VOL. 23 NO. 11 8TH FEBRUARY 2015
Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.
St. Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk Phone – 9065 0039
St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk. Phone – 9047 2724
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 709, 452 & 499)
5th Week in Ordinary Time
Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 1
|O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God.|
|1st Reading||(Job 7:1-4, 6-7) Restlessly I fret till twilight falls.|
|Psalm||Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.|
|2nd Reading||(1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23) I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel.|
|Acclamation||Alleluia, alleluia! I am the light of the world, says the Lord, anyone who follows me will have the light of life. Alleluia!|
|Gospel||(Mark 1:29-39) He cured many who suffered from diseases of one kind or another.|
|Children||Simon Peter’s mother-in-law had a temperature. When Jesus heard this he went and made her well. Lots of other people in the town wanted Jesus to heal them too. Jesus was kept very busy healing everyone. Very early next morning Jesus got up and went away by himself to pray. He decided to go to another town to spread the good news about God’s love even further.|
|Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfies the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things.|
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
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.
LENT COMMENCES WITH
ASH WEDNESDAY ON 18TH FEBRUARY
Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
PARISH PROGRAMME FOR LENT
MORNING MASS – will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – each Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
DAILY MEDITATION FOR LENT – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church.
WALK WITH ME BOOKS – A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2015, are available at the back of the Church. Price £1. Please put money in the box beside Confessional.
TROCAIRE FAST BOXES – are available in the foyer of the Church from this weekend.
Awakening Faith Programme – will take place on Sunday 1st, Sunday 15th and Sunday 29th March after the 9.30am Mass. More details about each week’s programme will follow.
THE GIFT – An inspiring and practical series aimed at people of all ages to help them encounter the Holy Spirit and empower them to share their faith. The six sessions cover: The Father’s Loving Plan; The Joy of the Gospel; The Gift of the Spirit; Unwrapping God’s Gift; Encountering God’s Spirit; Living in the Spirit. Everyone is invited to gather together at 10.00am on Friday mornings during Lent, in the Iona room, where we will begin with refreshments.
DOWN AND CONNOR PIONEER ASSOCIATION – Do you feel we live in a drinks culture? Are you concerned about alcohol abuse? Are you thinking of giving up alcohol for Lent? If so, we invite you to take a Temporary Pledge with the Pioneer Association, say a short prayer daily and offer up your decision not to take alcohol for the sake of someone else, perhaps someone who is living with addiction. You can make a difference. Register your pledge with the Down and Connor Pioneer office on 9089 4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give your name, address and phone number and you will be sent a Pledge Certificate which includes the daily prayer.
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.
Important information for all parishioners who wish to volunteer to work with children and young people: The next vicariate children and young people Safeguarding Information Session is on Monday 23rd February at Drumbo and Carryduff Parish Hall from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For anyone who is unable to attend there will be two more sessions in the vicariate before June. More details on dates for these additional sessions will follow. We urge all leaders of groups to encourage their volunteers to attend one training session. If you are planning to attend the session on 23rd February please let Karen Diamond 077 1110 9268 or Noeleen Dunn 078 7949 8131 know before 14th February.
CHURCH OPENING TIMES – the church will be open each day at the following times: Monday – 10.00am to 3.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9.00am to 3.30pm; Friday – 9.00am to 1.00pm; Saturday – 6.00pm to 7.30pm and Sunday – 9.00am to 1.00pm.
WEEKLY CATHOLIC PAPERS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE – the following are available on a weekly basis in the porch of the Church: Ireland’s Own, Universe, Catholic Times, Irish Catholic and Catholic Herald. Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.
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.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
The collection for Sick and Retired Priests will be taken up at all Masses next weekend. This collection is required for the ongoing needs in respect of the Sick & Retired Priests of the Diocese. Despite the availability of the funds raised through the recent ‘Planning for the Future’ Campaign, the ‘Priests’ Provident Fund’ continues to require ongoing funding if it is to carry on meeting the needs of Sick & Retired Priests into the future.
We pray for the repose of the souls of Dympna Gullery, a parishioner, who died last weekend, Mary Joseph McCaffrey and James McCaskey who died during the week. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;
Danny Barclay, Denis Noonan, Willie Gallagher, Frank McEvoy,
Gerard Kiely and Kevin Ballentine.
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.
This year’s Parish Draw is being launched this weekend after all Masses.. Committee members will be available at all the Masses for you to purchase a ticket. Tea & Coffee will be available after both Masses this 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.
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:email@example.com.
VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9061 4567.
ST COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will be holding their Enrolment Ceremony this Saturday evening, at the 6.30pm Mass. The unit would like to invite all parishioners to this celebration when our new members will be enrolled into their relevant sections.
Ballyhackamore Golf Society – will hold their AGM in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall this Sunday at 4.00pm. Members and new members welcome.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.
Scripture and Prayer Group – Our normal meeting on Tuesday 17th February has been cancelled. We will meet again in March.
NORTHERN IRELAND HOSPICE SHOP IN BALLYHACKMORE – are very dependent on the local community to fund their services. The shop is looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please contact the shop manager on 9065 1706.
PRAYING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS – with Padraig O’Tuama at Drumalis, Larne this Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, including tea/coffee. The suggested contribution is £5. If you would like to attend, please contact Drumalis to book a place on 2827 2196/2827 6455.
KNOCK METHODIST DRAMA GROUP – presents “The Wizard of Oz” in the Knock Methodist Centre from this Thursday to next Saturday at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets can be obtained from Nicola Peden on 078 0249 9628 or 9058 1069.
THE POPE FRANCIS EFFECT – a series of talks being held in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar during the Tuesday’s in Lent. Tuesday 24th February – Signs of hope in the Church today? By Father Brian D’Arcy. Brian McKee will give the following talks: Tuesday 3rd March – A Voice in the Wilderness? Tuesday 10th March – Pope Francis – Where does he fit into the papacy? Tuesday 24th March – Building a Church of the People. Each evening begins at 7.30pm. Come along for one evening or for the full series of talks. Voluntary donation. Everyone welcome!