11th October 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 45  11TH OCTOBER 2015

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

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net

E-mail: stcolmcilles@downandconnor.org

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

St Colmcille’s Pre School – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724


28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 803, 452 & 499)

28th Week in Ordinary Time 

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 4

Entrance Antiphon If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel.
1st Reading (Wisdon 7:7-11)  Compare with wisdom, I held riches as nothing.
Psalm Fill us with your love that we may rejoice.
2nd Reading (Hebrews 4:12-13) The word of God can judge secret emotions and thoughts.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing mysteries of the kingdon to mere children.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 10:17-30)  Go and sell everything you own and follow me.
Children A rich young man asks Jesus how he can enter the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus tells him he needs to sell everything he owns, give the money to the poor and then follow him.  The rich man goes away sad because what Jesus has asked him to do is very hard.
Communion Antiphon The rich suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Gina Roe


Harry McClure









Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Geraldine McCormick, Marie & Eamon Kerrigan



There will be a special Parish “Fund for Food Aid” collection this weekend at all Masses.  This proceeds from the collection will be divided between St. Vincent de Paul and Trocaire.


Would those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates.



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 October 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.



“Come and See” Day  – in St. Malachy’s Seminary, next Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Why not explore it further and come along to the “Come and See” day. This event will provide you with an opportunity to visit our Diocesan Seminary, to meet those young men who are studying for the priesthood and to spend time in prayer and reflection.  If you’re interested in coming to this event, please contact Father Kevin McGuckien (Vocations Director) – by email at kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com or on 9061 4567.

THE ROSARY – everyone is invited to join in a parish nine day Rosary Novena for their own and/or other intentions, starting on Friday 23rd October. You may say the full Rosary each day or one decade of the Rosary, in order to take part in the parish Novena. Please encourage children and young people to join in too.  Details and a Novena prayer are on a leaflet at the back of the Church. Meanwhile the Rosary will continued to be said after the weekday Masses. Resources are available in the Church porch.

THE WEDNESDAY WORDis a national prayer mission which links parishes throughout the country through regular weekly prayer. The Wednesday Word contains the following Sunday’s scripture readings and reflections and is an excellent way of preparing to come to Mass. It is available each week at the back of the Church to take home. Please do consider starting to use this Christ centred, scripture based, method of praying, in spiritual solidarity with many parishioners throughout the country

JOHN PAUL 11  AWARD – enables young adults to become more actively involved in the life of their  parish and community. It is open to students currently in Year 13 (6th year). As well as the feeling of personal achievement that they will gain from taking part in the award, participation will help to show future employers and educators that they can make an on-going commitment to a task. Commitment to the Award is for 16 months, during which time, each young person registers 20 sessions or activities in their parish and 20 sessions or activities in their community or with a charitable or social justice organization.  Application forms from Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or email colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

SHOE BOX APPEAL – you are invited to participate in this scheme, to give a gift-filled shoe box to a disadvantaged child this Christmas. Leaflets and flat pack shoe boxes are available in the Church porch. Deadline for donating boxes is Sunday 1st November. Please leave your filled shoe box in the Church porch or Sacristy.

Cleaner required –  for the Parochial Hall.Three hours per week.  Applications  forms are available from Philomena in the Parish Office.  Closing date for completed application is Monday 19th October.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Garrett Hugh Haughey and Amelia Rae Tiongson who were baptised in St. Colmcille’s last weekend.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Ursula Kelleher and Deric Henderson who were married on Saturday 3rd October in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH COLLECTION  –  will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.



We pray for the repose of the soul of Lamberto Laconico, Gina Roe and Harry McClure who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Joe Nelson,  Madge Hughes,  Sean Hughes,  Roy King,  Vincent McBrinn, 

Rosey Sharkey,  Geraldine McCormick,  Marie Kerrigan  and  Eamon Kerrigan

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eithne Daly, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.



AN INSIGHT INTO SEEKING ASYLUM IN NORTHERN IRELAND  –  a talk will be given by Margaret McNulty, Information Officer for Embrace this Monday evening in the Parochial Hall at 7.30pm.  Embrace is a group of Christians from different denominations whose primary role it to provide information and resources for Churches and individuals in order to make Northern Ireland a more welcoming place for minority – ethnic people.   In view of the Syrian Crisis this is a most relevant talk by an expert in ths field.

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

Information session for volunteers with Children and Young PeOple –  to be held this Tuesday evening at St Paul’s Pastoral Centre, Belfast from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  The Safeguarding Committee must provide names in advance of this session.  If you hope to attend please email st.colmcillespsc@gmail.com or contact Karen Diamond on 077 1110 9268.

artisan market  –  will be held in the Church Grounds next Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  Volunteers to help stallholders set up and pack up would be greatly appreciated.

COMMISSIONING – of new Ministers of the Word will take place at the 11.30am Mass next Sunday.



Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our next meeting was due to be held on Tuesday 20th October.  However, this meeting has been cancelled.

LIVING YOUTH  –  ‘Light the Blue Touchpaper’. If you are 18+ and would like to join us for our latest programme which includes music, speakers, debate, visits and pizza why not join us for our Monday evening sessions.  Starts Monday 2nd November at 6.00pm, ring Living Youth to book your place on 9023 2432

LIVING YOUTH – Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia Team 2016: Following our successful Habitat for Humanity projects over the past three years Living Youth is excited to announce recruitment for another youth team due to travel to Ethiopia next summer. Provisional dates: 8th to 22nd  August 2016.  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. The budget for this trip is £2,000 p/p. This includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses and a £600 minimum donation to Habitat’s work. To register or get more information visit: www.habitatni.co.uk, call 9263 5635 or email gv@habitatni.co.uk

Advent Family Weekend in Corrymeela  –  back to school and already thinking about Christmas? Well, why not take time out and join families from Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church for the Traditional Advent Family Weekend in Corrymeela from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November. The cost this year is £160 for a family with two earners and £120 for a family with one earner. The price includes all meals from Friday night’s light supper to lunch on Sunday. For more information please contact John Barry 078 4072 8477, email jb654395@yahoo.co.uk or Paula Sheils 075 9033 1477, email paula.sheils@hotmail.co.uk


11th Belfast Scout Group, St. Colmcilles

Group Camp  –  the Group held a very successful Group camp at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre recently. A total of 77 youth members with 13 leaders enjoyed a weekend of fun and activities, ably facilitated by the 12 Venture Scouts also present at the camp. The Saturday BBQ saw a total of 165 people served tasty hotdogs and hamburgers with loads of appetising salads and refreshing drinks. All in all a great start to the year. We now have waiting lists for our Cub Pack and Scout Troop, both having in excess of 40 members.

Reunion Dinner  –  to mark the 50th anniversary since the re start of the Scouts in the parish, a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance has been arranged for the 6th February 2016 in the Stormont Hotel. All ex members of the Group, leaders and committee people are invited to attend, as are all parents and supporters. The Scout Group has been an integral part of the youth provision in St. Colmcilles Parish during good and bad times and it’s fitting that we celebrate the continued success of the Group. Please let family members no longer living in the parish know of this event. A dedicated Facebook page will be developed and further details about the reunion will be given as they become available.



Dr Michael Downey – will give a talk whose title is: Mission, Mercy, Margins: Hallmarks of the Ministry of Pope Francis, this Tuesday evening, at 7.30pm, in Holy Cross Monastery (Rostrevor Co. Down).

YOUTH 2000  –  invites all young adults between ages of 16 to 35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from this Friday to next Sunday at Lough Derg.  This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 150 young people from all over the country.   The weekend is being organised by young people for young people.  Parental consent is essential for all those under 18.  Al meals are provided for and accommodation is on site.  Don’t let money be an obstacle; just bring any donation and a sleeping bag.  Newcomers very welcome.  For more details phone 075 9887 6339 or visit www.youth2000.ie.

AUTUMN FAIR  –  at Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church Hall next Saturday at 2.00pm.  Attractions include: a Pipe Band; ‘Paramedi-kidz’ from the NI Ambulance Service; a wide variety of stalls including cakes, breads, jams, books, toiletries, plants, fresh veg/potatoes; children’s activities; face painting; teas; BBQ; Ice Cream van.  Entrance – £2.00 (adults) & 50p (children).

GALA BALL  –  in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, next Saturday evening at 7.00pm.  Event organised as part of Anti Slavery Week.  Proceeds to Flourish NI, a charity dedicated to supporting those impacted by human trafficking.  Drinks reception, 3 course meal and entertainment.  Tickets £45.  For further information contact Mary Cairns on 078 8120 4514 or Nicki on 079 2780 1390 or visit www.flourish.org.

Apostolic Work Ceili  –  Antrim Ceili Club invite you to a Ceili Night next Saturday evening in St Joseph’s Parish Centre, 56 Greystone Road, Antrim.  Dancing to Raymond Loney Ceili Band from 9.30pm to 12.30am.  Admission £5 (inc supper).  Proceeds in aid of Apostolic Work.  Come along and enjoy a good night’s craic whilst helping to raise funds for this worthy cause.

STRESS CONROL  –  a free 6 week Stress Management Programme.  Monday evenings, in Skainos Centre , Newtownards Road from 6.30pm to 8.00pm commencing 2nd November.  Tuesday evenings, in Falls Road Library from 6.30pm to 8.00pm commencing on 3rd November.  Wednesday afternoons, in Linen Hall Library from 12.30pm to 1.30pm commencing on 4th November.  To register interest or find out more information please contact Audrey on 9504 2689

Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure  –  a unique piece of music theatre by Felicity McCall exploring Josef Locke’s life, music and legacy by The Playhouse Derry will be presented at The Lyric Theatre Belfast from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November. For further information contact the Box Office on 9038 1081 or www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

A Concert by Candlelight –  to be given by the Irish Harp Orchestra in collaboration with the combined choirs of St. Patrick’s Parish, Belfast and Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch.  The ensemble will perform an orchestral-choral suite, Brian Boru, the Lion of Ireland, and will be directed by the suite’s composer, renowned harpist, Dr Janet Harbison.  The concert will be performed by candlelight in St. Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, one of Belfast’s most beautiful and historic churches.  Do join the priests and people of St. Patrick’s, on Saturday 24th October, at 8.30pm for what promises to be an enchanting evening of music and song.  Admission is free and a retiring collection in aid of the Church’s Restoration Project will be taken up.

Hidden Pearls  –  is a retreat day, on Saturday 24th October, for people with learning disabilities, their friends, families and carers.  Led by Maria Garvey and Jillian Gould, it will be a time to recognize and celebrate people’s gifts through sharing stories, music, dance and art.   The day will begin at 9.00am with registration and end at 4.45pm and costs £40 per person or £70 when two people book together.   For further information or to book please contact Drumalis on 2827 6455 or 2827 2196.

Beginning Experience –  is a peer ministry to the bereaved, separated and divorced, based within the Family Ministry of the Diocese of Down and Connor. We are offering a Residential Weekend from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October at Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne.  The loss of a partner through death, separation or divorce is devastating. To find out more, contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.