Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Wed 28 Nov 2018

Christmas Schedule 2018

St. Patrick’s Parish Donabate

               Christmas Arrangements 2018


Christmas Carol Concert – Sunday 9th December  @ 7 pm


Penitential Service

Monday 17th December @ 8.00 p.m.


Christmas Mass Schedule 

Christmas Eve Family Mass Monday 24th @ 5 p.m. in St. Ita’s Church, Portrane 


St. Patrick’s, Donabate

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Vigil Mass               9 p.m.


Tuesday 25th December (The Nativity of the Lord)

Morning Masses   9.30 a.m. & 11 a.m.


St. Ita’s, Portrane

Tuesday 25th December (The Nativity of the Lord)

Morning Mass       9.30 a.m.


The Immaculate Conception, Balheary

Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Vigil Mass 7.00 p.m.


Tuesday 25th December (The Nativity of the Lord)

Morning Mass       11.30 a.m.



St. Patrick’s, Donabate

Monday 24th December

10.00 – 10.30 a.m. and 8 – 8.45 p.m.


Tue 27 Nov 2018

Christmas Carol Concert – Sunday 9 December

Christmas Carol Concert  – Sunday 9     December at 7 pm in Donabate Church.  The concert will feature Carols from The Adult Church Choir, Donabate Boys & Girls School Choirs and the Family Mass Children’s Choir.  Tickets €10 p/p or a Family Ticket for €20.   Tickets available in the parish office.  All monies raised will be go towards the roof fund.  Tickets are available at the Parish Office.


Fri 23 Nov 2018


Crosscare Annual Parish Food Appeal – Archbishop Martin is once again seeking support for a Parish Food Appeal next weekend December 1st to  support the work of the Crosscare Foodbanks.  Food may be dropped into the church during the coming week.  Items most needed are Toilitries/Cleaning productions,            Non-perishable food & Festive Foods.





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! 

Donabate parish youth group – seeking new young 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 18-29 and would be interested in helping out, even on ad hoc basis, email


Pope John Paul II Award (JPII) – open to those from 4th to 6th year of secondary school

The parish JPII Award coordinator is currently taking names of young people who may be interested in taking part in the JPII Awards this year. The JPII Awards are open to young people from 4th to 6th year and involve taking part in both parish and community/social activities. We currently have 2 young people from the parish participating in the awards. 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:


Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults 2018 – 2019.

This course is designed to support young adults and, in turn, their parishes.  It is a dynamic, integrative and highly practical programme which will enable the participants to begin developing their skills as leaders and role models within their local faith–based communities. It is being run over four Saturdays (10am-3pm) from October 2018 – March 2019 in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. Any young adults over the age of 18 who would be interested in undertaking this programme or finding out more should email: or leave their contact details with the parish office.


Maranatha – hosted by Donabate youth group – next one Fri 2nd Nov

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 – next one Fri 2nd Nov

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on:


Transformed Parish Conference 2018 – tickets now on sale

Maynooth – Wed 28th Nov

For more details, bookings etc check out:


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* 


Upcoming Events for young people: 

  • Sun 14th Oct – Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way

Join other young adults [20’s & 30’s] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.   The next hike will be Sunday 14th October. We will be walking the Bray to Greystones Coastal Trail. Meeting point will be at Bray Dart Station at 1pm. Email: and


  • Fri 19th Oct – The Encounter, Dublin City (20 & 30 yr olds)

Special World Meeting of Families event in anticipation of arrival of Pope Francis to Ireland

8pm in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay

We are delighted to announce that Niamh Cahill will be our guest speaker for the night. Cormac Buckley and Band will also join us as our Musicians for the night.


  • Fri 2nd Nov – Maranatha

7:30pm-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Church

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.


  • Fri 2nd Nov – Burning Hearts

7pm-9pm, on First Friday of the Month at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

Event for young adults from 18-45yrs including Mass, Talk, Adoration, Tea/coffee

For information contact Gerard on:


  • Fri 16th to Sun 18th Nov – Awake My Soul Retreat for young adults

Ards Friary Co. Donegal, directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.

Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.

So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme – Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.

Closing date for bookings is 19th Oct 2018

For more details 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 Pope Francis:

“Dear young friends, don’t be afraid to say “yes” to Jesus with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him!.”

(Pope Francis, tweet Sat 8th April 2017 via )





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