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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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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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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.

 

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New Baptistry for Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish
Monday, July 17th 2017

A new Baptism Font and Ambry were installed recently in our church in Ashbourne.  The font, was specially commissioned from China with Paul Rennicks Memorials and the flooring was installed by Natural Stone Carpets, Ireland.

“Baptism is the sacrament by which men and women are incorporated into the Church, built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit, into a holy nation and a royal priesthood.” General Introduction to Rite of Baptism

 

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St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society
Friday, May 12th 2017

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish formally inaugurated a local branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society at the 11am Mass, Sunday 7th May 2017.  St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society is a Catholic lay organisation that are founded to help students who are on their journey to priesthood.  The Society supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life through assisting students through their prayer and financial support. The local branch meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Parish Office at 11am with the exception of the May meeting which takes place Friday 26th May at 11am.  All welcome.

Pictured at the parish shrine to St. Joseph are members of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society along with Fr. Seamus McEntee, National Chaplain to St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society.

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Bulletin 12th June 2016
Thursday, June 9th 2016

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Bulletin 5th June 2016
Friday, June 3rd 2016

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Bulletin 8th November 2015
Friday, November 6th 2015

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Two New Saints for Kerala Community
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Indian Saints

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish extends it’s congratulations to the Kerala Community living in Ashbourne as Pope Francis canonised  Reformist Catholic priest, Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and reclusive nun, Sister Euphrasia from Kerala on Sunday last during Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.

Pope Francis praised their ‘creative’ commitment to helping the poor.  “They responded with extraordinary creativity to the commandment of love of God and neighbour,” he said.  With Chavara and Euphrasia’s canonisation,  the centuries-old Syro Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala has three Saints, the first being Sister Alphonsa raised to the revered rank in 2008.

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Bulletin 30th March 2014
Saturday, March 29th 2014

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