June 7th 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 28  7TH JUNE 2015

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


CORPUS CHRISTI – (Page 422, 452 & 503)

10th Week in Ordinary Time

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



He fed them with the finest wheat and satisfied them with honey from the rock.
1st Reading (Exodus 24:3-8)  This is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you.
Psalm The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name.
2nd Reading (Hebrews 9:11-15)  The blood of Christ can purify our inner self from dead actions.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord.  Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26)   This is my body.  This is my blood.
Children Jesus and his friends were sharing a special meal.  While they were eating, Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it.  Then he shared it with his friends, saying that it was his body.  Jesus also shared wine with them and told them it was his blood.


Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.    



Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Hannah McKillop






James & June Ferguson


Jim Rahilly



Ton Fleming & Mary Thompson

Anointing of the Sick

Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am




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 16th June 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.



BAPTISM  –  we welcome into the parish family Miles Rory Barrett, Jack Aidan McKeown, Sophia Amelie Mills and Liam John Roberts who were baptised in St. Colmcilles during the week.

ITS YOUR MOVE – is a four session programme that will be delivered to Primary 7 classes in the Parochial Hall in June, by a young adult team from the parish. The programme is interactive and scripture based. It helps young people to consider their hopes and fears, overcome their concerns and make right choices, in making the transition to the post primary setting.

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.

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL – young people are invited to join the team who read the prayers at Mass. Training will take place next Sunday from 10.25am to 11.15am in the Church. All welcome. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131.

ALTAR SERVERS – formation and additional training for post primary Servers this Sunday 10.25am to 11.15am in the Church.

SUMMER CHILDREN’S WEEK – application forms for the children’s holiday bible week ‘Under the Big Top’, from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August, for 4 – 8 year olds,  are available in the Church Porch and from colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

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 Pilgrimage and Mass on St Patrick’s Mountain SAUL  –  will take place next Sunday at 3.00pm.  Bishop Noel Treanor will be the Celebrant.

Down and Connor Annual Pilgrimage to Knock  –  will take place next Sunday with Bishop Anthony Farquhar as the main celebrant.  The ceremonies are as follows: 2.30pm – The Anointing of the Sick and 3.00pm – Concelebrated Mass followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary Procession to the Shrine and blessing of religious objects.  Further information is available from Father Colin Grant, Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, on 9064 3939.

Food Banks  –  the St.Vincent de Paul Society would like to draw Parishioners attention to the fact that a number of our local supermarkets have collection points for customer donations which are forwarded on to local Food Banks for distribution to those in need. Demand for the services of food banks is very high in the current economic climate. Please support these initiatives in any way you can.

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 the repose of the souls of Janet Coleman, Jim Rahilly and Anne Oxton who died last week.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Hannah McKillop,  James Ferguson,  June Ferguson,  Tom Fleming,

Mary Thompson,  Willie Logue,  Bella Logue  and  Charles Crozier,

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.



St Peter’s, the Rock –  this Sunday at 3.00pm.  Prayers and blessing of graves.



PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL  –  will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  trip to Hilltown to visit Mary Kate’s cottage for lunch and then entertainment this Wednesday.  Bus leaving car park at 11.00am.  Names please to Pat on 9067 1036 or Anna on 9065 1351.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD – twenty three additional Ministers of the Word will be commissioned next Saturday during the 6.30pm Mass.



CLONARD NOVENA – will be held from Wednesday 17th to Thursday 25th June.  Leaflets giving all times and details of services are available in the porch.  Please take one home with you.   Further information is available on www.clonard.com

Project India 2015  –  St.Colmcille’s/ Gilnahirk Habitat 2015 Team are hosting a concert featuring the award winning Concentio Chamber Choir led by Jonathan Ireland, on Thursday 18th June at 7.30pm in St Colmcille’s Church. Admission is by ticket and costs £10. Come along and listen to some of Northern Ireland’s most talented young singers. Tickets are available from John Barry on 9065 4395/ 078 4072 8477 or email  jb654395@yahoo.co.uk or Maureen Verdon on 9514 1808 / 079 2962 4395.  Book early to avoid disappointment! Light refreshments available in the Parochial Hall after the event.



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”.

Celebrating Columbanus –  a weekend of celebrations will be held in the Dioceses of Down and Connor and Armagh from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June.  Visitors from Italy (from the Dioceses of Piacenza-Bobbio, Lodi, Pavia and Mantua), France (from the Archdiocese of Besançon) and Germany (from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart) are expected to attend our celebrations. The celebrations commence with Vespers in Good Shepherd Church on Friday, 19th June at 7.00pm.  Celebrations continue in Bangor on Saturday, 20th June, with the National Commemoration in honour of St Columbanus taking place in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Sunday, 21th June.

Mass in St Comgall’s Church, Bangor –  the principal celebration in honour of St Columbanus will be a celebration of the Eucharist in St Comgall’s Church, Brunswick Road, Bangor, on Saturday, 20th June at 6.30pm.  It will be the Parish Vigil Mass.



THE PILGRIM LIFE  –  The Gospel of Mark, Discipleship in Ordinary Time by Pamela Thimmes, OSC in Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre this Sunday from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  Cost £35.  Come and hear and learn about the Gospel of Mark.  From beginning to end, the first and shortest of the Gospels challenges and astonishes, demonstrating that “sometimes we need stories more than food to stay alive”.  To book a space contact Drumalis on 2827 2196.

CORRYMEELA 50TH ANNIVERSARY: BIG BURGER BASH  –  as part of the celebrations for Corrymeela’s 50th anniversary, there will be a Big Burger Bash at Streamvale Open Farm, 38 Ballyhanwood Road, this Friday from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. Featuring tasty burgers, delicious ice cream, and fun farm activities. Bring your own beverages. Admission: Adults £10, children £5, no ticket needed, just pay at entrance.  All are very welcome, so please put in your diary and come and enjoy a great summer evening out.

Open Gardens  –  next Saturday from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  Gardens open in Sydenham Avenue, Sydenham Park, Edgcumbe Gardens, Edgcumbe Drive – start at Heyn Hall.  Plant, craft and cake stalls, afternoon teas.  Admission – Adults £4 (incl afternoon tea)  Children free.  Proceeds in aid of Parish funds and local charity.  Followed by Ceilidh in Heyn Hall 7.30pm

GARDEN FETE  –  in the Church Grounds of Cregagh Presbyterian Church, Cregagh Road, next Saturday at 2.00pm.  Admission – adults: £1.00, seniors/children: 50p.  Many stalls including – crafts, plants, white elephant, jewellery, cosmetics, CD’s, books, toys, cakes and homemade pancakes. Lots of side shows including bouncy castles, face painting, teas, ice creams, crisps, drinks and hot dogs.

COLUMBANUS BANGOR FOLK FESTIVAL 2015  –  Ards CCÉ can confirm that the headline act for this year’s folk festival will be Dervish, supported by Ards CCÉ Entertainment Group.  The concert will take place next Saturday at St Comgall’s Parish Hall and there will be a fully licensed bar available.  Tickets are only £10 per person and are now available to purchase from Thomas’ Shop.

Living Church Down & Connor Lough Derg Pilgrimage  –  the third Living Church Lough Derg 3 day Pilgrimage will take place from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July. The pilgrimage will be the traditional three day format.  Those who took part in the pilgrimage over the last few years spoke of the many blessings they received from being on the island of Lough Derg, as countless people have throughout the years. There is quietness and deep spirituality to be found there that is very special. Please consider coming along this year.  The cost of the pilgrimage is £60.00.  The cost does not include travel to the island. For details of travel arrangements and to book a place please call the Living Church Office on 9069 0920 or email office@livingchurchdc.org  by Friday 12th June.

  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.

Diploma in Pastoral Theology   –  at Drumalis in association with St. Patrick’s Pontifical College, Maynooth.  Applications are now being accepted for this two-year, part-time, intensive course which begins this September. Information available at www.drumalis.co.uk or by emailing maura@drumalis.co.uk or by phoning Drumalis during office hours.