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

Greencastle Graveyard and Our Lady's Acre

The details of burials in the graveyard at Greencastle and Our Lady’s Acre can now be searched online at:

Irish Graveyards :: Home >>

The online records are limited to the information that is recorded on the headstones and, in some cases, there may be gaps in the information.  We are keen for the records to be as accurate as possible and would be grateful if you could take some time to look at the website and make the parish office aware of any additional information that ought to be recorded on the website.

There are links to alteration sheets below to be completed and returned to the parish office at loughshore@downandconnor.org


Greencastle alteration sheet >>

Our Lady’s Acre alteration sheet >>







Mass of Chrism

The Diocese of Down & Connor – Mass of Chrism

Wednesday 5th April 2023

St Peter’s Cathedral

12 noon

Diocesan Vocation Retreat

“Follow Christ loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place as a fragrant offering.” – Eph 5:2

Diocesan Vocation Retreat

Sometimes, to hear Christ’s fragrant offering, it takes all of your senses.  Come join us as we’ll help you discern and cultivate the seed of God’s love in you.  21 – 23 April 2023 at Drumalis Retreat House, Larne.

Diocese of Armagh, Clogher, Derry, Dromore, Down & Connor, Kilmore and Raphoe

Directed by Fr Stephen Langridge

Lenten Services

Monday – St Colman’s after 10.00am Mass
Tuesday – Star of the Sea, Whitehouse 6.30pm
Thursday – St Mary’s, Greencastle 7.00pm
Friday – St James’ after 10.00am Mass



Lent is a time when we undertake commitments of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  This Lent, we invite you to join us to pray, share and reflect on the Sunday readings of Lent.

Lectio Divina in Star of the Sea, Whitehouse at 6.30pm on Friday evening. An hour of peaceful reflection.. Time to listen, think and pray. Just what you need! Bring a friend.

Friday 24th February

Friday 10th March

Friday 24th March

Each session will last for an hour, and will start immediately after the Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm.

Nurses - Will you lend us a hand?

The Down & Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is seeking volunteer registered nurses for our pilgrimage from 12th to 17th July 2023.

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

Diocesan Youth Team Lourdes 2023

Applications are now being accepted for our Diocesan Youth Team trip to Lourdes in July 2023. Cost is £690 per person sharing, which includes return flights, transportation, full board accommodation, and insurance.  Date: 11th – 17th July 2023.  All applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24 from July 2023. Limited Spaces available.  For more information, please contact Lourdes@downandconnor.org

Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre - New Workshops

A journey from success to significance
Sunday, 30 April (5pm) – Friday, 05 May 9am) 2023
£460 / € 520

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

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

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 >>


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

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.


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.