Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Weekday Masses:
Monday-Friday: 9.30am
Saturday Morning: 10am
Saturday Vigil: 6 pm
Sunday: 9am, 10.30am & 12 noon
Holy Days Vigil 7pm & 9:30am
Ash Wednesday 9.30am & 7pm

about Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Church GPS Coordinates: 54.530667, -5.891531
Church Address: Knockbracken Drive, Carryduff, BT8 8EX

The new Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary replaced the old Church that was built and dedicated in 1946 and was situated on the Saintfield Rd. The new church was blessed and dedicated in November 2002 by Bishop Patrick Walsh who had served as an altar boy at the laying of the foundation stone of the old church.

The new Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been designed to accommodate the liturgical action that will take place within it. As such it is centred on the sanctuary and specifically the altar. This element is to dominate above all others and so we have placed it at the architectural centre of the interior. The next most important decision is how the sanctuary relates to the community of worshippers. The symbol of a worshipping community gathered around the altar is central to the expression of our faith and a church building must support that symbolism. Many of us are familiar with the arrangement in the previous church; a sanctuary at one end of a rectangular church with pews orientated towards it. This has served us well but the Church’s understanding of itself develops over time and an example of this was the Second Vatican Council. In response church design too has changed. In the new church we have attempted to express this new understanding by placing the community on three sides of the sanctuary. This is not suitable for every situation but in this instance was the best way of expressing the universal church’s model of assembly for worship. In this way too the parish of Drumbo and Carryduff conspicuously connects with the church universal.

Interior of Church of The Immaculate Heart of MaryAnother aspect of the new church is the quality of light used in the interior. It is easy to think of light as merely a functional illumination however; we have used it as a positive architectural element to reinforce the layout of the church. Consequently the sanctuary is directly below the central roof light of the building. The special quality of light admitted through stained glass windows is reserved for the ambulatory behind the main seating.

Externally the building reinforces the internal layout. It can be discerned that it has a centralised interior. The glass roof light surmounts a pyramid-shaped roof of slate and copper. The glass and slate are spaces such as the sacristies and entrances so that the centrality of the building is not undermined. The pyramid form is appropriate for the site in that it is a man-made hill, a hill to replace its natural predecessor. This was removed as a condition of planning approval so that the church will be inconspicuous from the Saintfield Road. A natural bank has been created as a visual and wind barrier to the north to fulfill this requirement.

Rooney & McConville were first asked to become involved with the project in 1992, over ten years ago. In that time we have seen the introduction of various administrative committees and new ways of procuring church buildings. However our link with the parish is much longer than ten years. We are parishioners ourselves and indeed our family relations bought bricks for the previous building during the fundraising effort in the 1950s. Consequently we are proud to have been of service and are confident that the new Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary can take its place alongside the other new and renovated churches of the diocese. Taken together the unique attention given to its buildings by the diocese of Down & Connor is testimony to confidence in a Church that is alive and well and not dying, as many would have us believe.

Sanctuary Painting

Sanctuary PaintingIf the painted glass is the eye of the chapel, the tabernacle represents it’s heart; the presence of the Holy Sacrament. To believe, visitors should be purified in mind, as blind before the light. Therefore, the surrounding picture must be a guide to another world, not just a simple decoration.

Thomas Aquinas defined beauty as containing three elements proportion, clarity and integrity.

For the most beautiful gift of the Father, my work wants to always sing “Magnificat”, like tbe Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As creature praise the creator, colours should sing light. For this painting I used the elements of light as homage to the Trinity’s love.

May this picture welcome the visitors to His Love and feed their souls with peace.

Fr Kim EN Jong

Sanctuary Painting


Ever since my late teens I have been fascinated and moved by the figure of John the Baptist. In fact, ever since I was acquainted with his figure in a painting by Botticelli. He seemed to be on fire, totally burned away by his mission. Later I was impressed by the role he plays in Orthodoxy where Christ’s designation of him as “the greatest of the prophets” prompts their icon painters to attribute angelic status to him and give him wings.

I have tempered my representation in the scene that I have sought to find unity between the two figures of Christ and the Baptist in the divine proposal of ‘mission’ proposed so forcefully by the Father. The landscape is eaten away for the purity of the act, which it witnesses.

Patrick Pye

The Dove


The sculptor Angela Godfrey usually works in stone and wood. However, when asked to design a dove to be suspended over the font at Drumbo, she decided to use stainless steel because she felt that an openwork structure, reflecting the light, could best convey the idea of hovering flight. This is a very different process from chipping away at a solid block. She has made many sculptures for churches, including four stone carvings for the new Church of the Resurrection in Killamey.

Since 1987 she has had the good fortune to work on many occasions with the architect Richard Hurley, for whom she has designed and made altars, fonts and ambos and other pieces for the re-ordered sanctuaries of several churches in London,S.E. England and Co. Tipperary.

Angela Godfrey

Sanctuary Furnishings

Sanctuary FurnishingsI was asked by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Felix McGuckin P.P., to act as liturgical consultant for the new Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In addition to the overall liturgical layout, this commission required me to design the Altar, Ambo, Chair, Baptismal Font, Tabernacle & Pillar, the Pascal Candle, Altar Candlesticks and Tabernacle Lamp. I was also engaged to commission various artworks for the new Church. Sacred Art and furnishings are very special in that they must transcend their function and act as a generator of spiritual engagement. Symbolism is also important, as in the case of the Altar i.e. the Altar stands for Christ, and the Ambo is where the Word of God reaches out in proclamation. The Pascal Candle speaks of Easter mysteries, of love, of fire of resurrection. The Baptismal Font speaks of death and re-birth.

I was very fortunate to have Tom Glendon as stone carving artist for my work.

Richard Hurley July 2002


The freestanding Altar in the midst of the assembly is the focal point and fulcrum of the entire space. It is the center of gravity of ritual, the common table of the assembly and a symbol of Christ. The design and location of the altar signifies this.


The Ambo is a symbol of the table of God’s word. It signifies the outreach to all who listen and recalls the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The location of the Ambo and the space around it leads to the Altar. gospel

Baptismal Font

The Baptismal Font is considered the tomb and womb of the Church. Death and rebirth through water and the Holy Spirit. The design of the font and the location of the baptistery signify these theological ideas. baptismal font

Presidential Chair

The place for the Presidential Chair is a symbol of his office of presiding at the liturgical assembly and is central to the celebration of the Eucharist. The chair is not a throne. Presidential Chair

Candles and Tabernacle Lamp

The Altar and Paschal Candlestick centers around the theology of light. The design reflects an opening to ‘a flame divided but undimmed, a pillar of fire that glows to the honour of God’. Candles and Tabernacle Lamp

The Immaculate Conception

A decisive point in the history of Salvation. God chose Mary, a descendant of the royal house of David, which sprang from the loins of Jesse in the Old Testament (Is.7: 10-14) Out of the celestial Heavens, the hand of God directs down the beam, the initial celestial intervention, shepherded by an angel, and into the nucleus contained in the womb shape resting atop of the tree (of Jesse), instantiating the process of conception. This tree, which also contains the harp of David, signifying Mary’s royal descent, signifies growth, not alone of the Redeemer and His Christian message, but the cross on which He will end His earthly existence. The Immaculate Conception

The Annunciation

The Annunciation- is the beginning of the Redemption, and the union of Divine and human nature made in one person of the Word. Mary becomes the new Eve, (Lk.1-38). The dove descends from a red area, (signifying the Real Presence). The angel Gabriel appears, his right hand raised in salutation, and his left hand containing a lily or sceptre, denoting his role as messenger from God. Mary, enclosed in the rays emanating from Heaven, is taken aback- her right hand extended, palm upwards, denoting humility and submission, and her left hand is crossed across her breast, signifying acceptance of this great role thrust upon her. The Annunciation

Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church is the first and most perfect disciple. Mary is the mirror of expectations of all women and all men. A woman of strength, who experienced poverty, suffering and exile (M.2: 13-23), her maternal role was extended and became universal on Calvary, She floats serenely, approachable, kindly and protective, focused and radiant, and below her is a delicately suggested classical church, signifying strength and longevity. Mary Mother of the Church

The Nativity

Nativity: The Incarnation of God: a visible testimony of the fundamental dogma of Christian faith, underlining the Divinity and the human nature of the Word made flesh- the birth of Christ and a spiritual light shining forth, surrounded by the darkness of death that encompasses mankind. Luke 2:7 and 2:12 describe and indicate the signs of recognition.The cave, the manger, swaddling clothes etc. indicate the renunciation, in part, of the divine nature, by Christ, through his Incarnation, and thus foreshadow His death and burial, the sepulcher and his winding sheet.The ox and the donkey in the stable, not mentioned in the Gospels, fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah (1:3)”… Israel does not know me …”! Angels glorify and bring good tidings, and the star indicates a connection with Heaven. The Nativity


Epiphany celebrates the universal call to salvation. The Blessed Virgin, seat of Wisdom, and true Mother of the King, presents the Redeemer of all peoples to the wise men. (Matt 2:11 and 2:11-12).In the adoration of the Magi, the Church accepts and sanctifies all human science leading towards it, provided that the relative light of extra Christian revelation guides those who serve it to worship of the absolute light.The wise men are of different ages, indicating that revelation is given irrespective of age or the spirit of Penance. The eye swoops upwards in urgency towards the angel, anxiously indicating to the Wise men not to return to Jerusalem, and Herod, as he requested, and also indicates the dissemination of the birth of the Saviour of the World. Epiphany

Presentation in the Temple

Consecration of the Devine Child to God (Ex. 13:2). Seated in the arms of Simeon, the Child gives a benediction- it is the meeting of the Old and the New Testament. St Joseph holds 2 turtledoves as a sacrifice, but also symbols of the Church of Israel and that of the Gentiles, and the two testaments, of which Christ is the unique head.St. Anne stands in the background, head veiled in profile and eyes uplifted. Also in the background is the dead figure of St. Zechariah (Matt. 23:35), who because of his prophetic power to see the Divinity of Christ, during Mary and the Holy Child’s purification in the Temple, was slain by the scribes and Pharisees. Presentation in the Temple

Flight into Egypt

Mary, with the Child, and Jospeh accompanied by his son James, a future Apostle and first bishop of Jerusalem, flee the massacre of the Innocents initiated by King Herod. Reflecting Isaiah’s prophecy, the refugee family, in seeking sanctuary from carnage, step over the toppled symbol of former dynasties. Turbulent red skies, to the left, denote massacre, and prompt them to urgency, and through angelic agency and direction, they seek refuge in the serenity and calmer skies of Egypt. Flight into Egypt

The Holy Family at Nazareth

Mk.1:24 ‘The Holy One of God’. (Mk.1:24) The Human Family- i.e. The Church. The Holy Family was unique and exceptional in its holiness. Like any other family, they had the same needs; strains and stresses, duties and obligations, and the urgent demands for survival. They had to resort to the same resources and resilence of spirit – in this life, there were no special compensations or dispensations – God became Man, without dispensations- He, and His family, felt the same deprivations, exulted in the same joys, and endured all the pains of life, as all those around Him did. The Holy Family at Nazareth

Finding in the Temple

After Passover it was usual that groups would assemble and return home: not neccessarily traveling in family parties, but as villagers or local acquaintances. Concern was not expressed either by Mary or Joseph for some three days, when Jesus did not appear. Frantic searching proved futile, and with heavy hearts they went back to Jerusalem. With relief, but under some considerable awe, they found their son discoursing with the Sanhedrin, which, after Passover, was wont to meet and discuss religious and theological questions. Jesus, realizes that he was not as other men- He was the Son of God. Yet, when He went home. He was obedient to his parents- He, the Son of God, fulfilled His human duties with supreme fidelity. Finding in the temple

The Wedding Feast of Cana

Jesus was no killjoy- (John 2.1-11) He loved to share in rejoicing. In His homeland, hospitality was a sacred duty. While most, on the big occasion, can do the big thing, Jesus chose to do the ‘Big thing’ on a simple, homely occasion. It illustrates Mary’s faith in Jesus: instinctively, Mary turned to Jesus whenever things went wrong. Even when she did not know what He could or was about to do, she had belief in Him. There were six water pots, but six was an imperfect number to the Jews- 7 being perfect, represented God. Jesus turned the six pots of water to wine, and in so doing, did away with the imperfections of Jewish Law, and by the new wine, turned the imperfection of the law into the perfections of grace. Given the capacity of the pots, there is more than an abundance of grace for all men and much to spare. The Wedding Feast of Cana

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

The Ressurection

Unobserved, and the greatest event in Christendom, the Evangelists treated this with extreme reticence, because it was, and still is, a mystery. Christ is shown, having transmogrified through Death back to Life, in cruciform shape, with his wounds still visible, on the cross that has become the Tree of Life, bearing many fruits. A Mandoria surrounds Christ that emphasizes His resurrection. The inscription reads ” He who sees me, sees the Father “. The Resurrection


Penetecost is the baptism of the Church by fire. It is the fulfillment of the revelation concerning the Holy Trinity, and represents the culminating moment of the formation of the Church, unfolding its life in the fullness of its grace-given gifts and institutions.The festival of Pentecost was celebrated to commemorate the giving of the law on Mount Sinai – God giving a solemn convenant to His Chosen People. At the same time, it is a thanksgiving for the first fruits of the earth (Numbers XXI 11, 16) and the new harvest (Ex. XXI 11.16).This being also the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ, the descent of the Holy Spirit was the making of the new covenant by God with the new Israel, the Church, whereby the grace of the law-giving Holy Spirit took the place of the law of Sinai. The Pentecost

The Assumption into Heaven

From belief in the Resurrection and Ascension of the Lord must follow acceptance that since the Son of God assumed his human nature in the womb of the Virgin Mary, she who served the Incarnation of the Word, had in her turn, to be assumed into the glory of her Son, risen and ascended into Heaven.The significance of the Incarnation of the Word thus appears at the end of Mary’s life on earth. This passage from death to life, from time to eternity, from terrestrial condition to celestial beatitude establishes the Mother of God beyond the General Resurrection and the Last Judgement, beyond the Second Coming, which will end the history of the world.Angels bring aloft the body of Our Lady, in a Mandela, towards the Heavens, while the twelve Apostles look on. Four bishops stand with the Apostles- St. James, brother of the Lord, and first Bishop of Jerusalem, and Timothy, Hierotheus, and Dionysious the Areopagite, who had come with St.Paul.The six taller windows flanking the Sanctuary contain metaphysical elements whereby God directly intervenes in Mary’s life and death. Throughout all the windows however, evidence of the Devine Intervention is visible, indicating that the Holy Family, while as totally human in their lives as we are, were marked out for something special, by God.Lua Breen The Assumption