11th September 2016


VOL. 24 NO. 43 11th September 2016

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

Phone – 028 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net

E-mail – stcolmcilles@downandconnor.org


24th  week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 4     

Entrance  Antiphon (Ecclesiasticus 36:18) Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel.
1st Reading (Exodus 32:7-11. 13-14) The Lord relented and did not bring on his people

the disaster he had threatened.

2nd Reading   (1 Timothy 1:12-17) Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten

the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for

us. Alleluia!

Gospel (Luke 15:1- 32) There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant


Children Jesus tells three stories. One is about a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine sheep to go and find one which is lost. He is delighted to find the lost sheep and has a party to celebrate! In another story a woman searches everywhere for a lost coin and is overjoyed when she finds it!

The third story is about a father who has two sons. The younger son takes his share of the money and leaves home. He spends it all having a good time. Eventually the son decides to go back home to his father and say sorry. The father is so happy to see his son again he throws a huge party for him!

Communion Antiphon (Psalm 35:8) How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of men seek shelter in the shadow of your wings.


Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Maureen Forrester

Nial O’ Connor




John Donnelly




John Judge



Mass for the Opening of      St Joseph’s  School Year






of the Sick

Confessions 6.00pm 11.30am


Charles Caldwell




We joyfully welcome into the Parish Family: 

Fintan Stephen Ferris Brown, Teja Gruzauskaite,

Maria Toland and Tom James O’Brien

who were Baptised last  weekend.

The next Baptismal Course takes place on Tuesday 20th September in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. Please contact the Parish Office to register attendance or make enquiries.


Monday and Tuesday from 2.00pm to 9.00pm

in the Chapel of Adoration.

Entrance is from the outside door at the left side of the Church.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is a time for us to pray, listen and be in the presence of Jesus. Each Holy Hour that we spend with Jesus will deepen his divine peace in our hearts;

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (2 Peter 5:7)

‘Peace is my gift to you’ (John 14:27)


ADORERS: More volunteers are needed to cover hours on Monday and Tuesday from 4.00pm -5.00pm and 5.00pm -6.00pm. If you wish to commit on a weekly basis for any of these hourly slots please add your name and tel. no. to the register in the Adoration Chapel.



The specially commissioned furniture for the Chapel is now in place, providing a warm and welcoming environment for prayerful and reverent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Many thanks to all who contributed towards the furnishings

and may you be truly blessed for your generosity.

‘‘Indeed this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him, shall have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day”

(John 6: 40)


Warm Congratulations to Maeve Browne and Neal Diamond          who were married in St Colmcille’s recently.




We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died recently.

We remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Charles Caldwell, John Donnelly, Maureen Forrester, John Judge, Jane McCourt,

Patricia Mc Mullan and also Nial O’Connor whose months mind occurs at this time


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458




To celebrate the year of Mercy the parish is offering a one day retreat

at Lough Derg on Saturday 24th September 2016.


“I bind to myself this day the power of God to guide me.”

Confession, St Patrick.


The Living Faith Group of St Colmcille’s are organising a day retreat to a sacred space where you can feel the energy of centuries of prayer.


The day offers a set programme of prayer and reflection and concludes with the celebration of Mass in St Patrick’s Basilica.  Please note footwear stays on!


The cost is £39 per person which includes admission, transport, refreshments on arrival and lunch. A £10 deposit is required. Coach will leave the Church car park at 7.15am and return at approximately 7.30pm.


You can reserve your place by calling/texting Rosemary Cowan on 07923 246992 or Joan Rogan on  028 90 28201




Why not come away to the quiet- an opportunity to grow in your faith and deepen your prayer. This year’s St Colmcille’s Parish Retreat takes place at Drumalis next weekend, 17th– 18th September 2016.

It invites us to contemplate the mercy of God as a way to living an authentic Christian life “instilling in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (Pope Francis).

For further information please contact Pat Feenan – telephone 9067 1036



The purpose of greeting those who attend Church is to be a warm and friendly face and to provide missals, bulletins and other leaflets. Being a source of information about the Parish will make the Church experience a better one and will encourage new parishioners to come again.

Jim Deeds from the Living Church Organisation will be giving a talk in the Church Hall on Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm, providing useful tips for those who are already Ministers of Welcome and explaining all about the Ministry of Welcome for anyone who might wish to get involved.




To celebrate the canonisation of Mother Teresa in Rome on Sunday 4th September, there will be a showing of the DVD ‘Mother Teresa and Her World’ on this Friday 16th September in the Iona Room at 10.00am, beginning with refreshments.



next Saturday 17th September, in the Church Car Park, from 10.00am – 2.00pm



There will be a Family Mass next Sunday 18th September at 9.30am. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall after both the 9.30am and 11.30am Mass.



The scripture and prayer group will meet again on Tuesday 20th September and will take place on every third Tuesday of the month in the parish committee room at 8.00pm. We will complete the Sundays of Year C and in November, start the Gospel of Matthew, Cycle A. It is only  a small group that meet monthly for some input on the Sunday readings, coupled with short discussions and reflections.


To appreciate the rich legacy of Ballyhackamore’s fine ecclesiastical hertiage, there will be a walking tour and talk, beginning at 2.30pm on Thursday 22nd September, starting at St Columba’s, Kings Road. See noticeboard for itinerary or www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org


The Diocese will host the 3rd Faith & Life Convention on Saturday 24th September. This year we will focus on the theme “Faith in a world in need of Mercy”.  Keynote speaker will be Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service and former MP and we have a selection of 23 workshops available in the afternoon.  A crèche facility  will be available for children aged 0-4 and there are free passes for young people aged 16 – 21. Online Booking is now available: www.faithandlifeconvention.org and we would encourage you to book early and to select your workshops which are booked on a first come first served basis.  Cost including lunch is £25.



St Colmcille’s Holywood, Bethany Bereavement Support Group invites you to a 5 Week Healing Programme, commencing Thursday 29th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm each evening and continuing for 5 consecutive weeks.  The programme is designed to help us understand more fully the grieving process and apply this to our personal grief journey.  If you would like to join us on this journey towards healing and wholeness or if you would like more information, please contact 07580 820872



On Friday 7th October come join in the fun and take part in the Camel Racing & Disco in the Parochial Hall. The doors open at 7.30pm and the first race will commence at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you choose, it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments.  Music will be on until 12.30am. Tickets are only £5 per person and are available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 07854 140019, Lucy Traynor 07900 807589 or Mary Walsh 07815 493463.



St Colmcille’s Guide Unit caters for girls who are in Primary One and above.

All sections will reopen during the month of September as follows:


Cygnet section (P1 & P2) on Wednesday 21st September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (P3 to P6)  on Monday 19th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm;

Guide section (P7 to age 14)  this Wednesday 14th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm;

Ranger section (age 14+)  will meet this Monday 12th September from 8.15pm to 9.30pm.

The Unit is operated completely by female volunteers, who attend relevant training courses and we are always looking to extend our team.   Anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to help us should contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.  Training and support will be
given to any new volunteer.

During the summer, 34 members of the Unit participated in a week long camp in the Ardecehe Region of France. They took part in Canoeing, High Ropes, Archery, Abseiling and many more activities.

Please consider if you are able to help these young people continue the experience of Guiding within St. Colmcille’s Parish.  For more information please contact Philomena.




Weekly Collection: £1958.37

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

The Autumn Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.



The winners of the 5th Parish Draw for 2016 are

£100 – Joan Rogan (53); £75 – Mary Cairns (52); £25 – Kate Acton (591).


The winners of the 6th Parish Draw for 2016 are

£100 – Maura McGuinness (298); £75 – Fintan Rodgers (508); £25 – Ciara Reynolds(378).


The winners of the 7th Parish Draw for 2016 are

£100 – Tom O’Neill (126); £75 – Betty Dawson (5); £25 Mary McKenna (1