What’s going on?

Event When What
Loughshore Parishes Draw The February Draw will take place after mass in Greenisland on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Loughshore Parishes Monthly Draw January Winners. Congratulations to the following winners: Quarterly Prize £500 Greg Mullan, £100 Margaret Kerr; £75 Ron Neary & £50 Mary Carton.
Raising Happy Healthy Christian Children.


Our coffee morning chats continue every Monday morning in St James’ Parish Centre at 10.30am.


For further information contact Velvyn on 07759946171

This week we will be discussing the necessity of maintaining strong marriages amid the riggers just of family life. We will take some time for prayer, share some videos, blogs and stories and hopefully inspire and encourage each other! Looking forward to seeing you there.
Slimming World @ St Mary’s Parish Hall, Greencastle: Saturday’s 9.00 am & 11.00 am Contact: Martine 07776497093  
25th Jan: The Diocesan Liturgy Seminar 2020: entitled “Word of God – Gift and Challenge” held on Sat 25th Jan from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast. Registration from 1 pm. Presented by Fr Albert McNally. It is open to all and the cost is £10 per person. To book, please contact Malachy McKeever, email liturgy@dwnandconnor.org
Blessed Trinity College Open Evenings 14th & 15th January -: 6.00pm -6.45pm, tour of Sports and Technology Facilities on our Antrim Road Site. Address by the Principal at 7pm followed by a tour of the Somerton Road Site.


ST MARY’S NURSERY ENROLMENT DAYS: invite you to an Open Enrolment Evening on Wednesday 15th January between 7.00pm and 8.30pm. If your child is in their preschool year please come along, meet the staff and visit our purpose built Nursery School. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on Thursday 30 January 2020.  
Mercy College Open Night 16th January – on Thursday 16th January for P6 and P7 boys and girls.


Children’s Liturgy Development Days

Office will host the second of three Development Days for leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word on The Living Church

Saturday 25th of January here in our offices at 120, Cliftonville Road, Belfast BT14 6LA. The day will commence at 9.30am and finish at 3.30pm. Development Days are designed to nourish, support, and resource, all those involved in leading Children’s Liturgy

of the Word in their parish. Due to the popularity of these days, early registration is advised. As usual, there will be time for prayer, input, discussion and activities. There is no charge for the day and lunch and all necessary resources will be provided.


To book your place, please contact Caren at c.collins@downandconnor.org or ring the Living Church Office on 02890690920
A Marriage Enrichment Weekend


The next (residential) Weekend (Fri 8pm to Sun 4:30pm) will be

held in Dromantine, Newry from 31st Jan- 2nd Feb For information and to book, visit our new website

www.marriageencounter.ie or phone 0770 281

2321 [NI] or 00353 (87) 2162436–

A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples of all ages in a good relationship, private time to rekindle the joy of their love.

Tom and Madeline McCully with Fr. Seán Coyle www.marriageencounter.ie-

4 Corners Festival Belfast You are invited to attend as many as possible of nearly 20 events throughout Belfast, from January 31 to February 9.

The events are free and further details can be found at the website 4cornersfestival.comreconciliation

This inter- denominational arts festival aimed at promoting including a talk by Fr Peter McVerry SJ, the famous champion of the homeless.

The theme this year is “Building a City of Grace” and the intention is to promote through music, drama and prayer discussion about the need we share for the gift of grace in our divided society. One of the keynote events sees Church of Ireland bishop, Alan Abernethy, return to St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Willowfield, where as a horrified fifteen-year-old he witnessed a sectarian attack that he says changed his life. The Festival was co- founded in 2012 by Falls Road priest, Fr Martin Magill and Presbyterian minister, Rev Steve Stockman.

St Colman’s, Greenisland 50th Anniversary Celebration:


there will be  a Children’s mass on Sunday 2nd Feb at 9.45. As part of the continuing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of St Colman’s Church, Greenisland, We would love to have all the children at the mass celebrating with us. We would especially like to include the

parishioners’ grandchildren and would be grateful if you could extend the invitation to them, bring them along with you, and join in this special celebration. Refreshments will be available immediately afterwards in the church hall.

COURSE FOR COUPLES PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE- A two day non-residential course hosted by Catholic Engaged Encounter 21-22 March 2020: will be held in Castle Community Centre, Ballymoney This weekend is a positive way of preparing for Marriage where you will discover how you can enrich your future relationship. Information/Booking: marriageencounter.ie or 028276 38512
St Mary’s University College, Belfast: is at present accepting applications for courses beginning in September 2020. On offer are places on undergraduate courses for the BEd (Hons) Primary

teaching degree, the BEd (Hons) Post-Primary teaching degree, and the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts. The closing date for applications for these undergraduate courses is Monday, 13 January 2020. Also on offer are places on a postgraduate course for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Irish-medium Education) Primary.


The closing date for this postgraduate course is Friday, 28 February 2020. For further details contact the College on +44(0) 28 90268320 or visit the College website

at www.smucb.ac.uk.


NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 19th – 24th May – The price of £695 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include: Return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by JWT License T.O. 052. Full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/treble rooms. Travel insurance cover for persons up to 85 years on date of return. The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  

To enquire or to obtain a booking form please speak to a member of the committee on Tel: 07933938981.

Email: mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk or contact: Mrs Jean Clarke, N. I. Cancer Pilgrimage, c/o Drumbo & Carryduff Parish, 546 Saintfield Road, Carryduff, Belfast, BT8 8DL. Chairman:- Dr Gerard Walls, accompanied by Dr Seamus McAleer and Spiritual Director.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes are currently seeking volunteer registered nurses to work on the 2020 Pilgrimage 8 – 13 July 2020 For more information or to register your interest, please emailLourdes@downandconnor.org