VOL. 22 NO. 12 16TH FEBRUARY 2014
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
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.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – application forms are now available from the Parish Office. Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11-16th) – £570 in hotel or £470 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £635; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8th-17th £520, closing date for youth applications is 31st March. For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email email@example.com
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.
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 in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
EVANGELII GAUDIUM – “The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis, copies of the book are at the back of the Church. Price £5 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.
WEEKLY CATHOLIC PAPERS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE – the following are available on a weekly basis in the porch of the Church: Ireland’s Own, Universe, Catholic Times, Irish Catholic and Catholic Herald. Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.
WALK WITH ME BOOKS – A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2014, are available at the back of the Church. Price £1. Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.
TRAINING – for young people who would like to join the Prayer of the Faithful rota begins this Wednesday in the Hall. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.
DECEASED – We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:
Eva Haan, Dick Dale, Ted O’Neill, Gary Morris, John Feenan and Maureen McGonnell.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
The collection for Sick and Retired Priests will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. This collection is required for the ongoing needs in respect of the Sick & Retired Priests of the Diocese. Despite the availability of the funds raised through the recent ‘Planning for the Future’ Campaign, the ‘Priests’ Provident Fund’ continues to require ongoing funding if it is to carry on meeting the needs of Sick & Retired Priests into the future.
You have heard God’s commandments. Keep them and pass them on. Nurturing the faith is part of the Christian vocation. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, please contact Father Murray for more information at 9091 3761 or e-mail: email@example.com
DISCERNING VOCATIONS – a retreat for young women who are considering their vocation in the Church – a look at married life, the single life, lay missionary work, the religious life, consecrated life in the world and the contemplative life. Venue: Drumalis Retreat House, Larne on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March. Cost: a donation is acceptable. If interested contact the Diocesan Vocation Director: Fr. John Murray at 9091 3761 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or also contact Mags Tierney at 075 3741 4387 (text only) or email@example.com.
HALL COMMITTEE– meeting this Monday evening at 7.30pm
SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP – will meet this Tuesday evening in the Committee Room at 8.00pm. We will reflect on the readings for the 7th and 8th Sundays in Cycle A
LAUNCH OF PARISH DRAW – this year’s draw is being launched at all Masses next weekend. Committee members will be at the back of the church on the Saturday night and on Sunday after all the Masses. There will be free tea & coffee available in the Parochial Hall. Please show your support to the Parish by purchasing a ticket or two! Any queries please contact Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019.
ALTAR SERVERS – will meet on a monthly basis on the last Monday of the month in the Colmcille Room from 6.15pm to 7.15pm, starting on Monday 24th February. The meetings are designed to help the Altar Servers to grow in their faith, understand the Mass better and be able to participate more fully in the ritual of service at Mass.
SAFEGUARDING – those who are volunteering with children and young people in the parish and who have not yet attended a Safeguarding Information Session should attend the next one that the Diocese is providing on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm in St Malachy’s Hall, Alfred St. Please register your intention to attend with Karen 077 1110 9268 or Noeleen 078 7949 8131.
UP STANDING – a short DVD presentation of stories of courage from Northern Ireland, featuring diverse accounts from people who stood up to violence, discrimination or prejudice which hopefully will prompt some discussion, on Thursday 27th February in the Iona Room at 10.00am. Refreshments available.
GIFT – Growing In Faith Together is a post Confirmation programme being offered to 1st and 2nd year pupils in our parish. The programme helps young people to continue on their faith journey through remembering their Confirmation, developing their gifts and talents, exploring age-related themes, engaging in fun activities, faith sharing with their peers and praying together. It is facilitated by parish adult volunteers and parents. It will run for five Thursday evenings beginning on Thursday 6th March in the Colmcille Room, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Enquiries to Noeleen : 078 7949 8131.
ST. COLMCILLE’S ART EXHIBITION/ART OF CARING – from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May we will celebrate 20 years of the Art of Caring. The exhibition will have the usual range of artists and activities Please put dates in your diaries. We need sponsors and buyers and lots of help particularly during the days before the opening. Proceeds as usual will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Scouts and Guides and St Joseph’s Primary School. Bring your family and friends To volunteer phone 077 0326 9058.
ST. JOSEPH’S PTA – would like to extend their thanks to everyone who supported their cake sale last Sunday. Thanks to your generosity the event raised £695 which will be given to the school and used to enhance the learning experiences of the children.
CLEANER REQUIRED – for private house in Ballyhackamore. 2to 3 hours per week (flexible). Please contact Siobhan on 079 1813 6037.
ST. BRIGID’S DAY LECTURE – this Thursday at 7.30pm in St Brigid’s Church, Windsor Avenue, Belfast. Speaker: Fr Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Fr Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the Dominican Community, Blackfriars, Oxford and was Master of the Order, 1992 – 2001. He is the author of a number of books and is internationally renowned as a teacher, preacher and speaker. He will, in his lecture, reflect on new paths for the Church’s journey in the light of Pope Francis’ recent document “The Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium). All are welcome.
CURIOUS CHRISTIANS – discussion group continues in the Stye Brae Centre, Gilnahirk on Monday 24th February at 8.00pm. The theme is “How to Read Isaiah” with particular emphasis on Chapter 53. Discussion will be led by Rev. Bill Boyd. All are welcome.”
IN JOYFUL HOPE – A NEW STEP IN EUCHARISTIC COMMUNION – this special event is being held in St. Anne’s Church on Tuesday, 25th February at 8.00 pm. Everybody is Welcome. Spread the word and spread the Welcome!
INTERDENOMINATIONAL DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES – invite you to come to a special healing service to be held in St. Peter’s Cathedral, on Wednesday, 26th February at 7.00pm. The speaker will be Brother David Jardine and he will be speaking on the theme ‘I will not live in fear’. Music will be provided by Deo Soli and prayer for healing and blessing with oil will be available at the end of this service. All will be very welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards’
THE PERFECT TREAT FOR YOUR VALENTINE – based on the play ‘The Matchmaker’, St. Agnes’ Choral Society is delighted to announce that it will be performing the much loved classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in the Grand Opera House, from Wednesday 26th February to Saturday 1st March. Tickets can be booked by phoning 9024 1919 or online at www.goh.co.uk.
GOD’S CREATION IN THE LIFE & MISSION OF CHURCHES TODAY – an Inter-Church event being held in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm. For further details please phone 9023 5075 or see poster in porch.
ARTHRITIS CARE – would you like to learn new skills and ideas to manage your pain more effetively? If so, Arthristis Care is running a Challenging Pain Course in the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, on Monday 3rd and Monday 10th March from 10.00am to 1.00pm. For further details ring their training team on 9078 2940.
BEGINNING EXPERINCE – Are you suffering the pain of loss? Looking for help and understanding? Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) is offering a Residential Weekend from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March at Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne. For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.
ADOPTERS NEEDED NOW – Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking families who would be interested in adopting children aged between 2 and 6 years and who need the love and attention of a caring and understanding family. Could this be you? If you would like to find out more please contact Family Care Adoption Services on 9069 1133 or 7136 8592 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found on their website www.familycaresociety.co.uk.