24th May 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 26  24TH MAY 2015

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


PENTECOST SUNDAY – (Page 362, 452 & 330)

8th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 4



The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 2:1-11)  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak.
Psalm Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
2nd Reading (Galatians 5:16-25)  The fruit of the Spirit.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 15:26-27, 16:12-15)   The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth.
Children Jesus tells his friends that he is going to send the Holy Spirit to be with them.  The Holy Spirit will help us.  The Holy Spirit will lead us to God’s truth.


They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke of the marvels of God, alleluia.    



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Nigel Sharvin


Mary Delargy






Teresa Wilkinson


Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am




Would those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will close this Friday, Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June.




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 16th 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.



New Pastoral Communities  –  back in January the Diocese launched a consultation on how parishes might best work together in the future. Bishop Treanor, supported by the Living Church Office received feedback from groups and individuals across the diocese. The consultation closed with four regional meetings. Now, the Bishop is announcing the makeup of the 13 new Pastoral Communities. Please read a copy of the document which is available as you leave the church, or on the diocesan website.

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL – young people are invited to join the team who read the prayers at Mass. Training will take place on Sunday 14th June from 10.25am to 11.15am in the Church. All welcome. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

ALTAR SERVERS – formation and additional training for post primary Servers on Sunday 7th June 10.25am to 11.15am in the Church.

SUMMER CHILDREN’S WEEK – application forms for the children’s holiday bible week ‘Under the Big Top’, from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, for 4 – 8 year olds,  are available in the Church Porch and from colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

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.

St Anne’s Parish invites you  –  to a Vigil this Wednesday in  St Anne’s Church,  from 7.00pm to 9.00pm  to pray for The Reverend Conor McCarthy whose Ordination will take place on Sunday 28th June.  All are welcome to join in this Prayer Service of Adoration, Testimonies, Readings, Intercessions, Benediction and Veneration of Our Blessed Lady.

Annual Pilgrimage and Mass on St Patrick’s Mountain  –  Saul will take place on Sunday 14th June at 3.00pm.  Bishop Noel Treanor will be the Celebrant.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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



We pray for Alejandro Penaranda, who died recently and for Teresa Wilkinson, whose month’s mind occurs this coming week.  We also remembe all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Nigel Sharvin,  Mary Delargy,  Aidan Lennon,  Edmund Kiely,  George Keenan,

John McCormick  and  Deirdre Ann Murphy.

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.



Milltownthis Sunday. Prayers and blessing of graves will be held at 3.00pm.

Hannahstownnext Sunday at 3.00pm.  Mass will be celebrated in the grounds of St Joseph’s Cemetery, followed by the blessing of the graves.

St Peter’s, the Rock –  Sunday 7th June at 3.00pm.  Prayers and blessing of graves.



Big Breakfast for TAP  –   this Sunday, after the 9.30am and 11.30am Masses we will be staging a Big Breakfast for Tanzania to raise much needed funds for our twinned Parish of Moita Bwawani in Tanzania. This is as much a Parish Family event as a fundraiser. So next Sunday, forget about your breakfast chores, let us do the cooking for you and you can reward us with your generosity. Come on over to the Parochial Hall, relax with a hearty breakfast and at the same time help our TAP programme.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES  –  will hold their Pentecost Service on  this Sunday, in Stormont Presbyterian Church  at 7.00pm.  All welcome.

St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler Group –  are holding a Social Evening in Shandon Park Golf Club this Thursday evening at 8.00pm. The evening will begin with a talk from the Neighbourhood Policing Team on the topic of ‘Providing a Secure Online Environment for Children’.   Tickets for this event are £5, with proceeds going to the Parent and Toddler Group.  Tickets are available from Elizabeth Johnston on 077 2978 2471 or Lisa Hale on 077 0818 0732.  Everyone is welcome.

APOSTOLIC WORK ANNUAL DISPLAY  will be held after all the Masses next weekend.   There will be plants, cakes, books and toys, jewellery and, of course, the Tombola and raffle.  There will be tea and coffee as usual.  If anyone wishes to provide cakes or other items for the sale please speak to a member of Apostolic Work or bring it to the hall on Saturday 30th May.  There have been an increasing number of requests from missionaries for help to Apostolic headquarters so your continued support will be very important. New members or anyone who can help in other ways are always welcome.  If you cannot stay after Mass but would like to contribute, donations will be received at the door of the Parochial Hall.



  1. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL END OF YEAR SHOW – at the Glenmachan Church of God on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th June.  Tickets available in the school from Miss McCullough and Mrs Magee priced £5

PARISH SIRLOIN STEAK/CHICKEN BBQ & DISCO – will take place on Friday 5th June from 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall/Scout & Guide den.  Bring your own refreshments and the music will be on until 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out so why not make it a great night out with friends.  Tickets are only £15 per person and will be available to purchase next weekend or they are available from Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book your ticket.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Fun Day –  on Saturday 6th June from 12.00 noon to 3.00pmCome along to St Joseph’s P.S. first ‘Community Fun Day’ for a fun-filled afternoon!  Climb the Infinity Tower, descend the Mega Slide, touch the clouds on the bouncy castle and wonder at our birds of prey.  Plus we’ll have face painting, a photo booth, gladiator duel, arts and crafts, a football arena and lots, lots more!!  If you work up an appetite there’s a BBQ and refreshments as well as plenty to do indoors if it’s wet!  We hope you can make it.  We also welcome volunteers to help on the day and donations for our cake sale can be left at the school the week before.  Follow us on facebook at ‘St Joseph’s PTA’ or email stjospta@gmail.com



Diocesan Pilgrimage to Luxeuil, Bregenz, St Gallen & Bobbio  –  to mark the Year of St Columbanus, Bishop Noel Treanor will lead a Diocesan Pilgrimage to sites associated with St Columbanus – Luxeuil, Bregenz, St Gallen and Bobbio from 24th to 31st August.  Anyone interested in taking part in the Pilgrimage is asked to contact Kieran Troy  on 00 353 5793 55050.

Bangor Colloquium   –  Part 1 of a three-part Colloquium will take place in Bangor from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May.  Part 2 will take place in Luxeuil from Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th September.  Part 3 will be held in Bobbio from Saturday 21st until Sunday 22nd November.  The title of the Bangor Colloquium is “Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy”.

Celebrating Columbanus –  a weekend of celebrations will be held in the Diocese of Down and Connor and Armagh from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June.  Visitors from Italy (from the Dioceses of Piacenza-Bobbio, Lodi, Pavia and Mantua), France (from the Archdiocese of Besançon) and Germany (from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart) are expected to attend our celebrations. The celebrations commence with Vespers in Good Shepherd Church on Friday, 19th June at 7.00pm.  Celebrations continue in Bangor on Saturday, 20th June, with the National Commemoration in honour of St Columbanus taking place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Sunday, 21th June.

Mass in St Comgall’s Church, Bangor –  the principal celebration in honour of St Columbanus will be a celebration of the Eucharist in St Comgall’s Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor, on Saturday, 20th June at 6.30pm.  It will be the Parish Vigil Mass.



Join the Belfast Conversation  –  what do you want Belfast to be like in 15 years time? Belfast City Council and its partners are looking for ideas and aspirations for Belfast 2030 to help shape the Belfast Agenda – a community plan detailing measureable

social, economic and environmental improvements for the city. Join the belfastconversation and find out more at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/belfastagenda

LIVING THROUGH LOSS – with Brenda Kelso, being held in the Kairos Centre, Knock Presbyterian Church.  This Tuesday – Hope for the Hurting – What Helps and What Hurts?  For more information contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or email njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

Habitat for Humanity  –  Northern Ireland is hosting a special evening of music and song with The Priests. The classical music trio The Priests will present a special fundraising concert in St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, Armagh this Friday. The evening will celebrate the fact that local people have helped Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland build over the last 21 years. Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased at www.habitatni.co.uk or from Armagh Parish Office on 3752 2813.

Forgiveness: the key to healing and happiness  – a one day retreat to be held in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre next Saturday from 10.00am to 4.30pm.    This day will provide an opportunity to reflect on ways to deal with life’s hurts and disappointments, so that we can let go, move on, and find peace and happiness and will be facilitated by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA.  Apply to the Secretary at Dromantine on 3082 1964 or email admin@dromantineconference.com.

Living Faith: Go Proclaim the Gospel  –  Living our faith can be both quite challenging and really wonderful.  Each year in Ballymena a Round-Table gathering is held in The Parish Centre, All Saints Church, Ballymena to consider some aspect of faith.  This year it will be on Saturday 6th June from 1.45pm to 5.00pm.   The topic this year is Living Faith: Go Proclaim the Gospel.  Our excellent keynote speaker this year is noted media commentator,  speaker, journalist and teacher, Breda O’Brien, and the other speakers will be Baroness Nuala O’Loan and Fr Patrick Delargy.

THE PILGRIM LIFE  –  The Gospel of Mark, Discipleship in Ordinary Time by Pamela Thimmes, OSC in Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre on Sunday 7th June from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  Cost £35.  Come and hear and learn about the Gospel of Mark.  From beginning to end, the first and shortest of the Gospels challenges and astonishes, demonstrating that “sometimes we need stories more than food to stay alive”.  To book a space contact Drumalis on 2827 2196.

CORRYMEELA 50TH ANNIVERSARY: BIG BURGER BASH  –  as part of the celebrations for Corrymeela’s 50th anniversary, there will be a Big Burger Bash at Streamvale Open Farm, 38 Ballyhanwood Road, on Friday 12th June from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Featuring tasty burgers, delicious ice cream, and fun farm activities. Bring your own beverages. Admission: Adults £10, children £5, no ticket needed, just pay at entrance.  All are very welcome, so please put in your diary and come and enjoy a great summer evening out.

COLUMBANUS BANGOR FOLK FESTIVAL 2015  –  Ards CCÉ can confirm that the headline act for this year’s folk festival will be Dervish, supported by Ards CCÉ Entertainment Group.  The concert will take place on Saturday 13th June at St Comgall’s Parish Hall and there will be a fully licensed bar available.  Tickets are only £10 per person and are now available to purchase from Thomas’ Shop.


Living Church Down & Connor Lough Derg Pilgrimage  –  the third Living Church Lough Derg 3 day Pilgrimage will take place this year from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July. The pilgrimage will be the traditional three day format.  Those who took part in the pilgrimage over the last few years spoke of the many blessings they received from being on the island of Lough Derg, as countless people have throughout the years. There is quietness and deep spirituality to be found there that is very special. Please consider coming along this year.  The cost of the pilgrimage is £60.00.  The cost does not include travel to the island. For details of travel arrangements and to book a place please call the Living Church Office on 9069 0920 or email office@livingchurchdc.org  by Friday 12th June.

  1. PETER’S FOLLOWERS OF THE CROSS – annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 7th to 12th October.  Spiritual Director – Rev. Patrick McCafferty.  Fare – £599 per person inclusive of Belfast/Lourdes return flights, full board accommodation and all taxes.  For bookings and further information please contact James Hyndman on 9032 7218, Julieanne Hughes on 9024 6901 or Jimmy Barr on 90249745.