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Start date: September 18, 2020

End date: October 31, 2020

The Diocese has registered with Amazon Smile. The prices on amazon smile are the same as on the regular Amazon site. However Amazon donates 0.5% of spending to the nominated charity. This is a good way for those who use Amazon to support diocesan finances at no extra cost. Please follow this link



Start date: September 7, 2020

End date: October 31, 2020


Start date: August 28, 2020

End date: November 30, 2020

It is now 5 years since Pope Francis published his encyclical Laudato Si’ urging us to care for our common home.  The encyclical highlights the urgent need for us to heal our relationship with creation and with each other.  For a programme of events please click on link below also links for online videos are below.

Season of Creation Events

Pope video:

Columban video:

Columban podcasts:  



Start date: August 19, 2020

End date: September 30, 2020

See below information from the Cross and Passion Sisters in Drumalis regarding their online Zoom courses.

I am writing to you from Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne, N Ireland, a ministry of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion.

We in Drumalis took the very difficult decision to extend the closure of the house until the Spring of 2021.  As a result, we have made the transition to Zoom  and are planning to deliver many of our courses through that medium.  We have been delighted that, once geography is no longer an issue, we have started to see people from further afield registering for short courses we have delivered over the summer, including some sisters from Nigeria.  

The reason I am writing to you is to ask if you would support the dissemination of information about the various  Zoom courses here through your Ad Clerems and/or through your Communications office.  We would hope in that way to reach both clergy and lay people alike.  

A number of courses will begin in September and October.

Is There Life after Covid?: The Search for Meaning and Values  This public theology course will be delivered over 8 evenings by Dr Johnston McMaster.  Johnston is a Methodist minister and is prominent in the field of public theology in Ireland and internationally.  He combines academic rigour and insight with down to earth practicality and has worked for many years in the area of community peace building in Ireland.  Last September in Versailles he gave the key-note address to the Conference of European Churches on the Paris Peace Treaty and Its Implications before returning to Drumalis to teach on one of our programmes!

The Gospel of John This will be delivered over 8 Saturday mornings, October to May, by Sr Pam Thimmes, a Poor Clare Sister and Professor Emerita in Biblical Studies in the University of Dayton, Ohio.  Like Johnston, Pam combines the academic and the practical in a way which makes her teaching non-threatening and accessible

Growth in Prayer and Reflective Living:  Ignatian Spirituality This will be delivered over 30 Monday evenings, September to June, by the Ignatian Spirituality team in Drumalis and is in collobaration with the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow.  Below is a short promo-video about it.

Also please click on link for further information and booking form

Is there Life after Covid 19 (Course by Zoom)




Start date: July 17, 2020

End date: October 31, 2020

We will be livestreaming all our Masses in both churches. You can access this by following this link – .

Public Masses this week will be:

St Mary’s – Tuesday 10am, Saturday Vigil 4.30pm and Sunday 10am

St John’s – Wednesday 10am and Sunday 11.30am


Start date: July 9, 2020

End date: August 31, 2020

The Knights of St Columba, in conjunction with Middlesbrough Diocese, have set up Dial-a-Mass for those who do not have the internet.  For the cost of a local call someone can listen to the Mass which is recorded at 12midday on Sunday, and available on the phone till 11.59 the following Sunday.
To access the Mass phone 01642 130 120.


Start date: June 26, 2020

End date: July 31, 2020

Please click on link below to see statement from Bishop Nolan regarding the postponement of the 2021 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Lourdes 21 Postponement Statement



Start date: June 22, 2020

End date: July 31, 2020

Please click on link below for update from Guyana

Saltcoats June 2020


Start date: June 22, 2020

End date: August 31, 2020


In order to fulfil all the Government requirements for people to attend Mass you will need to sanitise your hands, wear a face covering and sit in the designated seat which you have booked. To book a place in St Mary’s Church please phone the parish office on 463461 between Monday and Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. To book a place in St John’s please phone Teresa Thornton on 07564 903 401 between Monday and Friday 9.30am and 2.30pm. To book a place in St. Peter’s please call the Parish Office, Monday to Friday between 9am and 11am; and you will be asked for a contact number in order that track and trace can be achieved if necessary. This register/data will be kept for 3 weeks and then destroyed. Please do not attend either church unless you have made a booking beforehand. Please allow time before Mass for the steward to show you to your place and remember livestreaming starts 5 minutes before Mass. At present a funeral Mass is still restricted to 20 people and this would take precedence over a weekday Mass. To enable our churches to open for Mass we require welcomers, stewards and cleaners as the church requires to be cleaned after every Mass. If you can assist please let us know using these contact numbers provided. We will be livestreaming all our Masses in both churches you can access this by following this link 


Start date: May 27, 2020

End date: May 31, 2021

Pope Francis announced the start of a Laudato Si Year from 24th May 2020 till 24th May 2021.  A special prayer has been written.

LAUDATO SI’ Special Anniversary Year Plans


The Regulation came into force on Friday 25th May 2018, and gives individuals greater rights and control over the use of their personal information. Your privacy is important to the Parish Communities of St. John’s and St. Mary’s. We use the personal data, provided by you for Pastoral support and the administration of weekly collections. The information is held securely and confidentially in electronic or paper format. We will not share this information with third parties without your prior consent.  A fuller Privacy Notice is now available on the Diocesan website.