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Sacred Heart Messenger


A combination of ‘cocooning’ and the travel restrictions currently in place all around the country mean that many readers of The Sacred Heart Messenger cannot access their monthly ‘little red book’. Therefore, during this coronavirus crisis, we are delighted to make the digital edition of The Messenger available FREE OF CHARGE.                                                                                

Please send your email request to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   and we will send you a link to view the Messenger on your laptop, tablet or mobile phone.



Catholic Marriage Care Service



Contact: 95680151; 9.00 am - 8.00 pm, Monday to Friday

All calls charged at local rate


Across the Hedgerow

We provide older, vulnerable or isolated members of the farming community with listening support and companionship via telephone calls during this unsettling time.

To avail of this service or to refer someone you care about please call Rural Suppor on our

   Freephone Helpline 08001381678                

                 or  86760040                               

            email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .                                   

More information is available at; Twitter: @ruralsupport

Helpline is available Mon-Fri from 9am-9pm with voicemail and support options available at all other times.


Solas Moyle

Keeping Connected

During the time our house is closed due to social distancing measures, we are offering support via the telephone or online.  As time goes on, we aim to increase the different types of support we can offer online and updates will be added to the website as well as Facebook, to encourage people to protect their emotional health by limiting the time on social media. 

Our volunteers are available to talk to Mon to Thur between 10am & 11.30am by phoning 028 2039 0135.  If you want to make contact outside those hours for any reason whatever, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.




Ballycastle Foodbank: 20769555; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dear Everyone, our local Ballycastle Foodbank has been working flat out for the last few weeks and as a result of the churches closing a vital source of food replenishment has been lost and certain stocks are running very low. One means of solving this is by making a donation of cash to Ballycastle Foodbank. This has the added benefit of being able to buy the required goods in bulk from Lynas`, Coleraine and because they are coming in bulk they are wrapped in the plastic from the food processor. This cuts down the chance of virus contamination significantly. If you are a regular Foodbank donor or have never done so before please prayerfully consider donating by this new means. The Foodbank helped over 50, yes 50 families last week due to unemployment and schools being closed and no free school meals being available. You can donate online using the following bank details:

Ballycastle Foodbank

Bank sort code: 95-06-79

A/C No.: 00174637

Bank: Danske Bank Ballycastle Branch.



Trocaire 2020

As you know, donations made through the annual Trócaire Lenten Campaign, especially the Trócaire box, fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Millions of people who live without access to adequate water supplies, sanitation and healthcare continue to live with the threat of COVID-19. .

We received outstanding support from parishes, communities and volunteers throughout the island of Ireland and we thank you so much for your generosity and support. If there is still a Trócaire box in your home, please return it to us in the safest way possible for you;

  • Online at ,
  • By phone 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
  • By post to our offices: Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare / 50 King St, Belfast BT1 6AD3

It is your kindness and support, which ensures that our work on behalf of the Irish Catholic Church continues overseas. May God bless your generosity.

"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Cor 9:11)






Your help is urgently needed to help overseas missionaries and vulnerable communities to defend themselves against COVID-19.  In Africa, Asia and Latin America the Church is often on the frontline.  In remote, inaccessible areas, it is missionaries who respond, as best they can, to the medical and pastoral needs of suffering men, women and children. Missionaries already face too many challenges; working in over-crowded communities with no running water. In shantytowns and refugee camps where social distancing is simply impossible, and where self-isolation could mean starvation.  To help protect these fragile communities, Pope Francis has announced the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

If you can, please give so that our less-fortunate brothers and sisters have a fighting chance at suppressing COVID-19.Donate by going online or call Fiona on 00 353 1 497 2035.
Bank of Ireland Transfer Details
Account Name - Society for the Propagation of the Faith
IBAN - IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36



 The parish recently received a bequest of £10,000

and wishes to express its gratitude for the interest in the parish

this donor had when was making out a will.

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





Parish Graveyards,

Ballycastle, Ballintoy & Ballinlea.

The parish graveyards are owned and maintained

by the parishes for the use of their parishioners.

As a result of a number of recent enquiries and in the interest of providing clarity and ensuring consistency, the following rules will apply to all parishioners in respect of the use of the Parish Graveyards.


1. A grave can only be allocated on the occasion of a death. Graves will be opened in a consecutive pattern dependent on condition and weather.

2. A grave may only be allocated by the Parish Priest or his nominees. It will be a single plot (8 feet six inches approx. x 4 feet)

3. Only one person will be registered as the custodian of the family grave. Each family should nominate a person (normally next of kin) to be responsible for the grave.

4. Permission must be granted by the named custodian of the grave and by the Parish Priest or his nominees before a grave shall be reopened.

5. Human remains shall not be removed from a grave unless ordered by legal requirement.

6. Before erecting a headstone in the cemetery, a drawing and script of the proposed memorial must be submitted to the Parish Priest or his nominees, c/o Parish office, Mon-Fri 9am-2pm. This also applies to subsequent additions or alterations to the headstone. The parish cannot accept liability for damage caused to graves or headstones.

7. All monumental sculptors (having been commissioned by the family member named in section 3) must contact the Parish Priest or his nominees before commencing any work to ensure the proper placing of headstones. These should be erected back to back and should be no more than 4 feet high and 3 feet 9 inches wide.

8. The erection or placing of pillars, railings, hoops or other structures, movable or immovable, on graves, for the purpose of enclosing them, is strictly prohibited and if erected will be removed at the family's expense.

9. To facilitate grave maintenance, no tree shrub or flowers may be planted; nor should any additional grave furniture be placed on the grave, and no false surfaces are to cover the grave. The headstone should be the sole monument. Bouquets and wreaths placed on the grave should be removed when faded, withered, broken or discoloured. (If this is not adhered to the grass may not be cut)

10. Only gravediggers approved of by the parish with adequate public liability insurance will be allowed to dig graves in the graveyard.

The purpose of these regulations is not to restrict the freedom of the users but rather to ensure that our Parish cemetery will be a testimony to our faith in the Resurrection and our reverence and respect for the dead.

These regulations will be effective from January 2019. The Parish reserves the right to vary these regulations at any time in the future whether by deletion, addition, or modification.


Recently Ballycastle Graveyard records have gone online, and can be accessed by going to and by logging in with a username and password. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the records are accurate, if a mistake has been made please contact Fergal in the sacristy to rectify the error. The records have been taken mainly, but not entirely, from the headstones, and as some of the headstones only have a family name on them, the records may be incomplete, so if anyone can verify who was buried there, please do so.

Furthermore, as a result of regulatory changes arising from legislation in respect of the environment, an onerous financial burden has been added to the costs associated with the maintenance and management of the graveyards. Charges for the ongoing upkeep of the facilities have been escalating over recent years and very regrettably the parish is no longer in a position to fund all these incremental operating costs. In addition development work needs to be undertaken to deliver additional capacity. Therefore with effect from January 2019 a levy of £500 will be made on each burial undertaken.































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