17th April

VOL. 24 NO. 21 17th APRIL 2016


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

E-mail: stcolcmilles@downandconnor.org

St Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk Phone: 90650039

St Colmcille’s Pre School – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk Phone: 90472724



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday












Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am





As a parish family we pray for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Hill and all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

                                  Dermot Allister, Noel Boden and Brendan Sharkie



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.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR EASTER  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.50 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.


MONEY MATTERS – the weekly offering cash collection and standing orders were £1,900. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

TROCAIRE – to date : £4304.28.  Please return your  Trocaire boxes before the end of April. If your making a payment by cheque  please make it payable to St. Colmcilles Parish.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES – Please collect your envelopes from the table at the back of the church if you have not already done so.

NIGHT TIME SECURITY – Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates. Thank you.



BAPTISM INDUCTION – takes place monthly. The next induction will be held this Tuesday 19th April in the Iona Room from 8.00pm – 9.30pm. All new parents preparing their child for Baptism are invited to attend. Please book through the Parish Office.

GRAND PARENTS/UNCLES/AUNTS – next gathering is this Thursday 21st April at 10.00am in the Iona room, Parochial Hall, beginning with refreshments. All are welcome to come along. The purpose of the gathering is to assist each other in- affirming our vital role in family life; developing loving relationships with grand children/neices/nephews; furthering intergenerational dialogue; passing down our faith to the younger generation; supporting each other in person and prayer.

REMEMBERING THE BELFAST BLITZ  –  This Sunday, 17th April at 3.30pm, a Service of Remembrance will be held in St. Anne’s Cathedral at which Fr Michael Sheehan, Administrator of St. Patrick’s Church, will preach. The faithful of Belfast and the Diocese are warmly invited to attend both events.


HOLY CROSS MISSIONS – This missionary group from Bethlehem, The Holy Land will visit St Colmcilles Parish next weekend (23rd and 24th of April) to briefly talk about the Holy Land and to sell religious articles made out of olive wood to help and support the poor Christians families. Any help you could give them will be highly appreciated.

ARDS CCE HOST ULSTER FLEADH – in Bangor from July 16th – 24th, with many events including Irish Music Sensations BEOGA on Saturday 16th July at St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Bangor and THE SANDS FAMILY on Thursday 21st July at Bangor Abbey.  Tickets cost only £10 for each concert – More info on www.ulsterfleadh.com.

SCRIPTURE STUDY GROUP– Our next meeting is on Tuesday 19th April at 8.00pm in the committee room . Reflections will be on the 5th and 6th Sunday of Easter. Everyone welcome .

GILNAHIRK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Sunday 24th April 7.00pm “Commemorating 1916- Easter Rising & Battle of the Somme” with Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick ( Professor of Church History at Union Theological College & Queen’s  University) in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church. The Service wil conclude at 8.00pm but it will be followed by a cup of tea an opportunity for discussion for all who wish to stay afterwards ( finishing at 8.45pm). Everyone will be welcome.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many parishes in the Diocese of Down and Connor. Why not St. Colmcille’s?  Eucharistic Adoration teams are being set up in our own parish.  You will find out more about what Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament means this weekend (16th / 17th ) and the blessings it will bring to you, your family and the parish.

Would you like to be on the rota for the Adoration parish team?

All you need is one hour at your disposal in a week … and a willing heart!

If you did not get the opportunity to sign up yet it is not too late. The Adoration hours are Monday 2.00pm – 8.00pm , Tuesday 2.00pm – 8.00pm. The Adoration ministry will begin on Monday 2nd  May, Tuesday 3rd May and continue weekly through the year.  If you would like to commit to an hour during these times, please pick up a card next to the bulletin box in the porch and return it to the box when completed.


“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy.  I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God.” 

Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 19.

Could you reach out to someone you know in prison or their family?  Simply write a letter or drop an email of encouragement.  Also, remember imprisonment takes many forms.  Those who are sick can be housebound and isolated.  Can you help someone trapped or suffering from sickness?

A PILGRIMAGE COMPANION FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY  –  is a book of prayers and reflection, and is available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in the box beside Confessional.

YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  Application forms are 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 11th-16th) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10th-17th) – £600.  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.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR – will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 from 1.00pm-4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast BT9 6FP. The seminar entitled ‘The Liturgical Service of God’s Mercy’, and presented by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm., costs £10 and is open to all. To book, please contact Malachy McKeever on 07760 108903 or liturgy@downandconnor.org.



BAPTISM – Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Parish Office.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT– is available from the team on 07456 989458.

HALL BOOKINGS– can be made by ringing Pat on 9067 1036 between 7.00-8.00pm Monday to Friday.