20th April

VOL. 22 NO. 20  20TH APRIL 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

Brendan Sharkie, Antonio & Florence Fusco










Holy Rosary               Monday to Friday at 10.00am

St. Bernadette’s          Monday to Friday at 9.30am

St. Matthew’s             Monday at 1.00pm, Tuesday to Friday at 10.00am.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will be closed until  Monday 28th April.  



PARISH LITURGY FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER  – a sincere thank you to our Choir and all the participants in the Parish Liturgy for Holy Week and Easter.  Our thanks to the members of the Liturgy Committee and also to the people who helped to prepare the Church for Lent and Easter.  The effort of everyone is very much appreciated.

EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.

HALL BOOKINGS  –  Pat will not be available until Monday 28th April to take bookings for the Hall.

OBLATE MISSIONS  –  Father Paul Byrne will be speaking at all Masses next weeked on the work of his congretation the Missonary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM  –  is a small group who meet on a weekly basis to add their voices to yours, presenting your needs to God. Requests for prayer can be made by completing a Petition Slip and placing it in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

A SEVEN DAY CANDLE  – burns continuously at Our Lady’s Prayer Space in the Sanctuary for the intentions of a sponsor. Candles cost £5 each and this offering should be placed in the box in the wall when you light your candle.

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.

DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL INFORMATION LEAFLET  –  a Diocesan Pastoral Council has been established.  A leaflet outlining Why, and How this Council was formed, also detailing members names and their objectives is available at the back of the Church.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – An Eastertide Journey of Prayer for 2014 are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God”will be held on Saturday 10th May from 1.00pm to 4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre, Kingsway, Finaghy.  It will be conducted by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm. The Seminar is open to all, and will be especially interesting to Ministers of the Word. Seminar Fee £5.  To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever on 077 6010 8903 or e-mail: malachy.mck@gmail.com

ST. COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP  –  has vacancies for three Playgroup Assistants.  Temporary posts – 23 ½ hours per week from this September  to June 2015.  Essential qualifications – Minimum NVQ Level 3 Early Child Care and Education or equivalent, Child Protection Training.  Essential experience – Minimum of one year’s paid employment in a PSEP Pre-school Playgroup, working with children with additional needs. Please apply in writing to the playgroup for an application form by Monday 28th April.  We are an equal opportunities employer.

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

Brendan Sharkie,  Antonio Fusco,  Florence Fusco,  Eileen Nelson  and Gerry Edwards.


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

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish as soon as possible.  Boxes may be left in the parish office or returned through the Offertory collection baskets at Mass.  It would be appreciated if any small coins could be changed to larger denominations.  All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish.  Trocaire has secured matched funding from the UK Government for their Lenten Appeal this year.  It means that every pound that is donated to Trocaire from Northern Ireland will be matched by the government, meaning donations will be effectively doubled.  In adition, Gift Aid can still be claimed. In order for Trocaire to benefit from the matched funding all Trocaire boxes need to return to the parish by Sunday 18th May.




ST. COLMCILLE’S ART EXHIBITION/ART OF CARING  –  from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May we will celebrate 20 years of the Art of Caring.  The exhibition will have the usual range of artists and activities Please put dates in your diaries.  We need sponsors and buyers and lots of help particularly during the days before the opening.  Proceeds as usual will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Scouts and Guides and St Joseph’s Primary School.  Bring your family and friends  To volunteer phone 077 0326 9058.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY  –  the return of the Parish Sirloin Steak/Chicken BBQ & Disco on Friday 30th May, tickets £15 per person.  More details to follow nearer the time


1500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ST COLUMBANUS  –  to celebrate this a Year of Columbanus is being opened in Rome on 12th October 2014 with a Mass in St John Lateran, the Cathedral Church of Rome.  There will also be a concert given by ‘The Priests’ and an International Meeting of countries and parishes evangelised by St Columbanus.  A Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Treanor, will depart from Dublin on 8th October and return on 15th. Accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Rome and the cost per person sharing is 995 euros.  Application  forms can be downloaded from the Diocesan website.   Early booking is encouraged as places are limited.

OPEN DAY AT DRUMALIS, LARNE  –  this Monday from 12 noon to  4.00pm.  The house and grounds will be open for all to enjoy, with opportunities for guided tours of the heritage house.  Afternoon teas will be available.  Everyone is welcome – admission is free.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.

DISCERNMENT DAY  – (Age: 16-35): A day of discernment and prayer with the Passionist Family (Priests & Brothers, Sisters and Lay Passionists). The day includes Adoration and Mass. Soup and sandwiches for lunch. Next Saturday, from 10.30am to 4.00pm (Tea/Coffee at 10.00 am). Passionist Retreat Centre, Crossgar. Phone 4483 0242.

MATT TALBOT PILGRIMAGE  –  the Diocesan Pioneers Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin takes place next Saturday.  Concelebrated Mass will take place in the Church at 12.30pm.  For further details, please contact Mary Holden on 9442 3956, Frances Doole 077 1891 4692 or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com

FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY  –  will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral, next Sunday, commencing at 2.30pm.  The Rosary will be followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass.  Confession available.  Car parking available.  All welcome.

FACES OF THE PHILIPPINES  –  Concern will be hosting a special free event on Tuesday 29th April at 6.00pm in the Waterfront Hall.  It is a unique series of portraits by award winning Belfast photographer Matt Machey capturing the moving stories of four individuals whose lives were forever changed by Typhoon Harijon and yet remain determined to rebuild their livelihood and communities.  A local Filipino community band will be providing music and light refreshments will also be provided.

AQUINAS DIOCESAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL  –  past staff and pupil reunion being held on Friday 2nd May at 7.00pm in the Europa Hotel Belfast.  Dress: Smart/Casual.  For more information please phone the school office on 9064 3939.

ANNUAL LE CHEILE TOGETHER LECTURE  –  the new Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, Dr Francis Campbell, will deliver a public lecture entitled: ‘Faith and education in a pluralist world’ in St Mary’s University College, Belfast, on Tuesday 6th May at 7.00pm.  Chair: The Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  All welcome.

LIVING YOUTH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA BALL  –  a Diocesan Living Youth Team will be travelling to Ethiopia in July 2014 to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, the world’s leading housing charity.   As part of their fundraising campaign a Gala Ball will be held on Friday 16th May in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena.  Tickets £40/£400 per table.  To reserve tickets or for more information please contact Claire Smylie, Living Youth Office Manager at 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH, phone 9023 2432, email  clairesmylie@livingyouthni.org or log on to www.livingyouthni.org.  Please help build homes and hope in Ethiopia.