News Bulletin


Sacramental preparation – non-parish schools

Sacramental preparation for children attending non-parish schools

Parents of children attending schools other than St. Aloysius and St. Joseph’s who wish to have their child prepared for the Sacraments of First Communion 2021 or Confirmation 2021 are asked to contact the Parish Office by email as soon as possible. Email address:
Please provide the following information:

1 – Name of child and address
2 – Date of birth
3 – Place of Baptism
4 – Name of school
5 – Class September 2020 (P.4 or P.7)
6 – Name of parent
7 – Contact number

Thank you!

A word of thanks to those who have left Offertory envelopes at the Parochial House. With the Church now open for private prayer we have provided a safe, close to Confession box on right hand side of Church, to facilitate the return of envelopes by Parishioners who are in a financial position to do so.

Thanks also to those who have contributed to Parish Funds by Donate button on website/standing order/direct debit.

NI Abortion legislation

Baroness Nuala O’Loan has urgently requested signatures for the online petition letter being organised by Right to Life, on behalf of Baroness O’Loan and Carla Lockhart MP, in advance of a Commons debate on the NI Abortion legislation this Monday.

The petition can be found at the following link:

Down and Connor Knock Virtual Pilgrimage

We welcome you to join us for our Diocesan Knock Virtual Pilgrimage on Sunday 14th June 2020. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the shrine website and on Knock Shrine Facebook page. The programme will commence with Rosary at 2.30pm and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm by Fr. Richard Gibbons, Rector of the Shrine. Bishop Treanor will give a short message of welcome to the people of our Diocese by means of a video, which will be shown at 2.55pm.

You are invited to place a Petition by visiting the Knock Shrine Website and all the Petitions will be before the Altar during the Mass. You may also request that a candle be lit for your intentions.

We encourage as many of you as possible to participate and pray that next year we may gather, as a Diocese, in person again at our National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

With every Blessing

Father Vincent Cushnahan
(Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage Director).

Down and Connor Diocesan Triduum

Following on from the successful Diocesan Novena earlier this month, the Diocese of Down and Connor will close the month of May with a Triduum of Prayer to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. In the Christian tradition Pentecost is known as the Birthday of the Church. Over these three days, prayers will be offered for the Family (the Domestic Church), our local Parishes and Pastoral Communities (the Local Church), and for the mission of all Christians in the world (the Universal Church).

The Triduum will run from Friday 29th May until Sunday 31st May.

Bishop Noel Treanor warmly invites everyone to join with him as he leads the prayers on-line via the webcam ( from St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast.

Each evening will begin at 7.00 pm and will last approximately 15 minutes.

Intentions may be sent by email to and they will be placed in front of the altar and included in the prayers each evening.

A booklet of the prayers being used in the Triduum can be requested using email address above.

Private prayrer in Church

From Monday, 25th May ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH will be open for private prayer from 11am – 4pm, Monday -Saturday . Access by side door only.

All visitors to the church must strictly observe the social distancing regulations and good hygiene practices outlined at church entrance .

Anyone who is unwell or exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 should remain at home. Those who are at increased risk from the virus and/or have been advised to shield themselves, should also remain at home.


This time of year, we would usually get back tens of thousands of boxes but that will not be possible this year, at a time when the developing world needs our help the most.

If you can, please donate online or over the phone. Donations can be made online at

Please do hold until your boxes until further notice and we will be in contact about how to return them when it will be safe for people to do so.

Accord Support Line

Conscious of those who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and family lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, Accord has set up a support line where callers can talk to experienced couples and relationship counsellors.


Diocesan Novena of Prayer

Traditionally, the Easter season is an opportunity to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and anticipate the Feast of Pentecost and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Yet, in this Sacred Season, we are still living through extra-ordinary and challenging days of self-distancing measures and public closure of places of worship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

While our churches remain closed, as the Body of Christ, as the Church, we remain united in prayer. I am grateful to our clergy, religious and laity in finding innovative ways to pray together.

 A novena (nine successive days of prayer) is an ancient tradition of the Christian Church which draws us closer to Christ and to one another. I invite you, and your parishioners, to join me online each evening at 7pm from Wednesday 29th April to Thursday 7th May in offering a Diocesan Novena of Prayer. Each evening, the novena prayers will be offered in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast and will be accessible via webcam – (

Each day of the Diocesan Novena, those who are suffering from the coronavirus, those who have died, their loved ones and those who care for them will be remembered in the prayers. If you, or your parishioners, would like to include a special intention for this novena, please send an email to and your intentions will be placed before the Altar in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast.

I assure you of my continued prayers and again express my gratitude to all those who are caring for our loved ones during this pandemic.

May the Risen Lord give us all His grace and peace.

+Noel Treanor

Bishop of Down and Connor


A number of people have contacted the Parish about financial contributions to the Parish during this period of ‘Lockdown’. In the midst of these very difficult times, which is causing financial distress for many, financial contributions to the Parish should be secondary to the needs of parishioners. However, if parishioners are in a financial position to do so and wish to continue with their contributions they can do so in the following ways:

1. Continue to use the parish envelopes, by putting your contribution in the weekly envelope as usual, but keep the envelopes at home and do not return them to the Parish until the ‘Lockdown’’ is lifted and the Church reopens.
2. By standing order – please email for further details.
3. Below, there is now a ‘Donate online’ facility.

Please be aware of a fraudulent scam within some Parishes.
Unscrupulous individuals are calling with vulnerable people and offer to:
1. Take their weekly envelopes to the church.
2. Offering to do their shopping but wanting money up front.

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.