VOL. 22 NO. 22 4TH MAY 2014
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
|Confessions at 6.00pm||11.30am
Please note there will be no Mass this Friday morning due to the Giro d’Italia
The Upper Newtownards Road will be closed this Friday
from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 4.00pm to 8.30pm
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR BAPTISM IN OUR PARISH
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 20th May 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 ELECTIONS
Elections to the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. The Council supports and advises our Parish Priest and represents the views of parishioners in matters affecting parish life. Nominations will be sought for candidates willing to serve for four years. A Leaflet will be given out this weekend entitled “Parish Pastoral Council? Me? Why not me!” another one next weekend entitled “We all have something to give”. If you would like further information please speak to any member of the Parish Pastoral Council or contact Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463. Nominations forms will be available in the middle of May .
EASTER PRAYER SPACE – ‘I am risen and I am still with you.’ Ps 138:12. The empty tomb was the Tabernacle of Repose.. The lit candle reminds us that Christ is here with us. The long winding sheet represents the cast off grave clothes. Grave clothes bind us. Christ invites us to cast off our grave clothes and come out of our tomb, free from the restraints of the past and anything that binds us like worry, fear, unforgiveness, negativity etc As Paul urges us: ‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience’. Colossians 3:12
EASTER DUTY – “ … each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during Paschal time unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.” Canon 920.
CTS BOOKLETS – a new range of resources is on sale in the Church porch. There is also a variety of cards to purchase, to celebrate special occasions. Payment may be placed in any of the money boxes in the walls next to the candelabras.
EXAM BUDDIES– all students preparing for exams are invited to take an exam pack from the table in the Church porch and to place their name on the Exam Buddies notice board there. Parishioners are invited to place their name on the Prayer Sponsors board and then pray for the students over the exam period in May and June
ANNUAL DIOCESAN LITURGY SEMINAR – entitled “Rediscovering the Word of God”will be held next Saturday from 1.00pm to 4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre, Kingsway, Finaghy. It will be conducted by Brother Pat Mullins O.Carm. The Seminar is open to all, and will be especially interesting to Ministers of the Word. Seminar Fee £5. To book, please contact: Malachy McKeever on 077 6010 8903 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL – Pat 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.
ST. COLMCILLE’S PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP – has vacancies for three Playgroup Assistants. Temporary posts – 23 ½ hours per week from this September to June 2015. Essential qualifications – Minimum NVQ Level 3 Early Child Care and Education or equivalent, Child Protection Training. Essential experience – Minimum of one year’s paid employment in a PSEP Pre-school Playgroup, working with children with additional needs. Please apply in writing to the playgroup for an application form by this Wednesday. We are an equal opportunities employer.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE – in accordance with the requirements of the Diocese of Down and Connor, please contact Father Ciaran to make arrangements for marriage at least three months before the date of the wedding.
DECEASED – We pray for the repose of the soul of Rosaleen Armstrong, who died during the week, and whose Funeral Mass took place on Friday and for Rosie Reynolds, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:
Annie Nelson, Molly McEvoy, Thomas Donnelly and Vera Kelly.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
TROCAIRE BOXES – parishioners are asked to return their Trócaire box to the parish as soon as possible. Boxes may be left in the parish office or returned through the Offertory collection baskets at Mass. It would be appreciated if any small coins could be changed to larger denominations. All cheques should be made payable to Saint Colmcille’s Parish. Trocaire has secured matched funding from the UK Government for their Lenten Appeal this year. It means that every pound that is donated to Trocaire from Northern Ireland will be matched by the government, meaning donations will be effectively doubled. In addition, Gift Aid can still be claimed. In order for Trocaire to benefit from the matched funding all Trocaire boxes need to be returned to the parish by Sunday 18th May.
The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.
ST. COLMCILLE’S ART EXHIBITION/ART OF CARING – continues to Sunday afternoon as we celebrate 20 years of the Art of Caring.
APOSTOLIC WORK – will meet in Iona Room at 8.00pm this Tuesday evening.
DTIM – The ‘Do This In Memory of Me’ pre sacramental programme for all children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion, will take place at the 9.30am Mass next Sunday. The children will receive the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday 18th May at 11.30am Mass.
FAMILY FONDO CYCLE – this Sunday morning from Stormont Presbyterian to Comber. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at Stormont Presbyterian Church at 8.00am, returning for breakfast at 10.00am. For more information please contact Stormont Presbyterian Church on 9065 6642 or www.stormontchurch.org.
BIG COMMUNITY PARTY – this Friday from 4.00pm to 8.00pm in Stormont Presbyterian Church. Watch all the action from the race as well as the following free activities – turbo bike challenge, smoothie making, bouncy castles, face painting, Dr. Bike, BBQ nad much more. For more information please contact Stormont Presbyterian Church on 9065 6642 or www.stormontchurch.org
HALL COMMITTEE – next meeting will be held on Monday 12th May at 7.30pm
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – will meet on Tuesday 13th May at 7.30pm.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – the return of the Parish Sirloin Steak/Chicken BBQ & Disco on Friday 30th May, tickets £15 per person. More details to follow nearer the time
CATHOLIC SINGLES – is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email email@example.com
ANNUAL LE CHEILE TOGETHER LECTURE – the new Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, Dr Francis Campbell, will deliver a public lecture entitled: ‘Faith and education in a pluralist world’ in St Mary’s University College, Belfast, this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm. Chair: The Most Rev. Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. All welcome.
IN JOYFUL HOPE – an inter-church celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in St John’s Presbyterian Church, Newtownbreda, at 8.00pm this Thursday evening. Everyone is welcome. Catholic Eucharistic discipline observed.
SPRING CRAFT AND PLANT MORNING – at Gilnahirk Presbyterian Church next Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Plants, Crafts and Cakes for sale. Admission £3.50 to include tea/coffee, shortbread and scones. Children free.