Loughshore Parishes
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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

Safeguarding Sunday

This weekend, we take the opportunity to reflect on the work that goes on all year within our parish to make it a safe and welcoming place for all of us.  We remember and pray for those who have been affected by abuse in the past.

Safeguarding Sunday is a reminder to all of us that Safeguarding is the responsibility not only of child protection professionals and leaders of parish groups and organisations, but of all of us .

We all have a duty of care, awareness and vigilance in regard to the protection and promotion of the safety, well-being and rights of children in our Church and beyond.

 

Our Parish Safeguarding Committee

 

Fr David Delargy PP
Anne Mc Dermott (Chair)

07948 799039

Whitehouse
Pauline O Brien Greencastle
Margaret Hughes Whiteabbey
Claire Kelly Whiteabbey
Patricia Mc Corry Greenisland

 

If you are worried about the safety or well-being of any child or vulnerable adult in our Lough Shore Parishes, please contact:

Safeguarding Office:                   028 90 49 27 98

Designated Liaison Person for Safeguarding:                 Philip O Hara: 07534 992124

 

No Greater Love

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation as we look forward to the celebration of Easter.  Why not join Living Church as we reflect together over Zoom on the final moments of Jesus’ life. In a series of short films shot on location in the Holy land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us.  Best-selling author, Edward Sri, will guide us through the final hours of Christ’s life. Over 5 weeks we are given the opportunity to walk step by step with Jesus through the Scriptures from the Garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. At each session there will be opportunities to meet others from across the Diocese to pray, share and reflect together.  The programme will be facilitated by Fr Paul Byrne & Aishling Steen. There are 5 online sessions – one for each week of Lent which will lead us into Holy Week.  Beginning: Monday 27th February for 5 weeks @7pm.  To book your place on our online program please e-mail livingchurch@downandconnor.org  

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Donal McKeown as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Down and Connor

21 January 2023

 

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Donal McKeown, bishop of the Diocese of Derry, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Down and Connor with immediate effect, from today, Saturday 21 January 2023.

In response to the announcement of Bishop McKeown’s appointment, Archbishop Noel Treanor said:

“I warmly welcome the appointment this morning by Pope Francis of Bishop Donal McKeown as Apostolic Administrator of Down and Connor, pending the appointment of a new bishop to Down and Connor.

Bishop McKeown brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this appointment having already served the people, priests and religious of Down and Connor as a priest (1977-2001) and as Auxiliary Bishop (2001-2014). It was an honour to have worked closely with Bishop Donal when I first arrived in this diocese in 2008. As an auxiliary, Bishop Donal was strongly committed to the fields of education, youth ministry, the Living Church project and I highly valued his insightful guidance and his advice. I know that he will bring these same skills to his governance of the diocese, a responsibility he will carry alongside remaining Bishop of the Diocese of Derry.

As I take leave from the Diocese, I entrust Bishop Donal to the warmth and care of those whom I have had the privilege to know and serve over the last 14 years and I know they will welcome him back as they embraced me upon my arrival.

I pray God’s blessing on Bishop Donal as he generously takes up this ministry and service within the Diocese of Down and Connor.”

Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre - New Workshops

NODDING OFF
How to sleep deeper and better for longer 
Saturday, 18 February (9.30am – 4.30pm) 2023
£40 / €45

DIFFICULT PEOPLE
How to bring out the best of people at their worst
Saturday, 11 March (9.30am – 4.30pm) 2023
£40 / €45

RETREAT: THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE 
A journey from success to significance
Sunday, 30 April (5pm) – Friday, 05 May 9am) 2023
£460 / € 520

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
Discover your character strengths and reach you true potential
Friday, 12 May (5pm) – Sunday, 14 May (2pm) 2023
£225 / €255

STOP MISSING YOUR LIFE
Stress, burnout and discovering a calmer you
Friday, 01 September (5pm) – Sunday, 03 September (2pm) 2023
£225 / €255

LET EVENING COME
Finding comfort and healing after loss and bereavement
Friday, 13 October (5pm) – Sunday, 15 October (2pm) 2023
£225 / €255

Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place:
TEL: 028 (048 from ROI) 3082 1964
EMAIL: admin@dromantineconference.com

Please click here to view flyer >>

Down and Connor Diocesan Trust Job Vacancy

DIOCESAN CURIA OFFICE
‘EXECUTIVE SUPPORT OFFICER’
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. The Executive Support Officer will be required to provide a full portfolio of support to the present Apostolic Administrator and the future 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: https://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 Tuesday 7th February 2023
Down and Connor Diocesan Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer

NI Cancer Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Sun 28 May to Fri 2 June 2023

 

The price of £799 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include:

Return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by

Northern Star Travel Ltd. Full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/triple rooms.

Service of JWT guides in Lourdes.

 

The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form please speak to a member of the committee on Tel. 078746 88388 or email mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk >>

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

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.