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Bulletin 13th January 2018
Thursday, January 10th 2019

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Thursday, January 10th 2019


  • Morning Prayer: Why not join our parish community for Morning Prayer each day (Mon-Sat) at 9.40am.  It only takes 15 minutes!
  • Read one spiritual book per month. Check out or similar websites for possible suggestions.
  • Read one chapter of the Gospels daily. God speaks to us through His Word.
  • Commit to praying one of the psalms each day. There are 150 which speak of our every need in prayer.
  • Pray the Rosary or even one Decade daily. It only takes seven minutes to pray one decade.
  • Volunteer. Is there something you can do in your Parish?  Giving of your time will fill your heart more abundantly and cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude.
  • Keep Sunday holy. We all need to rest!  If God rested on the seventh day, and called us to do the same, why not rest in his presence in the Eucharist.  Worship together & pray together!
  • Go to confession once a month. Don’t let fear deter you from experiencing God’s love for you through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Eucharistic Adoration. Why not spend some time in the presence of Jesus.  Drop in to the John Paul II Chapel on Thursdays from 10.30am-9pm.  Sit in the Lord’s presence, pray for your own needs, those who have asked you to pray for them.
  • Sign up to a daily spiritual website:,, to mention a few.
  • Download a Catholic app onto your phone. ‘Universalis’, ‘The Pope App’, ‘Truth & Life’, ‘Divine Mercy’, ‘John Paul II’, ‘Rosary’, ‘Confession’, ‘Catholicpedia’ etc.
  • Consider joining a Christian Meditation Group.  A group meets each Wednesday in the JPII Chapel or check out Christian Meditation on line.
  • Attend a Spiritual Retreat to reconnect with the ourselves and the Lord.
  • De-clutter!  Create a space in each day for stillness and silence.
  • Begin a daily journal.  Where did God speak to you in the encounters and experiences of each day.
  • Tune in to a Catholic TV station once a week.  EWTN – Eternal Word Television Network; Salt and Light TV and Radio Stations; Catholic Life Television.

(Fr. Derek)


Friday, January 4th 2019

We wish all our parishioners every blessing for the New Year!

As we celebrate the season of Christmas, may St. Joseph grant to all of us the ability to dream great things, drawing us closer to what God dreams about us.  As he gazed into the eyes of the Infant Child, may the radiant beams of His holy face captivate us too with renewed hope and confidence in God’s Love – the Word made flesh—who dwells among us.

As we begin a New Year, may Jesus knock gently on your hearts so that the year ahead may be warmed by the tenderness of His Father, who deepens our faith, strengthens our hope and increases our love for Him and one another.

(Fr. Derek)



Bulletin 6th January 2019
Friday, January 4th 2019

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Parish Prayer Ministry – January 2019
Wednesday, January 2nd 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 pray for all involved in the education of the young especially at primary level; that catholic parents may be active partners with schools in equipping their children with a firm grounding in the faith.  By their example may they encourage in their children a commitment to follow Jesus.

As new laws come into effect we pray for the protection of the unborn, for appropriate help for parents in difficulties, and for respect for the right to conscientious objection for medical, nursing and ancillary staff in our hospitals and community health services.

We pray to the Holy Family for an end to the eviction of families from their homes and for a commitment to justice on the part of our public representatives so that all may have access to adequate housing.

We invoke the Holy Name of Jesus to protect our families, communities and country from adversity during this New Year.  May Mary, the Mother Of God and Queen of Peace intercede for us that a solution may be found to preserve economic stability, peace and harmony following Brexit.

We pray for our Bishop Thomas, Bishop Emeritus Michael and all our priests.  May the example of their holiness, wisdom and courage deepen our relationship with the Lord.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.



Bulletin 30th December 2018
Friday, December 28th 2018

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Bulletin 23rd December 2018
Thursday, December 20th 2018

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Christmas Mass Schedule 2018
Wednesday, December 19th 2018


5pm                          Family Mass                                   Ashbourne

In the interest of everyone’s safety and comfort at this Mass, parents with buggies are asked to store the buggies in the Parish Office where they can be collected after Mass.

The Red Cross will join us for the 5pm Mass to ensure the safety of all joining the parish community on Christmas Eve,

8pm                          Vigil Mass                                   Donaghmore

11pm                        ‘Midnight Mass’                        Ashbourne

This Mass is broadcast live on RTE television and simultaneously on Eurovision.  Please join our parish community as we unite with families across Europe to celebrate the feast of Christmas.



Ashbourne 9am, 10am (Polish), 11am, 12.30pm

Donaghmore 10am



10am Mass   (Please note: church will not open until 9.30am)



Penitential Service & Confessions
Sunday, December 16th 2018

                          PENITENTIAL SERVICE

                            Monday 17th December


                    (Visiting priests in attendance)


                          Saturday 22nd December


                        Monday 24th December




Bulletin 16th December 2018
Thursday, December 13th 2018

Bulletin 16-12-2018 (1)




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