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



Parish Office


The Parish Office is open Monday to Thursday, 10.00am – 2.00pm & on Friday from 9.00am – 1.00pm, (If calling in person please call after 10.15am and before 1.30pm (Monday – Thursday) & after 9.15am and before 12.30pm (Friday). The Parish Secretary deals with general enquiries and all other aspects of Parish administration.  The Secretary, (Theresa Johnston) can assist with the following:

Marriage enquiries/bookings


The Diocese of Down & Connor requests the minimum of three months notice for a wedding. Couples can book their wedding two years in advance. If you wish to book a marriage then the first contact should be with the parish office to arrange an appointment with Fr Aidan..  An information book prepared by the parish is given to all couples and contains useful information on marriage courses. 


Please contact the parish office for guidelines on ordering your Baptism, Confirmation or Marriage Certificate (for getting married/starting school/sacramental purposes). Fee of £2:50 applies.


      Family History  

The National Archives of Ireland have put the census for 1901 and 1911 online and it costs absolutely nothing to search and browse.  See your ancestors actual census form!  This site gives a vast amount of information. 


Start searching for exact names or browse streets or counties by clicking the link below (This part of Belfast is in County Down and to search the old streets in the area you need to look for " Ward name: ' Pottinger part of" when searching).

Click the link below to the Ulster Historical Foundation who conduct Irish genealogy searches.


Click the link below to PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland)



                                                                         Parish Bulletin

The deadline for bulletin entries is 11:00am on the Thursday prior to the Sunday of publication. Parish Notices have priority. All items for the bulletin including names for the anniversary list may be faxed (028 90 452 456) or emailed. Items can also be phoned in or hand delivered to the presbytery during office hours only. Publication is subject to available space.


The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month. For all enquiries relating to Baptism,  first contact Theresa on 90 457626.  Please Note:  Godparents must be over 16 years of age.  One Godparent male or female is sufficient but there may be two, one of each sex.  Canon Law # 873.

Sick Calls

Any Parishioner wishing to contact the priest in the event of an urgent sick call please contact the Presbytery on 028 90 457626.


Please inform the Parish Office if a parishioner is ill and needs to be added to the sick list or would like to receive the Eucharist on Sunday’s.

Funeral Arrangements

In the event of a death contact Fr Aidan at the Presbytery, 90 457626.  A booklet is available in the Parish Office that gives a choice of readings, psalms and other advice for the family.

Non-stop Draw

Parishioners and friends are invited to support the Parish financially by joining the Non-Stop Draw.  In the current draw (for £1 per week) 4 £100 winners are selected weekly and every month a jackpot winner is selected.