18th November 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 47  18TH OCTOBER 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


29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 807, 452 & 499)

29th Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Tell among the nations his glory, and his wonders among all the peoples, for the Lord is great and highly to be praised.
1st Reading (Isaiah 53:10-11)  If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life.
Psalm May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.
2nd Reading (Hebrews 4:14-16) Let us be confident in approaching the throne of grace.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 10:32-45)  The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.
Children James and John asked Jesus if they could reign with him when he became a great leader.  Jesus said that good leaders don’t want glory for themselves, they want to help and serve others.
Communion Antiphon Go into all the world, and proclaim the Gospel, says the Lord.  I am with you always.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday





Comm. Service


Alice Murphy





Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Maria Rodgers &  Eileen Caldwell


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



Pope Francis notes that Mission Sunday this year takes place in the context of the Year of Consecrated Life, which promotes a further stimulus for prayer and reflection.  Today, the Church’s mission is faced by the challenges of meeting the needs of all people to return to their roots and to project the values of their respective cultures.  We may ask “Who are the first to whom the Gospel message must be proclaimed?”  The answer, found so often throughout the Gospel is clear: it is the poor, the little ones and the sick, those who are often looked down upon or forgotten, those who cannot repay us (cf Lk 14:13-14)



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.



PERMANENT DIACONATE  –  the Diocese initiated training for the Permanent Diaconate two years ago and twelve man have completed their Preparatory Year and are in their second year of formation.  Preparations are under way to begin another Perparatory Year in 2016.  Men, between 35 and 60 years of age who would like to consider the Permanent Diaconate should contact Father Alan McGuckian at the Living Church Office for more information and an application form. Phone 9096 0920, or email livingchurch@downandconnor.org.  Completed applications should be returned to the Living Church on or before the 30th November 2016.

THE ROSARY – everyone is invited to join in a parish nine day Rosary Novena for their own and/or other intentions, starting on Friday 23rd October. You may say the full Rosary each day or one decade of the Rosary, in order to take part in the parish Novena. Please encourage children and young people to join in too.  Details and a Novena prayer are on a leaflet at the back of the Church. Meanwhile the Rosary will continued to be said after the weekday Masses. Resources are available in the Church porch.

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

JOHN PAUL 11  AWARD – enables young adults to become more actively involved in the life of their  parish and community. It is open to students currently in Year 13 (6th year). As well as the feeling of personal achievement that they will gain from taking part in the award, participation will help to show future employers and educators that they can make an on-going commitment to a task. Commitment to the Award is for 16 months, during which time, each young person registers 20 sessions or activities in their parish and 20 sessions or activities in their community or with a charitable or social justice organization.  Application forms from Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or email colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

SHOE BOX APPEAL – you are invited to participate in this scheme, to give a gift-filled shoe box to a disadvantaged child this Christmas. Leaflets and flat pack shoe boxes are available in the Church porch. Deadline for donating boxes is Sunday 1st November. Please leave your filled shoe box in the Church porch or Sacristy.

Cleaner required –  for the Parochial Hall.  Three hours per week.  Applications  forms are available from Philomena in the Parish Office.  Closing date for completed application is this Monday.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH COLLECTION  –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.



NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SOULS  –  during the month of November Mass will be celebrated each day for the repose of the souls of those deceased whose names have been included in the November Dead Lists. Lists are available at the rear of the Church.  If you wish to donate an offering for the Masses, please include it with the List in the envelope provided.  Completed Lists can be placed in the collection baskets or in the box at the rear of the Church.



We pray for the repose of the soul of Mary McCaffery, the sister of a parishioner, who died during the week.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Maria Rodgers,  Eileen Caldwell  and  Alice Murphy.

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.



COMMISSIONING – of new Ministers of the Word will take place at the 11.30am Mass this Sunday.

Scripture and Prayer Group  –  our next meeting was due to be held this Tuesday evening.  However, this meeting has been cancelled.

GRANDPARENT’S ASSOCIATION – there will be an introductory talk this Friday in the Iona Room, to highlight the benefits of  establishing a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in our parish. The Mission of CGA is to help grandparents hand on the faith to their grandchildren and to keep prayer at the heart of family life. We begin at 10.00am with refreshments.



LIVING YOUTH  –  ‘Light the Blue Touchpaper’. If you are 18+ and would like to join us for our latest programme which includes music, speakers, debate, visits and pizza why not join us for our Monday evening sessions.  Starts Monday 2nd November at 6.00pm, ring Living Youth to book your place on 9023 2432

vulnerable adult training information session – at St Oliver Plunkett’s on Wednesday 11th November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Attendance at one information session is a mandatory requirement for volunteers with vulnerable adults and in particular those involved with SPRED, and as Eucharistic Ministers of the Sick and Housebound.  While it is not mandatory for members of Bethany or Bereavement Support groups to attend it is still advised to be good practice  to do so. The Safeguarding Committee must provide names in advance of this session, if you hope to attend please email st.colmcillespsc@gmail.com or contact Karen Diamond on 077 1110 9268.

Advent Family Weekend in Corrymeela  –  from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November.  Why not join our neighbours from Gilnahirk and fellow-parishioners in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings of Corrymeela for a weekend of conversation, craic and relaxing walks on the beach or the forest, liberally interspersed with tea, coffee and home-made scones or biscuits?  For more information please contact John Barry 078 4072 8477, email jb654395@yahoo.co.uk or Paula Sheils 075 9033 1477, email paula.sheils@hotmail.co.uk or Mary Walsh  on 9029 5795.

Reunion Dinner  –  to mark the 50th anniversary since the re start of the Scouts in the parish, a 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance has been arranged for the 6th February 2016 in the Stormont Hotel. All ex members of the Group, leaders and committee people are invited to attend, as are all parents and supporters. The Scout Group has been an integral part of the youth provision in St. Colmcilles Parish during good and bad times and it’s fitting that we celebrate the continued success of the Group. Please let family members no longer living in the parish know of this event. A dedicated Facebook page will be developed and further details about the reunion will be given as they become available.

LIVING YOUTH – Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia Team 2016: Following our successful Habitat for Humanity projects over the past three years Living Youth is excited to announce recruitment for another youth team due to travel to Ethiopia next summer. Provisional dates: 8th to 22nd  August 2016.  Applicants should be 18 years or over and all team members will be expected to contribute to the cost of the trip as well as engage in an extensive fundraising campaign. The budget for this trip is £2,000 p/p. This includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, in-country expenses and a £600 minimum donation to Habitat’s work. To register or get more information visit: www.habitatni.co.uk, call 9263 5635 or email gv@habitatni.co.uk




Service for the Persecuted Church  –  there will be a service on behalf of the persecuted Church in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast this Monday evening at 8.00pm.  This will be organised by Divine Healing Ministries and Open Doors, who work with the persecuted church worldwide.  All proceeds collected at the event will go to those who are suffering terribly.

A Concert by Candlelight –  to be given by the Irish Harp Orchestra in collaboration with the combined choirs of St. Patrick’s Parish, Belfast and Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch.  The ensemble will perform an orchestral-choral suite, Brian Boru, the Lion of Ireland, and will be directed by the suite’s composer, renowned harpist, Dr Janet Harbison.  The concert will be performed by candlelight in St. Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, one of Belfast’s most beautiful and historic churches.  Do join the priests and people of St. Patrick’s, next Saturday, at 8.30pm for what promises to be an enchanting evening of music and song.  Admission is free and a retiring collection in aid of the Church’s Restoration Project will be taken up.

Hidden Pearls  –  is a retreat day, next Saturday, for people with learning disabilities, their friends, families and carers.  Led by Maria Garvey and Jillian Gould, it will be a time to recognize and celebrate people’s gifts through sharing stories, music, dance and art.   The day will begin at 9.00am with registration and end at 4.45pm and costs £40 per person or £70 when two people book together.   For further information or to book please contact Drumalis on 2827 6455 or 2827 2196.

STRESS CONROL  –  a free 6 week Stress Management Programme.  Monday evenings, in Skainos Centre , Newtownards Road from 6.30pm to 8.00pm commencing 2nd November.  Tuesday evenings, in Falls Road Library from 6.30pm to 8.00pm commencing on 3rd November.  Wednesday afternoons, in Linen Hall Library from 12.30pm to 1.30pm commencing on 4th November.  To register interest or find out more information please contact Audrey on 9504 2689

ANNUAL UNITED PEACEMAKING SERVICE  –  will be held in Belmont Presbyterian Church on Sunday 8th November at 7.00pm.  The topic will be “Can we have peace without forgiveness?”

Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure  –  a unique piece of music theatre by Felicity McCall exploring Josef Locke’s life, music and legacy by The Playhouse Derry will be presented at The Lyric Theatre Belfast from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November

CHORAL SINGING WORKSHOP FOR CHRISTMAS –  with Loreto McAuley and David Stewart, on Saturday 14th  November at Drumalis, from 10.00am to 4:30pm.  This workshop is particularly useful for church/school choirs and individuals looking for material for the Christmas & Advent season.  The cost for the day is £35 per person, including tuition, refreshments and lunch.  For further details or to book a place, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.  Booking forms are also available on the Drumalis website www.drumalis.co.uk.

Beginning Experience –  is a peer ministry to the bereaved, separated and divorced, based within the Family Ministry of the Diocese of Down and Connor. We are offering a Residential Weekend from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October at Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre, Larne.  The loss of a partner through death, separation or divorce is devastating. To find out more, contact Phil on 9020 7645 or Marie on 075 4207 0835.