Welcome to the website for the Loughshore Parishes. This is a group of three parishes which 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
Recent important statement from Bishop Treanor dated 4.6.20
I would like to bring to your attention a recent important statement from Bishop Treanor dated 4.6.20 and two additional documents from the bishop relating to the celebration of Marriage and Funerals in the diocese.
- Reintroduction of Funeral services and Requiem Masses.
- Provision for Church Wedding Ceremonies.
- Exercising Personal and Community Responsibility. [Click here for more information]
- Guidelines for Funerals [Click here]
- Guidelines for Marriages [Click here]
Re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer
As of 18th May, churches may now be opened for individual private prayer. In the Loughshore Parishes, St Mary’s Church in Greencastle is the designated Church for this purpose and it opened last Sunday 24th May as announced at masses (via webcam) and on the Loughshore Parishes Facebook page. It will be open again in Pentecost Sunday from 9am until 12noon and every Thursday 6pm -8pm as well as Sunday 9am – 12noon moving forward until further notice.
A steward will be present to guide visitors and point out safety arrangements. Please note, there will be a one-way system. Please enter by the main door and use the hand sanitiser before proceeding into the church.
While you are in the church, please continue to observe social distancing (2 metres). There are five kneelers and chairs in the central part of the church. Only these are to be used. Please do not use any of the pews as these have been cordoned off and are not available. If the designated seats are occupied, please wait until one becomes available before moving into the prayer space.
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Re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer - More Guidelines
It will be possible for you to light a candle at Our Lady’s shrine.
There is no time limit to how long you may stay, but please be aware that others may be waiting for you to finish so that they can come into the prayer space. When you are finished, use the cleaning materials provided to sanitise the kneeler and chair so that they are safe for the person coming after you. Place used cloths in the bins provided.
When exiting the church do not go back the way you came in. Following the one way system and the exit signs placed there for your convenience, please exit the church only by the side door on the right and sanitise your hands before you leave.
If the churches are to be opened at other times, it will be necessary for volunteers to come forward to assist with stewarding and cleaning duties. Please phone the parish office if you would like to help out in this way.
Thank you and God Bless you
Very Important Notice
Dear Loughshore Parishioners
I have become aware of a fraudulent scam within the parishes of Greencastle, Whitehouse and St Mary’s on the Hill. Unscrupulous individuals are calling with vulnerable people (in some cases our Parishioners) and offering to:
A. Take their weekly envelopes to the Church
B. Offering to do their shopping but wanting cash up front.
Please be aware of this scam.
In line with the government’s “Stay at Home” and social distancing policies we must not collect envelopes at this time. Once Government policy allows we will look at measures to safely collect.
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PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick, at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus, we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us – He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope, we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.
A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis. Amen.
May your servants be shielded, O Lord By the protection of your loving-kindness, That, doing what is good in this world, They may reach you, their highest good. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Celebration of Mass
Dear Parishioners, as St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Whitehouse is the only church in the Loughshore Parishes with a webcam at [Watch Webcam]
All Masses and religious services will be celebrated there, without congregation, at the following times:
- Monday Mass 10am
- Tuesday Stations of the Cross 6pm
Novena Mass 7pm
- Wednesday Mass 10am
- Friday Mass 10am
- Saturday Vigil Mass 5.30pm
- Sunday Mass 11.30am
- St Peregrine Devotions & Intercession for the Sick – 7pm First Monday of the month
- Exposition & Divine Mercy Devotions 6.30pm Second Sunday of the month
TROCAIRE - Donations Appeal
Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world. This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. It is currently NOT possible for people to return donations to your parish. To donate therefore, simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in one of the following three ways:
1. Online at www.trocaire.org
2. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare (ROI) or Trócaire, 10 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD (NI)
The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.
Loghshore Parishes Monthly Draw has been Postponed
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:
- Name of Account: Star of the Sea Whitehouse
- Sort Code: 93 83 19
- Account No: 28701180
- Name of Account: St James Parish Account (this is the account for St James’ & St Colman’s)
- Sort Code: 93-84-24
- Account No: 09358002
- Name of Account: Parish of Greencastle
- Sort Code: 93-83-19
- Account No: 28883277
Coronavirus Medical Helpline
Northern Ireland now has full access to the 111 Helpline on coronavirus. This is available 24/7 to provide advice, for those who may have concerns.
Contacting your GP: If you are worried about symptoms, contact your GP via telephone. Anyone with flu like symptoms is advised not to go to your GP’s surgery or to A&E but to seek advice over the telephone.