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St. John Paul II Chapel Complete
Thursday, August 18th 2016

Work on the final phase of the oratory is now complete.  Our thanks to all of the contractors involved in the project.  The wooden ceiling and mosaics were all cleaned in the process.

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It is hoped the altar will be consecrated in the autumn subject to Bishop Michael’s schedule.  The altar was salvaged from the recently decommissioned chapel in the Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar and was reassembled here in Ashbourne by Paul Rennicks Memorials.  The altar took three months to reassemble.  Thank you to Castlebar Parish for donating the altar to the new chapel.  Our thanks to Neil Mullen Transport who generously facilitated it’s transport from Castlebar to Ashbourne.  The central panel of the altar depicts Jesus breaking bread with the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus, flanked by two sheaves of wheat.  The statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the side alcoves were originally displayed in the Sacristy of Ashbourne Church.All of the furniture was made by Irish Church Seating.  Each seat has the red diamond-shaped cross depicted on the mosaic engraved into the back support.

Parishioners are welcome to use this beautiful space for quiet, private prayer.  It will be used for weddings, funerals, Mass and it is intended to increase the availability of Eucharistic Adoration here in our Parish.

The crest of St. John Paul II is etched on the glass of the new gothic-style doors and an image of the crucifixion is etched on the top panel of glass against the wooden ceiling.  The newly constructed glass panel brings the angels into the church framing the chapel.



It is hoped to purchase two statues to complete the oratory—St. John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta who had a special relationship with Pope John Paul II and who will be canonised later this year.  It is hoped to purchase the statues from ‘Demetz’ in Italy (Demetz produced our parish stations of the cross and crib figures).  It would be greatly appreciated if parishioners would consider contributing to the purchase of these high-quality statues in order to complete the chapel.  Alternatively, someone may wish to donate one of the statues in memory of a loved one.  Donations can be made through the Parish Office or contact Fr. Derek for further information.




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