Donabate, Portrane & Balheary Parish


Thu 26 Nov 2015

Newsletter 6 October 2019

Mass Intentions

St. Patrick’s Church Donabate

Saturday 5  6.30        Anniversary:   Maureen & Paddy Reilly, Kevin & Maire Barry

Recently Deceased:    Betty Burns

Sunday 6     11.00      Anniversary:   Avril Neville, Rosaleen O’Malley                     Mary Hand

Recently Deceased:    Thomas Crosbie, Finola O’Neill, Bren Phillips, Vera Brennan  Stephen Ennis, Grania Tierney, Neil Kerrigan, Paddy Leonard, Mary Clarke

Birthday Remembrance:        Francis Smyth, Annie Doyle


St. Ita’s Church, Portrane

Anniversary:  Mary Dardis, Maire Bean Uí Heidéain, Andy Dolan

Recently Deceased:  Maura Houlahan, Sean MacMahon


The Immaculate Conception Church, Balheary

Anniversary:   John & Brigid Clinton, Sean & Kathleen Bourke

Chris Doyle, John & Gretta Bollard


Monday 7 – Mass for the People   

Tuesday 8 –  Michael Sinnott (Remembrance)

Wednesday 9 –  Niall Kennan (A)       Tim Moore (Recently Deceased)

Thursday 10 –  Clare Hourican (Recently Deceased)  Jim Denvir (A)

Friday 11 –       Deceased members of the Kerr Family (A)

Vera Brennan (Months Mind)

Saturday 12 –  Veronica Cremin (Recently Deceased)


From Monday 14 October until Friday 22 November the Parish Office will only be open Monday – Friday from 10 am to 12 noon.  Sorry for any inconvenience.


Light a Candle – Come and join us in St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday 12th October any time from 7:30pm – 9pm, to light a candle, write a petition or just spend a few moments of quiet time. The church will be in candle light with reflective music in the background. This is a completely no pressure event and you are more than welcome to stay for as long or as little as you like. Anyone who would like to help out with the event please email

We are looking for help to make a wooden box! We would like to set up a little wooden petitions box in the church. If you might be able to help us make one please let Fr. Pat know.”


The Catholic Church celebrates Day for Life next Sunday 6 October.  Prayer Cards are available at the church doors.


Active Age for All – Silver Threads                  A new course in October and November called Silver Threads is a project which will introduce some aspects of life writing or life storytelling over 4 weeks.  The class will start on Monday 21 October in the Community Centre.  There are limited places so please contact               or text only to 086 8806808 as soon as possible.


In today’s world,

How can I have faith in God

Try Life in the Spirit Seminars

A free eight week programme

They will help you to look at

your faith in a different way

And may change your life forever.

Starts Mon  7th October

Finishes  25th November

Begins @ 8-30pm 10-00pm

(Bank holiday not included)

Venue: Beaumont Parish Centre

Montrose Park, Beaumont, Dublin 5

All are welcome


Meals on Wheels – Volunteer Drivers within the Donabate area.  We are trying to organise a reserved drivers list to step in occasionally when our regular drivers are unavailable.  If you interested in helping out please contact Deborah 086 8276555.


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


Comhaltas Leithinis     Additional registration evening for music classes on Monday 23rd September between 6pm and 8pm in Donabate Community Centre.

We will be offering classes in tin whistle, fiddle and bodhrán to beginners and improvers and flute (improvers only) to adults and children over 7 years.

Annual family Comhaltas membership €20

Term 1: 12 classes costs €100
All fees due in full at registration.Classes will commence on Monday Evening, 30th September in The Educate Together School at 6pm.


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 2019.  It is a fun way to get fit and meet new friends.


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.





Wed 21 Oct 2015

Celebrating World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10 October 2015

Donabate Parish celebrating World Mental Health Day with guest speaker Mickey Harte, Tyrone Football Manager.

World Mental Health Day Mass celebrated on Saturday 10th October at 6.30 pm was recorded and may be viewed on







Tue 29 Sep 2015

Golden Jubliee Celebration

Congratulations to Fr. Pat Hannon on his Golden Jubliee.

Fr. Pat’s Golden Jubliee Mass held on Saturday 26 September at 6.30 pm was recorded and may be viewed on



Wed 1 Jul 2015

A Letter of Pope Francis to Everyone in the World

A Letter of Pope Francis to Everyone in the World
Laudato Si’ is a letter to the whole of humanity, addressed not just to the people of our community but to all people of the world. It is a call to conversion of minds, hearts, and lifestyles. It is urgent, compelling, and direct. It will be impossible to ignore.

Laudato Si’ hears the conclusions of the scientists, and allows itself to be affected by them. Yet, while it acknowledges the overwhelming consensus that the globe is getting warmer because of a model of growth that rests on consumption and greed, the encyclical does not take a position on complex scientific questions in which it has no competence.

What Pope Francis says about these questions reflects what is already well known, and in fact the science occupies relatively little space in the letter. Just as important is its attention to the experience of the world’s poor – of rising seas, unstable seasons, deforestation and pollution. The evidence in the encyclical of the deteriorating quality of life across the world will be hard to refute.

The letter links that devastation and deterioration to a model of economic growth which both creates and is the fruit of a mentality that seeks to manipulate the world and its resources. At the heart of that mentality is a false idea of dominion. What it produces is vast waste, exploitation, and a throwaway attitude towards the planet and human life itself.

The Pope’s own integrity in this area is unquestionable. He traveled by public transport, recycled clothes, lived simply, and loved to be with the poor and the outcast. He lived as a bishop in a major modern city more or less as St Francis of Assisi did in medieval Umbria. If anyone can speak to us with authority on this issue, it is the Pope. He has walked the walk and talked the talk for decades.

Laudato Si’ is a moving lament for a lost connectedness, and a passionate plea for the restoration of relationships – with God, with each other, and with the earth. It hears the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor as a joint call to conversion, and it charts a pathway back to healing and renewal.

There are six chapters. The first, ‘What is happening to our common home?’ is a broad look at the symptoms of sickness in the world. The second, ‘the Gospel of Creation’, considers the world as it should be, in the way that God intended it. The third, ‘The human roots of the ecological crisis’, sees the origins of the degradation in what it calls the ‘technocratic paradigm’. The fourth chapter, ‘integral ecology’, charts a way back, through a fresh way of seeing the world, an awareness of the interconnectedness of Creation. The fifth chapter, ‘Lines of approach and action’, suggests ways forward — concrete steps that can be taken by nations and leaders — while the sixth chapter, ‘Ecological education and spirituality’, focusses on the individual believer and their families and communities, and what each of us can do in our daily lives.

Laudato Si’ will profoundly challenge the western world, and the challenge won’t be welcomed by everyone. Like the prophets in every age, it will be greeted in some quarters with derision and contempt. Yet to most people of goodwill it will ring clear and true. It speaks to the hearts and minds of our generation. It will help shape a new future, and bring new hope.

The above is adapted from an article by Austen Ivereigh on Catholic Voices website dated June 17. Our Parish website has links to a fuller summary, the encyclical, and some helpful commentary.

The following links may also be helpful

Pope Francis and the Environment

An Overview:

A Guide:

The Encyclical:

10 Takeaways:

Fri 29 May 2015

Exam Mass Communion Reflection

Exam Mass Communion Reflection
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each one of us is special
Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.
Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.
It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don’t dismiss your dreams.
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been but also where you’re going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured,
each step of the way.

Parish Notices

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