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Good Friday 2019
Saturday, April 20th 2019

Good Friday Reflection 2019

 ​(Fr. Derek Darby)

This year’s Good Friday centre-piece​, created by Jessie Heung and Jane Singleton from Ashbourne Community School,​ focuses on the corpus of Jesus Christ.  The body of Christ-crucified is depicted as wood, sand and flesh.  As the figure of Christ crucified is three dimensional, so too there are three spiritual dimensions which invite us to reflect more deeply on the Passion and death of Jesus:


The sand on part of Jesus’ body, recalls the beginning of Lent where, ‘The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days’ (Mt. 4:1).  There in the aloneness of the desert surrounded by sand, Jesus was tempted by the devil, lured by the promise of food and the glory of power should he bow before Satan.  In his weakened state, Satan derides Jesus: ‘If you are the ‘Son of God’, while at the same time challenging God to protect him should he throw himself off ‘the parapet of the Temple’.  The sand reminds us that throughout his desert experience, Jesus was protected by God who never abandoned him.  He experienced God’s strength, resolve, fortitude and love.  In a special way, the sand reminds us of our utter dependence on God at times when we need Him most.  Like Jesus, we surrender ourselves to Him.


The wood grain on a portion of Jesus’ body transports us from the manger to the cross.  As Jesus’ journey on earth begins with the wood of the manger, so does it end—not with the warm, welcoming wood of the manger, but with the rough wood of the cross.  Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletin 21st April 2019
Friday, April 19th 2019

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Peregrinatio Pro Christo Holy Week 2019
Monday, April 15th 2019

Congratulations to Ray Heffernan, Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish who was recently commissioned for Peregrinatio Pro Christo work with the Legion of Mary in the UK.

Peregrinatio Pro Christo (PPC) is a part of the Legion of Mary apostolate of evangelising which invites the members to improve their skills by travelling to other regions, usually another country, to carry out assignments of spreading the faith.  Volunteers to PPC are doing work similar to that of the apostles and disciples of the early church.  They will spend no more than two weeks in a specific parish where they will engage with people, door-to-door about Jesus Christ.

Gracious God, we present our hopes for these specially commissioned this day. In every age you have chosen servants to speak your word in unique and special and various ways. We thank you for these people whom you have called to serve you. Give them each special gifts to do their special work. Fill them with the Holy Spirit so they may accept all they confront, and be faithful and joyful in their task. Bring them safely home and then let their experience further enrich us so that we, too, may better serve you.  Amen



Holy Week & Easter Ceremonies 2019
Friday, April 12th 2019

Holy Thursday   

10.00am-11.00am Confessions in Ashbourne

8.00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Adoration in Ashbourne

10.50pm  Night Prayer


Good Friday

10.00 am-11.00am Confessions in Ashbourne

3.00 pm The Passion of the Lord in Ashbourne

5.00 pm – 5.45 pm Confessions in Polish

7.00 pm Way of the Cross in Ashbourne


Holy Saturday

10.00 am-11.00am Confessions in Ashbourne

12.30pm   Polish Blessing of food in Ashbourne

9.00 pm Easter Vigil in Ashbourne


Easter Sunday

9.00am, 11.00am and 12.30pm in Ashbourne

10.00am in Donaghmore


Easter Monday      12 noon Mass in Polish in Ashbourne


Bulletin 14th April 2019
Friday, April 12th 2019

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Thursday, April 11th 2019


Mass will be celebrated for the Ashbourne-Donaghmore Pioneers, Saturday 29th June at 6pm in Ashbourne Church.  For more information on becoming a pioneer, including any aspiring young pioneers (that’s between 12 and 18 years of age) or for existing members to apply for silver, gold, or diamond pins are invited to visit the monthly meetings in the Parish Office on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm or contact Colette on 01 8352430 or Catherine on 018354260 as soon as possible.  These awards mark a lifetime commitment to the ideals of the pioneers and devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Pioneers meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm in the Parish Office.  The next meeting takes place 8th May.

For further information, please check or email


Candlelight Concert
Tuesday, April 9th 2019

Congratulations to all involved in the recent Clann Ceol 2019 Candlelight Concert in Ashbourne Church.  Thanks to the Ashbourne Lions Club and the various artists and musicians who contributed to marvellous evening of musical talent and entertainment: Eimear Quinn, The Dublin Brass Ensemble, The Mamisa String Quartet, Cór na Mí, Schola Hyberniae, and The Occasional Singers.


Friday, April 5th 2019


Non-Catholic Schools

Educate Together & Gaelscoil na Mí

Enrolment of children attending the above schools for the First Holy Communion and Confirmation Preparation Programmes will take place, Wednesday 10th April at 7.30pm in Ashbourne Church.  This meeting is for parents who have children currently attending Year I of the First Holy Communion and Confirmation Parish Sacramental Preparation Programme and who wish to enrol them for Year II.  Parents with children currently in Senior Infants and Fourth Class who wish to enrol their children for Year I of the First Holy Communion and Confirmation programmes in September 2019 should also attend this meeting.


Bulletin 7th April 2019
Friday, April 5th 2019

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Parish Prayer Ministry – April 2019
Saturday, March 30th 2019

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

We continue to pray for our country during this time of uncertainty over Brexit.  We ask the Holy Spirit to bestow His gifts of wisdom and right judgement on all with responsibility for government in these two islands.

We pray for ourselves and those to be received into the church this year that we may prepare to celebrate worthily the Feast of Easter.  We ask Jesus to strengthen and console those persecuted Christians who cannot celebrate with us.

With Pope Francis we pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

We pray for those enslaved, trafficked and abused that the precious Blood of Jesus may set them free.

We pray for a greater appreciation of the reverence due to Jesus expressed in the way in which we acknowledge His Presence in the tabernacle.  We ask for the gift of silence to enable us to listen as He speaks to our hearts.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.





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