Updated Covid-19 Restrictions

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Following the recent announcement from the Northern Ireland Executive, there will be no Public Mass until at least the 5th March.

MASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT THE NORMAL TIMES.

It should be noted that “on the basis of the clear and unequivocal public health advice that people should continue to stay at home, the Northern Catholic Bishops have decided that, until 5 March, the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should continue to take place without the physical presence of the faithful.”

Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops

The Full statement can be viewed on The Irish Catholic Bishop’s website


New Restrictions due to Coronavirus

Friday, January 8th, 2021

FROM FRIDAY 8TH JANUARY 2021 THERE WILL BE NO MASSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

MASSES WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT THE NORMAL TIMES.

Following a meeting on Thursday afternoon (7th January 2021) between Faith Group Leaders and Junior Ministers of the Executive Office, the Bishops of the Northern Dioceses issued a statement (see diocesan website for full text). It stated that:

“… for a limited period (from midnight on Thursday 7 January until Saturday 6 February 2021, subject to review in late January), the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies should take place without the physical presence of the faithful – with the exception of marriage, funeral, baptismal liturgies and drive-in services (subject to regulations).  Arrangements for recording and/or livestreaming, and making individual visits for private prayer are also permissible in accordance with regulations.”

As we face these difficult times, Pope Francis’ words from November 2020 may offer some perspective.“Let us offer to the Lord this distance between us, for the good of all, and let us think, let us think a lot about the sick, about those who are already marginalised when they enter the hospitals, let us think of the doctors, the nurses, the volunteers, the many people who work with the sick at this time: they risk their life but they do so out of love for their neighbour, as a vocation. Let us pray for them.”


The Epiphany of the Lord

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Mass will be celebrated for The Epiphany of the Lord (6th January) at the following times:
Tuesday
7pm Vigil – St. Bernadette’s
Wednesday
9.30am St. Bernadette’s
11am Good Shepherd
7pm Good Shepherd


New Year’s Message 2021 World Day of Peace

Friday, January 1st, 2021

The path of peace and reconciliation will require new acts of courage and prophetic witness to help us navigate the residual undercurrent of fear that continues to influence our society.”

Bishop Noel Treanor


Christmas Message 2020 from Bishop Noel Treanor

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Scripture & Reflections

Friday, December 18th, 2020

Click here to download


New Restrictions due to Coronavirus & Pope Francis’ words

Friday, November 27th, 2020

New Coronavirus restrictions came into force here on Friday 27th November 2020 and will remain in place until Friday 11th December 2020. This will be a difficult time for everyone and a very different Advent season for us all. Churches will be closed for public worship but can remain open for private prayer. As we live with these new restrictions, perhaps words of Pope Francis (spoken earlier this month as Rome faced tighter restrictions) may help us:

Unfortunately, we have … to defend ourselves against contagion by Covid. This also teaches us that we must be very attentive to the prescriptions of the authorities, both the political authorities and the health authorities, to defend ourselves against this pandemic. Let us offer to the Lord this distance between us, for the good of all, and let us think, let us think a lot about the sick, about those who are already marginalised when they enter the hospitals, let us think of the doctors, the nurses, the volunteers, the many people who work with the sick at this time: they risk their life but they do so out of love for their neighbour, as a vocation. Let us pray for them.


Face coverings at Liturgical Celebrations

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The Church leaders, including Archbishop Eamon Martin, following recent consultations with public health authorities, are formally recommending and encouraging the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, along with the ongoing maintenance of 2 meter physical distancing, from Sunday 30th August 2020, and earlier if practicable.

It should however be noted that some people are exempt from the wearing of face coverings, as outlined in public health agency guidance: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings

It has become increasingly clear that the wearing of face coverings, in conjunction with hand washing etc, is likely to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, thus helping to protect others. The use of face coverings is therefore one way in which we can evidence protection for the most vulnerable, support for our health workers and practical love for our neighbour.


Church ReOpening

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Following the announcement by the NI Executive regarding church’s reopening, the following letter has been released for St Bernadette’s and Holy Rosary.

Remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays/Holy Days has been dispensed with during the COVID pandemic. Mass will continue to be streamed via the webcam in St. Bernadettes Church.


End of year Mass for St. Bernard’s Primary School

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The Mass to mark the close of the school year in St. Bernard’s Primary School will take place on Friday 26th June at 9.30am. The Mass will be available on the webcam.
We wish all the boys and girls, their teachers, classroom assistants, all who work in the school and all the parents every blessing for the summer, after what has been an exceptional year. In particular, we pray for the boys and girls in Primary 7 who are leaving St. Bernard’s this summer. We wish them every blessing in their new school.



Parish Mission Statement

We the Parish of St. Bernadette, inspired by the Gospel, seek to give witness to God's word. In so doing we will strive to enhance the Spiritual, Pastoral and Community life within the Parish, enabling all parishioners to grow in their relationship with God and with one another.

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