29th December

VOL. 22 NO. 05  29TH DECEMBER 2013
Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.  Tel. 9065 4157.   Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com
Saturday Sunday Tuesday New Year’s Day Thursday Friday
Paddy Kearney
Mary Mallon
Martin Campfield
12.00 noon
Vera Donnelly 9.30am
Spcial Intention
Anointing of the Sick
Special Intention
Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am
Special Intention
Please note Mass on New Year’s Day
will be at 12.00 noon.
Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.00pm 9.00am 9.00am 9.00am 9.00am
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 Tuesday 21st January 2014 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.
St Colmcilles has set up a Bereavement Support group to be present for and to listen to anyone suffering bereavement after a death, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. The group is here for all, regardless of culture, faith or no faith and is made up of nine parishioners who have all been trained by NI Hospice professionals; on-going training and guidance will continue with the Hospice team.  If you wish to know more about Bereavement Support please telephone us on 074 5698 9458 or complete a Request form and place in the Bereavement Support Box situated at the back of the Church and one of the group will make contact with you. The members of the group are: Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan, Lucy Traynor.
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS  –  the office will be closed until Tuesday 7th January 2014.
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.
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
BOOKINGS FOR PAROCHIAL HALL  –  If you wish to use the Hall you must book directly with Pat Feenan between 7.00pm and 8.00pm on Monday to Friday (phone 9067 1036).  Pat will not be available to take bookings until Moday 6th January 2014.
PARISH CENSUS  –  is constantly changing due to new families moving into the parish, and existing families moving homes.  The parish makes a conscious effort to ensure the information we hold is correct and up to date, but we need help from all families to ensure this is done.  If you have moved into the parish and have not registered, please complete a yellow census card at the back of the Church, and place in the bulletin box.  If you have moved house please fill out a white card at the back of the Church, and again leave in the bulletin box.  Parishioners who are moving out of the parish are asked to inform Philomena in the office when they have moved.  Your co-operation in keeping our census up to date is appreciated.
BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Evie Mary Davies who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.
DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of baby Ronan McKenna, who died last weekend.  We also remmeber all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:
Paddy Kearney,  Mary Mallon,  Vera Donnelly,  Edward Trainor,
Pauline Trainor  and  Marie Kerr.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.
LITURGY FOR FAMILIES OF RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN  –  there will be a Liturgy for Families of Recently Baptised Children in the Church on Saturday 11th January at 12.00 noon.   Tea and coffee will be served in the Parochial Hall afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.
My brother, my sister, here at this crib, be silent!
Look! Pray!
Be open.  Allow the barriers to fall:
The barriers of comfort, the barriers of hate,
Those of your ready excuses and ready made prayers.
Be silent!  Look!  Pray!
Do you know what it means to be cold?
Do you appreciate what is means to sleep on rough straw?
Do you know the suffering of all who search for a place to stay, for a place to work?
Do you feel for those parents in the agony of not knowing what tomorrow holds for their children?
If you do not, then you risk passing before this crib without seeing the depth that is here.
You risk understanding nothing of what God has done in choosing to become one of us, in Jesus.
Be silent!  Look!  Pray!
ST. LOUISE’S COLLEGE  –  open night on Wednesday 8th January 2014 for app primary 7 pupils and their families.  All departments throughout the school will be open.  Any student who wish to transfer into sixth form are also most welcome.  Families are inviteed to the Principal’s address at 4.30pm or 6.30pm.
OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COOLEGE KNOCK – Year 7 Pupils and Parents are invited to the College’s Open Morning on Saturday 11th January 2014 from 9.15am to 12.30pm.  Principal’s Address 9.30 am and 11.00 am.  Prospective Year 13 students are also welcome.
ST. DOMINIC’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS  –  the Principal and staff invite you to their annual Open Day on Saturday, 11th January 2014 from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  Principal’s address at 9.30 am and 11.00 am.  P6 and P7 pupils welcome
ST. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – will hold two Open Nights for prospective pupils on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January 2014. The Principal’s Address will begin at 7.00pm and Primary 6 and 7 pupils are welcome to attend.  Parking will be via Lincoln Avenue.
BREDAGH SLIMATHON & EXCERISE PROGRAMME 2014  –  Your first step to a healthier you in 2014!  Starts Monday 13th January 2014 in St Josephs College, Ravenhill Road.  Open to both members and non-members of Bredagh GAC.  12 week Programme – set your own targets and don’t worry if you haven’t done any exercise in a while – designed to suit all levels of fitness and all ages. So if you just want to lose some weight and/or get fit and have some fun just turn up  at St Josephs on the 13th  Jan at 6.30pm to register or e-mail  pbblaney@gmail.com   for more info.

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