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Wednesday, September 27th 2017


As a leadership group in our parish, the Parish Pastoral Council meets once a month.  Its primary purpose is pastoral i.e. to build up our local Christian community characterised by faith, prayer, worship, service and mission.  The primary role of the PPC is to plan for enabling the fulfilment of the pastoral and spiritual life of the people of the parish.  If anyone has any suggestions they wish the PPC to reflect upon, parishioners are invited to make submissions or proposals for inclusion on the agenda via the Parish Office.



World Meeting of Families 2018
Wednesday, September 27th 2017

“Family life is the most important web of meaning for Irish people” delegates at a Meath diocesan assembly were told.  “Our everyday lives revolve around other family members.  Most people see and understand themselves in terms of being parents, grandparents, husbands, wives and children.”

This was one of the findings of a study by sociologist Tom Inglis, quoted by Martin Kennedy at an gathering in Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Monday (25 September), attended by over 350 representatives from parishes in the Diocese of Meath.

Martin Kennedy was outlining plans in the Diocese of Meath ahead of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018, which it is hoped Pope Francis will attend.

Towards the end of the diocesan assembly, Brenda Drumm from the Catholic Communications Office interviewed Ephrem Feeley, who composed the theme song for the World Meeting of Families. Read the rest of this entry »


Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).
Monday, September 25th 2017


Bulletin 24th September 2017
Friday, September 22nd 2017

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Bulletin 17th September 2017
Friday, September 15th 2017

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Evening of Prayer for Families (WMOF 2018)
Monday, September 11th 2017


Following the recent visit of the relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta, the Missionaries of Charity Community in South Circular Rd., Dublin will lead our parish community in an hour of prayer for families in keeping with the spirituality of Mother Teresa on Wednesday 13th September (The fifth apparition of our Lady of Fatima) at 8pm.  All welcome!



Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Begins Preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018
Sunday, September 10th 2017










Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish formally began its preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 this weekend with an International Family Mass, followed by a Family Day in the Parish Hall and adjoining grounds.  Led by the parish Folk Group, Mass began with ‘We are the Family of God’.  In his homily, Fr. Ciarán encouraged families to unite in prayer using Pope Francis’ 5-finger prayer.   The Prayers of the Faithful were read in some of the languages of the many families living in our parish: English, Irish, Malayalam, Russian, German, Mandarin and Spanish.  The community joined with Baby Cooper and Baby Sadie’s families as they were baptised into the family of God in the sacrament of baptism, and the Kingston family presented an image of the Holy Family, along with the World Meeting of Families 2018 logo.  After Mass celebrations continued in the Parish Hall where families joined together for refreshments, food, music, dance, face painting, along with the many groups who showcased their activities as users of the Parish Hall.   Donations from a raffle on the day will assist in enabling a family from overseas to attend and participate in the World Meeting of Families.

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Bulletin 10th September 2017
Friday, September 8th 2017

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Tuesday, September 5th 2017


In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2018, our parish will embark on a programme of specific family-orientated liturgical celebrations, prayer activities, music, speakers, activities, and projects which enhance and celebrate family life.

Join us this Sunday (10th September) when we kick-start our preparations with a ‘Parish Family Day’, beginning with Mass at 12.30pm.  Our Family Mass will celebrate ‘family’ in our community as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist as the Family of God.  Afterwards, parishioners are invited to continue the celebrations at the Parish Hall.  Activities include: face-painting, bouncy castles, an ice-cream parlour, pizzas, music provided by The Lost Boys,  Young Einstein’s, Cinnamon Garden, teas, coffees and refreshments in the Parish Hall.  All welcome! 



Parish Monthly Prayer – September 2017
Friday, September 1st 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 restoration of the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland so that the process which took so long to establish peace may continue to bear fruit.
  • For our country that through the prayers of St Teresa of Kolkata we may be spared the evil of legalised abortion which she said was the greatest threat to peace.
  • For our children that at home and in school they may be supported to grow in the knowledge and love of God and His truth. As the new school year begins we ask the Holy Spirit to help parents and teachers in this task.
  • Through the prayers and assistance of Our Lady of Sorrows those who suffer in various ways may be enabled to carry their crosses.
  • For our public representatives that they may be mindful of the grave responsibility they bear to the electorate to act justly in every way as they levy taxes and distribute funds so that all may have a home, and a living wage and be enabled to live in peace and security.
  • That the Pope’s intention for September that our parish may be missionary in spirit may inspire us all to pray for and reach out to those who no longer practise their faith. We pray that we may find ways to communicate the joy of the Gospel.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.





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