Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Thu 4 Apr 2019

Easter Schedule 2019

St. Patrick’s Parish Donabate, Portrane & Balheary

 Easter Arrangements 2019

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Sunday 14 April

Masses the same as the normal Saturday/Sunday Schedule


Communal Rite of Reconciliation – Monday 15 April @ 8.00 pm


Easter Mass Schedule

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 15th – 17th April   – Mass @ 10


The Triduum – The Original Christian Feast

Holy Thursday 18 April

Morning Prayer of the Church, St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 10

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 7.30 p.m.


Good Friday 19 April

Morning Prayer of the Church, St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 10

Inter Church Service at 12 noon beginning at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland and moving in procession to St.  

Patrick’s Catholic Church

The Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 3 p.m.

St. Ita’s Portrane @ 3 p.m.

The Immaculate Conception, Balheary @ 3 p.m.


Stations of the Cross – St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 7.30 p.m.


Holy Saturday 20 March

Morning Prayer of the Church, St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 10

Blessing of Bread (Polish Community) @ 11.30 – Donabate

The church will remain open for private prayer and reflection until the beginning of the Vigil.


The Easter Vigil – Mass of the Resurrection

St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 9 p.m.


Easter Sunday 21 April

St. Ita’s Portrane @ 9.30 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Donabate @ 11 a.m.

The Immaculate Conception, Balheary @ 11.30 a.m.



Sacrament of Confession & Reconciliation – Donabate

Holy Thursday, after 7.30 Mass

Good Friday, after both services

Holy Saturday, 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. and 8 – 8.45 p.m.

Sacrament of Confession & Reconciliation – Balheary – Good Friday, after the Lord’s Passion

Tue 15 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

A new European Data Protection Law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018.  This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information.  We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law.  It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the notices/newsletter as  policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please contact the   Parish Office.


Tue 14 Feb 2017

Parish Youth Group

Aiming to serve and support young people (13-30) in their faith through a mixture of Spiritual, Serious, Service & Social activities. 

Latest News! 

Youth Programme for Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock – Sat 27th April – book your place now!

Come together with other young people from around the Diocese to explore the theme from Panama in Dublin: ‘Dare to say Yes’

Open to all aged from 13-30. There’s also the option to travel on a dedicated youth bus.

Don’t delay book your place today by emailing:


Donabate Parish Youth – Have your say survey!

At Panama in Dublin Archbishop Martin challenged the young pilgrims to make the Church a place where young people will learn the beauty of faith and the joy of living the Gospel. How can we as a parish help you to take up this challenge? Have your say by taking our Donabate Parish Youth online survey at:

Open to all young people aged 13-30.


Donabate parish youth group – seeking new youth leaders:

Great way to meet other young people in the parish and beyond, grow your own faith, learn/practice leaderships skills, have something different for inclusion on a CV!

If you’re aged 18-30 and would be interested in helping out, even on ad hoc basis, email



Ideas for Lent:


Friday Adoration in St. Patrick’s Church, Donabate – each Friday of Lent from 12noon to 8:30pm

What some ‘time out’ during Lent? Why not spend some time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.



Busted Halo Lenten Calendar 2019

A thought provoking quote and microchallenge for each day of Lent.

Check out:


Dynamic Catholic – ‘Best Lent Ever’

A mini (5 minute) retreat emailed to you each day!


Lenten Scripture study – Donabate

8pm-9pm each Thursday of Lent in Donabate parish hall library room.


Upcoming events:


Youth2000 Leinster Retreat – Fri 29th to Sun 31st March

Ashbourne Community School.

Music, talks, network with other young people. Donation only, bring a sleeping bag!

For more details and to book check out:


7 Deadly Sins and 7 Lively Virtues with Bishop Robert Barron – Monday evenings

Monday evenings from 7:30-9pm @ Emmaus Centre, Swords

8 Sessions from 25th Feb to 15th April.

Bishop Robert Barron is an author, speaker, theologian, and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry. Word on Fire reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.

This course will include DVD Presentation from Bishop Barron; Study Guide; Share groups; Social time; Workbook, Tea / Coffee included – young adults particularly encouraged to attend

Cost €20 Sign-up at:


Alpha Series 2019 – Tuesday evenings, Emmaus Centre, Swords *week 7 – Tue 2nd Mar*

Tuesday Nights, 6pm to 8pm.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to ask questions and share their point of view. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge  +353 1 870 0050


Maranatha – upcoming dates – next one Fri 5th April!

The event takes place from 7:30-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church, Main street Donabate village

An hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. All welcome.

Stay for as long or as little as you like


Burning Hearts (18-45yr olds) – upcoming dates – next one Fri 5th April!

7pm-10pm, on each First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Fri 5th April 2019

Fri 3rd May 2019

What else would you be at on a Friday night? We’re getting Young Adults together for Worship, Teaching & Fellowship on the First Friday of every Month. We’ll begin with Mass at 7 pm. There will be a cup of tea to follow! An Opportunity to Make New Friends and Grow in Faith. All are Welcome!

For information contact Gerard on:


Youth Recollection evening (young adults aged 18+) – Sun 7th April

5pm-8pm, Sacred Heart Church, Huntstown, Dublin 15

Talks, Fellowship, and more

For any young people over 18 who would like to travel to this recollection evening with others from North County Dublin contact


Youth Pilgrimage to Knock – Sat 27th April 2019 – **Save the date**

Come together with other young people from around the Diocese to explore the theme from Panama in Dublin: ‘Dare to say Yes’

Open to all aged from 13-30. There’s also the option to travel on a dedicated youth bus.

Don’t delay book your place today by emailing:


Life in the Spirit Seminar – Monday evenings, Emmaus Centre, Swords *commencing 29th April*

Monday Nights, 7.30pm to 9pm including:

  • Praise and Worship
  • Talks and Testimonies
  • Share Groups
  • Social Time

We received the Holy Spirit at our Baptism and our Confirmation, but for many of us, this can be little more than a nice memory from our childhood. Through a life in the Spirit Seminar, we hope that you will experience your own personal Pentecost and begin to live fully God’s plan for your life!  +353 1 870 0050


Keep up to date on Diocesan events for young people with the new ‘Diary of a young church’!

Or on instagram:  @theyoungchurchdublin


Volunteer with Dublin Diocesan Youth Ministry

St Paul’s Youth outreach are looking for volunteers. For the types of roles and leadership you can get involved in please visit: or Email

*All Volunteers will be Garda Vetted and go through Safeguarding training*


Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way

Join other young adults [20’s & 30’s] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.

Email: and



Faith Related Courses / Education:


Newly commenced spiritual book club at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Tuesday’s from 7:30pm-9pm

For more info check out:


Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) – weekly Book Club for young adults

Thursdays from 7-8.30pm in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay.

Join other [20 & 30 year olds] to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose and how to live life to the full.  We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts.

Email and



Employment opportunities


Alpha Ireland –Dare to lead Internship opportunity

New dynamic, creative and energetic internship programme. It’s a mission year to serve, lead, and grow as a person. 1 Corinthians 3:6 says, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” Alpha have the amazing privilege of working alongside churches and schools across Ireland, helping young people access a conversation about Life, Our Purpose and Meaning through the lens of Christianity. They depend on people of faith to help this happen.

Alpha are looking for 18-25 year olds who want to serve on the team for 9 months, with the option to extend to 12 months. We have places available in Dublin, The Midlands and Cork, with each location supported by a regional coordinator. This is a paid internship. The gross salary is €18,000 per 12 months. Interns are expected to raise 44% of the salary over the course of the year, with training provided on fundraising.

If you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch with Amanda O’Shea at 086 833 0113 or


Dublin Diocese

Check out:



In the words of Archbishop Martin:

“My prayer is that your generation will now take on the challenge of renewing the Church for it to be the place where young people like yourselves will learn the beauty of faith and the joy of living the Gospel.” – Archbishop Martin to the young people who gathered in Emmaus for ‘Panama in Dublin’ 26/27th Jan 2019


Thu 26 Nov 2015

Newsletter 21 April 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 20  9.00      Anniversary:   Annie Brehony, Eileen Kearns, Mary Carney

Caroline, Charlie Snr & Charles Jnr McKeon

Remembrance:           Anthony & James Carney, Maxi McDonnell


Sunday 21      11.00   Anniversary:   Percy & Michael Henchy, John Moran,            Mary Carney, Caroline, Charlie Snr & Charles Jnr McKeon, Eddie & John Holmes                  David Lyons, Denis & Betty Kinane 

Recently Deceased:    Hubert Manton, Maureen Wood, Annie Nugent, Brendan Gannon, Maura Gavin

Remembrance:           Anthony & James Carney, Maxi McDonnell, Monica Delaney

Birthday Remembrance:        Mary Hayes

Get Well Intention 

Easter Wishes Sr. Margaret

Easter Wishes Intentions

Easter Wishes Pauline & Michael O’Connor, Jenny & Joe Moran, Betty McDonald,

May Wilson, Ernest Harpur & Maye Rogers

St. Ita’s Church, Portrane

Sunday 21            Months Mind:  Betty Moran

Easter Wishes Tom & Anne, Chris, Marie & Charlie, Carmel, David & Boys

 The Immaculate Conception, Balheary 

Sunday 21       Anniversary:   Brendan Howard     

Monday 22 – Mass for the People

Tuesday 23 – Bryan Kelly (Remembrance)

Wednesday 24 – Angela Stuart (Recently Deceased)

Thursday 25 – Martin Pierce (A)

Friday 26 – Peggy Kelly (Remembrance)

Saturday 27 – Deceased members of the Dolan Family


We wish you all a very Happy Easter and we thank all who helped out with the Holy Week Liturgies.  Your help and support are very much appreciated.

Easter Dues may be hand in during the coming week.

Trocaire Boxes may be handed into the Parish Office during the coming week.


Thank you to all who contributed to the St. Vincent de Paul Sunshine House collection last weekend.  The amount collected was €1,185.


Holy Land 13-21 September 2019

Direct flight Dublin – Tel Aviv

8 nights Dinner, B&B, Coach, entrance fees. €1695pps

Join Brackenstown parish on this trip of a lifetime

As we celebrate Easter would you like the opportunity to see all the places that we have head about since childhood, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Magdala, and much more.

Pick up a leaflet in the church or check out or email or             call 018783111


“Children’s Stations of the Cross will take place at 11:30am on Good Friday (19th April) in St. Patrick’s Church. Any children who would like to help out are asked to come to the back of the church at 10:45am for practice. Everyone welcome to attend. We encourage all those coming to bring a small cross (max 15cm high) made from recycled cardboard (e.g. cereal box, teabag box etc).”

“The 7:30pm Stations of the Cross on Good Friday will be led by young people from the parish. Any young people aged 12-30 who would like to be involved are asked to come to the Church at 6:15pm for practice. All welcome.”


Heart to Hand Annual Food Appeal – Good Friday 19 April.                          We kindly ask you to bring food to the church on Good Friday.  Heart to Hand distribute Food to a variety of shelters and food centres throughout Ireland.  The following items would make a big difference to peoples lives.  Rice, Pasta, Tinned Food, Tea, Coffee, Sugar,  Cooking Oil, Baby items and Toiletries.  We thank you for your continued support.      


Donabate Portrane Dramatic Society proudly presents “Haywire” by Eric Chappel in Donabate Community College on Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 April at 8 pm.    Contact 086 0712530.


General Operative Vacancies at DPCC – are you in receipt of a Social Welfare payment and looking to return to work? 2 Vacancies on our Community Employment scheme are open for applications. Working in DPCC 19.5 hrs per week, FETAC courses available to re-train. Phone Carmel on 8406422 for more information .


Parish welcome teams – a massive thank you to those who are already involved in our     welcome teams at the weekend Masses, however, we’d love to see more parishioners getting involved too! Being part of a welcome team simply involves arriving 15 minutes before Mass and handing out the newsletters and children’s activity sheets. The more people who are involved the less often anyone will be scheduled! If you think you might be able to help us on a weekly, monthly or even ad-hoc basis, give your contact details into the parish office (phone: 8434 574 email: ) Note: any under 18’s who might be interested in getting involved, please give parent/guardian contact details too.”


Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock  Saturday April 27th the Saturday after Easter.            There are still seats available.  Depart 7.30am   Home 9pm

Adults: €20, Under 18’s €10.  Contact Lóirín 087 2412611 or the Parish Office 8434574


DONABATE PORTRANE MEALS ON WHEELS                                                     Driver required for Lunch delivery one day a  fortnight.  It is a great way to help out in your community.  If you would be interested in joining our team please contact the Parish Office.


Please join us on Sunday after 11 Mass at Our Lady’s Altar to pray the Rosary.


Eucharistic Adoration is held every Friday evening 6.30 – 7.30 in Donabate Church.  This is an opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for silent prayer in the company of Jesus our Lord.


Welcome to New Parishioners

If you are new to the area and would like to Register with the parish and if you would like to contribute to the running costs of our three churches, please contact the Parish Office 8434574 or email


Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In                                                                                  Where:  Community Well Donabate (behind Keelings)

When:  Wednesdays 8.15 – 9.30 pm. Donations Welcome.  Contact Mairead 087 2730679, email: /


RADIO MARIA IRELAND is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply). Please join our growing faith family!


Handmade Rosary Beads made by a local lady for sale in the Parish Office.


Céilí Dancing –  Monday night at 8.30 – 10 pm (from September – May) in Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  New members very welcome. Céilí dancing is great fun and an enjoyable way to get fit.  Cost:  €5.


Active Age Line Dancing on Mondays at 1 – 2 pm in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  We would be delighted to see new members in 2018.  It is a fun way to get fit and meet new friends.


Baby cardigans   knitted by a local lady for sale in the parish office in aid of the Church  roof repairs.  Cost €10.


Fingal Community Alert – Free Alarms fitted from 1/11/17 now come with one years free monitoring.    Contact Frank 086 2567042.


ALONE – Supporting older people to age at home.           Contact Details:  01-6791032,                                         Email:  or visit the ALONE website on

ALONE help thousands of older   people deal with issues, big and small.  ALONE services are available throughout the country and open to anyone over 60 regardless of location, capacity or housing situation.  ALONE helps with Health, Finance, Housing, Company & Friendship, Event and linking with other services.


“New youth group page on parish website! Stay in touch with upcoming event/activities of interest to those aged 13-30 – follow link from parish home page”


Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist is held weekly in all three churches in the parish as follows:   St. Ita’s, Portrane – Wednesday 1-2 pm

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Balheary- Friday 5-6 pm

St. Patrick’s Donabate – Friday 6.30-7.30 pm.      


The Donabate / Portrane Senior Citizens Social Club and Day Centre is open to all people of the parish over the age of 50.  We open every Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM – 1 PM in the Parish Hall.  We regularly hold events and have at least one outing a month.  All are welcome.  If you need transport to the Day Centre, please phone Mary on :  087 230 0496.


Homecare services for the elderly: Affordable Live-in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are   looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Mary or Tom today on 087 9916791 Our website is


Bingo every Thursday night at 8.30-10.30 in Donabate Portrane Community Centre.





Wed 21 Oct 2015

Celebrating World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10 October 2015

Donabate Parish celebrating World Mental Health Day with guest speaker Mickey Harte, Tyrone Football Manager.

World Mental Health Day Mass celebrated on Saturday 10th October at 6.30 pm was recorded and may be viewed on







Parish Notices

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Child Protection Policy Statement

We in the Parish of Donabate, Portrane and Balheary value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights … Continue reading