3rd April 2016

VOL. 24 NO. 19  3RD APRIL 2016

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


SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER – (Page 367, 452 & 495)

Easter Time

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



Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him, you may grow to salvation, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 5:12-16)  The numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily.
Psalm Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.
2nd Reading (Apocalypse 1:9-13, 17-19)   I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Jesus said: “You believe because you can see me.  Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 20:19:31)  Eight days later, Jesus came.
Children The special friends of Jesus were feeling sad and afraid.  They were hiding together in a house with the door locked.  Jesus appeared and said, “Peace be with you.”  Jesus’ friends were so happy to see him.  The disciple Thomas was not there, however, and he did not believe that they had seen Jesus.  Eight days later, Jesus appeared to his friends again.  He saw Jesus and touched his hands and side.  Thomas believed because he saw Jesus.


Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Ann Adair


Patrick Hughes













Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Danny Acton



Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.




“May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferemt to the call to experience mercy.  I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God.”  Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 19

Could you reach out to someone you know in prison or their family?  Simply write a letter or drop an email of encouragement.  Also, remember imprisonment takes many forms.  Those who are sick can be housebound and isolated.  Can you help someone trapped or suffering from sickness?

A PILGRIMAGE COMPANION FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY  –  is a book of prayers and reflection, and is available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in the box beside Confessional.

YEAR OF MERCY 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) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £600; Youth Team age 16-25 (8-17th) –  £500.  For more information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email Lourdes@downandconnor.org

CTS BOOKLETS  – for the Year of Mercy, are now available to purchase from the stand in the Church porch.


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 19th April 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.


Coming to this parish soon!

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is spreading to many parishes in the Diocese of Down and Connor.

Why not St. Colmcille’s?  It is hoped to set up Eucharistic Adoration teams in our own parish.  You will find out more about what Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament means on 16th/17th April weekend and the blessings it will bring to you, your family and the parish.

Would you like to be on the parish team for Adoration?

All you need is one hour at your disposal in a week … and a willing heart!


If you wish to find out more information about the Parish Draw or sign up for this please contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019, Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.



EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.”  Canon 920.

HOLY GHOST MISSIONS  –  will be visiting the Parish and speaking at all Masses this weekend.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR EASTER  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.50 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes

CTS BOOKLETS –  a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.

HALL BOOKINGS  –  Pat will not be available until Monday 11th April to take bookings for the Hall.

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.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin this Sunday.  New boxes of envelopes, are 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.

TROCAIRE BOXES  –  parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish as soon as possible.  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 soul of Patrick Byrne who died on Monday and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Ann Adair,  Patrick Hughes and Danny Acton.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eithne Daly, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.



ART OF CARING EXHIBITION & SALE is returning this year this Friday to next Sunday in the Parochial Hall. This event raises money for Marie Curie Hospice Centre, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Colmcille’s Guide Unit, 11th Belfast Scout Group and St Colmcille’s Parish. To make this event a success we need volunteers to help us with the set-up of the hall during the week leading up to the event and of course during the weekend itself.  The team of volunteers start on Monday 4th April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm to clean the hall to get it ready to accept the art work on Tuesday morning.  The volunteers then work through the week starting around 10.00am each morning and finishing in the evening.  I know this sounds quite daunting but any help you can give even an hour will assist us in making this event a great success.  Free tea and coffee (and maybe a biscuit!) will be available for all your hard work.  If you are interested in helping this worthwhile cause or would like further information please contact either Artie O’Neill on 077 0326 9058 or Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019.  Look forward to seeing you there.


ST LOUISE’S COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE  –  Post 16 Open Night for all students wishing to transfer to our sixth form on Tuesday 12th April from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.


FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY  –  will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral, this Sunday, commencing at 2.30pm.  The Rosary will be followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass.  Confession available.  Car parking available.  All welcome.

LUX CHAMBER CHOIR  –  presents Motets to Madrigals, sacred and secular choral music from the Renaisance this Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in Clonard Monastry.  Admission: free, with a retiring collection in aid of the church and the choir.

  1. AGNES’ CHORAL SOCIETY – are delighted to return once again to the Grand Opera House Stage, with the hit musical ‘9 to 5’. Performances are from 11th to 16th April, and tickets can be purchased from the box office on 9024 1919, or by going to www.goh.co.uk/nine-to-five. Please come and support our company, and enjoy some top class entertainment. This year St Agnes’ will be fundraising on behalf of Pretty’n’Pink Breast Cancer Charity.

HABITAT GALA BALL  –  for the fourth successive year Living Youth is sponsoring a Habitat team who will travel to Ethiopia in August. To help raise funds a Gala Ball will take place on Friday 22nd April in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena. Tickets £40 per person; £400 per table. Dancing to The Housem8s. Come enjoy a wonderful evening and help build hope. For more information or to reserve tickets please log on to info@habitatni.co.uk

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND  –  from 19th to 26th May.  Spiritual Director Canon Sean Rogan. Highlights  include tour of the old town of Krakow, the shrine of Madonna at Czestochowa, the birth place of St. John Paul 11, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and Memorial Museum, Wieliczka Salt Mine & The shrine of Divine Mercy. Cost  £849 pp includes return direct flights from Belfast, seven nights accommodation in 4 star hotel, three course meal, four nights in hotel and one night in  city centre restaurant, all entrance fees (Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Basilica Wadowice Museum, Auschwit, Salt Mine), full coach travel for all tours.  To book please call Downe Travel 4461 3288

2016 CENTENARY OF THE ANGEL OF FATIMA.  –  Pilgrimage to Fatima & Santiago de Compostela,   from 9th to 18th August 2016.  3 Nights H/B Los Abetos Hotel Santiago, 6 Nights F/B Hotel Avenida Fatima.  Visiting Pontevedra, Tuy & Balasar.  Spiritual Directors are Fr Gerry McCloskey & Fr Sean Gilmore.  Special Group Price £709 inclusive of tax & insurance. Full Religious Programme. For further details contact Joe Catney on 9071 4001 or 077 7642 5631. Early booking is advisable. Deposit secures.