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Newsletter 18 August 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 17  6.30      Anniversary:   Bridie Hand

                                    Recently Deceased:    Joey O’Neill

Sunday 18      11.00   Anniversary:   Bridie Hand

Recently Deceased:    Richard Moore, Sean McNeill, Jean Bermingham, Ann Foran

Christina Kiely, Marion McNally, Ann Connellan

Monica O’Connell, Bob Tierney, Stephen Ennis

Birthday Remembrance:        Seamus Kearns

Special Intention Dermot O’Raw 

Exam Wishes Sinead Kearns


Monday 19 – Mass for the People 

Tuesday 20 –  

Wednesday 21 –  

Thursday 22 –  

Friday 23 – 

Saturday 24 –  Eucharistic Service


Thank you to all who donated clothing to the St. Vincent de Paul clothing appeal.


KNOW YOUR FAITH                                                                   


PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY                                                       An Adult Faith Development Programme

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme begins this year in Holy Cross   College, on Thursday 26th. September 2019 (7.00p.m.– 9.30 p.m.). Places are limited so early application is        advisable.                                                        Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and     mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments through the year.                            For more information please visit our webpage: or contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7. Phone : 01 8087594 Email:

NB  The course fee need not be a problem for anyone – the parish will subsidise up to four participants.  Please apply through the Parish Office.




SATURDAY 3rd. AUGUST DEPARTS FROM CHAPEL LANE, SWORDS AT 7.30am. FARE €15/20 e(depending on numbers)   To book contact Michael Scahill 8401590


The annual Bleeding Pig festival is happening in Donabate and Portrane from Thursday 5th to Sunday 15th September, in lots of locations around the peninsula. The festival, now in its’ 8th year has become a hugely popular community event. From Ceili Dancing to Old Time Music Hall, Gala Concert to Basket-weaving and Story-telling to Bodhran Workshops for children, the Bleeding Pig festival boasts something of interest to all ages and all cultural tastes. All events in the Bleeding Pig festival are free of charge.        Visit for full details about events, locations and times.


‘Free basic iphone, ipad, smartphone, tablet training commencing in Donabate Library on Friday 13th September from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.  If you would like to book a place please enquire in the Library or call Angela on 046 9280790′


Bright Sparks Preschool – seeking Childcare Assistant Community Employment  Programme.  Contact Sinead on 01 8409018 for more information. 

Bright Sparks Preschool- taking enrolments for Afternoon session September 2019. Ph 018434546 for more information.

************************************************************************************Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across three services – Support Line, Support Mail and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation.

For more information on each opportunity, please see or phone Emma on 01-2374926.


COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s  Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older      people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely  terrified!  Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks             ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGEDonabate, Malahide and Swords             For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone  (01) 475 6989


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.”


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


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!


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.





Parish Notices

CROSSCARE Drug & Alcohol Programme Inform yourself about drugs, alcohol and prevention – Know where to find help, when needed.   Crosscare Drug & Alcohol Programme is a resource to parishes in the Dublin Diocese.  Contact 01 836 0911 or email:  … Continue reading

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