17th August


VOL. 22 NO. 37  17TH AUGUST 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

Ann Carroll & Raymond Hamill

11.00am 9.30am







Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm    







Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am


20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Page 635, 452 & 499)

20th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 4


Entrance              Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed   Antiphon         one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

1st Reading           (Isaiah 56:1, 6-7)  I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain.

Psalm                    Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

2nd Reading          (Romans 11:13-15, 29-32)  With Israel, God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.

Acclamation        Alleluia, alleluia!  The sheep that belongs to me listen to my voice, says the Lord, I know them and they follow me.  Alleluia!

Gospel                   (Matthew 15:21-28)   Woman, you have great faith.

Children               Jesus was being pestered by a woman who wanted Jesus to heal her daughter.  The woman was not a Jew so at first Jesus did not do what she asked.  She knelt as Jesus’ feet and begged him.  Seeing that she really believed in him, Jesus healed her daughter, telling the woman that she had great faith.  This reading shows that anyone can believe in Jesus and feel this love in their lives.

Communion        With the Lord there is mercy; in him is plentiful redemption.  



Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



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.


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.


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.

CERTIFICATE IN LECTIO DIVINA FACILITATION  –  in Association with St. Mary’s University College, Belfast.  The Certificate in Lectio Divina Facilitation aims to equip participants to facilitate small Lectio Divina groups in a parish or community setting.  Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium recommended the ancient  practice of lectio divina, a practice of prayerfully reading scripture and “allowing it to enlighten and renew us.”  This course is offered to men and women from all walks of life who have completed the Pathways course or its equivalent or who are involved in some form of prayer guidance or Scripture study. It is possible to do the course for validation by St. Mary’s University College or for personal development alone.   This two-year programme runs from September to June each year and will be held on seven Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at Drumalis.  For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455 or email maura@drumalis.co.uk  Further details available on Drumalis website – http://www.drumalis.co.uk

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.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Brian O’Reilly, the relative of a parishioner, Roseanne Smyth, Tommy McQuillian and Joan Callaghan who died recently.  We also remember Ann Carroll and Raymond Hamill, whose  month’s mind occurs this weekend and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Fiona McNulty,  Willie Strain,  William Tully,  Mary Fusco  and  Josephine Judge

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.



SUMMER PROGRAMME  – for children and youth in August.  Application forms and more details can be found in the Church porch. The programme includes: day trip to M&D’s Theme Park in Scotland; adventure activities day; sports coaching; and a youth residential retreat. Enquiries to Noeleen: 078 7949 8131 or  email colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIEY  –  the next outing will be to Mahee Island on next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 1.00pm. The cost is £20. Members, visitors and guests will be welcomed.



DRUMALIS  –  the parish retreat this year will take place from Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th September.  Anyone who is interested in going please contact Pat on 9067 1036, to book a place.


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of evangelization that is made available at St Mary’s, Chapel Lane. It is a weekly process of talks and discussion covering a wide range of aspects of the Catholic faith and the scripture reading for the following Sunday. Meetings take place in the Fr. Hugh O’Donnell Room at St Mary’s on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm till 8.30pm.

RCIA is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore and enquire into the catholic faith. Participants 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 with the community at Sunday Mass and whom God is inviting to come back to him.

Ultimately, the RCIA journey of faith exploration and development culminates 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 process begins at St. Mary’s, Chapel Lane, in October. It is open to persons from any parish. Many people, young and old, are searching for a deeper meaning in life.

Anyone wishing to take part please contact Fr. James Boyle on 9032 0482 to arrange a meeting and register or by email: administratorofstmarys@btinternet.com

* Catechumens: are those who have not yet been baptized;

Candidates: are those baptized into another Christian denomination.


MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS  –  and change your own life forever.  Since 1960, Viatores Christi has aimed to respond to needs overseas and at home by giving people an opportunity to share their lives and skills with those in need. People from all backgrounds and professions join VC – people who want to challenge themselves to make a difference in the world, however big or small. If you want to explore such a challenge, and you are interested in learning more, please come along to our Volunteering Information Session in Belfast next Saturday at 3.00pm St Johns Hall (behind St Johns church) Falls Road, Belfast. To find out more, email colin@viatoreschristi.com call 01-8689986 or visit http://viatoreschristi.com/events/

VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST  –  please come and join us in prayer for the terrible situations in Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel next Saturday in St Peter’s Cathedral.  We will begin at 7.30pm with Adoration through to 10.45 pm and finish with a Mass for Peace at 11.00 pm.  Different groups will lead us in prayer and reflection during the hours of Adoration.

BELFAST COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIE CONCERT– in Aid of Cancer Research to be held in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle next Sunday at 7:30pm.  This is a unique opportunity to see this renowned choir who have just returned from a successful tour in New York.  This will be their first concert in Newcastle and they are performing for the very worthy cause of Cancer Research.  Tickets are £10 and are available at the door.  For further details please contact A Bingham 4372 5837 or J Coburn 4372 4201.

ST. COLUMBAN CONFERENCE  –  from Friday 29th to Saturday 30th August in the Ecological Institue, Dalgan Park, Navan.  The programme will include lecture, discussions and inputs from Columban Groups in Ireland and Europe.  For more information please see poster in porch or contact Elizabeth McArdle on 046 9021 525 ext 567.

PROJECT JUSTICE –  the Justice Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly is currently running a public consultation on a proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will ensure that private clinics, such as the Marie Stopes centre in Belfast, cannot legally carry out abortion. Please sign a ‘submission postcard’ and show your support for the amendment and make clear your opposition to Marie Stopes. Closing date for written submissions is Friday 12th September. For ‘submission postcards’ or further information, please contact Precious Life on 9027 8484 or email us at info@preciouslife.com.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE –  To Our Lady’s shrine at Knock takes place on  Sunday 14th September.   Blessing of the sick 2.30 pm. Mass 3pm.  Chief is Celebrant Archbishop Charles Brown Papal Nuncio. Everyone welcome.  Children are invited to compose a prayer for their Grandparents and send it to
CGA office Castlebar St Westport Co Mayo. All prayers will be displayed in the basilica and blessed during the Mass.   For further information, coach and train travel email info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.com

IRISH TOUR TICKETS  –  10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.  Phone – 9031 0101 are bringing a group to walk the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago from 27th September to 4th October. Spanish guide and Belfast based tour manager (who walked the 500 mile trek in 2012) accompanying the group.  7 nights half board accommodation, daily bag transfers, airport transfers in Spain, route notes, pilgrims passport – £597 pps – www.irishtourtickets.com/item/book-your-camino-here.