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Bulletin 17th June 2018
Friday, June 15th 2018

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Bulletin 10th June 2018
Friday, June 15th 2018

Bulletin 10-06-2018 (1)


World Meeting of Families Donation
Friday, June 1st 2018










Ciara Nichol and Eugene Duff, members of the Parish Pastoral Council, along with Fr. Derek presented a donation of €2,150 to Niall O’ Shea, Head of Financial Development and Brenda Drumm, WMOF Communications Manager who visited the Parish during the week.  Thanks to parishioners who supported a raffle on the Parish Family Day and the recent Clann Ceol 2018 Concert, the parish were able to support the Solidarity Fund of the World Meeting of Families.



Parish Prayer Ministry June 2018
Friday, June 1st 2018


‘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 thank You Heavenly Father for the food You provide for us and we ask that You graciously bless the land to enable a good harvest.

As the holidays begin and families have time off work to rest and relax we pray that we may travel in safety, enjoy good weather and return refreshed.

We pray for all deacons and priests to be ordained this year and we commend them and their ministry to the care and protection of Sts. Peter and Paul that they will never waver in their commitment to Christ and to the truth of the Gospel. 

Lord Jesus as young people sit exams and ponder the career choices open to them may they trust in the help of The Holy Spirit  to supply the answers they need to enable them to fulfil Your plan for them.  May the young St Aloysius Gonzaga intercede especially for those contemplating priesthood or religious life.

Lord Jesus we ask You to enfold us in Your Sacred Heart.  Help us appreciate more fully the depths of Your mercy.  Protect us and our country through the outpouring of Your Precious Blood and to help us always prepare to receive your Body and Blood with humble, contrite and pure hearts.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.



Bulletin 3rd June 2018
Friday, June 1st 2018

Bulletin 03-06-2018 (1)


May Procession
Sunday, May 27th 2018



First Holy Communion children, their families and parishioners are invited to join together, Wednesday 30th May at 7pm in Ashbourne Church to celebrate May, the month of Mary with a May Procession.  Children will be invited to lead the rosary and the procession will return to the church for Benediction.  Please bring your Rosary beads!  All welcome!



Annual Cemetery Devotions
Sunday, May 27th 2018

The annual cemetery devotions take place next weekend:

Killegland         Friday 1st June 7.00 pm

Donaghmore     Sunday 3rd June after 10 am Mass

St. Declan’s      Sunday 3rd June at 6.00 pm

Ashbourne        Sunday 3rd June at 7.00 pm

Greenogue        Sunday 3rd June at 8.00 pm



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.’



Bulletin 27th May 2018
Sunday, May 27th 2018

Bulletin 27-05-2018 (1)


World Meeting of Families 2018
Sunday, May 20th 2018

Preparations for the World Meeting of Families are well under way.   Over the days of the WMOF, a chosen theme will reflect “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” and will include an enriching programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions.  An engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities will be provided for children.  The schedules for the ceremonies, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances are available on  The WMOF dates for your Parish Diary are attached below.


Wednesday 22 August is the day of the congress on which parishioners from around the diocese of Meath are invited to join with parishes through the provinces of Armagh and Dublin.  The programme will commence at 9am with Morning Prayer and will conclude with Mass in the RDS Arena at 4pm.

Attendance at the RDS Congress on Wednesday guarantees a ticket per person to the Festival of Families with Pope Francis in Croke Park on Saturday 25th August.


to the Papal Mass in The Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August.  Parishioners can register individually on line or can complete a registration form in the Parish Office with payment of €38.  If there are sufficient numbers, the Parish will register as a group and organise a coach for one or all of the three events and will advise of the cost in due course.


The official icon of the Holy Family visits the diocese on the dates below.  This initiative encourages prayer and reflection as part of the journey towards WMOF 2018.  Families around Ireland will have the opportunity to write their petitions for inclusion at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.

26-28 June  St. Mary’s Church, Navan

29June-1 July  Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar


Up to 10,000 volunteers are required to help with various elements of the WMOF and the Papal Visit.  So far, over 3,000 volunteers have signed up.  152 singers from parishes around the diocese have offered to be part of the 5,000 voice choir for the Papal Mass.  Registration can take place on Families in a position to welcome visiting families to Ireland by hosting a person, a couple, or a family should contact: or call 01 5676800.





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