15th December

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 03  15TH DECEMBER 2013

 

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

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.30pm

Kay & Thomas O’Neill

9.30am

 

9.30am

Special Intention

 

9.30am

Special Intention

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Special Intention

Confessions at 6.00pm

11.30am

Mary Mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.00pm

 

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

 

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.

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH FAMILY

STATEMENT BY BISHOP NOEL TREANOR  –  upon the Publication of the NBSCCCI Review of Safeguarding is available at the back of the Church.

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH  –  Ministers of Outreach have been visiting every home in the parish with a Christmas Card from Father Ciaran, containing details of the times of Christmas Services and information leaflets on the Bereavement Support Group, Intercessory Prayer Team, Volunteering and an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee.   If you have not already received your information, please contact Philomena in the Parish Office on 9065 4157, during the coming week.

GIFT – Growing in Faith Together is a fun-filled parish based faith programme for post Confirmation young people. It offers children in Year 8 (1st year) the opportunity to connect more fully with parish and to develop their Catholic faith. There are six sessions which will be delivered in Term 2.  Do you have experience working with young people or are you a Parent / Guardian of a year 8 student?  If you could help with this programme, please contact Noeleen on 078 7949 8131. Training with the resource materials will be provided.

DECEASED –   We pray for Mary Mount, whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Kay O’Neill,  Thomas O’Neill,  Peter Hughes  and  Theresa Hughes.

 

MONEY  MATTERS

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

ADVENT

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

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS  –will be available over the weekends of Advent after all the Masses. We look forward to the usual generous support for this annual fundraising event. An added significance to the need for this appeal is the recent news that the mission was subjected to an armed robbery. Thankfully Fr. John was unhurt but traumatised and lost money, laptop computer, camera and other valuables. Please keep him in your prayers and also the safety of all who are part of the Mission.

PENITENTIAL SERVICES

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

This Sunday                            St. Colmcille’s                3.00pm

Monday evening                        Holy Rosary                    7.30pm

Tuesday evening                        St. Bernadette’s               7.30pm

Wednesday evening                   Drumbo                          7.30pm

Next Sunday                             St. Brigid’s                     4.00pm

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The St Vincent de Paul annual appeal continues. We at St Colmcille’s will be collecting for the next few weeks. 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 up to next Sunday. 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.

This 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.

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.

THIS WEEK

DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass this Sunday.

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  our last meeting for the year will be this Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm in the Committee Room.  We will look at the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent and some thoughts of Pope Francis.

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM – The author of this book, Matthew Kelly, proposes that Catholicism is a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. Listen to his remarkable insight on video clip this Thursday morning at 10.00am in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall. Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read Catholic book of our times. Book available to all attending. Refreshments provided.

CHRISTMAS DISCO – at the Youth Club next Saturday 21st December in the Parochial Hall, 7.15pm – 9.00pm. All old and new members welcome.

CHILDREN’S LITURGYat 6.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December. All children attending this Mass should come as a shepherd or an angel. Practice, for those children who would like to be involved in the Nativity story, is after 9.30am Mass next Sunday 22nd December.

COMING EVENTS

REFRESHMENTS AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS  –  Come and join us for some refreshments (bubbly, tea or coffee) and mince pies after midnight Mass in the hall. Help to serve refreshments would be very welcome – so if you can do so, please call Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589.

REPORTS

SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  – congratulations to the 4 Leaders, 6 Rangers,        6 Guides, 6 Briginis and 8 Cygnets who were enrolled last Sunday during the 11.30am Mass.   The unit wishes to thank Father Ciaran, for making the Mass so meaningful to all of us and letting all sections of the unit participate so fully in the Mass. It was lovely to see so many parishioners coming and joining us in the den after the Mass for refreshments. Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone. The Unit would like to wish all members  of the parish family a Peaceful and Holy Christmas.  All sections will be closing this week for Christmas and will be recommencing on the week beginning Monday 13th January. Please look at the bulletin on Sunday 12th January for nights and times, if you wish to become involved.

OTHER NOTICES

ST. DOMINIC’S PAST PUPILS’ UNION  –  Annual Carol Service will take place in the school this Monday evening at 7.30pm (Refreshments afterwards).  Past Pupils and their friends are most welcome.9

 

AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL  –  presents their Annual Carol Service in the Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.  All welcome.

RUSSIAN GREATS  –  a SWOT and CRY Charity Concert.   Come along for an evening of great classical Russian works (including Shostakovich, Glinka and Tchaikovsky) and some Christmas tunes.      Money raised is for SWOT (Student’s Working Overseas Trust) who provide medical supplies for developing countries and for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who raise awareness and fund research to identify conditions leading to sudden death syndrome. The concert will take place at 7.45pm  on Saturday 28th December in St. Anne’s Church Dunmurry. Tickets: £5 (Includes Refreshments).

NORTHERN IRELAND CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  from Thursday 22nd May to Tuesday 27th May 2014.  We aim to help cancer patients and their carers make a pilgrimage to Lourdes and to provide nursing and medical support for them. Medical, nursing and other Oncology staff will travel with us on the Pilgrimage.  Return flights from Belfast (Aldergrove).  Full board at the Hotel Agena based on twin-bedded and treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover and the service of tour operators in Lourdes.  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer.  Spiritual Director: V. Rev Sean McCartney.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the Committee on 075 1675 9646 or e-mail:- mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.  Full Price £599:  Reductions are available for Cancer Patients

 

DIOCESAN ADVISERS

In the interim period between the retirement of the current Diocesan Advisers and the establishment of possible new ethos-support structures in the context of ESA, the Diocese of Down and Connor wishes to appoint Diocesan Advisers for Religious Education (one full-time equivalent at each of primary and post-primary levels) for the period January 1st 2014 – 30th June 2014. The Diocese is open to consider the option of job sharing and part-time working. Hourly rate £24.50p.

Candidates must have

–          At least 10 years’ experience of teaching RE in a Catholic school in the last 15 years;

–          Had at least three years’ leadership role within the teaching of RE in the relevant sector (primary or post-primary) or equivalent environment;

–          An in-depth knowledge of the current RE texts/courses and of the challenges facing RE teachers in Catholic schools

–          Be available to start work from January 2014.

Preference may be given to candidates who have

–          A record of on-going professional development in the area of teaching RE.

The successful applicants will be

–          Be based in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road, Belfast;

–          Have access to administrative support;

–          Be expected to have access to their own car (mileage allowance is given).

Application forms can be obtained by emailing a request to the following address: dmck@downandconnor.org.

 

8th December

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 02  8TH DECEMBER 2013

 

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

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.30pm

James Forrester

9.30am

Lily Rice & Chris Graham

No Mass

 

No Mass

 

No Mass

 

No Mass

Confessions at 6.00pm

11.30am

Clare Heverin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note there will be no weekday Masses this week.

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 17th December 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 OFFICE

The parish office will be closed this week.

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH FAMILY

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH  –  Ministers of Outreach will be starting to visit every home in the parish this coming week with a Christmas Card from Father Ciaran, containing details of the times of Christmas Services and information leaflets on the Bereavement Support Group, Intercessory Prayer Team, Volunteering and an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee.

GIFT – Growing in Faith Together is a fun-filled parish based faith programme for post Confirmation young people. It offers children in Year 8 (1st year) the opportunity to connect more fully with parish and to develop their Catholic faith. There are six sessions which will be delivered in Term 2.  Do you have experience working with young people or are you a Parent / Guardian of a year 8 student?  If you could help with this programme, please contact Noeleen on 078 7949 8131. Training with the resource materials will be provided.

BALLYHACKAMORE BUSSINESS ASSOCIATION  –  next Saturday the Association will host its first Christmas Craft and Food Market in conjunction with St Colmcille’s Parish.  The market will run in the Church car park from 10.00am to 3.00pm and will include local traders and artisan producers from St George’s market.  Come and meet Doc McStuffins, Mike from Monsters Inc and a Minion.  There will also be some other surprises on the day!

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

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Frankie Knox and David McEwan  who were married on Thursday 5th December in St. Colmcilles.

DECEASED –   We pray for Chris Graham whose month’s mind occurs this weekend and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

James Forrester,  Lily Rice,  Clare Heverin,  John Bradley,  Mary Bradley,

Claire Regan, Maeve McMurray,  Mary McBrinn,  Arthur McBrinn,

Mary Tully,  Melissa Tully  and  Jim Gibson.

MONEY  MATTERS

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

ADVENT

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

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS  –will be available over the weekends of Advent after all the Masses. We look forward to the usual generous support for this annual fundraising event. An added significance to the need for this appeal is the recent news that the mission was subjected to an armed robbery. Thankfully Fr. John was unhurt but traumatised and lost money, laptop computer, camera and other valuables. Please keep him in your prayers and also the safety of all who are part of the Mission.

PREPARE A WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD  –  with our Advent Service, to be held in the Church, this Sunday at 7.30pm. A lovely programme of Advent Hymns and Carols will be presented in a service which should last approx. one hour. Parish families, friends and all denominations are most welcome.

PENITENTIAL SERVICES

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

Next Sunday                            St. Colmcille’s                3.00pm

Monday 16th December              Holy Rosary                    7.30pm

Tuesday 17th December              St. Bernadette’s               7.30pm

Wednesday 18th December          Drumbo                          7.30pm

Sunday 22nd December               St. Brigid’s                     4.00pm

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The St Vincent de Paul annual appeal takes place this week between 1st December and 8th December and we at St Colmcille’s will be collecting for the next few weeks. 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 22nd December. 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.

This 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 Tesco and Spar stores in Ballyhackamore on Saturday 30th November and will be collecting again this Saturday the 7th December at Marks and Spencers.  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.

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP  –  Will you child be in their pre-school year in September 2014?  The pre-school invites you to an open day this Tuesday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and in the evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to view the premises, meet the staff and collect an application form for enrolment in September 2014.  Please telephone Kathy on 9047 2724 if this date doesn’t suit and arrange an alternative time to visit the group.

 

THIS WEEK

ST COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will be holding their Enrolment Ceremony this Sunday, at the 11.30am Mass. The unit would like to invite all parishioners to this celebration and everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments in the Den afterwards. Come over and find out more about what the Guide Unit gets up to, you never know you might like to join us!

60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held this 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.  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.  Committee Members will be at the back of the Church if anyone would like a ticket.

 

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  Christmas Dinner at La Mon House Hotel this Wednesday afternoon.

DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass next Sunday.

 

COMING EVENTS

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  our last meeting for the year will be on Tuesday 17th December at 8.00 pm in the Committee Room.  We will look at the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent and some thoughts of Pope Francis.

 

REPORTS

APOSTOLIC WORK CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING  –  Thank you to all who, in any way, supported our fund-raising event last weekend; to Paul Browne and the Scouts who so willingly gave their time to get the Hall ready by setting out the furniture and to all those who put it away afterwards and generally helped in the clear-up and of course to those who contributed financially by giving or spending.  Thanks to your generosity we raised more than £3,200 for use on the Missions.  The winner of the Christmas hamper was Anne O’Hare

 

DIOCESAN ADVISERS

In the interim period between the retirement of the current Diocesan Advisers and the establishment of possible new ethos-support structures in the context of ESA, the Diocese of Down and Connor wishes to appoint Diocesan Advisers for Religious Education (one full-time equivalent at each of primary and post-primary levels) for the period January 1st 2014 – 30th June 2014. The Diocese is open to consider the option of job sharing and part-time working. Hourly rate £24.50p.

Candidates must have

–          At least 10 years’ experience of teaching RE in a Catholic school in the last 15 years;

–          Had at least three years’ leadership role within the teaching of RE in the relevant sector (primary or post-primary) or equivalent environment;

–          An in-depth knowledge of the current RE texts/courses and of the challenges facing RE teachers in Catholic schools

–          Be available to start work from January 2014.

Preference may be given to candidates who have

–          A record of on-going professional development in the area of teaching RE.

The successful applicants will be

–          Be based in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road, Belfast;

–          Have access to administrative support;

–          Be expected to have access to their own car (mileage allowance is given).

Application forms can be obtained by emailing a request to the following address: dmck@downandconnor.org.

 

OTHER NOTICES

ADVENT RETREAT –  would you like some private time to prepare for Christmas?  Come along to an Advent Retreat that is relaxed with a lot of time allocated for personal reflection this Tuesday evening from 7.00pm to- 9:15pm in St. Mary’s Church Greencastle (Shore Road Belfast).  Ample parking at Church – Light refreshments available   Retreat Lead by Fr. Eddie Mc Gee  Retreat organised by ‘The Knights of St. Columbanus’

PARISH OF BANGORis delighted to present A Celtic Christmas by Father Liam Lawton in St Comgall’s Parish Centre this Thursday evening at 8.00pm (Doors open 7.30pm).  Tickets Available Priced £20 from the following locations: St Comgall’s Parish Office – Brunswick Road, Bangor -stcomgalls@btconnect.com or 9146 5522 (Mon to Fri 9.30am to 1pm); St Colmcille’s Parish Office, Holywood – on 9042 2167; St Patrick’s Parish Office, Newtownards – 9181 2137 and tickets also available at Mace Brunswick Road, Bangor.  For more details please contact Christine McClean on 079 0202 1958 or 9146 5013.

AN EVENING OF FESTIVE FAVOURITES AT DRUMALIS  –  this Thursday evening  at 7:30 pm.  This evening will include seasonal favourites, old and new, performed by Voices Chamber Choir under the direction of Loreto McAuley.  During the interval, a light supper will be served.  The cost for the evening is £20 per person and admission is by pre-paid ticket only.  For further information, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.

TOBAR MHUIRE RETREAT HOUSE  – Advent Day of Reflection next Saturday.  “You will Call Him Immanuel – a Name which means God With Us,”  The day will be led by Sean Goan. Sean is the Faith Development Officer of Le Chéile Trust. Using his unique style that combines scholarship and storytelling, Sean will focus on Matthew’s account of the Nativity and help us to focus on Matthew’s gospel for the coming year. This day is open for all, but is particularly recommended for clergy and for those involved as Ministers of the Word in parishes.  The suggested offering for the day is £25, which includes tea/coffee and a light lunch. Please telephone the secretary at Tobar Mhuire for further information or to book places. Telephone: 4483 0242.

ST. PATRICK’S NEWTOWNARDS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR   – will be held next Saturday in their Parish Centre, Victoria Avenue from 1.30pm. 

NORTHERN IRELAND CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  from Thursday 22nd May to Tuesday 27th May 2014.  We aim to help cancer patients and their carers make a pilgrimage to Lourdes and to provide nursing and medical support for them. Medical, nursing and other Oncology staff will travel with us on the Pilgrimage.  Return flights from Belfast (Aldergrove).  Full board at the Hotel Agena based on twin-bedded and treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover and the service of tour operators in Lourdes.  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer.  Spiritual Director: V. Rev Sean McCartney.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the Committee on 075 1675 9646 or e-mail:- mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.  Full Price £599:  Reductions are available for Cancer Patients.

1St December

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 01  1ST DECEMBER 2013

 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

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.30pm

James McEvoy

9.30am

Dan O’Kane

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm

11.30am

Sarah Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Saturday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

6.00pm

 

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

9.00am

 

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.

 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

The Anointing of the Sick will take place directly after the Friday Morning Mass each week.   If you know of anyone who would benefit from receiving this Sacrament please bring them.

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH FAMILY

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH  –  Ministers of Outreach will be starting to visit every home in the parish this coming week with a Christmas Card from Father Ciaran, containing details of the times of Christmas Services and information lealflets on the Bereavement Support Group, Intercessory Prayer Team, Volunteering and an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee.

GIFT – Growing in Faith Together is a fun-filled parish based faith programme for post Confirmation young people. It offers children in Year 8 (1st year) the opportunity to connect more fully with parish and to develop their Catholic faith. There are six sessions which will be delivered in Term 2.  Do you have experience working with young people or are you a Parent / Guardian of a year 8 student?  If you could help with this programme, please contact Noeleen on 078 7949 8131. Training with the resource materials will be provided.

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS – copies of the Monthly Newsletter of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is available at the back of the Church.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL COLLECTION  –  in local Ballyhackamore shops takes place from 9.00am to 5.00pm at Marks and Spencers next Saturday.  If you would be prepared to help for 1 hour please put your name and telephone number on the sheet at the back of the church together with the time that suites you and Paddy Donnelly will provide you with a collection box and badges in ample time before the collection.

BALLYHACKAMORE BUSSINESS ASSOCIATION  –  is delighted to announce its annual Christmas events.  This year it is excited to expand the bill, and will be hosting two events next Saturday and Saturday 14th December 2013.  Next Saturday will see an afternoon of family fun at Kirkpatrick Memorial Church, and the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm.  On Saturday 14th December the Association will host its first Christmas Craft and Food Market in conjunction with St Colmcille’s Parish.  The market will run in the church car park from 10.00 – 3.00 and will include local traders and artisan producers from St George’s market.  Come and meet Doc McStuffins, Mike from Monsters Inc and a Minion.  There will also be some other surprises on the day!

LIVING YOUTH – Are you aged 18 to 24 and interested in meeting other young adults from across the Diocese, volunteering in your parish and community, getting involved in fun activities and learning more about the Catholic faith?   Why not do the Papal Cross – the Pope John Paul II Award for young adults.  The programme will be coordinated through the Living Youth office and will include an exciting programme of activities with speakers, leadership training, residentials and lots more.  To find out more, register your name and details with Claire at 9023 2432 or email info@livingyouthni.org and come to the meeting this Sunday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm (Living Youth Office, Berry Street entrance) to find out more and register for the Award.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Carys Colgan and Ethan John Wallace who were baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Deirdre O’Hare and Sean Murphy  who were married on Monday 25th November in St. Colmcilles.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Alice Jerrett, a parishioner, who died last Saturday and Elizabeth Boyle who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Alfred Fusco,  James McEvoy,  Dan O’Kane and  Sarah Armstrong.

MONEY  MATTERS

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

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

ADVENT

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.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS  –will be available over the weekends of Advent after all the Masses. We look forward to the usual generous support for this annual fundraising event. An added significance to the need for this appeal is the recent news that the mission was subjected to an armed robbery. Thankfully Fr. John was unhurt but traumatised and lost money, laptop computer, camera and other valuables. Please keep him in your prayers and also the safety of all who are part of the Mission.

PREPARE A WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD  –  with our Advent Service, to be held in the Church, Sunday 8th December at 7.30pm. A lovely programme of Advent Hymns and Carols will be presented in a service which should last approx. one hour. Parish families, friends and all denominations are most welcome.

PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICE  –  Sunday 15th December at 3.00pm in the Church.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN MORNING  – this Thursday morning from 10.30am to 11.45am.  All welcome.  Is your child due to start primary school in September 2014? 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 2014 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.

ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP  –  Will you child be in their pre-school year in September 2014?  The pre-school invites you to an open day on Tuesday 10th December between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and in the evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to view the premises, meet the staff and collect an application form for enrolment in September 2014.  Please telephone Kathy on 9047 2724 if this date doesn’t suit and arrange an alternative time to visit the group.

THIS WEEK

APOSTOLIC WORK – CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING   –  will take place after all the Masses this weekend.  There will be cakes, jewellery, books and toys, some seasonal goods and, of course, the Tombola and raffle for a hamper and other prizes.  There will be tea and coffee as usual.  If anyone wishes to provide cakes or other items for the sale please speak to a member of Apostolic Work or bring it to the hall on Saturday 30th November. There has been an increasing number of requests for help to Apostolic headquarters from missionaries recently, so your continued support will be very important. New members or anyone who can help in other ways are always welcome.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold their Advent Service this Sunday, in Stormont Presbyterian Church at 7.00pm.

ADVENT– take some time out for prayer and reflection on Thursday mornings during Advent in the Iona room at 10.00am – refreshments provided, beginning this Thursday morning.

ST COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will be holding their Enrolment Ceremony next  Sunday, at the 11.30am Mass. The unit would like to invite all parishioners to this celebration and everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments in the Den afterwards. Come over and find out more about what the Guide Unit gets up to, you never know you might like to join us!

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.  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.  Committee Members will be at the back of the Church if anyone would like a ticket.

 

COMING EVENTS

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  Christmas Dinner at La Mon House Hotel on Wednesday 11th December.  If you would like to join us please ring Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351 to book before this Tuesday.  Cost £15.

 

OTHER NOTICES

HEAR TO MEET GROUP  –  will meet at Harvester House, 4-8 Adelaide Street Belfast this Friday from 10.00am to 11.30am.  Please note that this service is completely free.  The Group meeting is aimed at reducing deaf and hard of hearing people’s isolation and loneliness.

KNOCK ALL NIGHT VIGIL  –  buses will depart from King Street and Kennedy Way next Saturday at 3.00pm returning to Belfast next Sunday at 12.00 noon.  Price £39, this includes dinner and breakfast.  To book please phone 9066 5211 between 9.00am and 5.00pm or 9059 5942 after 6.00pm or call into 13 King Street.  £5 deposit required.  Vigil starts at 11.00pm and consists of the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Benediction and finishes with Mass at 4.00am

PARISH OF BANGORis delighted to present A Celtic Christmas by Father Liam Lawton in St Comgall’s Parish Centre on Thursday 12th December at 8.00pm (Doors open 7.30pm).  Tickets Available Priced £20 from the following locations: St Comgall’s Parish Office – Brunswick Road, Bangor -stcomgalls@btconnect.com or 9146 5522 (Mon to Fri 9.30am to 1pm); St Colmcille’s Parish Office, Holywood – on 9042 2167; St Patrick’s Parish Office, Newtownards – 9181 2137 and tickets also available at Mace Brunswick Road, Bangor.  For more details please contact Christine McClean on 079 0202 1958 or 9146 5013.

TOBAR MHUIRE RETREAT HOUSE  – Advent Day of Reflection on Saturday 14th  December.  .“You will Call Him Immanuel – a Name which means God With Us,”  The day will be led by Sean Goan. Sean is the Faith Development Officer of Le Chéile Trust. Using his unique style that combines scholarship and storytelling, Sean will focus on Matthew’s account of the Nativity and help us to focus on Matthew’s gospel for the coming year. This day is open for all, but is particularly recommended for clergy and for those involved as Ministers of the Word in parishes.  The suggested offering for the day is £25, which includes tea/coffee and a light lunch. Please telephone the secretary at Tobar Mhuire for further information or to book places. Telephone: 4483 0242.

NORTHERN IRELAND CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  from Thursday 22nd May to Tuesday 27th May 2014.  We aim to help cancer patients and their carers make a pilgrimage to Lourdes and to provide nursing and medical support for them. Medical, nursing and other Oncology staff will travel with us on the Pilgrimage.  Return flights from Belfast (Aldergrove).  Full board at the Hotel Agena based on twin-bedded and treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover and the service of tour operators in Lourdes.  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer.  Spiritual Director: V. Rev Sean McCartney.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the Committee on 075 1675 9646 or e-mail:- mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.  Full Price £599:  Reductions are available for Cancer Patients.