Sunday, 25 October, 2020  
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Parish Bulletin




Diocesan Safeguarding Sunday

Sunday 25th October - parishioners are invited to join online the celebration of Evening Prayer, led by Bishop Noel Treanor, from St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast. To join, follow the links to the Cathedral webcam:





November 2020

Rathlin: Sun 1st November (Feast of All Saints) - Mass at 12noon followed by Blessing of the Graves.

Rathlin: Mon 2nd November (Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed) – Mass at 12noon


St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Church

     Adoration Of The Blessed Sacrament

every Sunday in November from 1pm to 4pm


     for further November items click on the Parish News link on the left hand side of this webpage.






Please consider, if your present circumstances allow,

making a donation to the parish.


Scroll down to the very bottom of this webpage

to see methods of doing so. 



Parish church webcam




 Mass 7 days a week at 10am, and also at 6.30pm on Saturdays.

Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains suspended.

Rosary and (for the month of October) the Litany of Loreto from Monday to Saturday at 12noon.






Pictures below of some of the posters, hand sanitiser facilities and seating arrangements in the church.





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The Church leaders in Ireland, 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.

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.





For visits for personal prayer in St. Patrick's & St. Brigid's Church, please enter by the side-door on the car park side of the church and follow the one-way system that is sign-posted in the church and leave the church by the side-door on the McAlister Hall side of the church. Please use the materials available to wipe the pews and kneelers before and after you use them, disposing of wipes in the pedal bins.


Visits for personal prayer in St. Patrick's Church Culfeightrin: Sundays 11am-5pm.





 An Act of Spiritual Communion.

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever by separated from you.”






 We pray for all our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends, remembering especially those who have died recently

Sean Bonnar (Ballyvennaght)

Aveen Osborne (Poyntzpass)

                                                     Seana Jamison (Dalriada Gardens)


                                                            Charlie Canning (Drumsurn)

and those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

Dan McCormick (1st)

James McBride (1st)

Patrick Laverty

Arthur & Nora McCoy

Paddy McAuley

Willie Parker

Mary Dallat

Margaret Creerin

Johnnie McFaul (Rathlin)

John O’Kane

Jeanette McIlwaine

John Bertuccelli

Brian McAuley

Maureen Scally

Peggy Holbrook


Fr. Gerard Laverty


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.








Excerpts from "The Parish Of Ramoan" by Cahal Dallat, J.P., B.A., D.A.S.E., M.Phil. which was originally published in a booklet for the Re-dedication of the Church in 1993 will be republished here week by week for the next few weeks.

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Due to the Coronavirus situation all are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. Mass, without a congregation, is celebrated in the parish church daily at 10am and can be viewed on the webcam or listened to on the parish CB radio. (Webcam viewing can also be  be accessed on [by clicking on “cameras”, then “churches”, then “Co. Antrim”, and then “Ballycastle”]. Please also note a set top box is needed for those parishioners who wish to view on their televisions; however internet is still required. The webcam can be viewed on laptop, PC, smart phone, kindle etc. If you have the internet and wish to view the Church on your TV, this will involve having a set-top box installed on your TV. For further information please contact Seamus McNichol, MCN Media on 07732329066)

To read and pray with today’s Mass readings

go to


All enquiries to Fr. Brian Daly, P.P., 20762223; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish emergency mobile number 07809553349 



Sacrament of Reconciliation - confessions

The ordinary means of receiving the Lord’s forgiveness, for the sins we commit after Baptism, is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Church’s faith in the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, given in this Sacrament, is based on John 20:21-23, where the Lord told His disciples that, just as the Father sent Him, so He is now sending them. The Gospel says, “He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven. Those whose sins you retain, they are retained’. It is, therefore, not the priest who forgives sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is Jesus Himself Who reconciles us to the Father, through His Holy Spirit, sent forth and poured out among us. The priest, however, is God’s minister, acting in God’s Name. This is the normal and ordinary means of receiving God’s pardon but it is NOT THE ONLY MEANS. And we are not currently living in normal or ordinary times. God NEVER refuses His mercy and forgiveness when we sincerely ask it from Him. He ALWAYS forgives us when we turn to Him in sincere sorrow for the wrong we have done. During this current danger and crisis sacramental confession and absolution is still available when reasonably requested by a penitent, whilst observing social distancing and any other restrictions that are in place to protect lives and prevent the spread of the virus. Parishioners are reminded of the longstanding pastoral practice, when penitent’s access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation is restricted, that they can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay at home orders are lifted; such is in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis spoken on this in a homily on March 20th.


Sacrament of the Sick – anointing

During this emergency please note that for calls to private houses for emergencies it is requested that only one other person be in the room with the sick person, and that for calls to hospital only designated chaplains are allowed to visit, and then only in emergency as agreed with the family and the medical personnel.




Prayer Resources at Home:

‘Magnificat’ publications have generously provided complimentary access

to their online prayer resources at

These include texts for daily prayer, Mass texts, and texts for family and personal prayer.

Many other aids and texts for praying at home available from , as are many helps for catechesis at home.






Bethany Bereavement Support

Regretfully home visits by the parish bereavement support group are being discontinued during the current outbreak of coronavirus. A member of the Bethany Group, however, may still be contacted confidentially on 07519  471481.





Saint Vincent De Paul Helpline 07754722022


For more notices please click on the "Parish News" section in the main menu on the left hand column of this page.






For information on Parish Graveyards please go to 'Parish News' section of this website.





Sunday Church Collections



Many people are worried about their own family finances at this time, so it means a great deal that some people are able to support the parish too. Since the last public Sunday Mass the parish has received £8,626 in donations through envelopes, standing orders and electronic donations. (During the equivalent period last year contributions amounted to £26,931)

Thank you to everyone who is managing to make contributions at this difficult time



                NEW OFFERTORY ENVELOPES, 2020 / 2021    


Each year we remind parishioners of the Standing Order option, but his year in particular we strongly encourage all to consider filling up a Standing Order form. Please also consider signing a Gift Aid form - if you use your envelope or contribute by Standing Order and pay TAX you can sign a GIFT AID FORM, which will enable the parish to claim (from the Government) an additional 28p roughly for every £1 contributed to the parish.

Standing Order forms (FORM A, with Gift Aid tick box, to be returned to the parish office, and FORM B to be submitted to your bank) below:

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Gift Aid declaration form (for those still using boxes of envelopes) below:


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*** or consider***

paying by online banking faster payment to the Ballycastle Parish account:

sort code: 95-02-21  and account number: 21000616,

and please put your full name and envelope box number in the reference section.











 Please consider leaving a legacy to the parish when making a will.




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