VOL. 22 NO. 47 26TH OCTOBER 2014
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
THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR – (Page 676, 452 & 499)
30th Week in Ordinary Time
Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 2
|Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lod and his strength; constantly seek his face.|
|1st Reading||(Exodus 22:20-26) If you are harsh with the widow, the orphan, my anger will flare against you.|
|Psalm||I love you, Lord, my strength.|
|2nd Reading||(1 Thessalonians 1:5-10) You broke with idolatry and became servants of God; you are now waiting for his Son.|
|Acclamation||Alleluia, alleluia! Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!|
|Gospel||(Matthew 22:34-40) You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.|
|Children||The enemies of Jesus asked him what the most important commandment was. They thought that whatever he chose they could prove him wrong. Jesus said that loving God was the most important, and that loving our neighbour was next. If we love God and our neighbour we will be keeping all the commandments.|
|We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult in the name of our God.|
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
Anointing of the Sick
|Confession at 6.00pm||11.30am
SATURDAY IS THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS – and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses in the parish are on Friday evening at 7.00pm and Saturday morning at 9.30am.
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
The parish office will be closed this Monday and Tuesday.
THANK YOU FROM FATHER CIARAN
I would like to thank everyone who made my Silver Jubilee such a memorable occasion, a very humble and sincere thank you.
Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.
DAILY MEDITATION FOR NOVEMBER – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.25 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes
PARISH CENSUS – is constantly changing due to new families moving into the parish, and existing families moving homes. The parish makes a conscious effort to ensure the information we hold is correct and up to date, but we need help from all families to ensure this is done. If you have moved into the parish and have not registered, please complete a yellow census card at the back of the Church, and place in the bulletin box. If you have moved house please fill out a white card at the back of the Church, and again leave in the bulletin box. Parishioners who are moving out of the parish are asked to inform Philomena in the office when they have moved. Your co-operation in keeping our census up to date is appreciated.
JOIN OUR CHOIR – we are looking for members. Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or if you already know your way around a song sheet, we would be delighted to see you at a rehearsal. Don’t keep your talent to yourself, come and share it with us! Thinking about it? Then why not try a few rehearsals to try it out any Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Church. Contact Colin email@example.com for more information.
CTS BOOKLETS – a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. Payment should be placed in any of the Candelabra boxes.
PARISH FACEBOOK – please search for St Colmcilles Parish on Facebook and ‘like’ to join the page for up to date parish information and uplifting comments.
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.
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 it in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.
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.
BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL – Pat will not be available to take bookings for the Parochial Hall until Monday 10th November.
DECEASED – We pray for the repose of the soul of Gerard Harris, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;
Leo McCarney, Winifred Kells and Anne Kinsella.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.
The latest winners of the Parish Draw are: Clare McKenna – £100, John O’Brien – £75 & Keira Simpson – £25.
ST. COLMCILLE’S BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
St Colmcilles has 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.
MONTH OF NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SOULS – during the month of November Mass will be celebrated each day for the repose of the souls of those deceased whose names have been included in the November Dead Lists. Lists are available at the rear of the Church. If you wish to donate an offering for the Masses, please include it with the List in the envelope provided. Completed Lists can be placed in the collection baskets or in the box at the rear of the Church.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION – are promoting the Short-Term Pledge for November in honour of the Holy Souls. November is traditionally dedicated as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray in a special way for family members/ relatives/friends who are no longer with us. By a long-standing Irish custom, many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacriﬁcial act for the benefit of their deceased loved ones, and for all the Souls in Purgatory. For more information contact 00 353 1874 9464.
Sometimes important things get away from us – things like faith. Is this you?
- Too busy despite best intentions?
- Asked questions about faith but unsure how to answer?
- Have a desire to connect more deeply with the Catholic faith?
‘AWAKENING FAITH’ may be just right for you. This initial 4 weekly session series explores topics on what’s spirituality, who Jesus is, what we think of the Holy Spirit, whether we can find forgiveness. First session begins on Wednesday 12th November from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Parochial Hall with opportunity for honest conversation, candid questions in a setting of openness and hospitality.
DIOCESAN VOCATION VIGIL – in St. Patrick’s, Donegall Street on Friday 14th November from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Open to all to come and pray for vocations in the Church.
VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN – in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.
VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – will have an extended session for the Pre School to Primary 3 group, starting this Sunday.
APOSTOLIC WORK – will meet on Tuesday 4th November in the Iona Room at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome
- COMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 5th November at 7.30pm for all parents, and any parishioners who may wish to find out more about the Guide Unit in the parish.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – will be held on Sunday 9th November. It is the practice of St Colmcille’s to visit surrounding Churches for a Remembrance Day Service. If you can do so please put your name on the list at the back of the Church and include the name of the Church and which of its services you will be attending.
EARLY ALERT – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December. All families welcome! More details later.
HOME START ANNUAL COLLECTION – will take place next Saturday in Connswater Shopping Centre from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Home Start through its volunteers suports families with children under five.
LIVING YOUTH – we would like to thank everyone for their kind and generous donations to our Bible drive at Living Youth. The response has been amazing and we feel truly blessed. In answer to all the enquiries on how to donate to Living Youth, the bibles we are purchasing are £14.99 so any donation, big or small, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Living Youth on 9023 2432. Our office is based at 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast.
Trócaire – is holding a special Mass for the dead on Thursday 13th November at 7:30pm in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ormeau Road. The Mass is in memory of all those generous people who have supported Trócaire throughout the years. There will be light refreshments afterwards. Please come along to remember your loved ones and honor their commitment to a just world. Contact Joseph O’Neill on 9080 8030 or email@example.com for more information.
PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – continues in Knock Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 18th November and Tuesday 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVING YOUTH – Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia Team 2015: Following on from our successful Habitat for Humanity projects over the past two years Living Youth is excited to announce recruitment for another youth team due to travel to Ethiopia next summer. Provisional dates: 20th July to 3rd August 2015. Applicants should be 18 years or over and all team members will be expected to contribute to the cost of the trip as well as engage in an extensive fundraising campaign. For more information and details of online applications please contact: Claire Smylie, Office Manager, 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH. Phone – 9023 2432 or email – email@example.com. Closing Date for Applications: Monday 3rd November
LOSS AND BLESSINGS – in Tobar Mhuire Retreat House, Crossgar on Saturday 15th November from 10.30am to 4.00pm. November is a time when we remember loved ones who have died. At times we are too hurt or too busy looking after others to reflect upon the blessings we have received from those who have died. This day of prayer; reflection and symbols, will be a chance to take time aside; to reflect upon the memory of those who have died, and to give thanks for those who have touched our lives. Come aside and join us. You are welcome to bring a picture or memento of the person you are remembering. Suggested Offering – £20 to include tea/coffee and light lunch. Phone 4483 0242 to book your place.