About Us

The Star of the Sea church is the church of the Catholic parish of Portstewart, Co Derry, Northern Ireland in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Down and Connor.  Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, it serves the people of this town and its tourist visitors who more than double the local population in the summertime.  The church was built in 1916, a year before the Dominican Convent opened in Portstewart.  There are about 2000 parishioners, some of them retired people.  The parish priest is Fr Austin McGirr, appointed in April 2006.

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New Parish Website

Our new website is at http://portstewartparish.website/ The new website has been designed to be computer, mobile and tablet friendly. More content will be added over the coming weeks.

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Launch of Centenary History of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Portstewart

To mark the approach of the Centenary Year of St Mary’s Star of the Sea church , in 1916, an interesting and substantial book has been launched. Parish Priest, Fr Austin Mc Girr welcomed the large crowd of parishioners and members of other churches in Portstewart including Rev Stephen Fielding from Agherton parish. He spoke of” the excellent cross-community relations which have always been part of life in Portstewart and how people from all sections of the community contributed to the building and funding of the church a hundred years ago. He thanked the members of the editorial team, Maurice Mc Aleese, Margaret Campbell, Sean Farren and Roisin Mc Caughan for their time and painstaking efforts to produce the book and all of the other people who contributed articles and to Aaron Doherty and all who provided photographs….

Read the complete story Here

 

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Pope Francis announces a Year of Mercy

See a copy of the executive summary for The Programme for the Year of Mercy for the Diocese of Down & Connor in the News page.

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Stella Maris Autumn 2015

The latest parish magazine is now available on the News page

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See me See the Pope – Fr Austin

Find this exciting video on the News page.

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University Mass

University Mass recommence this Sunday 20th September at 8:00 pm.

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Exciting new radio station for Catholics and opportunities for training and development

I wonder if you, or anyone of your parish, might like to become involved. The Radio is always looking for enthusiastic people to help make programmes, techies to operate the radio and administrators to hold it all together. Much can be done over the internet, so volunteers don’t have to live near Guildford – we have volunteers in 10 dioceses and overseas! You can get further information at http://www.heavensroadfm.com/vols/ A permanent link will be at the bottom of this page.

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ST COLUM’S CHRISTMAS EVENT

You are cordially invited to ‘bear witness’ to the
children of St Colum’s Primary School telling the
Christmas Story on Thursday 12th December 2013. This video is found on the news page

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OPEN WELCOMING COMMUNITY

Have you ever been to a Catholic Church, sat as part of a large congregation during
Mass and gone home again without having spoken to anyone? Or perhaps you moved
into a parish and several months on you find that you have talents and wish to be of
service, but have never had the conversation that enables this to happen? …….

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Parish Groups

A lovely PDF file is now available which gives an insight to what the parish offers.

Click on this link to view in a new window. Click Here

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