27th September 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 44  27TH SEPTEMBER 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


26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 795, 452 & 499)

26th Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments.  But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.
1st Reading (Number 11:25-29)  Are you jealous on my account?  If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets!
Psalm The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.
2nd Reading (James 5:1-6) Your wealth is all rotting.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48)  Anyone who is not against us is for us.  If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off.
Children Jesus tells his disciples that anyone who is good and kind is one of his followers.  Jesus also tells his friends to avoid things that make them do anything that is wrong.
Communion Antiphon Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by which you have given me hope.  This is my comfort when I am brought low.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Trevor Gray





Richie Dowley




Anointing of the Sick

Confession 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 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 20th October evening 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.



The Down & Connor Refugee Response team set up by Bishop Treanor is asking Parishes across the Diocese to help in the following ways:

  • We are asking people to pray personally, at home and in the parish for a resolution to the social, political and other causes giving rise to the refugee crisis;
  • The most urgent need is money to buy food in those places where the refugees are now. Please consider holding a special Parish ‘Funds for Food Aid’ collection. The proceeds of this special collection will be divided between SVP and Trócaire who are both working on the ground with refugees in different parts of Europe and the Middle East. SVP are also helping refugees from the region already living in the Diocese;
  • Please donate any clothes, furniture, baby slings, toiletries, tents, sleeping bags, camping equipment (no gas canisters or food) you can to your nearest Vincent’s shop (details online atsvp.ie);
  • Contact your local Parish SVP volunteers to offer even a small amount of your spare time to SVP and SVP Youth to help sort out the clothes and other goods being donated, and;
  • contact your parish with details of any non shared property you have that you would be willing to make available on a short to medium term basis for incoming refugees.

While thanking those who are willing to offer space in their own home, the refugee specialists on the Diocesan team have advised that spare rooms with local families are not likely to be required at this stage. The Diocese is in contact with local government to establish when refugees will begin to arrive and what additional needs they may have once they are here. It is clear that the most important thing they will need is to experience a warm and hospitable welcome from local parishes and other communities. The Diocesan Refugee Response team will be in touch with further details and recommendations over coming weeks. Thank you for your generosity and support.



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

DAILY MEDITATION FOR OCTOBER  – 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

COLUMBAN MISSIONARIES  –  Fr.Oli McCrossan, a  Columban missionary, will speak at all Masses  this weekend. Columbans (priests, sisters and lay ) work in 14 different countries around the world.

Day for Life – is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life.  This year’s ‘Day for Life’ is celebrated in Ireland next Sunday and focuses on End of Life decisions.  The theme is Cherishing Life – Accepting Death.

ROSARY – The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary. The Rosary is one of the most cherished prayers of our Catholic Church. Introduced by the Creed, the Our Father, three Hail Marys and the Doxology (“Glory Be”), and concluded with the Hail Holy Queen prayer, the Rosary involves the recitation of five decades consisting of the Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and the Doxology. During this recitation, the individual meditates on the saving mysteries of our Lord’s life and the faithful witness of our Blessed Mother. Journeying through the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous mysteries of the Rosary, the individual brings to mind our Lord’s incarnation, His passion and death and His resurrection from the dead. In so doing, the Rosary assists us in growing in a deeper appreciation of these mysteries, in uniting our life more closely to our Lord and in imploring His graced assistance to live the faith. We also ask for the prayers of our Blessed Mother, who leads all believers to her Son. Some Rosary resources are available today in the Church porch.

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.



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

Trevor Gray, Paddy Kelly, Anne Kelly,  Luke Kerr, Elizabeth Loughran  and  Annie Morris.

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.



SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend on the first evening to enroll their children: First Confession and First Holy Communion preparation class begins this Tuesday evening at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm.  Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.


Apostolic Work  – the first meeting of Apostolic Work will be held in the Iona Room on Tuesday 6th October at 8.00pm.   New members are always welcome!

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend on the first evening to enroll their children: Confirmation students should attend on Thursday 8th October at 6.15pm, class ends at 7.15pm. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO  –  will take place on Friday 9th October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm.  First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose, it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments.  Music will be on until 12.30am.  It’s guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or after all Masses this weekend. We look forward to seeing you there.



E­mail – qubcc@downandconnor.org

Website – www.qubcc.org

Twitter – @CatholicChapQUB

Sunday Mass at 8.00pm starts this Sunday

Daily Mass at 12.15pm (12.45 during exams) from 28th September.

Come and use the Chaplaincy facilities  (Corpus Christi Chapel, library, lounge and prayer room)

Trust Café –Opened from 9.30am -Free Tea & Coffee. Food served from 12.00 noon to 2.15pm.  All welcome.

The Dedication of Studies Mass will be on Sunday 11th October 2015 at 8.00pm.  All students, staff, family and friends welcome.

Please sign up with the Chaplaincy as part of the Online Enrolment Procedures.



Could you help a child in need? –  Northern Ireland is currently experiencing a severe shortage of Foster Carers, and particularly carers from the Catholic  Community.  Kindercare Fostering is a not-for-profit organisation which works to find safe, secure and loving homes for children and young people in need in Northern Ireland.   We need Foster Carers in your area!  If you would be interested in finding out more about Fostering, please contact Gillian on 9094 1690, or email Gillian.devlin@kindercare.co.uk  or check us out at www.kindercareni.co.uk

Retired Teachers urgently neededone morning per week, across BelfastThe children’s special needs charity Sólás urgently needs the help of Retired Teacher Volunteers to provide 1:1 support to children, with additional educational needs, in primary schools in West, North and South Belfast.  One morning per week, during term time, is required and full induction and ongoing support will be provided.  Please contact Anne at Sólás on 9024 7600, or 075 1891 5430  or email anne@solasbt7.com for further details and information pack.

Catholic Singles –  is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries   –  will be holding a Special Youth Service this Monday evening in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast at 8.00pm. Jonny Clarke, Director of YWAM Ireland will speak on the theme ‘Jesus Still Heals Today’. All are invited to attend this evening of hope for this generation.

ANNUAL LEGION OF MARY ROSARY PROCESSION –  will take place next Sunday afternoon. The procession leaves St John’s Church, Falls Road at 3.00pm and will process to St. Michael’s Church where there will be a short service of Benediction.  Refreshments available afterwards.  Rosary beads and leaflets provided.  All welcome.  Please gather at 2.45pm.

THE PARENTING CHILDREN COURSE  –  for those parenting 0 to 10 year olds.  For 5 Tuesday evenings (6th & 20th October, 3rd, 17th & 24th November) at 7.30pm in Knock Presbyterian Church.  Topics include: building strong foundations, love in action, setting boundaries, building character and our long term aim.  To register or find out more information contact Jacqui on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk.

Charity Premiere of Sunset Boulevard  –  St. Patrick’s Choral Society in association with the Stuck for Words Campaign are bringing the Irish Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard to the Grand Opera House, Belfast from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 10th October to raise funds for 4 local brain injury charities (CRY, Brain Injury Matters, Mind Yourself Your Mate, Declan McMullan Fund). The show features Mark McMullan, who appeared on the Nolan show and RTE’s Late Late Show, following his brother being left with Locked In syndrome. Tickets are now on sale via the www.goh.co.uk or by calling 9024 1919.

Dr Michael Downey – will give a talk whose title is: Mission, Mercy, Margins: Hallmarks of the Ministry of Pope Francis, on Tuesday 13th October, at 7.30pm, in Holy Cross Monastery (Rostrevor Co. Down).

YOUTH 2000  –  invites all young adults between ages of 16 to 35 to a Catholic weekend retreat taking place from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October at Lough Derg.  This will be an exciting weekend attracting over 150 young people from all over the country.   The weekend is being organised by young people for young people.  Parental consent is essential for all those under 18.  Al meals are provided for and accommodation is on site.  Don’t let money be an obstacle; just bring any donation and a sleeping bag.  Newcomers very welcome.  For more details phone 075 9887 6339 or visit www.youth2000.ie.

Apostolic Work Ceili  –  Antrim Ceili Club invite you to a Ceili Night on Saturday 17th October in St Joseph’s Parish Centre, 56 Greystone Road, Antrim BT 1JZ.  Dancing to Raymond Loney Ceili Band from 9.30pm to 12.30am.  Admission £5 (inc supper).  Proceeds in aid of Apostolic Work.  Come along and enjoy a good night’s craic whilst helping to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure  –  a unique piece of music theatre by Felicity McCall exploring Josef Locke’s life, music and legacy by The Playhouse Derry will be presented at The Lyric Theatre Belfast from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th November. For further information contact the Box Office on 9038 1081 or www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

A Concert by Candlelight –  to be given by the Irish Harp Orchestra in collaboration with the combined choirs of St. Patrick’s Parish, Belfast and Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch.  The ensemble will perform an orchestral-choral suite, Brian Boru, the Lion of Ireland, and will be directed by the suite’s composer, renowned harpist, Dr Janet Harbison.  The concert will be performed by candlelight in St. Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, one of Belfast’s most beautiful and historic churches.  Do join the priests and people of St. Patrick’s, on Saturday 24th October, at 8.30pm for what promises to be an enchanting evening of music and song.  Admission is free and a retiring collection in aid of the Church’s Restoration Project will be taken up.

Hidden Pearls  –  is a retreat day, on Saturday 24th October, for people with learning disabilities, their friends, families and carers.  Led by Maria Garvey and Jillian Gould, it will be a time to recognize and celebrate people’s gifts through sharing stories, music, dance and art.   The day will begin at 9.00am with registration and end at 4.45pm and costs £40 per person or £70 when two people book together.   For further information or to book please contact Drumalis on 2827 6455 or 2827 2196.