Roman Catholic Church

ISLE OF MAN

Welcome to the official website of the
Roman Catholic Church on the Isle of Man.

 The Isle of Man is one of the 18 pastoral areas which make up the Archdiocese of Liverpool, and on the Island there are 7 Roman Catholic churches

Our Lady Star of the Sea
and St Maughold, Ramsey
St Patrick’s, Peel
Parish Priest
Father Brian O Mahony CSSp
T: (01624) 813181
E: ourladystarofthesea@rcaol.org.uk

St Mary of the Isle, Douglas
St Anthony’s, Onchan
St Joseph’s, Willaston
Parish Priest and Area Dean:
Monsignor John Devine
T: (01624) 675509
E: saintmaryiom@rcaolp.co.uk

St Mary’s, Castletown
St Columba’s, Port Erin
Parish Priest
Fr Leo Cooper
T: (01624) 822272
E: saintmarycastletown@rcaolp.co.uk

THIS WEBSITE is the information hub for all our Roman Catholic churches.
PLEASE VISIT REGULARLY for up-to-date news and information.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE THE 
NOVENA TO MARY, UNTIER OF KNOTS

If you have not made a Novena before,
you might be interested to read the Introduction to Novena here

This is the DAILY NOVENA PRAYER
which was said at the conclusion of the session on each of the 9 days
:
O Virgin Mary, faithful Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of your children;
Mother whose hands never cease to help,
because they are moved by the loving kindness that exists in your Immaculate Heart,
cast your eyes of compassion upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life.
You know all the pains and sorrows caused by these tangled knots.
Mary, my Mother, I entrust to your loving hands the entire ribbon of my life.
In your hands there is no knot which cannot be undone.
Most Holy Mother, pray for Divine assistance to come to my aid.
Take these knots into your maternal hands this day;
I beg you to undo them for the glory of God, once and for all,
in the name of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 
It is with great sadness that the death is announced of the Right Reverend Vincent Malone,
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Liverpool and Titular Bishop of Abora. 
Bishop Malone died on Monday 18 May 2020, at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. 
His funeral will take place on Monday 1st June
and prayers for the repose of his soul will be offered
during our live-streamed Mass at 12:10pm on that day
READ BISHOP VINCENT’S OBITUARY HERE

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace     AMEN

 

THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION

Together with all the Bishops of England and Wales, the Archbishop has directed that no public acts of worship are to take place until further notice in any of our churches throughout the Archdiocese, including the Isle of Man.  All churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese remain closed until further notice.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days is removed for as long as this crisis continues.
Monsignor John Devine, Area Dean, Isle of Man, 23rd March 2020

DAILY MASS – celebrated behind closed doors in St Mary’s, Douglas – will be live-streamed at the following times:

Saturday evening at 5pm
Sunday at 11am
Monday to Friday at 12:10pm

 

SPECIAL NOTE

We are holding a series of online evening services
to mark the significant feasts which follow the Feast of Pentecost.
These will give extra opportunities to unite together in prayer in challenging times:

Pentecost Sunday – 31st May – 7.00pm: Service in honour of the Holy Spirit

Monday – 1st June – Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church: Service in honour of Our Lady – 7.00pm

Next Sunday – Trinity Sunday – 7th June – 7.00pm: Service in honour of the Holy Trinity

Further opportunities to participate in live-streamed Masses can be found on the Archdiocesan website www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk

 


Easter Greetings
from Monsignor John

Writing on 31st May – Pentecost Sunday

 

Dear Parishioners
Isn’t the weather glorious? Perfect for Pentecost. And wouldn’t it have been perfect for the now cancelled TT?
29th May was the anniversary of the loss by enemy action of three Steam Packet ships at Dunkirk – Fenella, King Orry and Mona’s Queen. The anchor of Mona’s Queen is displayed at Kallow Point, Port St Mary. A number of Manx crew were killed, some of them very young. The eight Steam Packet ships involved at Dunkirk lifted over 24,000 troops back to England – a remarkable achievement. Exactly a year before they had been transporting the bikes and riders for TT.

We’re delighted to welcome Fr Joseph Kiganda CSSp to the island. Fr Joseph is from Uganda. I use the word ‘welcome’ cautiously since Fr Joseph was required to quarantine for fifteen days on arrival. That time is now over. Fr Joseph is a member of the Spiritan Congregation and is based with fellow Spiritan, Fr Brian O Mahony, at Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Maughold, Ramsey. Fr Joseph, in addition to his many other gifts and talents, has a massive point in his favour – he’s young. At least he’s relatively younger than the rest of the clergy on the island. That’s apart from Fr Leo Cooper who’s in his later sixties. The rest of us are over 70.

Priests and deacons over 70 have been required to self-isolate during the lockdown along with everyone else. This means that Fr Joseph is already celebrating more than his fair share of funerals. The loss of a family member in this time is made more painful by Coronavirus restrictions. This has touched many families, including my own. Family members separated from loved ones in their final weeks and hours of life have sometimes been unable to take part in the very basic funerals which have followed. Grieving families have been promised church services and Requiem Masses for their family members when pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
Names of those who are sick or have died are read out at our daily live-streamed Mass at St Mary’s. Their names are also listed in the Book of Remembrance which lies open on the altar. In addition, each of our priests celebrates Mass privately in their homes. The lockdown has taught us, however painfully, that the network of love and prayer cannot be suppressed by walls and locked doors; a message reinforced by the appearances of the Risen Christ in the 40 days after Easter.

I was reading this week that 110 priests have died in the Covid 19 epidemic in Italy. They can never be fully replaced by the existing number of seminary students. Vatican statistics reveal that there are just 65 students for the priesthood for every one million baptised Catholics across Europe. And, of course, not all of them will make it to ordination.
The country with the highest ratio of priests to people is Malta.
What is surprising, however, is that the country with the second highest ratio is ……
Take a guess …. then read the rest of the LATEST NEWSLETTER to see if you were correct!     
There are extra stories to share this week – click here to read some MORE GOOD NEWS                                

Loving Lord,
the world’s gone viral!

Loving Lord,
the world’s gone viral!
What matters now is that each of us
becomes a fresh living virus,
infecting others to become
ever more fully alive and aware
that you hold us all,
individually and as a community,
in your tender, compassionate, loving hands.

Loving Lord,
what matters now is an infection of
real presence, not pretence,
true depth, not shallowness,
radical commitment, not fancy,
living truth and good news, not fake news.

Loving Lord,
now is the time to re-awaken reverence and respect
for self, others, and creation,
to act and re-act and relate
as guests on our one good earth,
to work together as living instruments
of peace and justice,
to realise that small is beautiful,
that each human individual is equally precious and vulnerable.

Loving Lord,
we live in a brave new world,
for each of us is called and challenged to be brave,
to be a person of courage, an encourager,
someone who puts fresh heart into others,
someone whose touch enlivens.

Loving Lord,
as the great sculptor Auguste Rodin once stated:
“The main thing is to be moved, to love,
to hope, to tremble, to live.”

Loving Lord,
you said you had come to give life to the full.
And that is the challenge for each and every one of us now:
to bring fresh hope and vision, beauty and appreciation
for all the awe-inspiring wondrous gifts of our
Resurrection and Spirit-filled world.

Loving Lord,
plunge us into the depths,
so that out of the depths
we may rid our church and world
of superficiality, shallowness, indecision, felt hopelessness,
and all that smacks of blind selfishness.

Loving Lord,
take us, bless us, break us, give us,
make us living Eucharists,
tabernacles on legs.
Amen.

© Denis Blackledge SJ


I would like to thank all of you for your generosity in accepting the inevitable disappointments and difficulties that these new arrangements will bring. I know that Fr Brian, Deacon Graham and Canon Brendan join me in assuring you of our prayerful support at all times. Please in turn pray for us.

With every good wish
Fr John

Monsignor John Devine OBE MA VF
Saint Mary of the Isle
Hill Street
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 1EG