Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Fri 3 Apr 2020

RTE Broadcast

RTÉ broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week 2020 

Palm Sunday 5 April

1100-1150       Mass on Palm Sunday.  Rev Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the

Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally  acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan Murray. (RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.) 

1735-1745       A Passover Like No Other. Rabbi Zalman Lent and author and motivational speaker, Yanky Fachler, face the challenge of celebrating Pesach, the Passover festival, which traditionally brings Jews together, in a time of isolation, sickness and fear.  Rabbi Lent has, himself, had to self-isolate and has learned to preach and connect with his congregation online.  They also explore how the story of the first Passover shows that humankind can weather plagues and hardship, if they put their faith in God (RTÉ One).

0615-0618       A Living Word.  Aidan Mathews continues to curate and, in some cases, deliver a daily reflection to start the day. 

Holy Thursday 9 April

1640-1735       Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  Father Joe Campbell CC, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last Supper and Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. (RTÉ One TV and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of 19.00.)

Good Friday 10 April

1500-1600       Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday.  Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion

and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)

22.00-2230      The Leap of Faith. Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland

(Radio 1).

Holy Saturday 11 April

2200-2300       Easter Vigil Mass.  Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252). 

Easter Sunday 12 April

1000-1100       Easter Sunday Mass. A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).

1100-1120       Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message.  Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer

and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican.  Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Holy Week – Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 April

Holy Week 9 – 11 April

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, there will be no morning Mass.

Holy Thursday 9 April

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Donabate @ 7.30 p.m.


Good Friday 10 April

Children’s Stations of the Cross will take place at 12noon on Good Friday via Zoom. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to email by this Thursday evening. 

The Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

Donabate @ 3 p.m.

As parishioners will not be able to venerate the Cross at the 3pm celebration of the Passion of Our Lord, we are inviting parishioners to make homemade crosses, for example out of recycled cardboard, and hold them as they participate via webcam in the 3pm Ceremony.


Holy Saturday 11 April

The Easter Vigil – Mass of the Resurrection

Donabate @ 9 p.m.


Easter Sunday 12 April

Donabate @ 11 a.m.


Children’s Easter competition – keep an eye on our parish website and on our ‘St. Patrick’s Church, Donabate’ Facebook page in the coming days for details!

Happy Easter.

Stay safe & well.

Fri 3 Apr 2020

Thought for the Week


Dear Parishioners,

Thinking of all of you at this time and wishing you well and healthy. Just to let you know that you are all being held in prayer and love.

When I thought about this time the word that came to mind was ‘powerlessness’, and I thought of the first step of the AA programme, to admit one’s powerlessness over alcohol before God. This is the first step to recovery.

We are powerless at this moment because of the Corona Virus, and in order for us to heal, we must first face and name our problem. We cannot heal unless we first acknowledge our helplessness and dependence on God to bring us through this time of worry, anxiety, loss and grief.

We believe and we trust that God is in this situation, bringing good out of evil.

We are together on this journey, which is a journey of hope, supporting, loving, having compassion and caring for others through prayer and service of one another.

Be assured of continued support and prayer.

                                    Fr. Pat

Thu 26 Mar 2020

Corona Virus – Prayer of Healing

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. 

At your command, the sick were made well. 

Come to our aid now, in the midst of the Global spread of the Corona Virus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 

May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. 

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. 

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus.

May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died.

As they worry and grieve, defend from illness and despair.

May they know your peace. 

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. 

May they know your protection and peace. 

Be with the leaders of all nations.

Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well being of the people they are meant to serve.

Give them the wisdom to invest in long term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.

May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and more, persist and prepare. 

In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. 

Jesus Christ heal us.

Fri 13 Mar 2020

CoronaVirus Measures – Donabate, Portrane, Balheary



Donabate,Portrane & Balheary 

Having received further instructions from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin all Masses, Daily and Weekend will be celebrated by the Priest in Donabate Church with no congregation.  Mass will be Broadcast live via our webcam –


If you would like to have a Mass Intention included in our Masses please email the parish office.


Stay safe and Well.

Parish Notices

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Child Protection Policy Statement

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