23rd March


VOL. 22 NO. 17 23RD MARCH 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



Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
6.30pm 9.30am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am

Gerry O’Flaherty & Gerry Keane

11.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am
Dermot Wilson Anointing of the Sick



You are warmly invited to make a journey this Lent to revisit a familiar story with a new twist.  Along the journey we will look at the Passion of Jesus through the eyes of men and women who were present and find that as we share in their experiences we become more involved in the story. Through film clips, scripture sharing and discussion we explore in an engaging way the meaning of the Passion in our lives today – this Wednesday evening, Wednesday 2nd and 9th April from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in St Colmcille’s Parochial Hall.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.





MORNING MASS  –  will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.

BELIEVE –   a DVD presentation on a series of reflections on the Creed, exploring the treasures of our faith as expressed in the Nicene Creed. This is an opportunity on Thursday mornings during Lent, to explore the beliefs that we proclaim publically, every time we attend Mass. Everyone is invited to gather together at 10.00am in the Iona room, where we will begin with refreshments. This week’s theme: ‘How We Believe’

LENT SACRED SPACE –The sack cloth represents us on our Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The ashes call us to repentance and spiritual renewal. The purple cloth reminds us of the royalty of Christ our King and also represents contrition and preparation. The crown of thorns reminds us that Christ offered Himself as the complete sacrifice for our sin. Here we should pause for a time and re-commit ourselves to this period of repentance, good works and abstinence, by taking a stone from the sack cloth and placing it at the candle, the symbol of Christ’s presence with us during our personal Lenten observances.                                                                                                                             TROCAIRE FAST BOXES   –   are available in the foyer of the Church.



OUTREACH  –  currently every home in the parish is being visited by a member of the Outreach Team with; a leaflet giving details of Lenten talks being held in the parish called “Stepping into the Passion”; informaion on the Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies in the Parish; a leaflet on the Parish Pastoral Council; an update from the Social and Fundraising Committee and an appeal for volunteers to help with the Outreach Ministry.  If you haven’t received the information into your home by next weekend please contact Philomena in the parish office on 9065 4157 to arrange for a pack.

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 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.

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

PERMANENT DIACONATE  –  after a long period of discussion within the diocese, Bishop Treanor has given the ‘Green Light’ for the permanent Diaconate as a ministry of service within the diocese of Down & Connor.  If you are interested please contact Fr John Murray, Vocation Director, at 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast, or phone 9091 3761 or 9508 8030 or email mail@frmurray.co.uk.  Applicants should be male 35 years and older and if married should be married for a least 10 years.

DISCERNING VOCATIONS – a retreat for young women who are considering their vocation in the Church – a look at married life, the single life, lay missionary work, the religious life, consecrated life in the world and the contemplative life. Venue: Drumalis Retreat House, Larne next Saturday and next Sunday. Cost: a donation is acceptable. If interested contact the Diocesan Vocation Director: Fr. John Murray at 9091 3761 or email: mail@frmurray.co.uk or also contact Mags Tierney at 075 3741 4387 (text only) or magstierney08@gmail.com.

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.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of Ramon Albarico, the father of a parishioner, who died recently and for Gerry Keane whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Gerry O’Flaherty,  Dermot Wilson,  Charlotte Duffy and  Jim Norton.


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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin on Sunday 6th April.  If you have not received your new box of envelopes, they will be in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you during the coming week.




APOSTOLIC WORK   The next meeting will be held in the Iona Room on Tuesday 1st April at 8.00p.m.

ST. COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT  –  invites you to a Fancy Dress Theme Disney Disco on Sunday 6th April from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parochial Hall Admission £3.  Activities include face painting, spot prizes and refreshments.  Please bring a friend.

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.


WANTED –  Life sciences student or graduate in East Belfast area to tutor a 17-year old boy in AS level biology for a few hours a week in April , May and June.  Rate and arrangements negotiable.  Call Deirdre on 9065 7651 to explore further.

ACCORD CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE SERVICES  –  are recruiting Counsellors & Facilitators in the Belfast area.  If you are interested in joining ACCORD and would like more information on how to apply, please contact the ACCORD Belfast Centre on 9033 9944 or email: belfast@accordni.com.

FROM BERGOGLIO SJ TO POPE FRANCIS: “ THE MAKING OF A POPE” –         Fr Conall O‘Cuinn SJ will lead us in a dynamic seminar on getting to know and understand our charismatic new leader in the Good Shepherd Centre, Ormeau Road this Wednesday form 2.00pm to 4.30pm.  A donation of £5.00 would be appreciated.  Organized by the Conference of Religious of Ireland.

STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH FROM THE GOSPEL TRADITIONS   –  a series of Four Lenten Talks in preparation for Easter at Drumalis, Larne, given by Pádraig Ó Tuama, popular facilitator of scripture courses.  This Thursday –  Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of John.  Thursday 3rd April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Mark.  Thursday 10th April – Stories of Living and Dying from the Gospel of Luke.  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 or 2827 6455 (during office hours, Monday to Friday)


BREDAGH GAC  –  invite you to their Open Day for New Young Players next Saturday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Cherryvale Playing Fields, Ravenhill Road. The event is aimed at total beginners or children (boys and girls) who have been enjoying gaelic games at school. To register email bredagh.open.day@gmail.com. For queries contact 075 0812 0761. First 100 to register receive an open day t-shirt. Admission free.

DOWN AND CONNOR PIONEER COUNCIL  –  invites Pioneers and friends to attend a Lenten retreat in Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone on Sunday 6th April. The cost of the day is £25.00 (this includes light refreshments on arrival and lunch). Enquiries should be made directly with the Pioneer office in Belfast on 9089 4070 or alternatively e mail dandcpioneers@gmail.com .  Spaces are limited and early booking is advisable.

MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT  –  at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Music by “THE ONCE”  proceeds to Tobar Mhuire Building Fund.  Starts at 7.30pm  Donation £15.00

INTENSIVE GCSE CCEA MATHS REVISION  –  revision courses being held in Stormont Hotel on Easter Monday and Tuesday.  For more information contact examsuccessni@outlook.com.  Places filled on first come first served basis.

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 on Saturday 26th April.  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

DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES TRAINING  –  the team of Divine Healing Ministries will be doing training for those who would like to be involved in the healing ministry.  This will take place every Thursday during the month of May at 8.00pm in St. Anne’s Cathedral Hall.  People can come if they want to learn more about the healing ministry, if they wish to use the skills learnt in their own church, or if they would like to work with us.  There is no charge for the course but on the last night participants will have a chance to make a freewill offering.

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.