22nd May

VOL. 24 NO. 26  22ND MAY 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


THE MOST HOLY TRINITY – (Page 403 &452)

8th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 3



Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for he has shown us his merciful love.
1st Reading (Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9)  Lord, Lord, a God of tenderness and compassion.
Psalm To you glory and praise for evermore.
2nd Reading (2 Corinthians 13:11-13)   The grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, the God who is, who was and who is to come.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 3:16-18)  God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved.
Children Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to his friends when he has to leave them.  Jesus’ disciples aren’t able to understand everything Jesus has told them yet.  The Holy Spirit will tell Jesus’ friends the truth of everything Jesus wants them to understand.  Jesus, God the Father and God the Spirit are one.


Since you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out: Abba, Father.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Jacqueline Morgan




John McCormick







Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Tom & Thomas Donnelly & Ernesto Gonzales



Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



We pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Connolly, a parishioner, who died on Tuesday and for Jacqueline Morgan’s months mind which occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Tom Donnelly,  Thomas Donnelly, Ernesto Gonzales Nigel Sharvin,  George Keenan, Edmund Kiely  and  John McCormick.

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.


ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT –  is held in the parish every Monday and Tuesday from 2.00pm to 9.00pm in the Chapel of Adoration. Entrance is from the outside door at the left side of the Church. Adoration teams cover specific hours. There is still opportunity to join the rota (details beside Bulletin box in the porch of the Church) or feel free to drop in at anytime during these hours.

CHAPEL OF ADORATION – Arrangements are being made to furnish the Chapel with a new tabernacle, seating, kneelers etc over the next few weeks to create a space of reverence, dignity and beauty. This will be such a blessing for the parish and future generations. If you wish to sponsor or make a contribution towards the cost of an item, envelopes with further details of these items are available at the back of the Church. They can be returned to the parish office for the Parish Adoration Committee, put in the Offertory Collection basket next weekend or given to Fr Feeney.  All contributions will be acknowledged.


“We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future.”  Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 5.

It is a tragedy that people still live without clean water.  Charities like Trócaire and Habitat provide basic resources for people in developing countries.  Are you in a position to support their work?  Or you could be conscious of the amount of water you use and work to reduce waste?

YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  application forms are now available from the Parish Office.  Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11-16th) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £600; Youth Team age 16-25 (8-17th) –  £500.  For more information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email Lourdes@downandconnor.org.

YEAR OF MERCY PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND St. Patrick’s Parish, which hosts the Door of Mercy for Down and Connor Diocese, will lead a Pilgrimage of Mercy to Poland from 8th to 15th September. Pilgrims will be accommodated on a half-board basis in a luxury 4* hotel in the historic city of Krakow. Pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the shrine at Czestochowa, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the birthplace of St. John Paul II, the tomb of St. Faustina, the shrine of Divine Mercy and Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Itineraries and booking forms are available from St. Patrick’s Parish Office, 199 Donegall Street, Belfast (Tel: 9032 4597). The cost of the pilgrimage is €995 per person sharing (a single supplement applies). Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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 on Tuesday 21st June 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.


EXAM BUDDIES–  all students  preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June.

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.

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.

HALL BOOKINGS  –  Pat is available to take bookings for the Hall.  Please phone her on 9067 1036, Monday to Friday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL  – CLARE LODGE CENTREA centre for well being.  Situated at 3 Castle Place Newcastle, County Down, Clare Lodge is more than just a holiday centre, it is a haven of peace and tranquillity for those who need a break from the pressures of day to day life, or to enjoy a relaxing stay by the sea.  One of the few holiday centres to be opened all year round Clare Lodge can accommodate 42 guests in 18 en suite bedrooms all with tea and coffee making facilities free internet access and flat screen televisions.  Together with a large dining hall, comfortable lounge and an outside seating area, this is a modern, spacious centre.  All rooms are wheelchair accessible with a lift for ease of access.  We can offer week long breaks, Sunday to Saturday as well as midweek and weekends on a full board basis which includes, breakfast, lunch, evening meal and light supper.  Bed and breakfast and tailored options are also available.  For further information contact any member of your local St. Vincent de Paul Conference or directly to Clare Lodge on 4372 2849.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018  –  Pope Francis has chosen Ireland to host the 9th World Meeting of Families during 2018.  The dates and theme of the Meeting will be announced by Pope Francis.  This gathering is expected to attract thousands of Catholic families from around the globe to Ireland.  It is hoped that this very special pastoral initiative will present all of us in the Church with the opportunity, and the challenge, to renew, support and strengthen Irish families in their commitment to their faith.  Hosting a global event of this size requires a huge amount of planning and financial outlay on behalf of the host country.  To support the hosting of the event three national collection will take place, the first of which will take place next weekend at all Masses.


GOING FOR GOLD – is a five day holiday club for children currently in Pre School to Primary 4. The children will enjoy the story of David and Goliath each day. They will learn that Jesus is always with us to protect us and give us courage and that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what in your heart that counts. They will also be encouraged to strive for their best in everything, as the summer Olympians will be doing too. The daily themes and messages are reinforced through arts and crafts, singing, dance, sports and games. It will take place in the Parochial Hall from Monday 8th – Friday 12th August. Details are in the application forms which can be found in the Church porch. Further enquiries to Noeleen: 07879498131 / colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMErunning alongside the Going for Gold children’s scheme there will be a leadership training programme for young people aged 14 – 18 years.  The first training night is on Friday 27th May from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, followed by Friday 24th June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Young volunteers need to attend both nights.  Additional adult volunteers over 18 years of age are also needed for Going for Gold. Please consider helping on some or all of the dates on the mornings of: Monday 8th – Friday 12th August. Enquiries to Noeleen: 07879498131 / colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk.


APOSTOLIC WORK  ANNUAL DISPLAY AND SALE  – will be held this Saturday and Sunday.  Please support the Missions by going to the Parochial Hall after Mass this weekend and enjoying coffee/tea and scones; buy some bedding plants or a very attractive “tub” for your garden, some homemade cakes, books etc. or try the ever popular tombola and ballot.  There is a constant request for help by missionaries serving in many countries and all are worthy of support.  To respond to these requests, Apostolic Work needs your help.  Donations are always welcome and, if you cannot stay, gifts of any amount may be left at the door of the hall or given at any time to a member of our Apostolic Work group.  If you are interested in joining please do not think that you have to sew or knit. That is no longer what we do.  We are still awaiting our first gentleman member!



STEAK AND SLIDERS NIGHT  –  book your place now for the annual Steak and Sliders BBQ  in the Hall on Friday 3rd June.  Finest sirloin steaks, chicken fillets or vegetarian option with fabulous salads and sides plus the ever popular ice cream sliders all for £15. This has been a very successful night for a number of years now so bring your friends, even book a table and enjoy the evening with 1970’s disco.  BYO drinks.  In order to plan food please confirm attendance to the social and fundraising team at all Masses this weekend or ring Lucy on 079 0080 7589 or Mary on 078 1549 3463.


A CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC AND VESPERS  –  featuring the acclaimed University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, in Holy Family Church, this Monday at 7.30pm. Admission is free with a retiring collection in aid of Parish Funds. Refreshments will be served afterwards.  For more information contact Holy Family Parish on 9074 3119 or email holyfamily@downandconnor.org.

PARISH LIFE IN BRAZIL IN RECENT TIMES  – Fr. Paul Turley and Fr. Brendan Callanan, Redemptorist Priests, will give a talk on their experiences in Brazil, in Dundrum Parish Centre, at 7.30pm this Wednesday. Everyone welcome.

AL-ANON OPEN MEETING  –  on Saturday 11th June at 12:00 noon in the Montforde Room,  Skainos Centre,  Newtownards Rd.  AA is a well known fellowship providing support for alcoholics.  Al-Anon, providing help and support to family and friends affected by someone else’s drinking, is less well known.  An Al-Anon group meets weekly on Saturdays at 12:00 noon in the Montforde room at the Skainos Centre. Al-Anon groups meet every day in and around Belfast.  This invitation is extended in the hope of raising awareness of the invaluable support available.

FORGIVENESS:  THE KEY TO HEALING AND HAPPINESS  –  this retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts, disappointments and the constant challenge to forgive, so that we will be better able to let go, move on, and find peace and happiness.  The retreat will be held in Dromantine and will be facilitated by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA, from Saturday 11th June at 10.00am to Sunday 12th June at 2.00pm.  All are welcome to attend either on a residential or non-residential basis.  If you cannot attend both days, you can come for Saturday only.   Booking is necessary.  Please phone Dromantine on 3082 1964 to apply or email on admin@dromantineconference.com

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL  –  Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th July.  This is a four day celebration of faith for young people aged 16 to 35 years.  There is an action packed programme of inspiring talks, workshops, testimonies, prayer, music,  drama and much more.   The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from all around Ireland.  For more information and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie

IRISH DANCE SUMMER SCHEME – from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August in St Colmcille’s Parochial Hall  from 9.45am to 12.30pm.  Fun week of Irish dance for all, both experienced and beginner Irish Dancers welcome. Cost £55 per week. To Book a place or enquire contact Nicola Oakes on  Leonardnicola@hotmail.com  or 077 1892 7242.