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Bulletin 3rd February 2019
Thursday, January 31st 2019

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Blessing of Throats
Thursday, January 31st 2019

Feast of St. Blaise

Traditionally on the Feast of St. Blaise, 3rd February, individuals are invited to have their throats blessed using candles that are blessed on the Feast of Candlemas (2nd February).  The blessing of throats will take place after each Mass this weekend.

Saint Blaise was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia during the fourth century.  According to various accounts he was a physician before becoming a bishop.  His reputation spread throughout the entire Church in the Middle Ages because he was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat.  From the eighth century he has been invoked on behalf of the sick, especially those afflicted with illnesses of the throat.



Confirmation Preparation Ritual Mass
Thursday, January 31st 2019

The theme of the Mass was ‘Disconnect to Reconnect’.  In the Gospel, Jesus was reconnecting with his roots as he read from the scroll of the Prophet Isaiah in the synagogue where he grew up.  As adults and children we are encouraged to disconnect……to take time away from our phones and tablets… put them down and to look up!  It gives us the opportunity to reconnect with ourselves and others, and not live our lives through the lense of a phone or screen.

 The clock on the Sanctuary reminded everyone how valuable our time is and how important it is to use our time wisely.  The numbers on the clock were replaced with icons of the many apps and devices that preoccupy our time.  On the outside of the clock are alternative ways in which we can spend our time in a positive, productive way.

Each student prepared a tablet and on it they made an internet-safety pledge which will guide them and others when they use modern technology.

Parent/Child Phone-Internet Contract 2019

  • I will always tell the truth about what I am doing on my phone or computer. Not telling the truth takes away your trust in me and it’s really hard to get that back.
  • I will not use my phone/computer to do anything mean—no bullying, no teasing, no being rude.
  • I will not take pictures of people and post them without permission.
  • My social networks are limited to (e.g. Facebook and Snapchat). We will discuss adding more later when I show you responsibility using these.
  • I will put my phone/iPad in the kitchen every night by ________p.m. and I understand this phone is yours—you will check it whenever you want to, to keep me safe.
  • I will always report any unusual online behaviour to my parents/guardians as well as any behaviour that scares or worries me.
  • My mobile phone is a way for me to communicate to my parents.
  • I will not give my PIN or password to any of my friends.
  • I will not download or use any apps, nor will I visit any sites that have been “banned” by my parents/guardians.
  • I will give you my PIN codes and passwords.
  • I will only accept friend requests from my “real-life” friends.
  • This phone/computer will not turn me into a rude person; I will not answer it while in a restaurant, movies or while talking to another human being.
  • I understand that I am responsible for where my phone, iPad or laptop is and for keeping it in good condition.
  • I understand that having my phone/computer is a privilege, not a right. If I abuse this privilege my phone will be taken off me.
  • I will not give out my personal information on the internet.
  • I will make sure my profiles are set to private.



Baptisms in Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish
Thursday, January 31st 2019

Congratulations to parents in our parish on the birth of their children.  Our parish shares in your joy and we are delighted to welcome your baby into the Christian family of the Church through Baptism.  By asking for your baby’s Baptism, parents are publicly thanking God for His gift to them and they make a commitment to bring up their child in the Christian faith.  We will help you carry out your decision by giving you our wholehearted support.

Parents should keep the following in mind:

(i) Parents can provisionally book the date for their child’s Baptism through the Parish Office.  (Please note: Baptisms are limited to six in Ashbourne Church for any one ceremony, or two in Donaghmore Church.)  Baptisms can only proceed when parents have completed the Pre-baptism Programme.

(ii) The Baptism Registration Form can be downloaded from the parish website.  This form must be returned to the Parish Office before attending the Pre-baptism Programme in the parish.

(iii) Parents living outside of Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish who wish to return to Ashbourne/Donaghmore for their child’s Baptism are very welcome.  In such cases, parents are required to provide a letter from their parish of residence permitting the baptism to take place outside of the parish where they live.  Parents can complete pre-baptism preparation for their child in the parish where they are living and the permission letter from the parish should confirm this has been completed.

(iv) Visiting priests are welcome to officiate at baptisms in our parish.  The same requirements—(i)-(iii) – apply to parents in these circumstances.  Under diocesan safeguarding regulations, visiting ministers are required to present a valid celebret before officiating at the ceremony.

Further details about baptisms are available on the parish website or from the Parish Office.



Bulletin 27th January 2018
Thursday, January 24th 2019

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Bulletin 20th January 2019
Thursday, January 17th 2019

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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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