Easter Sunday 2016

VOL. 24 NO. 18  27TH MARCH 2016

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

Phone – 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net

E-mail: stcolmcilles@downandconnor.org

St.  Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcille’s Pre School – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk.  Phone – 9047 2724


EASTER SUNDAY – (Page 291, 452 & 495)

Holy Week

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



I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia.  You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia.  Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43)  We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection.
Psalm This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad
2nd Reading (Colossians 3:1-4)   You must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 20:1-9)  He must rise from the dead.
Children Early on Easter morning, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb where they had put Jesus when he died.  She discovered that the big stone had been rolled away from the entrance and the tomb was empty.  Mary ran to tell Peter and John.  They went into the tomb and found the cloths that had covered Jesus. Something amazing had happened.  Jesus was not there because he is alive!


Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday










Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



The parish office will be closed until Monday 4th April.  



“The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us.  He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful.  This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel!”  Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus 9

EMBRACE is an inter-church organisation, which began as a support group for refugees and people seeking asylum.  Their main role is one of encouraging church communities to be more welcoming places for all people from other countries and minority-ethnic backgrounds.  Research their work on www.embrace.org and find out what help you could offer.  Or perhaps you could adopt an attitude of openness and kindness to the next stranger you meet?

A PILGRIMAGE COMPANION FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY  –  is a book of prayers and reflection, and is available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in the box beside Confessional.

YEAR OF MERCY DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES –  application forms are now available from the Parish Office.  Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11-16th) – £550 in hotel or £430 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £600; Youth Team age 16-25 (8-17th) –  £500.  For more information contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email Lourdes@downandconnor.org

CTS BOOKLETS  – for the Year of Mercy, are now available to purchase from the stand in the Church porch.


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 19th April 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.


If you wish to find out more information about the Parish Draw or sign up for this please contact Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019, Lucy Traynor on 079 0080 7589 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463.



PARISH LITURGY FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER  – a sincere thank you to our Choir and all the participants in the Parish Liturgy for Holy Week and Easter.  Our thanks to the members of the Liturgy Committee and also to the people who helped to prepare the Church for Lent and Easter.  The effort of everyone is very much appreciated.

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.

HOLY GHOST MISSIONS  –  will be visiting the Parish and speaking at all Masses next weekend.

WALK WITH ME BOOKS – An Eastertide Journey of Prayer for 2015 are available at the back of the Church.  Price £1.  Please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR EASTER  – copies of “Bible Alive” are available at the back of the Church. Price £2.50 each, please put money in either of the Candelabra boxes

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.

HALL BOOKINGS  –  Pat will not be available until Monday 11th April to take bookings for the Hall.

MONEY MATTERS                 

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

The Easter Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR  –  begin next Sunday.  New boxes of envelopes, are in the foyer of the Church this weekend.  If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or by envelopes and do not do so currently, please leave your name, address and telephone number in the bulletin box and Philomena will be in contact with you.

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. 


We pray for the repose of the souls of Brian Trickett and Michael Ranaghan, who died recently and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Jim Norton,  Bella Logue,  Willie Logue,  Norman Fusco,  William Judge, 

Martin Rosaupan,  Maureen Nugent  and  Nell McNicholl.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT  –  we can be contacted on 074 5698 9458.  Our members are Regiena Babu, Eithne Daly, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan and Lucy Traynor.


ART OF CARING EXHIBITION & SALE – is returning this year from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th April in the Parochial Hall. This event raises money for Marie Curie Hospice Centre, St Joseph’s Primary School, St Colmcille’s Guide Unit, 11th Belfast Scout Group and St Colmcille’s Parish. To make this event a success we need volunteers to help us with the set-up of the hall during the week leading up to the event and of course during the weekend itself.  The team of volunteers start on Monday 4th April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm to clean the hall to get it ready to accept the art work on Tuesday morning.  The volunteers then work through the week starting around 10.00am each morning and finishing

in the evening.  I know this sounds quite daunting but any help you can give even an hour will assist us in making this event a great success.  Free tea and coffee (and maybe a biscuit!) will be available for all your hard work.  If you are interested in helping this worthwhile cause or would like further information please contact either Artie O’Neill on 077 0326 9058 or Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019.  Look forward to seeing you there.



ST LOUISE’S COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE  –  Post 16 Open Night for all students wishing to transfer to our sixth form on Tuesday 12th April from 7.00pm to 9.30pm.



Matt Talbot Pilgrimage  –  the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Venerable Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin takes place next Saturday. Concelebrated Mass will take place in the Church at 12.30pm. For further details and booking,  please contact Josephine O’Hagan on 9061 7116 or Mary Holden on 9442 3956.

MOVIES AND MUSICALS –  with Laganside Sinfonia for Alzheimer’s Society.  After a successful concert at Christmas which raised over £2,000 for the NI Hospice, Children’s Hospice and St Patrick’s we would be delighted if you could join us next Saturday at 7:45pm for an evening of music from stage and screen in St Anne’s Church, Dunmurry. Highlights will include music by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg and many more! Concert entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and will be followed by light refreshments.

FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY  –  will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Cathedral, next Sunday, commencing at 2.30pm.  The Rosary will be followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass.  Confession available.  Car parking available.  All welcome.

LUX CHAMBER CHOIR  –  presents Motets to Madrigals, sacred and secular choral music from the Renaisance on Tuesday 5th April at 8.00pm in Clonard Monastry.  Admission: free, with a retiring collection in aid of the church and the choir.

  1. AGNES’ CHORAL SOCIETY – are delighted to return once again to the Grand Opera House Stage, with the hit musical ‘9 to 5’. Performances are from 11th to 16th April, and tickets can be purchased from the box office on 9024 1919, or by going to www.goh.co.uk/nine-to-five. Please come and support our company, and enjoy some top class entertainment. This year St Agnes’ will be fundraising on behalf of Pretty’n’Pink Breast Cancer Charity.

HABITAT GALA BALL  –  for the fourth successive year Living Youth is sponsoring a Habitat team who will travel to Ethiopia in August. To help raise funds a Gala Ball will take place on Friday 22nd April in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena. Tickets £40 per person; £400 per table. Dancing to The Housem8s. Come enjoy a wonderful evening and help build hope. For more information or to reserve tickets please log on to info@habitatni.co.uk

NI CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES  –  from Friday 27th May to Wednesday 1st June.   The price of £599 (with price reduction for Cancer Patients) will include: Return flights from Belfast International Airport, operated by JWT License T.O. 052. Full board and accommodation at the Hotel Agena in Lourdes for five nights based on twin/double/treble rooms.  Travel insurance cover for persons up to 85 years on date of return.  The party will consist of patients, ex-patients, relatives and friends accompanied by medical, nursing and other staff.  To enquire or to obtain a booking form please contact:-Mrs Jean Clarke, Hon. Secretary,  c/o Drumbo & Carryduff Parish,  6 Knockbracken Drive,  Carryduff,  Belfast,  BT8 8EX, or speak to us on 075 1675 9646, or  e-mail  mail@nicancerpilgrimage.org.uk  Chairman:- Dr Seamus McAleer, Spiritual Directors: Rev. Dermot McCaughan, Fr. Adrian Eastwood, Fr. Andrew Black.

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND  –  from 19th to 26th May.  Spiritual Director Canon Sean Rogan. Highlights  include tour of the old town of Krakow, the shrine of Madonna at Czestochowa, the birth place of St. John Paul 11, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and Memorial Museum, Wieliczka Salt Mine & The shrine of Divine Mercy. Cost  £849 pp includes return direct flights from Belfast, seven nights accommodation in 4 star hotel, three course meal, four nights in hotel and one night in  city centre restaurant, all entrance fees (Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Basilica Wadowice Museum, Auschwit, Salt Mine), full coach travel for all tours.  To book please call Downe Travel 4461 3288

2016 CENTENARY OF THE ANGEL OF FATIMA.  –  Pilgrimage to Fatima & Santiago de Compostela,   from 9th to 18th August 2016.  3 Nights H/B Los Abetos Hotel Santiago, 6 Nights F/B Hotel Avenida Fatima.  Visiting Pontevedra, Tuy & Balasar.  Spiritual Directors are Fr Gerry McCloskey & Fr Sean Gilmore.  Special Group Price £709 inclusive of tax & insurance. Full Religious Programme. For further details contact Joe Catney on 9071 4001 or 077 7642 5631. Early booking is advisable. Deposit secures.

Summer school  – The Cultural Dimensions of Christian Spirituality  – from Monday 11th to Friday 22nd July in the University Sant’Anselmo, Rome (Italy).  Organiser is the Monastic Institute.  The Monastic Institute of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to teaching and research in the Theology of Spirituality from a Benedictine point of view.  In July 2014 we launched a new short formation programme (60 European transferable credits). It is entitled Cultural Dimensions of Christian Spirituality.  The Master programme is aimed at members of monastic communities, clergy (ministers), oblates, professionals in religious or social areas, scholars, etc. Applicants are welcome from those who want to earn European Credits, as well as for personal formation or further education.  The courses are run in English in a two-year cycle, requiring presence in Rome for two weeks in each year. New enrolments are possible and welcome in every year.  Students will be accommodated (full board) in the Benedictine College of Sant’Anselmo.