30th August 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 40  30TH AUGUST 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


22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 779, 452 & 499)

22nd Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.  O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
1st Reading (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8)  Add nothing to what I command you, keep the commandments of the Lord.
Psalm The just will live in the presence of the Lord.
2nd Reading (James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27) You must do what the word tells you.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)  You put aside the commandments of God to cling to human traditions..
Children Some people were complaining about Jesus’ friends, who weren’t keeping all the rules about washing their hands and pots in a special way.  Jesus told them that God’s rules are more important than the rules people had made.  He told them it was more important to have a good heart and do kind things than to keep the rules but be unkind.
Communion Antiphon How great is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          


Sunday Mass times will go back to 9.30am and 11.30am from next Sunday


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 15th September 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.


Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10.00am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org.  Booking forms are also available in the Church Porch.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

LIVING YOUTH –  Are you aged 16-21?  Why not register for the youth workshop and spend the day on Saturday 26th September  with other young adults, from across the Diocese at the Faith & Life Convention.  Find out more about your faith, discuss issues and join in the annual celebration of our faith.  £5 (includes lunch and refreshments) if you register through Living Youth.  For more detail or to register contact Claire at Living Youth, on 9023 2432 or email: info@livingyouthni.org.


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

DAILY MEDITATION FOR SEPTEMBER  – 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

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.

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock –  will hold an Information Evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd September for pupils and parents seeking entry to Year 8 in September 2016.

PATHWAYS  – Adult Faith Development Programme at Drumalis.  Enrol now for 2015-2017 intake.  Pathways is a broad-based adult faith development course which explores spirituality, theology and prayer.  Now in its tenth year, Pathways is geared towards those who want to reflect about life, faith and relationships with God and others. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Drumalis in Larne. No academic qualifications are necessary and there is no coursework attached.  This two-year programme supported by the Diocese of Down and Connor runs from October to June each year and will be held on nine Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:30pm.  For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455, email maura@drumalis.co.uk  or see the Drumalis website: www.drumalis.co.uk

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.


The winners of the 4th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Paddy Anderson – £100, Mary Harrison – £75 & Phil Gregg – £25.

The winners of the 5th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Fr Ciaran Feeney – £100, Aideen & Kevin O’Neill – £75 & Catriona Mallaghan – £25.

The winners of the 6th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Tom O’Neill – £100, Kate Acton – £75 & Celine Molloy – £25.

Don’t worry it’s still not too late to get your tickets.  Please speak to any member of the Social & Fundraising committee.



We pray for the repose of the souls of Joan Greyston, a parishioner, who died last Sunday and for Noreen Alford Smith.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Michael Edwards,  Brian Kerr  and  Josephine McGuinness.

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.




parish pastoral council  –  will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room.



PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.



Caters for girls who are in Primary One and above. All sections will reopen during the month of September as follows: Cygnet section (age 5 to 6½) on Wednesday 23rd September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 7th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 9th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 14th September from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. The Unit is operated completely by female volunteers, who attend relevant training courses and we are always looking to extend our team.   Anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to help us out should contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.  Training and support will be given to any new volunteer.   At the end of June the unit had over 80 young people between all the sections.  Please think if you can help these young people continue the experience of Guiding within St. Colmcille’s Parish.  For more information please contact Philomena.

A date for your diary: Girl Guide Brunch  –  after both Masses on Sunday 13th September.  Please bring all the family for an end of summer catch up!  More details to follow soon.



FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road next Saturday.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Sestina presents ‘Mein Freund ist mein’ (My Beloved is mine)  –  Dynamic young ensemble, Sestina, explore themes of life and death through liturgical works of breathtaking power and humanity by JS Bach and his family in the Ulster Museum, Belfast next Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 and £10 concession available from the Belfast Welcome Centre (9024 6609) and The Ulster Museum box office (9044 0000).  The early music ensemble based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is made up of some of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. For more information go to www.sestinamusic.com or contact our director, Mark Chambers markyjchambers@gmail.com.

Belfast Annual Pioneer Mass  – the Annual Belfast Region Pioneer Mass will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th September in Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, Belfast.  Holy Rosary Pioneer Centre are celebrating their Centenary this year and this event will help to mark the occasion.  If anyone wishes to be presented with gold, silveror other Pioneer emblems please contact Pat (Tel:  9262 9959),  Josephine (Tel:.9061 7116) or the Diocesan Pioneer Office (Tel: 9089 4070) for details

JOY TO THE GOSPEL  –  an exciting new course, focusing on the training and development of lay people to share their faith.  This will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue on Saturday 19th September and Saturday 3rd October from 9.30am to 4.00pm for more information contact M Vernon on 9032 6349 or email m.vernon300@btinternet.com.

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS  –  have recommenced and will continue until Sunday 20th September.  For more details please see poster in Church Porch or contact Lough Derg on 00 3537 1986 1518 or email info@loughderg.org.

Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat –  from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Bookings/Registration to Eileen on 00 3538 7601 7709, or contemplativeoutreachireland@gmail.com.  Prayer Group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in Tobar Mhuire.

  1. PETER’S FOLLOWERS OF THE CROSS – annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 7th to 12th October.  Spiritual Director – Rev. Patrick McCafferty.  Fare – £599 per person inclusive of Belfast/Lourdes return flights, full board accommodation and all taxes.  For bookings and further information please contact James Hyndman on 9032 7218, Julieanne Hughes on 9024 6901 or Jimmy Barr on 90249745.

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.