13th September

VOL. 23 NO. 42  13TH SEPTEMBER 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


24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 787, 452 & 499)

24th Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon 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 (Isaiah 50:5-9)  I offered my back to those who struck me.
Psalm I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
2nd Reading (James 2:14-18) If good works do not go with faith, it is quite dead.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord; no one can come to the Father except through me.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 8:27-35)  You are the Christ.  The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously.
Children The disciples told Jesus that some people thought he was John the Baptist, others Elijah and some more thought he was another prophet.  Peter told Jesus that he thought he was the Messiah, the Christ.
Communion Antiphon 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 & Patricia McMullan










Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Fergal O’Mahony


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



The parish office will closed this Friday.



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 this Tuesday 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.


Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10.00am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org.  Booking forms are also available in the Church Porch.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

LIVING YOUTH –  Are you aged 16-21?  Why not register for the youth workshop and spend the day on Saturday 26th September  with other young adults, from across the Diocese at the Faith & Life Convention.  Find out more about your faith, discuss issues and join in the annual celebration of our faith.  £5 (includes lunch and refreshments) if you register through Living Youth.  For more detail or to register contact Claire at Living Youth, on 9023 2432 or email: info@livingyouthni.org.



BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Oliver John McGurk and Rachel Mary Robb who were baptised in St. Colmcille’s last weekend.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Lauren Geoghegan and Stephen McAlinden who were married on Saturday 5th September in St. Colmcille’s.

LIVING YOUTH – Aged 17-25?  Want to be part of World Youth Day 2016 in Poland?  Come and be part of the Living Youth Team and explore your faith, friendship, music, fun, culture and Mass with the Pope.  For more information go to www.livingyouthni.org  Closing date for Expression of Interest Forms is this Friday.

Accord  –  provides a counselling service for any couple who may be experiencing difficulties or challenges in their relationship. We also offer pre marriage courses for all couples preparing for marriage, with a comprehensive programme delivered by trained facilitators. The Belfast Centre is situated in Twin Spires Centre, Northumberland Street,  Belfast.  For further information please phone 9033 9944 or email belfast@accordni.com

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

PATHWAYS  – Adult Faith Development Programme at Drumalis.  Enrol now for 2015-2017 intake.  Pathways is a broad-based adult faith development course which explores spirituality, theology and prayer.  Now in its tenth year, Pathways is geared towards those who want to reflect about life, faith and relationships with God and others. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Drumalis in Larne. No academic qualifications are necessary and there is no coursework attached.  This two-year programme supported by the Diocese of Down and Connor runs from October to June each year and will be held on nine Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455, email maura@drumalis.co.uk  or see the Drumalis website: www.drumalis.co.uk

MONEY MATTERS                             

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

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



We pray for the repose of the soul of Isobella Magill, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Maureen Forrester,  Patricia McMullan,  Fergal O’Mahony,

Teresa Strain,  John Donnelly  and  Jackie Allen

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.



Girl Guide Brunch  –  St Colmcilles Girl Guide Unit are currently fund raising for their summer camp to France in 2016. Therefore they are having a brunch after both Masses this Sunday.  Join us for sausages/bacon/eggs …… tea, coffee, a chat and lots more!  Adults £4 and Children £2.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  do you enjoy compainship and meeting new friends?  Come and join us in the Iona Room of the Parochial on a Wednesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR  –  the staff and pupils of St. Joseph’s Primary School will attend the 9.30 Mass this Thursday morning, to ask God’s blessing on them for the school year.  We would encourage as many of our parents as possible to celebrate Mass with us.

artisan market  –  wil be held in the Church Grounds next Saturday.  The market will be held every third Saturday in the month from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  This is an exciting new venture for the community of Ballyhackamore at large. It is hoped that as local people congregate together in this place on a Saturday morning, they will feel part of a community. We hope that local Christians will grasp the vision and seek to be present and active in this community. With this in mind I would like to invite you to come along to enjoy the market, and to have interesting conversations with stallholders and customers alike. We hope God can use this market for His glory and the further building of His Kingdom here in Ballyhackamore.  Volunteers to help stallholders set up and pack up would be greatly appreciated

CHILDREN’S LITURGY –resumes at the 9.30am Sunday Mass. Annual registration for children takes place next Sunday after Mass in the Parochial Hall. Refreshments will be provided. All children attending the Liturgy, must wear their name badges. Leaders help to engage children in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist, by simplifying the Liturgy of the Word to their needs. Leaders help them to grasp the Gospel message through activity based learning, including role play, games, discussion and song. Children should be at least 3 years old. Additional volunteer helpers are needed. Please speak to any of the Leaders.

Ballyhackamore Golf Society   –  the last outing for 2015 is at Rockmount next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 12.15pm. The cost is £25. Members, guests and visitors are welcome. For more details call Peter 9076 3822.



SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend on the first evening to enroll their children: First Confession and First Holy Communion preparation class begins on Tuesday 29th September at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm; Confirmation students on Thursday 8th October at 6.15pm, class ends at 7.15pm. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO  –  will take place on Friday 9th October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm.  First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments.  Music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or after all Masses next weekend. We look forward to seeing you there.


11th Belfast St. Colmcilles, Scout Group

Another action packed summer for the Scout Group with Cubs and Scouts at camp and another fantastic performance in the “All Ireland” scoutcraft competition, the Phoenix.
25 Cubs had a great camp at Crawfordsburn at the end of June with plenty of on-site activities and trips off site to keep everyone very busy and entertained. This was followed with the scouts’ annual summer camp, this time to Gilwell Park , London. 31 Scouts had a brilliant time with plenty to do on-site and three trips off site into London, including a memorable trip to the London Dungeons. The camping standard was very high amongst the 6 patrols and a number of English and foreign scout leaders passed favourable comment on the camping skills of the scouts from the parish. Following summer camp, a patrol representing the troop participated in the Phoenix competition and having travelled to Limerick, competed with 101 other patrols drawn from all over Ireland for the Phoenix trophy. After 4 days of activities, the patrol representing St. Colmcille’s scouts achieved 12th position, a remarkable achievement and one we are very proud of. Well done to Ronan Cunningham, Eve Gilsennan, Robin Dane, Michael Walsh, Niamh Mallaghan, Conor Roberts, Sinead Lavery and Jemma Campbell. This is the 37th time since 1971 where the scouts have taken part in this competition, perhaps a record in itself.
Parents of current members of the Group are reminded of the Group camp at Crawfordsburn next weekend.



E­mail – qubcc@downandconnor.org

Website – www.qubcc.org

Twitter – @CatholicChapQUB

The Catholic Chaplaincy, 28 Elmwood Avenue, Re-opens on Monday 21st September.

Sunday Mass at 8.00pm starts 27th September.

Daily Mass at 12.15pm (12.45 during exams) from 28th September.

Come and use the Chaplaincy facilities  (Corpus Christi Chapel, library, lounge and prayer room)

Trust Café –Opened from 9.30am -Free Tea & Coffee. Food served from 12.00 noon to 2.15pm.  All welcome.

The Dedication of Studies Mass will be on Sunday 11th October 2015 at 8.00pm.  All students, staff, family and friends welcome.

Please sign up with the Chaplaincy as part of the Online Enrolment Procedures.



Could you help a child in need? –  Northern Ireland is currently experiencing a severe shortage of Foster Carers, and particularly carers from the Catholic  Community.  Kindercare Fostering is a not-for-profit organisation which works to find safe, secure and loving homes for children and young people in need in Northern Ireland.   We need Foster Carers in your area!  If you would be interested in finding out more about Fostering, please contact Gillian on 9094 1690, or email Gillian.devlin@kindercare.co.uk  or check us out at www.kindercareni.co.uk

Retired Teachers urgently neededone morning per week, across BelfastThe children’s special needs charity Sólás urgently needs the help of Retired Teacher Volunteers to provide 1:1 support to children, with additional educational needs, in primary schools in West, North and South Belfast.  One morning per week, during term time, is required and full induction and ongoing support will be provided.  Please contact Anne at Sólás on 9024 7600, or 075 1891 5430  or email anne@solasbt7.com for further details and information pack.

Service of Hope, Healing and Love –  in the week of World Suicide Prevention Day. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle, this Sunday at 3.00pm.  This Service is for everyone, those concerned about suicide, those who may be in crisis and those who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. People of all faiths or none are welcome. Please join us in the Parish Centre afterwards for light refreshments. If anyone wishes to speak confidentially to someone who is experienced in supporting others, this will also be available.

Belfast Annual Pioneer Mass  – the Annual Belfast Region Pioneer Mass will take place at 7.30pm this Wednesday evening in Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, Belfast.  Holy Rosary Pioneer Centre are celebrating their Centenary this year and this event will help to mark the occasion.  If anyone wishes to be presented with gold, silver or other Pioneer emblems please contact Pat (Tel:  9262 9959),  Josephine (Tel:.9061 7116) or the Diocesan Pioneer Office (Tel: 9089 4070) for details.

JOY TO THE GOSPEL  –  an exciting new course, focusing on the training and development of lay people to share their faith.  This will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue next Saturday and Saturday 3rd October from 9.30am to 4.00pm for more information contact M Vernon on 9032 6349 or email m.vernon300@btinternet.com.

Fund Raising Concert for Tobar Mhuire  –  ‘Donegal Catch’ in Concert on Friday 25th  September in Tobar Mhuire featuring: Ian Smith, Jacqui Sharkey, and Jody Gallagher.  For further information contact Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre on  4483 0242.

Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries   –  will be holding a Special Youth Service on Monday 28th September in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast at 8.00pm. Jonny Clarke, Director of YWAM Ireland will speak on the theme ‘Jesus Still Heals Today’. All are invited to attend this evening of hope for this generation.

THE PARENTING CHILDREN COURSE  –  for those parenting 0 to 10 year olds.  For 5 Tuesday evenings (6th & 20th October, 3rd, 17tth & 24th November) at 7.30pm in Knock Presbyterian Church.  Topics cover include: building strong foundations, love in action, setting boundaries, building character and our long term aim.  To register or find out more information contact Jacqui on 078 4092 4505 ro njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk.

Charity Premiere of Sunset Boulevard  –  St. Patrick’s Choral Society in association with the Stuck for Words Campaign are bringing the Irish Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard to the Grand Opera House, Belfast from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 10th October to raise funds for 4 local brain injury charities (CRY, Brain Injury Matters, Mind Yourself Your Mate, Declan McMullan Fund). The show features Mark McMullan who appeared on the Nolan show and RTE’s Late Late Show following his brother being left with Locked In syndrome. Tickets are now on sale via the www.goh.co.uk or by calling 9024 1919.

Belfast Beginning Experience –  is continuing its weekly support group meetings.  Are you suffering the pain of loss of a partner? 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.  Information Evening this Wednesday evening at 8.00pm. Support group commences Wednesday 23rd September 2015.  Residential Weekend from Friday 23rd October to Sunday 25th October in Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne. Application forms available on request.  For further information please contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.