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Confirmation Ritual Mass
Monday, November 19th 2018

The children of our parish continued their preparation for Confirmation this weekend.  The theme of their Ritual Mass was ‘In November, we Remember’.  Parents created a ten foot candle and the children fixed smaller candles depicting the names of their family’s loved ones who sleep in the Lord’s peace.

Fr. Derek explained, “Through Baptism and Confirmation, we become part of a family ‘that never forgets us’.  Let’s think about it for a moment!  When we pray at Mass. We pray for ‘our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection.’    It doesn’t matter if we know them or not….they are our brothers and sisters.”

“In November as we remember, we are reminded that no one is forgotten and just as we pray for those who have died, they will be praying for us, praying for those of you preparing for your confirmation because they want you to be part of this family that never forgets us.  Let us never forget and keep the flame of faith burning brightly in our hearts.”



Bulletin 18th November 2018
Monday, November 19th 2018

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Table Quiz Fundraiser
Friday, November 9th 2018

The Ashbourne Knights of St. Columbanus are hosting a table quiz in aid of Christmas Day Dinners for the homeless in Dublin, Friday 16th November at 8.30pm in Donaghmore-Ashbourne GAA Club.

Cost per table of four is €40.

The Knights of St. Columbanus are a fraternal order dedicated to the living out of the Gospel in their daily lives.

All welcome.



Bulletin 11th November 2018
Thursday, November 8th 2018

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Bulletin 4th November 2018
Sunday, November 4th 2018

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All Saints Party 2018
Thursday, November 1st 2018

Thanks to all who joined our parish All Saints Party on the eve of All Hallows.  Thank you to all who prepared costumes, organised games and activities, refreshments and the children (and adults!) who dressed up and joined us on the evening.  Happy All Saints Day!


Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition
Monday, October 29th 2018

An exhibition of Eucharistic miracles from across the world will take place in Ashbourne Church, 27th Oct-3rd November.  The exhibition features details of Eucharistic miracles in eighteen countries including the testimony of Carlo Acutis (1991-2006) who placed the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the heart of his young life, calling it ‘my highway to heaven’.  Supporting leaflets are available for all who visit the exhibition.


Confirmation Ritual Mass – United in Faith
Monday, October 29th 2018

Students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation commenced their preparation recently.   ‘Behold the wood of cross’ – each student was given a strip of wood on which they wrote their baptismal names.  The names were arranged in the shape of the cross – the first sign they received in the Sacrament of Baptism. Through Baptism, they are ‘United in Faith’.

During his homily. Fr. Derek reflected on Pope Francis’ recent visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families and how he asked parents to teach their children how to make the sign of the cross properly.  He explained, “It’s one of the first things we learn from our parents.  The Holy Father said, when he sees people blessing themselves, it looks like they are casting a magic spell, waving their hands in all sorts of directions.  But making the sign of the cross properly and intentionally, in other words, thinking about it, is an act of faith in the father, son and Holy Spirit.”

“How do we remember how to bless ourselves properly?

First, in the name of the Father.  Where does the father live?  Think of the prayer Jesus taught his disciples: Our Father, who art in heaven.  Heaven is upwards.  We lift our right hand to our forehead.

Second, and of the Son.  Where is the son?  Where should the Son be?  In our hearts.  We move our hand to our heart.

Third, where is the Holy Spirit?  All around us.  The best way of depicting that is this way (moving hands from left to right).  There we have the sign of the cross.

When we make the sign of the cross, we are reminding ourselves of our baptism, the moment we began our life as a follower of Christ.  When we make the sign of the cross, we are uniting ourselves in faith with every Christian across the world gathered for Eucharist as Jesus commanded his followers to do.  We do it, because he loved us this much (opening his arms wide).”


Bulletin 28th October 2018
Friday, October 26th 2018

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Parish Prayer Ministry – November 2018
Friday, October 26th 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.

As we remember the holy souls this month, we pray especially for all those who have died tragically through war, natural disasters, accidents, and suicide, as well as those who have nobody left on earth to pray for them.

We remember the elderly, disabled, infirm and invalided living in fulltime residential care.  We pray that their carers may dutifully create an atmosphere where their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are respected.

As winter sets in we pray that all road users– motorists, cyclists and pedestrians—show concern for each other in obeying the rules of the road, enabling all to travel safely.

We pray for the communities north and south on this island and between Ireland and the UK as negotiations on Brexit continue.  May the language of love and dialogue prevail in all discussions.

Through the intercession of all the saints of Ireland, we pray for those elected to public office.  May they diligently distribute taxes contributed by the people, prioritising the crises in housing, health care and education.

For parents who have lost a child.  Comfort them in their grief and welcome their little ones into the tender arms of your mercy.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.





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