4th September 2016


VOL. 24 NO. 42 4th September 2016

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

Phone – 028 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net

E-mail – stcolmcilles@downandconnor.org

St.  Joseph’s Primary Schoolwww.stjosephsps.co.uk   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcille’s Pre Schoolwww.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724


23rd  week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 3     

Entrance  Antiphon (Psalm118:137. 124) You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.
1st Reading (Wisdom 9:13-18) Who can divine the will of the Lord?
2nd Reading   (Philemon 9-10. 12-17) Have him back, not as a slave any more, but as a dear brother.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! I call you friends, says the Lord, because I have

made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. Alleluia!

Gospel (Luke 14:25-33) None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his


Children Great crowds of people were following Jesus. He spoke carefully to them all. Jesus explained that when you build a tall tower you have to plan it first to make sure it will work. You have to count the cost.

Jesus says that following him is like this, it won’t be easy but it is worth the effort. Jesus is more important than money, the things we own, and even our family and friends.

Communion Antiphon (Psalm 41:2-3) Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God; my soul is thirsting for God, the living God.






Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm 9.30am



Communion Service



Communion Service



Communion Service



Communion Service


Confessions 6.00pm 11.30am






Why not come away to the quiet- an opportunity to grow in your faith and deepen your prayer. This year’s St Colmcille’s Parish Retreat takes place at Drumalis from 17th-18th September 2016. It invites us to contemplate the mercy of God as a way to living an authentic Christian life instilling “in us the courage to look to the future with hope” (Pope Francis).  For further inormation please contact Pat Feenan – telephone 90671036


The purpose of greeting those who attend Church is to be a warm and friendly face and to provide missals, bulletins and other leaflets. Being a source of information about the Parish will make the Church experience a better one and will encourage new parishioners to come again.

Jim Deeds from the Living Church Organisation will be giving a talk in the Church Hall on Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm, providing useful tips for those who are already Ministers of Welcome and explaining all about the Ministry of Welcome for anyone who might wish to get involved.


Pat is available to take bookings for the hall from this Monday 5th September. Ring 90671036.


We pray for the repose of the soul of those who have died recently

We remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year espcially:

Josephine McGuinness.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.


We joyfully welcome into the Parish Family Anna Ananth, Jacob David Driscoll, Hannah    Growcott, Patrick Thomas Growcott and Rory James Shields who were baptised last  weekend.

The next Baptismal Course takes place on Tuesday 20th September in the Iona Room, Parochial Hall from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. Please contact the Parish Office to register attendance or make enquiries.


Monday and Tuesday from 2.00pm to 9.00pm

in the Chapel of Adoration.

Entrance is from the outside door at the left side of the Church.


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is a time for us to pray, listen and be in the presence of Jesus. Each Holy Hour that we spend with Jesus will deepen his divine peace in our hearts;

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (2 Peter 5:7)

‘Peace is my gift to you’ (John 14:27)

ADORERS: More volunteers are needed to cover hours on Monday and Tuesday from 4.00pm -5.00pm and 5.00pm -6.00pm. If you wish to commit on a weekly basis for any of these hourly slots please add your name and tel. no. to the register in the Chapel.



The Diocese will host the 3rd Faith & Life Convention on Saturday 24th September. The Convention is a forum for people across the Diocese, and beyond, to gather together and to take part in a range of conversations about the meaning of faith and its relevance to every area of our lives.

This year we will focus on the theme “Faith in a world in need of Mercy”.  Our keynote speaker will be Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service and former MP and we have a selection of 23 workshops available in the afternoon.  A crèche facility  will be available for children aged 0-4 and there are free passes for young people aged 16 – 21.


The new season is about to start. Get into the Olympic spirit and join now.

It takes place on Thursday evenings, from 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm commencing on 8th  September. New members are most welcome. You need little by way of equipment and you get all the help you need. If interested contact Agnes on 90482521 or Peter on 90705412.


The Wednesday Club will resume this week from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Come along to enjoy the craic, meet new friends, have days out, talks, quizzes, games, bingo etc. You don’t know what you are missing! Everyone welcome.

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 21st September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm;

Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 19th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm;

Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 14th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm; Ranger section (age 14+)  this Monday 5th September from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

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 volunteers. For more information please contact Philomena.


WEEKLY OFFERING – Weekly Collection: £1736.91

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

The Monthly offering will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.