News Bulletin



During the current Coronavirus pandemic the work of SVDP continues and the need is greater than ever given the uncertainty over many jobs.

As Weekend Masses are cancelled (live streaming only) our reserves are depleting and so we ask if you would still like to support us you could do so by donating online to our Lisburn Branch Bank Danske Account, details below:

Sort Code: 95-06-79
Account: 00149373

Parish Cemeteries Closure

All our Parish Cemeteries are CLOSED until further notice.
Access is restricted to those immediate family attending an interment.

Closure has been directed by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding measures taken in response to Covid 19.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding measures taken in response to Covid 19.


Church closure

In line with the updated of places which should close, issued yesterday (24th) by N.I. Executive.

All Churches should now be closed except for funerals.

The live streaming of Masses may continue from behind closed doors.

Directives For The Diocese Of Down And Connor

Effective Saturday 24 March 2020 until further notice

These directives are issued in accordance with the advice issued by Public Health Authorities in Northern Ireland. We continue to monitor this advice closely and will update these directives accordingly.

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Solidarity in a Time of Crisis

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor
Feast of St Patrick
17 March 2020

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Coronavirus Healing Prayer

The Public Celebration of Mass

Extract from Directive for the Diocese of Down and  Connor

Effective Wednesday 18 March 2020, until further notice.

Masses for the feast of St. Patrick (17th March) should continue as planned.

From Wednesday 18th March, the public celebration of Mass is suspended in all Churches in the Diocese.  This includes all religious houses where the public may attend and special gatherings of the faithful.

All the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of obligation.


Thank you for your generosity.

Extract of letter received from Sr. Philomena, O.P.

“Dear Parishioners of Blaris,

Let me say a big Thank You to all the people in the parish who have contributed so generously. May the Lord richly bless and reward you.

Our local situation has drastically changed. The cost of living has almost tripled and one wonders how households can make ends meet. More and more people stretch out their hand to ask for support, because it is the essential goods that are so expensive. We are in God’s Hands and have to trust in His goodness and concern for each of us.

Thanks you once again for caring so generously for our children in St. Anthony’s Children’s Village, Ndola, Zambia.

Wishing all Parishioners a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

With love and gratitude,

Sr. Philomena O.P”

Prayer in the time of the Corona Virus

The intentions of the people of Ireland are being prayed for daily at Mass at the MARIAN SHRINE, KNOCK. Parishes are encouraged to pray for this intention:

Prayer in the time of the Corona Virus, by Father Brian Grogan SJ

Dear God, in 1879 the Apparition at Knock gave hope and courage to the people of Ireland in difficult times. We ask that Our Lady may now protect your beloved people from the Corona Virus.

May its victims be strengthened by the spiritual support of the Christian community and restored soon to full health. We also pray for the medical personnel who deal with the virus. This we ask in confidence through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock pray for us. Saint Joseph pray for us. Saint John the Evangelist pray for us.

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May they rest in peace.