7th December

VOL. 23 NO. 02  7TH DECEMBER 2014

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.  191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St.  Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724

 

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT – (Page 21, 452 & 490)

2nd Week of Advent

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 2

Entrance

Antiphon

O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the  nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.
1st Reading (Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11)  Prepare a way for the Lord.
Psalm Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.
2nd Reading (2 Peter 3:8-14)  We are waiting for the new heavens and new earth.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight, and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 1:1-8)   Make his paths straight.
Children John appeared in the desert, baptising people and teaching them.  He told them, that if they turned away from their bad ways God would forgive them.  Many heard him, believed what he said and were baptised in the River Jordan.  John wore clothes made from camel hair and ate locusts and wild honey.
Communion

Antiphon

Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to your from God.    

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
6.30pm 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am
Lily Rice & Clare Heverin   Father Brendan Fleming Anointing of the sick
Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Alex McKillop & Claire Regan

7.00pm

 

 

 

MONDAY IS THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION  – and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses in the Parish are on Monday morning at 9.30am and Monday evening at 7.00pm.

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH WEBCAM

Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.

PARISH FAMILY

SUNDAY MISSALS – our stock of missals has decreased by 70+ over the past months.  Perhaps you have borrowed one to reflect more on a Sunday’s readings, or in the hustle and bustle of meeting friends on the way out of Church have forgotten to leave the missal behind. At this time of the year with more visitors coming to our Church we need to have sufficient missals available.  Please, can you look around your home and car to see if you find one of our missing missals and return it to the Church next Sunday. Thank you for your cooperation!

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.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Scarlett Rose Alice Nicholls who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Geraldine Woollams, a parishioner who died on Wednesday; for Father Brendan Fleming, the brother of a parishioner, who died last weekend and for Stephen McNeill, who died recentley.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Lily Rice, Clare Heverin, Alex McKlllop, Claire Regan, Michael Fleming,  Helena Fleming,   Arthur McBrinn, Mary McBrinn,  Mary Tully,  Bernadette Kane,  Thomas Tully.

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.

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

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

 

ADVENT

ADVENT PRAYER SPACE –  Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares for Christmas. It is a season of hope and longing, of joyful expectation, of prayerful and peaceful preparation. Advent refers to the “Coming of the Christ-child into the world” but also the “Second Coming of Christ” – the Advent of Our Lord. The traditional colour of Advent is VIOLET. The Advent wreath with it evergreen leaves and candles symbolises the approach of Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS  –  our Advent reflections have begun well. This Thursday, we will view and reflect on the DVD titled “Jesus Christ Today” an excellent topic for our Christmas preparation. Join us in the Iona room for coffee and scones, immediately after the 9.30am Mass.

O COME, O COME TO OUR ADVENT SERVICE  – on Sunday 21st December at 6.00pm in the Church.  A musical celebration of the Christmas journey.  Take time out from the hustle and bustle to listen to Advent music, hymns and carols performed by our Choir and by an 80 strong cast of children from our Primary School.  Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken up with the proceeds going towards Cancer Focus.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS –  are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS  –  give a really worthwhile Christmas present this year –  a Christmas Gift Card to support our Tanzanian Africa Project and our twinned parish of Moita Bwawani.. Choose from 3 life-changing themes. Buy a year’s School Uniform for a Masaai Child for £10. Sponsor a Catechist to spread the Word of God, also for £10. Give pre-natal medical care to Masaai mothers-to-be with our Mother and Baby Care for £20.  Cards on sale in the Church porch this weekend and each weekend up to Christmas.

TROCAIRE’S GIFTS –  buy a Trocaire gift and make a lot more people happy. Booklets regarding this year’s Trocaire gifts are available at the back of the Church.  For more information log on to www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 080 0912 1200.

PENITENTIAL SERVICES

“The Lord your God is in your midst,… He will renew you by his love.”  (Zephaniah 3)

Saturday 20th December                  St. Colmcille’s                       7.30pm

Sunday 21st December                      St. Brigid’s                               4.00pm

Monday 22nd December                    Holy Rosary                           7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd December                    Drumbo                                   7.30pm

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN  –  in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015.  For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.

THIS WEEK

60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held this Sunday in the Parochial Hall commencing at 4.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.00pm.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS  –  continues this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

ARE YOU AWARE  – that the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am?  All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers.  Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.  We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  Christmas Lunch at La Mon this Wednesday.  Bus leaving car park at 12.30pm, returning at 4.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FUN DAY –  being organised by St. Colmcille’s Guide Unit next Saturday from 11.00am to 2.00pm between the Parochial Hall and Guide and Scout Den.  Stalls include: bun decorating, hair braiding, nail painting, Christmas decorations for sale, take and make stalls, tomobola, bouncy castle, tea/coffee and tray bakes, non alocholic mulled wine and of course Santa will be present from 11.15am.  Come along and help soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP  –  will your child be in their pre-school year in September 2015?  The pre-school invites you to an open day this Tuesday and this Wednesday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and on Wednesday 7th January 2015 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to view the premises, meet the staff and collect an application form for enrolment in September 2015.  Please telephone Kathy on 9047 2724 if this date doesn’t suit and arrange an alternative time to visit the group.

COMING EVENTS

Scripture and Prayer Group  – our last meeting for the year will be on Tuesday 16th December in the Committee Room at 8.00pm.  We have just begun Cycle B so we will focus on writings from St Mark’s Gospel. All are welcome.

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Project  –  a Team from St Colmcille’s and Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church is participating in a Building Project in India during the last week of July and the first week of August 2015  in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Habitat for Humanity India. The Project is centred in Savda Ghevra which is located on the western outskirts of Delhi.   If you are interested in participating in this project please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 or jb654395@yahoo.co.uk  or Patricia Corbett on 078 0131 5158 (evenings).  Alternatively you can leave your details on a Habitat form which can be found at the back of the Church or in the porch.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The St Vincent de Paul annual appeal was launched on 18th November and we at St Colmcille’s will be collecting donations up to Sunday 21st December. As with last year, we would like to request only cash and vouchers so that our families can buy exactly what they need. Cash is required to buy the essentials such as vegetables, meat and other fresh food. Money is also more practical as it may be used towards a top up card for the electric or gas meters or to buy heating oil stamps.

Your donations can be popped into our normal collection boxes with our members at the Church exits any time up to Sunday 21st December.

SVP Envelopes marked as Gift Aid can be found at the Chapel porch. If you are a UK tax payer then using the Gift Aid envelope will enable us to claim the money back from government increasing you donation.

As most of our families live near a Tesco store this will be the best supermarket voucher to donate. Heating oil stamps can be purchased from many oil suppliers or you can specify on the envelope if you wish us to spend your donation on fuel.

The change from food hampers to money and vouchers ensures more controlled and healthier diets for our families; those who suffer from allergies, diabetes or other conditions or those we help from different cultures will be able to purchase food suitable to their own special dietary needs.

In these difficult times for everyone this is another “ask” from you, the parishioners, but every year we get such tremendous support for this appeal and we thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. No matter how small (every £1 counts) all donations help to relieve the dreadful pressure our families suffer.

Many volunteers from the Parish have already got involved by standing at our local   Spar store in Ballyhackamore and Supervalu at King’s Square on Saturday 29th November and will be collecting again this Saturday the 6th December at Tesco Express at Ballyhackamore.

We would like to thank those volunteers for donating their time at this very busy time of the year.

We will let you know after Christmas, how your donations have been used but for now thank you so much for your invaluable kindness and support.

For further information on what SVP contributes to our society, check the web site at SVP.IE

REPORTS

APOSTOLIC WORK CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING  –  thank you to all who, in any way, supported our fund-raising event last weekend by donating or buying, by setting out the furniture, by putting it away afterwards or by helping on stalls and in the kitchen!.  Thanks to your generosity we raised more than £3,500 for use on the Missions.  The winner of the ballot for the Christmas hamper was Eilish Kelly.

OTHER NOTICES

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE  –  concludes in Knock Presbyterian Church this Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

LIVING YOUTH – the youth ministry groups within our Diocese are coming together to stage a series of events for our young adults 18-25 years.  Our Christmas special is this Friday from 7.30pm to late.  Music, entertainment, coffee, buns and faith.  Go on-line to find out more and book your ticket – www.essenceevents.org

Christmas Youth Retreat  –  Youth 2000 Ireland will be holding their annual Christmas youth retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from this Friday 12th to next Sunday. Over 500 young people aged 16-35 are expected to attend this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome.  The weekend consists of an action packed programme including prayer, workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, music, games and chill out time.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and to meet other young people.  Please book online if you are interested & bring a sleeping bag if you wish to avail of on-site accommodation. Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. Free buses also available.   For more info check out www.youth2000.ie & see us on facebook.

AL-ANON GROUP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF ALCOHOLICS – runs every  Saturday at 12.00 noon in the Belvoir Room of the Skanios Centre.

St Peter’s Cathedral  –  the Cathedral Clergy, Director of Music and Schola Cantorum invite you to a service of Advent Readings and Carols by Candlelight next Sunday at 4.30pm

St Malachy’s College Christmas Carol Concert  –  takes place in Sacred Heart Church, Oldpark Road Belfast next Sunday at 7.00pm.  Admission is free and we can promise you an evening of varied and uplifting music.

SOS NI –  would like to invite you to a festive evening with the Concentio Chamber Choir, Monday 15th December, at 8pm in Stormont Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is free but there will be a  collection on the night, all proceeds will go towards SOS NI.

NI Hospice – Lights to Remember  –  Christmas is a time filled with joy and celebration; but for many people, it is also an extremely difficult time. At Christmas our thoughts often turn to those who are sadly no longer with us.  This is why we have our Lights to Remember appeal each year. Our appeal focuses on a very special Christmas tree at Hospice, lit by thousands of lights, all individually sponsored.  Our appeal this year is extra special as we hope to raise additional funds that will help complete the rebuild of our Hospice at Somerton House.  Our annual Lights ceremony will take place on Thursday 18th December. The evening starts with refreshments at 6.30pm followed by our Lights ceremony at 7.30pm at Dominican College, Fortwilliam, Belfast. This will be followed by a torchlight procession to Hospice on Somerton Road where the tree lights will be switched on at 8.15pm.  By sponsoring a light on the Hospice tree in memory of your loved one, or by making a donation, you can help us continue caring for local people facing terminal illness this Christmas and beyond. To sponsor a light or find out more call 9077 7123 or visit nihospice.org.

IHCPT  –  want to bring a smile to the face of a young person with a disability and make their year? Then join us (IHCPT) in Lourdes this Easter (5th to 11th April). IHCPT bring young people aged 11-30 with varied abilities to Lourdes each year from Easter Sunday until the following Saturday. We are looking for carers (aged 18 or over) to make 2015 for these young people. You can get more information on this experience by visiting http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com. If you are interested please contact Kate Acton on 079 6653 6515.

THE WAY OF ST JAMES  –  Camino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015.  6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included.  Flying from Dublin Airport.  Cost – £715.00.  Seats are limited.  Single room supplement is extra.  £50.00 deposit secures a seat.  For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA –  from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015.  7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill  on 075 5435 4157.

 

30th November

VOL. 23 NO. 01 30TH NOVEMBER 2014

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St. Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk  Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk. Phone – 9047 2724

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – (Page 17, 452 & 490)

1st Week of Advent

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 1

Entrance

Antiphon

To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you   be put to shame.
1st Reading (Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:1, 3-8) Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down.
Psalm God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) We are waiting for our Lord Jesus to be revealed.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 13:33-37) Stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming.
Children As we start Advent our Gospel tells us to be ready for Jesus’ coming. We are to keep awake and stay alert. Jesus says it is like when a man has gone away leaving his servants in charge.   The doorkeeper needs to stay awake so that he can let the master in whenever he comes back. The servants don’t know when the master will return, but must be ready to welcome him.
Communion

Antiphon

The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase.

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

John & Mary Bradley, Maeve McMurray

9.30am

Hugh Close

9.30am

Dan O’Kane & Patricia O’Neill

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Prayer Service

 

 

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Sarah Armstrong

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH WEBCAM

Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.

 

PARISH FAMILY

FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish this Tuesday.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat 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.

DECEASED –   We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

John Bradley, Mary Bradley, Maeve McMurray,   Dan O’Kane, Elizabeth Ferrie,

Hugh Close, Peter Ferrie, Sarah Armstrong, Colm Kerr and Michael Rooney.

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.

MONEY MATTERS                 

Weekly Offering Cash Collection – £1,381.48

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

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

 

AWAKENING FAITH

AWAKENING FAITH  – concludes this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall.

SESSION 4: Can I Accept God’s Mercy?

  • ‘Why do I have a hard time admitting my own sin but readily see the faults of others?’
  • ‘At times I struggle to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness for me’

Does this sound familiar? Then come along to this last session in this series to reflect and share openly with others your thoughts and feelings about God’s mercy in an atmosphere of trust, friendship and confidentiality. Everyone most welcome.

 

ADVENT

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – has begun well with a good group attending last Thursday.

The second of our four morning reflections will take place this Thursday after the 9.30am Mass. Join us for coffee and scones in the Iona room and view another DVD from the Emmaus Series. “Good news for Our World” is a brilliant presentation, answering the question,what is at the heart of the Good News, Jesus came to give us. You would be most welcome to join us.

O COME, O COME TO OUR ADVENT SERVICE – on Sunday 21st December at 6.00pm in the Church. A musical celebration of the Christmas journey. Take time out from the hustle and bustle to listen to Advent music, hymns and carols performed by our Choir and by an 80 strong cast of children from our Primary School. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken up with the proceeds going towards Cancer Focus.

WALK WITH ME – A journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmas. Copies are available at the back of the church. Price £1. Please put money in any of the Candelabra boxes.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS – are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS – give a really worthwhile Christmas present this year – a Christmas Gift Card to support our Tanzanian Africa Project and our twinned parish of Moita Bwawani.. Choose from 3 life-changing themes. Buy a year’s School Uniform for a Masaai Child for £10. Sponsor a Catechist to spread the Word of God, also for £10. Give pre-natal medical care to Masaai mothers-to-be with our Mother and Baby Care for £20. Cards on sale in the Church porch this weekend and each weekend up to Christmas.

TROCAIRE’S GIFTS – buy a Trocaire gift and make a lot more people happy. Booklets regarding this year’s Trocaire gifts are available at the back of the Church. For more information log on to www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 080 0912 1200.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN – in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.

 

THIS WEEK

APOSTOLIC WORK CHRISTMAS SALE – the annual sale in aid of the Missions through Apostolic Work will take place after all the Masses this weekend.  As usual there will be tea/coffee and scones and usual stalls plus one with a specific Christmas interest and a special Christmas raffle.  Donations of cakes, books in good condition, items for the Christmas stall will be most welcome. Most importantly we need your presence to make this event a successful fundraiser for this most worthy of causes.  Apostolic Work gives directly in a most responsible way to support missionaries in numerous countries throughout the world.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – will hold their Advent Service this Sunday, in St Columba’s Church at 7.00pm.

AWAKENING FAITH – concludes this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – continues this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

Colmcille’s Parish Church Carpark family fun from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – Facepainting, Mobile Go-Karts (weather permitting & small charge applies), PSNI & Fire Service Vehicle Displays and visits from some very special friend.

WEDNESDAY CLUB – Christmas Lunch at La Mon on Wednesday 10th December. Price £20. If you would like to attend place ring Anna on 9065 1351 to book. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FUN DAY – being organised by St. Colmcille’s Guide Unit on Saturday 13th December from 11.00am to 2.00pm between the Parochial Hall and Guide and Scout Den. Stalls include: bun decorating, hair braiding, nail painting, Christmas decorations for sale, take and make stalls, tomobola, bouncy castle, tea/coffee and tray bakes, non alocholic mulled wine and of course Santa will be present from 11.15am. Come along and help soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Project – a Team from St Colmcille’s and Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church is participating in a Building Project in India during the last week of July and the first week of August 2015 in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Habitat for Humanity India. The Project is centred in Savda Ghevra which is located on the western outskirts of Delhi.   If you are interested in participating in this project please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 or jb654395@yahoo.co.uk or Patricia Corbett on 078 0131 5158 (evenings). Alternatively you can leave your details on a Habitat form which can be found at the back of the Church or in the porch.

 

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

CHRISTMAS CARDS – once again the Christmas season looms closer and our traditional practice of sending Christmas cards to loved ones and friends is nearly upon us. SVP Christmas cards will be available to purchase in the porch of the Church after each weekend Mass or by contacting one of the members. The price is £3.50 per pack and we thank you for your support once again in raising funds for needy families in our community at this time of year.

ANNUAL LOCAL COLLECTIONS – will take place in Tesco Express next Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Collectors are required and there is a list at the back of the Church.   Please put your name and telephone number, and time suitable for doing a collection.

 

OTHER NOTICES

Keep Calm-Slow Down for ChristmasCome and enjoy calm for a few hours in the middle of the Christmas frenzy. Slow down. Rest. Rediscover Christmas for yourself. Time for you-time for God. Space for yourself to pray and think, gently guided by Breige O’Hare. Next Saturday from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Donation £5. Booking is essential. Ring Clonard 9044 5950 or contact Breige through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk

LIVING YOUTH – the youth ministry groups within our Diocese are coming together to stage a series of events for our young adults 18-25 years.  Our Christmas special is on Friday 12th December from 7.30pm to late.  Music, entertainment, coffee, buns and faith.  Go on-line to find out more and book your ticket – www.essenceevents.org

Christmas Youth RetreatYouth 2000 Ireland will be holding their annual Christmas youth retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th December. Over 500 young people aged 16-35 are expected to attend this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome.  The weekend consists of an action packed programme including prayer, workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, music, games and chill out time.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and to meet other young people.  Please book online if you are interested & bring a sleeping bag if you wish to avail of on-site accommodation. Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. Free buses also available.   For more info check out www.youth2000.ie & see us on facebook.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – in St. Joseph’s College, Ravenhill Road this Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Christmas gifts, crafts, tea/coffee, carols by Cantiunculae. Tables still available – £10.

Mike Nesbitt in Clonard   – Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, will come to Clonard Monastery this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for a conversation entitled ‘Belfast at Peace with Itself – What is your party’s contribution? Organised by the Clonard/Fitzroy Fellowship. Everyone welcome!

AL-ANON GROUP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF ALCOHOLICS – runs every Saturday at 12.00 noon in the Beaver Room of the Skanios Centre.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – concludes in Knock Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

SOS NI – would like to invite you to a festive evening with the Concentio Chamber Choir, Monday 15th December, at 8pm in Stormont Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is free but there will be a  collection on the night, all proceeds will go towards SOS NI.

IHCPT – want to bring a smile to the face of a young person with a disability and make their year? Then join us (IHCPT) in Lourdes this Easter (5th to 11th April). IHCPT bring young people aged 11-30 with varied abilities to Lourdes each year from Easter Sunday until the following Saturday. We are looking for carers (aged 18 or over) to make 2015 for these young people. You can get more information on this experience by visiting http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com. If you are interested please contact Kate Acton on 079 6653 6515.

THE WAY OF ST JAMESCamino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015. 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included. Flying from Dublin Airport. Cost – £715.00. Seats are limited. Single room supplement is extra. £50.00 deposit secures a seat. For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA – from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015. 7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. Paid in full by 1st Dec 2014 £100.00 off price. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.

ARE YOU AWAREthat the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am? All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers. Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.  We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP – will your child be in their pre-school year in September 2015? The pre-school invites you to an open day on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and on Wednesday 7th January 2015 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to view the premises, meet the staff and collect an application form for enrolment in September 2015. Please telephone Kathy on 9047 2724 if this date doesn’t suit and arrange an alternative time to visit the group.

  1. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN MORNINGthis Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 11.45am. All welcome. Is your child due to start primary school in September 2015? If so, you have a very important decision to make in January – which school you think is most appropriate for your child. Have you considered St. Joseph’s, your local primary school? Enrolment forms have to be completed in January 2015 listing your preferred schools. To help you in this process why not come along to the school during the Open Morning where there will be an opportunity for you to speak to the principal, ask questions, collect an Application Form/BELB Booklet and see around the school.

 

COMING EVENTS

60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held next Sunday in the Parochial Hall commencing at 4.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.00pm. The night will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa.  This Sunday is the last opportunity to put your name down on the list.  Tickets are available from Roisin McMullan 07854 140019, Mary Walsh 07815 493463 or Lucy Traynor 07900 807589 and members of the Social & Fundraising Committee will be at the back of the church this weekend to take your name.  If you require transport please let us know when your book your place.  We look forward to seeing you there.

LAST CHANCE – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from this Friday to next Sunday.  All families welcome!  If interested, please contact Mary Walsh 9029 5795 or Paula Sheils 9065 4395 urgently

FREE CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN DAY IN BALLYHACKAMOREnext Saturday. Ballyhackamore Main Square – 2.00pm to 4.15pm Children’s Christmas Party, Kirkpatrick Church (registration required for party – contact Kirkpatrick Church or phone 9047 3891); 2.30pm to 4.00pm Visit Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves in their Grotto at Oxfam for sweet treats; 2.30pm Winner of Ireland’s Best Young Band “The Left Backs” will be rocking around the Christmas tree. 3.45pm to 4.30pm Local School Choirs carol singing around the Christmas Tree. 4.30pm Christmas tree lights switch on with Elsa, Anna and Olaf; 4.45pm – Wandsworth Community Group Lantern Parade Passing through the Village; 6.00pm – Wandsworth Community Group Fireworks at Strandtown PS. St

23rd November

VOL. 22 NO. 51 23RD NOVEMBER 2014

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St. Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk  Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk. Phone – 9047 2724

 

CHRIST THE KING – (Page 693 & 452)

34th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 2

Entrance

Antiphon

How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever.
1st Reading (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17) As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.
Psalm The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28) He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46) He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.
Children Jesus said that when he comes, the king will separate the good people from the bad, like a shepherd separates sheep and goats. He said that those who have helped other people have helped God. They are good and will be rewarded: but those who have refused to help others are bad and will be punished..
Communion

Antiphon

The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

John & Peggy Matchett & Maura McLarnon

9.30am

 

9.30am

Peter Kelly

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anoiniting 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 WEBCAM

Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.

 

PARISH FAMILY

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend to enroll their children: for Confirmation students begin this Thursday evening at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm.  Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat 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.

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family Eabha Mary Kerrin who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Lily McCappin, Mary McIlroy and Thomas Reynolds, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

John Matchett, Peggy Matchett, Maura McLarnon, Peter Kelly, John Logue,

Jim McCrarren, Elizabeth Logue, Brendan Simpson and Colm Kerr.

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.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

 

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.

AWAKENING FAITH

AWAKENING FAITH  – continues this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall.

SESSION 3: Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

  • Who exactly is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does he do?
  • Can I live without him?

Confused about the Holy Spirit? Come along to unravel the mystery of the Holy Spirit over conversation and discussion to make sense of who he is for you today. Everyone most welcome!

 

ADVENT

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – the first of four morning reflections will be held in the Iona room this Thursday morning at 10.00am. Join us for coffee and scones, and view the DVD  “The Community of the Lord’s Disciples” selected from the Emmaus Series. The DVD gives a vivid account of what it was like to be among the first group of disciples, called by Jesus.

O COME, O COME TO OUR ADVENT SERVICE – on Sunday 21st December at 6.00pm in the Church. A musical celebration of the Christmas journey. Take time out from the hustle and bustle to listen to Advent music, hymns and carols performed by our Choir and by an 80 strong cast of children from our Primary School. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken up with the proceeds going towards Cancer Focus.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR ADVENT – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the church. Please put money in any of the candelabra boxes.

WALK WITH ME – A journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmas. Copies are available at the back of the church. Price £1. Please put money in any of the Candelabra boxes.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS – are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TROCAIRE’S GIFTS – buy a Trocaire gift and make a lot more people happy. Booklets regarding this year’s Trocaire gifts are available at the back of the Church. For more information log on to www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 080 0912 1200.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN – in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.

 

THIS WEEK

AWAKENING FAITH – continues this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – starting this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

APOSTOLIC WORK CHRISTMAS SALE – the annual sale in aid of the Missions through Apostolic Work will take place after all the Masses next weekend.  As usual there will be tea/coffee and scones and usual stalls plus one with a specific Christmas interest and a special Christmas raffle.  Donations of cakes, books in good condition, items for the Christmas stall will be most welcome. Most importantly we need your presence to make this event a successful fundraiser for this most worthy of causes.  Apostolic Work gives directly in a most responsible way to support missionaries in numerous countries throughout the world.

ARE YOU AWAREthat the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am? All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers. Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.  We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – will hold their Advent Service next Sunday, in St Columba’s Church at 7.00pm.

 

COMING EVENTS

60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held on Sunday 7th December in the Parochial Hall commencing at 4.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.00pm. The night will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa.  Tickets are available from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019, Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463 or Lucy Traynor 079 0080 7589.  If you require transport please let us know when your book your place.  We look forward to seeing you there.

LAST CHANCE – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December.  All families welcome!  If interested, please contact Mary Walsh 9029 5795 or Paula Sheils 9065 4395 urgently

WEDNESDAY CLUB – Christmas Lunch at La Mon on Wednesday 10th December. Price £20. If you would like to attend place ring Anna on 9065 1351 to book. Everyone welcome.

FREE CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN DAY IN BALLYHACKAMORE – on Saturday 6th December. Ballyhackamore Main Square – 2.00pm to 4.15pm Children’s Christmas Party, Kirkpatrick Church (registration required for party – contact Kirkpatrick Church or phone 9047 3891); 2.30pm to 4.00pm Visit Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves in their Grotto at Oxfam for sweet treats; 2.30pm Winner of Ireland’s Best Young Band “The Left Backs” will be rocking around the Christmas tree. 3.45pm to 4.30pm Local School Choirs carol singing around the Christmas Tree. 4.30pm Christmas tree lights switch on with Elsa, Anna and Olaf; 4.45pm – Wandsworth Community Group Lantern Parade Passing through the Village; 6.00pm – Wandsworth Community Group Fireworks at Strandtown PS. St Colmcille’s Parish Church Carpark family fun from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – Facepainting, Mobile Go-Karts (weather permitting & small charge applies), PSNI & Fire Service Vehicle Displays and visits from some very special friend.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FUN DAY – being organised by St. Colmcille’s Guide Unit on Saturday 13th December from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Stalls include: bun decorating, hair braiding, nail painting, Christmas decorations for sale, take and make stalls, tomobola,bouncy castle, tea/coffee and tray bakes, non alocholic mulled wine and of course Santa will be present from 11.15am. Come along and help soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Project – a Team from St Colmcille’s and Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church have been invited to participate in a Building Project in India during the last week of July and the first week of August 2015 as part of a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Habitat for Humanity India. The Project is centred in a Resettlement Community, Savda Ghevra located on the western outskirts of Delhi and we plan to send a team of twenty people. Our two communities have a proud tradition in building hope, in Botswana, Tanzania, El Salvador and most recently in Cambodia (2011) but also in building hope and trust here in East Belfast.  If you are interested in participating in this worthy project please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 or   jb654395@yahoo.co.uk before Sunday 7th December. Please note that applications are invited from male and female adults of all ages and that building skills are not required.

 

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

CHRISTMAS CARDS – once again the Christmas season looms closer and our traditional practice of sending Christmas cards to loved ones and friends is nearly upon us. SVP Christmas cards will be available to purchase in the porch of the Church after each weekend Mass for the next 3 to 4 weeks or by contacting one of the members. The price is £3.50 per pack and we thank you for your support once again in raising funds for needy families in our community at this time of year.

ANNUAL LOCAL COLLECTIONS – will take place in Spar next Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Tesco Express on Saturday 6th December from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Collectors are required and there is a list at the back of the Church.   Please put your name and telephone number, name of store and time suitable for doing a collection.

 

OTHER NOTICES

Keep Calm-Slow Down for ChristmasCome and enjoy calm for a few hours in the middle of the Christmas frenzy. Slow down. Rest. Rediscover Christmas for yourself. Time for you-time for God. Space for yourself to pray and think, gently guided by Breige O’Hare. On Saturday 6th December from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Donation £5. Booking is essential. Ring Clonard 9044 5950 or contact Breige through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk

CAPPELLA CAECILIANA – will launch their new CD at a concert this Sunday evening at 7.30pm in the Good Shepherd Church. The concert will also feature The Priests. Tickets (£10) are available from Matchetts Music in Wellington Place, Nazareth Care Village and online at www.ceeciliana.org.

LIVING YOUTH – Your prayers are asked this week for the 800 young people currently doing the Pope John Paul II Award – (those who have just signed up and those who are nearing completion) as they volunteer in our parishes, schools and communities developing and celebrating their faith

Christmas Pioneer Gifts – Sacred Heart Calendars and Diaries for 2015 as well as Christmas cards are available from the Diocesan Pioneer Office, 68 Berry Street, Belfast.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATIONby Hilda McClements (Chelsea Medal Winner) in St. Columba’s Parish Church, Kings Road, this Wednesday at 7.30pm Tickets £10 (includes light refreshments) available from Elizabeth Leonard (9065 3162) or Clodagh Reid (9187 2611)

Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church – are holding a special Praise Service led by Templemore Band and the Church Choirs at 7pm this Sunday evening.  Everyone welcome.  

AL-ANON GROUP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF ALCOHOLICS – runs every Saturday at 12.00 noon in the Beaver Room of the Skanios Centre.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – concludes in Knock Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – in St. Joseph’s College, Ravenhill Road on Tuesday 2nd December from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Christmas gifts, crafts, tea/coffee, carols by Cantiunculae. Tables still available – £10.

THE WAY OF ST JAMESCamino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015. 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included. Flying from Dublin Airport. Cost – £715.00. Seats are limited. Single room supplement is extra. £50.00 deposit secures a seat. For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA – from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015. 7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. Paid in full by 1st Dec 2014 £100.00 off price. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.