Welcome to the Parish of Downpatrick

Downpatrick Parish

54 St. Patricks Avenue


BT30 6DN

             A message from Pope Francis for the month of September:

             Parish Financial Statement for 2018

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

Faith Development team - Downpatrick

We welcome into the Parish of Downpatrick, two Faith Development team members.

They are Therese Crossan and Matt Brennan. This is a little bit about them.

Hi, My name is Therese and I'm part of the Faith Development team here in Downpatrick. I'm 19 years old and I live in West Belfast. I'm currently studying Youth Work and Theology at university and I look forward to learning more about Downpatrick and becoming more involved within the community over the next few months.

Hi, my name is Matt Brennan. I am 23 years old. I am from Poleglass, West Belfast. I studied Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. I have just returned home from a year of mission in America where I was working with university students. I enjoy anything to do with football (especially Liverpool), reading, and hanging out with my friends. I will be working as the Faith Development Youth Worker at Youth Initiatives, working in collaboration with the parish.

New Arrangements for Baptism:

As part of our Faith Development Process in Our Parish, a new preparation programme for the Sacrament of Baptism will begin on May 2019. In order to facilitate this, we will not celebrate any Baptisms in May. Parents requesting Baptism for their child after Sunday, 14th April, must give at least 6 weeks notice. They are also required to undertake a “Preparing Your Child for Baptism Session”. The date for these sessions along with the Baptism application form and further important information will be available to download from the website or collect from the Parish Office over the coming weeks. At the time of making your booking with Mary, the Parish Secretary, you will be invited to attend Mass on a Sunday before your baby’s Baptism, when your child will be introduced and welcomed to the Parish Community.

The Parish Draw:

The First Parish Draw of 2019/20 took place on March 28th. If you would like to subscribe to the draw for April onwards, please contact the Parish Office. Subscription is £5 per month, or £60 for the year, with monthly prizes of £1000, £200 and three prizes of £100 each. The final bonus draw will have a 1st Prize of £5000, 2nd £3000, 3rd £2000 plus the usual monthly prizes! Pop into the office Monday – Friday and purchase your ticket!!

 Pro-life meeting:

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1st October at 7:30pm. In Patrick's Place, (St. Patrick's Church) Downpatrick. All are Welcome. “From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270)

Tea / Coffee & Hot Toast is  on every Friday after 9:30am Mass in Patrick’s Place. Everyone welcome.

Please support the online petition by Baroness Nuala O’Loan calling on the Secretary of State and Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to take action to prevent unregulated abortion being introduced to the North by Westminster on 21st October. The petition can be signed by clicking here  

In their recent joint statement, the Church leaders of Ireland have called for the weekend of 12-13 October to be dedicated to prayer for the protection of the unborn in our society and for women facing difficult and challenging pregnancies and their families. This is in response to the proposed introduction by Westminster of legislation on 21st October allowing for unregulated abortion in the North. In addition to other prayer initiatives, you may wish to say and distribute the ‘Choose Life Prayer’ of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. It is available at the web site of the Bishops’ Conference or through the following link:


Please contact your local MLA and ask them to take action to stop the introduction of unregulated abortion to Northern Ireland by Westminster on 21st October. You can find contact details for your MLA online at www.bothlivesmatter.org/findmyMLA  . You can also send a postcard to your MLA. You can order the postcards for you or your Parish, free of charge, by contacting Both Lives Matter at: Tel. 028 90739079 or 07976414817, or by email at stand@bothlivesmatter.org Signatures can also be given at our parish Masses on that weekend.

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 26th May to 3rd June led by Fr. Murray – Visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth as well as many other sites. Cost: £1,590 per person sharing.

If interested please contact St. Patrick’s Parish at 02844 612084 or downpatrick@downandconnor.org