30th August 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 40  30TH AUGUST 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

 

22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 779, 452 & 499)

22nd Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.  O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
1st Reading (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8)  Add nothing to what I command you, keep the commandments of the Lord.
Psalm The just will live in the presence of the Lord.
2nd Reading (James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27) You must do what the word tells you.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23)  You put aside the commandments of God to cling to human traditions..
Children Some people were complaining about Jesus’ friends, who weren’t keeping all the rules about washing their hands and pots in a special way.  Jesus told them that God’s rules are more important than the rules people had made.  He told them it was more important to have a good heart and do kind things than to keep the rules but be unkind.
Communion Antiphon How great is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you.

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Josephine McGuinness

11.00am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          

 

Sunday Mass times will go back to 9.30am and 11.30am from next Sunday

 

Would 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 15th September 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.

 

Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10.00am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org.  Booking forms are also available in the Church Porch.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

LIVING YOUTH –  Are you aged 16-21?  Why not register for the youth workshop and spend the day on Saturday 26th September  with other young adults, from across the Diocese at the Faith & Life Convention.  Find out more about your faith, discuss issues and join in the annual celebration of our faith.  £5 (includes lunch and refreshments) if you register through Living Youth.  For more detail or to register contact Claire at Living Youth, on 9023 2432 or email: info@livingyouthni.org.

PARISH FAMILY

FIRST FRIDAY – Father Ciaran will attend the sick and housebound in the parish this Tuesday.

DAILY MEDITATION FOR SEPTEMBER  – 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

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.

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock –  will hold an Information Evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd September for pupils and parents seeking entry to Year 8 in September 2016.

PATHWAYS  – Adult Faith Development Programme at Drumalis.  Enrol now for 2015-2017 intake.  Pathways is a broad-based adult faith development course which explores spirituality, theology and prayer.  Now in its tenth year, Pathways is geared towards those who want to reflect about life, faith and relationships with God and others. The course takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Drumalis in Larne. No academic qualifications are necessary and there is no coursework attached.  This two-year programme supported by the Diocese of Down and Connor runs from October to June each year and will be held on nine Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:30pm.  For further information and booking form, please contact Drumalis on 2827 2196/2827 6455, email maura@drumalis.co.uk  or see the Drumalis website: www.drumalis.co.uk

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.

PARISH DRAW

The winners of the 4th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Paddy Anderson – £100, Mary Harrison – £75 & Phil Gregg – £25.

The winners of the 5th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Fr Ciaran Feeney – £100, Aideen & Kevin O’Neill – £75 & Catriona Mallaghan – £25.

The winners of the 6th Parish Draw for 2015 are: Tom O’Neill – £100, Kate Acton – £75 & Celine Molloy – £25.

Don’t worry it’s still not too late to get your tickets.  Please speak to any member of the Social & Fundraising committee.

 

DECEASED

We pray for the repose of the souls of Joan Greyston, a parishioner, who died last Sunday and for Noreen Alford Smith.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Michael Edwards,  Brian Kerr  and  Josephine McGuinness.

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.

 

 

THIS WEEK

parish pastoral council  –  will meet this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Committee Room.

 

COMING EVENTS

PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.

 

SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT

Caters for girls who are in Primary One and above. All sections will reopen during the month of September as follows: Cygnet section (age 5 to 6½) on Wednesday 23rd September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 7th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 9th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 14th September from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. The Unit is operated completely by female volunteers, who attend relevant training courses and we are always looking to extend our team.   Anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to help us out should contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.  Training and support will be given to any new volunteer.   At the end of June the unit had over 80 young people between all the sections.  Please think if you can help these young people continue the experience of Guiding within St. Colmcille’s Parish.  For more information please contact Philomena.

A date for your diary: Girl Guide Brunch  –  after both Masses on Sunday 13th September.  Please bring all the family for an end of summer catch up!  More details to follow soon.

 

OTHER NOTICES

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road next Saturday.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Sestina presents ‘Mein Freund ist mein’ (My Beloved is mine)  –  Dynamic young ensemble, Sestina, explore themes of life and death through liturgical works of breathtaking power and humanity by JS Bach and his family in the Ulster Museum, Belfast next Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 and £10 concession available from the Belfast Welcome Centre (9024 6609) and The Ulster Museum box office (9044 0000).  The early music ensemble based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is made up of some of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. For more information go to www.sestinamusic.com or contact our director, Mark Chambers markyjchambers@gmail.com.

Belfast Annual Pioneer Mass  – the Annual Belfast Region Pioneer Mass will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th September in Good Shepherd Church, Ormeau Road, Belfast.  Holy Rosary Pioneer Centre are celebrating their Centenary this year and this event will help to mark the occasion.  If anyone wishes to be presented with gold, silveror other Pioneer emblems please contact Pat (Tel:  9262 9959),  Josephine (Tel:.9061 7116) or the Diocesan Pioneer Office (Tel: 9089 4070) for details

JOY TO THE GOSPEL  –  an exciting new course, focusing on the training and development of lay people to share their faith.  This will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue on Saturday 19th September and Saturday 3rd October from 9.30am to 4.00pm for more information contact M Vernon on 9032 6349 or email m.vernon300@btinternet.com.

LOUGH DERG ONE DAY RETREATS  –  have recommenced and will continue until Sunday 20th September.  For more details please see poster in Church Porch or contact Lough Derg on 00 3537 1986 1518 or email info@loughderg.org.

Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat –  from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Bookings/Registration to Eileen on 00 3538 7601 7709, or contemplativeoutreachireland@gmail.com.  Prayer Group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in Tobar Mhuire.

  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.

Could you help a child in need? –  Northern Ireland is currently experiencing a severe shortage of Foster Carers, and particularly carers from the Catholic  Community.  Kindercare Fostering is a not-for-profit organisation which works to find safe, secure and loving homes for children and young people in need in Northern Ireland.   We need Foster Carers in your area!  If you would be interested in finding out more about Fostering, please contact Gillian on 9094 1690, or email Gillian.devlin@kindercare.co.uk  or check us out at www.kindercareni.co.uk

Retired Teachers urgently neededone morning per week, across BelfastThe children’s special needs charity Sólás urgently needs the help of Retired Teacher Volunteers to provide 1:1 support to children, with additional educational needs, in primary schools in West, North and South Belfast.  One morning per week, during term time, is required and full induction and ongoing support will be provided.  Please contact Anne at Sólás on 9024 7600, or 075 1891 5430  or email anne@solasbt7.com for further details and information pack.

August 23rd 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 39  23RD AUGUST 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

 

21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 775, 452 & 499)

21st Week in Ordinary Time 

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

Entrance Antiphon Turn your ear, O Lord, and answer me; save the servant who trusts in you, my God.  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.
1st Reading (Josuha 24:1-2, 15-18)  We will serve the Lord, for he is our God.
Psalm Taste and see that the Lord is good.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 5:21-32) This mystery has many implications for Christ and his Church.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 6:60-69)  Whom shall we go to?  You have the message of eternal life.
Children Jesus friends were arguing.  Jesus knew that some of them did not believe in him.  Some of Jesus’ friends left him and Jesus asked the others if they wanted to leave too.  But Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Where would we go if we left you?  We believe that you will give us eternal life.”
Communion Antiphon The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord; you bring forth from the earth and wine to cheer the heart.

 

SUMMER MASS TIMES

Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Special Intention

 

11.00am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          

 

Would those who are last to leave the Parish grounds in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

PARISH OFFICE

The parish office will closed this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

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 15th September 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.

Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10.00am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org.  Booking forms are also available from the Parish Office.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

PARISH FAMILY

SUMMER MASS TIMES  –  there will be one Mass on a Sunday morning at 11.00am during the months of July and August.

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock –  will hold an Information Evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd September for pupils and parents seeking entry to Year 8 in September 2016.

RCIA  –  stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore and enquire into the Catholic faith.  It is a weekly series of classes and discussion covering a wide range of aspects of the Catholic faith. The weekly class lasts 1½ hours.  Participants on RCIA programmes come from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they felt the call of God urging them to change the direction of their lives.  RCIA is also for cradle Catholics who want a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith and for Catholics who have lapsed from the practice of celebrating their faith and whom God is inviting to come back to him.  Ultimately, RCIA is a journey of faith exploration and development, culminating in the reception of the catechumens/candidates into the Catholic community at Pentecost, if after their exploration and enquiry into the Catholic faith the Holy Spirit inspires them to do so.  The RCIA programme begins at St. Mary’s, Chapel Lane on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  Should you wish to take part, please contact Fr. James Boyle,  or Anne McCrossan to arrange a meeting and register. Phone 9032 0482 or email administratorofstmarys@btinternet.com.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Davina Sands and Andrew Gordon who were married on Monday 17th August in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                             

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

DECEASED

We pray for the repose of the souls of Carmel Reilly, a parishioner, who died on Wednesday and for Laura Anne McDowell, the sister of a parishioner, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Bridie Loder,  Fred Loder,  Patrick Flynn,  Sarah Flynn

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.

THIS WEEK

Ballyhackamore Golf Society –  the next outing is to Mahee Island this Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 1.30pm. The cost is £25 which includes a meal at ‘The Poacher’s Pocket’.  Members, visitors and guests are welcome. For further details contact Peter on 9076 3822.

COMING EVENTS

PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.

SAINT COLMCILLE’S GUIDE UNIT

Caters for girls who are in Primary One and above. All sections will reopen during the month of September as follows: Cygnet section (age 5 to 6½) on Wednesday 23rd September from 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Brigin section (age 6½ to 10½)  on Monday 7th September from 6.30pm to 8.00pm; Guide section (age 10½ to 14)  on Wednesday 9th September from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, and Ranger section (age 14+)  on Monday 14th September from 8.15pm to 9.30pm. The Unit is operated completely by female volunteers, who attend relevant training courses and we are always looking to extend our team.   Anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to help us out should contact Philomena on 077 6194 3649.  Training and support will be given to any new volunteer.   At the end of June the unit had over 80 young people between all the sections.  Please think if you can help these young people continue the experience of Guiding within St. Colmcille’s Parish.  For more information please contact Philomena.

A date for your diary: Girl Guide Brunch  –  are holding a brunch after both Masses on Sunday 13th September.  Please bring all the family for an end of summer catch up!  More details to follow soon.

OTHER NOTICES

Syrian Refugees Welcome Here? –  this Wednesday evening at Edgehill Theological College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast, BT9 5BY.  In light of the current movement of migrant people into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, this discussion evening will provide background information on the movement of vulnerable people and the policies regarding entry into the UK.  In particular, the event will look at the possibility of Syrian refugees being resettled locally, some of the challenges faced by refugees who are already here and how churches can respond in welcome.  The event runs from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, is free, and booking in advance is not required.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road on Saturday 5th September.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Sestina presents ‘Mein Freund ist mein’ (My Beloved is mine)  –  Dynamic young ensemble, Sestina, explore themes of life and death through liturgical works of breathtaking power and humanity by JS Bach and his family in the Ulster Museum, Belfast on Saturday 5th  September at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 and £10 concession available from the Belfast Welcome Centre (9024 6609) and The Ulster Museum box office (9044 0000).  The early music ensemble based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is made up of some of Ireland’s most gifted young musicians who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers. For more information go to www.sestinamusic.com or contact our director, Mark Chambers markyjchambers@gmail.com.

JOY TO THE GOSPEL  –  an exciting new course, focusing on the training and development of lay people to share their faith.  This will be held in St. Brigid’s Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue on Saturday 19th September and Saturday 3rd October from 9.30am to 4.00pm for more information contact M Vernon on 9032 6349 or email m.vernon300@btinternet.com.

17th August 2015

VOL. 23 NO. 37  16TH AUGUST 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

 

20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 771, 452 & 499)

20th Week in Ordinary Time 

Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 4

Entrance Antiphon Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand eleswhere.
1st Reading (Proverbs 9:1-6)  Eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared for you.
Psalm Taste and see that the Lord is good.
2nd Reading (Ephesians 5:15-20) Recognise what is the will of God.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  The Word was made flesh and lived among us; to all who did accept him He gave power to become children of God.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 6:51-58)  My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Children Jesus was talking to his friends. He told them that is the living bread that has come down from heaven and that his body is real food.  Jesus’ friends started arguing because they did not understand what he meant.  Jesus told them that if they eat this living bread they will enjoy life with God for ever.
Communion Antiphon With the Lord there is mercy; in him is plentiful redemption.

 

SUMMER MASS TIMES

Vigil Mass – 6.30pm    Sunday Morning Mass – 11.00am

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Fiona McNulty

11.00am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

Communion Service

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm          

 

Would 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 this Tuesday evening 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.

Faith and Life Convention

Bishop Treanor invites you to attend our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10am.

This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now!

Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the Diocese and beyond!

Online booking is available at: www.faithandlifeconvention.org.  Booking forms are also available from the Parish Office.  We look forward to seeing you in September.

PARISH FAMILY

SUMMER MASS TIMES  –  there will be one Mass on a Sunday morning at 11.00am during the months of July and August.

THE MATER BOOK  –  the story of the Belfast Teaching Hospital and its Community is available in the Sacristy.  Price £10

THANKS – to the fifty volunteer teenagers, young adults and adults who helped one hundred children enjoy the ‘Under the Big Top’ holiday week in the parish. The children learned that trusting in God is always rewarded and that when something unpleasant happens to us, when we pray to God, He can turn it to good ! The daily themes and messages were reinforced through the daily unfolding story of Joseph in Genesis, supported by arts & crafts, singing, dance and games, all led by the volunteers.  Special thanks to Irwins Bakery and Tescos, Ballyhackamore who sponsored the snacks for the children and leaders all week. Thanks also to the Education Authority Belfast, James Brown Funeral services, The New Evangelisation Trust and Loud Mouth Media who each contributed some financial support for the children and youth summer programmes. Miss Mc Kinley kindly provided use of the school assembly hall and sports equipment, for which we were very grateful. Some photos are on display in the Church porch.

RCIA  –  stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is for individuals from any faith background (and none) who want to explore and enquire into the Catholic faith.  It is a weekly series of classes and discussion covering a wide range of aspects of the Catholic faith. The weekly class lasts 1½ hours.  Participants on RCIA programmes come from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. What they all have in common is that they felt the call of God urging them to change the direction of their lives.  RCIA is also for cradle Catholics who want a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith and for Catholics who have lapsed from the practice of celebrating their faith and whom God is inviting to come back to him.  Ultimately, RCIA is a journey of faith exploration and development, culminating in the reception of the catechumens/candidates into the Catholic community at Pentecost, if after their exploration and enquiry into the Catholic faith the Holy Spirit inspires them to do so.  The RCIA programme begins at St. Mary’s, Chapel Lane on Thursday 22nd October 2015.  Should you wish to take part, please contact Fr. James Boyle,  or Anne McCrossan to arrange a meeting and register. Phone 9032 0482 or email administratorofstmarys@btinternet.com.

WEDDING  –  our congratulations and best wishes go to Emma Louise Murray and Conor David Finnegan who were married on Friday 7th August in St. Colmcille’s.

MONEY MATTERS                             

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

COLLECTION FOR DIOCESAN CARE HOME  –  will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.  This purpose built Diocesan Nursing Home was opened in October 1996, to provide 24 hour nursing care for the frail and elderly and the mentally infirm within a Christian environment.  The Home also provides day care facilities.  A new extension was added to the Home in 2004 bringing the total number of beds available to 86.  As a consequence of the upgrading and extension work the Home is presently £700,000 in debt.  The annual collection was established to help reduce the current debt.

DECEASED

We pray for the repose of the soul of Rory O’Connor, who died recently.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially:

Noel McGivern,  Willie Strain,  Fiona McNulty,  Kathleen Doyle,  Brian Slack,  Mary Fusco  and  Josephine Judge.

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.

THIS WEEK

SUMMER PROGRAMME – for children and youth in August concludes with a day trip to M & D’s Theme Park in Scotland this Wednesday.  Enquiries to Noeleen, 078 7949 8131 or email  colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk.  Forms available in Church Porch.

artisan market  –  is starting up in Ballyhackamore in the Church Grounds next Saturday.  The market will be held every third Saturday in the month from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  This is an exciting new venture for the community of Ballyhackamore at large. It is hoped that as local people congregate together in this place on a Saturday morning, they will feel part of a community. We hope that local Christians will grasp the vision and seek to be present and active in this community. With this in mind I would like to invite you to come along to the market, to be present and to have intentional conversations with stallholders and customers alike. We hope God can use this market for His glory and the further building of His Kingdom here in Ballyhackamore.

Ballyhackamore Golf Society –  the next outing is to Mahee Island next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 1.30pm. The cost is £25 which includes a meal at ‘The Poacher’s Pocket’.  Members, visitors and guests are welcome. For further details contact Peter on 9076 3822.

COMING EVENTS

PARISH RETREAT AT DRUMALIS  –  will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th September. For further details please ring Pat on 9067 1036.

CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF ST COLUMBANUS

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”.

OTHER NOTICES

GOLDEN YEARS  – Summer club for Senior Citizens from this Monday to Thursday afternoon in Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian from 2.00pm to 4.15pm each day.  Admission is free.  Come along and bring your friends and feel free to participate or simply watch our activities: painting; decoupage; one finger, one thumb, keep moving; reach the target; mind benders; big sing; outing and enjoy tea and dessert each day.  To register please contact Edna on 079 2974 9257 or the church office on 9047 3891.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS  –  will take place in St. Teresa’s Parish Church, Glen Road on Saturday 5th September.  3.00pm  – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  4.00pm –  Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Weekend Centering Prayer Retreat –  from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.  Bookings/Registration to Eileen on 00 3538 7601 7709, or contemplativeoutreachireland@gmail.com.  Prayer Group meets every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in Tobar Mhuire.