23rd November

VOL. 22 NO. 51 23RD NOVEMBER 2014

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


CHRIST THE KING – (Page 693 & 452)

34th Week in Ordinary Time

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



How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever.
1st Reading (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17) As for you, my sheep, I will judge between sheep and sheep.
Psalm The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28) He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, so that God may be all in all.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David! Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46) He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.
Children Jesus said that when he comes, the king will separate the good people from the bad, like a shepherd separates sheep and goats. He said that those who have helped other people have helped God. They are good and will be rewarded: but those who have refused to help others are bad and will be punished..


The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

John & Peggy Matchett & Maura McLarnon




Peter Kelly

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anoiniting 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.



Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.



SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend to enroll their children: for Confirmation students begin this Thursday evening at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm.  Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat 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.

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family Eabha Mary Kerrin who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Lily McCappin, Mary McIlroy and Thomas Reynolds, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

John Matchett, Peggy Matchett, Maura McLarnon, Peter Kelly, John Logue,

Jim McCrarren, Elizabeth Logue, Brendan Simpson and Colm Kerr.

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.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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



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 this Tuesday evening 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.


AWAKENING FAITH  – continues this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall.

SESSION 3: Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

  • Who exactly is the Holy Spirit?
  • What does he do?
  • Can I live without him?

Confused about the Holy Spirit? Come along to unravel the mystery of the Holy Spirit over conversation and discussion to make sense of who he is for you today. Everyone most welcome!



ADVENT REFLECTIONS – the first of four morning reflections will be held in the Iona room this Thursday morning at 10.00am. Join us for coffee and scones, and view the DVD  “The Community of the Lord’s Disciples” selected from the Emmaus Series. The DVD gives a vivid account of what it was like to be among the first group of disciples, called by Jesus.

O COME, O COME TO OUR ADVENT SERVICE – on Sunday 21st December at 6.00pm in the Church. A musical celebration of the Christmas journey. Take time out from the hustle and bustle to listen to Advent music, hymns and carols performed by our Choir and by an 80 strong cast of children from our Primary School. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken up with the proceeds going towards Cancer Focus.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR ADVENT – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the church. Please put money in any of the candelabra boxes.

WALK WITH ME – A journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmas. Copies are available at the back of the church. Price £1. Please put money in any of the Candelabra boxes.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS – are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TROCAIRE’S GIFTS – buy a Trocaire gift and make a lot more people happy. Booklets regarding this year’s Trocaire gifts are available at the back of the Church. For more information log on to www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 080 0912 1200.



VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN – in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

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.



AWAKENING FAITH – continues this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – starting this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

APOSTOLIC WORK CHRISTMAS SALE – the annual sale in aid of the Missions through Apostolic Work will take place after all the Masses next weekend.  As usual there will be tea/coffee and scones and usual stalls plus one with a specific Christmas interest and a special Christmas raffle.  Donations of cakes, books in good condition, items for the Christmas stall will be most welcome. Most importantly we need your presence to make this event a successful fundraiser for this most worthy of causes.  Apostolic Work gives directly in a most responsible way to support missionaries in numerous countries throughout the world.

ARE YOU AWAREthat the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am? All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers. Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.  We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – will hold their Advent Service next Sunday, in St Columba’s Church at 7.00pm.



60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held on Sunday 7th December in the Parochial Hall commencing at 4.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.00pm. The night will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa.  Tickets are available from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019, Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463 or Lucy Traynor 079 0080 7589.  If you require transport please let us know when your book your place.  We look forward to seeing you there.

LAST CHANCE – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December.  All families welcome!  If interested, please contact Mary Walsh 9029 5795 or Paula Sheils 9065 4395 urgently

WEDNESDAY CLUB – Christmas Lunch at La Mon on Wednesday 10th December. Price £20. If you would like to attend place ring Anna on 9065 1351 to book. Everyone welcome.

FREE CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN DAY IN BALLYHACKAMORE – on Saturday 6th December. Ballyhackamore Main Square – 2.00pm to 4.15pm Children’s Christmas Party, Kirkpatrick Church (registration required for party – contact Kirkpatrick Church or phone 9047 3891); 2.30pm to 4.00pm Visit Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves in their Grotto at Oxfam for sweet treats; 2.30pm Winner of Ireland’s Best Young Band “The Left Backs” will be rocking around the Christmas tree. 3.45pm to 4.30pm Local School Choirs carol singing around the Christmas Tree. 4.30pm Christmas tree lights switch on with Elsa, Anna and Olaf; 4.45pm – Wandsworth Community Group Lantern Parade Passing through the Village; 6.00pm – Wandsworth Community Group Fireworks at Strandtown PS. St Colmcille’s Parish Church Carpark family fun from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – Facepainting, Mobile Go-Karts (weather permitting & small charge applies), PSNI & Fire Service Vehicle Displays and visits from some very special friend.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FUN DAY – being organised by St. Colmcille’s Guide Unit on Saturday 13th December from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Stalls include: bun decorating, hair braiding, nail painting, Christmas decorations for sale, take and make stalls, tomobola,bouncy castle, tea/coffee and tray bakes, non alocholic mulled wine and of course Santa will be present from 11.15am. Come along and help soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Project – a Team from St Colmcille’s and Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church have been invited to participate in a Building Project in India during the last week of July and the first week of August 2015 as part of a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Habitat for Humanity India. The Project is centred in a Resettlement Community, Savda Ghevra located on the western outskirts of Delhi and we plan to send a team of twenty people. Our two communities have a proud tradition in building hope, in Botswana, Tanzania, El Salvador and most recently in Cambodia (2011) but also in building hope and trust here in East Belfast.  If you are interested in participating in this worthy project please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 or   jb654395@yahoo.co.uk before Sunday 7th December. Please note that applications are invited from male and female adults of all ages and that building skills are not required.



CHRISTMAS CARDS – once again the Christmas season looms closer and our traditional practice of sending Christmas cards to loved ones and friends is nearly upon us. SVP Christmas cards will be available to purchase in the porch of the Church after each weekend Mass for the next 3 to 4 weeks or by contacting one of the members. The price is £3.50 per pack and we thank you for your support once again in raising funds for needy families in our community at this time of year.

ANNUAL LOCAL COLLECTIONS – will take place in Spar next Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Tesco Express on Saturday 6th December from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Collectors are required and there is a list at the back of the Church.   Please put your name and telephone number, name of store and time suitable for doing a collection.



Keep Calm-Slow Down for ChristmasCome and enjoy calm for a few hours in the middle of the Christmas frenzy. Slow down. Rest. Rediscover Christmas for yourself. Time for you-time for God. Space for yourself to pray and think, gently guided by Breige O’Hare. On Saturday 6th December from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Donation £5. Booking is essential. Ring Clonard 9044 5950 or contact Breige through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk

CAPPELLA CAECILIANA – will launch their new CD at a concert this Sunday evening at 7.30pm in the Good Shepherd Church. The concert will also feature The Priests. Tickets (£10) are available from Matchetts Music in Wellington Place, Nazareth Care Village and online at www.ceeciliana.org.

LIVING YOUTH – Your prayers are asked this week for the 800 young people currently doing the Pope John Paul II Award – (those who have just signed up and those who are nearing completion) as they volunteer in our parishes, schools and communities developing and celebrating their faith

Christmas Pioneer Gifts – Sacred Heart Calendars and Diaries for 2015 as well as Christmas cards are available from the Diocesan Pioneer Office, 68 Berry Street, Belfast.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATIONby Hilda McClements (Chelsea Medal Winner) in St. Columba’s Parish Church, Kings Road, this Wednesday at 7.30pm Tickets £10 (includes light refreshments) available from Elizabeth Leonard (9065 3162) or Clodagh Reid (9187 2611)

Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church – are holding a special Praise Service led by Templemore Band and the Church Choirs at 7pm this Sunday evening.  Everyone welcome.  

AL-ANON GROUP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF ALCOHOLICS – runs every Saturday at 12.00 noon in the Beaver Room of the Skanios Centre.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – concludes in Knock Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – in St. Joseph’s College, Ravenhill Road on Tuesday 2nd December from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Christmas gifts, crafts, tea/coffee, carols by Cantiunculae. Tables still available – £10.

THE WAY OF ST JAMESCamino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015. 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included. Flying from Dublin Airport. Cost – £715.00. Seats are limited. Single room supplement is extra. £50.00 deposit secures a seat. For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA – from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015. 7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. Paid in full by 1st Dec 2014 £100.00 off price. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.