VOL. 22 NO. 26 1st JUNE 2014
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
Anointing of the Sick
|Confessions at 6.00pm||11.30am
Parishioners are invited to view parish Masses and other parish services with the help of the parish website : www.st-colmcilles.net 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 work on iphones, ipads and Android devices. The sound is normally only on during Mass and other Church services.
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
St Colmcille’s are hosting an interdenominational prayer service, ‘Come, Holy Spirit, and Renew the Face of the Earth’, on behalf of the Belmont and District Council of Churches next Sunday at 7.00pm, in St Colmcille’s Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Council supports and advises our parish Priest and represents the view of parishioners in matters affecting parish life. Nominations have been sought over the past few weeks for new Council members. The number of nominations met the corresponding number of vacant seats on the Council, therfore no elections are necessary this weekend. All of those nominated have agreed to serve on the Council over the next four years. Names to follow.
St Colmcilles has a Bereavement Support group to be present for and to listen to anyone suffering bereavement after a death, regardless of how long ago the death occurred. The group is here for all, regardless of culture, faith or no faith and is made up of nine parishioners who have all been trained by NI Hospice professionals; on-going training and guidance will continue with the Hospice team. If you wish to know more about Bereavement Support please telephone us on 074 5698 9458 or complete a Request form and place in the Bereavement Support Box situated at the back of the Church and one of the group will make contact with you. The members of the group are: Regiena Babu, Eileen Brogan, Eithne Daly, Maire Devine, Brenda McMeekin, David McMeekin, Celine Molloy, Joan Rogan, Lucy Traynor.
BAPTISM – We welcome into the parish family Malachy John Brunt, Rián Patrick McCormick, Eve Mulvaney and Cíllion Sloan who were baptised last weeknd.
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.
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.
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.
DECEASED – We pray for the repose of the soul of a parishioner, Joan Mulholland, who died recently and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially: Alice Mc Gourty and Noel Callan.
Weekly Offering Collection –
Trócaire to date –
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
TRÓCAIRE – if you haven’t done so already please remember to return your Trócaire box this week. 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
PRAY FOR SCHOOLS EVENT – this Wednesday 4th June, 8.00pm – 9.00pm at Ashfield Girls School. Pray for Schools is a partnership between Care, Scripture Union, Youth for Christ, Crown Jesus ministries, 24-7 Prayer and Urban Saints. Pray for Schools’ mission is to ensure every school in Northern Ireland is a prayed for school. Our passion is to see every school in Northern Ireland supported with prayer and to encourage and equip Christians to pray for their local school. For more information please send an email: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY CLUB – Trip to Newcastle for the Festival of Flowers on this Friday 6th June. The bus is leaving the Church car park at 11.00am, returning at 6.00pm approximately. Ring Anna : 9065 1351 to book, before Tuesday 3rd June.
GIFT PROGRAMME– a celebration of the conclusion of the parish Growing In Faith Together programme, for year 8 and year 9 students, will be held during the Vigil Mass next Saturday, at 6.30pm. Primary 7 pupils are invited to join us and come to the youth club in the hall, for refreshments and activities afterwards.
FAMILY FUN DAY – on next Saturday from 2.00pm-4.00pm at Knock Methodist Centre. Everyone is very welcome
CHILDREN’S SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB – ‘On Safari’ from Monday 11th – Friday 15th August, for 4 – 8 year olds. Application forms in Church porch. Teenagers and adults who wish to volunteer to assist with the programme are invited to attend a training evening next Saturday in the Parochial Hall at 7.30pm. Contact Noeleen 07879 498131
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK – will take place next Sunday and will be led by The Most Reverend Anthony Farquhar. The ceremonies commence at 2.30pm in the Basilica with the Sacrament of the Sick, followed by Mass, Benediction and the Rosary Procession.
WEDNESDAY CLUB – Trip to the Hill of the O’Neills, Dungannon on Wednesday 18th June. Join us for an interesting day out. The bus is leaving the Church car park at 10.30am and returning at 6.00pm. To book ring Pat : 9067 1036 or Anna : 9065 1351
CLONARD NOVENA– Wednesday 18th to Thursday 26th June
LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE –The annual Living Church Lough Derg 3 day Pilgrimage will take place this year from Fri 27th June to Sunday 29th June. The pilgrimage will be the traditional three day format. 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 02890690920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 16th June.
LIVING CHURCH REPORT– to the 8 parishes in our Vicariate recently, was hosted by St Colmcille’s parish. A number of statistics were presented for our consideration. This included factual information gathered in a recent Diocesan audit. Our Priests are highly engaged in celebration of Masses, pastoral work, visiting the sick, school support, chaplaincy, preparation and celebration of Sacraments etc. They are also engaged in parish management duties, administration and sit on many committees etc. This hardly sums up their workload. Furthermore the number of Masses provided in the Vicariate for parishioners has remained constant over the past ten years, and Weddings and Baptisms have increased. Despite this, the numbers of Priests in active ministy has fallen. The ten year projected figures for the Diocese (88 parishes) are that there will only be 60 Priests under the age of 65 years, with only 17 of them under the age of 50 years. Food for thought !
HALL BOOKING – Pat is not available to take booking for the Parochial Hall from Monday 2nd – Friday 6th June inclusive.
THE ART OF CARING – St Colmcille’s Art Exhibition. The Committee wish to thank all those people who gave their time so generously and who made the exhibition such a success. We would also like to thank our sponsors, artists and buyers with whom none of it would be possible. The exhibition made in excess of £20,000 but it does much more than that. It brings a whole range of people together who enjoy themselves, get a different experience and make a major contribution to the wellbeing of many. Thank you all. More details later.
ST DOMINIC’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – are holding a registration event at the school for girls transferring in 2015, on next Wednesday 11th June, 4.00pm -7.00pm. A birth certificate and passport size photo is required. Application form on school website, www.stdominics.org.uk
ST.MALACHY’S COLLEGE – Antrim Road, will host an Information and Registration Event for GL Assessment 2014 on Tuesday 24th June at 7.00pm . Parents and Primary 6 pupils who wish to apply for a place in the College are welcome to attend.