For some months now, together with the various committees which share responsibility for pastoral care and financial management in the parish, I have been actively engaged in the preparation of a five year plan for the renovation of the parish Church and the redevelopment of the parish centre and grounds. In recent weeks, a draft development plan has approved for presentation to the parishioners.
My reason for writing at this time is to tell you about an evening gatheringon Tuesday April 29th, at the Sacred Heart Church, when we will present the development plan in some detail and when there will be an opportunity to comment and to ask questions. We considered hosting the meeting elsewhere but, in the final analysis, it was felt that having it in the Church will make it easier to explain to people exactly what is being proposed.
The 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.
Our hope would be that the renovation of the Church could take place in time for the 150th anniversary of the parish in 2016, and that when the Sacred Heart campus is fully restored, these buildings will serve the people of our parish for generations to come, as we pray together and engage in all of the various activities that form us as a community.
Fr. Kevin Doran
For 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.
With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.
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)