Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Fri 5 Jun 2020

Change of Web Address for Live Streaming of Mass

The new web address for our Live Streaming of Mass is as follows:

Wed 27 May 2020

Mass Leaflet – 7 June 2020

Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten
Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has
shown us his merciful love.

Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to the Father:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you have given us the consolation
of the truth:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd,
leading us into everlasting life:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us……Amen.

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father
you take away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer; you are seated
at the right hand of the Father
have mercy on us;
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

God our Father, who by sending into the world the
Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made
known to the human race your wondrous mystery,
grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith,
we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and
adore your Unity, powerful in majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ……

FIRST READING Exodus 34: 4-6. 8-9
A reading from the book of Exodus
With the two tablets of stone in his hands, Moses
went up the mountain of Sinai in the early morning
as the Lord had commanded him. And the Lord
descended in the form of a cloud, and Moses stood
with him there.
He called on the name of the Lord. The Lord passed
before him and proclaimed, ‘Lord, Lord, a God of
tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in
kindness and faithfulness.’ And Moses bowed down
to the ground at once and worshipped. ‘If I have
indeed won your favour, Lord,’ he said, ‘let my Lord
come with us, I beg. True, they are a headstrong
people, but forgive us our faults and our sins, and
adopt us as your heritage’
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. Daniel 3: 52 – 56
R. To you glory and praise for evermore.
1. You are blest, Lord God of our fathers. [R]
Blest your glorious holy name. [R]
2. You are blest in the temple of your glory. [R]
You are blest on the throne of your kingdom [R]
3. You are blest who gaze into the depths. [R]
You are blest in the firmament of heaven. [R]

SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the
Brothers, we wish you happiness; try to grow perfect;
help one another. Be united; live in peace, and the
God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with the holy kiss.
All the saints send you greetings.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to the Father, and to
the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, the God who is,
who was, and who is to come. Alleluia!
GOSPEL John 3: 16-18
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to Nicodemus,
‘God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe
in the name of God’s only Son.’
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with
the Father; through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
All bow for following three lines: and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under
Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and
was buried, and rose again on the
third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at
the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the
living and the dead and his kingdom will
have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life, who proceeds from the
Father and the Son, who with the Father
and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and
apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the
forgiveness of sins and I look forward to
the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Pray brothers and sisters,………..
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at
your hands for the praise and glory
of his name, for our good and the
good of all his holy Church.

Sanctify by the invocation of your
name, we pray, O Lord our God,
this oblation of our service, and by
it make of us an eternal offering to
you. Through Christ our Lord.

The mystery of faith.
Save us, Saviour of the world, for
by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.

Since you are children of God,
God has sent into your hearts the
Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who
cries out: Abba, Father.

May receiving this Sacrament, O
Lord our God, bring us health of
body and soul, as we confess your
eternal holy Trinity and undivided
Through Christ our Lord.

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
May the blessing of almighty
God,……….. Amen.
Go in peace. Thanks be to God.

The life of God is a sharing of life in the Father, the Son and the Holy
Spirit. The call of the christian is to share this life in family and in
community with others, so that we are all sharers of faith, hope and
love with others.


Whatever we make of the mystery of the Trinity, the
readings today stress that God, no matter how we
talk of God, is love. The god of tenderness in the first
reading, and in the gospel God so loved the world as
to send his son.
St Ignatius Loyola speaks of the Trinity, looking down on the world,
and saying ‘our lovely world needs to be saved’. They saw people
in darkness and wanted to send the light of the world; in grief and
wanted to send the joy of their life into the world. Trinity Sunday is
the feast of God’s desire to be with us in the dark times of life to bring
the light of the risen Lord.
The Trinity is not all up in the sky! – they look into the world… the
heartache, the violence, the depressions, the weaknesses and know
we need help, so Jesus came among us, as one of us, God has skin
and humanity.
Our people need to be saved through love, and a just society. Our
planet needs to be saved from the damage and hurt caused to it.
May we, in the words of the second reading ’live in peace’ – with
each other and with our planet.
I bless myself today and always: in the name of the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Donal Neary SJ, Editor Sacred Heart Messenger

Thu 21 May 2020


As we have no Weekend Mass congregation we would greatly appreciate your support where possible for our weekly Family Offering to help with the basic maintenance of the Church and Parish.  We know that many people have been affected financially by the Covid- 19 crisis so any support is greatly appreciated.

Thu 21 May 2020

Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week:

Dear Parishioners,

As I sit here wondering what words to share with you this week, there are no words forthcoming. Only silence. Perhaps there is message in there somewhere…is my heart speaking silently? What is it saying? Is my mind tired, needing timeout? After all this time of lockdown, new ways of living and being, what words is my heart speaking?

I hear it saying “listen”. And then words emerge…be gentle, have courage, be calm, trust in your goodness, you are not alone, it’s okay not to be okay, beauty, forgive yourself, all will be well. And as I reflect on these, I realise that they are the gifts and the fruits of the feast we celebrated last Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, everyday gifts for you and I. Why don’t you try this exercise…and you may be surprised what emerges from deep within your heart?

Again I came across a lovely poem from John O’Donoghue which describes this very well:

Only in solitude can you discover a sense of your own beauty. The Divine Artist sent no one here without the depth and light of Divine beauty. This beauty is frequently concealed behind the dull, the sad, of routine. Only in your solitude will you come upon your own beauty. When you listen with your soul you come into rhythm and unity with the music of the universe.1


Blessings and have a good week.


                                         Pat Reilly


1 John O’Donoghue

Thu 21 May 2020


Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

Online at

  1. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
  2. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, 10 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD (NI)
  3. Trocaire Boxes may also be dropped to Donabate Parish Office


Parish Notices

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Child Protection Policy Statement

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