7th February 2016

VOL. 24 NO. 11 7TH FEBRUARY 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


FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 845, 452 & 499)

5th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 1/4

Entrance Antiphon O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God.
1st Reading (Isaiah 6:1-8)  Here I am, send me.
Psalm Before the angels I will bless you, O Lord.
2nd Reading (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)  I preach what they preach, and this is what you all believed.
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 5:1-11)  They left everything and followed him.
Children Jesus helps Simon and the fishermen to catch as many fish that their nets break.  Jesus tells them that from now onwards they will be fishers of men.  From now on they will win people over for God.
Communion Antiphon Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfies the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things.




Saturday Sunday Tuesday Ash


Thursday Friday


7.15am 7.15am













Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am








Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving



MORNING MASS  –  will be celebrated Monday to Friday mornings at 7.15am and 9.30am.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT – each Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  You are invited to make a Lenten commitment to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on one or more occasion, by adding your name to the Adoration timetable on the clipboard at the back of the Church.

MARY –  A Biblical Walk Through the Bible, will be presented on Friday mornings in Lent, starting on Friday 12th February, at 10.00am with refreshments in the Iona Room. You will experience an extraordinary pilgrimage through Mary’s life and see why she is an essential part of our faith. The DVD presentation, by Dr Edward Sri, will guide us through The Presentation & Finding of Jesus in the Temple, The Wedding at Cana, Mary at the Cross and Mary Crowned with Glory.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2016, are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in the box beside Confessional.

DO SOMETHING SPECIAL THIS LENT!  –  many people choose to abstain from alcohol during Lent. Why not take this opportunity to help someone you love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom from addiction.  Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life!   Register your pledge with local Pioneers or the Down and Connor Pioneer office- Tel: 9089 4070 or email dandcpioneers@gmail.com.  Please give your name, address and phone number and you will be send a Pledge Certificate which includes the daily prayer.

TROCAIRE FAST BOXES   –   are available in the foyer of the Church from this weekend.


Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, dedicated to living out in our daily lives, the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.  By showing mercy to others, we are witnessing to our faith in God.

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 16th February 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.


PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL  – will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room.

GRANDPARENTS – you are invited to gather in the Iona room, Parochial Hall this Thursday at 10.00am, in order to celebrate the joy and vocation of grandparenting, together with  prayer, mutual support and refreshments. All are welcome. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT  –  each Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

Apostolic Work  –  annual “Lenten Lunch” will be held next Sunday after both Masses. For those unable to support the Missions at the event, there will be a Church door collection after 6.30pm Mass next Saturday.  Thank you for your past, and continued support, of the Missions.


4 Corners Festival Belfast  – continues to Sunday 7th February.  The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across the city of Belfast to transform it for the peace and prosperity of all through a series of innovative events.   Join us as we celebrate our city through music, prayer, storytelling, discussion, and more.  Full details of all events: www.4cornersfestival.com and www.facebook.com/4cornersfestival.  Please email info@4cornersfestival.com if you would like to receive details of all the events.

Lenten Retreat Days in Dromantine.   Dromantine is offering two retreat days during Lent.  These will provide an opportunity to reflect and pray in the peaceful environment of Dromantine on important themes of Lent, and to prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate Holy Week and Easter. Saturday 20th Februray is conducted by Fr. Aodhán McCrystal, SMA and Saturday 12th March is conducted by Fr. Des Corrigan, SMA.  Both days run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.  All are welcome. For bookings ring 3082 1964 or email admin@dromantineconference.com

St. Patrick’s Day Charity Dinner Dance and Concert with ‘The Priests’  –  St. Patrick’s Parish is delighted to announce a spectacular Dinner and Dance Event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and raise much-needed funds for the Church’s Stone Restoration Fund.   The Parish will host a Dinner Dance in Titanic, Belfast on Thursday, 17th March. The evening will commence at 7.00pm with a drinks reception. This will be followed by a sumptuous three-course meal at 8.00pm. Internationally renowned singing trio ‘The Priests’ will give an after-dinner concert. Guests can then dance the night away to swing sensation ‘Dave Martin and the Casino Cats’.  Tickets are priced at £60 each. Tickets are available from the Church Sacristy after Masses and the Parish Office, Monday to Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm or by contacting the parish by phone on 9032 4597 or by email stpatricks@downandconnor.org

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


GIFT – Growing in Faith Together is a fun-filled parish based faith programme for post Confirmation young people. It offers young people in Year 8 (1st year) and Year 9 (2nd Year) the opportunity to connect more fully with parish and to develop their Catholic faith. There are five sessions which will be delivered this term, starting on Monday 15th  February, 6.15pm – 7.30pm.  Do you have experience working with young people or are you a Parent/Guardian of a year 8/9 student?  If you would like to help with this programme, please contact Noeleen:  078 7949 8131. Training with the resource materials will be provided.

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.

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 the repose of the souls of Bridgeen Trainor, a parishioner, who died on Thursday, Anne Marie Crawford, the mother of a parishioner, and James Perry who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Winnie Fitzgerald,  Willie Gallagher,  Michael McHugh,  Gerard Kiely,

Kevin Ballantine  and  James Tansey.

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.


This year’s Parish Draw is being launched this weekend.  Committee members will be at the back of the church on the Saturday night and on Sunday after all the Masses.  There will be free Tea & Coffee available in the Parochial Hall.  Please show your support to the Parish by purchasing a ticket or two! Any queries please contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019, Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.


The “Door of Mercy” has been opened in this Jubilee Year of Mercy! Have you ever considered the possibility that God is calling you to be His ambassador of mercy as a priest in the Church?  If so, why not take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood? This retreat will create the time and space to help you discern God’s call in your life.

The retreat will take place in Drumalis Retreat Centre, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February. If you wish to attend this retreat or would like further information contact: Fr. Kevin McGuckien, on 9061 4567 or email:kevinmcguckien@hotmail.com.

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES  –  from Friday 27th May to Wednesday 1st June.   The price of £599 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include: Return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by JWT License T.O. 052. Full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover for persons up to 85 years on date of return.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form please contact:-Mrs Jean Clarke, Hon. Secretary,  c/o Drumbo & Carryduff Parish,  6 Knockbracken Drive,  Carryduff,  Belfast,  BT8 8EX, or speak to us on 075 1675 9646, or  e-mail  mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer, Spiritual Directors: Rev. Dermot McCaughan, Fr. Adrian Eastwood, Fr. Andrew Black.

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.

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

Summer school  – The Cultural Dimensions of Christian Spirituality  – from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd July in the University Sant’Anselmo, Rome (Italy).  Organiser is the Monastic Institute.  The Monastic Institute of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to teaching and research in the Theology of Spirituality from a Benedictine point of view.  In July 2014 we launched a new short formation programme (60 European transferable credits). It is entitled Cultural Dimensions of Christian Spirituality.  The Master programme is aimed at members of monastic communities, clergy (ministers), oblates, professionals in religious or social areas, scholars, etc. Applicants are welcome from those who want to earn European Credits, as well as for personal formation or further education.  The courses are run in English in a two-year cycle, requiring presence in Rome for two weeks in each year. New enrolments are possible and welcome in every year.  Students will be accommodated (full board) in the Benedictine College of Sant’Anselmo.