24th April

VOL. 24 NO. 22  24TH APRIL 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


FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – (Page 381, 452 & 495)

Easter Time

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



O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 14:21-27)  They gave an account to the church of all that God had done with them.
Psalm I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.
2nd Reading (Apocalypse 21:1-5)   God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Jesus said: “I give you a new commandment:  love one another, just as I have loved you”.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 13:31-35)  I give you a new commandment: love one another.
Children Jesus told his friends that he had a new commandment to give them.   They were to love one another just as he loved them.  Then everyone would know that they were his followers.


I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord.  Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Gerry Edwards




Kay Hill


Margo Reid





Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

William Murphy



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 souls of Marie Finaly, Margo Reid, and Jacqueline Morgan who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Gerry Edwards,  William Murphy,  Phillip Hess,  Alexandria Hess,  Molly McEvoy, 

Mary Ellen Tansey  and  Claire Mullaly.

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 –  in the parish begins Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May from 2.00pm – 9.00pm in the Chapel of Adoration (also known as the  Confession Room). Entrance will be from the outside door at the left side of the Church. Parish Adoration teams are being set up to cover specific hours. Each person in the team has committed to spend an hour with Jesus and will also pray for priests and parishioners. There is still the opportunity to join the rota: details beside the Bulletin box in the Church porch.

CHAPEL OF ADORATION –  of St Colmcille’s will be suitably furnished for Adoration and details will be available next weekend for those who wish to sponsor or contribute towards the purchase of items for the chapel

INAUGURAL MASS FOR THE Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – will take place this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.  All adorers, parishioners and friends are warmly invited to this Mass to celebrate ‘watch for an hour with Jesus’ in our parish.


“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferemt to the call to experience mercy.  I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God.”  Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 19

Could you reach out to someone you know in prison or their family?  Simply write a letter or drop an email of encouragement.  Also, remember imprisonment takes many forms.  Those who are sick can be housebound and isolated.  Can you help someone trapped or suffering from sickness?

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.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR – will be held on Saturday 7th May 2016 from 1.00pm-4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast BT9 6FP. The seminar entitled ‘The Liturgical Service of God’s Mercy’, and presented by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm., costs £10 and is open to all. To book, please contact Malachy McKeever on 07760 108903 or liturgy@downandconnor.org.

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 17th May 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.



If you wish to find out more information about the Parish Draw or sign up for this please contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019, Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.



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.

HOLY GHOST MISSIONS  –  Father Noel Moynihan wishes to thank all parishioners, for their generous support during his recent visit to the parish.  The envelope collection that weekend raised £1,115.69.  If you have still an envelope to return, please do so this coming week.

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

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

TRÓCAIRE 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. 


INAUGURAL MASS FOR ADORATION MINISTRY  – will be celebrated this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm. All those who have joined the new Adoration teams and all parishioners are invited to attend. This occasion will celebrate the beginning of hourly Eucharistic Adoration in our parish, on Monday and Tuesday of each week.

FRIDAY MORNING – meet for refreshments in the Iona Room at 10.00am, to watch a DVD presentation on St Catherine of Sienna, whose feast day is today.


GILNAHIRK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHthis Sunday at 7.00pm “Commemorating 1916- Easter Rising & Battle of the Somme” with Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick (Professor of Church History at Union Theological College & Queen’s  University) in Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church. The Service will conclude at 8.00pm but it will be followed by a cup of tea, an opportunity for discussion for all who wish to stay afterwards (finishing at 8.45pm). Everyone will be welcome.

MAKE 29TH APRIL A RED LETTER DAY FOR LIFE! – Before you vote in the Assembly elections on 5th May, we are calling on you to make 29th April a RED LETTER DAY for unborn children. We need you, your family and friends to contact candidates by phone, email, facebook, twitter or just call into their offices, and ask them one question: If elected, will you defend the right to life of all unborn children? For more information on individual candidates, please visit our website www.preciouslife.com or phone Precious Life on 9027 8484.

BRYSON FUTURE SKILLS –  is hosting an Open Day for 16/17year old school leavers on Wednesday 4th May from 4.00pm to 7.00pm at Bryson Future Skills, Stockman House, Bedford Street.  An opportunity to find out about training for success in: Business Administration, Catering, Childcare, Construction/Bricklaying, Hairdressing, IT for users, Joinery, Playwork or Retail.  For further details please call 9074 5408 or text 077 8620 6696. Keep up to date with all our latest updates on our Facebook page.

ARDS CCE HOST ULSTER FLEADH – in Bangor from July 16th – 24th, with many events including Irish Music Sensations BEOGA on Saturday 16th July at St Comgall’s Parish Centre, Bangor and THE SANDS FAMILY on Thursday 21st July at Bangor Abbey.  Tickets cost only £10 for each concert – More info on www.ulsterfleadh.com.

2016 CENTENARY OF THE ANGEL OF FATIMA.  –  Pilgrimage to Fatima & Santiago de Compostela,   from 9th to 18th August 2016.  3 Nights H/B Los Abetos Hotel Santiago, 6 Nights F/B Hotel Avenida Fatima.  Visiting Pontevedra, Tuy & Balasar.  Spiritual Directors are Fr Gerry McCloskey & Fr Sean Gilmore.  Special Group Price £709 inclusive of tax & insurance. Full Religious Programme. For further details contact Joe Catney on 9071 4001 or 077 7642 5631. Early booking is advisable. Deposit secures.