August 23rd 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 39  23RD AUGUST 2015

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

Phone – 9065 4157. Website:


St.  Joseph’s Primary School –   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcille’s Pre School –  Phone – 9047 2724


21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 775, 452 & 499)

21st Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.
1st Reading (Josuha 24:1-2, 15-18)  We will serve the Lord, for he is our God.
Psalm Taste and see that the Lord is good.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 5:21-32) This mystery has many implications for Christ and his Church.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 6:60-69)  Whom shall we go to?  You have the message of eternal life.
Children Jesus friends were arguing.  Jesus knew that some of them did not believe in him.  Some of Jesus’ friends left him and Jesus asked the others if they wanted to leave too.  But Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Where would we go if we left you?  We believe that you will give us eternal life.”
Communion Antiphon The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord; you bring forth from the earth and wine to cheer the heart.



Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Special Intention











Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          


Would those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will closed this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.



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 15th September 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.

Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10.00am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at:  Booking forms are also available from the Parish Office.  We look forward to seeing you in September.


SUMMER MASS TIMES  –  there will be one Mass on a Sunday morning at 11.00am during the months of July and August.

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock –  will hold an Information Evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd September for pupils and parents seeking entry to Year 8 in September 2016.

RCIA  –  stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore and enquire into the Catholic faith.  It is a weekly series of classes and discussion covering a wide range of aspects of the Catholic faith. The weekly class lasts 1½ hours.  Participants on RCIA programmes come from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they felt the call of God urging them to change the direction of their lives.  RCIA is also for cradle Catholics who want a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith and for Catholics who have lapsed from the practice of celebrating their faith and whom God is inviting to come back to him.  Ultimately, RCIA is a journey of faith exploration and development, culminating in the reception of the catechumens/candidates into the Catholic community at Pentecost, if after their exploration and enquiry into the Catholic faith the Holy Spirit inspires them to do so.  The RCIA programme begins at St. Mary’s, Chapel Lane on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  Should you wish to take part, please contact Fr. James Boyle,  or Anne McCrossan to arrange a meeting and register. Phone 9032 0482 or email

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Davina Sands and Andrew Gordon who were married on Monday 17th August in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                             

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


We pray for the repose of the souls of Carmel Reilly, a parishioner, who died on Wednesday and for Laura Anne McDowell, the sister of a parishioner, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Bridie Loder,  Fred Loder,  Patrick Flynn,  Sarah Flynn

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.


Ballyhackamore Golf Society –  the next outing is to Mahee Island this Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 1.30pm. The cost is £25 which includes a meal at ‘The Poacher’s Pocket’.  Members, visitors and guests are welcome. For further details contact Peter on 9076 3822.


PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.


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 23rd September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 7th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 9th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 14th September 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 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 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.

A date for your diary: Girl Guide Brunch  –  are holding a brunch after both Masses on Sunday 13th September.  Please bring all the family for an end of summer catch up!  More details to follow soon.


Syrian Refugees Welcome Here? –  this Wednesday evening at Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast, BT9 5BY.  In light of the current movement of migrant people into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, this discussion evening will provide background information on the movement of vulnerable people and the policies regarding entry into the UK.  In particular, the event will look at the possibility of Syrian refugees being resettled locally, some of the challenges faced by refugees who are already here and how churches can respond in welcome.  The event runs from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, is free, and booking in advance is not required.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road on Saturday 5th September.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Sestina presents ‘Mein Freund ist mein’ (My Beloved is mine)  –  Dynamic young ensemble, Sestina, explore themes of life and death through liturgical works of breathtaking power and humanity by JS Bach and his family in the Ulster Museum, Belfast on Saturday 5th  September at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 and £10 concession available from the Belfast Welcome Centre (9024 6609) and The Ulster Museum box office (9044 0000).  The early music ensemble based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is made up of some of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. For more information go to or contact our director, Mark Chambers

JOY TO THE GOSPEL  –  an exciting new course, focusing on the training and development of lay people to share their faith.  This will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue on Saturday 19th September and Saturday 3rd October from 9.30am to 4.00pm for more information contact M Vernon on 9032 6349 or email