Primary schools

There are two primary schools in our parish:

St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballymaghery

13 Castlewellan Rd, Hilltown, BT34 5UY

Principal: Mrs Kathleen Cousins


St Paul’s Primary School, Cabra

Ballykeel Road, Cabra

Principal: Mr Vincent Devlin


Golden Jubilee of St Paul’s PS, Cabra

1964 – 2014


A special commemorative mass will be celebrated by Bp John McAreavey on Saturday 29 March at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Cabra. All welcome to attend. Refreshments afterwards in the Community Centre.



DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME programme (2013/2014)


Do This in Memory of Me is our parish programme  aimed at helping the parents, children and the wider parish community to prepare together for the celebration of First Holy Communion by the P4 children. It is hoped that by providing opportunities for children to become more actively involved in the Sunday liturgy that they (and their families) will feel welcome and have a sense of belonging within the Church.

There is one designated mass in the Do This in Memory of Me programme in the parish each month. This is the 11.00 am mass held in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballymaghery.

On each of the Sundays, the liturgy becomes more child-centred. Children and their families are encouraged to volunteer to take part in the Offertory Procession, to read the Prayers of the Faithful, or to take on other roles. Children are also invited to come forward at Communion time to receive a special blessing.

During the week following this mass, each P4 child receives a copy of Grapevine magazine through their school. This will contain a copy of the Gospel for the next DTIM mass and relevant information for the coming month, e.g. suggested prayers for parents to say with their child, and other activities. The children also receive a THUMB book that contains “kids’ stuff” worksheets that they can take to mass each month. Parents are encouraged to read through this book with their child.

Parents, you might consider volunteering for the liturgical roles mentioned above. Please give your details to one of the co-ordinators whom you will meet at the Parent Information Evenings or at any of the DTIM masses.

Dates for 2013/14

13th October 2013  – Enrolment Sunday

3rd November – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th November – Feast of Christ the King

15th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

26th January 2014 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th February – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd March – 3rd Sunday of Lent

13th April – Palm Sunday

4th May – 3rd Sunday of Easter

22nd June – Feast of Corpus Christi

First Holy Communion for St Patrick’s PS, Ballymaghery – Saturday 10th May at 10.30 am

First Holy Communion for St Paul’s PS, Cabra – Saturday 13st May at 10.30 am