27th December 2015

VOL. 24 NO. 05 27TH DECEMBER 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


Sesaon of Christmas

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

Entrance Antiphon The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manager.
1st Reading (1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28)  Samuel is made over to the Lord for the whole of his life.
Psalm They are happy who dwell in your house, O Lord.
2nd Reading (1 John 3:1-2, 21-24) We are called God’s children; and that is what we are.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Luke 2:41-52)  Jesus is found by his parents sitting among the doctors.
Children Jesus went to Jerusalem with his family, to celebrate a special feast called Passover.  On the way home, Mary and Joseph realised that Jesus was not with them.  They were very worried.  Mary and Joseph hurried back to Jersualem and found Jesus in the temple listening to the teachers and asking questions.  Jesus explained that he was doing his Father’s work.
Communion Antiphon Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday New Year’s Day


      12.00 noon

Vera Donnelly, Jackie Quigley and   Mary Elliott


Ted Brennan


Please note Mass on New Year’s Day

will be at 12.00 noon.


Would those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will reopen on Monday 4th January.  


Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.  By showing mercy to others, we are witnessing to our faith in God.

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 19th January 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.


BISHOP TREANOR’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE  –  copies are available at the back of the Church.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR JANUARY  – 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

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. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – who take the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound, should sign their name on the list in the Sacristy on each occasion.

Opportunity  – part time SPRED Coordinator sought to help support fellow parishioners with learning disabled in our Diocese.  Duties include providing training for our groups, giving presentations, raising awareness, recruitment, administration and planning.  15 hours per week @ £8 per hour.  For more information and to apply, please contact or send your CV to spreddc@gmail.com  Closing date for applications, 3rd January 2016.

Lourdes 2016  –  we are currently seeking doctors (post foundation training) and nurses (on the NMC live register) to join the volunteer staff of the Diocesan Pilgrimage (11-16thJuly 2016). For more information please email us at lourdes@downandconnor.org

THE WEDNESDAY WORDis a national prayer mission which links parishes throughout the country through regular weekly prayer. The Wednesday Word contains the following Sunday’s scripture readings and reflections and is an excellent way of preparing to come to Mass. It is available each week at the back of the Church to take home. Please do consider starting to use this Christ centred, scripture based, method of praying, in spiritual solidarity with many parishioners throughout the country

MONEY MATTERS                 

Weekly Offering Cash Collection and Standing Orders: £1,803.34

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

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


We pray for Ted Brennan, whose month’s mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Ailish Hanvey,  Eilie Hughes,  Vera Donnelly,  Jackie Quigley, 

Mary Elliott  and  Harry McKenna.

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.


The winners of the 7th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Noeleen Dunn – £100, Emma Fisher – £75 & Jerome & Betty Dawson – £25.

The winners of the 8th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Aideen & Kevin O’Neill – £100, John O’Brien – £75 & Joe Keane – £25.

The winners of the 9th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Eoin Browne – £100, Ciara Reynolds – £75 & Artie O’Neill – £25

The winners of the 10th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Richard Duffin – £100, Claire Dowds – £75 & Artie O’Neill – £25.


WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  the club resumes on Wednesday 6th January.  The year kicks off with a six week programme of the very popular games with John.  Why not join us in the Iona Room each Wednesday afternoon and get fit and energetic for 2016.

11th Belfast Scout Group, St. Colmcilles 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance  –  Plans are now very advanced for the Scout Group’s 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance. We have ex members and current members flying in from Seoul, Brussels, USA, Dubai, Glasgow, London, Leeds, and friends joining us from all parts of Ireland. We want all our ex members, friends and supporters to join us in celebrating our anniversary – 50 years of quality scouting in St. Colmcilles and 50 years of fun friendship and achievement. Because we can’t contact everyone, we need your help in spreading the word. We have established a dedicated facebook page which can be accessed via the scout troop