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Parish Pastoral Council 2020

Ballymena Parish Pastoral Council 

The All Saints’ Parish Pastoral Council was first established in 1998. It is a representative group of parishioners who advise Monsignor Delargy as Parish Priest on matters of pastoral ministry and who work in full collaboration with the priests of the Parish.

The Pastoral Council is a consultative body, helping in the identification, implementation and evaluation of pastoral initiatives and policies best suited to spread the gospel in the Parish. Members of the Council serve a three-year term but can be re-elected. The Parish Pastoral Council meets monthly between September and June each year.

The Pastoral Council Mission for All Saints’ Parish is that:

We, the Parish Pastoral Council of Ballymena, inspired by the Holy Spirit, will nurture the gifts of all our people in order to grow as a vibrant, welcoming, joyful Christian community where everyone feels called to build the Kingdom of God.


In pursuit of its Mission, the priorities or key themes for the work of the Pastoral Council and for the Parish are:

  • Building a joyful Community;
  • Nurturing the gifts of all the people;
  • Understanding our faith; and
  • Evangelising/Sharing the Good News.

Details of the current membership of the Pastoral Council are set out below.

If you would like to raise an issue with the Pastoral Council, please use the Suggestion Boxes located in the porches of All Saints and St Patrick’s Church, Crebilly. All suggestions and correspondence will be considered by the Council at its monthly meeting.

A copy of the Pastoral Council’s Annual Report for 2018/19 can be obtained from the parish office.


Membership of Ballymena Parish Pastoral Council - 2020


Monsignor Patrick Delargy (President)    
John Keenan (Chairperson)         
Mary Waide (Vice Chairperson)
Fr Aloysius Lumala         
Kathleen Agnew     
Bernie Ervine 
Jackie Kerr (Secretary)
Jeanne Martin              
Paul McAuley               
Phoebe McDonald    
Sean O’Boyle 
Rosemary Quinn                        
Danuta Smolinska



ATTENTION all Organisations!

If you would like information about the work that you do and when you meet to be put up on the website, please contact us.

Ballymena Parish Cells



Growing together as a parish family

Understandiing the Scriptures and applying them to everyday life

Searching for God


What are they?
Parish cells are meetings of about four to ten or more people gathering once a fortnight in parishioners' homes.  Meetings are held from September to June.  They are there to help us in different ways - in our search for God; in understanding the Scriptures and applying them to everyday life and in growing together as a parish family.

Who can attend?
The meeting are open to everyone, church goers and non-church goers; everyone is most welcome.

What happens at a meeting?
The format is simple and informal.  Usually there is an opening prayer followed by a simple hymn or two.  A scripture reading is then read and discussed by the group.  this is followed by a reflection on tape, sometimes provided by the Parish Priest and sometimes from other sources.  After that the needs of those present and of the parish and community are remembered in prayer.  Then there is time for a cup of tea and a chat.

Where do they meet?
A number of people have offered their homes as venues so there is plenty of choice.  Go where you feel comfortable.

How do I find out more?
Members of the Steering Group, who contact numbers are listed below, will answer any of your queries and help you find a meeting to visit.  You can then come and go as you please.  the idea is not to join a group but to avail of a meeting when it suits.


Steering Group Contact Numbers:        2564 2818        2565 8472        2564 4541       

2175 8726        2564 0920        2564 2526

Bethany Bereavement

All Saints Bethany Bereavement Support Group

In 2010 five parishioners were trained to set up a Bethany Bereavement support group in Ballymena.

What is Bethany Bereavement Support?

It is a parish based group ministry which aims to help those bereaved and grieving.  Support is offered on a one-to-one basis in the home, to groups in drop-in centres, by phone calls, by helping at funeral liturgies and remembrance services.  The distinctive features of Bethany are:

(i)    The group does not wait to be asked, but initiates contact with the grieving family.
(ii)    Every family is visited irrespective of religion, nationality or cause of death.  Usually one/two months have elapsed before visiting begins, and in the case of death by suicide it is up to six months. 
(iii)  The spiritual dimension of grief is recognised.

Where did Bethany originate?

It was Dr Elizabeth Kubler Ross who first documented the stages in the emotional responses to grief and loss.  Her research for her book 'On Death and Dying' was done, mainly, in Columbian Presbyterian Medical Centre, New York.  It was in that Centre that Fr Myles O'Reilly began working as a Chaplain in 1975.  He was greatly impressed by the care given to the dying there.  On his return to Ireland in 1982 he initiated retreats in Milltown Park entitled 'Death - a Christian Response'.  It was from those retreats that Bethany support groups were born.

The name Bethany was chosen because it was here that Jesus offered consolation to the grieving sisters (Jn 11), and here he was given a listening ear (Lk 10).

Today over ninety parishes in the Dubling diocese have a Bethany Bereavement group which provides the bereaved with an opportunity to talk in confidence to a trained listener.  These groups are seen as a community asset and, in the South, they can apply to the government for financial support.

In 2007 the first Bethany team was set up in the west of Ireland and in 2011 the Diocese of Down and Connor had three groups added to the list.  

Fr Delargy PP and Bishop Farquhar are keen to expand this ministry and would encourage anyone who feels they could do this rewarding work, to come forward by contacting a Bethany member on 078 4210 0060.

Caring and Befriending Group

Caring and Befriending Group

The aims of the Caring and Befriending Group are to develop closer and caring relationships within our parish community by making regular visits, in teams of two, to parishioners who feel isolated, lonely or are housebound.

Would you or anyone you know like a visit from one of our visitation teams?

Do you have an hour or two a week to spare?  Would you enjoy spending time talking to people who find it hard to get out?  Would you be interested in joining our Caring and Befriending Group?

If you know of someone who might benefit from our service or if you are interested in joining our Caring and Befriending Group please contact Brenda on 028 2564 2217 or Colette on 028 2564 4702.

All Saints' Scout Troop


All Saints’ Scout Group - Meetings continue this week in the Parish Centre as follows;

Beavers, 6 to 8 yrs - Friday 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Cubs, 8 to10.5 yrs - Thursday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Scouts, 10.5 to 14.5 yrs - Friday 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Explorer Scouts, 14.5 to 18 yrs - Friday 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Boys & Girls welcome to join any section. Please note that the Beaver section is at maximum capacity and operates a waiting list, please contact us to have your child's name added to the list. 

The new leadership team is particularly interested in hearing from potential adult volunteers who may have some time available to help the group in any capacity.

Call/text 07740683977   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or check out our Facebook


Non Stop Parish Draw

This draw has been in existence since September 1985 and was started to help renovate the then Parochial Hall, which soon after was sadly destroyed in a fire.  From then on profits went towards the provision of a new Parish Centre.  Plans for this are now well under way, but even after completion, will always need maintenance and manning, so this draw will always be needed and your support always appreciated. 

For only fifty pence per week you have a chance of winning every day of the year.  Weekly prizes are normally £50 on Sunday and £15 Monday – Friday. At special times of the year the Sunday prize can be £250, £200 or £100 and the final yearly draw is £1000.

Do you want information on how to take part in the draw? OR
Could you be a promoter in your own street or avenue?

Contact the parish office - 028 2564 1515.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

Frederic Ozanam was born at Milan on 23 April 1813 and died at Marseilles on 8 September 1853. In 1833 along with other young students, he founded the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

The society has been serving the poor in Ireland since 1844.

Ballymena St Vincent de Paul


In this photograph Mr Bernard O'Neill JP is 2nd from left at back.
Can you name any of the others?

What it is and what it does

What is the Society of St Vincent de Paul?
A voluntary organisation of lay people.


SPRED is a little Christian Community of faith and friendship. It is programmed to enable parishioners with a learning disability to be integrated into parish life and worship.

Meetings are held in the Parish Centre, Broughshane Road, Ballymena every Tuesday at 7 30pm (except July, August and Christmas and Easter holidays)

For further particulars contact any catechist during a meeting, or through the Parish Office  028 2564 1415

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society

St Joseph’s Young Priests Society is a society of lay people whose purpose is to promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life; and to assist financially in the education of clerical students; mainly for the Irish dioceses; but in recent years also for overseas students.

The Society was established in Ireland in 1895 by
Mrs Olivia Taaffe and there are branches all over Ireland. Our Ballymena branch was established in September 1994.

The Knights of St Columbanus

Our objectives

We were established in Belfast in June 1915 by Canon James O’Neill.  In placing the Order under the patronage of St Columbanus, our founders were mindful of his missionary zeal in bringing the good news of salvation to all.  The Knights were the response of Catholic laymen acting in close co-operation with their Bishops in the work of the Apostolate.

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart

altThe Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart was founded in the Church of St Francis Zavier, Dublin by Father James Cullen SJ on 27 December 1898.  One of the main celebrations to mark its centenary year was the Mass and Rally in Croke Park, Dublin on 30 May  1999.

Pioneer members take a threefold commitment –

 To pray daily for the conversion of excessive drinkers
 To abstain for life from all intoxicating drink
 To wear the Pioneer Pin publicly; an encouragement for others to do the same

The Pioneer Association is not anti-alcohol.  Total abstinence is a personal choice of Pioneers – moderation and self-control is for all.

The first Pioneer Council in All Saints’ Parish, Ballymena was founded over seventy years ago.  

Contact the Parish Office for more information.  


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