Loughshore Parishes
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Welcome

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

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Resumption of Public Mass. IMPORTANT. Please read carefully [Click Here]

From the diocesan bulletin 26.6.20 [Click Here]

Framework Document for a Return to the Public Celebration of Mass and the Sacraments [Click Here].

Statement by Bishop Noel Treanor 04.6.20 [Click Here].

 

 

THANKS

Sincere thanks to all the volunteers from across the Loughshore Parishes who come to Whitehouse tonight to deep clean the church in preparation for re-opening for public Masses. Thanks also to those who volunteered for stewarding and cleaning duties.

Anyone else who would like to volunteer contact:

  • for cleaning duties clarecochrane1958@gmail.com
  • for stewarding gregory.butler@ntlworld.com

Thanks

Fr. David

APPEAL FOR MASKS

In order to protect each other and keep everyone safe it is advisable to wear face masks. These have been found to be very effective in preventing the spread of the Corona Virus. We would therefore ask those coming to Mass to bring their own face mask and to wear it through the Mass until Communion time.  

We would very much welcome the donation of washable and reusable face masks that we can make available to those who do not have them.  If you can help in this respect, please contact the chairperson of the Parish Covid 19 Team, anne.mcdermottbutler@ntlworld.com, or the parish office 028 9037 0845 

loughshore@downandconnor.org

There will also be an ongoing need for hand sanitiser and Dettol anti-viral wipes. All donations of these items are very much appreciated. 

Fr David.

BOOKING PROCEDURE TO ATTEND MASS

With the social-distancing requirements there will be limited seating availability in the church. We would wish to avoid a scenario where we are over subscribed and have to turn people away at the door and the car park is in chaos due to cars  arriving and departing at the same time.

We are currently looking at the possibility of an online reservation system similar to booking for a theatre or concert event where people can find out if there is any availability for a particular Mass before making the journey to the church. Look out for further details about this in the coming days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to  move things forward.

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”

(We are shielded by each other)

>>Please Read This Important Information<<

Fr David.

DIOCESE OF DOWN AND CONNOR THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS AND THE SACRAMENT-Cont...

To that end we urgently need volunteers for stewarding and cleaning duties for masses both on weekdays and at weekends. All volunteers will need to make themselves available for training in advance of the church opening.

Mass times:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am
  • Tuesday 7pm
  • Saturday 5.30pm
  • Sunday 11.30am

To volunteer for cleaning duties:clarecochrane1958@gmail.com

To volunteer for stewarding duties:gregory.butler@ntlworld.com

Thank you for your understanding and

Many thanks.

Fr David.

UPDATE REGARDING BAPTISMS,  WEDDINGS, FUNERALS AND HOME VISITATIONS 6th July 2020

  • On Monday 6th July, the NI Executive Office issued a statement to the effect that places of worship will be enabled to resume baptisms and indoor marriage ceremonies from Friday, July 10.
  • Only one child to be baptised at any one ceremony. The maximum number that can attend a baptism, marriage ceremony or funeral is determined by the capacity of the particular church following social distancing requirements (2 metres) and safety guidelines.
  • STAR OF THE SEA, WHITEHOUSE. With 24 pews available, the number attending can vary between 48 (2 persons per pew) and 120 (5 persons per pew where all the people in a single pew are from the same household/social bubble).
  • HOME VISITATION – Home visitation, first Friday visits and ‘sick calls’, remain suspended and are restricted to cases of urgency only with social distancing and hygiene requirements applying.

Thanks

Fr David.

Re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer

Dear Parishioners,

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.

Please continue reading more guidelines below.

Re-opening of Churches for Private Prayer - More Guidelines

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.

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

Fr. David

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.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WIDELY

Thank you

Fr David

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:

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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.

 BLESSING

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 Rosary 6.30pm
  • Novena Mass 7pm
  • Wednesday Mass 10am
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 10.30am
  • Benediction 6pm
  • Friday Mass 10am
    Divine Mercy Chaplet 10.30am
  • Saturday Vigil Mass 5.30pm
  • Sunday Mass 11.30am
  • St Peregrine Devotions & Intercession for the Sick – 7pm First Monday 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.

Loughshore Parishes Monthly Draw has been Postponed

The monthly draw has been postponed and the remaining 7 monthly draws in this year’s draw will resume once the current Coronavirus restrictions on church attendance are lifted.
Thank you for you ongoing support for the draw and we look forward to it resuming.
In the meantime, stay safe.
Gregory Butler
Draw Coordinator.

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

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.

 

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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 Parish.

  • 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 Parish.