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DPCMission statement: Our Pastoral Council consists of lay people, religious and priests of the parish who work together to build our parish into a vibrant Christian Community reflecting the Gospel values of love, justice and peace.

Members:  Paul Brady, Kenneth Carroll, Sr. Fiona Corway, Caroline Devlin, Fergal Fahy, Fr Conor Harper SJ, Sheila Horkan, Rita Kinsella, Fiona Mallin, Esther McGrath and Mgr. Lorcan O’Brien.

Number of meetings: 9

Work of the Pastoral Council: Since the advent of the Second Vatican Council, the Church has repeatedly recommended the development of Parish Pastoral Councils as a means of encouraging the shared responsibility of all the baptised in the life and the mission of the Church. Pastoral Councils provide a leadership structure that enables priests and people to work together to build up dynamic Christian communities that are characterised by faith, evangelisation, worship and service.

2016 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

2016 was the Year of Mercy and Donnybrook has made the Sacrament of Confession more available in our parish before and after Sunday Masses and other Services.

Our development programme is proceeding well. We have cash commitments in excess of €2.5m and have already collected almost half of that. Planning permission for our new parish centre was granted by Dublin City Council but this has been appealed to an Bord Pleanala. We expect a decision mid 2017.

World Youth Day, Krakow, July 2016. We were delighted to send a delegate on behalf of our parish, Mauricio, to this global gathering of young Catholics. Mauricio worked on the pilgrimage as a team leader for the Dublin Archdiocese. 

Recruitment remains very important on our agenda. We are seeking parishioners to help in all areas of Ministry. Initially we are targeting Ministers of the Eucharist and Ministers of the Word where our existing teams would welcome an influx of new members to help spread the load of work. In 2017 we also plan to recruit a Funeral Team.

Child safeguarding is overseen by Roddy Stafford and is discussed at every meeting. The recent introduction by the Garda of an online application for the Vetting System should help speed up the process.

The Sunday 10.30 Mass is now well established as the Family Mass with new members joining the Children’s Choir and the organising team. The Family Mass runs in tandem with the “Do this in Memory of Me Programme”. This is a monthly mass for the parents & children of the First Communion classes of the 2 junior schools in the parish, St Mary’s NS and The Teresian School.  On 18 December we held an Advent service and our Children’s Choir were joined by the choir from St Mary’s NS.

A young adult’s group (18-35 year olds) is now active and growing in the Parish. It has a special responsibility for the liturgy at the 5.30pm Sunday Mass and organises the readings, prayers of the faithful, offertory and the communion reflection. The group meets every Sunday evening for prayer before Mass and a social gathering afterwards. All are welcome.

Finally, our Christmas eve midnight mass was broadcast live by RTE. This attracted a huge congregation and showed our wonderful parish and church to the nation as we celebrated the birth of Jesus. We were delighted to include Rev John Marchant, Church of Ireland, Anglesea Road as a participant in our Liturgy.

Volunteering: It’s your parish. For our parish to prosper into the future we need all our parishioners to get involved. If you feel that you could assist in any way please contact the priests of the parish or any member of the Parish Council.

 Kenneth Carroll, PPC Chairman                                                                             Fergal Fahy, PPC Secretary