1St December


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









James McEvoy


Dan O’Kane








Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm


Sarah Armstrong























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.



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.



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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.