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! 

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QW9BMF6

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 myam.admin@gmail.com


Foundational Leadership training (particularly aimed at those aged 16-29) – now enrolling!

Are you prepared to get “off your couch” and make a difference with your life? To be a leader, be the difference in your world. Why not try the Foundational Leadership Programme which offers a fantastic opportunity to explore and develop Gospel centered transformational leadership Skills and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be transformational leaders and change agents within your own parish, community etc.  Also great for a CV!

Anyone from Donabate parish who might be interested in taking part, email Regina on myam.admin@gmail.com


Pope John Paul II Awards (open to anyone entering 4th -6th yr this Sept) – now enrolling!

The parish JPII Award coordinator is currently taking names of young people who may be interested in taking part in the JPII Awards commencing this September. The JPII Awards are open to young people from 4th to 6th year and involve taking part in both parish and community/social activities. Anyone interested in getting more information should give their name and contact details (and parent/guardian name and details if under 18) into the parish office or email to: stpatricksrcdonabate@gmail.com



Upcoming events:


Maranatha – continues through the Summer – First Friday’s of each month

7:30-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church, Main street Donabate village

Join us for an hour of song, reflection, candles and prayers for our young people, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Upcoming dates:

Friday 5th July

Friday 2nd August

Friday 6th September

All welcome. Stay for as long or as little as you like.


Awake Europe 2019 – Catholic residential conference hosted by Kingdom Revelator Ireland

10am Fri 19th July – 4pm Sun 21st July – Maynooth University

This promises to be a really inspiring conference.

For more details check out: https://krireland.ie/awake-europe-2019/


Youth2000 Reunion – Sunday 21st July

Newbridge College

Youth 2000 will hold a reunion for those who have been touched by its mission on Sunday 21st July 2019, beginning with Mass at 2 pm. This event is for 18+, anyone under 18 is most welcome but will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Family activities, tea and refreshments provided.


The Backpack Programme – A Summer Camp for Teens Sun 28th July – Sat 3rd Aug

Emmaus Centre, Swords

Calling all students aged 13 – 18 to embark on a fun filled journey of human and spiritual development. The Backpack Programme is a is a human and spiritual development programme for young people aged 13 – 18 which teaches in a fun and relaxed way how to react to challenges we have no control over. The main aim of the programme is to equip students with essential tools for life, promoting resilience and help-seeking behaviour. The Backpack’s lessons build on each other to draw young people toward a habit of positive and accurate self-contemplation. During the programme, participants will explore tools on how to better be able to think critically about themselves and their relationships

For more details check out: https://emmauscentre.ie/programme/teen-summer-camp-2019/


Burning Hearts (18-45yr olds) – Fri 2nd Aug!

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

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: gerard.hanley@emmauscentre.ie


Youth 2000 Summer Festival – Thurs 15th to Sun 18th August 2019

Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co Kildare

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is full of variety. The festival includes inspiring talks, music, prayer, concert, workshops, dramas, share groups, reconciliation and healing service and Mass. It is a packed program but there is also time for chatting, sitting, relaxing, soccer and generally chilling out.

It’s open to those between 16 – 35 years who wish to attend.

Free busses, donation only.

For more details check out: http://youth2000.ie/retreats/summer-festival/youth-2000-summer-festival/


Want to do something amazing – would you consider being a missionary for a year?

If so, why not join NET Ireland and play your part in evangelising young people in schools, parishes and churches across Ireland.

For more details check out: https://www.netministries.ie/about-us


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: www.evangelisation.ie or Email st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie

*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: st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie and https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway



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: https://emmauscentre.ie/what-we-do/community/


For upcoming Diocesan Faith Development courses check out:




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 amanda@alphaireland.org


Dublin Diocese

Check out: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/jobvacancies/



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


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