2nd November

VOL. 22 NO. 48 2ND NOVEMBER 2014


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


FEAST OF ALL SOULS – (Page 1035, 452 & 505)

31st Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 3



Just as Jesus died and has risen again, so through Jesus God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep; and as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be brought to life.
1st Reading (Isaiah 25:6-9) The Lord will destroy Death for ever.
Psalm The Lord is my light and my help.
2nd Reading (Romans 5:5-11) Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God’s anger?
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! It is my Father’s will, says the Lord, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, and that I should raise it up on the last day. Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) You have hidden these things from the learned and have revealed them to mere children.
Children Jesus said that children could understand the love of God better than many clever grown-ups could. He also explained that God welcomes people who are sad or worried and gives them rest in his love.


I am the Resurrection and the Life, says the Lord. Whoever believes in me, even though he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will not die for ever.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Chris Graham







No Mass
Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am





Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will be closed this Friday.



Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: www.st-colmcilles.net where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.



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

CHURCH OPENING TIMESthe church will be open each day at the following times: Monday – 10.00am to 3.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9.00am to 3.30pm; Friday – 9.00am to 1.00pm; Saturday – 6.00pm to 7.30pm and Sunday 9.00am to 1.00pm.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAMis 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 it 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.

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.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL – Pat will not be available to take bookings for the Parochial Hall until Monday 10th November.

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family James Patrick McSorley, Emelie Mooney, Lea Aireez E Pejana, Clodagh Rose Regan and Ella Lauren Warnock who were baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Chris Graham.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

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



St Colmcilles has 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.



NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SOULS – during the month of November Mass will be celebrated each day for the repose of the souls of those deceased whose names have been included in the November Dead Lists. Lists are available at the rear of the Church. If you wish to donate an offering for the Masses, please include it with the List in the envelope provided. Completed Lists can be placed in the collection baskets or in the box at the rear of the Church.

PIONEER ASSOCIATION – are promoting the Short-Term Pledge for November in honour of the Holy Souls. November is traditionally dedicated as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray in a special way for family members/ relatives/friends who are no longer with us. By a long-standing Irish custom, many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacrificial act for the benefit of their deceased loved ones, and for all the Souls in Purgatory. For more information contact 00 353 1874 9464.

ANNUAL MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH FAMILY – will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th November at 7.00 pm. This is an opportunity for our parish family to pray for our own deceased relatives and friends as well as the deceased members of our parish who have prayed with us and celebrated the liturgy with us throughout the years.

  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – the Annual Mass in memory of deceased former students and staff of the College will be celebrated in the college chapel on Monday 10thNovember at 7:30pm.

CATHOLIC TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION – the Annual Mass for deceased teachers of the Diocese will take place on Wednesday 12th November in the Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road at 7.30pm. Refreshments available afterwards on the ground floor of the Good Shepherd Centre. Please forward the name of any teacher who died during the past year to the Diocesan Advisers in Religious Education, Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Road, BT7 3GS by this Friday.



Sometimes important things get away from us – things like faith. Is this you?

  • Too busy despite best intentions?
  • Asked questions about faith but unsure how to answer?
  • Have a desire to connect more deeply with the Catholic faith?

‘AWAKENING FAITH’ may be just right for you. This initial 4 weekly session series explores topics on what’s spirituality, who Jesus is, what we think of the Holy Spirit,

whether we can find forgiveness. First session begins on Wednesday 12th November from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Parochial Hall with opportunity for honest conversation, candid questions in a setting of openness and hospitality.



DIOCESAN VOCATION VIGIL – in St. Patrick’s, Donegall Street on Friday 14th November from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Open to all to come and pray for vocations in the Church.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN – in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.



APOSTOLIC WORK  – will meet this Tuesday evening in the Iona Room at 8.00pm.  New members are always welcome

ARE YOU AWAREthat the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am?  All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers.  Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.  We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.

  1. COMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT – will hold their Annual General Meeting this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm for all parents, and any parishioners who may wish to find out more about the Guide Unit in the parish.

SHARING FAIR EVENT – the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, will hold a sale of lovely hand-crafted items made in Good Shepherd Centres in the developing world after all Masses next weekend. As a way of reaching out to young girls and women in poor countries made vulnerable to exploitation because of poverty and powerlessness the Sisters have developed Self-Help projects in twenty or so countries where they produce beautifully hand-woven fabric for personal and household items, skilfully crafted educational and other toys, beautiful items suitable for Christmas gifts, Christmas decorations etc. The success of the projects enables these women, young girls and their children to live with dignity and hope.  You make a real difference in their lives when you purchase their top-quality crafts.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – will be held next Sunday. It is the practice of St Colmcille’s to visit surrounding Churches for a Remembrance Day Service. If you can do so please put your name on the list at the back of the Church and include the name of the Church and which of its services you will be attending.



EARLY ALERT – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December.  All families welcome!  More details later.



Trócaire – is holding a special Mass for the dead on Thursday 13th November at 7:30pm in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Ormeau Road. The Mass is in memory of all those generous people who have supported Trócaire throughout the years. There will be light refreshments afterwards. Please come along to remember your loved ones and honour their commitment to a just world. Contact Joseph O’Neill on 9080 8030 or joneill@trocaire.ie for more information.

A SPECIAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE  –  is being organised by St Paul’s Disability Care group and it will be held on Friday 14th November in St Paul’s Church, Falls Road at 7.30pm.  This Mass will remember all those with a disability or special needs who have died.  If you would like your friend or family member remembered in this Mass, please contact Mary on 078 6614 6924, Bernadette on 9028 5374 or Frances on 077 1891 4692. Please come along and join us on this special occasion.

CHORAL SINGING WORKSHOP FOR CHRISTMASwith Loreto McAuley and David Stewart on Saturday 15th November at Drumalis from 10.00am to 4:30pm. Enjoy a day of singing new Christmas carols and songs in the beautiful chapel in Drumalis. This workshop is particularly useful for church/school choirs and individuals looking for material for the Christmas & Advent season. If you enjoy singing and you enjoy Christmas then why not come along for the music & the hospitality. Cost, including lunch and music, is £35.  For further details or to book a place, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196 or 2827 6455, or booking forms can also be downloaded from www.drumalis.co.uk.

LOSS AND BLESSINGS – in Tobar Mhuire Retreat House, Crossgar on Saturday 15th November from 10.30am to 4.00pm. November is a time when we remember loved ones who have died. At times we are too hurt or too busy looking after others to reflect upon the blessings we have received from those who have died. This day of prayer; reflection and symbols, will be a chance to take time aside; to reflect upon the memory of those who have died, and to give thanks for those who have touched our lives. Come aside and join us. You are welcome to bring a picture or memento of the person you are remembering. Suggested Offering – £20 to include tea/coffee and light lunch. Phone 4483 0242 to book your place.

OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE – presents ‘Evita’ from Sunday 16th to Tuesday 18th Novemeber at 7.45 p.m. in the College Hall. Tickets on sale from this Thursday from the College, phone 9040 1184 or pay at the door on the night. Price – Adults: £10.00; Concession: £6.00.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – continues in Knock Presbyterian Church on Tuesday 18th November and Tuesday 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or njemphrey@knockpresbyterian.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA – from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015. 7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. Paid in full by 1st Dec 2014 £100.00 off price. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.