Parish of

Downpatrick

Downpatrick Pastoral Area

Welcome to The Parish of Downpatrick website. We are delighted that you have taken the time to visit our Website, and we hope it will be of some help to you.The Website has been set up as means of reaching out to all, Parishioners, Friends and Relatives at home and abroad.The Weekly Parish Bulletin is available by visiting the link on the Bulletin page. You can also visit us on Facebook – Downpatrick Parish where our page is updated daily.

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WELCOME

Downpatrick Bethany Bereavement Group 


Our Mission

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving.


The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus.


• Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way. Friends don't always know how to help; they may be embarrassed by one's grief; they may even avoid meeting one in the mistaken belief that a meeting may increase distress.
• It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried over and put in some sort of perspective.
• It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief. 


 If you would like to speak to a member of the Bethany Group, please contact us on: 07407172174