2nd March

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 13  2ND 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

 

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds 

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

 

PARISH OFFICE AND BULLETIN

The parish office will close this coming week.

 

PARISH PROGRAMME FOR LENT

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

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 2014, are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in paper box beside Confessional.

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.

TROCAIRE FAST BOXES   –   are available in the foyer of the Church from this weekend.

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 dandcpioneers@gmail.com.  Please give your name, address and phone number and you will be sent a Pledge Certificate which includes the daily prayer.

PARISH FAMILY

DIOCESAN REVIEW  –  a leaflet giving a summary of the Diocesan Review which will be happening in each parish during this month is available at the back of the Church this weekend.

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

ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  application forms are now available from the Parish Office.  Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11th-16th) – £570 in hotel or £470 in hospital; 7 nights (10th-17th) – £635; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8th-17th £520, closing date for youth applications is 31st March.  For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email dcpilgrimage@gmail.com

DOWN AND CONNOR DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA – under the patronage of Bishop Noel Treanor from 14th to 21st August.  Cost £649 – includes Belfast-Dublin Airport return coach, return flight to Lisbon, transfer from Lisbon to Fatima, 7 nights full board, based on sharing twin bedded rooms with facilities, in a 3 star hotel, full religious programme.  Pilgrimage directed by Father Gerard McCloskey and Father Sean Gilmore.  For further details contact Joe Catney on 9071 4401 or Anna Prior on 4484 1843.

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.

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.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Mollie Anna Dunn, Emily Jessica Shipman and Jacob Thomas Smyth who were baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Veronica Tohill, who died suddenly last Sunday; Marie McCorry, who died recently and for Noel O’Hare whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Grainne Ruddock, C J Joseph, Teresa Judge and Maureen Bradshaw

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.

PARISH DRAW

Thank you to everyone who signed up to the Parish Draw 2014 last weekend.  Don’t worry it is not too late to enter this year.  After all Masses this weekend members of the committee will be at the back of the church to sign you up.  For those who paid by standing order last information you can contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee.

VOCATIONS

God promises never to forget us.  If you feel distant from God, who has moved?  Seek a closer relationship with God and all that you need will be given to you.  (Isaiah 49:  14-15 and Matthew 6:  24-34.  If you think God is calling you to be a priest please contact Father Murray for more information at 9091 3761 or e-mail:  mail@frmurray.co.uk

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.

THIS WEEK

APOSTOLIC WORK  –  March meeting will be held in Iona Room at 8.00pm this Tuesday.

GIFT  – Growing In Faith Together is a post Confirmation programme being offered to 1st and 2nd year pupils in our parish. The programme helps young people to continue on their faith journey through remembering their Confirmation, developing their gifts and talents, exploring age-related themes, engaging in fun activities, faith sharing with their peers and praying together.  It is facilitated by parish adult volunteers and parents. It will run for five Thursday evenings beginning this Thursday in the Colmcille Room, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Enquiries to Noeleen : 078 7949 8131.

ST.  JOSEPH’S PTA  –  warmly invite you to An Evening of Rock, Souls & Blues next Saturday evening at 8.00pm in the Parochial Hall. The event is BYO with tickets priced at £10 per person. All enquiries to the school or Mary O’Brien 077 6965 8755. 

APOSTOLIC WORK LENTEN LUNCH  – in the Parochial Hall after both Masses on next Sunday. If anyone cannot be there but would like to make a contribution please give it to any  member of Apostolic Work at any time.

COMING EVENTS

 

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL  –  will meet on Tuesday 11th March at 7.30pm

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

SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT CAMP  – on Friday 14th February annual unit camp took place at Crawfordsburn Country Park, this year was a “Wizard of Oz” theme.  A total of 52 Rangers, Guides and Birgini attended the activity filled weekend. We arrived down on the Friday evening, cold and wet, yet optimistic and our spirits were not dampened.  To start off we got settled into our dorms and were then placed into our patrols for the camp; the year and wish to continue paying by standing order please check with your bank to confirm how you set it up last year.  You might need to set it up again this year.  If you need any more

Crawfordsburn wardens visited us to give us a fire drill. Once in the patrols, we were given an exciting book with challenges we had to complete over the weekend, which we started right away. After some delicious supper consisting of soup and bread we headed to bed for some much needed rest. On Saturday morning the yellow patrol were woken up bright and early to set up breakfast for us all. All the leaders were very grumpy as the Brigini were up all night playing ‘knock and run’, whilst also brushing their teeth at 2am.  Once breakfast was all cleared up and all the leaders had received a mug of coffee, we said our daily prayer.   The Cygnets joined us for the day and did arts and crafts with the Brigini to start, which was followed with a visit from Jump, Jingle, Jive. The Guides and Rangers set out to do wall climbing on site, which was very challenging and fun. After we returned from wall climbing we helped prepare some lunch for us all. Everyone was very quiet during lunch filling up their bellies.  In the afternoon the Cygnets decorated cup cakes and some colouring in, the Brigini were crate climbing, while Guides and Rangers had someone down to start a three week programme of Self Defence.  Afterwards, the Rangers completed our thirsty work challenge which included making pancakes and tea or coffee for the leaders on trangias, whilst the Guides roasted marshmallows and made s’mores over an open fire in a tin can. Unfortunately it began to rain so the Guides jumped ship and received compensation free time. Around 6pm dinner was served and everyone tucked in. Our Saturday night consisted of a campfire and singsongs with everyone joining in and having fun. During the campfire, all the patrols completed The Rainbow Story challenge. The Orange patrol was voted the best and got the opportunity to perform at Mass the next day. Hot chocolate followed with two marshmallows. Bedtime was around 11, but let’s be honest no one went to sleep! It was the last day of camp and everyone was upset to go home.  Next was a race, we made ‘red shoes’ for one person in each patrol and then we raced against each other, the orange patrol won. The last activity was a rainbow themed scavenger hunt.  Father Ciaran came down and joined us and our parents to close the camp with Mass.  The Orange patrol performed for the Homily and then the Mass continued. After Mass, the leaders showed some videos and a powerpoint presentation of what we all got up to in camp.  Overall everyone had a great time and the camp was a great success.  By Emma Cunningham, Anna McLaughlin, Rachael Kelly, Amy Owens, Ciara Verdon and Lauren McKissick

OTHER NOTICES

LIVE BELOW THE LINE WITH CONCERN  –  could you live below the poverty line for five days, feeding yourself on just £1 a day?  The challenge is simple – £1 a day for food and drink for five days.  You’ll have plenty of help from our community of past participants, encouragement form our ambassadors and a website full of useful resources.  For more information and to sign up now please visit livebelowtheline.com/uk/partner/concern or text ‘LIVE’ to 81400.

PILGRIMAGE “IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL”  –   Fr. Paddy Delargy  is organising a Pilgrimage trip to Turkey  following in the footsteps of St. Paul .  Simplified itinerary  is –  Leving mid September.  Fly Dublin to Istanbul to Izmir. Visit Ephesus and other sites associated with the Apostle, flight back to Istanbul, 2 night stay and tour of Istanbul and return to Dublin. Half board accommodation, guided tours all included. Approx. cost is £1000. If you are interested contact Fr. Paddy at 2564 1515.

ARTHRITIS CARE  –  would you like to learn new skills and ideas to manage your pain more effetively?   If so, Arthristis Care is running a Challenging Pain Course in the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, this Monday and Monday 10th March from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  For further details ring their training team on 9078 2940.

CHARITY QUIZ  –  in aid of Barefeet at the Errigle Inn, Ormeau Road, this Thursday.  Starts at 8.00pm, admission is £5 per person, prizes for the
winning team and raffle. Barefeet helps children living on the stree in
Zambia (www.barefeettheatre.org)

BELFAST LIONS  –  are  holding a charity quiz this Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Wellington Park Hotel. Entry  is £20  per team with a maximum of six in each team. The prize for the winning team is £100  with spot prizes on the night. There will be a raffle and the  proceeds of this and the quiz will raise funds for Diabetes UK our charity of the year and local Lions projects. Belfast Lions club welcomes new members  we meet on the first Wednesday of each month for further information contact Belfast.lions@aol.co.uk.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYERthis Friday at 8.00pm in Sydenham Methodist Church, Sydenham Avenue.  All welcome.  The service has been written by Women of Egypt on the theme “Streams in the Desert.”  Everyone including the men and youth are welcome.  There is also a downtown service in May Street Presbyterian Church at 11am on 7th March.

CAR BOOT SALE  –  next Saturday, in St. Joseph’s College, Ravenhill Road, from 9.00am to 1.00pm.  £5 per car, £10 per van.  Refreshments and stalls available

CURIOUS CHRISTIANS  –  will meet on Monday 10th March in the Stye Brae Centre, Gilnahirk at 8.00pm.  After studying Isaiah we have decided either to tell stories from our lives when we experienced something of God’s presence or to tell of bible stories which have special significance for us.  All will be welcome.

COULD YOU GIVE ME LOVE, FUN AND SECURITY … ‘TIL I GROW UP?  – across Belfast there are children of all ages who may never be able to live with their birth parents – they need a permanent home for the rest of their childhood.  If you are resilient, flexible and have the energy and time to care for the demands of a child come along to our information evening to find out more on Wednesday 12th March from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the Wellington Park Hotel.  For more information conact Belfast Trust on 9504 0057.

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 on Wednesday 19th March form 2.00pm to 4.30pm.  A donation of £5.00 would be appreciated.  Organized by the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

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 Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 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 on Saturday 22nd March 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

16 February

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 12  16TH  FEBRUARY 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

 

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

 

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 FAMILY

ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  application forms are now available from the Parish Office.  Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11-16th) – £570 in hotel or £470 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £635; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8th-17th £520, closing date for youth applications is 31st March.  For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email dcpilgrimage@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.

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.

EVANGELII GAUDIUM  –  “The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis, copies of the book are at the back of the Church.  Price £5 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

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.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2014, are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.

TRAINING – for young people who would like to join the Prayer of the Faithful rota begins this Wednesday in the Hall. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

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

Eva Haan, Dick Dale, Ted O’Neill,  Gary Morris, John Feenan and Maureen McGonnell.

MONEY MATTERS

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 this 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.

VOCATIONS

You have heard God’s commandments.  Keep them and pass them on.  Nurturing the faith is part of the Christian vocation.  If you think God is calling you to be a priest, please contact Father Murray for more information at 9091 3761 or e-mail:  mail@frmurray.co.uk

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.

THIS WEEK

HALL COMMITTEE–  meeting this Monday evening at 7.30pm

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  will meet this Tuesday evening in the Committee Room at 8.00pm.  We will reflect on the readings for the 7th and 8th Sundays in  Cycle A

LAUNCH OF PARISH DRAW  –  this year’s draw is being launched at all Masses next weekend. Committee members will be at the back of the church on the Saturday night and on Sunday after all the Masses. There will be free tea & coffee available 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.

COMING EVENTS

 

ALTAR SERVERS – will meet on a monthly basis on the last Monday of the month in the Colmcille Room from 6.15pm to 7.15pm, starting on Monday 24th February.  The meetings are designed to help the Altar Servers to grow in their faith, understand the Mass better and be able to participate more fully in the ritual of service at Mass.

SAFEGUARDING  –  those who are volunteering with children and young people in the parish and who have not yet attended a Safeguarding Information Session should attend the next one that the Diocese is providing on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm in St Malachy’s Hall, Alfred St.  Please register your intention to attend with Karen 077 1110 9268 or Noeleen  078 7949 8131.

UP STANDING – a short DVD presentation of stories of courage from Northern Ireland, featuring diverse accounts from people who stood up to violence, discrimination or prejudice which hopefully will prompt some discussion, on Thursday 27th February in the Iona Room at 10.00am. Refreshments available.

GIFT  – Growing In Faith Together is a post Confirmation programme being offered to 1st and 2nd year pupils in our parish. The programme helps young people to continue on their faith journey through remembering their Confirmation, developing their gifts and talents, exploring age-related themes, engaging in fun activities, faith sharing with their peers and praying together.  It is facilitated by parish adult volunteers and parents. It will run for five Thursday evenings beginning on Thursday 6th March in the Colmcille Room, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Enquiries to Noeleen : 078 7949 8131.

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

ST. JOSEPH’S PTA  –  would like to extend their thanks to everyone who supported their cake sale last Sunday.  Thanks to your generosity the event raised £695 which will be given to the school and used to enhance the learning experiences of the children.

OTHER NOTICES

CLEANER REQUIRED  –  for private house in Ballyhackamore.  2to 3 hours per week  (flexible). Please contact Siobhan on 079 1813 6037.

ST. BRIGID’S DAY LECTURE  –  this Thursday at 7.30pm in St Brigid’s Church, Windsor Avenue, Belfast.  Speaker: Fr Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.  Fr Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the Dominican Community, Blackfriars, Oxford and was Master of the Order, 1992 – 2001. He is the author of a number of books and is internationally renowned as a teacher, preacher and speaker.  He will, in his lecture, reflect on new paths for the Church’s journey in the light of Pope Francis’ recent document “The Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium).  All are welcome.

CURIOUS CHRISTIANS  –  discussion group continues in the Stye Brae Centre, Gilnahirk on Monday 24th February at 8.00pm. The theme is “How to Read Isaiah” with particular emphasis on Chapter 53. Discussion will be led by Rev. Bill Boyd. All are welcome.”

IN JOYFUL HOPE – A NEW STEP IN EUCHARISTIC COMMUNION  –  this special event is being held in St. Anne’s Church on Tuesday, 25th February at 8.00 pm.  Everybody is Welcome.  Spread the word and spread the Welcome!

INTERDENOMINATIONAL DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES  –  invite you to come to a special healing service to be held in St. Peter’s Cathedral, on Wednesday, 26th February at 7.00pm.  The speaker will be Brother David Jardine and he will be speaking on the theme ‘I will not live in fear’ Music will be provided by Deo Soli and prayer for healing and blessing with oil will be available at the end of this service.  All will be very welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards’

THE PERFECT TREAT FOR YOUR VALENTINE  –  based on the play ‘The Matchmaker’, St. Agnes’ Choral Society is delighted to announce that it will be performing the much loved classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in the Grand Opera House, from Wednesday 26th February to Saturday 1st March. Tickets can be booked by phoning 9024 1919 or online at www.goh.co.uk.

GOD’S CREATION IN THE LIFE & MISSION OF CHURCHES TODAY  –  an Inter-Church event being held in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm.  For further details please phone 9023 5075 or see poster in porch.

ARTHRITIS CARE  –  would you like to learn new skills and ideas to manage your pain more effetively?   If so, Arthristis Care is running a Challenging Pain Course in the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, on Monday 3rd and Monday 10th March from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  For further details ring their training team on 9078 2940.

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 Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March at Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne.  For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

ADOPTERS NEEDED NOW  –  Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking families who would be interested in adopting children aged between 2 and 6 years and who need the love and attention of a caring and understanding family.  Could this be you?  If you would like to find out more please contact Family Care Adoption Services on 9069 1133    or 7136 8592 or email@familycaresociety.org.  Further information can be found on their website www.familycaresociety.co.uk.

9th February

SUNDAY BULLETIN

VOL. 22 NO. 11  9TH  FEBRUARY 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

 

 

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

 

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 on Tuesday 18th February 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.

 

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.

 

PARISH FAMILY

TROCAIRE  –  Eamonn Meehan has written on behalf of Trócaire and the families and communities they help, to thank the people of Down and Connor for the most generous donation of €471,741.77 to the shared Philippines and Syria Emergency Appeal.   With regard to the work being carried out by Trócaire, Eamonn Meehan states:  “In Syria thousands of families are being supported through the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, hygiene kits and other basic needs.  We are also providing educational support to ensure children have access to education during this crisis.  In the short term, families in the Philippines are also being supported through the provision of emergency shelter, food, water and other basic needs.  In the longer term, Trócaire expects to provide further support to enable families to rebuild their lives.  Once again I would like to express our deep appreciation for the remarkable and invaluable support of the Diocese of Down and Connor to the emergency appeal.  Following on from the support of Lent we are deeply grateful for this remarkable display of solidarity and generosity with the people of the Philippines and Syria.”

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.

EVANGELII GAUDIUM  –  “The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis, copies of the book are at the back of the Church.  Price £5 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

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.

TRAINING – for young people who would like to join the Prayer of the Faithful rota begins this Wednesday in the Hall. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Manus McGuinness, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Kevin Ballantine,  Gerard Kiely,  John McKenna,  Agnes McKenna,

Frank McEvoy,  Pat O’Callaghan,  Patricia O’Callaghan  and Pat Slack.

MONEY MATTERS

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.

VOCATIONS

VOCATION WEEKEND – A Vocation Weekend for Students and young men will take place in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from this Friday to next Sunday.  The Weekend is for anyone who is thinking about the possibility of a Vocation to the Priesthood or Religious Life.  Anyone interested should contact Fr. John Murray St. Michael’s Presbytery, 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast BT11 9EG or phone 9091 3761 for further information.  You can also email Fr John at mail@frmurray.co.uk.

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.

THIS WEEK

SPECIAL MASS FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND  –  each year we mark the World Day of the Sick by holding a special liturgy. The sick and housebound in the parish, together with their families and carers are invited to Mass, in the Church this Saturday at 6.30p.m.  We hope to be able to provide transport so that people will get the opportunity to join us for Mass. If you require transport contact Mary Walsh at 078 1549 3463 or Marina McConville on 077 7563 2066.   After the Mass, there will be refreshments served in the Parochial Hall for the sick and their carers.

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.

ST. JOSEPH’S PTA  –  are holding their annual fundraising cake sale in the Parochial Hall, this Sunday, after 9.30am and 11.30am Masses.  Everyone welcome.  Come and join us! Buy some treats and have a cuppa and a catch up with your fellow parishioners. All proceeds will go directly to improving the educational experiences of the pupils at the school. Donations of buns/cakes also welcome.  Contact Louise on 079 9070 0169.

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

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  are having a Butter Making Demonstration in the Parochial Hall this Wednesday afternoon at 2.00pm.  All welcome.  Why not come along and enjoy the craic.

COMING EVENTS

 

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  this group meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 18th February in the Committee Room at 8.00pm.

ST. VINCEMT DE PAUL UPDATE

As president of St Colmcille’s I was invited to attend a one afternoon civic forum titled Tackling Poverty Together at Belfast City Hall. The event took place on 20th January and was hosted by Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor  Mairtin O’ Muilleoir.

The forum focused on poverty, the impact of welfare reform and the role of Government.  Examples were outlined which demonstrated what is actually happening on the ground as a result of current policy.

Figures released by the Government this year show parts of East Belfast as one of the most deprived areas in Northern Ireland.  Three of the ten most deprived areas in the UK are located in Northern Ireland.

St Colmcille’s and St Matthew’s SVP Conferences jointly cover the East Belfast area. This includes the Clarawood, Braniel , Tullycarnet, Dundonald and Ballybeen areas of our Parish .

We are a busy conference visiting on average 6 families each week. At present, the majority of our members are near or above retirement age and this is a significant concern given the increasing demand for our services.

We need to recruit new members from our parish to strengthen the group and enable us to meet the needs of our local community.

As members of conference, we feel that the voluntary work we do is essential, worthwhile and rewarding.

We are asking you to consider joining us to provide this vital service to those less fortunate than ourselves.

If you would like more information please speak to any member of the Society after any of the weekend Masses.

OTHER NOTICES

IN THE FOOTSEPS OF ST. PAUL  –  Fr Paddy Delargy, All Saints Parish, Ballymena proposes to organize a pilgrimage in April or September/October 2014 flying Dublin Instanbul or Dublin Antalya.   To express interest contact All Saints Parish Office 2564 1515.

CURIOUS CHRISTIANS  – plan to look at “How do we read the Bible”, with particular reference to the book of Isaiah. Bill Boyd will lead our thinking, and it would be useful to have read Chapter 28 before we arrive.  We meet at 8.00pm in the Stye Brae Centre, Gilnahirk, this Monday and all will be welcome.

GILNAHIRK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH  – Women’s Guild Concert with the ‘Contact Singers’ will be held at 7.45pm this Wednesday in the Church Hall.  Tickets £10 (including supper) are available from the Church Office Tuesday to Friday mornings on 9040 3589).

ST. BRIGID’S DAY LECTURE  –  on Thursday 20th February 2014 at 7.30pm in St Brigid’s Church, Windsor Avenue, Belfast.  Speaker: Fr Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.  Fr Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the Dominican Community, Blackfriars, Oxford and was Master of the Order, 1992 – 2001. He is the author of a number of books and is internationally renowned as a teacher, preacher and speaker.  He will, in his lecture, reflect on new paths for the Church’s journey in the light of Pope Francis’ recent document “The Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium).  All are welcome.

“IN JOYFUL HOPE – A NEW STEP IN EUCHARISTIC COMMUNION”  –  this special event is being held in St. Anne’s Church on Tuesday, 25th February at 8.00 pm.  Everybody is Welcome.  Spread the word and spread the Welcome!

THE PERFECT TREAT FOR YOUR VALENTINE  –  based on the play ‘The Matchmaker’, St. Agnes’ Choral Society is delighted to announce that it will be performing the much loved classic ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in the Grand Opera House, from Wednesday 26th February to Saturday 1st March. Tickets can be booked by phoning 9024 1919 or online at www.goh.co.uk.

 

PRAXIS CARE  –  has received funding to offer a Befriending Service within the Belfast Trust area to individuals who face social isolation as a result of their mental ill health.  This service is delivered by trained volunteers who meet up with their Praxis Care friend approximately once a week to go for a coffee, out for a walk, to an event – anything that will help reduce the isolation felt by the individual. We are now recruiting volunteers to get involved with this vital work in our community, do you know anyone that would make an excellent Befriending volunteer?  More and more people around us feel isolated and lonely, this is one way to reduce that and make a difference in our local community.  For more information contact Catherine on 9072 7161 or catherinelittle@praxiscare.org.uk