17th January 2016

VOL. 24 NO. 08 17TH JANUARY 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


SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 831, 452 & 499)

2nd Week in Ordinary Time

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

Entrance Antiphon All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!
1st Reading (Isaiah 62:1-5)  The bridegroom rejoices in his bride.
Psalm Proclaims the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)  One and the same Spirit, who distributes gifts to different people just as he chooses.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 2:1-11)  This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee.
Children Jesus is baptised by John.  The Holy Spirit comes down from heaven like a dove.  God the Father is heard saying to Jesus, “You are my Son, the Beloved.”.
Communion Antiphon You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Tom Toland








Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Thomas Varkey



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



The parish office will closed this Friday.



Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, dedicated to living out in our daily lives, the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.  By showing mercy to others, we are witnessing to our faith in God.

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.



DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN DIRECTORY  –  copies of the Down & Connor Diocesan Directory, price £3.00, are on sale at the back of the Church. Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – who take the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound, should sign their name on the list in the Sacristy on each occasion.

THE WEDNESDAY WORDis a national prayer mission which links parishes throughout the country through regular weekly prayer. The Wednesday Word contains the following Sunday’s scripture readings and reflections and is an excellent way of preparing to come to Mass. It is available each week at the back of the Church to take home. Please do consider starting to use this Christ centred, scripture based, method of praying, in spiritual solidarity with many parishioners throughout the country

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

DIOCESAN YOUTH COMMISSION COLLECTION  – will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  Living Youth (the Down & Connor Youth Commission) is now 3 years old and working with more young people than ever before and they need our help if they are to continue growing and reaching more children, young people and young adults.  The number of young people currently engaged with Living Youth is impressive & includes 1551 young people on the Pope John Paul II Award over the 3 years, almost 1,000  11 and 12 year olds on the Parish GIFT programme this year and a large group of young adults on the Catholic Youth Alpha programme, summer pilgrimage, leadership training and the Papal Cross Award.



We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Gerald McGuckian  Nicholas Nelson,  Margaret Boylan,  Kathleen McKenna, 

Tom Toland,  Thomas Varkey  and  George Hugh Thompson.

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.



SERVICE OF LIGHT – is a Confirmation Commitment ceremony that will take place at the 6.30pm Mass this Saturday.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold its Church Unity Week Service this Sunday at 7.00pm in Knock Methodist Church.   Please come along and join the members of the other Churches in prayer.

Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our next meeting will be this Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in the Committee Room.  New members are welcome.

FRIDAY MORNING – this week please come along to the Iona room at 10.00am for hot coffee and scones. There will be an opportunity to view a 20 minute DVD presentation about Thomas More. In an age when Christain faith is once again on trial, St Thomas More’s witness speaks to us today with renewed power. In every aspect of his life, from his spectacular legal and political career, to his everyday home life as a father and husband, he sought to be true to his Christian faith.



11th Belfast Scout Group 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance  –  All ex members, friends and supporters of the Scout Group are invited to attend the 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance to celebrate the re-establishment of the Scout Group in the parish. The dinner will be held  on 6th February in the Stormont Hotel. Already ex members are travelling from far and near to be with us; Dubai, Brussels, Peru, Seoul, Boston, Leeds, Glasgow, London, Drogheda, Dublin and Carryduff! This will be a tremendous celebration of the proud history of the parish Scout Group, a history dating back to before World War Two and a history of friendship, achievement and fun, a celebration of quality scouting, admired the length and breadth of the country. Tickets at £35 per person are available by contacting Paul Browne on 90291935



St Joseph’s College Open Night  –  will be held on Thursday 28th January, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm with the Principal’s address at 7.00pm.


Ulster Rugby Players speaking in St Anne’s Cathedral–  three well known Ulster Rugby Players will be talking about their faith at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Monday, January 25th at 8.00pm.  They are Ruan Pienaar, Wiehahn Herbst and Paul Marshall.

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME  –  with Professor John Sweeney and Nellie McLaughlin RSM in Drumalis from  Friday 5th to Sunday 7th February. The recent publication of the papal document “Laudato Si” has highlighted many of the issues regarding the future of the planet – our common home.  This annual Spring Conference weekend will offer an opportunity to “enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”.  It is possible to attend either on a residential or non-residential basis, or for Saturday only.   For further details or to book a place, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455.  Further details and booking forms are also available on the Drumalis website www.drumalis.co.uk.

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES  –  from Friday 27th May to Wednesday 1st June.   The price of £599 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include: Return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by JWT License T.O. 052. Full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover for persons up to 85 years on date of return.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form please contact:-Mrs Jean Clarke, Hon. Secretary,  c/o Drumbo & Carryduff Parish,  6 Knockbracken Drive,  Carryduff,  Belfast,  BT8 8EX, or speak to us on 075 1675 9646, or  e-mail  mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer, Spiritual Directors: Rev. Dermot McCaughan, Fr. Adrian Eastwood, Fr. Andrew Black.

2016 CENTENARY OF THE ANGEL OF FATIMA.  –  Pilgrimage to Fatima & Santiago de Compostela,   from 9th to 18th August 2016.  3 Nights H/B Los Abetos Hotel Santiago, 6 Nights F/B Hotel Avenida Fatima.  Visiting Pontevedra, Tuy & Balasar.  Spiritual Directors are Fr Gerry McCloskey & Fr Sean Gilmore.  Special Group Price £709 inclusive of tax & insurance. Full Religious Programme. For further details contact Joe Catney on 9071 4001 or 077 7642 5631. Early booking is advisable. Deposit secures.

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND  –  from 19th to 26th May.  Spiritual Director Canon Sean Rogan. Highlights  include tour of the old town of Krakow, the shrine of Madonna at Czestochowa, the birth place of St. John Paul 11, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and Memorial Museum, Wieliczka Salt Mine & The shrine of Divine Mercy. Cost  £849 pp Includes return direct flights from Belfast  seven nights accommodation in 4 star hotel, three course meal, four nights in hotel and one night in  city centre restaurant, All entrance fees (Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Basilica Wadowice Museum, Auschwit, Salt Mine)  Full coach travel for all tours.  To book please call Downe Travel 4461 3288