A very warm welcome to our Parish website. Here in Larne, we have a thriving Catholic community worshipping in our two churches – St MacNissi’s in the town centre and St Anthony’s in Craigyhill. You can find here the details of our many parish groups and activities, our sacraments and life of prayer. Whether you are a regular, newly arrived or a passing visitor, you are always welcome to join in the life of the Parish.


Our Lord Jesus Christ showed us the way to the Father that our joy may be complete. By supporting one another in witnessing to our faith in God and walking the journey together, we form a community of faith. We share our highs and our lows, we share our celebrations and our struggles, and we place them all in God’s hands, knowing that He is our constant companion and guide, and that His plan is greater for us than any we could imagine for ourselves.


Wherever you are, we wish you every blessing.


Covid 19 Update

It was announced by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland that public Masses and services will be suspended from midnight tonight until February 6th.

The Bishops explain - "We make this decision reluctantly, conscious that not being able to gather for public worship can cause pain for all the faithful, but in the hope that this limited period of sacrifice will be for the protection of life and health and for the greater good of all. We once more ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose livelihoods have been particularly impacted by the pandemic. We keep in our prayers all health workers, carers, chaplains and other essential workers."

Here in Larne, Masses will be celebrated online only through our webcam and Facebook live during this time.

Masses will be at the usual times but will all be celebrated in St MacNissi's church with the exception of the Saturday vigil which will be from St Anthony’s Church.

In line with regulations St MacNissi's church will continue to be open for private prayer only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm.

Baptisms are permitted with a maximum of 20 people and funerals are permitted with a maximum of 25 people attending.

Rotas for Eucharistic Ministers and Ministers of the Word

View Eucharistic Minister rota here

View Minsters of the Word rota here

Recently deceased:

Dan Magill

Veronica Neeson

James Brown

Agnes Todd

Brian Cassidy (Belfast)

Months Mind Masses:

Eileen McKeown

5.30pm Vigil Mass in St Anthony’s Church Saturday 19th December. (Live streamed only)

Michael (Mick) O’Callaghan

10am Mass in St MacNissi’s Church Sunday 20th December.


Mina Regan

Hugh & Maura Mackle

Mary O’Mullan

Kieron Connor

Agnes McFaul

Eileen Connolly

Sarah Hilditch

Jack Looney

Caitlyn McAllister

Kathleen Doherty

Joseph Sayers Snr

Paddy & Vera Sayers

Patrick McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

John Sheehy

Hugh Shaw

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


Lonely at Christmas

You sometimes hear people say, ‘I always find Christmas Day a very lonely day,’

I think what they are really saying is;

‘I always feel lonely on Christmas Day.’

Loneliness is caused chiefly by two things: absence and emptiness.

Let us spare a thought, a prayer and maybe a visit for someone who will spend Christmas alone.

And if while spending Christmas in the midst of others, we still feel lonely, let us not be alarmed.

Our hearts are always longing for something more, or rather, for Someone else.

In every human heart there is an empty chamber waiting for a guest. That guest is God.


© 2020 Larne Parish

Website designed by Clare McFaul.