CoronaVirus Updates

DIOCESE OF DOWN AND CONNOR COVID-19: DIRECTIVES Effective Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice

Celebration of Mass

The public celebration of Mass remains suspended. Masses will be celebrated at Whitehouse and can be viewed on the webcam. Mass times are posted on the Loughshore parishes Facebook page and website and on the Down and Connor Diocesan Website. 

Opening of Churches

Churches will continue to remain open for private personal prayer only, all other public devotional practices, likely to attract a gathering of people are suspended.



‘Stay at home’ – Respiratory team’s plea to NI public

The respiratory team at the Belfast Health Trust has issued an impassioned plea to the public to socially distance to help save thousands of lives.

Doctors, nurses and physiotherapists sacrificed some rare time off on Sunday to film a hard-hitting video that highlights the potentially catastrophic effect of coronavirus on families across Northern Ireland.

Click Here to watch the video




Aware of growing public anxiety, out of particular concern for the more vulnerable members of our community and to avoid any confusion, we are updating our directives with effect from Wednesday 18 March 2020

All members of our parishes, clergy and diocesan employees should adhere to the public health advice, which includes:

  • good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Self-isolation if you are unwell
  • travel advice

The latest Government advice can be found at