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Friday, February 9th 2018


 Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne

Mass & Distribution of Ashes: 7.30am, 10am, 8pm

School Prayer Services & Distribution of Ashes 11am, 12pm


Daily Lenten Masses

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne   7.30am & 10am



The Value of Human Life ~ Maria Steen
Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (25 March 1995) reminded all Catholics of the “pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life!”  Following the recent decision to hold a referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, Maria Steen was invited to address our parish community on ‘The Value of Human Life, as we witness to the Gospel of Life.

The Value Of Human Life
Today in Ireland we stand at a crossroads. There are those who wish to remove the protection of the law for children before they are born.  Contrary to what people think, the Eighth Amendment is not a constitutional ban on abortion. Rather, it recognises the right to life of the child before birth. This is
what we will soon be asked to vote away: the most basic human right of all – the right to life – from the most vulnerable of all human beings – the infant in the womb. By taking those rights out of the Constitution, we leave all babies vulnerable. Read the rest of this entry »


Saturday, February 3rd 2018


Bulletin 4th February 2018
Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Bulletin 04-02-2018


Buy a Brick Campaign!
Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish recently twinned with Ikire Parish in Nigeria as it launched this year’s Confirmation Preparation Project.  The Parish’s needs are great and urgently require the construction of toilets and the provision of a well for clean running water and crop irrigation.

Students will receive many gifts, including the gifts of the Holy Spirit at the time of their Confirmation.  As families in our parish prepare for the World Meeting of Families, Confirmation students are invited to pledge a number of bricks from the money gifted  to them at Confirmation time which will assist in providing toilet facilities and running water for the children in Nigeria.  Each brick costs just €10!  €6,500 is required to complete the projects.

Who can help? 

Individual families, businesses, community groups etc..  Students can work together on initiatives to raise money: cake sales, sponsorship, personal pledges, coffee mornings etc.,

Pledge Sheet



Internet/Phone Safety Pledge
Tuesday, January 30th 2018

Students and parents preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation were recently addressed at Mass by Community Garda, Barbara Kelly on the importance of Internet/Phone Safety.  The theme of the Mass was ‘Be Aware of What You Share’.  Each student was presented with an Activity Sheet highlighting the importance of using our phones and to communicate a message that is positive and safe when using the internet and smart phones.  Parents and children were encouraged to enter in to a ‘Phone-Internet Contract’ (below) to ensure their safety on line.

Parent Child Phone-Internet Contract 2018



Parish Prayer Ministry February 2018
Thursday, January 25th 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.

In union with Pope Francis we pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist the lure of corruption.

That the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God will intercede for us to protect our country from the evil of abortion.

Through the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Blaise, bishop and martyr, may the sick amongst us may be healed of their infirmities.  May those who minister and care for them be rewarded for the dignity and care they afford to the sick.

Following the example of the old man Simeon who recognised in the baby Jesus the promised Saviour of the world, may never be afraid to acknowledge before all people, by our words and actions, that Jesus is truly God made man sacrificed for us on the cross and ever present to us in the Blessed Sacrament.

As Lent begins, may each of us resolve to live our faith more earnestly by renewing the practise of fasting on Ash Wednesday, practising charity to one another in word and deed; giving time each day to personal and family prayer; depriving ourselves so as to share whatever we can afford with those less well off.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.



Bulletin 28th January 2018
Thursday, January 25th 2018

Bulletin 28-01-2018


Bulletin 21st January 2017
Friday, January 19th 2018

Bulletin 21-01-2018


Bulletin 14th January 2018
Thursday, January 11th 2018

Bulletin 14-01-2018




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