18th May

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 24  18TH MAY 2014

 

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.         Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm Mary Wright

 

9.30am 9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Joan Pears

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

 

 

     

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR BAPTISM IN OUR PARISH

The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the most joyful occasions both for the family and the Parish and everyone is welcome.  The next Baptismal Course takes place this Tuesday evening in the Iona Room from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, where parents will receive their Baptismal pack and can arrange the date for their child’s Baptism. Baptisms in the Parish take place on the first and last Sunday of each month and attendance at the course is arranged through Philomena in the Parish Office.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Elections to the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The Council supports and advises our Parish Priest and represents the views of parishioners in matters affecting parish life.  Nominations will be sought for candidates willing to serve for four years. If you would like further information please speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Council or contact Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.  Nominations forms are available this weekend and need to be returned by next Sunday.

 

PARISH FAMILY

EASTER PRAYER SPACE – ‘I am risen and I am still with you.’ Ps 138:12. The empty tomb was the Tabernacle of Repose. The lit candle reminds us that Christ is here with us. The long winding sheet represents the cast off grave clothes. Grave clothes bind us. Christ invites us to cast off our grave clothes and come out of our tomb, free from the restraints of the past and anything that binds us like worry, fear, unforgiveness, negativity etc As Paul urges us: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’.  Colossians 3:12

 

EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.

EXAM BUDDIES–  all students  preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of a parishioner, Elsie Campbell and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

John Doyle, Una Gallagher, Ted Gallagher, Dorothy Gilmore, Sam Heath, Joan Pears and Mary Wright.

 

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish by this Sunday.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR OUR STUDENTS TO THE PRIESTHOOD  – will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. There are currently ten young men in training for priesthood for the diocese, three of whom, Dominic, Andrew and Conor, are deacons. The other students are James, Manuelito, Tony, James, Michael, Kevin and Christopher. Please remember them in your prayers.  Thank you for your support of this collection last year. Your continued support of this annual church collection is again requested. Your financial contribution is another concrete way of supporting our students as they journey towards priesthood for service in our parishes.

FR PAUL BYRNEwould like to thank parishioners for their very generous donation of £1,808.00 to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The money will be used to help the young widows of Sri Lanka whose husbands were killed in the bitter civil war there.

PARISH DRAW – The winners of the 2nd Parish Draw for 2014 are: Phil Gregg – £100, Fiona Devine – £75 & Lucy Traynor – £25.  Don’t worry it’s not too late to get your tickets.  Please speak to any member of the committee or tickets will be available over the weekend of 17th / 18th  May after all the Masses.

THIS WEEK

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  we will meet again this Tuesday evening, at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. Focus will be on  “entering more fully into the Pascal Mystery ”.

 

 

WEDNESDAY CLUB  – trip to Co. Meath this Wednesday.  Cost £30, includes bus, lunch and entertainment, tea before we leave for home  Bus leaves at 10.15am and returning home at about 7.00pm.  If you wish to join us please ring Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351.  We need final numbers by this Wednesday.  Don’t delay.

APOSTOLIC WORK ANNUAL DISPLAY AND SALE  –  will take place after all the Masses next Saturday and Sunday.  Please support our missionary work by going to the Parochial Hall and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and freshly made scones.  There will be cakes, plants, books etc. for sale and the popular tombola and raffle.  You are encouraged to Gift Aid cash donations of ANY AMOUNT so that Apostolic Work can claim the tax.  Forms will be available at the door or from a member of Apostolic Work in the hall.   Thank you for your faithful support.

 

COMING EVENTS

PARISH SIRLOIN STEAK/CHICKEN BBQ & DISCO – will take place on Friday 30th May from 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall/Scouts & Guides den.  Bring your own refreshments and the music will be on until 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £15 per person and will be available to purchase this weekend or they are available from Roisin McMullan 07854 140019 or Mary Walsh on 07815 493463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book your ticket.  We look forward to seeing you there.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK – will take place on Sunday 8th June and will be led by The Most Reverend Anthony Farquhar. The ceremonies commence at 2.30pm in the Basilica with the Sacrament of the Sick, followed by Mass, Benediction and the Rosary Procession.  Further details can be obtained from Father Colin Grant at 028 9064 3939

OTHER NOTICES

IN FAITH, THROUGH FORGIVENESS TO THE FUTURE  –  a round table discussion next Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in All Saints Parish Centre, Cushendall Road Ballymena.   Guest Speaker, Dr Geraldine Smyth OP, of Trinity College Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics, well known theologian and writer, will be accompanied by Fr Paddy Delargy, Mrs Janice McKeith and Baroness Nuala O’Loan. Explore the true meaning of forgiveness for all Christians and its importance for the way we live our lives and build our future.  No charge.  All welcome. Tea and tray bakes.  Donation basket to cover the costs.

We hope you will come. For further information contact Nuala 077 6997 4970 or Janice

079 2708 9125.

BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP – is a parish based group ministry which aims to help those bereaved and grieving.  Support is offered on an individual basis in the home, to groups in drop-in centres, by phone calls, by helping at funeral liturgies and remembrance services.As of January 2014 there are twenty four parishes in the Diocese with Bethany Teams. For more information or to register interest in the next training session which begins in September in Castlewellan, please contact Claire Dowds, Good Shepherd Centre, 511Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GS. ( 07557882183, email: bethanybereavementni @gmail.com

ST.MALACHY’S COLLEGE  – Antrim Road, will host an Information and Registration Event for GL Assessment 2014 on Tuesday 24th June at 7.00pm .  Parents and Primary 6 pupils who wish to apply for a place in the College are welcome to attend.                                                                                 

ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL HOLYWOOD – will be celebrating their 75th year with a reunion of pupils and teachers past and present, on Wednesday 21st May from 4.30pm until 7.00pm in the school. Refreshments and entertainment provided. If anyone has any old photos or memories from their time at the school please come along and take a trip down memory lane. For further information or if you have any photos etc that could be displayed, please contact Tracey Jordan : 07746440910 or the school.                                                 

TOOLS FOR SOLIDARITY – in collaboration with the Down and Connor Churches are running a project over a 6 month period, to collect old hand tools and 500 old/unused sewing machines for centres in Uganda and Tanzania, in order to help improve the lives of the local people and their communities. The charity will collect the tools from the Church, on a date to be set. Meanwhile if anyone would like to work with the charity on this project, or would like a machine collected, please contact Tools For Solidarity on 02890 747473.

SVP FASHION SHOW –  run by the West Belfast SVP office, will be held on Thursday 5th June at 7.30pm in the Balmoral Hotel, Blacks Road, Belfast.  Tickets for the event are £10 each and this includes a Buffet.   Tickets and Ballots can be purchased by ringing the SVP West Belfast Office on 90601899                                                                                                                                       

THE FLOURISH INITIATIVE – an invitation to a morning, designed to give an insight into how this initiative gives support to those affected by suicide, will be held  on Tuesday 20th May in the Skanios Centre, 239 Newtownards Road from 9.30am – 12.30pm. There will be an opportunoity to gather information from other agencies working in the area of mental health wellbeing for local communities.

11th May

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 23  11TH MAY 2014

 

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.         Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Carmen Carey

9.30am

Brona Cullen

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Daniel McConnell

Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

 

 

     

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Elections to the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The Council supports and advises our Parish Priest and represents the views of parishioners in matters affecting parish life.  Nominations will be sought for candidates willing to serve for four years. A Leaflet will be given out this weekend entitled “We all have something to give”.  If you would like further information please speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Council or contact Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.  Nominations forms will be available in the middle of May .

 

PARISH FAMILY

CONGRATULATIONS – to the twelve young people who have been commissioned this weekend as Special Ministers to read the Prayers of the Faithful: Aoife Beard, Alan Paul, Aleena Paul, Ellen Long, Harsha Abraham, Harvins Abraham, Kewin Philip, Nimisha Jose, Nisha Jose, Noel Shaji, Sarah Long, Tenson Joseph. May the Holy Spirit guide and nourish  them in their role of leading the intercessory prayers on behalf of all of the people of God.

JOHN PAUL 11 AWARD – Congratulations to Sara Raju and Chelsea Braga who have been presented with the John Paul 11 Gold Award by the Diocese, for their commitment to our parish ministries and voluntary work in the local community, bringing to life the Gospel values of love, service and community.

EASTER PRAYER SPACE – ‘I am risen and I am still with you.’ Ps 138:12. The empty tomb was the Tabernacle of Repose.. The lit candle reminds us that Christ is here with us. The long winding sheet represents the cast off grave clothes. Grave clothes bind us. Christ invites us to cast off our grave clothes and come out of our tomb, free from the restraints of the past and anything that binds us like worry, fear, unforgiveness, negativity etc As Paul urges us: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’.  Colossians 3:12

EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM  –  is a small group who meet on a weekly basis to add their voices to yours, presenting your needs to God. Requests for prayer can be made by completing a Petition Slip and placing it in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

A SEVEN DAY CANDLE  – burns continuously at Our Lady’s Prayer Space in the Sanctuary for the intentions of a sponsor. Candles cost £5 each and this offering should be placed in the box in the wall when you light your candle.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.

EXAM BUDDIES–  all students  preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June.

DOWN AND CONNOR VOCATION VIGIL  –  will be held in St. Comgall’s Church, Antrim this Thursday evening from 8.00pm to 10.00pm.  Prayer, Music, Witness – for vocations.  All ages welcome

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Liadan Aoife Hill O’Keeffe, who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Kristoffer Campbell and Kathleen Bogue who were married on Saturday 3rd May in St. Colmcille’s.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Maureen Corrigan, who died recently and for Hilda Fernandez, whose month’s mind occurs this weeekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Carmen Carey,  Brian Cullen,  Daniel McConnell, Elizabeth Logue  and John Logue.

MONEY MATTERS

Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish by next Sunday.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR OUR STUDENTS TO THE PRIESTHOOD  – will be taken up at all Masses next weekend. There are currently ten young men in training for priesthood for the diocese, three of whom, Dominic, Andrew and Conor, are deacons. The other students are James, Manuelito, Tony, James, Michael, Kevin requested. Your financial contribution is another concrete way of supporting our students as they journey towards priesthood for service in our parishes.

THIS WEEK

DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for all children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass this Sunday. The children will receive the sacrament of Holy Communion next Sunday at 11.30am Mass.

HALL COMMITTEE  –  next meeting will be held this Monday evening at 7.30pm

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL  –  will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.

DIOCESAN REVIEW FEEDBACK  –  following the recent Diocesan Review, the Living Church has organised a series of meetings to provide feedback to priests and parishioners in the Diocese.  The meeting for the parishes in our Vicariate will take place this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

COMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  we will meet again on Tuesday 20th May, at 8.00p.m in the Committee Room. Focus will be on  “entering more fully into the Pascal Mystery ”.

WEDNESDAY CLUB  – trip to Co. Meath on Wednesday 21st May.  Cost £30, includes bus, lunch and entertainment, tea before we leave for home  Bus leaves at 10.15am and returning home at about 7.00pm.  If you wish to join us please ring Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351.  We need final numbers by this Wednesday.  Don’t delay.

APOSTOLIC WORK ANNUAL DISPLAY AND SALE  –  will take place after all the Masses on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May.  Please support our missionary work by going to the Parochial Hall and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and freshly made scones.  There will be cakes, plants, books etc. for sale and the popular tombola and raffle.  You are encouraged to Gift Aid cash donations of ANY AMOUNT so that Apostolic Work can claim the tax.  Forms will be available at the door or from a member of Apostolic Work in the hall.   Thank you for your faithful support.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY  –  the return of the Parish Sirloin Steak/Chicken BBQ & Disco on Friday 30th May, tickets £15 per person.  More details to follow nearer the time

ST COLMCILLES SCOUT TROOP

The Scout Troop retained the Columbanus Shield last weekend after two days of competition at Castlewellan Forest Park. The shield, presented 80 years ago has been competed for on 58 occasions and St. Colmcilles have now secured 18 victories, the first being in 1938. This year the troop entered two patrols and over the weekend they canoed the length of Castlewellan lake, built natural shelters, cooked wheaten scones on an open fire, prepared a superb “one pot meal” of chorizo sausage stew, attended a fantastic campfire and demonstrated their proficiency at scout camp craft. When the final marks were announced, the patrols from St. Colmcilles had been placed first and second, a fantastic achievement and testimony to the quality of scouting here in this parish. Many congratulations to Eagle patrol led by Amy Truesdale and including, Michael O’Hare, Niamh Mallaghan, Ronan Cunningham, Aisling Dawson, Niamh McMordie, Sinead Lavery and Hans Abraham who came first and Bull patrol led by Tim Cunningham and including Oonagh Lavery, Lorcan Short, Eve Truesdale, Eve Gilsennan, Michael Walsh, Caitriona Mallaghan and Robin Dane who came a very close and Christopher. Please remember them in your prayers.  Thank you for your support of this collection last year. Your continued support of this annual church collection is again

second. The foundations for this success were carefully laid throughout the year at weekly troop meetings and in particular at various camps and activities, particularly Easter camp. At Easter this year, we had 34 scouts split into 6 patrols under canvas with an additional 11 leaders in attendance. The weather was very kind and added to an active scout programme of pioneering, bivying, cooking and camp games. Visitors to the site included the original leaders from the sixties, Mike Loder and Seamus O’Flaherty, who were very happy that the seeds sewn so long ago continue to bear fruit. The Concern cycle marathon organized by the Scout Group as a whole, realized a final total of £720 for disaster relief in the Philippines. A huge thank you to all who supported this charity fundraiser.

OTHER NOTICES

CATHOLIC SINGLES  –  is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

DAY OF PRAYER FOR OUR LAND  –  this annual day of prayer will take place in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street next Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  The theme this year will be ‘Moving Forward Together’.  Amongst the officiants will be Father Oliver Crilly, Father Ciaran Dallat and David O’Connor leader of John the Baptist, Koinonia.  You will be welcome to join us.

IN FAITH, THROUGH FORGIVENESS TO THE FUTURE  –  an roundtable discussion on Saturday 24th May  from 1.30pm to 5.30pm in All Saints Parish Centre, Cushendall Road Ballymena.   Guest Speaker, Dr Geraldine Smyth OP, of Trinity College Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics, well known theologian and writer, will be accompanied by Fr Paddy Delargy, Mrs Janice McKeith and Baroness Nuala O’Loan. Explore the true meaning of forgiveness for all Christians and its importance for the way we live our lives and build our future.  No charge.  All welcome. Tea and tray bakes.  Donation basket to cover the costs.  We hope you will come. For further information contact Nuala 077 6997 4970 or Janice 079 2708 9125.

PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE  – from 25th July to 1st August, 6 nights in San Giovanni at Parco Della Rossa and 1 night Benevenuto at Grand Hotel Italiano.  Meals included. Full itinerary escorted.  Price €849. For more information contact Annemarie at Joe Walsh Tours 00 353 1241 0800 or Joanne/Michael  on 9022 8436

ARE YOU SUFFERING THE PAIN OF LOSS?  –  Looking for help and understanding?  Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) meets every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in St Bride’s Hall, 38, Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Rd, Belfast.  A Residential Weekendwill be held fromFriday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014 in Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne. Application forms available on request.  For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

BREDAGH –  girls get active in the park on Friday nights from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  All girls are invited to come along and get involved in girls activity with their friends in Cherryvale Playing Fields with Bredagh Gaelic Club  For more information contact 078 4973 7102. A fun way to get introduced to gaelic games.  Under 10s (Born 2004 or 2005) Under 8s (2006 or 2007/ includes all girls in Primary 2).  Other activity in Cherryvale includes: Camogie and Hurling Saturday 1.00pm and Boys Football Sunday 10.00 am

 

May 4th

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 22  4TH MAY 2014

 

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.         Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Josie McReynolds

9.30am

Special Intentions

9.30am

Special Intention

9.30am

Thomas Donnelly

9.30am

William Kells

No Mass
Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

 

 

     

 

Please note there will be no Mass this Friday morning due to the Giro d’Italia

The Upper Newtownards Road will be closed this Friday

from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 4.00pm to 8.30pm

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

ARRANGEMENTS FOR BAPTISM IN OUR PARISH

The Sacrament of Baptism is one of the most joyful occasions both for the family and the Parish and everyone is welcome.  The next Baptismal Course takes place on Tuesday 20th May in the Iona Room from 8.00pm to 9.30pm, where parents will receive their Baptismal pack and can arrange the date for their child’s Baptism. Baptisms in the Parish take place on the first and last Sunday of each month and attendance at the course is arranged through Philomena in the Parish Office.

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Elections to the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The Council supports and advises our Parish Priest and represents the views of parishioners in matters affecting parish life.  Nominations will be sought for candidates willing to serve for four years. A Leaflet will be given out this weekend entitled “Parish Pastoral Council? Me? Why not me!” another one next weekend entitled “We all have something to give”.  If you would like further information please speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Council or contact Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.  Nominations forms will be available in the middle of May .

 

PARISH FAMILY

EASTER PRAYER SPACE – ‘I am risen and I am still with you.’ Ps 138:12. The empty tomb was the Tabernacle of Repose.. The lit candle reminds us that Christ is here with us. The long winding sheet represents the cast off grave clothes. Grave clothes bind us. Christ invites us to cast off our grave clothes and come out of our tomb, free from the restraints of the past and anything that binds us like worry, fear, unforgiveness, negativity etc As Paul urges us: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’.  Colossians 3:12

EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.

EXAM BUDDIES–  all students  preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God”will be held next Saturday from 1.00pm to 4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre, Kingsway, Finaghy.  It will be conducted by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm. The Seminar is open to all, and will be especially interesting to Ministers of the Word. Seminar Fee £5.  To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever on 077 6010 8903 or e-mail: malachy.mck@gmail.com

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL  – Pat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings.  Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

ST. COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP  –  has vacancies for three Playgroup Assistants.  Temporary posts – 23 ½ hours per week from this September  to June 2015.  Essential qualifications – Minimum NVQ Level 3 Early Child Care and Education or equivalent, Child Protection Training.  Essential experience – Minimum of one year’s paid employment in a PSEP Pre-school Playgroup, working with children with additional needs. Please apply in writing to the playgroup for an application form by this Wednesday.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE  – in accordance with the requirements of the Diocese of Down and Connor, please contact Father Ciaran to make arrangements for marriage at least three months before the date of the wedding.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Rosaleen Armstrong, who died during the week, and whose Funeral Mass took place on Friday and for Rosie Reynolds, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Annie Nelson,  Molly McEvoy,  Thomas Donnelly  and Vera Kelly.

MONEY MATTERS

Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish as soon as possible.  Boxes may be left in the parish office or returned through the Offertory collection baskets at Mass.  It would be appreciated if any small coins could be changed to larger denominations.  All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish.  Trocaire has secured matched funding from the UK Government for their Lenten Appeal this year.  It means that every pound that is donated to Trocaire from Northern Ireland will be matched by the government, meaning donations will be effectively doubled.  In addition, Gift Aid can still be claimed. In order for Trocaire to benefit from the matched funding all Trocaire boxes need to be returned to the parish by Sunday 18th May.

The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.

THIS WEEK

ST. COLMCILLE’S ART EXHIBITION/ART OF CARING  –  continues to Sunday afternoon as we celebrate 20 years of the Art of Caring.

APOSTOLIC WORK  –  will meet in Iona Room at 8.00pm this Tuesday evening.

DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for all children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass next Sunday. The children will receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday 18th May at 11.30am Mass.

GIRO d’ITALIA

FAMILY FONDO CYCLE  –  this Sunday morning from Stormont Presbyterian to Comber.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Meet at Stormont Presbyterian Church at 8.00am, returning for breakfast at 10.00am.  For more information please contact Stormont Presbyterian Church on 9065 6642 or www.stormontchurch.org.

BIG COMMUNITY PARTY  –  this Friday from 4.00pm to 8.00pm in Stormont Presbyterian Church.  Watch all the action from the race as well as the following free activities – turbo bike challenge, smoothie making, bouncy castles, face painting, Dr. Bike, BBQ nad much more.  For more information please contact Stormont Presbyterian Church on 9065 6642 or www.stormontchurch.org

COMING EVENTS

HALL COMMITTEE  –  next meeting will be held on Monday 12th May at 7.30pm

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL  –  will meet on Tuesday 13th May at 7.30pm.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY  –  the return of the Parish Sirloin Steak/Chicken BBQ & Disco on Friday 30th May, tickets £15 per person.  More details to follow nearer the time

OTHER NOTICES

CATHOLIC SINGLES  –  is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

ANNUAL LE CHEILE TOGETHER LECTURE  –  the new Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, Dr Francis Campbell, will deliver a public lecture entitled: ‘Faith and education in a pluralist world’ in St Mary’s University College, Belfast, this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.  Chair: The Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  All welcome.

IN JOYFUL HOPE –  an inter-church celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in St John’s Presbyterian Church, Newtownbreda, at 8.00pm this Thursday evening. Everyone is welcome. Catholic Eucharistic discipline observed.

SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT MORNING  –  at Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church next Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Plants, Crafts and Cakes for sale. Admission £3.50 to include tea/coffee, shortbread and scones. Children free.