1st February 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 10 1ST FEBRUARY 2015

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St. Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk  Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk. Phone – 9047 2724


FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 705, 452 & 499)

4th Week in Ordinary Time

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



Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.
1st Reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20) I will raise up a prophet and I will put my words into his mouth.
Psalm O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts..
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 7:32-35) An unmarried woman can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 1:21-28) He taught them with authority.
Children Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. There was a man who was ill. Jesus healed the man. Everyone who saw this was astonished.   People saw that Jesus’ words have power over evil and sickness.


Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

John Doyle & Noel O’Hare





9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am





Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



“Come Holy Spirit; fill the hearts of your faithful.”

Confirmation is a time of Christian commitment and renewal, a time of courage and growth. How appropriate that Confirmation in this parish usually occurs at the beginning of Spring, a time of new life, a time of year when plants have the courage to show their roots above the cold hard ground.

This Sunday we celebrate the conferring of the Sacrament of Confirmation on young people of our parish. The visiting prelate is Bishop Anthony Farquhar and we welcome him to St. Colmcille’s. This is an occasion of great joy for the whole parish. It is a time for all of us to renew our commitment to our Christian calling.

Today we pray that the Holy Spirit will come into the lives of all who are asking to be confirmed in their faith. We pray for: Michael Archer, Paddy Atkins, Scarlet Atkins, Francesca Isabelle Badoy, Isaiah Badoy, Paulina Gabrielle Badoy, Julia Boitel-Gill, Ciaran Bradley, Leon Bury, Niamh Carroll, Blathnaid Cotter, Inga Czechowska, Lewis Deards, Louis Delamare, Delvia Dominic, Donald Dominic, Donel Dominic, Anna Dukelow, Klarisse Fae M. Gallo, Ellie Hawthorne, Ronan Heneghan, Christian Jay Hiponia, Eva Hollywood, Conail Hutchinson, Luke Johnston, Sandra Kempinska, Aman Manoyee, Marcus McConkey, Matthew McConnell, Monica McConville, Bronagh McKeown, Mary McKimm, Tyanna Mielczarek, Brandon Monds, Caoimhe Nugent, Beatrice Presbitero, Jon Roberts, Eve Ryden, Alvyn Shibu, Ronald Matthew Sienes, Eve Sinclair, Rory Small, Tiernan Small, Ellen Strain, Leigh Alexis Tiongson, Ben Toland, Lewis Watson Mc Cready, Anna Welsh, Eimear Wolfe and Lewis Young

“Send forth your Holy Spirit and they shall be created,

and you shall renew the face of the Earth.”


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 on Tuesday 10th February 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.

2015 The Year of Consecrated Life

The Diocesan Commission for Religious is holding a celebratory service in St Peter’s Cathedral this Sunday from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. This is a celebration for the whole church. All are invited to attend this celebration, in particular members of St Vincent de Paul, Apostolic Workers, Legion of Mary, members of Koinonia John The Baptist, Teachers and Young People.


safeguarding committee – will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room.

Important information for all parishioners who wish to volunteer to work with children and young people: The next vicariate children and young people safeguarding. Information Session is on Monday 23rd February at Drumbo and Carryduff Parish Hall from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For anyone who is unable to attend there will be two more sessions in the vicariate before June. More details on dates for these additional sessions will follow. We urge all leaders of groups to encourage their volunteers to attend one training session. If you are planning to attend the session on 23rd February please let Karen Diamond 077 1110 9268 or Noeleen Dunn 078 7949 8131 know before 14th February.


FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish this Tuesday.

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.

RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN – if your child was baptised last year in the parish and you wish to keep your child’s card from the Baptism Tree it will be available in the Sacristy after all Masses this weekend.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.


We pray for the repose of the soul of Fred McGuinness, a parishioner, who died on Monday. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

John Doyle, Noel O’Hare, Laura McDowell, Frank McGuire, Arthur McBrinn,

Patricia O’Connor McGuinness, Annie Price, Catherine Mary Higgins,

Molly Gibson and Theresa Gibson.

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.


This year’s Parish Draw is being launched next weekend after all Masses..  Committee members will be available at all the Masses for you to purchase a ticket.  Tea & Coffee will be available after both Masses next Sunday in the Parochial Hall. Please show your support to the Parish by purchasing a ticket or two! Any queries please contact Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463.


Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Have you felt called to serve Christ in the Church as a priest? If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. This retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s calling in your life.

The retreat will take place in Drumalis Retreat Centre, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February. If you wish to attend this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien, on 9061 4567 or email:kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.


  1. BRIGID’S CROSSES – this Sunday is the Feast of St. Brigid. St. Brigid’s Crosses will be available after all Masses this weekend. Suggested donations £1. All proceeds to Third World Charities.

Apostolic Work – will meet this Tuesday evening at 8.00p.m. in the Iona Room

ST COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will be holding their Enrolment Ceremony next Saturday evening, at the 6.30pm Mass. The unit would like to invite all parishioners to this celebration when our new members will be enrolled into their relevant sections.

Ballyhackamore Golf Society – will hold their AGM in the Iona Room of the Parochial House next Sunday at 4.00pm. Members and new members welcome.


Special Pioneer Meeting – of the Down and Connor Diocesan Pioneer Council will take place this Sunday at 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery, Falls Road, Belfast.  Special Guest speakers will be Mr Robert Shannon (National President of the Pioneer Association) and Mrs Mary Brady (Development Officer for the Pioneer Association).

PRAYING THE STATIONS OF THE CROSSwith Padraig O’Tuama at Drumalis, Larne this Thursday and Thursday 12th February. An opportunity over two evenings to deepen your prayer in preparation for Lent and Easter. Each session takes place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, including tea/coffee. The suggested contribution is £5 per evening. If you would like to attend, please contact Drumalis to book a place on 2827 2196/2827 6455.

Greater Love – in Clonard Church, this Friday at 8.00pm. Stories, Images and Music from World War One. This is part of the 2015 Four Corners Festival, and has been produced by New Irish Arts – an organisation working in partnership with the Irish Church to present Christianity through the Arts. Tickets £10 at Clonard Reception, online at www.4cornersfestival.com, or at the door on the night.

KNOCK METHODIST DRAMA GROUP – presents “The Wizard of Oz” in the Knock Methodist Centre from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th February at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets can be obtained from Nicola Peden on 078 0249 9628 or 9058 1069.

THE POPE FRANCIS EFFECT – a series of talks being held in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar during the Tuesday’s in Lent. Tuesday 24th February – Signs of hope in the Church today? By Father Brian D’Arcy. Brian McKee will give the following the talks: Tuesday 3rd March – A Voice in the Wilderness? Tuesday 10th March – Pope Francis – Where does he fit into the papacy? Tuesday 24th March – Building a Church of the People. Each evening begins at 7.30pm. Come along for one evening or for the full series of talks. Voluntary donation. Everyone welcome!

BALLYHACKAMORE GAA CLUB  – BBC Radio Ulster is making a radio documentary about the former Ballyhackamore GAA club which existed for a brief period between 1969-1971. We are looking for any information about the club and its members. In particular we’d like to speak to anyone who founded it or played for it in the short period of time in which it existed. The contacts are reporter, Kevin Magee on 079 6890 4616 or Kevin.magee@bbc.co.uk and producer Anna-Marie McFaul on 077 1996 4907 or Anna-Marie.mcfaul@bbc.co.uk.