Pope Francis Video for November 2020

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The Downpatrick Pastoral plan is available to view on the menu under Pastoral Council

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Important Information For All Parishioners

St. Patrick's Church Re-Opening:

As Parishioners will be aware, the NI Executive initiated the first phase of the 'Lockdown easing'. Bishop Treanor issued a letter earlier this week in relation to this. Accordingly, St. Patrick's Church will re-open FOR PRIVATE AND PERSONAL PRAYER ONLY from Tuesday 26th May 2020.

For the time being (in this phase) the opening times will be as follows:

Sunday 2pm-6pm

Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm

Saturday 11am - 4pm

Access will be via the main doors at St. Patrick's. PLEASE follow the directions and advice on the posters within the church.

Only the first few rows of seats in the main body of the Church will be accessible. All other areas and seating is currently not accessible.

IN THIS PHASE the toilets will not be open, nor will it be possible to light a candle.

Parishioners who wish to visit the church and have mobility issues are permitted to bring their car to the front door for ease of access.

The Parish would ask that you use the sanitiser provided to clean hands prior to entering and upon leaving the Church.

We would also like to ask parishioners to offer their time as 'Stewards' during these periods of prayer in order to assist others and ensure the Health & Safety of all visitors to the Church. If you can help, please email downpatrick@downandconnor.org and let us know your availability.

The church has been cleaned thoroughly following the painting and carpet cleaning and will undergo further cleaning prior to opening

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fr. John Murray PP

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor regarding

Funeral Services, Requiem Masses

and Wedding Ceremonies

Re-Opening of St. Patrick's for Public Mass:

As Parishioners will be aware, St. Patrick's re-opened today (Monday 29th June) for Public Mass.

It is important that we ALL work together to try and maintain as safe an environment as possible.

With that in mind, PLEASE NOTE:

The maximum number of people allowing for social distancing who can attend Mass is 100, once this number has been reached the doors will be closed and a sign will indicate that the church has reached its capacity.  We hope we would not have to exclude anyone, but please be aware that in the interests of everyone's safety, it may be necessary to close the church once this capacity is reached.

PLEASE OBSERVE the social distancing measures put in place - this is currently 2 metres.

Masks should be worn in the church - this should help us contain the virus.  The priests will advise on receiving the Blessed Sacrament during Mass.


If you have an underlying health condition, have been shielding, are pregnant or are uncomfortable attending Mass in the current climate, please remember the Sunday obligation to attend has been suspended during the current pandemic - it is ESSENTIAL that you do what is best for you and those around you at this time.  Mass is available via churchmedia.tv or on Facebook at Downpatrick Parish. Please remember that during the current pandemic, you can attend Mass on any day of the week.

Parish Masses

In the interests of the Health & Safety of Parishioners, the following will apply from Saturday, 12th December:
St. Patrick’s Church will close immediately after Confession and re-open at 4.45pm for Evening Mass.

The maximum capacity that we can accommodate is 100 people. This means that once we have reached the maximum number, a sign alerting parishioners to the fact that we can accommodate no more will be placed on the door. We will then close the doors.
Stewards will be present at the Masses, please co-operate with them as they direct you to seats - remember, this is being done for the health & safety of all attending Mass.

Families who live in the same household are permitted to sit together, however individuals from different households should ensure they are socially distanced in a pew, i.e, one person at the end of each pew and one in the middle - STRICTLY no more than three people to a pew (unless you live in the same household).

Anniversary/Month’s Mind Masses: Can be booked for either the 7.30pm Wednesday public mass, the 7.30pm Friday virtual mass or the 12 Noon Sunday, public mass only. (Mass Intentions already booked will go ahead as normal unless you are contacted directly by the Parish Secretary).

Funerals: The maximum capacity for funerals is 25. We would ask that consideration is given to Family, extended family and close friends of the deceased wishing to attend funerals. It is possible to pay your respects by socially distancing on the roadside as the cortege travels to the church. Once the church has reached capacity, the doors will be closed and a notice placed outside informing parishioners that the church is full.


Whilst we are aware that this is not an ideal situation, the Health & Safety of ALL our parishioners and friends is paramount.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this time.

The November dead list is available to download and print out. To download a copy please click on the following link. November Dead List


To promote knowledge of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, the Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice Foundation (FCAPP), as part of the International "Economy and Society" Award, has announced a)a prize worth 20,000 euro for publications in economic and social fields( deadline is over)b)a prize awarding two scholarships to young researchers worth 10,000 or 20,000 euro, depending from what here-below specified, whose deadline has been extended –due to discontinuity of academic activities caused by pandemic–from September 30th to December 31st 2020 The award is biennial; allocations will take place in 2021.Scholarship requirements In response to the Holy Father's appeals, FCAPP will be announcing a qualification-based competition for the assignment of two scholarships reserved for young research scholars of no more than 35 years of age. Commencing with the 2021/2022academic year, they must attend advanced specialization courses and / or research courses at Universities or Higher Education Institutions/ Schools in the study and application of new models of socio-economic development which, in line with the principles of the Social Doctrine of the Church, are inclusive, supportive and sustainable. The scholarships will have a value of€ 10,000 if the University / Institution/ School of specialization is in the same country of residence as the candidate, or € 20,000 if the University / Institution/ School of specialization is in a different country to that of the candidate’s residence. Candidates should send a short 3-page presentation to the award jury showing the project they intend to work on-attaching the opinion of a professor responsible for the project itself -and a copy of the university qualifications indicated below. Candidates must have a master's degree or single cycle degree, or equivalent qualification, obtained with a minimum grade of 105/110, or equivalent grade, in the period between 1stAugust 2014 and 31stDecember 2019. Non-Italian candidates are required to have obtained their degree after completing a cycle of studies of at least five years. The specialization courses applicable for the implementation of the project, must be of a minimum duration of one academic year. Projects in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and Polish will be considered. Applications must be submitted, together with the documents indicated above, by 31stDecember2020.

The Parish Safeguarding report is available to download by clicking here

Safeguarding Sunday 25th October 2020

A prayer for healing - Click here

Intercession prayers - Click here


In this booklet you will find a Family Prayer Service and a series of prayers that you may wish to use in your own home. It is our sincere hope that this resource will be a support to everyone as they remember and pray for their loved ones at this time.  

To download the prayers, click here. 

Just a reminder that St Patrick's Parish supports Red Wednesday Week of Witness: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Ireland

St Patrick's Church will be lit up Red from Red Wednesday 25th November to Tues 1st December 2020.

There will also be an online week of witness prayer/mass events you can check out on www.acnireland.org

On Saturday 28th Nov at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Church there will be an online prayer service which you can watch on our webcam and parish Facebook feeds.

At present over 245 million Christians worldwide live under the threat of violence, torture and death for practising their faith in Jesus Christ . ACN is a Pontifical Foundation supported by and run by the Catholic Church.

This attached letter from ACN (Ireland) branch suggest ways you can help, for example:

you can wear a red scarf or tie or even another suitable item of clothing on Red Wednesday 25th Nov to show your solidarity,
you watch our parish online prayer service on Sat 28th Nov at 7.30pm,
you can remember them in your prayers,
donate money to help the relief of the suffering Church etc, it is all detailed in the Appeals letter attached.

Thank you.