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

Summer Schedule

The Summer Schedule can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Summer Schedule 2024

Clonard Solem Novena

In honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

19th – 27th June 2024

“Creating a Culture of Care”


6.45am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 4.00pm, 6.00pm, 8.00pm


6.45am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 4.00pm, 6.00pm, 8.00pm



Saturday 22nd June at 11.30am and 1.30pm


Sunday 23rd June at 11.30am and 1.30pm

YOUTH SESSION WITH MASS Sun 23rd June at 8pm

ECUMENICAL DAY – Monday 24th June

Day of Reflection

Join us in a service which draws on the healing practice of lament, Friday 21st of June 2024 at St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Using the biblical practice of lament, this service offers a space to reflect on the conflict in and about Northern Ireland as well as the future that is before us. In this space we acknowledge our deep hurt and pain, reflect on what we might have done or might still do, and commit ourselves to a future where such suffering and loss does not happen.

This is a service for everyone because violence has affected all of us.

Using the biblical practice of lament, Church leaders stand with victims and survivors in marking our collective hurt and in committing ourselves to ensuring we do not return to the violence of the past.

It is our belief that standing together on matters which are both painful and contentious shows collective civic courage. It is particularly important for Christian leaders to stand with and alongside the most vulnerable in our community. This service provides opportunity to do so within the context of ecumenical worship. We hope that you will be able to attend this Service for the Day of Reflection as we create spaces to share our communal loss without fear of judgement or reproach.

This service is part of the Day of Reflection, established by Healing Through Remembering in 2007 and held on the longest day of the year in partnership with Corrymeela, Wave Trauma Centre, St John’s Parish, Belfast Cathedral and the Commission for Victims and Survivors.

SVP Bus Run 2024

Thank you to all who organised and all who joined us on the SVP Bus Run to Newcastle on 1st June 2024.  It was a great success.  You can see some photographs from this wonderful day out by clicking on the link below.

SVP Bus Run 2024 >>

Annual Parish Census

Thank you for participating in the parish census which was carried out on the weekend of 27th & 28th April 2024.

The data captured can be viewed by clicking on this link >>


BINGO will be on Saturday 22nd June in St James’ Parish Hall. It’s at 7.30pm and tea and coffee will be served. Books are £10 and there will also be a ballot

AGE NI's Shared Lives Service

Our service is brand new and is for older people aged 65+ who would benefit from spending time outside their own home. Our aim is to reduce isolation and loneliness and maintain independence and social connection. Our carers are self-employed, use their own home as a base for the care and are paid an hourly rate for their role.

For more information, please click on this link >>

If interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer, please contact deborah.mcilwaine@ageni.org

Fostering Appeal

Could you open your heart and home to make a difference in a child’s life?

Come along to an information session and find out more.  Please click here for more details >>

Adoptive Parents Needed Urgently

Family Care Adoption Services is an Adoption Agency, and a core part of our work is to place children with new adoptive families. We provide adoption services throughout all Northern Ireland and work with Health and Social Care Trusts to place single children and sibling groups for adoption.

These children are aged from babyhood to approximately 5 years old.

There are currently more children waiting to be adopted in Northern Ireland than families approved to adopt and there is an urgent need for new families to come forward.

All sorts of people from all walks of life can be considered for adoption.

So, wherever you live in Northern Ireland if you think you could offer a child/ren a new life in a family of their own and would like an informal chat to discuss this and to find out more about adoption,


Email:           email@familycareadoption.org

Phone:          02890 691133

Website:       www.familycareadoption.com

We are waiting to hear from you!

Have you, or someone you know been bereaved by suicide?

The Northern Trust have designed a guide dedicated to those grieving the death of someone they love >> 

Local support groups and individual support sessions are available throughout the Northern Trust area to help you deal with a bereavement through suicide.

If you would like more information about a support group in your area, or to be referred to the individual support service, please

Danielle Gallagher
Bereaved by Suicide Service Officer
Holywell Hospital Site
60 Steeple Road
BT41 2RJ
028 9441 3544

David Olphert
Family Liason Officer
Holywell Hospital Site
60 Steeple Road
BT41 2RJ
028 9441 3544

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.