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


Any children who do not attend Catholic schools will require additional classes to prepare for receiving the sacraments.  Please email your contact details to loughshoresacraments@gmail.com

Children must be P4 and above.  Children must be registered before 16 October*.  Anyone contacting after this date will be enrolled in the next year’s class.


* closing date has been extended

Weekday Masses

There will be no Weekday Masses in the Parish this week.  Communion Services will be held instead at the usual Mass times.


There will be no St Peregrine’s Novena on Monday 3 October.


Rosary on the Coast and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for Life and Faith on Sunday 9 October in St James’ Church at 3pm.  It will be held in the parish hall, as it was last year.  The Pilgrim Statue, a statue of Our Blessed Lady which has been blessed by the Pope, will be with us on that Sunday.  All invited to come and bring your friends and children.

St Mary's Greencastle Choir

St Mary’s Choir Greencastle are delighted to be resuming singing at the 6.30pm Mass on Saturday night.    Choir practices will be held in St. Mary’s Greencastle on Wednesday evening between 5.15pm and 6.15pm and will commence on Wednesday 21st September.   New members, both singers and musicians, would be greatly appreciated.   No need to apply, just come along on Wednesday evening and you will be made extremely welcome.


An opportunity has arisen within our Finance Team to recruit two Diocesan Assistant Finance Officers, who will be required to provide guidance on financial accuracy, internal controls, and regulatory compliance across the Parish network. We see this as an exciting and challenging opportunity to play an integral part of the Diocesan Finance Team, where the role holders will have responsibility for delivery of annual Parish Statutory accounts, on-site audit support and training across our Parishes.
This is a hybrid role to be based at the Curia Office, 75 Somerton Road, Belfast, BT15 4DE, but you will also be required to work across the Parish Network, along with an element of Homeworking.
The terms are based on a permanent appointment for 35 hours per week. Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm.
Salary: Will be considered within the range of £25,000 to £35,000 gross per annum – commensurate upon experience.

Please visit the Down and Connor website for more information by following this link >>


An exciting opportunity has arisen for the recruitment of an Executive Support Officer, to join the Down and Connor Diocesan Trust team based at 75 Somerton Road, Belfast, BT15 4DE. You will be required to provide a full portfolio of support to the Bishop of Down and Connor, Senior Clergy and the Management Team, by way of expert secretarial, clerical, administrative and diary management services.
If you are an individual with excellent communication skills and the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential matters in a professional manner, then we see this as a unique opportunity to join the Down and Connor Diocesan Trust Team.
The terms are based on a permanent appointment for 35 hours per week. Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm; additional out of hours may be required from time to time.
Salary: Will be considered within the range of £27,000 to £30,000 gross per annum – commensurate upon experience.
Full details relating to the vacancy can be found on the Diocesan website at: http://www.downandconnor.org clicking on the tab: job vacancies and on the Community NI and nijobs.com websites, where terms and conditions relating to the role can also be accessed by way of a Role Profile and Employment Application form.
We welcome applications from anyone who feels they meet the criteria as presented and are interested in playing an active role within the Diocese of Down and Connor.
Closing date for applications will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 6th October 2022


Please visit the Down and Connor website for more information by following this link >>


Trócaire is looking for people to join our team of Christmas fundraisers to help respond to the urgent need of poor communities around the world, especially the millions of people affected by the hunger crisis in East Africa. You can take action and make a difference through a range of activities, including the promotion of our Gifts of Love – training and support will be provided. If you would like to find out more about what you can do to help now or over the Advent and Christmas period, then please email Mark McMahon at infoni@trocaire.org or call 028 9090 8030.

Down and Connor Synodal Synthesis - Diocesan Report

The invitation from Pope Francis to take part in the Diocesan Phase of the synod: For a synodal Church, has given our Diocese of Down and Connor an opportunity to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit, to experience Synodality, and to reflect on our mission as we emerge from the pandemic and make plans for the future. The synodal journey has been one of learning, encounter, and authentic dialogue.  Our encounters, both in person and in writing during the Diocesan Phase of the synod were marked by honest sharing.

The report that has been developed following the synodal moments is available for everyone in the Diocese to read and consider.  There is great diversity of thought and lived experience across our Diocese and it is our sincere hope that people will find reflected in the report their own thoughts and insights as well as those of their sisters and brothers in Christ.

As a Church we recognise the need for synodality as it empowers us, the People of God, to dream about the church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.[1]

As a Diocese there are actions that we can undertake, guided by what we have heard from our people, in each one of whom the Holy Spirit dwells.  This Diocesan report should not be viewed as a completed piece of work but part of a synodal process that is in and of itself a new beginning:  A journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.[2]

Download a copy of the Down and Connor Synodal Synthesis (Pdf)

[1] Preparatory Document For a Synodal Church, 32

[2] Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality 1.3


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.