10th April 2016


VOL. 24 NO. 20 10th APRIL 2016


Father Ciaran Feeney,  Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.  Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  

E-mail: stcolcmilles@downandconnor.org

St Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk Phone: 90650039

St Colmcille’s Pre School – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk Phone: 90472724



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Josefina Coline


Vladas & Regina Nastuleviciute









Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Gerry Hughes &

Sheila Shiels




As a parish family we pray for the repose of the soul of all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Josefina Coline, Jane Connor, John Connor,

Gerry Hughes, Louis O’Keefe, Sheila Shiels.



EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR EASTER  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.50 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.


MONEY MATTERS – the weekly offering cash collection and standing orders were £1889.96. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – Please collect your envelopes from the table at the back of the church if you have not already done so.

NIGHT TIME SECURITY – Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates. Thank you.



SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP– will gather on Tuesday 19th at 8.00 pm in the Committee Room (beside the Parish Office). This group is open to everyone and you are welcome to come for one week or a number of weeks.

ART OF CARING EXHIBITION AND SALE IS OPEN– You can call in until 11.00pm on Saturday (9th) and from 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday (10th). Admission £4 in aid of Marie Curie Hospice Centre, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Colmcile’s Guide Unit, 11th Belfast Scout Group and St Colmcille’s Parish. You don’t have to buy but it is a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of local artists including some of our own parish family. Volunteers are also needed to help with clear up. If you can help please contact Artie O’Neill or Roisin McMullan . Looking forward to seeing you there!

PILATES CLASS – starts Tuesday 19th April at 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall. Anyone interested can contact Olivia Davidson email info@alignpilatesni.com.
REMEMBERING THE BELFAST BLITZ  –  On Friday, 15th April at 7.00pm, Requiem Mass will be offered in St. Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, Belfast for the repose of the souls of the more than 900 victims of the Belfast Blitz.  Mass coincides with the 75th anniversary of this most disastrous event in the city’s history.

On Sunday, 17th April at 3.30pm, a Service of Remembrance will be held in St. Anne’s Cathedral at which Fr Michael Sheehan, Administrator of St. Patrick’s Church, will preach. The faithful of Belfast and the Diocese are warmly invited to attend both events.


DO THIS IN MEMORY – the children preparing for First Holy Communion and their families are invited to a special Mass next Sunday (17th) at 9.30am. This Mass is an important part of the children’s preparation for their First Holy Communion and all members of the parish family are welcome.

GRAND PARENTS/UNCLES/AUNTS – next gathering is on Thursday 21st April at 10.00am in the Iona room, Parochial Hall, beginning with refreshments. All are welcome to come along. The purpose of the gathering is to assist each other in- affirming our vital role in family life; developing loving relationships with grand children/neices/nephews; furthering intergenerational dialogue; passing down our faith to the younger generation; supporting each other in person and prayer.

BAPTISM INDUCTION – takes place monthly. The next induction will be held on Tuesday 19th April in the Iona Room from 8.00pm – 9.30pm. All new parents preparing their child for Baptism are invited to attend. Please book through the Parish Office.

HOLY CROSS MISSIONS – This missionary group from Bethlehem, The Holy Land will visit St Colmcilles Parish on the 23rd and 24th of April to briefly talk about the Holy Land and to sell religious articles made out of olive wood to help and support the poor Christians families. Any help you could give them it will be highly appreciated.


“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy.  I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God.” 

Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 19.

Could you reach out to someone you know in prison or their family?  Simply write a letter or drop an email of encouragement.  Also, remember imprisonment takes many forms.  Those who are sick can be housebound and isolated.  Can you help someone trapped or suffering from sickness?

A PILGRIMAGE COMPANION FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY  –  is a book of prayers and reflection, and is available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in the box beside Confessional.

YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  Application forms are 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) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10th-17th) – £600.  For more information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email lourdes@downandconnor.org.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND St. Patrick’s Parish, which hosts the Door of Mercy for Down and Connor Diocese, will lead a Pilgrimage of Mercy to Poland from 8th to 15th September. Pilgrims will be accommodated on a half-board basis in a luxury 4* hotel in the historic city of Krakow. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the shrine at Czestochowa, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the birthplace of St. John Paul II, the tomb of St. Faustina, the shrine of Divine Mercy and Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Itineraries and booking forms are available from St. Patrick’s Parish Office, 199 Donegall Street, Belfast (Tel: 9032 4597). The cost of the pilgrimage is €995 per person sharing (a single supplement applies). Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR – will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 from 1.00pm-4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast BT9 6FP. The seminar entitled ‘The Liturgical Service of God’s Mercy’, and presented by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm., costs £10 and is open to all. To book, please contact Malachy McKeever or liturgy@downandconnor.org.



WELCOME– we welcome into the parish family Sebastian Samuel Budde who was baptised last Sunday (3rd).

BAPTISM – Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Parish Office.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT– is available from the team.

HALL BOOKINGS– can be made by ringing Pat between 7.00-8.00pm Monday to Friday.