15th June


VOL. 22 NO. 28  15th JUNE 2014


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



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Mary Ellen Herbert

9.30am  Elsie Campbell 9.30am

Mary Thompson




Jack Donnelly


Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am







Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website : www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



St Colmcilles has a Bereavement Support group to be present for and to listen to anyone suffering bereavement after a death, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. The group is here for all, regardless of culture, faith or no faith and is made up of nine parishioners who have all been trained by NI Hospice professionals; on-going training and guidance will continue with the Hospice team.  If you wish to know more about Bereavement Support please telephone us on 074 5698 9458 or complete a Request form and place in the Bereavement Support Box situated at the back of the Church and one of the group will make contact with you. The members of the group are: Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan, Lucy Traynor.



INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM  –  is a small group who meet on a weekly basis to add their voices to yours, presenting your needs to God. Requests for prayer can be made by completing a Petition Slip and placing it in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

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.

A SEVEN DAY CANDLE  – burns continuously at Our Lady’s Prayer Space in the Sanctuary for the intentions of a sponsor. Candles cost £5 each and this offering should be placed in the box in the wall when you light your candle.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Thompson, a parishioner, who died recently, Elsie Campbell whose month’s mind occurs this weekend  and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Jack Donnelly, Tom Fleming, Mary Ellen Herbert, Michael & Teresa Kelly, Margaret Mc Grath and  Henry Mc Kenna.


MONEY MATTERS                        

Weekly Offering Collection – £1,198.83

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

PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION  –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This collection was started centuries ago to provide financial support for the Pope and has evolved as a resource to fund the Holy See’s charitable actions for those in need. The Peter’s Pence Collection is used by the Pope to support special charitable projects in developing countries as well as defraying expenses of the work of the Church. ‘Peter’s Pence’ is the most characteristic expression of the participation of all the faithful in the Bishop of Rome’s charitable initiatives in favour of the universal Church. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes and of faithful in grave difficulties (the poor, children, the elderly, those marginalized and the victims of war or natural disasters; concrete aid to Bishops or dioceses in need, Catholic education, assistance to refugees and immigrants, etc.).

PARISH DRAW – The winners of the 3rd Parish Draw for 2014 are: Fr Ciaran Feeney – £100, Brenda McMeekin Dunn – £75 & Eilish Kelly – £25.  If anyone would still like to purchase a ticket please contact anyone on the Social & Fundraising Committee or the Parish Office.


FAMILY MASSthis Sunday at 9.30am, to celebrate the fruits of Children’s Liturgy. All Primary 4 children who recently received their First Communion are particularly welcome. Refreshments in the hall after Mass. All welcome.

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP– will meet on this Tuesday, in the committee room at 8.00 p.m. We will continue to reflect on the effects in our lives of Creation/Incarnation.

CONSCIENCE – a guide to living and acting in a secular society?  – is a presentation in St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Derryvolgie Avenue on this Tuesday at 7.30pm by Fr Edward O’Donnell, Mr Brett Lockhart and  Fr Timothy Bartlett. Everyone welcome.

WEDNESDAY CLUB – Trip to Ranfurly House, Dungannon this Wednesday. Ranfurly House is a Heritage Centre detailing the history of the O’Neill’s. The bus is leaving the Church car park at 10.30am and returning at approximately 6.00pm. Members : £20 and non members: £23. Why not join us for this last trip before the summer holiday.  Everybody welcome. To book ring Pat : 9067 1036 or Anna : 9065 1351                                                 CLONARD NOVENA – will be held from this Wednesday 18th to Thursday 26th  June.  Leaflets giving all times and details of services are available in the porch.  Please take one home with you.   Further information is available on www.clonard.com


LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE -The annual Living Church Lough Derg 3 day Pilgrimage will take place this year from Fri 27th June to Sunday 29th June. The pilgrimage will be the

traditional three day format. Please consider coming along this year. The cost of the pilgrimage is £60.00. The cost does not include travel to the island. For details of travel arrangements and to book a place please call the Living Church Office on 02890690920 or email office@livingchurchdc.org  by Monday 16th June.

DIOCESAN CONVENTION“Living the Faith to Make a Difference”,  will be held on Saturday 20th September at Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock. There are twelve workshops to choose from.  Places are limited and the closing date for applications is Friday 27th June. Forms are available at the back of the Church.

TOBAR MHUIRE RETREAT CENTRE– 3rd Annual  Summer Institute, 1st – 3rd July.

Theme: “The Passion of the Church”, facilitated by Fr Peter McVerry SJ and Fr Tom Scanlon CP. For further information phone:  02844 830 242 or email:  tobarmhuirecrossgar.com



PARISH BREAKFAST – at Neill’s Hill restaurant last Thursday morning was a huge success. It was a great witness to the Ballyhackamore community by our Church group. The thirty three parishioners and their friends who attended, had a very satisfying meal, the atmosphere was great and everyone enjoyed the chat over breakfast.

PARISH FACEBOOK  – please search for St Colmcilles Parish on Facebook and ‘like’ to join the page for up to date parish information and uplifting comments.

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

CHURCH VISITStrandtown and St Joseph’s Primary 4 classes joined together to visit St Colmcille’s and Kirkpatrick Memorial Churches over the past two weeks. This project was part of the Community Relations, Equity and Diversity programme. The CRED project was planned by the school staff, Mrs McAllister and Ms Kelly, and it was part of a scheme to explore other cultures and religions.                   

HOMESTART’S CHILDREN’S CHARITY SHOP urgently needs items such as prams, car seats, cots, baby walkers, stair gates and any clothing items.  If you have any of these items that you no longer use and would like them to go to good use please contact us on 02890 459429 and we will arrange to pick them up or feel free to drop them in to 140 Albertbridge Road. All donations greatly appreciated.                                                               

RALLY FOR LIFE – on Saturday 5th July at 2.00pm at Custom House Square, Belfast. Stand together, North and South, against a new abortion push in Belfast and  Dublin – politicians in Stormont and the Dáil need to see thousands opposing the bid to introduce abortion for unborn babies with disabilities.                                                                                                       

MICHAELA FOUNDATION – Girls Summer Camp at St. Mary’s College, Belfast, from Monday 30th June – Friday 4th July. The Summer Camp offers 11 to 13 year-old girls the opportunity to experience a range of inspiring and entertaining activities including fashion, Irish and well-being, all taught by highly-experienced and trained experts in a fun and supportive environment, whilst growing in faith. For more information and to book a space visit: www.themichaelafoundation.com