August 2nd 2015


VOL. 23 NO. 36  2ND AUGUST 2015

F ather 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


18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 763, 452 & 499)

18th Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me!  You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord, do not delay.
1st Reading (Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15)  I will rain down bread for you from the heavens.
Psalm The Lord gave them bread from heaven.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 4:17, 20-24) Put on the new self that has been created in God’s way.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord; no one can come to the Father except through me.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 6:24-35)  He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.
Children Some people went to look for Jesus.  They went in boats across a lake.  When they found him, Jesus talked about bread.  Then Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.”  The people didn’t understand.  Jesus told the people that God had sent him to teach them how to have a happy life.
Communion Antiphon You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste.



Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Mary Rose McBride


Frankie Quigley & Rita Rooney


Lil Hughes


Lil Hughes


Sue O’Connor


Sean O’Kane

Confession at 6.00pm         Anointing of the Sick


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



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 18th August 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.



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

FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish this Tuesday.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR AUGUST  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.25 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes

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

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 1 ½ 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

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 all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Sean O’Kane,  Frankie Quigley,  Rita Rooney,  John Price.

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.



SUMMER PROGRAMME – for children and youth in August. Application forms and more details can be found in the Church porch. The programme includes : a Youth Leadership programme; a visit to Lisburn pool; Children’s Holiday Bible Week ‘Under the Big Top’; day trip to M & D’s Theme Park in Scotland; senior youth day out.  Enquiries to Noeleen, 078 7949 8131 or email  Forms available in Church Porch.

IRISH DANCE SUMMER CAMP  –  from Monday 10th to Friday 14th August.  Each day from 9.45am to 12.30pm in the Parochial Hall. Open to all.  For both experienced and beginner Irish Dancers.  For more information or booking form contact Nicola Oakes on 077 1892 7242 or email:

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



Diocesan Pilgrimage to Luxeuil, Bregenz, St Gallen & Bobbio  –  to mark the Year of St Columbanus, Bishop Noel Treanor will lead a Diocesan Pilgrimage to sites associated with St Columbanus – Luxeuil, Bregenz, St Gallen and Bobbio from 24th to 31st August.  Anyone interested in taking part in the Pilgrimage is asked to contact Kieran Troy  on 00 353 5793 55050.

Bangor Colloquium   –  Part 2 will take place in Luxeuil from Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th September.  Part 3 will be held in Bobbio from Saturday 21st until Sunday 22nd November.  The title of the Bangor Colloquium is “Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy”.


Youth 2000 Summer Festival –  in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th August, for young people aged 16-35.  This is a great opportunity to find out what your Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from all around Ireland.  For more information and to book online, see or phone 01 6753690

  1. PETER’S FOLLOWERS OF THE CROSS – annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 7th to 12th October.  Spiritual Director – Rev. Patrick McCafferty.  Fare – £599 per person inclusive of Belfast/Lourdes return flights, full board accommodation and all taxes.  For bookings and further information please contact James Hyndman on 9032 7218, Julieanne Hughes on 9024 6901 or Jimmy Barr on 90249745.