15th May 2016

VOL. 24 NO. 25  15TH MAY 2016

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


PENTECOST SUNDAY – (Page 398, 452 & 330)

7th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 3



The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 2:1-11)  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak.
Psalm Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
2nd Reading (Romans 8:8-17)   Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 14:15-16, 23-26)  The Holy Spirit will teach you everything.
Children Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit so that we can remember everything he taught us.  Jesus ask us to love him and to follow his teachings always.


They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of the marvels of God, alleluia.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Kay Hill



Daniel McConnell


Elsie Campbell


Billy Truesdale





Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am




Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.









This Sunday is a very important day for the young people of the Parish who are receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion at the 11.30am Mass. It is a special occasion and a day of great joy, not only for the boys and girls and their families, but it is a joyful day for the whole parish community.

Congratulations to all the children who are receiving their First Holy Communion and we ask parishioners to remember them in their prayers:

Emma Archer,     Ruby Atkins, Fiona Batas, Cherizz Bergantinos, Sonia-Julia Bhargan, Cara Birt, Elijah Blake, Eli Cairns, Dara Cotter, Christopher Cusick, Reno-Jude Cyriac, Isabella Deards, Benjamin Delamare, Rachel Ferguson, Ruairi Gillespie, Aoife Hadley, Alfie Hampton, Aaron Harding, Sophie Hart, Charlotte Hutcheon, Cliona Hutchinson, Niamh Hyde, Luke Kearney, Darragh Kelly, Ellen Kelly, Julia Kempinska, Sarah Kernohan, Louis Kerr, Christopher Latimer, Olivia Leskiewicz, Dara McCabe, James McClure, Cara McDermott, Mia McDowell, Ella McIver, Jacob McIver, Fionnuala McKeown, Alice McKimm, Elizabeth McQuillan, Mathew Michrina, Kobi Isaac Miranda, Tom Moffett, Grace Monteith, Thomas Morelli-Moore, Rebecca Muir, James Nelson, Lewis Noonan, Muirinn O’Brien, James O’Kane, Imogen O’Mahoney-Truesdale, Shea O’Neill, Evanna Oakes, Lucy Quinn, Noah Reynolds, Jack Ryden, Khiro Sansalian, Leo Shipsides, Megan Smyth, Javier Sroka, Emily Strahan, Olivia Strahan, Nikitha Sunny, Tyler Sweet, Malachy Tohill, Lea Uhrinora, Daniel Ward and Aoife Wolfe.

Our thanks to the Parents, Teachers and Catechists for all their support in preparing the children for First Holy Communion.


We pray for the repose of the soul of Billy Truesdale, who died recenlty and for Kay Hill whose months mind occurs this weekend and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Daniel McConnell,  Elsie Campbell,  Alejandron Penaranda,  Una Gallaher,

Ted Gallahger,  Sam Heath,  George Bell  and  Dorothy Gilmore.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eithne Daly, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.


ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT –  is held in the parish every 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. Adoration teams cover specific hours. There is still opportunity to join the rota (details beside Bulletin box in the porch of the Church) or feel free to drop in at anytime during these hours.

CHAPEL OF ADORATION – Arrangements are being made to furnish the Chapel with a new tabernacle, seating, kneelers etc over the next few weeks to create a space of reverence, dignity and beauty. This will be such a blessing for the parish and future generations. If you wish to sponsor or make a contribution towards the cost of an item, envelopes with further details of these items are available this weekend at all the Masses. They can be returned to the parish office for the Parish Adoration Committee, put in the Offertory Collection basket next weekend or given to Fr Feeney.  All contributions will be acknowledged


“We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”  Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 5.

It is a tragedy that people still live without clean water.  Charities like Trócaire and Habitat provide basic resources for people in developing countries.  Are you in a position to support their work?  Or you could be conscious of the amount of water you use and work to reduce waste?

YEAR OF MERCY 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) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £600; Youth Team age 16-25 (8-17th) –  £500.  For more information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email Lourdes@downandconnor.org.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND St. Patrick’s Parish, which hosts the Door of Mercy for Down and Connor Diocese, will lead a Pilgrimage of Mercy to Poland from 8th to 15th September. Pilgrims will be accommodated on a half-board basis in a luxury 4* hotel in the historic city of Krakow. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the shrine at Czestochowa, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the birthplace of St. John Paul II, the tomb of St. Faustina, the shrine of Divine Mercy and Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Itineraries and booking forms are available from St. Patrick’s Parish Office, 199 Donegall Street, Belfast (Tel: 9032 4597). The cost of the pilgrimage is €995 per person sharing (a single supplement applies). Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

CTS BOOKLETS  – for the Year of Mercy, are now available to purchase from the stand in the Church porch.


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.


EXAM BUDDIES–  all students  preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June.

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.

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.

HALL BOOKINGS  –  Pat is available to take bookings for the Hall.  Please phone her on 9067 1036, Monday to Friday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL  – CLARE LODGE CENTREA centre for well being.  Situated at 3 Castle Place Newcastle, County Down, Clare Lodge is more than just a holiday centre, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity for those who need a break from the pressures of day to day life, or to enjoy a relaxing stay by the sea.  One of the few holiday centres to be opened all year round Clare Lodge can accommodate 42 guests in 18 en suite bedrooms all with tea and coffee making facilities free internet access and flat screen televisions.  Together with a large dining hall, comfortable lounge and an outside seating area, this is a modern, spacious centre.  All rooms are wheelchair accessible with a lift for ease of access.  We can offer week long breaks, Sunday to Saturday as well as midweek and weekends on a full board basis which includes, breakfast, lunch, evening meal and light supper.  Bed and breakfast and tailored options are also available.  For further information contact any member of your local St. Vincent de Paul Conference or directly to Clare Lodge on 4372 2849.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

Annual Diocesan Collection for the Education of our Student Priests –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This year our Diocese has eight students in training for the Priesthood.   Rev. James O’Reilly will be ordained Sunday, 12th June at 3.00pm in the Church of Christ the Redeemer.  The other students are Manuelito, Tony, James, Michael, Kevin, Christopher and Stiofan. Please keep them in your prayers.  Your financial contribution is another concrete way of supporting our students as they journey towards Priesthood for service in our parishes.


Thank you to everyone who signed up to this year’s Parish Draw.  Tickets will be given out within the next couple of weeks by members of the Parish Social & Fundraising Committee If you need any more information you can contact Lucy on 079 0080 7589 or Mary on 078 1549 3463or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee.


BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold their Pentecost Service on  this Sunday, in Garnerville Church  at 7.00pm.  All welcome.


SCRIPTURE STUDY GROUP  –  our next meeting is this Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in the Committee Room to  reviews the readings for Trinity Sunday and The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  outing to Lissan House, Cookstown this Wednesday.  Bus leaving at 11.00am.  Cost £20.  To book please ring Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us on this day out.

WATCH AND PRAISE  –  Down and Connor Young Adult Ministry are hosting an evening of prayer, Eucharistic adoration and praise this Thursday evening in the Chapel of the Adoration Convent on the Falls Road, Belfast. The evening is organised for young adults (18-35) but all are welcome. It will consist of a Holy Hour with reflective music and then tea and chat! We are very grateful to the Adoration Sisters for making us feel so welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

artisan market  –  will be held in the Church Grounds next Saturday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  Volunteers to help stallholders set up and pack up would be greatly appreciated.

APOSTOLIC WORK  ANNUAL DISPLAY AND SALE  – will be held next Saturday and Sunday.



STEAK AND SLIDERS NIGHT  –  book your place now for the annual Steak and Sliders BBQ  in the Hall on Friday 3rd June.  Finest sirloin steaks, chicken fillets or vegetarian option with fabulous salads and sides plus the ever popular ice cream sliders all for £15. This has been a very successful night for a number of years now so bring your friends, even book a table and enjoy the evening with 1970’s disco.  BYO drinks.  In order to plan food please confirm attendance to the social and fundraising team at all Masses this weekend or ring Lucy on 079 0080 7589 or Mary on 078 1549 3463.



INTERESTED IN ADOPTION?  –  Family Care Society specialises in finding forever families for children aged 3 years old and upwards and for brothers and sisters. This year we have successfully placed more brothers and sisters together and half of them were over the age of 3.  Many more children need forever families. Could you be their new family? We are also seeking families who would be interested in becoming concurrent carers for babies under 2 years old.  If you would like to talk to one of our specialist adoption practitioners please contact: Rachael on 9069 1133, Julie or Brian on 7136 8592 or email: email@familycaresociety.org.  We look forward to hearing from you.

BELFAST ONE WORLD RUN this event is held annually at this time of year to raise funds for four of the leading charities working with the poor and deprived in various under-developed countries: Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam and Trociare.  The Run – formerly called the “THIRD WORLD RUN”  has been held annually since 1987, so this will actually be the 30th staging of the event !  It is organised by a small voluntary cross-community committee working in conjunction with the four agencies, and all proceeds from the event, now totalling more than £195,000 over the past 29 years, are divided between them. We will hope to pass the £200,000 total this year!  This year’s Run is being  held In Ormeau Park next Sunday at 3.00 pm. There are three separate events: – a 10K Run, and 5K and 2K  Runs  or Walks, so entrants of all ages and abilities can participate, from serious runners to pensioners, toddlers, family groups etc . A new feature this year is that accurate chip timing has been introduced for the 10K Run to attract the more experienced club runners.  For more information and an entry form please visit the website www.belfastoneworldrun.com

THE BETHANY BEREAVEMENT TEAM  –   in Holywood Parish, would like to invite you to the Mass of the Angels, on Friday 20th May at 7.00pm.  We welcome anyone who has suffered the loss of a child whether it be in the womb, at birth or later life to come to our parish to join us for this Mass of the Angels.

FAMILY FUN DAY – in Knock Methodist Centre on Saturday 21st May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.  Admission £2.50 person, which includes: bouncy castle, nail and facepainting, tattoos, badge making, sausage sizzle, duck hunt, teas, ice cream, bouncy slide, tug of war and bran tub.  Everyone welcome.

A CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC AND VESPERS  –  featuring the acclaimed University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, in Holy Family Church, on Monday 23rd May at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Parish Funds. Refreshments will be served afterwards.  For more information contact Holy Family Parish on 9074 3119 or email holyfamily@downandconnor.org.

PARISH LIFE IN BRAZIL IN RECENT TIMES  – Fr. Paul Turley and Fr. Brendan Callanan, Redemptorist Priests, will give a talk on their experiences in Brazil, in Dundrum Parish Centre, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th May. Everyone welcome.

AL-ANON OPEN MEETING  –  on Saturday 11th June at 12:00 noon in the Montforde Room,  Skainos Centre,  Newtownards Rd.  AA is a well known fellowship providing support for alcoholics.  Al-Anon, providing help and support to family and friends affected by someone else’s drinking, is less well known.  An Al-Anon group meets weekly on Saturdays at 12:00 noon in the Montforde room at the Skainos Centre. Al-Anon groups meet every day in and around Belfast.  This invitation is extended in the hope of raising awareness of the invaluable support available.

FORGIVENESS:  THE KEY TO HEALING AND HAPPINESS  –  this retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts, disappointments and the constant challenge to forgive, so that we will be better able to let go, move on, and find peace and happiness.  The retreat will be held in Dromantine and will be facilitated by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA, from Saturday 11th June at 10.00am to Sunday 12th June at 2.00pm.  All are welcome to attend either on a residential or non-residential basis.  If you cannot attend both days, you can come for Saturday only.   Booking is necessary.  Please phone Dromantine on 3082 1964 to apply or email on admin@dromantineconference.com

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL  –  Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July.  This is a four day celebration of faith for young people aged 16-35. There is an action packed programme of inspiring talks, workshops, testimonies, prayer, music,  drama and much more.   The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from all around Ireland.  For more information and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie