Lourdes Pastoral Centre

Lourdes Pastoral Centre Management Committee
Contact : Colin Boylan , Ann Woods, Paddy Stewart

Lourdes Pastoral Centre

Lourdes Pastoral Centre has been used by a range of Parish groups and third-party organisations during 2020. The Parish Craft group, Chatty Crafters, met on the last Thursday of the month and always had time for socialising and a catch-up over tea and biscuits, as well as developing their craft skills.

There were also the monthly light refreshments after Sunday Mass, which parishioners looked forward to throughout the year.

The main hall in the Pastoral Centre and associated kitchen facilities have been used for Christening parties, First Holy Communion parties, birthday parties and even Wedding Receptions over the last couple of years.

The main hall has also been used for meetings of the Parish Pastoral Council, Saint Vincent de Paul, the Whitehead Cell Group and the Liturgy Committee.

Following previous successful Jive and Salsa dance classes, the enthusiastic dancing group hope to try out the Latin American Merengue in a future set of classes.
The Whitehead Coastal Rowing Club uses the Pastoral Centre for training sessions and the local choir practises their singing on a Thursday evening.

The Larne and Carrickfergus branch of the National Autistic Society has use of two of the classrooms in the Pastoral Centre for their various activities in support of families living with autism in the Larne and Carrickfergus area.

One particular group has used the Pastoral Centre throughout the year. Whitehead Storehouse, which is the foodbank for Whitehead and the surrounding area, is housed in the Pastoral Centre. It was particularly busy in the early stages of the lockdown, as volunteers worked to deliver the numerous Government food parcels that had been organised for those people shielding and most in need in the community. Indeed, the Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Peter Johnston, visited the Pastoral Centre in September to personally thank all the volunteers of the Storehouse for their efforts. He presented the group with a certificate of recognition for their outstanding work and contribution to the community during that phase of the pandemic. The usual day-to-day activities of the Storehouse team continues as they prepare now for the expected increase in demand in December and throughout the winter months. Many thanks to all our parishioners, as well as those from the other Whitehead Churches, the local shops and the Community Centre for all your support provided throughout the year.

Unfortunately, the majority of these activities and events are currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic. We are all hoping and praying for a gradual return to normal times during 2021!