4th January 2015


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

SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS – (Page 83, 452 & 491)

Christmas Season

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



When a profound silence covered all things and night was in the middle of its course, your all-powerful Word, O Lord, bounded from heaven’s royal throne.
1st Reading (Ecclesiasticus 24:1-2, 8-12) The wisdom of God has pitched her tent among the chosen people.
Psalm The word was made flesh and lived among us.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18) He determined that we should become his adopted sons through Jesus.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Glory be to you, O Christ, proclaimed to the pagans; Glory be to you, O Christ, believed in by the world. Alleluia!
Gospel (John 1:1-18) The Word was made flesh, and lived among us.
Children We discover that Jesus has existed since the beginning of time. God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone that Jesus was coming. Jesus is the light who came to live among us. Those who believe in him are the children of God.


To all who would accept him, he gave the power to become children of God.


Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Molly O’Flaherty, Kenneth Mains & Geraldine Woollams


Arthur & Mary Devlin


Mary Mullan


9.30am 9.30am 9.30am

Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am






TUESDAY IS THE FEAST THE EPIPHANY – and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses in the parish will be at 9.30am and 7.00pm on Tuesday.


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.



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 20th January 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.



BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family John Terence Gilmore who was baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DOWN & CONNOR DIOCESAN DIRECTORY – copies of the Down & Connor Diocesan Directory, price £3.00, are on sale at the back of the Church. Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes. The Directory gives information about every parish in the Diocese, listing the names and addresses of the Priests and Religious, the times of Masses, Parish Schools, Pastoral and Spiritual organisations and useful contact numbers.

SUNDAY MISSALS – our stock of missals has decreased by 70+ over the past months. Perhaps you have borrowed one to reflect more on a Sunday’s readings, or in the hustle and bustle of meeting friends on the way out of Church have forgotten to leave the missal behind. At this time of the year with more visitors coming to our Church we need to have sufficient missals available. Please, can you look around your home and car to see if you find one of our missing missals and return it to the Church next Sunday. Thank you for your cooperation!

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.



We pray for Geraldine Woollams, whose months mind occurs around this time and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Molly O’Flaherty, Kenneth Mains, Arthur Devlin, Mary Devlin, Bill Knox,

Mary Mullan, Eileen MacNeill, Peter Hughes and Therese Hughes.

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.


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.



WEDNESDAY CLUB – reopens this Wednesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Come along and join us. New members made very welcome.

LITURGY FOR FAMILIES OF RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN  –  there will be a Liturgy for Families of Recently Baptised Children in the Church next Saturday at 12.00 noon.   Tea and coffee will be served in the Parochial Hall afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.



PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet on Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Committee Room



My brother, my sister, here at this crib, be silent!

Look! Pray!

Be open. Allow the barriers to fall:

The barriers of comfort, the barriers of hate,

Those of your ready excuses and ready made prayers.


Be silent! Look! Pray!

Do you know what it means to be cold?

Do you appreciate what is means to sleep on rough straw?

Do you know the suffering of all who search for a place to stay, for a place to work?


Do you feel for those parents in the agony of not knowing what tomorrow holds for their children?

If you do not, then you risk passing before this crib without seeing the depth that is here.

You risk understanding nothing of what God has done in choosing to become one of us, in Jesus.

Be silent! Look! Pray!



St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup – will be hosting an Open Night this Wednesday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Please come along and bring your son/daughter to meet with staff, see our pre-school and view some of the wonderful arts and craft work by the children.   For application forms please call into the pre-school or telephone 9047 2724.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, KNOCK – Open Morning next Saturday from 9.15am to 12.30pm. Principal’s Address 9.30am and 11.00am. All Year 7 Pupils and Parents are invited . Prospective Year 13 students are also welcome.

St. Dominic’s Grammar School – for girls Open Day next Saturday 2015 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Principal’s Address at 9.30am and 11.30am. Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils are welcome

  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Open Nights will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January, commencing with the Principal’s Address at 7.00pm.



Adult Irish Dance classes – in Holy Family Parish Centre Cavehill Rd  from Tuesday 6th January  at 8.30pm. Contact Anne on 077 1423 3298 or annereidirishdance@gmail.com

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. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill on 075 5435 4157.

LIVING YOUTH  – Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website www.livingyouthni.org.  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.