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Laudate FestivalA festival of church music performed by the schools of Donnybrook Parish

Venue: Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook

Date: Thursday, 4th May 2017 Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday ReflectionWe probably don’t realise, cannot realise how much our Lord suffered for us. And certainly we don’t think about it enough. In order to understand it, I think we have to try and imagine what it was like.

watch and prayMirror of Pain, is a musical composition for the organ by Hendrik Andriessen of Five Poems by the Belgian Poet, Henri Gheon. The poems describe the sufferings of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Mary his Mother. The parish organist, Michael Quinn and Soprano, Pauline Graham, will present 'Watch and Pray' on Holy Thursday, 13th April, at 9.00pm.

7 last wordsThis is a musical reflection on the Passion and Death of Jesus whichinterleaves Scripture Readings of the Seven Last Words with reflections and a seven movement suite for solo organ by Alan Ridout. Each organ piece is a short musical response to the Scripture text. The parish organist, Michael Quinn, will present this will present this on Good Friday, 14th April at 7.30pm.

resuce 116Our prayers are with the families of the crew of Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116: Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby. We pray for fair weather and calm seas to aid the recovery of the bodies of the remaining crew members.

Earth Hour 2017 general visuaEarth Hour will be marked around the world on Saturday 25 March. In Ireland, it will be observed from 8.30pm until 9.30pm. Earth Hour is all about inspiring people to take better care of the planet. 

Earth Hour is the single largest symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born of the hope that people could be mobilized to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7001 cities and towns across 178 countries to switch off lights for an hour. The event recognizes our global responsibility for the climate change which is already devastating lives and threatening the future of the planet.

DPC2016 was a great year for our parish as we marked our sesquicentenary organized by John Holohan and his committee. Our main celebrations took place at the end of August when Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated mass and the choir performed the same music that was used 150 years earlier. We welcomed current and many former clergy and parishioners to our events which included a historical tour of the Parish, a family fun day in Herbert Park, a photographic and memorabilia exhibition which was accompanied by an updated parish history book written by Colette Pegum. A particular welcome was extended to our former parish priest, Kevin Doran, now Bishop of Elphin, who said the Sunday Masses

World Meeting of Families 2018 Newsletter 1On the 17th March, Ireland celebrates the Feast of its national patron and invites the world to join in the celebrations. Families from all over the world will wear something green, as a tradition to remember St. Patrick and how he used the shamrock to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, in three Divine Persons, one family united in a perfect communion of love. This is why on St Patrick’s day we can also celebrate marriage and the family, as they are the “living icon” of the Most Holy Trinity. We are reminded in Amoris Laetitia that, in coming together in mutual self-giving, communion and love, the family reflects and immerses itself in the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Sunday ReflectionThe readings today seem to bring forward both God’s love and his power, that he uses to protect and take care of us.

Lent Parayer ideaPrayer is our lifeline to God. A Christian without prayer is like a plant without water. This Lent your parish invites you to make a special effort to spend some extra minutes each day lifting your heart and your mind to God.