Sunday 28th December

VOL. 23 NO. 05  28TH DECEMBER 2014

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

Phone – 9065 4157. Website:  E-mail:

St.  Joseph’s Primary School –   Phone – 9065 0039

St Colmcilles Pre school –  Phone – 9047 2724


Christmas Season

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



The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger.
1st Reading (Gensis 15:1-6, 21:1-3)  Your heir shall be of your own flesh and blood.
Psalm He, the Lord, is our God.  He remembers his covenant for ever.
2nd Reading (Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19)  The faith of Adraham, Sarah and Isaac.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days; he has spoken to us through his Son  Alleluia!
Gospel (Luke 2:22-40)   The child grew, filled with wisdom.
Children Newborn boys were taken to the Temple to be dedicated to God, so Mary and Joseph took Jesus.  An elderly man names Simeon had been told by God that he would not die until he had ssen the Messiah.  He went to the Temple and saw baby Jesus there.  Simeon took Jesus in his arms and thanked God for him with a speical prayer.  He said that Jesus would be a light for all the world.


Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us.    


Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday NEW YEAR’S DAY Friday

Martin Campfield



Paddy Kearney

No Mass


No Mass 12.00 noon

Vera Donnelly, Mary Elliott & Jackie Quigley


Anointing of the Sick


Confessions at 6.00pm 11.30am

Harry McKenna





Please note Mass on New Year’s Day

will be at 12.00 noon.


Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.



Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website: where you will find the Webcam. Click on ‘WEBCAM’ and scroll to view. The picture quality has been greatly enhanced recently. The Webcam is normally on 24 hours a day. It should also work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.



The parish office will be closed until Monday 5th January.  



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 January 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.



DAILY MEDITATION FOR JANUARY  – 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

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.

SUNDAY MISSALS – our stock of missals has decreased by 70+ over the past months.  Perhaps you have borrowed one to reflect more on a Sunday’s readings, or in the hustle and bustle of meeting friends on the way out of Church have forgotten to leave the missal behind. At this time of the year with more visitors coming to our Church we need to have sufficient missals available.  Please, can you look around your home and car to see if you find one of our missing missals and return it to the Church next Sunday. Thank you for your cooperation!


MONEY MATTERS                        

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

The Monthly Stipend Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.



We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;

Martin Campfield, Paddy Kearney,  Harry McKenna, Vera Donnelly,

Mary Eliott,  Jackie Quigley and Winnie McCallan.

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.



VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MEN  –  in Drumalis Retreat House, Larne from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th February 2015.

VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015.  For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9508 8030.



LITURGY FOR FAMILIES OF RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN  –  there will be a Liturgy for Families of Recently Baptised Children in the Church on Saturday 10th January at 12.00 noon.   Tea and coffee will be served in the Parochial Hall afterwards. Everyone is very welcome.



My brother, my sister, here at this crib, be silent!

Look! Pray!

Be open.  Allow the barriers to fall:

The barriers of comfort, the barriers of hate,

Those of your ready excuses and ready made prayers.


Be silent!  Look!  Pray!

Do you know what it means to be cold?

Do you appreciate what is means to sleep on rough straw?

Do you know the suffering of all who search for a place to stay, for a place to work?


Do you feel for those parents in the agony of not knowing what tomorrow holds for their children?

If you do not, then you risk passing before this crib without seeing the depth that is here.

You risk understanding nothing of what God has done in choosing to become one of us, in Jesus.

Be silent!  Look!  Pray!



St. Colmcille’s Pre-school Playgroup –  will be hosting an Open Night on Wednesday 7th January between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.  Please come along and bring your son/daughter to meet with staff, see our pre-school and view some of the wonderful arts and craft work by the children.   For application forms please call into the pre-school or telephone 9047 2724.

OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, KNOCK  –  Open Morning on Saturday 10th January 2015, from 9.15am to  12.30pm.  Principal’s Address 9.30am and 11.00am.  All Year 7 Pupils and Parents are invited .  Prospective Year 13 students are also welcome.

St. Dominic’s Grammar School  –  for girls Open Day on Saturday 10th January 2015 from 9.30am to 1.00pm.  Principal’s Address at 9.30am and 11.30am.  Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils are welcome

  1. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Open Nights will take place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th January, commencing with the Principal’s Address at 7.00pm.



IHCPT  –  want to bring a smile to the face of a young person with a disability and make their year? Then join us (IHCPT) in Lourdes this Easter (5th to 11th April). IHCPT bring young people aged 11-30 with varied abilities to Lourdes each year from Easter Sunday until the following Saturday. We are looking for carers (aged 18 or over) to make 2015 for these young people. You can get more information on this experience by visiting If you are interested please contact Kate Acton on 079 6653 6515.

THE WAY OF ST JAMES  –  Camino de Santiago. Sections from the Pyrenees to Santiago from 22nd to 28th May 2015.  6 Nights Hotel Accommodation, with Breakfast and dinner daily; Coach and back-up car with group throughout; Walk leader with group throughout; All airport and local taxes; Travel insurance included.  Flying from Dublin Airport.  Cost – £715.00.  Seats are limited.  Single room supplement is extra.  £50.00 deposit secures a seat.  For further details contact Jean Reynolds on 4483 0979 or email:

PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA –  from Thursday 25th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015.  7 nights full board en suite £589.00 fully inc. free insurance, free tax, free coach to airport. For more information contact the Spiritual Director Rita O’Neill  on 075 5435 4157.

LIVING YOUTH  –  Summer Pilgrimage.  Are you 17-23?  Why not join us as we journey to celebrate the life and mission of St Columbanus in Milan, Piacenza, Bergamo and Bobbio.  2nd – 7th August 2015.  £690 includes flights, transfers, accommodation, half board, t-shirts and hoodie.  Application forms available from the Living Youth website  Closing date:  Thursday 29th January 2015.