Dear Friends of the Church of the Immaculate Heart,
I would like to begin this letter with a message from Monsignor Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, which sums up the spirit with which, as Catholic priests, we are facing, with you, the current pandemic in Belfast.“In these difficult times for the world and for the Church, our desire as spiritual fathers is to provide you with everything your souls need in order to remain in faith, hope, and above all in charity. Constitutive to this desire in these times is finding innovative means to bring you the timeless spiritual nourishment needed now more than ever before” (Monsignor Wach, Prior General).
First of all, I do not have most of your email addresses. If you know anyone who would like to be added to our mailing list, please encourage them to send me an email at [email protected]!
I would like to give you additional information regarding the ceremonies at the Church of the Immaculate Heart. Following the decision of His Lordship, Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, public Masses are temporarily suspended. In the current emergency situation, “all the faithful are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of obligation.”
Ceremonies are not cancelled. However, physically attending at them is temporarily suspended. Unfortunately, the Church of the Immaculate Heart does not have live-streaming capabilities. Masses and the Divine Office celebrated by our community in the Sacred Heart Church in Limerick, however, are streamed on our website: (please click here)
The Church of the Immaculate Heart remains open for personal prayer as follows: Monday to Friday (except Wednesdays): 3 pm – 7:30 pm. Sundays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays: 9 am – 12 noon.
I strongly recommend that you make a daily spiritual communion, with your families if possible and that you receive the Sacrament of Confession at least as often as you usually do.
Those who would like to receive sacramentally the Blessed Sacrament during the day can contact us and arrangements can be made.
Individual confessions are available:
Weekdays: 6-7 pm (except Wednesdays)
Sundays, Wednesdays & Saturdays: 11 am – 12 noon.
Any other time, provided that the priest is available.
We especially keep your intentions in our prayers at this difficult time. Behind these doors, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for the Greater Glory of God. With faith, hope and charity we will fight the demonic attacks against bodies and souls. Soon these demons will be cast out and we will gather again as a family at the foot of the Blessed Sacrament.
On this feast of St. Joseph, I would like to conclude with another quotation from Msgr Wach: “In these times so difficult for the church and for the world let us ask St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, to increase in us the faith in the divinity of the Church, to rekindle our charity, and to keep us always faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Again, please be assured of my prayers for each one of you and your intentions, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Yours in Christ the King and our Blessed Mother,
Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest
Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
577 Antrim Road, Fortwilliam
Belfast BT15 3BU
Mobile: +44 7770 142336
Landline: +44 28 9077 0810