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Parish Prayer Ministry October 2017
Sunday, October 22nd 2017

‘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.

For the mission at home and abroad that through the intercession of St. Therese of The Child Jesus priests and teachers of the faith may freely exercise their ministry and succeed in their endeavours to bring all people to the knowledge and love of Christ.

That in this parish where the rosary is recited three times each day, Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary, whose feast we remember this month, may be ever more loved and honoured and that the children of the parish may learn to pray with love to their heavenly mother and to rely on her help in all their needs.

That all of us may have a greater appreciation of the powerful help of our Guardian Angels;  that we may learn to call on them for assistance in times of temptation, invoke their protection each day, and thank them for their loving care of us.

That the practice of Eucharistic Adoration may become firmly rooted in our parish and its fruits become the source of a greater appreciation and love of the holy sacrifice of the Mass celebrated with great reverence.

That through the intercession of Pope St. John Paul II, who himself worked and studied under difficult conditions, workers’ rights may be respected and the unemployed be afforded the dignity to contribute to the common good.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.



Bulletin 22nd October 2017
Friday, October 20th 2017

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All Saints Party
Thursday, October 19th 2017

Ashbourne-Donaghmore’s inaugural All-Saints Party takes place in the Parish Hall, Tuesday 31st October (eve of ‘All Saints’) from 6.30pm-8.30pm.  Children are invited to model their costume on a well-known saint.  Check out some costume ideas on or  The evening includes traditional games, music and refreshments.  All welcome.


A Prayer for Protection and Safety
Monday, October 16th 2017

Lord Almighty, watch over and protect all

of your children in the path of hurricane Ophelia.

Please protect us and guide us toward safe harbours.

Protect from all harm our homes, those who are travelling or working, the emergency services, the elderly, and the homeless.

Let the storm pass through,

and we will take shelter in you:

“He who dwells in the shelter of the

Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”




Friday 13th October Holy Hour – 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions in Fatima
Monday, October 9th 2017

On Friday 13th October, the date of the final apparition in 1917, our parish will host an hour of prayer, rosary and adoration in Ashbourne Church at 8pm.  A specially crowned statue of Our Lady from Fatima will be loaned to the Parish for the occasion.  All welcome.

As celebrations continue marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima when she appeared to three shepherd children:  Lucia Santos, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, at the Cova da Irea, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence for the anniversary year to all who fulfil the ordinary conditions:  Go to confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

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Wedding Celebrations – St. JP II Chapel
Monday, October 9th 2017

My name is Louise O’ Connor, and my husband Ruadhrí and I wanted to share with other couples contemplating marriage our experience of Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish.

On 13th June 2017, surrounded by close family, Ruadhrí and I celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage in the recently opened St. John Paul II Chapel in Ashbourne.


It was very important for us to have an intimate church wedding with our families, but we also wanted to celebrate with our friends and extended families.  We discussed our hopes for our marriage with family, friends and Fr. Derek, and after much consideration, we decided to separate the two ceremonies, the Sacrament of Marriage and the civil ceremony.  In this way, we believed we were maintaining the integrity of both of these ceremonies.  The celebration of the Wedding Mass (others chose a Wedding Service) was a moving one, involving everyone from both families in the Liturgy of the Word, the Prayers of the Faithful and the Offertory, music and reflections.  The St. John Paul II Chapel was the perfect setting in which to exchange our vows before God in an intimate ceremony.


A month later, on 21st July 2017 we were civilly married.  The ceremony took place in the Secret Garden of Boyne Hill House, surrounded by family and friends.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Saturday, October 7th 2017

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Congratulations St. Declan’s Primary School
Friday, September 29th 2017

Congratulations to Saint Declan’s National School as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary!!  It opened its doors in 1977 replacing the school in the church grounds.  Bishop Michael Smith celebrated Mass for the school community, parents and former members of staff and Boards of Management on Wednesday the 27th of September at 12pm.  During the Mass he blessed a ‘Time Capsule’ which contains creative work from all the pupils in the school.  Bishop Michael retired to the school afterwards where he was welcomed by students.  Parents offered hospitality to invited guests and Bishop Michael visited the 6th classes as they prepare for Confirmation.  We thank everyone in St. Declan’s, past and present, for the enormous contribution they have made in those 40 years to education in our parish and their commitment to the religious ethos of St. Declan’s.


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Thursday, September 28th 2017

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