7th September

VOL. 22 NO. 40 7TH SEPTEMBER 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


23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Page 647, 452 & 499)

23rd Week in Ordinary Time

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




You are just, O Lord, and your judgement is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.
1st Reading (Ezekiel 33:7-9)If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death.
Psalm O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
2nd Reading (Romans 13:8-10)Love is the answer to everyone of the commandments.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 18:15-20) If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
Children Jesus said that if your brother or sister sins against you, try very hard to find a way to agree. Jesus also said that when two or three people came together in his name, he is there with them.


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


9.30am 9.30am

Thomasina Black






Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am  





Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



CHURCH OPENING TIMESthe church will be open each day at the following times: Monday – 10.00am to 3.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9.00am to 3.30pm; Friday – 9.00am to 1.00pm; Saturday – 6.00pm to 7.30pm and Sunday 9.00am to 1.00pm.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat 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.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD – volunteers are needed for this most important ministry. Training, mentoring and support will be available. For more information please contact John Barry on 9065 4395.

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 TEAMis 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 FACILITATIONin 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

BAPTISM – we welcome into the parish family Elena Catherine Alexandra Johnston, Charlie Walker and Anya Mary Niamh Whiteford, who were baptised in St. Colmcilles last weekend.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Thomasina Black and Rose Cream, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year.

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.


The winners of the Parish Draw for the summer months are: Tom O’Neill – £100, Matthew Owens – £75, Aideen & Kevin O’Neill – £25.  Monica Simpson – £100, Ann Devlin – £75, Aideen & Kevin O’Neill – £25. Michael Daley – £100, Brenda McMeekin – £75, Ciaran Smyth – £25.  Don’t worry its not too late to still get your tickets please speak to any member of the Committee.


11th BELFAST SCOUT GROUP – meetings for all sections resume this week following the summer break, Beavers on Tuesday, Cubs on Thursday and Scouts on Friday.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.

PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP – resumes meeting in the Hall this Wednesday morning at 10.00am.  All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers.  Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation.

ST. COLMCILLE’S INDOOR BOWLING CLUB– meets on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, in the Hall. Games start at 7.30p.m. followed by supper. New members are very welcome to try their hand at the very pleasant pass time. No gear is needed.

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


SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP – our group resumes on Tuesday 16th September at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. Reflections will focus on the readings for the 25th and 26th Sundays in Ordinary time, Year A. New members are welcome to join us.

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 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.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO – will take place on Friday 3rd October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm. First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments and music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. We look forward to seeing you there.


Caters for girls who are in Primary One and above. All sections will reopen  during this week as follows: Cygnet section (age 5 to 6½) on Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 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.

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,

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

ADOPTERS NEEDED NOW – Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking families who would be interested in adopting children aged between 2–6 years and who need the love and attention of a caring and understanding family. Could this be you? If you would like to find out more please contact Family Care Adoption Services on: 9069 1133   or 7136 8592; email@familycaresociety.org. Website:www.familycaresociety.co.uk

STRESS CONTROL – The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are offering a choice of FREE 6-week stress management programmes at the Skainos Centre 239 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 1AF on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. For more information please see flyer in porch or contact CBT Service at Woodstock Lodge on 9504 2689

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

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 this Friday. For ‘submission postcards’ or further information, please contact Precious Life on 9027 8484 or email us at info@preciouslife.com.

EUROPEAN HERITAGE OPEN DAY AT DRUMALISnext Saturday, from 12 noon to 4.00pm. The house and grounds will be open for all to enjoy – there will be opportunities for guided tours and afternoon teas will be served.  Everyone is welcome – admission is free.  For further details, please contact 2827 2196 or 2827 6455.

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE – To Our Lady’s shrine at Knock takes place next Sunday. 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

A SERVICE OF HOPE, HEALING AND LOVE – in the week of World Suicide Prevention Day. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle, County Down. Next Sunday 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.

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.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEACE – on Sunday 21st September.  To mark this important date, a choir is being set up to sing at an event on that day.  This choir is open to everyone from all walks of life all over the City.   There will be 2 rehearsals to prepare the pieces: Sunday 7th & 14th September, both beginning at 2.00pm and held in the hall at the rear of St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast.   Everyone is warmly welcome! For further information please email:belfastcrosscommunitychoir@outlook.com. Come together to sing for peace!

ST. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – closing date for GL registration forms in St.Malachy’s College is Friday 26th September at 2.00pm.  If anyone needs any information about their sons form please contact Mrs ES Moorehead on 028 90748285

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.