January 18th

VOL. 23 NO. 08 18TH JANUARY 2015

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 IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 698, 452 & 499)

2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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

Entrance

Antiphon

All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!
1st Reading (1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19) Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.
Psalm Here I am Lord! I come to do your will.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20) Your bodies are members making up the body of Christ.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have the message of eternla life.   Alleluia!
Gospel (John 1:35-42) They saw where he lived, and stayed with him.
Children Jesus begins to make friends with people who will help him spread the Good News of God’s love.
Communion

Antiphon

You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Nicholas McKenna

9.30am

 

9.30am

Prayer Service

9.30am

Prayer Service

9.30am

Prayer Service

9.30am

Prayer Service

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Adelina Limisip

       

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

CREATING PASTORAL COMMUNITIES

As we look towards the future in our diocese we have learned quite a bit from the experience of other dioceses in Ireland and around the world. They have learned that successful communities are focussed on mission, have good working relationships between clergy and laity and a substantial population. They should reflect existing community networks and, in rural areas, they should be gathered around a central hub. You are invited to read the Consultation Document available on the Diocesan Website perhaps paying particular attention to our local proposed Pastoral Community. www.downandconnor.org

FUNDRAISING WITHIN THE PARISH

Due to the many financial appeals to parishioners, it has become necessary to regularise special collections and fundraising events, so that parishioners don’t feel overburdened.

Therefore, permission to collect money within the Parish will be required. If the fundraising event is being hosted outside the Parish, organisers will be able to advertise in the bulletin, but will not be able to market the event in the Parish grounds. In order for collections to be evenly spread out and for parishioners not to feel overburdened, an application form needs to be completed at least 3 months before the event. Application forms are available to download from the parish website or from Philomena in the Parish Office.

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 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 FAMILY

PASTORAL LETTER – following the publication of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message 2015 Bishop Treanor has published a Pastoral Letter on the topic of Slavery & Human Exploitation.  The Pastoral Letter explores themes such as human dignity, Catholic social teaching, our attitude towards the marginalised and our baptismal and corporate responsibility to do what we can to address these issues in our parish community and in our society.

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family Daniel Thomas Harkin who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN – if your child was baptised last year in the parish and you wish to keep your child’s card from the Baptism Tree it will be available in the Sacristy after all Masses this weekend.

MONEY MATTERS     

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

DIOCESAN YOUTH COMMISSION COLLECTIONwill be taken up at all Masses this weekend. There is a flyer called “Supporting our Young People and Young Adults on their Faith Journey” available at the back of the Church, giving details of the work being carried out by the Youth Commmisson in the Diocese.

DECEASED

We pray for the repose of the souls of Thomas Varkey, Thomas Fusco and Moya Hinds, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Nicholas Nelson, Margaret Boylan, Kathleen McKenna, Nicholas McKenna,

Raymond O’Neill, Daniel McNaughton, Nuala McKinley,

Adelina Limisip, Paddy O’Callaghan and Patricia O’Callaghan

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.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Begins next Sunday and ends on Sunday 1st February. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2015 is: ‘Catholic Schools – Called to Serve’.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to the mission of the Church in our local faith communities and throughout the wider church.

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY – in conjunction with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, St. Joseph’s Primary School are inviting all Grandparents to visit the school and see your grandchild hard at work, on Tuesday 27th January. Tea and tray bakes wil be provided for our special grandparents at 11.00am in the School Hall. Following this Grandparents are welcome to walk around the school, visit the classes and help your grandchild with their work

SCHOOL MASS – the parish will join in the celebrations by having a special Mass at 9.30am on Wednesday 28th January with the children from St Joseph’s school.

PARISH DRAW

This year’s Parish Draw is being launched on Saturday 7th February & Sunday 8th February.  Committee members will be available at all the Masses for you to purchase a ticket.  Tea & Coffee will be available after both Masses on Sunday 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 or Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463.

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Have you felt called to serve Christ in the Church as a priest? If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s calling in your life.

The retreat will take place in Drumalis Retreat Centre, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February. If you wish to attend this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien, on 9061 4567 or email:kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com.

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

SERVICE OF LIGHT – a service of commitment for the young people who are preparing for Confirmation, will be held  this Saturday at the 6.30pm Mass.  Confirmation will take place on Sunday 1st February at 11.30am Mass.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – will hold its Church Unity Week Service this Sunday at 6.30pm in Knocknagoney Parish Church. Please come along and join the members of the other Churches in prayer.

Scripture and Prayer Group – Our next meeting is this Tuesday at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. We will continue with our reflections on the Gospel of St Mark.

PTA – cake sale on next Sunday in the Parochial Hall after each Mass. Proceeds are in aid of St. Joseph’s School.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal 2014

St. Colmcille’s Conference of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Christmas Appeal. Thanks to your extraordinary generosity the Appeal in the Parish raised £12,000, of which more than £6,000 was gift aided, an astonishing sum in one parish. This enabled us to help more than 40 families in the weeks before Christmas, and will enable us to help those who seek assistance from us throughout this winter with fuel, food, clothes and other necessities. Thank you for your tremendous support.

 

OTHER NOTICES

HELP WANTED  – parishioner seeks help 2 to 3 hours a week for light domestic work, no heavy lifting expected. Remuneration negotiable and time flexible. Please contact Peter Stobart on 9045 9491 for further details.

Belfast Beginning Experience – 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,.  For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

Special Pioneer Meeting – of the Down and Connor Diocesan Pioneer Council will take place on Sunday 1st February at 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery, Falls Road, Belfast.  Special Guest speakers will be Mr Robert Shannon (National President of the Pioneer Association) and Mrs Mary Brady (Development Officer for the Pioneer Association).  All Pioneer Council representatives within the Diocese are warmly invited to attend this important meeting.

PRAYING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSSwith Padraig O’Tuama at Drumalis, Larne on Thursday 5th and Thursday 12th February. An opportunity over two evenings to deepen your prayer in preparation for Lent and Easter. Each session takes place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, including tea/coffee. The suggested contribution is £5 per evening. If you would like to attend, please contact Drumalis to book a place on 2827 2196/2827 6455.

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.

LIVING YOUTH  – Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website www.livingyouthni.org.  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.

 

11th January 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 07  11TH JANUARY 2015

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

 

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD – (Page 97, 452 & 95)

1st Week in Ordinary Time

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

Entrance

Antiphon

After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
1st Reading (Isaiah 55:1-11)  Come to the water.  Listen and your soul will live.
Psalm With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
2nd Reading (1 John 5:1-9)  The Spirit and water and blood.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said:  This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 1:7-11)   You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.
Children Jesus goes to the River Jordan where he is baptised by John the Bpatist.  The Holy Spirit comes down from heaven.  God the Father tells everyone how much he loves his Son, Jesus.  Welcome to God’s family!
Communion

Antiphon

Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.    

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am 9.30am 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.

 

CREATING PASTORAL COMMUNITIES

Looking to the future Bishop Treanor is calling the Diocese to create new Pastoral Communities. This is part of a dynamic which began with the Listening Process of 2011. This new proposal is guided both  by the vision of a co-responsible Church focused on mission and the realities which are manifested by the findings of the Diocesan Review which took place last Spring. The Diocese is currently engaged in a process to determine the boundaries of our new Pastoral Communities. You are invited to read the Consultation Document available on the Diocesan Website www.downandconnor.org

 

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.

 

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 January 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 FAMILY

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Sebastian Gareth Kyle who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN DIRECTORY  –  copies of the Down & Connor Diocesan Directory, price £3.00, are on sale at the back of the Church. Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

DIOCESAN YOUTH COMMISSION COLLECTION  – will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.  There is a flyer called “Supporting our Young People and Young Adults on their Faith Journey” available at the back of the Church, giving details of the work being carried out by the Youth Commmisson in the Diocese.

 

DECEASED

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

Brian Nugent,  Fred Loder,  Bridie Loder  and  Monica Spence.

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.

PARISH DRAW

The November winners for the Parish Draw are as follows: £100 – Maura McGuiness, £75 – Damien & Geraldine McCorry & £25 – Richard Duffin.

The December winners for the Parish Draw are as follows: £100 – Collette Carson , £75 – Marina McConville, £25 – Martine McCaugley

Thank you for all your support over the last year and we look forward to your continuing support in 2015.

This year’s Parish Draw is being launched on Saturday 7th February & Sunday 8th  February.  Committee members will be available at all the Masses for you to purchase a ticket.  Tea & Coffee will be available after both Masses on Sunday 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 or Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463.

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

SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  – reopens for all sections this week.  Brigin Section – Monday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.  Ranger Section – Monday evening from 8.15pm to 9.30pm.  Cygnet Section – Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.  Guide Section – Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  For further information please contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.

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

CONFIRMATION  MEETING  – parents / guardians of young people who are currently preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to a meeting this Wednesday at 7.00pm in the Parochial Hall.

SERVICE OF LIGHT  –  a service of commitment for the young people who are preparing for Confirmation, will be held  next Saturday at the 6.30pm Mass.  Confirmation will take place on Sunday 1st February at 11.30am Mass.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold its Church Unity Week Service next Sunday at 6.30pm in Knocknagoney Parish Church.   Please come along and join the members of the other Churches in prayer.

COMING EVENTS

Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our first meeting for 2015 will be on Tuesday 20th January at 8.00pm. in the committee room. We meet monthly in  the third Tuesday of each month. All are welcome.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Open Nights will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January, commencing with the Principal’s Address at 7.00pm.

AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL  – open morning will be held next Saturday from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  The Principal, Mr Barry Kelly will deliver his speech to prospective parents and children at 9.30am and 11.30am.  Everyone welcome.

REPORTS

TAP Christmas Cards. A Happy New Year from Our Twinned Parish of Moita Bwawani in Tanzania!! Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners of St. Colmcille’s, the people of Moita Bwawani are also celebrating having received great gifts through our Christmas  Cards. Almost £3,300 was raised for our 3 life enriching projects and this will be considerably enhanced with Gift Aid.

OTHER NOTICES

HELP WANTED   –  parishioner seeks help 2 to 3 hours a week for light domestic work,  no heavy lifting expected. Remuneration negotiable and time flexible. Please contact Peter Stobart on 9045 9491 for further details.

Belfast Beginning Experience  – is continuing its weekly support group meetings during 2015.  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. Information Evening this Wednesday at 8.00pm. Support group commences Wednesday 21st January 2015. For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

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.

LIVING YOUTH  –  Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website www.livingyouthni.org.  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.

4th January 2015

4TH JANUARY 2015

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 CHRISTMAS – (Page 83, 452 & 491)

Christmas Season

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

Entrance

Antiphon

When a profound silence covered all things and night was in the middle of its course, your all-powerful Word, O Lord, bounded from heaven’s royal throne.
1st Reading (Ecclesiasticus 24:1-2, 8-12) The wisdom of God has pitched her tent among the chosen people.
Psalm The word was made flesh and lived among us.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18) He determined that we should become his adopted sons through Jesus.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the pagans; Glory be to you, O Christ, believed in by the world. Alleluia!
Gospel (John 1:1-18) The Word was made flesh, and lived among us.
Children We discover that Jesus has existed since the beginning of time. God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone that Jesus was coming. Jesus is the light who came to live among us. Those who believe in him are the children of God.
Communion

Antiphon

To all who would accept him, he gave the power to become children of God.

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Molly O’Flaherty, Kenneth Mains & Geraldine Woollams

9.30am

Arthur & Mary Devlin

9.30am

Mary Mullan

 

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

 

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

7.00pm

 

     

 

TUESDAY IS THE FEAST THE EPIPHANY – and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses in the parish will be at 9.30am and 7.00pm on Tuesday.

 

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.

 

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 January 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 FAMILY

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family John Terence Gilmore who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN DIRECTORY – copies of the Down & Connor Diocesan Directory, price £3.00, are on sale at the back of the Church. Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

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!

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.

 

DECEASED

We pray for Geraldine Woollams, whose months mind occurs around this time and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Molly O’Flaherty, Kenneth Mains, Arthur Devlin, Mary Devlin, Bill Knox,

Mary Mullan, Eileen MacNeill, Peter Hughes and Therese Hughes.

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.

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

WEDNESDAY CLUB – reopens this Wednesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Come along and join us. New members made very welcome.

LITURGY FOR FAMILIES OF RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN  –  there will be a Liturgy for Families of Recently Baptised Children in the Church next Saturday at 12.00 noon.   Tea and coffee will be served in the Parochial Hall afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.

 

COMING EVENTS

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet on Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Committee Room

 

A CRIB MEDITATION

My brother, my sister, here at this crib, be silent!

Look! Pray!

Be open. Allow the barriers to fall:

The barriers of comfort, the barriers of hate,

Those of your ready excuses and ready made prayers.

 

Be silent! Look! Pray!

Do you know what it means to be cold?

Do you appreciate what is means to sleep on rough straw?

Do you know the suffering of all who search for a place to stay, for a place to work?

 

Do you feel for those parents in the agony of not knowing what tomorrow holds for their children?

If you do not, then you risk passing before this crib without seeing the depth that is here.

You risk understanding nothing of what God has done in choosing to become one of us, in Jesus.

Be silent! Look! Pray!

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup – will be hosting an Open Night this Wednesday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Please come along and bring your son/daughter to meet with staff, see our pre-school and view some of the wonderful arts and craft work by the children.   For application forms please call into the pre-school or telephone 9047 2724.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, KNOCK – Open Morning next Saturday from 9.15am to 12.30pm. Principal’s Address 9.30am and 11.00am. All Year 7 Pupils and Parents are invited . Prospective Year 13 students are also welcome.

St. Dominic’s Grammar School – for girls Open Day next Saturday 2015 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Principal’s Address at 9.30am and 11.30am. Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils are welcome

  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Open Nights will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January, commencing with the Principal’s Address at 7.00pm.

 

OTHER NOTICES

Adult Irish Dance classes – in Holy Family Parish Centre Cavehill Rd  from Tuesday 6th January  at 8.30pm. Contact Anne on 077 1423 3298 or annereidirishdance@gmail.com

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. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.

LIVING YOUTH  – Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website www.livingyouthni.org.  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.