31 August 2014

VOL. 22 NO. 39  31ST  AUGUST 2014


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

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


22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Page 643, 452 & 499)

22ND Week in Ordinary Time

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




Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all day long.  O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
1st Reading (Jeremiah 20:7-9)  The word of the Lord has meant insult for me.
Psalm For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God
2nd Reading (Romans 12:1-2)  Offer your bodied as a living sacrifice
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 16:21-27)   If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself.
Children Jesus tells his disciples that if they want to be his followers, they have to make many sacrifices.  Those who are good and kind will be rewarded when Jesus returns.


How great is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you.  



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


11.00am 9.30am

Margaret Bredan


Damian Faloona




Moya Arnold

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm    




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



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.


ST. JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL­  –  welcomes Miss Frances McKinley the newly appointed Principal.  The parish wishes her every success in her new apointment at the beginning of the new school year.

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

HOLY HOUR  –  this Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in St. Peter’s Cathedral to thank God for the gift of the Eucharist and to pray for priests and vocations  All are most welcome.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL  – Pat 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.

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.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM  –  is 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 emailingcolmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

A 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.

JOIN OUR CHOIR  –  we are looking for members. Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or if you already know your way around a song sheet, we would be delighted to see you at a rehearsal. Don’t keep your talent to yourself, come and share it with us! Thinking about it, then why not try a few rehearsals to try it out any Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Church. Contact Colin colinmcshane@btinternet.com for more information.

CERTIFICATE IN LECTIO DIVINA FACILITATION  –  in Association with St. Mary’s University College, Belfast.  The Certificate in Lectio Divina Facilitation aims to equip participants to facilitate small Lectio Divina groups in a parish or community setting.  Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium recommended the ancient  practice of lectio divina, a practice of prayerfully reading scripture and “allowing it to enlighten and renew us.”  This course is offered to men and women from all walks of life who have completed the Pathways course or its equivalent or who are involved in some form of prayer guidance or Scripture study. It is possible to do the course for validation by St. Mary’s University College or for personal development alone.   This two-year programme runs from September to June each year and will be held on seven Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at Drumalis.  For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455 or email maura@drumalis.co.uk  Further details available on Drumalis website – http://www.drumalis.co.uk

PARISH FACEBOOK  – please search for St Colmcilles Parish on Facebook and ‘like’ to join the page for up to date parish information and uplifting comments.

BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Winnie McCay, who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the soul of May Burrows, who died last Sunday.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Michael Edwards,  Brian Kerr,  Mary Glackin,

Margaret Bredan,  Damian Faloona  and  Moya Arnold.

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.


CHOIR  –  starts back this Wednesday with a social evening and will be singing from next Sunday.

ST COLMCILLE’S INDOOR BOWLING CLUB  –  we return to full action this Thursday. New members are very welcome.  We meet every Thursday  from 7.30pm to 9.30pm to run an enjoyable night of indoor bowls and supper.  If you have not played before, still come along, we have plenty of spare bowls.  You will enjoy a hearty welcome, an evening of bowls and supper – all with the compliments of the club.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, KNOCK  –  will hold an Information Evening at 7.30 pm this Thursday for pupils and parents seeking entry to Year 8 in September 2015.


DRUMALIS  –  the parish retreat this year will take place from Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th September.  Anyone who is interested in going please contact Pat on 9067 1036, to book a place.

FAITH AND LIFE CONVENTION – which has arisen out of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan will take place on Saturday 20th September in Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock under the title: “Living the faith to make a difference”.  The keynote speaker for the day will be John Allen Jr (Religion Correspondent of the Boston Globe).  There will be an opportunity for a panel discussion and an essential element of the day will be the afternoon workshops which will explore the place of faith in many different areas of our lives.  Attendance at the day is by registration only.  Registration forms are available on www.downandconnor.org or by contacting the Living Church Office on 9069 0920.  Cost: £20 per person (incl. Lunch & Refreshments).

DIOCESAN CONVENTION  – a number of places have been secured at the Convention for young adults in mid teens to early twenties at a reduced cost of £10, which covers lunch, for a special young adult workshop. The Convention takes place on Saturday 20th September at Our Lady and St Patrick’s school. Our young adults are encouraged to attend. A letter of invitation and application forms can be found in the Church Porch. Please return to Noeleen  on 078 7949 8131.


Caters for girls who are in Primary One and above. All sections will reopen  during the month ofSeptember as follows: Cygnet section (age 5 to 6½) on Wednesday 17th September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 8th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 10th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 8th 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 leadership team.   Anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to join our leadership team 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.


Earlier in the year the St Colmcille’s Conference of SVP issued an appeal for new members to continue the good works of our Parish in helping other less fortunate people in our local community . Now that the summer holidays are coming to an end, we are again requesting any members of the parish who may be able to assist in giving up some free time to carry out our visitations to people in need.

Figures released by the Government this year show that three of the ten most deprived areas of the UK are located in Northern Ireland and one of those is East Belfast.

St Colmcille’s and St Matthew’s SVP Conferences jointly cover the East Belfast area. This includes the Clarawood, Braniel, Tullycarnet, Dundonald and Ballybeen areas of our Parish.

Our Conference visits people who have felt it necessary to ask for help, even when they feel ashamed to do so.

We provide financial assistance and regularly obtain white goods such as fridges, washing machines and cookers as well as furniture, beds and food vouchers. During the winter we also assist in providing heat in their accommodation.

We are a busy Conference visiting on average 6 families each week. At present, the majority of our members are near or above retirement age and this is a significant concern given the increasing demand for our services.

We need to recruit new members from our parish to strengthen the group and enable us to meet the needs of our local community.

As members of Conference, we feel that the voluntary work we do is essential, worthwhile and rewarding.

We are asking you once again to consider joining us to provide this vital service to those less fortunate than ourselves. Training can be organised for those who may be interested.



CLEANER REQUIRED  –  for 1 to 2 hours per week.  For further details please phone 9028 5401.

CLEANER AVAILABLE  –  for 1½ to 2 hours per week.  For further details please ring 079 2012 2325 or 9065 0745 after 6.00pm

ADULT IRISH DANCE CLASSES  –  every Tuesday evening at 8.30pm from 9th September in the Holy Family Parish Centre, Cavehill Road.  Contact Anne on 9032 4732 or 077 1423 3298 or email annereidirishdance@gmail.com

JOURNEY IN UNDERSTANDING  –  is an 8 week series of courses delivered through single unionist and nationlist identify followed by cross community engagement.  All workshops will take place from 7.00pm to 9.30pm in the Basking Room, Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, starting this Thursday evenng.  For more information please conact Sarah Caldwell at s.caldwell@niamhwellbeing.org, or Gary Mason at g.mason@niamhwellbeing.org or phone 9045 7124.

PROJECT JUSTICE  –  the Justice Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly is currently running a public consultation on a proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will ensure that private clinics, such as the Marie Stopes centre in Belfast, cannot legally carry out abortion.  Please sign a ‘submission postcard’ and show your support for the amendment and make clear your opposition to Marie Stopes.  Closing date for written submissions is Friday 12th September. For ‘submission postcards’ or further information, please contact Precious Life on 9027 8484 or email us at info@preciouslife.com.

A SERVICE OF HOPE, HEALING AND LOVE  –  in the week of World Suicide Prevention Day. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle, County Down. Sunday 14thSeptember at 3.00pm. This Service is for everyone, those concerned about suicide, those who may be in crisis and those who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. People of all faiths or none are welcome. Please join us in the Parish Centre afterwards for light refreshments.  If anyone wishes to speak confidentially to someone who is experienced in supporting others, this will also be available.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE –  To Our Lady’s shrine at Knock takes place on Sunday 14th September.  Blessing of the sick 2.30pm. Mass 3.00pm.  Chief  Celebrant is Archbishop Charles Brown Papal Nuncio. Everyone welcome.  Children are invited to compose a prayer for their Grandparents and send it toCGA office Castlebar St Westport Co Mayo. All prayers will be displayed in the Basilica and blessed during the Mass.  For further information, coach and train travel emailinfo@catholicgrandparentsassociation.com

BELFAST ANNUAL PIONEER MASS  –  will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16th September in Holy Family Church, Newington Avenue, Belfast.  If anyone wishes to be presented with gold, silver or other Pioneer emblems please contact Pat on 9262 9959, Josephine on .9061 7116 or the Diocesan Pioneer Office on 9089 4070 for details.

IRISH TOUR TICKETS  –  10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.  Phone – 9031 0101 are bringing a group to walk the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago from 27th September to 4th October. Spanish guide and Belfast based tour manager (who walked the 500 mile trek in 2012) accompanying the group.  7 nights half board accommodation, daily bag transfers, airport transfers in Spain, route notes, pilgrims passport – £597 pps – www.irishtourtickets.com/item/book-your-camino-here.