11th January 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 07  11TH JANUARY 2015

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.  191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St.  Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724


THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD – (Page 97, 452 & 95)

1st Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 1



After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
1st Reading (Isaiah 55:1-11)  Come to the water.  Listen and your soul will live.
Psalm With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
2nd Reading (1 John 5:1-9)  The Spirit and water and blood.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said:  This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 1:7-11)   You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.
Children Jesus goes to the River Jordan where he is baptised by John the Bpatist.  The Holy Spirit comes down from heaven.  God the Father tells everyone how much he loves his Son, Jesus.  Welcome to God’s family!


Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.    



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday






9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am





Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



Looking to the future Bishop Treanor is calling the Diocese to create new Pastoral Communities. This is part of a dynamic which began with the Listening Process of 2011. This new proposal is guided both  by the vision of a co-responsible Church focused on mission and the realities which are manifested by the findings of the Diocesan Review which took place last Spring. The Diocese is currently engaged in a process to determine the boundaries of our new Pastoral Communities. You are invited to read the Consultation Document available on the Diocesan Website www.downandconnor.org



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.



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 20th January 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.



BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Sebastian Gareth Kyle who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

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. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

DIOCESAN YOUTH COMMISSION COLLECTION  – will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.  There is a flyer called “Supporting our Young People and Young Adults on their Faith Journey” available at the back of the Church, giving details of the work being carried out by the Youth Commmisson in the Diocese.



We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Brian Nugent,  Fred Loder,  Bridie Loder  and  Monica Spence.

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.


The November winners for the Parish Draw are as follows: £100 – Maura McGuiness, £75 – Damien & Geraldine McCorry & £25 – Richard Duffin.

The December winners for the Parish Draw are as follows: £100 – Collette Carson , £75 – Marina McConville, £25 – Martine McCaugley

Thank you for all your support over the last year and we look forward to your continuing support in 2015.

This year’s Parish Draw is being launched on Saturday 7th February & Sunday 8th  February.  Committee members will be available at all the Masses for you to purchase a ticket.  Tea & Coffee will be available after both Masses on Sunday 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 or Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463.


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.


SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  – reopens for all sections this week.  Brigin Section – Monday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.  Ranger Section – Monday evening from 8.15pm to 9.30pm.  Cygnet Section – Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.  Guide Section – Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.  For further information please contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.

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

CONFIRMATION  MEETING  – parents / guardians of young people who are currently preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to a meeting this Wednesday at 7.00pm in the Parochial Hall.

SERVICE OF LIGHT  –  a service of commitment for the young people who are preparing for Confirmation, will be held  next Saturday at the 6.30pm Mass.  Confirmation will take place on Sunday 1st February at 11.30am Mass.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold its Church Unity Week Service next Sunday at 6.30pm in Knocknagoney Parish Church.   Please come along and join the members of the other Churches in prayer.


Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our first meeting for 2015 will be on Tuesday 20th January at 8.00pm. in the committee room. We meet monthly in  the third Tuesday of each month. All are welcome.


  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Open Nights will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January, commencing with the Principal’s Address at 7.00pm.

AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL  – open morning will be held next Saturday from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  The Principal, Mr Barry Kelly will deliver his speech to prospective parents and children at 9.30am and 11.30am.  Everyone welcome.


TAP Christmas Cards. A Happy New Year from Our Twinned Parish of Moita Bwawani in Tanzania!! Thanks to the generosity of the parishioners of St. Colmcille’s, the people of Moita Bwawani are also celebrating having received great gifts through our Christmas  Cards. Almost £3,300 was raised for our 3 life enriching projects and this will be considerably enhanced with Gift Aid.


HELP WANTED   –  parishioner seeks help 2 to 3 hours a week for light domestic work,  no heavy lifting expected. Remuneration negotiable and time flexible. Please contact Peter Stobart on 9045 9491 for further details.

Belfast Beginning Experience  – is continuing its weekly support group meetings during 2015.  Are you suffering the pain of loss? Looking for help and understanding?  Beginning Experience (a support group for widowed, separated and divorced people) meets every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm in St Bride’s Hall, 38, Derryvolgie Avenue, Malone Rd, Belfast. Information Evening this Wednesday at 8.00pm. Support group commences Wednesday 21st January 2015. For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.

THE WAY OF ST JAMES  –  Camino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015.  6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included.  Flying from Dublin Airport.  Cost – £715.00.  Seats are limited.  Single room supplement is extra.  £50.00 deposit secures a seat.  For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA –  from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015.  7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill  on 075 5435 4157.

LIVING YOUTH  –  Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website www.livingyouthni.org.  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.