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 which will be offered to support you in the days ahead.

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.

The Bishops have stated that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days is removed for as long as this crisis continues. It is important that this reassurance is communicated to our older parishioners who make valiant efforts to attend Mass each week.

The Archbishop has directed that all churches and chapels throughout the Archdiocese remain closed with immediate effect,  and until further notice.
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

Further opportunities to participate in live-streamed masses will appear in due course on the Archdiocesan website www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk


A personal message
from Monsignor John

I know this is an anxious time for us all, especially for those separated from close family members. The sense of isolation and helplessness can make us worry more, and the instruction to suspend public Masses in our churches is a shock which brings home the seriousness of the situation we face.

However, we know it is a wise measure, taken to protect everyone’s health as far as is reasonably possible, and a necessary step in the fight to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

In times of crisis we depend on the encouragement and inner peace that only our faith can bring, and yet the nature of this emergency keeps us at arm’s length from the sacraments and other devotions.

This is the moment when we draw on our own inner reserves of faith! It’s also the moment to remember that we are supported by the faith of the believing community of God’s people around us. The community of prayer and faith knows no boundaries or exclusions. We may be praying on our own but we are sustained in the knowledge that we are all praying for, and with, each other.

The Archbishop has given us this special prayer to use ourselves, and to share with others :

A Prayer In Time Of Danger And Illness

God Our Father, each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time,
as the Coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering,
give strength to those who are aiding the sick
and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your
Son, Jesus Christ
AMEN


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