12th April 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 20  12TH APRIL 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


SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – (Page 332, 452 & 495)

2nd  Week of Easter

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 2



Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 4:32-35)  United, heart and soul.
Psalm Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
2nd Reading (1 John 5:1-6)  Anyone who has been begotton by God has already overcome the world.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Jesus said: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 20:19-31)   Eight days later, Jesus came.
Children Jesus appears to his friends again.  Today he speaks to Thomas, who did not believe that Jesus was alive.  Thomas believes once he has seen Jesus.  Jesus says that those who believe in him without even seeing him are blessed and happy.


Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.    



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Mary Wright


Sheila Sheils



9.30am 9.30am

Noel Bowden


Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Gerry Hughes



Could 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 21st April 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.



CHURCH OPENING TIMES  –  the church will be open each day at the following times:  Monday – 10.00am  to 3.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9.00am to 3.30pm; Friday – 9.00am to 1.00pm; Saturday – 6.00pm to 7.30pm and Sunday – 9.00am to 1.00pm.

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.

PARISH CENSUS  –  is constantly changing due to new families moving into the parish, and existing families moving homes.  The parish makes a conscious effort to ensure the information we hold is correct and up to date, but we need help from all families to ensure this is done.  If you have moved into the parish and have not registered, please complete a yellow census card at the back of the Church, and place in the bulletin box.  If you have moved house please fill out a white card at the back of the Church, and again leave in the bulletin box.  Parishioners who are moving out of the parish are asked to inform Philomena in the office when they have moved.  Your co-operation in keeping our census up to date is appreciated.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – An Eastertide Journey of Prayer for 2015 are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the Candelabras.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Closer to Christ in the Eucharist” will be held on Saturday 9th May from 1.00pm to 4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Derryvolgie Avenue.  It will be presented by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm. The Seminar is open to all, and will be especially interesting to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Seminar Fee £10.  To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever on 077 6010 8903 or e-mail: malachy.mck@gmail.com

FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT MEETING – parents, whose children are currently preparing for this sacrament and who were unable to attend the Enrolment Meeting in March, are invited to enrol their child for the sacrament, at a First Communion Enrolment Meeting on Wednesday 29th April at 7.00pm in the Parochial Hall. Parents who attended in March need not attend this meeting.

LIVING YOUTH – Music Ministry Day with DCF on Saturday 25th April in St Bernadette’s Parish, Belfast.  £15.00 per person.  Contact Living Youth to register:  info@livingyouthni.org or phone 9023 2432.


ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  application forms are now 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 11-16th) – £570 in hotel or £450 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £625; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8-17th £520.  For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email dcpilgrimage@gmail.com

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Laura Crawford and Paul Heatley who were married on Tuesday 7th April in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin this Sunday.  New boxes of envelopes, are in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish as soon as possible.  Boxes may be left in the parish office or returned through the Offertory collection baskets at Mass.  It would be appreciated if any small coins could be changed to larger denominations.  All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish. 


We pray for the reposes of the souls of Gerry Hughes, who died on Thursday and for Kathleen McMullan, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Mary Wright,  Sheila Sheils,  Noel Bowden,  Eileen Curran  and  Cyril Gibson.

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.


Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Have you felt called to serve Christ in the Church as a priest?  If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015.  For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9061 4567 or email:kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room.

GIFT 2 – Growing in Faith Together, is an activity based programme of 6 sessions for year 9 and year 10 students. It will commence this Wednesday in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Contact Noeleen on  078 7949 8131  or colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

INDOOR BOWLING CLUB  –  will recommence this Thursday evening.

Concert   –  by St.Colmcille’s Choir, St. Joseph’s Primary School & the Sing for Life Choir will be singing an extravaganza of contemporary & familiar songs this Friday evening at 7.30pm  in St. Colmcille’s Church, to raise funds jointly for Cancer Focus NI and our own Parish. Light refreshments included in the Parochial Hall afterwards.  Tickets £10, Children 11-17 £5, Children under 11 Free. Please put the date in your diary now.  Not to be missed!


Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our meetings will resume on Tuesday 21st April, at 8.00pm in the Committee Room.


The Outreach Mission of the Philippine Embassy in London will be present in the Parochial Hall this Sunday from 9.30am to 12.00 noon.  Contact details for on site arrangements are Katrina Albarico – 077 9678 7513 and Vhee Benasa – 078 2809 5361.


FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY  –  will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral, this Sunday, commencing at 2.30pm.  The Rosary will be followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass.  Confession available.  Car parking available.  All welcome.

St. Malachy’s College Annual Concert  –  next Sunday at 4.00pm  in the Ulster Hall.  Adults £10, Concession £8, Family(4) £30. Tickets available from College Reception  on 9074 8285.

Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration  –  third All Ireland pilgrimage to Knock, on Sunday 26th April.  Buses will be available for this event. £15 return.  To book your seat phone or text 077 3828 2199.

Catholic Singles – is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season –  opens Saturday 2nd May with One Day Retreats which continue on 3rd, 4th 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th of May. Advance booking is essential.  The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May. You can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage any day between 29th May and 13th August. Pre-booking not required.  Contact Lough Derg 00 353 7198 61518 or email. info@loughderg.org

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP  –  a new group for those interested in expressing themselves in Creative writing.  Every Monday evening at Gartan, 2b My Lady’s Mile, Holywood, from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.  Initially for 6 weeks, starting this Monday evening.  For more information contact Patrick on 075 0645 1043.  The group is open to every level – beginners to advanced, aged 21 years up.