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

Appointment of Bishop of Down and Connor

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Bishop Alan McGuckian, Bishop of Raphoe, as Bishop of Down and Connor.

Bishop Alan is no stranger to Down and Connor, a native son of the Diocese, he was a member of the Belfast Jesuit community for many years and undertook a number of ministries, most significantly Director of Living Church.

Arrangements for Bishop Alan’s taking up his appointment will be announced in due course.

Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares to take up this ministry in the weeks ahead.

A letter from Bishop Alan to the faithful of the Diocese can be read by clicking on this link >>


Carrickfergus Parish Lenten Services on the theme of The Mass

Please come along and join in the Carrickfergus Parish Lenten Services this Lent. Our Panel of Catechists will present a series of talks in the committee room at the back of St. Nicholas’ Church, Carrickfergus at 7.30pm on the Mass, aimed at giving us a greater insight into why we do what we do at Mass. The programme is as follows: –

26th February – A presentation on The Creed – the differences between the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed. How they came about and why they are there in the Mass.

4th March – A talk on the “Sacred Vessels” used at the Mass and The Vestments worn by the priest.

11th March – A discussion on the Eucharist, God with us in the Blessed Sacrament. This talk will be extended to include a period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Everyone is welcome.

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

St Patrick's Tea

Afternoon Tea from 2pm on St Patrick’s Day in St Colman’s, Greenisland.

St Patrick's Ceili

There will be a ceili on St Patrick’s Night in St James’ Parish Hall at 7.15pm.  All welcome.

Will you lend us a hand?

The Down & Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is seeking volunteer doctors & registered nurses for our pilgrimage from 10 -15 July 2024.

Working with other volunteer doctors and nurses in a specially designed care setting, you will be part of a very special and faith filled community.

For more information, please email your contact details to lourdes@downandconnor.org

Fearless - A Faith & Diversity Project for young people

Are you aged between 11 and 18?

Are you interested in questions of faith and God and life?

Are you ready to have a bit of fun, faith and friendship?

Do you want to make friends with young people you don’t normally get to meet?

Do you fancy trying out new activities, summer Camp and going on trips FOR FREE?

Are you up for some camping to relax after a heavy school year (28 June – 2 July)?

Then, this is definitely for you!!

Contact Francis (Project Co-ordinator) 07763698576 or youth@koinonia.ie

Weekday Masses - Change of times

Over the past number of months, we have benefitted from having the priests of St Gerard’s celebrating weekday Masses in St Mary’s, Greencastle each weekday at 9.30am.

From next Monday 15th January, Fr Patrick and Fr Denis will be celebrating their 9.30am Mass in St Gerard’s, and we will return to our usual weekday Mass schedule:

St Colman’s: Monday 10.00am
Star of the Sea, Whitehouse: Tuesday 7pm
St Mary’s, Greencastle: Wednesday 9.30am
St James’: Friday 10.00am

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!

A Day of Prayer and Fasting For Peace - 27 October



(General Audience, 18th October 2023)


“Today too, dear brothers and sisters, our thoughts turn to Palestine and Israel. The number of victims is rising and the situation in Gaza is desperate. Please, let everything possible be done to avoid a humanitarian disaster. The possible widening of the conflict is disturbing, while so many war fronts are already open in the world. May weapons be silenced, and let us heed the cry for peace of the poor, the people, the children… Brothers and sisters, war does not solve any problem: it sows only death and destruction, foments hate, proliferates revenge. War cancels out the future, it cancels out the future. I urge believers to take just one side in this conflict: that of peace. But not in words – in prayer, with total dedication. With this in mind, I have decided to call for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday 27 October, a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit. That evening, at 18.00 at Saint Peter’s, we will spend an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world. I ask all the particular Churches to participate by arranging similar activities involving the People of God”.

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.