“The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.” Mt. 13:24.
I come to Donnybrook in faith. The Lord has planted me in the fertile soil of the Parish of the Sacred Heart. It is good to be reminded by the Gospel at the beginning of my ministry in Donnybrook, of the Lord who does the sowing, of the Word of God that is sown, the one who gives the increase and of his judgement.
I pray that in my ministry here I will serveyou, the people of the parish, help to nurturethe Word that God has planted in all our hearts and that together, in the joy of the Gospel we will serve the coming of His Kingdom of love, justice and peace. I am very mindful of those who served here before me, Bishop Kevin and the late Fr. Martin and the plans you are making for the future. I am very pleased to be working with Fr. Conor Harper whom I have known for many years and grateful for the assistance of Mgr. Sherry and Fr. John Boyers and Fr. Conor’s Jesuit colleagues. These are challenging times for faith and for mission. They are God’s times,times of great opportunity for Christ and for his Gospel. Christ is the yeast the Father has mixed in with our three measures of flour,ourselves, our families and communities and our society. Together in Christ we will discover the face of God, worship God and serve God.
Mgr Lorcan O’Brien
This 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.
Click 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.
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
Mgr Lorcan O’Brien (Administrator)