This coming year a constitutional referendum on Marriage is planned with the stated aim of extending the possibility of marriage to same sex couples. The reason given is to accord to same sex couples the same rights in law as heterosexual couples. Arrangements for marriage have had a very varied history in law over the centuries and in different cultures, polygamy, concubinage, bethrothal, arranged marriages, child marriages and so on. It took many centuries before the current understanding of marriage, emerged, a stable relationship for life established between one man and one woman of mature age, by the free decision and mutual consent of both parties. Christian revelation has been very influential in this development. It is now to be proposed to change one part of that understanding, that marriage is between a man and woman.Read more ...
The Bishops’ pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church seeks with others to reaffirm … that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.”
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)