Parish Life

The heart of a parish is the Eucharist, but the Parish family is the body that makes it a unique and vibrant community with an exciting Parish life. Our parish offers a variety of ways to be part of that communal family in addition to the celebration of the Sacraments.

Faith formation is a vital element of the Catholic life as we grow in knowledge and understanding of our faith in Jesus Christ and the Church He gave us. A deeper understanding can lead to a more intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and through the Trinity to the Church and our family, friends, neighbours, parish, and community. Such faith formation is not just for children, but for all of us as we grow as Catholics. Our parish has many opportunities for faith formation that we encourage you to explore. 

Another way to participate in our parish life is the various parish ministries, including liturgical ministries, such as choir member, Ministers of the Word, altar server, and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist; Outreach ministries, such as visiting the homebound, serving the poor, volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and others, such as youth ministry, Parish Cell Groups, to name just a few. God calls us to use our gifts and talents to glorify Him and make life better for other people. Please prayerfully consider these opportunities for getting involved in ministry. If you have an idea for a new Parish Ministry, please contact us. 

Parish Cells are faith groups of 4 to 12 people who meet every two weeks in the informal setting of a home for prayer, reflection and to share their faith. The aim of a Cell group is to foster within a parish a greater sense of community spirit and an awareness of God in a more personal way. It provides a place where friendships are formed, faith is deepened and people are enabled to see the relevance of their faith in all that they do.

Pope Francis invited Cell members from around the world to an audience with him in the Vatican on 5th September 2015 to mark the decree of Papal approval.

“Meeting in homes, to share joys and difficulties, is a genuine experience of evangelisation that is very like what took place in the early days of the church”- Pope Francis (5th Sept 2015)

Further information can be found at the website parishcellsireland.ie

With so many ways to be part of Parish life, you will want to stay informed by regularly reading parish news as it is posted on the website, downloading the weekly bulletin if you have misplaced the one you received at Mass, and checking the parish calendar. 

Our parish has a rich history in Carrickfergus and Whitehead. Who we are today is based on the who we were yesterday. Find out more about our spiritual forefathers as you read the history of our Parish. We hope you will also enjoy viewing photos of our Parish, including some of the many enjoyable events and programmes we host.

Parish Cell Contacts

Carrickfergus

Margaret Webb 07779 729505, Tommy Mone 07713 849471,
Matt Monaghan 07428 247820, Jim Mullan 07841 428436, Anne Murray 07809 906792

Whitehead

Ruth Bates 07876 420867