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Pope Francis Honours Ashbourne Parishioners
Thursday, June 20th 2019

In recognition of their services to the Church, Pope Francis has bestowed on Brendan O’ Reilly and Áine Fitzgerald-O’ Reilly the Order of Pope St. Sylvester.  It is conferred on those who are active in the apostolate of the Church, particularly in the exercise of their professional duties.  Bishop Tom conferred the honour on Áine and Brendan in Pope Francis’ name. 

Brendan O’Reilly has served the Irish Episcopal Conference in his capacity as National Director of Catechetics and his long association with Veritas.  He was involved in the publication of ‘Share the Good News’ – a framework document for evangelisation in the Irish Church – and the production of the ‘Alive-O’ and ‘Beo go Deo’ series.  More recently, he was instrumental in the compilation of the ‘Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults’; and currently, he is translating the new ‘Grow in Love’ religion programme into Irish – I nGrá Dé.  Locally, Brendan is our chief Catechist who coordinates the catechetical programme for RCIA; he is a member of the Parish Choir and assists the parish with various workshops and conferences. 

Áine has served as a Commissioner in the Irish Girl Guides.  Parochially, she is a Minister of Holy Communion.  She is a member of the parish RCIA catechetical team, the Altar Society, the Ministry of Welcome.  Áine was one of the founding members of Ashbourne Senior Citizens.  She coordinates the local Craft Group, and visit hospitals and nursing homes.  Some of her other work includes the support of Christians—the living stones—  in the Holy Land. 


Bulletin 23rd June 2019
Wednesday, June 19th 2019


Bulletin 16-06-2019
Monday, June 17th 2019


Bulletin 9th June 2019
Thursday, June 6th 2019


Bulletin 2nd June 2019
Thursday, May 30th 2019


Farewell for Fr. Derek
Saturday, May 25th 2019


All are welcome to join Fr Derek on Saturday, 15th June at 6pm in Ashbourne Church as our Parish prepares to say farewell to him.  We express our sincere thanks to him for his dedicated service, commitment and leadership throughout his ministry.  We will always be grateful to him for enriching the lives of the people of our parish and also for his guidance & assistance with the various groups and communities within the area.  We offer our appreciation to him as pastor and a friend since he was appointed as Curate for the parish in 2007 and Parish Priest in 2013.  We wish him the every blessing in his new appointment as Administrator in Mullingar Parish and Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Planning and Development for the Diocese of Meath, which he commences on the 17th June.  A reception with refreshments will take place in the Parish Hall after this Mass of Farewell.  As Bishop Tom visits our parish on Sunday 16th May, Fr. Derek will formally say farewell at all Masses the weekend of 8th/9th June. 


Bulletin 26th May 2019
Saturday, May 25th 2019


Bulletin 19th May 2019
Friday, May 17th 2019

Bulletin 19-05-2019 (1)


Cemetery Devotions 2019
Thursday, May 16th 2019


Killegland               Friday 24th May 7.00pm

Donaghmore          Sunday 26th May after 10.00am Mass

Ashbourne            Sunday 26th May after 12.30pm Mass

St. Declan’s            Sunday 26th May 6.00pm

Greenogue              Sunday 26th May 7.00pm



Clerical Changes 2019
Thursday, May 16th 2019

Bishop Deenihan has announced the following diocesan changes which will take effect on Monday 17th June next:

Fr Joe Gallagher, PP Tullamore to be Vicar General in addition to Fr Declan Hurley, Navan.

Fr Derek Darby, PP Ashbourne to be Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Planning and Development and Adm, Mullingar.  An Episcopal Vicar is a priest appointed by the Bishop to oversee an important aspect of Diocesan life on the Bishop’s behalf.

Fr Joe Clavin, PP Dunshaughlin to be AP Dunshaughlin, residing in Culmullen.

Fr Paddy Keary, PP Clara to retire.

Fr John Conlon, PP Duleek to be Adm Donore in addition.

Fr Sean Henry, PP Trim to be PP Dunshaughlin.

Fr Gabriel Flynn, AP Dunboyne to DCU and on loan to Dublin, Pro Tem.

Fr Joe Deegan to be PP Clara.

Fr Phil Gaffney, PP Saint Mary’s, Drogheda to be Adm Holy Family in addition.

Fr David Bradley, PP Holy Family, Drogheda to be PP Multyfarnham.

Fr Paul Crosbie, Adm, Mullingar to be PP Trim.

Fr John Nally, PP Ballynacargy to be PP Ashbourne. Read the rest of this entry »




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