21st September

VOL. 22 NO. 42  21ST SEPTEMBER 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



25th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 1




I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord.  Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.
1st Reading (Isaiah 55:6-9)  My thoughts are not your thoughts.
Psalm The Lord is close to all who call him.
2nd Reading (Philippians 1:20-24, 27)  Life to me is Christ.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 20:1-16)   Why be envious because I am generous?
Children A man went out early in the morning to hire some workers for his vineyard.  He said he would pay them a silver coin a day.  He hired more workers at nine, twelve, three and five o’clock.  At the end of the day he paid a silver coin to each of them.  The workers hired last and those who had worked in the hot sun longest all received the same.  The ones that worked longest grumbled that it wasn’t fair, but the man said he had paid them all that he had promised.


You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept; may my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.  




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Maria & Philip Kutty


Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Charles Caldwell


The Church will be closed this week for painting

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



St Colmcilles has a Bereavement Support group to be present for and to listen to anyone suffering bereavement after a death, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. The group is here for all, regardless of culture, faith or no faith and is made up of nine parishioners who have all been trained by NI Hospice professionals; on-going training and guidance will continue with the Hospice team.  If you wish to know more about Bereavement Support please telephone us on 074 5698 9458 or complete a Request form and place in the Bereavement Support Box situated at the back of the Church and one of the group will make contact with you. The members of the group are: Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan, Lucy Traynor.



PARISH CENSUS  –  is constantly changing due to new families moving into the parish, and existing families moving homes.  The parish makes a conscious effort to ensure the information we hold is correct and up to date, but we need help from all families to ensure this is done.  If you have moved into the parish and have not registered, please complete a yellow census card at the back of the Church, and place in the bulletin box.  If you have moved house please fill out a white card at the back of the Church, and again leave in the bulletin box.  Parishioners who are moving out of the parish are asked to inform Philomena in the office when they have moved.  Your co-operation in keeping our census up to date is appreciated.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes will begin in October. These classes are provided for children who are not being prepared in their school. First Confession and First Holy Communion children should be in Primary 4 at least. Confirmation students should be in Primary 7 at least. Enrolment enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

JOHN PAUL 11 GOLD AWARD  – is available to year 13 students (16 – 17 years). Becoming involved in the award scheme enables a young person to demonstrate their commitment to our parish ministries and voluntary work in the local community, bringing to life the Gospel values of love, service and community. Application forms from Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or email colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL  – Pat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings.  Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

JOIN OUR CHOIR  –  we are looking for members. Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or if you already know your way around a song sheet, we would be delighted to see you at a rehearsal. Don’t keep your talent to yourself, come and share it with us! Thinking about it?  When why not try a few rehearsals to try it out any Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Church. Contact Colin colinmcshane@btinternet.com for more information.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD  – volunteers are needed for this most important ministry.  Training, mentoring and support will be available.  For more information please contact John Barry on 9065 4395.

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.

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

Maria Kutty,  Philip Kutty,  Charles Caldwell,  William McKenna,  Loretta McKenna,  Josephine Humphries,  Edward Humphries,  Marie Gill  and  Teresa Strain

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

The Autumn Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.



CHILDREN’S LITURGY – has resumed at the 9.30am Sunday Mass. Registration for children takes place this Sunday after Mass in the Hall, with refreshments. All children who participate in this Liturgy need to be registered annually. All children attending the Liturgy, in the Hall, must wear their name badges. This children’s ministry enables them to take part in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist by simplifying the Liturgy of the Word to their needs. Leaders help them to grasp the Gospel message by engaging them in role play, games, discussion and song. Children should be at least 3 years old. Additional volunteer helpers would be much appreciated.

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY  –  the next outing is Captain’s Day at Rockmount next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 12.30pm. The cost is £25. Visitors and guests will be welcomed. For further details contact Peter 9076 3822.



YOUTH ALPHA PROGRAMME – for young adults, is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment. Beginning in October in our parish. For more details or to sign up please contact Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or  colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook : St Colmcilles Youth.

THURSDAY MORNING  –  after Mass all are invited to have refreshments in the Iona Room where you will have an opportunity to chat with parishioners and also to explore some faith based issues. Resumes Thursday 2nd October at 10.00am.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO  –  will take place on Friday 3rd October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm.  First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments and music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. We look forward to seeing you there.

APOSOLIC WORK  –  there will be a meeting on Tuesday 7th October in the Iona Room at 8.00pm.  New members are always welcome



All sections of the Scout Group have now resumed weekly meetings and each have strong membership numbers  and strong leader teams in place. Over the summer the sections were very busy with summer camps and expeditions. The Cubs camped at Castlewellan,  hiked in the Mournes and tackled the climbing wall at the Northern Ireland Mountain Centre. The Scouts held their biggest ever camp at Zellhof International Scout centre outside Salzburg, Austria. 36 Scouts and a team of 8 leaders attended. Meeting with Scouts from all over Europe, the Scouts visited Salzburg, descended into the Salt mines at Berchtesgaden, and canoed, climbed and hiked the environs of the campsite. This was without doubt one of the best ever camps in the history of the 11th. Following on from this great camp, the troop was represented at the Phoenix, the All-Ireland Scout camp craft competition, which was held at Mount Melleray, Co. Waterford. 82 patrols took part and after 4 busy and eventful days of competition, our patrol achieved 4th place overall, a fantastic achievement and one we are all very proud of. Well done to Amy Truesdale (PL), Tim Cunningham (APL), Lorcan Short, Michael O’Hare, Niamh McMordie, Oonagh Lavery, Eve Truesdale, Eve Gilsennan, Sinead Lavery and Ronan Cunningham who represented the troop and St. Colmcilles parish with such distinction. The Venture Scout expedition to Barcelona and the Pyrenees was an outstanding success, the highlight of which was an overnight hike in the mountains, sleeping in a mountain hut at 1250 meters above sea level. Each section of the Group is in good shape and looking forward to another year of scouting activities.



FUAMLAOI CONCERT –  a sound both ancient and new – Liturgical Music in the Irish Tradition in St Nicholas Church, Ardglass, next Sunday at 7.00pm. For Tickets (£10) and further information Phone 4484 1208.

THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY QUB  –  28 Elmwood Ave, BT9 6AY.  Telephone 9066 9737.  Website – www.qubcc.org.  Welcome Week & Trust Lunch programme starts this Monday.  First Sunday Mass will be next Sunday at 8.00pm. Dedication of Studies Mass will be held on Sunday 12th October 8.00pm, all students and their families welcome.  Please remember to sign up to the Chaplaincy via the online process.