30th November

VOL. 23 NO. 01 30TH 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


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – (Page 17, 452 & 490)

1st Week of Advent

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



To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you   be put to shame.
1st Reading (Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:1, 3-8) Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down.
Psalm God of hosts, bring us back; let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) We are waiting for our Lord Jesus to be revealed.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 13:33-37) Stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming.
Children As we start Advent our Gospel tells us to be ready for Jesus’ coming. We are to keep awake and stay alert. Jesus says it is like when a man has gone away leaving his servants in charge.   The doorkeeper needs to stay awake so that he can let the master in whenever he comes back. The servants don’t know when the master will return, but must be ready to welcome him.


The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

John & Mary Bradley, Maeve McMurray


Hugh Close


Dan O’Kane & Patricia O’Neill

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Prayer Service



Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Sarah Armstrong

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



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.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings. Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

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

John Bradley, Mary Bradley, Maeve McMurray,   Dan O’Kane, Elizabeth Ferrie,

Hugh Close, Peter Ferrie, Sarah Armstrong, Colm Kerr and Michael Rooney.

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.

MONEY MATTERS                 

Weekly Offering Cash Collection – £1,381.48

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

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



AWAKENING FAITH  – concludes this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall.

SESSION 4: Can I Accept God’s Mercy?

  • ‘Why do I have a hard time admitting my own sin but readily see the faults of others?’
  • ‘At times I struggle to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness for me’

Does this sound familiar? Then come along to this last session in this series to reflect and share openly with others your thoughts and feelings about God’s mercy in an atmosphere of trust, friendship and confidentiality. Everyone most welcome.



ADVENT REFLECTIONS – has begun well with a good group attending last Thursday.

The second of our four morning reflections will take place this Thursday after the 9.30am Mass. Join us for coffee and scones in the Iona room and view another DVD from the Emmaus Series. “Good news for Our World” is a brilliant presentation, answering the question,what is at the heart of the Good News, Jesus came to give us. You would be most welcome to join us.

O COME, O COME TO OUR ADVENT SERVICE – on Sunday 21st December at 6.00pm in the Church. A musical celebration of the Christmas journey. Take time out from the hustle and bustle to listen to Advent music, hymns and carols performed by our Choir and by an 80 strong cast of children from our Primary School. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken up with the proceeds going towards Cancer Focus.

WALK WITH ME – A journey of Prayer for Advent and Christmas. Copies are available at the back of the church. Price £1. Please put money in any of the Candelabra boxes.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS – are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS – give a really worthwhile Christmas present this year – a Christmas Gift Card to support our Tanzanian Africa Project and our twinned parish of Moita Bwawani.. Choose from 3 life-changing themes. Buy a year’s School Uniform for a Masaai Child for £10. Sponsor a Catechist to spread the Word of God, also for £10. Give pre-natal medical care to Masaai mothers-to-be with our Mother and Baby Care for £20. Cards on sale in the Church porch this weekend and each weekend up to Christmas.

TROCAIRE’S GIFTS – buy a Trocaire gift and make a lot more people happy. Booklets regarding this year’s Trocaire gifts are available at the back of the Church. For more information log on to www.trocaire.org/gifts or call 080 0912 1200.



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 CHRISTMAS SALE – the annual sale in aid of the Missions through Apostolic Work will take place after all the Masses this weekend.  As usual there will be tea/coffee and scones and usual stalls plus one with a specific Christmas interest and a special Christmas raffle.  Donations of cakes, books in good condition, items for the Christmas stall will be most welcome. Most importantly we need your presence to make this event a successful fundraiser for this most worthy of causes.  Apostolic Work gives directly in a most responsible way to support missionaries in numerous countries throughout the world.

BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – will hold their Advent Service this Sunday, in St Columba’s Church at 7.00pm.

AWAKENING FAITH – concludes this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Iona Room of the Parochial Hall

ADVENT REFLECTIONS – continues this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

Colmcille’s Parish Church Carpark family fun from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – Facepainting, Mobile Go-Karts (weather permitting & small charge applies), PSNI & Fire Service Vehicle Displays and visits from some very special friend.

WEDNESDAY CLUB – Christmas Lunch at La Mon on Wednesday 10th December. Price £20. If you would like to attend place ring Anna on 9065 1351 to book. Everyone welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FUN DAY – being organised by St. Colmcille’s Guide Unit on Saturday 13th December from 11.00am to 2.00pm between the Parochial Hall and Guide and Scout Den. Stalls include: bun decorating, hair braiding, nail painting, Christmas decorations for sale, take and make stalls, tomobola, bouncy castle, tea/coffee and tray bakes, non alocholic mulled wine and of course Santa will be present from 11.15am. Come along and help soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

Habitat for Humanity-Global Village Project – a Team from St Colmcille’s and Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church is participating in a Building Project in India during the last week of July and the first week of August 2015 in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland and Habitat for Humanity India. The Project is centred in Savda Ghevra which is located on the western outskirts of Delhi.   If you are interested in participating in this project please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 or jb654395@yahoo.co.uk or Patricia Corbett on 078 0131 5158 (evenings). Alternatively you can leave your details on a Habitat form which can be found at the back of the Church or in the porch.



CHRISTMAS CARDS – once again the Christmas season looms closer and our traditional practice of sending Christmas cards to loved ones and friends is nearly upon us. SVP Christmas cards will be available to purchase in the porch of the Church after each weekend Mass or by contacting one of the members. The price is £3.50 per pack and we thank you for your support once again in raising funds for needy families in our community at this time of year.

ANNUAL LOCAL COLLECTIONS – will take place in Tesco Express next Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Collectors are required and there is a list at the back of the Church.   Please put your name and telephone number, and time suitable for doing a collection.



Keep Calm-Slow Down for ChristmasCome and enjoy calm for a few hours in the middle of the Christmas frenzy. Slow down. Rest. Rediscover Christmas for yourself. Time for you-time for God. Space for yourself to pray and think, gently guided by Breige O’Hare. Next Saturday from 11.00am to 3.00pm in Clonard Monastery. Bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee provided. Donation £5. Booking is essential. Ring Clonard 9044 5950 or contact Breige through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk

LIVING YOUTH – the youth ministry groups within our Diocese are coming together to stage a series of events for our young adults 18-25 years.  Our Christmas special is on Friday 12th December from 7.30pm to late.  Music, entertainment, coffee, buns and faith.  Go on-line to find out more and book your ticket – www.essenceevents.org

Christmas Youth RetreatYouth 2000 Ireland will be holding their annual Christmas youth retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th December. Over 500 young people aged 16-35 are expected to attend this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome.  The weekend consists of an action packed programme including prayer, workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, music, games and chill out time.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and to meet other young people.  Please book online if you are interested & bring a sleeping bag if you wish to avail of on-site accommodation. Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. Free buses also available.   For more info check out www.youth2000.ie & see us on facebook.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – in St. Joseph’s College, Ravenhill Road this Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Christmas gifts, crafts, tea/coffee, carols by Cantiunculae. Tables still available – £10.

Mike Nesbitt in Clonard   – Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt, will come to Clonard Monastery this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for a conversation entitled ‘Belfast at Peace with Itself – What is your party’s contribution? Organised by the Clonard/Fitzroy Fellowship. Everyone welcome!

AL-ANON GROUP TO SUPPORT FAMILIES OF ALCOHOLICS – runs every Saturday at 12.00 noon in the Beaver Room of the Skanios Centre.

PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – concludes in Knock Presbyterian Church on 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

SOS NI – would like to invite you to a festive evening with the Concentio Chamber Choir, Monday 15th December, at 8pm in Stormont Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 7:30pm. Admission is free but there will be a  collection on the night, all proceeds will go towards SOS NI.

IHCPT – want to bring a smile to the face of a young person with a disability and make their year? Then join us (IHCPT) in Lourdes this Easter (5th to 11th April). IHCPT bring young people aged 11-30 with varied abilities to Lourdes each year from Easter Sunday until the following Saturday. We are looking for carers (aged 18 or over) to make 2015 for these young people. You can get more information on this experience by visiting http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com. If you are interested please contact Kate Acton on 079 6653 6515.

THE WAY OF ST JAMESCamino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015. 6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included. Flying from Dublin Airport. Cost – £715.00. Seats are limited. Single room supplement is extra. £50.00 deposit secures a seat. For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email: jeanreynolds@hotmail.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.

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.



ST COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP – will your child be in their pre-school year in September 2015? The pre-school invites you to an open day on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December between 3.30pm and 4.30pm and on Wednesday 7th January 2015 between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to view the premises, meet the staff and collect an application form for enrolment in September 2015. Please telephone Kathy on 9047 2724 if this date doesn’t suit and arrange an alternative time to visit the group.

  1. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN MORNINGthis Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 11.45am. All welcome. Is your child due to start primary school in September 2015? If so, you have a very important decision to make in January – which school you think is most appropriate for your child. Have you considered St. Joseph’s, your local primary school? Enrolment forms have to be completed in January 2015 listing your preferred schools. To help you in this process why not come along to the school during the Open Morning where there will be an opportunity for you to speak to the principal, ask questions, collect an Application Form/BELB Booklet and see around the school.



60+ CHRISTMAS PARTY – will be held next Sunday in the Parochial Hall commencing at 4.30pm and finishing at approximately 8.00pm. The night will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa.  This Sunday is the last opportunity to put your name down on the list.  Tickets are available from Roisin McMullan 07854 140019, Mary Walsh 07815 493463 or Lucy Traynor 07900 807589 and members of the Social & Fundraising Committee will be at the back of the church this weekend to take your name.  If you require transport please let us know when your book your place.  We look forward to seeing you there.

LAST CHANCE – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from this Friday to next Sunday.  All families welcome!  If interested, please contact Mary Walsh 9029 5795 or Paula Sheils 9065 4395 urgently

FREE CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN DAY IN BALLYHACKAMOREnext Saturday. Ballyhackamore Main Square – 2.00pm to 4.15pm Children’s Christmas Party, Kirkpatrick Church (registration required for party – contact Kirkpatrick Church or phone 9047 3891); 2.30pm to 4.00pm Visit Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves in their Grotto at Oxfam for sweet treats; 2.30pm Winner of Ireland’s Best Young Band “The Left Backs” will be rocking around the Christmas tree. 3.45pm to 4.30pm Local School Choirs carol singing around the Christmas Tree. 4.30pm Christmas tree lights switch on with Elsa, Anna and Olaf; 4.45pm – Wandsworth Community Group Lantern Parade Passing through the Village; 6.00pm – Wandsworth Community Group Fireworks at Strandtown PS. St