Novena to the Sacred Heart: Renew our Hearts
May 30 – Jun 7 all-day


Down & Connor Diocesan Novena to The Sacred Heart: Renew Our Hearts

May 30th to June 7th, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  


As Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ begins his time as bishop of the diocese he would love everyone in the diocese to join him in nine days of prayer, asking Jesus to give us a new heart. Many people among us are weary or wounded, hurting in one way or another. He wants us to make a novena for each other, aware that we are brothers and sisters in Christ.

The prayers will be available in a booklet you can pick up at Mass or read online; it will also include a piece of scripture and a reflection for each day for those who wish to go a little deeper.  Bishop Alan’s hope is that this novena will be prayed either individually or together by parishes, groups, schools or families.  Even young children can join in with the short prayers!


Called to be a Monk? A Monastic Come and See Day
Jun 23 all-day

Called to Be a Monk?  A Monastic Come and See Day

Sunday 23rd June 2024  Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey 10am – 5pm

Very often, even if we feel sure that we have some calling or vocation to priestly or religious life, we don’t take that first step by ourselves – we need someone else to ask the question! We monks at the Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Bethlehem, in Portglenone, County Antrim, want to invite men between the ages of 20 and 50 to join us for a day at the Abbey.  

The day will have a very simple format.  Beginning at 10am with a talk and time for discussion and questions; a light lunch; some quiet time; and a tour of the Abbey.

This is a day which will seek to provide contact, reflection, immersion and beginning.  Perhaps it’s the question that you have been waiting for someone else to ask you: how does life as a Cistercian monk appeal to you?

To indicate that you would like to attend this introductory day, please email Dom Aelred Magee ocso on, or ring 028 25821211, to leave your name and contact details. 

Down and Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima
Aug 24 – Aug 31 all-day

Down and Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima 2024 Led by Bishop Alan McGuckian S.J

Spiritual Directors Fr G McCloskey, Fr M Graham, Canon S Gilmore

20 Aug 2024.

7 Nights £799 per person sharing direct return flights from Dublin to Lisbon afternoon flights. 20KG bags included.

Return airport transfers in Fatima.

7 Nights Hotel Avenida.

Full board: breakfast, lunch & dinner.

For further information please contact: Joe Catney 07776 425 631/02890714001