29th March 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 18  29TH MARCH 2015

Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.  191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

St.  Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724


PALM SUNDAY – (Page 186 & 493)

Holy Week

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



Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out:  Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!  O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors.  Let him enter, the king of glory!  Who is this king of glory?  He, the Lord of hosts, he is the king of glory.  Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!
1st Reading (Isaiah 50:4-7)  I did not cover my face against insult – I know I shall not be shamed.
Psalm My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
2nd Reading (Philippians 2:6-11) He humbled himself, but God raised him high.
Acclamation Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory:  Christ was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.  But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all names.  Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.
Gospel (Mark 14:1-15:47)   The passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Children Jesus shared a special meal with his disciples.  He blessed bread and wine and said it was his body and blood.  Jesus knew that Judas would turn against him. He also knew that his friend Peter would let him down.  Peter didn’t believe him and said he would always stand up for Jesus.  After supper Jesus and his friends went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray.  Soliders carrying weapons came and arrested Jesus.  The chief priest questioned Jesus and decided that he deserved to die.  Peter was waiting in the courtyard outside.  When Peter heard a cock crow for the second time he realised that Jesus had been right and felt sad.  Jesus was whipped and beaten.  He had a crown made of thorns put on his head and was led away to be crucified.


Father, if this chalice cannot pass without my drinking it, your will be done.    



Sat. Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Holy Thursday Good Friday
6.30pm 9.30am 7.15am 7.15am 7.15am 7.30pm  
Anne O’Keeffe Eammon Conway John Coyle
11.30am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am
Danny Acton & Francis & Isa Quigley


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 Wednesday at 1.00pm and will reopen on Monday 13th April.   Material for the bulletins on Easter Sunday and Sunday 12th April needs to be in the parish office by 10.00am this Wednesday morning.


PALM SUNDAY  –  Holy Week begins with the Blessing of Palms and the Solemn Procession to commemorate the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem which takes place before the 11.30am Mass on Sunday morning.  Palms will also be blessed at the Vigil Mass and the 9.30am Mass.  Holy Week is a time for the whole parish family to come together as a faith community and follow in the footsteps of Christ.

MONDAY                               Masses at 7.15am and 9.30am.

Parish Passover Seder Meal at 7.30pm.

TUESDAY                              Masses at 7.15am and 9.30am.

WEDNESDAY                       Masses at  7.15am 9.30 am.

HOLY THURSDAY             If anyone has any daffodils in their garden and would like them to be used for decorating the Church on Holy Thursday, please leave them in the Church porch by 10.00am on Holy Thursday Morning.

                                                  Parishioners are invited to join the Bishops, Priests and Laity of the Diocese for the Mass of Chrism which will be celebrated in St. Peter’s at 11.00am.

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7.30pm.

Night Prayer of the Church at 9.15pm

GOOD FRIDAY                    Good Friday (a day of fast and abstinence)

The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm.

Good Friday                          Stations of the Cross have been prepared by young people of the parish, and will take place on Friday at 7.30pm. A collection for Catholics in the Holy Land will be taken up at both ceremonies.

HOLY SATURDAY             The Easter Vigil at 9.00 pm

EASTER SUNDAY               Mass in St. Colmcille’s at 9.30 am & 11.30 am

Mass in Ulster Hospital at 10.45 am.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD  –  notes and commentaries for the readings on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil are now available from the Sacristy after Mass.  If you are reading at any of the ceremonies, please collect your copy after Mass this weekend.   Copies of the Passion for Good Friday are available from the Sacristy.



This Sunday (Palm Sunday)           St. Colmcille’s                                 3.00pm

Monday evening                                St. Bernadette’s Parish                   7.30pm

Tuesday evening                               Holy Rosary Parish                         7.30pm

Wednesday evening                          Drumbo and Carryduff Parish      7.30pm


FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish during the coming week.

MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION – please volunteer for Holy Week ceremonies and Easter weekend Masses, by writing your name on the sheet on the notice board in the porch, or by texting / emailing  Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

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 paper box beside Confessional.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR EASTER  –  copies of the “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

Parent & Toddler Group Needs Help  –  a few volunteers are needed urgently to help with running the Parent & Toddler group.  If you have a couple of hours to spare on Wednesday mornings, please think about spending it with this lovely group of children and their friendly parents, grandparents and carers.  The group offers an invaluable service to young families but cannot continue without some more help.   Please contact Elizabeth on 077 2978 2471 if you would like any more details.

LIVING YOUTH – Music Ministry Day with DCF on Saturday 25th April in St Bernadette’s Parish, Belfast.  £15.00 per person.  Contact Living Youth to register:  info@livingyouthni.org or phone 9023 2432.

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) – 8th-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.

The Easter Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin on Sunday 12th April.  New boxes of envelopes, will be in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you during the coming week.

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are being asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish this Sunday.  After Sunday, boxes may be left in the parish office or returned through the Offertory collection baskets at Mass.  It would be appreciated if any small coins could be changed to larger denominations.  All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish.



We pray for the repose of the souls of Conrado Santos and Eammon Conway, who died recently and for Anne O’Keeffe, whose months mind occurs this weekend.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Danny Acton,  Francis Quigley,  Isa Quigley,  Norman Fusco,  Jim Norton,  Edward Hassan,  Jane Connor,  John Connor,  John Coyle,  Monica Hassan  and  Wilfred G Gibson.

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.



Don’t worry it is not too late to enter this year, members of the Parish Social & Fundraising Committee will be at the back of the Church after all Masses this weekend to sign you up. For those who have already purchased their tickets please speak to a member of the committee this weekend to receive your tickets.   If you need any more information you can contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee.



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.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015.  For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9061 4567 or email:kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com.


DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME – the Sacramental Preparation Programme for those children who are about to receive First Holy Communion, will be held at the 9.30am Mass this Sunday.

Awakening Faith Programme  –  will take place this Sunday morning after the 9.30am Mass.  The theme of the final short talk is ‘Is Faith Possible Today.’

CHRISTIAN PASSOVER SEDER  –  the Jewish Passover is the oldest festival of the Hebrew Liturgical Calendar.  It commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from Egyptian bondage – the Exodus.  Our Christian Passover remembers the Exodus but also defines so much of what we celebrate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist and Holy Communion.  The Parish Pastoral Council invites all parishioners to join them for the Passover Seder which will be held in the Parochial Hall at 7.30pm this Monday evening, three days before we celebrate the beginning of the Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Some idea of numbers is needed to help plan the evening, so if you would like to take part in the prayer and ritual of Passover, please put your name down on the list at the back of the Church after Mass this weekend.

PARISH BREAKFAST – this Wednesday morning at 10.00am.  If you would like to attend please sign your name on the sheet at the back of the Church and tick your choice of breakfast.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – liturgy for Good Friday is being prepared by young people in the parish. There will be a practice this Wednesday at 6.00pm in the Church. Contact Noeleen on 078 7949 8131 or colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk



GIFT 2 – Growing in Faith Together, is an activity based programme of 6 sessions for year 9 and year 10 students. It will commence on Wednesday 15th April in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Contact Noeleen on  078 7949 8131  or colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

Concert   –  by St.Colmcille’s Choir, St. Joseph’s Primary School & the Sing for Life Choir will be singing an extravaganza of contemporary & familiar songs on Friday 17th April at 7.30pm  in St. Colmcille’s Church, to raise funds jointly for Cancer Focus NI and our own Parish. Light refreshments included in the Parochial Hall afterwards.  Tickets £10, Children 11-17 £5, Children under 11 Free. Please put the date in your diary now.  Not to be missed!



  1. VINCENT DE PAUL – wishes to express their sincere thanks to our parishioners who contributed so generously to our appeal for the Larder which concludes this weekend.  The Rev. Adrian McCartney wishes on behalf of the Larder to also thank you and our wonderful children from St. Joseph’s who also contributed hugely every week.



The Outreach Mission of the Philippine Embassy in London will be present in the Parochial Hall on Saturday 11th April from 9.30am to 5.00pm and Sunday 12th April from 9.30am to 12.00 noon.  Contact details for on site arrangements are Katrina Albarico – 077 9678 7513 and Vhee Benasa – 078 2809 5361.  The following services will be offererd: e-passport applications; Civil registration (reports of birth, marriage or death); Notarization and Legalization services (affidavits, SPAs, etc); NIB clearance form servicing (fingerprinting); Acceptance of application for visa to the Philippines; Philippine citizenship Retention/Re-acquistion; Overseas voter registration; Assistance to nationals and Advice on Philippine laws’ PAGIBIG membership/inquiries and SSS membership/inquiries.  Applicants are advised to check the documentary and other requirments at www.philembassy-uk.org and to download the applications forms in advance from the same website.



St. Malachy’s College Annual Concert  –  on Sunday 19th April at 4.00pm  in the Ulster Hall.  Adults £10, Concession £8, Family(4) £30. Tickets available from College Reception  on 9074 8285.

Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration  –  third All Ireland pilgrimage to Knock, on Sunday 26th April.  Buses will be available for this event. £15 return.  To book your seat phone or text 077 3828 2199.

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