December 22nd


VOL. 22 NO. 04 22ND DECEMBER 2013


Father Ciaran Feeney Adm.   191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.  Tel. 9065 4157.   Website:  E-mail:





Christmas Eve

Christmas Day






Special Intention


Special Intention


William O’Neill

No Mass


No Mass


Confessions at 6.00pm


Special Intention


Colin McCoy


Special Intention





12.00 Midnight

Special Intention





Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve – 6.30pm and Midnight

Christmas Morning – 9.30am and 11.00am

















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 Tuesday 21st January 2014 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.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish for Christmas this Monday.

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS  –  the office will be closed from this Monday until Tuesday 7th January 2014.

BISHOP TREANOR’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE  –  copies are available at the back of the Church.

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.

EVANGELII GAUDIUM  –  “The Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis, copies of the book are at the back of the Church.  Price £5 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes

BOOKINGS FOR PAROCHIAL HALL  –  If you wish to use the Hall you must book directly with Pat Feenan between 7.00pm and 8.00pm on Monday to Friday (phone 9067 1036).  Pat will not be available to take bookings until Moday 6th January 2014.

PARISH CENSUS  –  is constantly changing due to new families moving into the parish, and existing families moving homes.  The parish makes a conscious effort to ensure the information we hold is correct and up to date, but we need help from all families to ensure this is done.  If you have moved into the parish and have not registered, please complete a yellow census card at the back of the Church, and place in the bulletin box.  If you have moved house please fill out a white card at the back of the Church, and again leave in the bulletin box.  Parishioners who are moving out of the parish are asked to inform Philomena in the office when they have moved.  Your co-operation in keeping our census up to date is appreciated.

TROCAIRE –   would like to thank parishioners for their support this year particularly during the recent emergency appeals for Syria and the Philippines. Trocaire wishes everyone a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Trocaire Christmas Gifts can still be bought at by calling 0800 912 1200.

DECEASED –   We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Winnie McCallan,  Joseph Conway,  Mary Conway,  Margaret Rogan,

Bernard Murray,    Colin McCoy,  William O’Neill,  Bernadette Clarke,

Eileen Hughes,  Eileen McNeill  and  Una Kerr.


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

The Christmas Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Christmas Masses.



CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS – are available in the Parish office or Sacristy after Masses.

TAP CHRISTMAS GIFT CARDS – will be available after all the Masses this weekend.



“The Lord your God is in your midst, He will renew you by his love.”  (Zephaniah 3)

This Sunday                                        St. Brigid’s                             4.00pm


The St Vincent de Paul annual appeal finishes this weekend.  Your donations can be popped into our normal collection boxes with our members at the Church exits.

ANNUAL COLLECTION – the collection on the 30th November at Tesco Express and the Spar and at Marks and Spencer’s on the 7th December raised a total of £1,413, a record.  We wish to thank our 23 volunteers for collecting with great patience and the stores for once more granting us permission to collect and for all their assistance given to our collectors.


CHRISTMAS DISCO – at the Youth Club this Saturday in the Parochial Hall, 7.15pm – 9.00pm. All old and new members welcome.

CHILDREN’S LITURGYat 6.30pm Mass this Tuesday, Christmas Eve, All children attending this Mass should come as a shepherd or an angel. Practice, for those children who would like to be involved in the Nativity story, is after 9.30am Mass this Sunday.

SOLEMN VIGIL MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE – will commence at 12.00 midnight.  The Choir will lead the congregation in the singing of carols at 11.30pm.  The Parish Pastoral Council invites all members of the congregation over to the Hall for Christmas refreshments after the Mass.  Help to serve refreshments would be very welcome – so if you can do so, please call Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or Lucy Tray nor on 079 0080 7589.

A CHRISTMAS MORNING CHILDREN’S CHOIR – is being formed for the 11.00am Mass this Wednesday. If you know any children interested in being part of this choir then please contact Jacqui Vance on 075 9464 6660 or Kate Acton on 079 6653 6515. Rehearsal will take place in the Church from 1.30pm to 3pm this Sunday. Permission slips can be forwarded in advance or completed when you bring your child to rehearsal.


ST. LOUISE’S COLLEGE  –  open night on Wednesday 8th January 2014 for app primary 7 pupils and their families.  All departments throughout the school will be open.  Any student who wish to transfer into sixth form are also most welcome.  Families are inviteed to the Principal’s address at 4.30pm or 6.30pm.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COOLEGE KNOCK – Year 7 Pupils and Parents are invited to the College’s Open Morning on Saturday 11th January 2014 from 9.15am to 12.30pm.  Principal’s Address 9.30 am and 11.00 am.  Prospective Year 13 students are also welcome.

ST. MALACHY’S COLLEGEwill hold two Open Nights for prospective pupils on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January 2014. The Principal’s Address will begin at 7.00pm and Primary 6 and 7 pupils are welcome to attend.  Parking will be via Lincoln Avenue.


RUSSIAN GREATS  –  a SWOT and CRY Charity Concert.   Come along for an evening of great classical Russian works (including Shostakovich, Glinka and Tchaikovsky) and some Christmas tunes.      Money raised is for SWOT (Student’s Working Overseas Trust) who provide medical supplies for developing countries and for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) who raise awareness and fund research to identify conditions leading to sudden death syndrome. The concert will take place at 7.45pm next Saturday in St. Anne’s Church Dunmurry. Tickets: £5 (Includes Refreshments)

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