17th August 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 37  16TH AUGUST 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


20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 771, 452 & 499)

20th Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand eleswhere.
1st Reading (Proverbs 9:1-6)  Eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared for you.
Psalm Taste and see that the Lord is good.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 5:15-20) Recognise what is the will of God.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  The Word was made flesh and lived among us; to all who did accept him He gave power to become children of God.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 6:51-58)  My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Children Jesus was talking to his friends. He told them that is the living bread that has come down from heaven and that his body is real food.  Jesus’ friends started arguing because they did not understand what he meant.  Jesus told them that if they eat this living bread they will enjoy life with God for ever.
Communion Antiphon With the Lord there is mercy; in him is plentiful redemption.



Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Fiona McNulty







Communion Service



Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          


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



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 10am.

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 from the Parish Office.  We look forward to seeing you in September.


SUMMER MASS TIMES  –  there will be one Mass on a Sunday morning at 11.00am during the months of July and August.

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

THANKS – to the fifty volunteer teenagers, young adults and adults who helped one hundred children enjoy the ‘Under the Big Top’ holiday week in the parish. The children learned that trusting in God is always rewarded and that when something unpleasant happens to us, when we pray to God, He can turn it to good ! The daily themes and messages were reinforced through the daily unfolding story of Joseph in Genesis, supported by arts & crafts, singing, dance and games, all led by the volunteers.  Special thanks to Irwins Bakery and Tescos, Ballyhackamore who sponsored the snacks for the children and leaders all week. Thanks also to the Education Authority Belfast, James Brown Funeral services, The New Evangelisation Trust and Loud Mouth Media who each contributed some financial support for the children and youth summer programmes. Miss Mc Kinley kindly provided use of the school assembly hall and sports equipment, for which we were very grateful. Some photos are on display in the Church porch.

RCIA  –  stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore and enquire into the Catholic faith.  It is a weekly series of classes and discussion covering a wide range of aspects of the Catholic faith. The weekly class lasts 1½ hours.  Participants on RCIA programmes come from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they felt the call of God urging them to change the direction of their lives.  RCIA is also for cradle Catholics who want a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith and for Catholics who have lapsed from the practice of celebrating their faith and whom God is inviting to come back to him.  Ultimately, RCIA is a journey of faith exploration and development, culminating in the reception of the catechumens/candidates into the Catholic community at Pentecost, if after their exploration and enquiry into the Catholic faith the Holy Spirit inspires them to do so.  The RCIA programme begins at St. Mary’s, Chapel Lane on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  Should you wish to take part, please contact Fr. James Boyle,  or Anne McCrossan to arrange a meeting and register. Phone 9032 0482 or email administratorofstmarys@btinternet.com.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Emma Louise Murray and Conor David Finnegan who were married on Friday 7th August in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                             

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

COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CARE HOME  –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This purpose built Diocesan Nursing Home was opened in October 1996, to provide 24 hour nursing care for the frail and elderly and the mentally infirm within a Christian environment.  The Home also provides day care facilities.  A new extension was added to the Home in 2004 bringing the total number of beds available to 86.  As a consequence of the upgrading and extension work the Home is presently £700,000 in debt.  The annual collection was established to help reduce the current debt.


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

Noel McGivern,  Willie Strain,  Fiona McNulty,  Kathleen Doyle,  Brian Slack,  Mary Fusco  and  Josephine Judge.

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.


SUMMER PROGRAMME – for children and youth in August concludes with a day trip to M & D’s Theme Park in Scotland this Wednesday.  Enquiries to Noeleen, 078 7949 8131 or email  colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk.  Forms available in Church Porch.

artisan market  –  is starting up in Ballyhackamore 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 the market, to be present and to have intentional 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.

Ballyhackamore Golf Society –  the next outing is to Mahee Island next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 1.30pm. The cost is £25 which includes a meal at ‘The Poacher’s Pocket’.  Members, visitors and guests are welcome. For further details contact Peter on 9076 3822.


PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.


Bangor Colloquium   –  Part 2 will take place in Luxeuil from Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th September.  Part 3 will be held in Bobbio from Saturday 21st until Sunday 22nd November.  The title of the Bangor Colloquium is “Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy”.


GOLDEN YEARS  – Summer club for Senior Citizens from this Monday to Thursday afternoon in Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian from 2.00pm to 4.15pm each day.  Admission is free.  Come along and bring your friends and feel free to participate or simply watch our activities: painting; decoupage; one finger, one thumb, keep moving; reach the target; mind benders; big sing; outing and enjoy tea and dessert each day.  To register please contact Edna on 079 2974 9257 or the church office on 9047 3891.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road on Saturday 5th September.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat –  from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Bookings/Registration to Eileen on 00 3538 7601 7709, or contemplativeoutreachireland@gmail.com.  Prayer Group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in Tobar Mhuire.