Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. The ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance. Without the mercy of God who lifts us up, because he loves us, we are like the ashes. They are an outward sign of our desire to "turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel".
Mass will be celebrated in Donnybrook Parish at 7.30am, 10.00am, 1.10pm and 6.00pm. The blessing and distribution of the ashes is our response to the Word of God. It takes place immediately after the Liturgy of the Word and replaces the penitential rite.
During the day, blessed ashes will be available for those who are unable to come to Mass. We invite you to take the ashes and to place them on your forehead, using one of the two formulae:
"Turn away fromn Sin and Be Faithful to the Gospel" OR
"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return".
You may take a pinch of ashes with you with appropriate reverence and give them to someone who is unable to come to Mass due to sickness or old age. They should be given in a prayerful way, using one of the two formulae above.
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”.
There are over 4200 households in Donnybrook Parish, but we have family names for less than a third of these, and many of our records are inaccurate or out of date.
This is our parish, our local Christian community. The Sacred Heart Church, 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)