Parish Groups

Parish groups   –   what they do

Click on this link to view in great detail what the parish gets up to. Parish Groups

Adoration:  co-ordinate people who will offer an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament which is exposed for adoration on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00am until 10.00pm in Star of the Sea.

Altar Servers: Parishioners from age 9 to 90 “serve Mass” by acting as Acolytes.

Altar Society:  parishioners, usually two at a time, take it in turns to clean the sanctuary and the altars in Star of the Sea.

Apostolic Work: meet monthly to raise funds for all the missionary societies and raise awareness of the needs of missionaries.

Children’s Liturgy: take it in turns to provide children between the ages of 4 and 9 with an experience of the Liturgy of the Word during the 11.00am Sunday Mass.  Volunteers are all security checked.
Choir: provide singing at the 11.00am Sunday Mass, Christmas Midnight Mass and the Easter Ceremonies.

Churches’ Friendship Group: A Portstewart version of the Coleraine Borough’s Churches’ Forum for all Christian denominations and churches. It meets monthly in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine. See  P’stewart CFG organises interdenominational carol services, part of the Travelling Service, Womens’ World Day of Prayer and works to promote understanding between the churches.

Eoghan Rua CLG: or in English: Owen Roe GAA is a sport and cultural club with grounds at the northern edge of our parish, providing Gaelic games and cultural events for boys and girls of all ages in the triangle area. See the website:

Eucharistic Ministers: 53 women and men help with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist during Mass and by visiting the homes and care-homes of the sick.

Knights of Columbanus: an all-Ireland organisation of Catholic Men who meet to strengthen their faith and work to build up knowledge and practice of the faith.

Lectors: or Readers, proclaim the Word of God during Liturgies and paraliturgies.

Legion of Mary: an international organisation of men and women founded in Dublin, it meets weekly for prayer, study and the organisation of work in the parish.  Jnr Legion of Mary: meets weekly to pray, learn and organise work in the parish.  Juniors range from 8 yrs to 16 yrs.

Little Stars is a parent and toddler group which meets in the Parish Centre Tuesdays 10.30 – 12.00 during term time

Magazine Committee:  Stella Maris was founded over ten years ago to provide information and record of parish events.  It is produced four times a year by this group.

Malawi Group:  A parish in the diocese of Blantyre, Malawi is supported through a group who meet to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and manage a Thrift Shop and Car Boot Sale in the town.

Parish Pastoral Council: members are elected to meet once a month to reflect, plan and work to build the Kingdom of God in our parish.

Parish Childcare Committee: supervise the training, vetting of all volunteers who will work with young people and the vulnerable.  They work in liaison with the diocesan childcare committee.

Pioneers:  members of The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association make a pledge to pray and abstain from all alcoholic drinks for the sake of others.

St Vincent de Paul:  Members meet to pray, reflect and decide on actions for the relief of those who, materially, are having a hard time.  They organise a weekly collection at the church gates.

Triangle Parishes Youth Project: Betty Harkin is employed as a Youth Development worker in the Triangle Area (parishes of St Malachy’s, Portrush and Portstewart). Based in Coleraine she provides the weekly Friday night Star Club in the Parish Centre for children aged 8 – 18 and orgainises faith based youth activities in the area. See the website: