Loughshore Parishes
"at the heart of your community"


Welcome to the website for the Loughshore Parishes.

This is a group of three parishes that came together in 2009:

St Mary’s Greencastle, Star of The Sea Whitehouse & St James’ Whiteabbey.

There are four churches in this group:

St Mary’s Greencastle, Star of The Sea Whitehouse, St James’ Whiteabbey & St Colman’s Greenisland

The links to the webcam for each of the churches is below:



St Mary’s Greencastle

St Mary, Star of the Sea, Whitehouse

St James’, Whiteabbey

St Colman’s, Greenisland


Sr Paschal McMeel, who for 55 years was a sister & abbess at the Poor Clare monastery on the Cliftonville Road until its closure in 2012, went home to God in the Poor Clare Carlow monastery on 8th May 2022.

The month’s mind Mass for Sr. Paschal will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, Oldpark Road, Belfast at 12 noon on Saturday 4th June. Celebrant will be Bishop Donal McKeown.

Sr Paschal was much loved and respected in Belfast and beyond. Blessed with a wonderful personality, she made numerous friends throughout her life taking all their worries and anxieties to the Lord in prayer.

May she enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven.



We are looking for volunteers for the New Centre of Spirituality. Are you interested in developing your knowledge, faith and Love of God?  If you would like to join us on this journey with ease and gentleness with others of the same mindset, with talks, conversation, prayer and a cup of tea or if you require more information, plase send an email to :


SVP Whitehouse Bus Run

 The SVP Whitehouse bus run to Ballycastle will take place on Saturday 18th June at 12 noon.

Anyone interested should leave their details on the form at the church porch.

£5.00 deposit required and contact details.

HSC NI Foster Care appeals for homes for young refugees

HSC NI Foster Care is urgently appealing for more foster carers and supported lodgings hosts who can provide homes to young refugees who arrive in Northern Ireland without a parent or carer.

For more information on becoming a foster carer or supported lodgings host, contact HSC NI Foster Care on 0800 0720 137 or visit adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net/young-refugees



Synod 2021-2023

On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called “a
synod on synodality,” officially known as “Synod 2021-
2023: For a Synodal Church.” In brief, the process involves
an expansion of an established institution, called the
“Synod of Bishops.” This means that bishops around the
world will consult with everyone from parishioners to
monks, nuns and Catholic universities before coming
together for a discussion in 2023.

Click here for information on how to take part >>


Prayer for the Synod

Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.  Amen.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022: Full board in hotel: 5 nights (13-18 July) from £685.

For further information contact the Pilgrimage Office on (028) 9077 0162 email: lourdes@downandconnor.org

or visit www.downandconnor.org/Lourdes

Online Contribution(s) to your Parish

Dear Parishioners, if you wish to continue making your contributions to the various collections you can do so online from your bank account by making an electronic transfer. [For information you need to include in the payment ref so that we know who is paying and examples  please click here]

The information you will need for the Payee is:

  1. Name of Account: Star of the Sea Whitehouse
  2. Sort Code: 93 83 19
  3. Account No: 28701180
  1. Name of Account: St James Parish Account (this is the account for St James’ & St Colman’s)
  2. Sort Code: 93-84-24
  3. Account No: 09358002
  1. Name of Account: Parish of Greencastle
  2. Sort Code: 93-83-19
  3. Account No: 28883277

Our Mission...To unite all of the community.

We are a faith community gathered in this place called to create a sense of belonging and family with a shared identity and shared faith, We proclaim this faith in our coming together to worship and in our sharing love with others in service.


There are 3 schools in Loughshore Parishes.

  • St. Mary’s (Star of the Sea) Primary School
  • St. Mary’s Nursery School
  • St. James’ Primary School

Parish Groups

There are a number parish groups in Loughshore Parishes.