Loughshore Parishes
"at the heart of your community"

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

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

Singing for Boys, Summer 2022 

DIOCESE OF DOWN & CONNOR

Singing for Boys, Summer 2022

Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August 2022

St Dominic’s Grammar School, 135 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6AE

 

The 5 day course is aimed at boys aged 8 – 16 who want to improve their singing voice and musical skills.  It is ideal for boys who have a passion for music and want to take their singing training to the next level.  The week concludes with a showcase in St Peter’s Cathedral to which parents/guardians are invited to attend.

The Guest Tutor is musical director, composer and voice consultant Matthew Reeve.

Email Mr James McConnell at schola@downandconnor.org for an application or contact Cathedral House, St Peter’s Square, BT12 4BU

Cost: £35 – Scholarships are available on request.

Down and Connor Synodal Synthesis - Diocesan Report

The invitation from Pope Francis to take part in the Diocesan Phase of the synod: For a synodal Church, has given our Diocese of Down and Connor an opportunity to be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit, to experience Synodality, and to reflect on our mission as we emerge from the pandemic and make plans for the future. The synodal journey has been one of learning, encounter, and authentic dialogue.  Our encounters, both in person and in writing during the Diocesan Phase of the synod were marked by honest sharing.

The report that has been developed following the synodal moments is available for everyone in the Diocese to read and consider.  There is great diversity of thought and lived experience across our Diocese and it is our sincere hope that people will find reflected in the report their own thoughts and insights as well as those of their sisters and brothers in Christ.

As a Church we recognise the need for synodality as it empowers us, the People of God, to dream about the church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.[1]

As a Diocese there are actions that we can undertake, guided by what we have heard from our people, in each one of whom the Holy Spirit dwells.  This Diocesan report should not be viewed as a completed piece of work but part of a synodal process that is in and of itself a new beginning:  A journey of growing authentically towards the communion and mission that God calls the Church to live out in the third millennium.[2]

Download a copy of the Down and Connor Synodal Synthesis (Pdf)

[1] Preparatory Document For a Synodal Church, 32

[2] Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality 1.3

 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022: Full board in hotel: 5 nights (13-18 July) from £685.

For further information contact the Pilgrimage Office on (028) 9077 0162 email: lourdes@downandconnor.org

or visit www.downandconnor.org/Lourdes

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.

Schools

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.