News Bulletin


Parish of Blaris – New online version of our weekly Parish Missalette


Tuesday 29 September – Ss Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

Wednesday 30 September – St Jerome

Thursday 1 October – St Therese of the Child Jesus

Friday 2 October – The Holy Guardian Angels

First Holy Communion

Despite the on-going COVID-19 restrictions, we are able to proceed with the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. This will be a joyous time for the Parish of Blaris.  Our boys and girls have had such a long wait from May.

Congratulations to the children from Primary 5B & P5C St. Aloysius Primary School who received First Holy Communion yesterday (Saturday 26th September). Thanks to the teachers and parents who helped prepare the children for the reception of the Sacrament.

The pupils from St. Joseph’s School will receive the Sacrament on Saturday 3 & Saturday 4 October at 10.00am Mass.

Please pray for the pupils, their parents and teachers as they prepared to receive Holy Communion for the first time.

Due to government restrictions, each child may be accompanied by TWO family members.

We are asking that parishioners do not attend the Saturday 10.00am Mass on First Communion days, due to social distancing. As you know we are limited to 100 people in the Church at Mass.

We appreciate your continued understanding and support at this time.


QUB CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY REOPENS 21.09.20   The Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s reopens on Monday 21 September.  Our liturgies, faith events and social gatherings are popular with students and alumni.  We have a range of groups and societies whose activities appeal to a wide range of interests.  Our Chapel, Food Bar and study space are open throughout the academic year.  Wherever you are on your faith journey, know that we are here for you.  For more details visit or drop by for a coffee and chat at 28 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

I would also be grateful if parishes and dioceses, especially diocesan youth/young adult groups, could share this facebook link to a welcome video:


Due to Covid 19 restrictions we were unable to deliver a number of Parish Envelopes 2020/2021. Please contact Parish Office for collection. Tel. 028 92 660206.

Thanks to parishioners who have forwarded Offertory Envelopes, cheque and cash donations over the last few months, in the absence of our regular Sunday collections. Your financial support is much appreciated.

Offertory envelopes, etc. can be left in Parish Office letter box or placed in church safe in right hand side alcove of church.


Thank you to those who have recently set up a Standing Order agreement with the Parish.

If you would like to avail of this facility please contact Maria in Parish Office.


The PARISH OFFICE is now open Monday-Friday, 10.30am – 1.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Where possible please make contact by telephone, email or post.

Email: Tel: 028 92 660206

All notices should be placed in post box at right hand side of office door.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Old School Café

St. Patrick’s Pastoral Centre

‘Old School Café’

Is open with restrictions – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10.00am-11.30am

Centre closed on Wednesdays for cleaning.


10.00am Mass Monday to Saturday (inclusive).

Social distancing to be observed at all times. Stewards are in place to guide parishioners.

Hand sanitising facilities are available at entrance and exit doors.


SUNDAY MASS is not yet open to public but is available ONLINE AT 11.00AM each Sunday.

Visit Click on tab ‘Live Webcam’.

Face Coverings – Updated Recommendation

The Church leaders, including Archbishop Eamon Martin, following recent consultations with public health authorities, are formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 metre physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.

It should however be noted that some people are exempt from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in public health agency guidance:

It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc, is likely to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. The use of face coverings is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers and practical love for our neighbour.

With appreciation for your help and assistance in ensuring your own safety and that of your parishioners in these challenging days.

Yours sincerely,
Noel Treanor
Bishop of Down and Connor


We have been given permission to reinstate public Masses on weekdays (Monday-Saturday) beginning Monday 6th July, 2020. St. Patrick’s Church can accommodate 100 people (5 per seat) in line with current advice on distancing arrangements. In order to meet our safety arrangements please do not arrive before 9.45 am and leave immediately after Mass. Stewards will be in place to facilitate arrangements.

All the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation during the period of this pandemic. You are encouraged, however, to attend Mass on another day of the week. Sunday Mass will continue to be available on the Parish Webcam at 11.00am each Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Church will remain open for private prayer from 11am-4pm, Monday-Saturday. A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the church at any given time and a one way system is in place with entrance via St Anthony’s porch. All those attending the church for Mass or private prayer must strictly observe the social distancing regulations and good hygiene regulations outlined at the church entrance.

It is important that people who are vulnerable or unwell, and especially those that might suggest Covid-19 infection, should stay at home and, if possible participate as now, via the webcam or radio. The same applies to those who have been in recent contact with someone who has the virus in accordance with public health advice.

Please share this information with other parishioners, neighbours and friends.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Fr. Dermot & Fr. Eamon.

Recently Deceased

Bobby & Bernie McGoldrick

Months Mind


Maura O’Neill (First Anniversary): Mary Lagan: Mary McFarlane: James & Anna McDonald: Tom Maguire: Cameron Ferrin: Joe Mulholland: Rose McMahon: Ann Mulholland

May they rest in peace.