1a Bryson Street, Belfast, BT5 4ES   |   Tel: 028 9045 7626   |   Fax: 028 9045 2456   |   Email: stmatthews@downandconnor.org

NEWS AND EVENTS                                         








Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 8pm in the Presbytery.


Please come along, you are very welcome and your help is needed.


Why do we have a Parish Pastoral Council?


In the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, one of its aims is to promote co-responsibility among laity, clergy and religious at every level of the life of the Diocese. To take this aim forward, a Parish Pastoral Council is being established to work with Fr Peter to identify the key Pastoral issues facing our parish and to determine the appropriate responses.


What does a Parish Pastoral Council do?


REVIEW: Pastoral matters by finding out what is happening already in the Parish and ask what else could be happening.


REFLECT: We pray, discuss and explore these matters


RECOMMEND: We recommend practical ways forward to enhance the mission of the Parish according to our planned Pastoral Themes.


Our Parish will be a place of welcome and belonging where all are cherished and know that they have a part to play in Parish life.



The Primary 7 children will be confirmed on Tuesday 20th March 2018.


The Sacrament of First Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 12th May 2018.




We have an all year round appeal for the Welcome Organisation who help the homeless of our city.  If you would like to contribute non-perishable food or toiletries please put them in the cardboard box at the back of our Church.   Unfortunately we cannot accept clothing.


                               CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD                            

Children's Liturgy takes place every Sunday at 12 noon Mass (school term time only).   Primary school children only.  For children attending for the first time a registration form must be completed, these are available from the Liturgy Leaders.  We try to ensure that Children's Liturgy is an enjoyable experience for the children which nurtures their relationship with God as equal members of our Parish Community.


                                                                  PARISH HISTORY

We receive many enquires about the history of our parish and indeed the story of St Matthew's Parish and its people is beautifully told in an excellent little book by Patricia Kernaghan, "Watching for Daybreak."

Copies are available from: St Matthew’s Parochial House, Bryson Street, Belfast, BT5 4ES.    The book costs £5. Please make cheques to St Matthew's Parish and include a donation for postage.  (the book contains over 60 photographs, maps and diagrams).


Marriage and relationship counselling. ACCORD, Curran House, Twin Spires Centre, 155 Northumberland Street, Belfast BT13 2JF. Tel: 9033 9944 Mon – Fri, 10am – 12noon and Mon – Thurs 5.30 – 0.00pm. e-mail: accordbelfast@btconnect.com