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

Ash Wednesday Mass, Whitehouse, Wednesday 17th 1pm

After the homily, you are invited to participate in the following act of commitment to the Lenten discipline. Please take a moment before Mass to read through the instructions so that you can participate as fully as possible.

After the Homily – When invited, all make the pledge together:

Pledge:

God our Father, on the day of Baptism we were claimed for Christ our Saviour by the sign of His Cross. On this Ash Wednesday, and in this time of the pandemic, we come before you, desiring to fulfill our baptismal promises, by dying to selfishness and by living for Christ. And so, we pledge ourselves, in this Lenten season, to pray, to fast, and to give alms. Father, in your kindness, pour out your blessing upon us, as we make this threefold pledge:

Fr David will speak the three-fold pledge and the faithful are invited to repeat the words after him each time making the sign of the cross on the forehead with the thumb.

  • I pledge myself to a time of prayer each day – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross.
  • I pledge myself to fast by denying myself some luxury – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross.
  • I pledge myself to give alms this Lent, by supporting Trocaire, or some other charity – as I do so, I sign my forehead + with the sign of the Cross.

Priest: 

By your grace, may we keep this Lenten pledge, in preparation for the joy of Easter – Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Statement from the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland “As many people as possible stay at home for the sake of health, life and the Common Good” 7 January 2021

Important Announcement

We acknowledge and support the unequivocal message from public health authorities that the movement and gathering of people should be minimised and that as many people as possible stay at home for the sake of health, life, and the Common Good.

In light of our ongoing consultations and of the current serious and worsening situation, and in line with clear public health guidance, we have decided that for a limited period (from midnight on Thursday 7 January until Saturday 6 February 2021, subject to review in late January), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should take place without the physical presence of the faithful – except for marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services (subject to regulations).

Read the full document [Here] 

Further update

Public Masses will continue to be suspended until 5 March 2021 in accordance with the executive’s decisions on the restrictions.

Temporarily Cancelled until 5 March 2021 - Weekday masses of churches in our Loughshore Parishes

  • Monday: 10 am St Colman’s, Greenisland.
  • Tuesday: 7 pm Novena Mass at St Mary’s, Star of the Sea, Whitehouse.
  • Wednesday: 9.30 am Mass in St Mary’s, Greencastle.
  • Friday: 10 am Mass in St James’ Whiteabbey
  • Saturday: 5.30 pm Vigil Mass in St Mary’s, Star of the Sea, Whitehouse.
  • Sunday: 11.30 am Mass in St Mary’s, Star of the Sea, Whitehouse.

We offer our sincere thanks to all our parish volunteers who have given so generously in various ways in these past months to facilitate church openings for individual/private prayer as well as public masses.

Thank you.
Fr David.

LENTEN PIONEER PLEDGE

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol during Lent. Why not take this opportunity to perhaps help yourself or someone you know with an alcohol or drug problem by offering your sacrifice for freedom from addiction? Please consider taking the short-term Lenten Pledge and make a difference in someone’s life and say the following daily prayer.

PRAYER:” I promise in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary to abstain from all alcoholic drink during Lent.”

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.

Temporarily Cancelled until 6 February 2021 - 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.

Safeguarding Sunday

Our Parish Safeguarding Committee 

  • Fr David Delargy, PP
  • Anne McDermott, Whitehouse (Chair)
  • Pauline O’Brien, Greencastle
  • Margaret Hughes, Whiteabbey
  • Claire Kelly, Whiteabbey
  • Patricia McCorry, Greenisland 

Please read more information [Click Here] >>>>

  • What Does the Parish Safeguarding Committee Do? 
  • Safeguarding Children 
  • A Policy for the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

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:         
  • Ms Margaret Burke: 07534 992124 
  • Email: Margaret.burke@soddc.org 
  • PSNI101 
  • Social Services Regional Number  028 90507000  
  • Out Of Hours Regional Social Work Service028 9504 9999 
  • NSPCC Helpline0808 8005000

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

  • Attendance at weddings and funerals is limited to 25 people including the priest.
  • Baptisms are limited to a maximum of 12 people and 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 social distancing requirements and safety guidelines.
  • 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.

Private Prayer at St Mary Church in Greencastle

Dear Parishioners,

St Mary church in Greencastle ’s is the designated Church for this purpose and it is opened for EUCHARISTIC ADORATION every Wednesday at 10am to 1.00pm. 

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 meters). 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.

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.