Loughshore Parishes
"at the heart of your community"

Welcome

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

Mass of Hope

Mass of Hope, in Clonard Monastery at 3pm, Sunday November 27th, for those who have lost loved ones through suicide.

ST NICHOLAS’ REPOSITORY

A selection of Christmas cards and gifts will be available for sale in St Colman’s’ Church Greenisland, on Sun 27th Nov after 9.30 am Mass.

 

 

Holy Family Parish Christmas Fair

Sunday 4th December 2022 2.30pm-5pm
in the Parish Centre, Cavehill Road

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL 2022

The Order of Malta QUB and the Catholic Chaplaincy QUB invite you to support this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal in support of Belfast Homeless Services. Suggested items for male and female include:

 

Toothpaste

Toothbrushes

Soap

Shampoo

Body wash

Sanitary products

Sweets

Chocolate

Gloves

Scarves

Hats

Deodorant

 

Please place your items in a wrapped box or in a bag and leave it under the Christmas tree in the Catholic Chaplaincy, 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, by Mon 12 December. Thank you for your kindness and support.  For more info, contact QUB@orderofmalta.ie

 

Beloved Disciples - Spirituality for the Autumn of Life

Why not take some time this November/December to join us for the Beloved Disciples Programme which explores and celebrates the gifts that older people bring to our Church community. It reminds us that there is no such thing as retirement from the Kingdom of God and that we are called to discipleship at every age in our lives. The programme, designed for the over 50’s runs for 4 weeks.  Over a cup of tea/coffee there will be opportunities for talking and listening and sharing what our faith means to us as we continue our journey seeking to grow in the love of Christ and others.

The programme for men, (A women’s course will be run after Christmas) will begin on 17th November  at 11:00am at Living Church 120 Cliftonville Rd, Belfast, and will conclude Wednesday the 8th December with Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  Each session will be approximately one hour long and will be facilitated by Fr Paul Byrne from the Living Church Office. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

To Book:

Contact- livingchurch@downandconnor.org

Tel: 028 9069 0920

 

Christmas Concert at St Mary's Star of the Sea

 

 

Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Star of the Sea

 

You are cordially invited to join the Big Belfast Choir Christmas Concert with Amanda St. John as a special guest in aid of Healing Venezuela and the Church Restoration. The Christmas event will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 7th, and will be hosted by St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Whitehouse Church.

Admission to the concert is £10; your helpful donations are genuinely something to sing about. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, you may do so by contacting Marisol at 07817725475, Peri at 07598785412, or Liguori at 07736899410. You may also pass the invitation on to someone else.

We want very much to help to fight the malnutrition of vulnerable children through the nutrition programmes at Healing Venezuela. More information at https://www.healingvenezuela.org/programme/nutrition-programmes. And also help with this Church restoration.

Pioneer Pledge

Pledge for November

Many people offer spiritual support to a relation who is struggling because of alcohol or an addiction problem.

Parishioners who wish to take a short-term Pioneer pledge during the month of the Holy Souls are invited to visit www.pioneers.ie/pray.

Fostering Appeal

HSC NORTHERN IRELAND FOSTER CARE

We need more foster carers now, right across Northern Ireland. Help us get the message out by talking to your family, friends and work colleagues. There are various types of foster care available to suit different lifestyles and family commitments. Could you foster?

T: 0800 0720 137 W: adoptionandfostercare.hscni.net

SUPPORT AVAILABLE FROM ST VINCENT DE PAUL

Loughshore Parishes have St Vincent de Paul conferences in each Church.

If you or you anyone you know is in crisis or need, please ask for help.  You can speak to any Conference member or put your name, address and phone number in the red box at the church door.

Phone 02890351561 and request a call from your local conference

Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops

To read the statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops on the current economic crisis for the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul,

please click here >>

TRÓCAIRE - CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING

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.

Schools

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.