Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has today appointed Mgr Lorcan O'Brien to replace Fr. Kevin Doran as Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Donnybrook. We welcome him and look forward to his ministry among us.
Mgr O'Brien has served for 10 years as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the diocese. He had previously served as Parish Priest of St Peter's Bray and, before that as Curate at St Anthony's, Clontarf.
Mgr O'Brien is succeeded in his role as Moderator of the Curia by Mgr Paul Callan who served for some years as Curate in Donnybrook.
Click here to see pcitures 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.
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.
The 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.
This is our parish, our local Christian community. The Church of the Sacred Heart, in the heart of the Donnybrook village, is the focal point for our worshipping community.
Whether you have lived here for many years or have recently moved here does not matter; you are currently part of a welcoming and caring faith community.
The web site has been developed to present helpful information and a sense of belonging. It is also an invitation to become involved at some level in the life of the parish and to use your talents in the service of others.
Wishing you every blessing
Fr. Kevin Doran (Administrator)