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Newsletter 21 January 2018

Mass Intentions

Anniversary:   John Ward, John Nicholl

Louis Fagan, Willie Stamp, Robert &

Annette Farrell, Martin Quinlan  

Kathleen & James Hoolahan

Thomas McLoughlin, Eddie Kenny

Hugh Carroll, James Noctor, Ted Corbett


Recently Deceased:   Cathy Forde

Nicholas Sharkey, Stella Murphy

Rita Mulchrone, Siobhan Moran

Angela Murphy, Fiona Larkan

Eileen Sherlock, David Keeling

Jessica McHugh, Larry Gilmartin

Sheila Ryan, Deirdre Hiney, Kay Howard

May & Tom Markham & deceased relatives

of the Markham & Gavin Family

Peggy Ferris

Birthday Remembrance: Louis Fagan

Linda Whiston

Get Well Intention Anna McCaughey

Get Well Intention A Flanagan


A Call by Name Ceremony for all children preparing for Confirmation this year will be held next Saturday 27 at 6.30 in St. Ita’s Church.  A practice will be held on Friday evening at 6.30 in St. Ita’s Church.


BE NOT AFRAID, MARY                                                                  A one day Conference on Our Lady   entitled ‘BE NOT AFRAID, MARY’ will be held next Saturday January 20th in ALL HALLOWS Drumcondra from 9.30am to 5pm. The programme will include Mass and Confessions. The cost is €20, including lunch.  To book contact Loirín O’Leary 0872412611 or the Parish Office.


The Family Offering Envelopes for this year are due to commence on Sunday  4 February.  Envelopes are now ready for distribution and we ask all who help with delivering the boxes to call to the Parish Office to collect them.  We thank you for your help.


On Sunday 4 February we will have a Mass of Remembrance for all children who died before or after birth, recently or in the distant past.  A special book of remembrance is available in front of the Altar and we invite and encourage you to enter the name of your child in the book.


As the World Meeting of Families is  taking place in Dublin during the month of August, there will be a Mass with Pope Francis and various workshops throughout the time of his visit.  We are looking for volunteers to help organise groups who would like to attend the Mass and workshops.  Please give your name to Fr. Pat Reilly or to the Parish Office.


Catholic Schools Week 2018 – 28 January –                    4 February

Laudate Festival                                                                      Primary School Music Programme                                             An evening of Music & Reflection                                      Tuesday 30 January @   7 pm in Our Lady of  Victories Church, Ballymun Road


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


Donabate Ceilí Group meet every Monday at 8.30 – 10 pm in the Donabate Portrane Community Centre.  We would love to see new members join in 2018.


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.


Weight Watchers class starting Monday 8th January, 2018. Class will run every Monday at 11am in Parish Hall, Donabate. All welcome! For further info please contact Marie on 086 0271152


Anam Cara North Dublin, an organisation that  supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 17th of January from 7.30pm-9:00pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. Anam Cara North Dublin offers a safe and comfortable      setting where you can ‘drop the mask’ and be yourself among people who understand. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the  circumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not.  For more information see or call our Information Line on  085 2888 888.


“Are you aged 16-29 – then Pope Francis wants to hear from you! In advance of the Synod on young people taking place in 2018, Pope Francis wants to hear the views of young people aged 16-29 from around the world. Have your say by completing the survey at the link included on the youth page of the Donabate website.”


Just a reminder that  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament   continues every Friday from 6.30 to 7.30. It is an hour of silent prayer. We see it as an invitation and opportunity to pray for peace in our families, our country and the world. You are welcome to come for the whole hour or for a shorter period.


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.





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