you feel that way, just knock on the door and say: “Please, can I come in?” All it takes is a look, a kiss, a soft word… and everything is back to the way it was! I say this because when families do this, they survive. There is no such thing as a perfect family; without the practice of forgiveness, families can grow sick and gradually collapse.”

Penitential Act of the Holy Father

(Papal Mass Croke Park – 26th August 2018)

Yesterday I met with eight persons who are survivors of the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience and sexual abuse. In reflecting on what they told me, I wish to implore the Lord’s mercy for these crimes and to ask forgiveness for them.

We ask forgiveness for the cases of abuse in Ireland, the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience and sexual abuse on the part of representatives of the Church. In a special way, we ask forgiveness for all those abuses that took place in different kinds of institutions directed by men and women religious and other members of the Church. We also ask forgiveness for cases in which many minors were exploited for their labour.

We ask forgiveness for all those times when, as a Church, we did not offer to the survivors of any type of abuse compassion and the pursuit of justice and truth by concrete actions. We ask forgiveness.

We ask forgiveness for some members of the hierarchy who took no responsibility for these painful situations and kept silent. We ask forgiveness.

We ask forgiveness those children who were taken away from their mothers and for all those times when so many single mothers who tried to find their children that had been taken away, or those children who tried to find their mothers, were told that this was a mortal sin. It is not a mortal sin; it is the fourth commandment! We ask forgiveness.

May the Lord preserve and increase this sense of shame and repentance, and grant us the strength to ensure that it never happens again and that justice is done. Amen.

 

 

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St. Elisabeth’s Convent – Belarus
Saturday, June 30th 2018

Sr. Nina and Sr. Anna along with Dimitri from St. Elisabeth’s Convent in Belarus visited Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish recently.  They were most grateful for the support they received from parishioners during their visit at which they displayed traditional arts, crafts, icons, pottery, embroidery and other religious goods.  Proceeds from the sale of their crafts assists the sisters in providing spiritual and social help for more that 500 orphaned children with special needs.  In addition, they operate a rehab centre where over 300 socially vulnerable and disadvantaged people are offered support and shelter.

 

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Ordination to the Diaconate
Sunday, May 27th 2018

Congratulations to Fergal Cummins who was ordained to the Diaconate by Achbishop Diarmuid Martin, in Maynooth this weekend (27th May 2018).  We wish him every blessing as he begins his ministry in the diocese.  During his homily, archbishop Martin encouraged those ordained by remarking,

‘The challenge of witnessing to Jesus Christ in today’s world is not an easy one.  Many will see the results of Friday’s referendum as an indication that the Catholic Church in Ireland is regarded today by many with indifference and has having a marginal role in the formation of Irish culture.   The Church that is called to make present the Jesus who is full of mercy and compassion is seen by many as somehow weak in compassion.

The Church in its beginnings had its distinctive characteristics as we read in the Acts of the Apostles.  It was marked by harmony, by prayerfulness, by generosity and care.  The Acts of the Apostles note that the new Christian community was then held in high regard by all and grew in believers day by day.

Harmony, prayerfulness, generosity and care must be the marks of those who preach the word of God.  The Irish Church after the Referendum must renew its commitment to support life.  The Church is called to be pro-life however not just in words and statements and manifestoes but to be pro-life in deeds, by being a Church which reflects the loving care of Jesus for human life at any stage. That loving care includes support to help those women who face enormous challenges and who grapple with very difficult decisions to choose life.’

 

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Altar Servers’ Tour 2018
Sunday, May 20th 2018

Some of our Altar Servers attended the Altar Servers’ Tour this week as a token of appreciation for their commitment to our Parish all year round.  Thank you to our Altar Servers’ Team who care for, and support our servers with great pastoral care and encouragement throughout the year.  Our thanks to those who coordinated the tour and the volunteers who assisted on the day with the outing.

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Papal Nuncio Visits Ashbourne – “Are we ready?”
Thursday, April 19th 2018

His Excellency Jude Thaddaeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland visited Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish last weekend.  He was formally welcomed to the parish by Ciarán Lawless (Parish Pastoral Council) at the beginning of Mass.

The Sprinkling Rite took place at the Baptism font, blessed by Bishop Smith earlier that morning before the commencement of Mass.  Candy Querida-Maia  and Anastasija Sitova, both received into the Church at Easter assisted the Nuncio during the Sprinkling Rite at the beginning of Mass.  The scripture readings were read by Blannaid Naghten and Jim Kavanagh.  During his homily, the Papal Nuncio, asked those gathered if they were ready to welcome the Holy Father as he prepares to travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August. He also spoke of the influence Irish missionaries had on his own call to the priesthood.  The Prayers of the Faithful were read in some of the languages which make up the rich tapestry of languages and cultures in Ashbourne.   Linus and Meg Offiah, and members of the Kavanagh Family presented the offertory.

   

The Papal Nuncio joined the parish community to posthumously present the Benemerenti Medal on behalf of Pope Francis to the family of the late John Mc Ginley.  This Papal honour, given for service to the Church, recognises John’s work and craftsmanship in creating the six stained glass windows which illumine the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne.  George Walsh, artist, who originally designed the windows was also present to celebrate and honour his late colleague and friend.  The medal and parchment were received by John’s son Robbie Mc Ginley.

John’s career took him all over the world: the cathedral in Porto, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Texas and New York.  Closer to home, John worked on the stained glass windows in OL of Victories church in Ballymun, St. Canices, Finglas and the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West, and of course Ashbourne.

His excellency also formally launched the recently published booklet on the stained glass windows.  The booklet entitled, ‘The Story of our Stained Glass’,  preserves the past for future generations, and enlightens all who bathe in the colourful lights of the church.

Thanks were expressed to Ashbourne Church Choir who provided the music for both ceremonies, servers, those who offered hospitality and those who decorated the church.  Parishioners retired to the Parish Hall for a reception afterwards and the opportunity to meet the Papal Nuncio.

  

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Bishop Smith Blesses New Baptism Font
Thursday, April 19th 2018

Bishop Michael visited Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish at the weekend to bless the newly installed Baptism Font and Ambry, prior to the celebration of Mass by His Excellency Jude Thaddaeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

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Holy Saturday 2018
Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Congratulations to those who were welcomed into the Church on Holy Saturday night through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation.  We also congratulate their Godparents, Sponsors, and families.  Our appreciation also goes to our catechetical team who prepared candidates through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Programme in our Parish.

    

 

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Bulletin 8th April 2018
Friday, April 6th 2018

Bulletin 08-04-2018 (1)

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Friday, March 16th 2018

MASS TIMES

Ashbourne:        9am,    11am,    12.30pm

Donaghmore:    10am

 

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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.

NINEVEH PLAINS CHALLENGE

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.

 

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