15th December


VOL. 22 NO. 03  15TH DECEMBER 2013


Father Ciaran Feeney  Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.  Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com










Kay & Thomas O’Neill




Special Intention



Special Intention





Anointing of the Sick

Special Intention

Confessions at 6.00pm


Mary Mount























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.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



STATEMENT BY BISHOP NOEL TREANOR  –  upon the Publication of the NBSCCCI Review of Safeguarding is available at the back of the Church.

CHRISTMAS OUTREACH  –  Ministers of Outreach have been visiting every home in the parish with a Christmas Card from Father Ciaran, containing details of the times of Christmas Services and information leaflets on the Bereavement Support Group, Intercessory Prayer Team, Volunteering and an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee.   If you have not already received your information, please contact Philomena in the Parish Office on 9065 4157, during the coming week.

GIFT – Growing in Faith Together is a fun-filled parish based faith programme for post Confirmation young people. It offers children in Year 8 (1st year) the opportunity to connect more fully with parish and to develop their Catholic faith. There are six sessions which will be delivered in Term 2.  Do you have experience working with young people or are you a Parent / Guardian of a year 8 student?  If you could help with this programme, please contact Noeleen on 078 7949 8131. Training with the resource materials will be provided.

DECEASED –   We pray for Mary Mount, whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Kay O’Neill,  Thomas O’Neill,  Peter Hughes  and  Theresa Hughes.



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


CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS –  are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS  –will be available over the weekends of Advent after all the Masses. We look forward to the usual generous support for this annual fundraising event. An added significance to the need for this appeal is the recent news that the mission was subjected to an armed robbery. Thankfully Fr. John was unhurt but traumatised and lost money, laptop computer, camera and other valuables. Please keep him in your prayers and also the safety of all who are part of the Mission.


“The Lord your God is in your midst,… He will renew you by his love.”  (Zephaniah 3)

This Sunday                            St. Colmcille’s                3.00pm

Monday evening                        Holy Rosary                    7.30pm

Tuesday evening                        St. Bernadette’s               7.30pm

Wednesday evening                   Drumbo                          7.30pm

Next Sunday                             St. Brigid’s                     4.00pm


The St Vincent de Paul annual appeal continues. We at St Colmcille’s will be collecting for the next few weeks. As with last year, we would like to request only cash and vouchers so that our families can buy exactly what they need. Cash is required to buy the essentials such as vegetables, meat and other fresh food. Money is also more practical as it may be used towards a top up card for the electric or gas meters or to buy heating oil stamps.

Your donations can be popped into our normal collection boxes with our members at the Church exits up to next Sunday. As most of our families live near a Tesco store this will be the best supermarket voucher to donate. Heating oil stamps can be purchased from many oil suppliers or you can specify on the envelope if you wish us to spend your donation on fuel.

This change from food hampers to money and vouchers ensures more controlled and healthier diets for our families. Those who suffer from allergies, diabetes or other conditions or those we help from different cultures will be able to purchase food suitable to their own special dietary needs.

In these difficult times for everyone this is another “ask” from you, the parishioners, but every year we get such tremendous support for this appeal and we thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. No matter how small (every £1 counts) all donations help to relieve the dreadful pressure our families suffer.

We will let you know after Christmas, how your donations have been used but for now thank you so much for your invaluable kindness and support.


DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass this Sunday.

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP  –  our last meeting for the year will be this Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm in the Committee Room.  We will look at the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent and some thoughts of Pope Francis.

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM – The author of this book, Matthew Kelly, proposes that Catholicism is a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. Listen to his remarkable insight on video clip this Thursday morning at 10.00am in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall. Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read Catholic book of our times. Book available to all attending. Refreshments provided.

CHRISTMAS DISCO – at the Youth Club next Saturday 21st December in the Parochial Hall, 7.15pm – 9.00pm. All old and new members welcome.

CHILDREN’S LITURGYat 6.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December. All children attending this Mass should come as a shepherd or an angel. Practice, for those children who would like to be involved in the Nativity story, is after 9.30am Mass next Sunday 22nd December.


REFRESHMENTS AFTER MIDNIGHT MASS  –  Come and join us for some refreshments (bubbly, tea or coffee) and mince pies after midnight Mass in the hall. Help to serve refreshments would be very welcome – so if you can do so, please call Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589.


SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  – congratulations to the 4 Leaders, 6 Rangers,        6 Guides, 6 Briginis and 8 Cygnets who were enrolled last Sunday during the 11.30am Mass.   The unit wishes to thank Father Ciaran, for making the Mass so meaningful to all of us and letting all sections of the unit participate so fully in the Mass. It was lovely to see so many parishioners coming and joining us in the den after the Mass for refreshments. Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone. The Unit would like to wish all members  of the parish family a Peaceful and Holy Christmas.  All sections will be closing this week for Christmas and will be recommencing on the week beginning Monday 13th January. Please look at the bulletin on Sunday 12th January for nights and times, if you wish to become involved.


ST. DOMINIC’S PAST PUPILS’ UNION  –  Annual Carol Service will take place in the school this Monday evening at 7.30pm (Refreshments afterwards).  Past Pupils and their friends are most welcome.9


AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL  –  presents their Annual Carol Service in the Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.  All welcome.

RUSSIAN GREATS  –  a SWOT and CRY Charity Concert.   Come along for an evening of great classical Russian works (including Shostakovich, Glinka and Tchaikovsky) and some Christmas tunes.      Money raised is for SWOT (Student’s Working Overseas Trust) who provide medical supplies for developing countries and for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who raise awareness and fund research to identify conditions leading to sudden death syndrome. The concert will take place at 7.45pm  on Saturday 28th December in St. Anne’s Church Dunmurry. Tickets: £5 (Includes Refreshments).

NORTHERN IRELAND CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  from Thursday 22nd May to Tuesday 27th May 2014.  We aim to help cancer patients and their carers make a pilgrimage to Lourdes and to provide nursing and medical support for them. Medical, nursing and other Oncology staff will travel with us on the Pilgrimage.  Return flights from Belfast (Aldergrove).  Full board at the Hotel Agena based on twin-bedded and treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover and the service of tour operators in Lourdes.  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer.  Spiritual Director: V. Rev Sean McCartney.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form, please speak to a member of the Committee on 075 1675 9646 or e-mail:- mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk.  Full Price £599:  Reductions are available for Cancer Patients



In the interim period between the retirement of the current Diocesan Advisers and the establishment of possible new ethos-support structures in the context of ESA, the Diocese of Down and Connor wishes to appoint Diocesan Advisers for Religious Education (one full-time equivalent at each of primary and post-primary levels) for the period January 1st 2014 – 30th June 2014. The Diocese is open to consider the option of job sharing and part-time working. Hourly rate £24.50p.

Candidates must have

–          At least 10 years’ experience of teaching RE in a Catholic school in the last 15 years;

–          Had at least three years’ leadership role within the teaching of RE in the relevant sector (primary or post-primary) or equivalent environment;

–          An in-depth knowledge of the current RE texts/courses and of the challenges facing RE teachers in Catholic schools

–          Be available to start work from January 2014.

Preference may be given to candidates who have

–          A record of on-going professional development in the area of teaching RE.

The successful applicants will be

–          Be based in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road, Belfast;

–          Have access to administrative support;

–          Be expected to have access to their own car (mileage allowance is given).

Application forms can be obtained by emailing a request to the following address: dmck@downandconnor.org.


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