30th March

SUNDAY BULLETIN
VOL. 22 NO. 18  30TH MARCH 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

Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
6.30pm 9.30am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am

William Judge

           
  11.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

    Ann Rahilly James Wilkinson

Patrick J Hughes

Anointing of the Sick

 

STEPPING INTO THE PASSION

You are warmly invited to make a journey this Lent to revisit a familiar story with a new twist.  Along the journey we will look at the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of men and women who were present and find that as we share in their experiences we become more involved in the story. Through film clips, scripture sharing and discussion we explore in an engaging way the meaning of the Passion in our lives today – this Wednesday evening, and Wednesday 9th April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in St Colmcille’s Parochial Hall.

ST. COLMCILLE’S BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

St Colmcilles has set up a Bereavement Support group to be present for and to listen to anyone suffering bereavement after a death, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. The group is here for all, regardless of culture, faith or no faith and is made up of nine parishioners who have all been trained by NI Hospice professionals; on-going training and guidance will continue with the Hospice team.  If you wish to know more about Bereavement Support please telephone us on 074 5698 9458 or complete a Request form and place in the Bereavement Support Box situated at the back of the Church and one of the group will make contact with you. The members of the group are: Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan, Lucy Traynor.

 

PARISH PROGRAMME FOR LENT

MORNING MASS  –  will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.

BELIEVE –   a DVD presentation on a series of reflections on the Creed, exploring the treasures of our faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed. This is an opportunity on Thursday mornings during Lent, to explore the beliefs that we proclaim publically, every time we attend Mass. Everyone is invited to gather together at 10.00am in the Iona room, where we will begin with refreshments. This week’s theme: ‘How We Believe’

LENT SACRED SPACE –The sack cloth represents us on our Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The ashes call us to repentance and spiritual renewal. The purple cloth reminds us of the royalty of Christ our King and also represents contrition and preparation. The crown of thorns reminds us that Christ offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for our sin. Here we should pause for a time and re-commit ourselves to this period of repentance, good works and abstinence, by taking a stone from the sack cloth and placing it at the candle, the symbol of Christ’s presence with us during our personal Lenten observances.                                                                                                                            MATCHED FUNDING FOR TROCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL  –  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 adition, Gift Aid can still be claimed. In order for Trocaire to benefit from the matched funding all Trocaire boxes need to return to the parish by Sunday 18th May.

PARISH FAMILY

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

HOLY HOUR  –  this Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in St. Peter’s Cathedral to thank God for the gift of the Eucharist and to pray for priests and vocations.  All are most welcome.

LIVING YOUTH – why not join us to celebrate Palm Sunday on Sunday 13th April for the 3rd Annual Youth Gathering between 10.30am and 6.00pm at St Mary’s University College, Falls Road, Belfast.   The day will include a guest speaker, an opportunity to take part in various workshops including, art, prayer, social awareness and faith development.  We will then process to Corpus Christi Church for Mass.  More information on our website www.livingyouthni.org  and download a registration form or contact us at info@livingyouthni.org

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God” will be held on Saturday 10th May 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

PERMANENT DIACONATE  –  after a long period of discussion within the diocese, Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Diaconate as a ministry of service within the diocese of Down & Connor.  If you are interested please contact Fr John Murray, Vocation Director, at 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast, or phone 9091 3761 or 9508 8030 or email mail@frmurray.co.uk.  Applicants should be male 35 years and older and if married should be married for a least 10 years.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Niamh Annie Shields who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

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

William Judge,  Ann Rahilly,  James Wilkinson,  Patrick J Hughes,  Edward Hassan,  Wilfred G Gibson,  Monica Hassan,  Francis Quigley  and  Norman Fusco.

MONEY MATTERS

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

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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin next weekend.  If you have not received your new box of envelopes, they will be in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you during the coming week.

THIS WEEK

 

APOSTOLIC WORK   The next meeting will be held in the Iona Room this Tuesday evening at 8.00p.m.

ST. COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  –  invites you to a Fancy Dress Theme Disney Disco next Sunday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parochial Hall Admission £3.  Activities include face painting, spot prizes and refreshments.  Please bring a friend.

COMING EVENTS

CHRISTIAN PASSOVER SEDER  –  the Jewish Passover is the oldest festival of the Hebrew Liturgical Calendar.  It commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian bondage – the Exodus.  Our Christian Passover remembers the Exodus but also defines so much of what we celebrate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and Holy Communion.  The Parish Pastoral Council invites all parishioners to join them for the Passover Seder which will be held in the Parochial Hall at 7.30pm on the Monday evening of Holy Week, 14th April, three days before we celebrate the beginning of the Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Some idea of numbers is needed to help plan the evening, so if you would like to take part in the prayer and ritual of Passover, please put your name down on the list at the back of the Church after Mass this weekend

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.

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

JOB VACANCY  – mature part-time child minder required three days per week for two children in East Belfast. Own transport required. Contact: 078 330 4259.

WANTED –  Life sciences student or graduate in East Belfast area to tutor a 17-year old boy in AS level biology for a few hours a week in April , May and June.  Rate and arrangements negotiable.  Call Deirdre on 9065 7651 to explore further.

MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT  –  at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Music by “THE ONCE”  proceeds to Tobar Mhuire Building Fund.  Starts at 7.30pm  Donation £15.00

STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH FROM THE GOSPEL TRADITIONS   –  a series of Four Lenten Talks in preparation for Easter at Drumalis, Larne, given by Pádraig Ó Tuama, popular facilitator of scripture courses.  This Thursday – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Mark.  Thursday 10th April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Luke.  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 or 2827 6455 (during office hours, Monday to Friday)

BELFAST CENTRE OF LEARNING  –  Rossmore Avenue, Ormeau Road will be holding an Open Day on Tuesday 8th April from 9.00am to 5.00pm, for free careers advice for all school leavers.  For more information call 9064 0446.

FREE HEARING AID CLINIC  –  do you wear an NHS hearing aid or know someone who does? Action on Hearing Loss runs a free drop-in clinic at Harvester House, 4-8 Adelaide Street. The next session is scheduled for Thursday 10th April from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.  If you’re having trouble with your hearing aid, need new batteries (they are free), need the tubing changed, or just need some information, come along and talk to our trained Action on Hearing Loss volunteers. They’ll be glad to help.

EASTER REVISION SEMINARS  –  Amazing Brains NI are holding an interactive, practical exam preparation workshop for students sitting GCSE, AS, A-Level or other formal examinations at Skainos, Newtownards Road on Tuesday 15th April. For more information visit our website www.amazingbrains.co.uk

MATT TALBOT PILGRIMAGE  –  the Diocesan Pioneers Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin takes place on Saturday 26th April.  Concelebrated Mass will take place in the Church at 12.30pm.  For further details, please contact Mary Holden on 9442 3956, Frances Doole 077 1891 4692 or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com

DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES TRAINING  –  the team of Divine Healing Ministries will be doing training for those who would like to be involved in the healing ministry.  This will take place every Thursday during the month of May at 8.00pm in St. Anne’s Cathedral Hall.  People can come if they want to learn more about the healing ministry, if they wish to use the skills learnt in their own church, or if they would like to work with us.  There is no charge for the course but on the last night participants will have a chance to make a freewill offering.

LIVING YOUTH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA BALL  –  a Diocesan Living Youth Team will be travelling to Ethiopia in July 2014 to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, the world’s leading housing charity.   As part of their fundraising campaign a Gala Ball will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.  Tickets £40/£400 per table.  To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office Manager at 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH, phone 9023 2432, email  clairesmylie@livingyouthni.org or log on to www.livingyouthni.org.  Please help build homes and hope in Ethiopia.

23rd March

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 17 23RD MARCH 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

Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
6.30pm 9.30am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am

Gerry O’Flaherty & Gerry Keane

11.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am
Dermot Wilson Anointing of the Sick

 

STEPPING INTO THE PASSION

You are warmly invited to make a journey this Lent to revisit a familiar story with a new twist.  Along the journey we will look at the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of men and women who were present and find that as we share in their experiences we become more involved in the story. Through film clips, scripture sharing and discussion we explore in an engaging way the meaning of the Passion in our lives today – this Wednesday evening, Wednesday 2nd and 9th April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in St Colmcille’s Parochial Hall.

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

 

 

PARISH PROGRAMME FOR LENT

MORNING MASS  –  will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.

BELIEVE –   a DVD presentation on a series of reflections on the Creed, exploring the treasures of our faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed. This is an opportunity on Thursday mornings during Lent, to explore the beliefs that we proclaim publically, every time we attend Mass. Everyone is invited to gather together at 10.00am in the Iona room, where we will begin with refreshments. This week’s theme: ‘How We Believe’

LENT SACRED SPACE –The sack cloth represents us on our Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The ashes call us to repentance and spiritual renewal. The purple cloth reminds us of the royalty of Christ our King and also represents contrition and preparation. The crown of thorns reminds us that Christ offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for our sin. Here we should pause for a time and re-commit ourselves to this period of repentance, good works and abstinence, by taking a stone from the sack cloth and placing it at the candle, the symbol of Christ’s presence with us during our personal Lenten observances.                                                                                                                             TROCAIRE FAST BOXES   –   are available in the foyer of the Church.

 

PARISH FAMILY

OUTREACH  –  currently every home in the parish is being visited by a member of the Outreach Team with; a leaflet giving details of Lenten talks being held in the parish called “Stepping into the Passion”; informaion on the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies in the Parish; a leaflet on the Parish Pastoral Council; an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee and an appeal for volunteers to help with the Outreach Ministry.  If you haven’t received the information into your home by next weekend please contact Philomena in the parish office on 9065 4157 to arrange for a pack.

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 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.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God” will be held on Saturday 10th May 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

PERMANENT DIACONATE  –  after a long period of discussion within the diocese, Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Diaconate as a ministry of service within the diocese of Down & Connor.  If you are interested please contact Fr John Murray, Vocation Director, at 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast, or phone 9091 3761 or 9508 8030 or email mail@frmurray.co.uk.  Applicants should be male 35 years and older and if married should be married for a least 10 years.

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 next Saturday and next Sunday. Cost: a donation is acceptable. If interested contact the Diocesan Vocation Director: Fr. John Murray at 9091 3761 or email: mail@frmurray.co.uk or also contact Mags Tierney at 075 3741 4387 (text only) or magstierney08@gmail.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.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Ramon Albarico, the father of a parishioner, who died recently and for Gerry Keane whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Gerry O’Flaherty,  Dermot Wilson,  Charlotte Duffy and  Jim Norton.

MONEY MATTERS

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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin on Sunday 6th April.  If you have not received your new box of envelopes, they will be in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you during the coming week.

 

COMING EVENTS

 

APOSTOLIC WORK   The next meeting will be held in the Iona Room on Tuesday 1st April at 8.00p.m.

ST. COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  –  invites you to a Fancy Dress Theme Disney Disco on Sunday 6th April from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parochial Hall Admission £3.  Activities include face painting, spot prizes and refreshments.  Please bring a friend.

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.

OTHER NOTICES

WANTED –  Life sciences student or graduate in East Belfast area to tutor a 17-year old boy in AS level biology for a few hours a week in April , May and June.  Rate and arrangements negotiable.  Call Deirdre on 9065 7651 to explore further.

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICES  –  are recruiting Counsellors & Facilitators in the Belfast area.  If you are interested in joining ACCORD and would like more information on how to apply, please contact the ACCORD Belfast Centre on 9033 9944 or email: belfast@accordni.com.

FROM BERGOGLIO SJ TO POPE FRANCIS: “ THE MAKING OF A POPE” –         Fr Conall O‘Cuinn SJ will lead us in a dynamic seminar on getting to know and understand our charismatic new leader in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road this Wednesday form 2.00pm to 4.30pm.  A donation of £5.00 would be appreciated.  Organized by the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH FROM THE GOSPEL TRADITIONS   –  a series of Four Lenten Talks in preparation for Easter at Drumalis, Larne, given by Pádraig Ó Tuama, popular facilitator of scripture courses.  This Thursday –  Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of John.  Thursday 3rd April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Mark.  Thursday 10th April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Luke.  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 or 2827 6455 (during office hours, Monday to Friday)

 

BREDAGH GAC  –  invite you to their Open Day for New Young Players next Saturday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Cherryvale Playing Fields, Ravenhill Road. The event is aimed at total beginners or children (boys and girls) who have been enjoying gaelic games at school. To register email bredagh.open.day@gmail.com. For queries contact 075 0812 0761. First 100 to register receive an open day t-shirt. Admission free.

DOWN AND CONNOR PIONEER COUNCIL  –  invites Pioneers and friends to attend a Lenten retreat in Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone on Sunday 6th April. The cost of the day is £25.00 (this includes light refreshments on arrival and lunch). Enquiries should be made directly with the Pioneer office in Belfast on 9089 4070 or alternatively e mail dandcpioneers@gmail.com .  Spaces are limited and early booking is advisable.

MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT  –  at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Music by “THE ONCE”  proceeds to Tobar Mhuire Building Fund.  Starts at 7.30pm  Donation £15.00

INTENSIVE GCSE CCEA MATHS REVISION  –  revision courses being held in Stormont Hotel on Easter Monday and Tuesday.  For more information contact examsuccessni@outlook.com.  Places filled on first come first served basis.

MATT TALBOT PILGRIMAGE  –  the Diocesan Pioneers Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin takes place on Saturday 26th April.  Concelebrated Mass will take place in the Church at 12.30pm.  For further details, please contact Mary Holden on 9442 3956, Frances Doole 077 1891 4692 or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com

DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES TRAINING  –  the team of Divine Healing Ministries will be doing training for those who would like to be involved in the healing ministry.  This will take place every Thursday during the month of May at 8.00pm in St. Anne’s Cathedral Hall.  People can come if they want to learn more about the healing ministry, if they wish to use the skills learnt in their own church, or if they would like to work with us.  There is no charge for the course but on the last night participants will have a chance to make a freewill offering.

LIVING YOUTH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA BALL  –  a Diocesan Living Youth Team will be travelling to Ethiopia in July 2014 to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, the world’s leading housing charity.   As part of their fundraising campaign a Gala Ball will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.  Tickets £40/£400 per table.  To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office Manager at 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH, phone 9023 2432, email  clairesmylie@livingyouthni.org or log on to www.livingyouthni.org.  Please help build homes and hope in Ethiopia.

16th March

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 15  16TH MARCH 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

Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
6.30pm 9.30am 9.30am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am

Joseph Forde

           
  11.30am 11.00am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Norah Rogan     Bernard Neeson Anointing of the Sick

 

MONDAY IS THE FEAST ST. PATRICK  –

and is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses in the parish will be

at 9.30am and 11.00am on Monday.

 

STEPPING INTO THE PASSION

You are warmly invited to make a journey this Lent to revisit a familiar story with a new twist.  Along the journey we will look at the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of men and women who were present and find that as we share in their experiences we become more involved in the story. Through film clips, scripture sharing and discussion we explore in an engaging way the meaning of the Passion in our lives today – on Wednesday 26th March, 2nd and 9th April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in St Colmcille’s Parochial Hall.

 

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 PROGRAMME FOR LENT

MORNING MASS  –  will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.

BELIEVE –   a DVD presentation on a series of reflections on the Creed, exploring the treasures of our faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed. This is an opportunity on Thursday mornings during Lent, to explore the beliefs that we proclaim publically, every time we attend Mass. Everyone is invited to gather together at 10.00am in the Iona room, where we will begin with refreshments. This week’s theme: ‘How We Believe’

LENT SACRED SPACE –The sack cloth represents us on our Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The ashes call us to repentance and spiritual renewal. The purple cloth reminds us of the royalty of Christ our King and also represents contrition and preparation. The crown of thorns reminds us that Christ offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for our sin. Here we should pause for a time and re-commit ourselves to this period of repentance, good works and abstinence, by taking a stone from the sack cloth and placing it at the candle, the symbol of Christ’s presence with us during our personal Lenten observances.                                                                                                                             TROCAIRE FAST BOXES   –   are available in the foyer of the Church.

PARISH FAMILY

OUTREACH  –  currently every home in the parish is being visited by a member of the Outreach Team with; a leaflet giving details of Lenten talks being held in the parish called “Stepping into the Passion”; informaion on the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies in the Parish; a leaflet on the Parish Pastoral Council; an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee and an appeal for volunteers to help with the Outreach Ministry.  If you haven’t received the information into your home by next weekend please contact Philomena in the parish office on 9065 4157 to arrange for a pack.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN SEMINAR  –  entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God” will be held on Saturday 10th May 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

PERMANENT DIACONATE  –  after a long period of discussion within the diocese, Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Diaconate as a ministry of service within the diocese of Down & Connor.  If you are interested please contact Fr John Murray, Vocation Director, at 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast, or phone 9091 3761 or 9508 8030 or email mail@frmurray.co.uk.  Applicants should be male 35 years and older and if married should be married for a least 10 years.

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: mail@frmurray.co.uk or also contact Mags Tierney at 075 3741 4387 (text only) or magstierney08@gmail.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.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Maria Dolores Ramirez and Jaimee Rodoloso  who were married on Wednesday in St. Colmcilles.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Olga Hughes, a former parishioner, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Bella Logue, William Logue,  Bernard Neeson,  Peter Neeson,  Teresa Deane,

Paddy Macauley,  Margaret Kerr, Joseph Forde,  Norah Rogan  and  Tony Gibson.

 

MONEY MATTERS

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

NEEDY PARISHES COLLECTION  –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This collection was established to create a special fund to assist “Financially Needy” Parishes.  There are already several Parishes within the Diocese that have accumulated debt and are financially stretched.  However, through financial re-structuring schemes it is hoped that many of these parishes, with the aid of this fund, will be able to return to a positive financial position.  Through this collection “better off Parishes” can help those less fortunate Parishes to have some hope of returning to sound financial footing.

IRISH LANGUAGE COLLECTION  –  on behalf of Feis an Duin will be taken up outside the church on St. Patrick’s Day.  All proceeds go towards Gaeltacht scholarships for the local schools.

THIS WEEK

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  we meet again this Tuesday at 8.00 pm in the Committee Room to reflect on the readings for the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Lent. All welcome.

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY  –  first outing of the 2014 season will be to Carnalea this Friday . The first tee is reserved from 1.30pm. The cost is £20. Members, guests and visitors will be welcomed. For further details contact Peter at 9076 3822.

COMING EVENTS

 

ST. COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  –  invites you to a Fancy Dress Theme Disney Disco on Sunday 6th April from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parochial Hall Admission £3.  Activities include face painting, spot prizes and refreshments.  Please bring a friend.

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.

REPORTS

APOSTOLIC WORK  –  thanks to all who supported the Lenten Lunch last Sunday.  As a result of your generosity we are able to send approximately £1,400 to support missionaries in their important work.  Every penny is appreciated by those who benefit and it is acknowledged in the prayers offered in many parts of the world for you all.

ST. COLMCILLE’S SCOUT GROUP

The Group held a sponsored 12 hour cycle marathon on Sat 1 March for Concern’s Philippines’ appeal. Using a variety of static bicycles, scooters and assorted two wheeled vehicles, the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts enthusiastically participated in this initiative and have to date raised more than £650 for Concern. Well done to all who took part and also to those who donated to this worthy appeal.

The programme for the Group in the coming months includes a “BIG DAY OUT” for all members on Sunday 6th April in Crawfordsburn, a Cub Pack weekend away at Ballyhornan, Easter camp for the Scout Troop and participation by two patrols in the annual Columbanus Shield at Castlewellan. Summer camp for the Cubs will be at Castlewellan, Zellhof International Scout Campsite in Austria for the Scouts and Barcelona for the Venture Scouts where the senior section will spend time at a Youth Hostel in the city before decamping to hike in the Pyrenees.

The Scout Group wishes to publically acknowledge the huge contribution made by Noel O’Hare over more than 40 years to the development  of the Group and to the many 100s of young people who were in membership during his tenure. Noel raised funds, repaired halls, chaired Group Council meetings, drove minibuses, settled disputes, encouraged young leaders and ran Cub pack meetings and Cub pack camps. He also attended Regional meetings, was elected as Regional Deputy Chairman and held the position of Assistant Regional Commissioner for Cubs. He regularly attended National Council, speaking on behalf of the Group to a national audience. He was an inspiration to  the Group and is sorely missed by each and every member. May he rest in peace.

 

OTHER NOTICES

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICES  –  are recruiting Counsellors & Facilitators in the Belfast area.  If you are interested in joining ACCORD and would like more information on how to apply, please contact the ACCORD Belfast Centre on 9033 9944 or email: belfast@accordni.com.

FROM BERGOGLIO SJ TO POPE FRANCIS: “ THE MAKING OF A POPE” –         Fr Conall O‘Cuinn SJ will lead us in a dynamic seminar on getting to know and understand our charismatic new leader in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road this Wednesday form 2.00pm to 4.30pm.  A donation of £5.00 would be appreciated.  Organized by the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH FROM THE GOSPEL TRADITIONS   –  a series of Four Lenten Talks in preparation for Easter at Drumalis, Larne, given by Pádraig Ó Tuama, popular facilitator of scripture courses.  This Thursday – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Matthew.  Thursday 27th March –  Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of John.  Thursday 3rd April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Mark.  Thursday 10th April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Luke.  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 or 2827 6455 (during office hours, Monday to Friday)

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 this Friday  to next Sunday at Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne.  For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

TRAVELLING LIGHT IN LENT –  a quiet retreat day at the Passionist Retreat Centre, Crossgar next Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Cost £45.  Leaflet and booking form available at back of Church.  Refreshments and lunch included.  Additional overnight on either Friday and/or Saturday can be arranged.  For further details please contact Mary Cairns on 9087 7936 or 078 8120 4514

 

 

DOWN AND CONNOR PIONEER COUNCIL  –  invites Pioneers and friends to attend a Lenten retreat in Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone on Sunday 6th April. The cost of the day is £25.00 (this includes light refreshments on arrival and lunch). Enquiries should be made directly with the Pioneer office in Belfast on 9089 4070 or alternatively e mail dandcpioneers@gmail.com .  Spaces are limited and early booking is advisable.

INTENSIVE GCSE CCEA MATHS REVISION  –  revision courses being held in Stormont Hotel on Easter Monday and Tuesday.  For more information contact examsuccessni@outlook.com.  Places filled on first come first served basis.

MATT TALBOT PILGRIMAGE  –  the Diocesan Pioneers Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin takes place on Saturday 26th April.  Concelebrated Mass will take place in the Church at 12.30pm.  For further details, please contact Mary Holden on 9442 3956, Frances Doole 077 1891 4692 or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com

LIVING YOUTH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA BALL  –  a Diocesan Living Youth Team will be travelling to Ethiopia in July 2014 to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, the world’s leading housing charity.   As part of their fundraising campaign a Gala Ball will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.  Tickets £40/£400 per table.  To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office Manager at 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH, phone 9023 2432, email  clairesmylie@livingyouthni.org or log on to www.livingyouthni.org.  Please help build homes and hope in Ethiopia.