26th April 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 22  26TH APRIL 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


Please note that the Parish email address has changed.

The new email address is stcolmcilles@downandconnor.org

stcolmcilles@hotmail.com will cease this Thursday.


FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – (Page 341, 452 & 495)

4th Week of Easter

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



The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 4:8-12)  This is the only name by which we can be saved
Psalm The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
2nd Reading (1 John 3:1-2)  We shall see God as he really is.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 10:11-18)   The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
Children Jesus says he is the good shepherd.  He says that a good shepherd would die for his sheep.  Jesus knows his sheep and they know him


The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.    



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Julia Roddy





Gerry Hughes


Tom Donnelly




Anointing 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.



The parish office will close this Tuesday.



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 19th 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.


FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish this Tuesday.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR MAY  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.25 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes

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.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – An Eastertide Journey of Prayer for 2015 are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

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.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR  –  entitled “Closer to Christ in the Eucharist” will be held on Saturday 9th May from 1.00pm to 4.30pm in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Derryvolgie Avenue.  It will be presented by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm. The Seminar is open to all, and will be especially interesting to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Seminar Fee £10.  To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever on 077 6010 8903 or e-mail: malachy.mck@gmail.com

FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT MEETING – parents, whose children are currently preparing for this sacrament and who were unable to attend the Enrolment Meeting in March, are invited to enrol their child for the sacrament, at a First Communion Enrolment Meeting this Wednesday evening at 7.00pm in the Parochial Hall. Parents who attended in March need not attend this meeting.

ANNUAL 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) – £570 in hotel or £450 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £625; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8-17th £520.  For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email dcpilgrimage@gmail.com

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trocaire box to the parish by next weekend.   All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish. 


We pray for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Doonan, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Julia Roddy,  Tom Donnelly,  William Ferris,  May Ferris  and  Claire Mullaly.

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.


Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Have you felt called to serve Christ in the Church as a priest?  If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

A Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life will take place in the Church of Mary, Mother of the Church, Saintfield, Co. Down this Thursday  from 7.30pm – 10.00pm.  The Vigil will conclude with Mass at 9.00pm.

“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community…. This is why Jesus said: “Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest,” that is, God the Father, “to send out labourers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38). May these words of Pope Francis encourage us to come together to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life remembering that vocations are born in prayer and from prayer and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.


God, our Father,

Thank you for your son, Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who leads us to fullness of life.

By our baptism, we are called by name to continue the misson of Jesus.

Give us the grace to listen with an open heart to the voice of Jesus and to respond generously with a joyful spirit.

Strengthen the men and women you called to serve through marriage, the single life, the diaconate, priesthood and consecrated life.

Guide all who are discerning their Christian vocation.

In gratitude we offer this prayer through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, united with you forever.



GIFT 2 – Growing in Faith Together, is an activity based programme for P7 to year 10 students. Continues this Wednesday in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Contact Noeleen on  078 7949 8131  or colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

SUMMER VOLUNTEERS  –  who would like to help with the children in the holiday bible week, ‘The Big Top’ – Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August – are invited to come to a meeting in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall this Friday evening at 7.00pm


Apostolic Work   –  monthly meeting on Tuesday 5th May at 8.00pm in the Iona Room

Date for your diary – The Annual Parish Sirloin Steak/Chicken BBQ & Disco will be held on Friday 5th June, tickets £15 per person.  More details to follow nearer the time.


WATCH AND PRAY  –  this Wednesday evening at Christ the Redeemer Church, Lagmore. Mass at 8.00pm followed by social time, Q&A, and Adoration. Come and go as you please! For anyone aged 18-35 who wants to dip a bit deeper into their faith. Hosted by the Young Adult Ministry and everyone is welcome.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS –  will take place in St. Matthias’ Church, Glen Road next Saturday.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 3.00pm, this will be followed by Mass at 4.00pm.

Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season –  opens Saturday 2nd May with One Day Retreats which continue on 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th of May. Advance booking is essential.  The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May. You can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage any day between 29th May and 13th August. Pre-booking not required.  Contact Lough Derg on 00 353 7198 61518 or email. info@loughderg.org

ANNUAL LE CHEILIE/TOGETHER LECTURE IN ST MARY’S COLLEGE  – on Tuesday 12th May at 7.00pm.  Dr Leonardo Franchi, Head of the St. Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education and Director of Catholic Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow will deliver a public lecture entitled “Preparing for Mission: Catholic Teacher Education in the Contemporary Church.”  RSVP to Eilis McAteer on 9026 8306 or email e.a.mcateer@smucb.ac.uk.

LIVING THROUGH LOSS – a 3 session course with Brenda Kelso being held in the Kairos Centre, Knock Presbyterian Church.  Tuesday 12th May – Seasons of Grief – Dispelling the Myths.  Tuesday 19th May – Promoting Healthy Grieving in Children.  Tuesday 26th May – 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

TAIZE EVENT  –  Friday 15th May is the International Day of Taize Prayer and solidarity to celebrate 75 years of the Christian Ecumenical Taize Community.  Everyone is invited to share a light meal of soup, bread and cakes at the Dock Café, Titanic Quarter, Belfast.  It will be a simple prayer of ecumenical expression inviting people (particularity the young) to celebrate what we have in common, experience community and solidarity with all those of great or little faith and in solidarity with those praying across the world.  Should you be going please contact Paddy Donnelly on 9065 1351.

Forgiveness: the key to healing and happiness  – a one day retreat to be held in Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre on Saturday 30th May 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.