26th January


VOL. 22 NO. 09  26TH JANUARY 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










Clare Knox


Tom Toland









John Doyle

Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm


Brendan Small








Confirmation will be celebrated in the parish

at 11.30am Mass next Sunday. 
















Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



Begins this Sunday and ends next Sunday. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2014 is: ‘Catholic Schools – Centres of Faith and Learning’.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contribution that Catholic schools, both primary and post-primary, make to the mission of the Church in our local faith communities and throughout the wider church. Our parish is joining in the celebrations by having a special Mass at 9.30am thisWednesday with the children from St Joseph’s school.



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

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.

WEEKLY CATHOLIC PAPERS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE –  the following are available on a weekly basis at the back of the Church: Ireland’s Own, Universe, Catholic Times, Irish Catholic and Catholic Herald.  Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.

DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN DIRECTORY  –  copies of the Down & Connor Diocesan Directory, price £3.00, are on sale at the back of the Church. Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

EVANGELII GAUDIUM  –  “The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis, copies of the book are at the back of the Church.  Price £5 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN  –  if your child was baptised last year in the parish and you wish to keep your child’s card from the Baptism Tree it will be available in the Sacristy after all Masses this weekend.

LIVING YOUTH PILGRIMAGE TO ROME – join with us as we step back to the very beginnings of our faith and the heart of the Roman Catholic Church.  From 4th – 8th August we will immerse ourselves in the history of the Church, we will visit the ancient Christian sites of the Eternal City, the tombs of Peter and Paul, the Colosseum, the Catecombs, the Vatican and much more. Price including flights, transfers, accommodation half board, sweat shirt and t-shirts  – £650, which can be subsidised through fund raising.  If you are aged between 16 and 25 and would like to join us, please contact Claire for an Application Form which should be returned by this Friday  – info@livingyouthni.org.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Aileen Hurley, a parishioner and Gerry Corscadden, a former parishioner, both of whom died recently and for John Graves, whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Clare Knox,  Tom Toland,  Brendan Small,  John Doyle,  Nicholas Nelson, Margaret Boylan,  Kathleen McKenna,  Patricia O’Connor McGuinness,  Gerry Riddell,

William Neeson,  Mary Neeson  and  Joseph Duffy.


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

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


VOCATION WEEKEND – A Vocation Weekend for Students and young men will take place in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th February.  The Weekend is for anyone who is thinking about the possibility of a Vocation to the Priesthood or Religious Life.  Anyone interested should contact Fr. John Murray St. Michael’s Presbytery, 200 Finaghy Road North, Belfast BT11 9EG or phone 9091 3761 for further information.  You can also email Fr John at mail@frmurray.co.uk.

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 on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March. 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.


ST. BRIGID’S CROSSES  –  next Saturday is the Feast of St Brigid.  St. Brigid’s Crosses will be available after all Masses next weekend.  Donation requested £1.  All money goes to Third World Charities

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION –  will take place next Sunday at 11.30am Mass.

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY  –  will hold their Annual General Meeting next Sunday in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall at 4.00pm.  All members are welcome to attend. New members will also be welcomed. Further information is available from Peter 907 63822.


APOSTOLIC WORK  –  next meeting will be on Tuesday 4th February at 8.00pm in the Iona Room.


ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE  –  the principal and staff of the college would like to invite all Pirmary 7 pupils, prospective 6th form students and their parents to their Open Night this Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Principal’s address at 7.00pm.


CURIOUS CHRISTIANS  –  study group continues in the Stye Brae Centre, Gilnahirk, this Monday evening at 8.00pm. Everyone will be welcome.

4 CORNERS FESTIVAL – continues to Saturday 1st February.  The Festival consists of innovative events during and around the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. These events are designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives.  Some of this year’s festival highlights include: This Sunday at 7.00pm – The Psychology of Peace in the Sermon on the Mount with Roddy Cowie in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church University Street.  This Monday at 7.30pm – 4 corners, 4 stories with Church leaders in South Belfast Methodist, Lisburn Road.  This Wednesday 7.00pm in An Culturlann, 216 Falls Road, Padraig O’Tuama will read from second collection of poetry “Sorry for your Troubles”. This collection concentrates on the stories of real people struggling with the events of our recent history. If anyone would like to attend this event and would like to go in the company of others, please contact Brian McLoughlin 077 3829 2160.  This Thursday at 7.30pm – Listening to your Enemies with Pat Magee and Jo Berry (chaired by Rev Lesley Carroll) in Skainos, Newtownards Road.  For full programme and other details see www.4cornersfestival.com.

ST. GERARD’S ERC  – Gortnamona, is moving to a new building. A  final Mass in thanksgiving for this place of Faith and Learning will be celebrated this Thursday at 11.00am in the school Assembly Hall. Everyone is welcome.


HEARING LOSS?  –  Action on Hearing loss runs a free Hear to Meet group at Harvester House Court, 4-8 Adelaide Street, Belfast.  The next session is scheduled for Friday 7th February from 10.30am to 12.30pm. If you’re over 55 and have a hearing loss, come along, and make new friends by meeting other people who understand what it is like to live with hearing loss and enjoy activities. We’ll be happy to meet you!

TEXAS HOLDEM NIGHT in Shandon Park Golf Club this Friday evening starting at 7:30pm.  Everyone is welcome. Contact Philip  on 079 9054 1310 or Fintan on (077 4702 1126 to book your place.

BEING SURPRISED BY JOY  –  re-inhabiting the Earth Spring Conference in Drumalis from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February.  We are delighted to have Mary Colwell as the keynote speaker for this annual environmental conference. Mary is an award winning television producer, feature writer for “The Tablet” and consultant on the relationship between religion and the natural world.   It is possible to attend on a residential or non-residential basis for the full weekend and there is also the opportunity to attend for the day only on Saturday. For further details or to book a place, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.  Booking forms can also be downloaded from www.drumalis.co.uk

BELFAST PIONEER REGION  –  the AGM of the Belfast Pioneer Regional Council will take place in Clonard Monastery at 3.00pm on Sunday 9th February.   All adult Pioneers are welcome to come along and have their say about Pioneer affairs within the Belfast Region.  Please come along and help shape the future of the Belfast Pioneer Council

ADULT IRISH DANCE CLASSES   –  every Tuesday evening at 8.30pm in Holy Family Parish Centre (120 Cavehill Rd). Contact Anne 9032 4732 or 077 1423 3298 or email annereidirishdance@gmail.com

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL  –  Ormeau Road is now on Facebook
To keep up to date with what is happening in the shop, please visit us at 
St Vincent de Paul Shop-Ormeau Road.  Drop by and say hello.

HELP IMPROVE LIFE FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSONS  –  give time, get inspired.  Volunteers are vital to our work and make a real difference to everyone living with Parkinson’s in the Belfast area.  You can volunteer for us in lots of ways, from raising awareness of Parkinson’s to helping at a support group. Here’s what some of our volunteers say about volunteering at Parkinson’s UK – “I feel that I am part of something really special and that what is achieved really does make a difference to people with Parkinson’s.”  “Raising funds for research gives me hope that a cure will be found”.  “Volunteering lets me focus on what I can do, rather than what I can’t do because of my Parkinson’s.”  Join us today and you will be part of a team with full training to carry out your role. You will also have a dedicated person to support you and receive out of pocket expenses.  For more information on the volunteer roles available and an application pack contact Paula Mc Larnon, Branch and Volunteer Support, 0844 225 3684 or email pmclarnon@parkinsons.org.uk