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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.

lourdes pilgrimageThis September (7th to 12th) the Dublin Diocesan to Lourdes has an allocation of 176 places on the Special Section for the Sick. The sick pilgrims are accommodated in the Accueil Notre Dame which is situated close to the Grotto, and are cared for by voluntary doctors, nurses and helpers from all over the Diocese. At Easter approximately 30 children will travel to Lourdes with the Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage..

OrdinationClick here to see pictures from the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Kevin Doran As Bishop of Elphin on Sunday 13th July 2014  in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. 

MinisteroftheEucharist.jpgThe roster for the ministers of the eucharist for July, August & September 2014 is now available. 

I must confess to being a little surprised to find myself here this morning. Two weeks ago, we finalised a development plan for the parish, and that was the only plan I had in mind for the foreseeable future. I have learnt over the years, however, that vocation is never static. 

Donnybrook Parish Development Plan PresentationThe word Church (“ecclesia” in Greek) means an assembly. The very idea of an “assembly” also suggests a place in which we will gather. The Church, with its associated parish facilities is the home of the parish community. Some parishioners gather on a daily basis for prayer, while other gather less frequently. We are all, however, the people of God whom he loves. “Home” as Robert Frost wrote “ is the place that when you go there, they have to take you in.” It may not be the most positive vision of home, but it does relate well to the expectation which we all share, that the Church will be there for us and that the doors will be open, when we come to baptise our children, marry our life‘s partner, or celebrate the life of a family member who has died.

Donnybrook Parish Development Plan PresentationThe parish, of course is much more than the buildings. The development of the parish includes the renewal of ministry, the provision of opportunities for learning and praying together, welcoming new parishioners and finding ways to share the gift of faith with our young people. Some important beginnings have already been made, but there is much for us to do together and I’m quite excited about the possibilities. 

donnybrook parish bellsFor some years now the bell in the tower of Donnybrook Church has been silent. Investigations revealed that the bearings in the swing mechanism were badly worn and the electronic tinging mechanism was obsolete.

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