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WYD-2016WYD is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 23rd to 28th, 2013 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Krakow, Poland in 2016 See www.krakow2016.com.

The Dublin Archdiocese will lead a group comprising two age categories: 16 to 18 year olds and young adults over 18. We would like to help sponsor students and young adults to attend as representatives of Donnybrook parish.

nepal earthquake2Trócaire has committed an initial €100,000 to the Nepal emergency response.  The organisation’s response is focused on getting shelter, food and water to people left homeless as a result of last Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

book in gratitudeIn Gratitude – the Story of a Gift Filled Life is the memoir of one of our parishioners. Orpen Press, the publishers, describe Catherine McCann’s story as an ordinary life lived to the full; that it should appeal to all those interested in the pursuit of creativity and friendship, service and faith; and offers readers an opportunity to absorb the wisdom that her story offers.

Marriage is important Reflect before you change itThe Bishops’ pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church seeks with others to reaffirm … that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.”

Venerable Mary AikenheadThe Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity are delighted to announce that their foundress Mary Aikenhead has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis.

Marriage is important Reflect before you change itWithin weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland.

Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society - all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it.  We ask the people of Ireland to consider very carefully the profound implications that this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.

Pope Francis Homily Holy Mass with the new Cardinals“Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean”… Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said: “I do choose. Be made clean!” (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That com-passion which made him draw near to every person in pain! Jesus does not hold back; instead, he gets involved in people’s pain and their need… for the simple reason that he knows and wants to show com-passion, because he has a heart unashamed to have “compassion”.

Pope declares John Sullivan VenerablePope Francis has declared Fr John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933), an Irish Jesuit priest with a reputation for saintliness and healing, Venerable. The Pope signed the official decree recognising the heroic virtue of Fr John on Friday, 7 November, 2014.

DTIMDo This in Memory is a parish based programme of preparation for First Communion centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme resources are designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes’ active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament. 

Pope Francis Praying

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love,

you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters.

Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace;

enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.

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