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Bulletin 5th May 2019
Saturday, May 4th 2019

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Parish Prayer Ministry – May 2019
Friday, April 26th 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 with Pope Francis that through the commitment of its members the Church in Africa may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

We pray for the children of our parish who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this month.  May the Holy Spirit motivate them in practising their faith with enthusiasm and inspire them as adult Christians to evangelise their peers.

May is the month of Mary.  We pray to Our Lady of Fatima  for all those in our parish who are ill at this time, those in hospital and those being cared for in their own homes  including the elderly and handicapped.  May our Blessed Mother comfort and help them to endure their suffering.

We continue to pray for our country that government be restored in Northern Ireland and peace prevail over those who would bring about a return to violence and destruction on this island.

We remember persecuted Christians worldwide and all who suffer for their faith or conscience; may they not lose hope but feel supported by our prayers for their safety, security and the right to freedom of expression.

We ask St Joseph to intercede for families and individuals seeking work and a home of their own both here and abroad.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.



Thursday, April 25th 2019


Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” and “grave attacks” on Sri Lankan Christians as they celebrated Mass on Easter Sunday morning last.  He led thousands in praying for the 359 people who innocently and tragically died from the suicide bombings.  British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt lamented, “To attack Christian worshippers at Easter, which is a celebration of peace and the holiest day in the Christian calendar, betrays in the attackers an absence of the most basic values of humanity.”

Prayer for Sri Lanka:    

As brothers and sisters in your family we are called to care for one another and to carry each other’s burdens.

Open our hearts to our brothers and sisters who suffer because they voiced their faith in you,

because they bear the name of Christian,

because they dare to proclaim your name.

May they know that across the miles, beyond the silence, we add our prayers to yours for them.

Teach us how we can make a difference to their lives.

Turn our hearts to the members of your family who cry to you for help.  Amen.


Bulletin 28th April 2019
Thursday, April 25th 2019

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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




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