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Parish Notices 2 & 3 December 2023

Maranatha – Our December Maranatha event of music, reflection, scripture and silence, takes place on Friday next, 1st Dec, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in St. Patrick’s Church and will also be broadcast on our parish webcam ( ). As always, we pray for all our young people at Maranatha as well as bringing our own intentions. This month we’ll also be remembering in a special way those undertaking end of semester and Christmas exams and assessments, as well as continuing to pray for peace. If there is anyone you would like remembered at Maranatha this month, please email the names to the email address on the longer version of the notice on the website and parish social media by next Thursday if possible.

December Family Mass  – Sat 2 nd  Dec – The 6.30pm Mass on Saturday,
2nd December, in Donabate, will be our third Family Mass. We would be delighted if
families can participate on the 2nd – please spread the word!  Any families wishing to
join the family mass team can register their interest by emailing the parish children
ministry email address in the newsletter and parish website and social media.


Five First Saturday Devotion –  Continuing on Saturday 2 December @ 9.30am in St. Patrick’s Church.

Advent Reflection Time – this Sunday at 6pm –  Come and join us this Sunday 3rd December, at 6pm in St. Patrick’s church for a time of Eucharistic Adoration as we take some time with Jesus to prepare our hearts for His coming and to pray for Peace.

This coming Friday 8 December is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Mass will be celebrated at 10am.  The First and Second collection will be taken up at this Mass.

St Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Appeal collection will be held next weekend 9/10 December.  It will replace the Share collection and your support will be very much appreciated.

Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards are available from the Parish Office at a cost of €5 and the Mass intentions will be included in our Christmas Mass Bouquet Book and all intentions will be included in our Christmas Masses.  They make a beautiful Christmas.  Please note the parish office is closing Friday 15 December to Friday 5 January, so early purchase is advised.

We would like to draw your attention to an online Advent scripture programme Stories of Hope.   With recent news headlines of increasingly dangerous weather events, hostilities in various parts of the world, and further humanitarian crises, today’s world is very much in need of the hope that Scripture can help us find in our lives.  Full Details in the Parish newsletter.

We thank you for placing photographs of your loved ones on our Altar during the month of November.   As they are very special to you and to ensure that they are not lost, we ask you to come along during the coming week to take your photographs home.

The Christmas Mass Schedule is on the church notice boards, parish website and facebook and instagram and also available at the church doors to take home.  Please note that there is no 10am Mass on Saturday 23 December instead there will be a Prayer Service.    Please note that there will be no 9.30am Mass in Portrane on Sunday the 24 December instead the 9.30 Mass will be in Balheary.

Christmas Dues may be handed in over the coming week.

Youth2000 Christmas Retreat – The Youth2000 Christmas retreat will take place from Fri 8th – Sun 10th of December in Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Open to those aged 16-35. Including Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! For link for booking see    *Note: this event is run by the organisation Youth2000 – it is not a parish or Diocesan event, therefore the parish has not undertaken any assessment of            safeguarding arrangements in terms of under 18’s attending the retreat.

TRAVELLING CRIB  During Advent and Christmas a Crib will be  travelling from home to home in the parish. If you would like to have the Travelling Christmas Crib in your home for a day please contact any member of the Legion of Mary after Mass or email your contact details to

Call for more Eucharistic Adorers – Fridays – We are blessed in this parish to have Eucharistic Adoration in Donabate Church each Friday, currently from 12noon to 4:30pm. This is such a special opportunity to come and spend some quiet time with the Lord. As our team of regular adorers is small, we would love if more people could commit to spending some time each Friday with the Lord. If you can commit to 30 minutes or more each Friday between 12noon and 4:30pm please contact the parish  office.

Tap & Donate – Thank you to all who use the Tap & Go machine.  The amount collected during the month of August was €155 and September €483.                                                  The Dublin Diocese very much appreciate your support.

Autumn Alpha – Join us on Thursdays from 7:45 to 9pm, in Donabate Portrane Community  Centre, for tea/coffee,    nibbles, videos and chats about Faith! We’re starting on Thurs 21st Sept and    running for a series of weeks. As always our invitation to you is to come and see! If you’ve any questions or would like to register your interest, just pop us an email to:


Donabate youth group – We are currently welcoming new members to join our parish youth group – an opportunity to connect with other young people to share views and discuss life questions, to learn more about faith, to listen to inspirational music, to have opportunities for reflection.

Our youth group currently meets online, on Friday evenings, and is open to those from 1st to 6th year of secondary school. For more details contact the parish youth leaders either via the parish office ( ) or via


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Parish Notices 2 & 3 December 2023

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