19TH OCTOBER 2014
Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.
TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR – Misson Sunday (Page 672, 452 & 499)
29th Week in Ordinary Time
Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 1
|To you I call; for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me.|
|1st Reading||(Isaiah 45:1, 4-6) I have taken Cyrus by his right hand to subdue nations before him.|
|Psalm||Give the Lord glory and power.|
|2nd Reading||(1 Thessalonians 1:1-5) We constantly remember your faith, your love and your hope.|
|Acclamation||Alleluia, alleluia! Your word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia!|
|Gospel||(Matthew 22:15-21) Give back to Casear what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.|
|Children||Jesus gave a very clever answer to his enemies when they asked if people should pay money to the Romans. If Jesus said “no”, he would be in trouble with the Romans, but if he said “yes”, he would upset his own people.|
|Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine.|
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
Annie Cullen & Maria Rodgers
Paddy & Gerard Rogan
|Confession at 6.00pm||11.30am
|Anointing of the Sick|
Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds
in the evening please close the car park gates.
The parish office will close this Friday, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th October.
Today is Mission Sunday. It is the day when we are being asked to dig into our hearts to assist the young local church overseas.
We are being called to play our part in helping to bring the word of God to those who most hunger for it in the form of support for our many young churches.
“That they may have life” is our theme for Mission Month and as such our spiritual and financial offerings are crucial for the work of the Church overseas.
Your generous contribution today will be sent in its’ entirety to support our many mission projects.
We can’t do it without you. Large or small, it makes a difference and thank you for your help. For more information phone 00 353 1497 2035 or look at website www.wmi.ie
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.
CHURCH OPENING TIMES – the church will be open each day at the following times: Monday – 10.00am to 3.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – 9.00am to 3.30pm; Friday – 9.00am to 1.00pm; Saturday – 6.00pm to 7.30pm and Sunday 9.00am to 1.00pm.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM – is a small group who meet on a weekly basis to add their voices to yours, presenting your needs to God. Requests for prayer can be made by completing a Petition Slip and placing it in the Prayer Request Box, both of which can be found in Our Lady’s Prayer Space, or by emailing email@example.com. All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.
SEVEN DAY CANDLE – burns continuously at Our Lady’s Prayer Space in the Sanctuary for the intentions of a sponsor. Candles cost £5 each and this offering should be placed in the box in the wall when you light your candle.
JOHN PAUL 11 GOLD AWARD – is available to year 13 students (16 – 17 years). Becoming involved in the award scheme enables a young person to demonstrate their commitment to our parish ministries and voluntary work in the local community, bringing to life the Gospel values of love, service and community. Application forms from Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL – Pat will not be available to take bookings for the Parochial Hall from this Tuesday to Monday 10th November.
DECEASED – We pray for the repose of the soul of Catherine Donnelly, who died recently. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;
Annie Cullen, Maria Rodgers, Paddy Rogan, Gerard Rogan,
Eileen Caldwell and Paddy Lambe.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH COLLECTION – will be taken up at all Masses this weekend.
TRóCAIRE’S LENTEN CAMPAIGN
Eamonn Meehan, Director of Trócaire, has written to thank the People of Down and Connor, Clergy and Parish Workers for the support given to their Lenten Campaign 2014. A total of £685,445.91 plus €120 was received from Down and Connor. Additional funding was also received through the Matched Funding initiative of the UK Department for International Development. Trócaire’s programmes last year reached over 3.4 million people directly and had an indirect impact on over 30 million people worldwide. This would not be possible without the generous support of the people of our diocese and the other dioceses throughout Ireland. Please convey Trócaire’s appreciation to parishioners, schools and groups of your parish who helped with the Lenten fundraising campaign. The letter from Eamonn Meehan is attached for downloading, copying and display purposes.
ST. COLMCILLE’S BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
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.
MONTH OF NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SOULS – during the month of November Mass will be celebrated each day for the repose of the souls of those deceased whose names have been included in the November Dead Lists. Lists are available at the rear of the Church. If you wish to donate an offering for the Masses, please include it with the List in the envelope provided. Completed Lists can be placed in the collection baskets or in the box at the rear of the Church.
PIONEER ASSOCIATION – are promoting the Short-Term Pledge for November in honour of the Holy Souls. November is traditionally dedicated as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray in a special way for family members/ relatives/friends who are no longer with us. By a long-standing Irish custom, many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacriﬁcial act for the benefit of their deceased loved ones, and for all the Souls in Purgatory. For more information contact 00 353 1874 9464.
DIOCESAN VOCATION VIGIL – in St. Patrick’s, Donegall Street on Friday 14th November from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Open to all to come and pray for vocations in the Church.
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.
BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY – the final outing of 2014 will be to Castlereagh Hills this Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 12.00 noon. The cost is £20. Members, guests and visitors are welcome to attend. For further information contact Peter on 9076 3822.
YOUTH ALPHA PROGRAMME – for young adults, is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment. The programme begins this Sunday evening at 6.00pm in the Parochial Hall. For more details or to sign up please contact Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or email@example.com or Facebook: St Colmcilles Youth
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes are provided in the Parochial Hall, for children who are not being prepared in their school. Parents should attend to enroll their children on the first evening: First Confession and First Holy Communion this Tuesday evening at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm; Confirmation students this Thursday evening at 6.00pm, class ends at 7.00pm. Enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131
Scripture Study and Prayer Group – our October meeting will held this Tuesday evening at 8.00 p.m in the Committee Room. We will reflect on the readings for the 30th and 31st Sundays Cycle A
ARE YOU AWARE – that the St Colmcille’s Parent and Toddler group meets in the Parochial Hall every Wednesday during the school term at 10.00am? All children from newborn to pre-school age are welcome, along with their parents or carers. Come along for a chat and a cup of tea while the children play and make friends, and if you know of anyone else who might like to come, please pass on this invitation. We extend a special invitation to men caring for young children.
PARENTS MEETING – this Wednesday evening at 7.00pm in the Parochial Hall, for parents of the children who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion this school year.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – will have an extended session for the Pre School to Primary 3 group, starting next Sunday.
EARLY ALERT – Family weekend in Corrymeela with our Presbyterian neighbours will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th December. All families welcome! More details later.
LIVING YOUTH – we need 100 Bibles for a project with our young people and young adults. Can you help? Please contact: Living Youth, 68 Berry Street, Belfast, BT1 1FJ. Tel: 028 90 232 432 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PRECIOUS LIFE – Northern Ireland’s leading Pro-Life organisation Precious Life, would like to acknowledge and thank everyone from the parish who signed a submission postcard for the Project Justice campaign. The submissions were presented to the Justice Committee in Stormont on the 17th September. 35,000 people signed one of our Project Justice Postcards which was by far the largest response to any consultation the Northern Ireland Assembly has ever received. For more information on how you can help with future campaigns please contact us on 9027 8484 or email at email@example.com
SERVICE ON PRAYING FOR THOSE WITH CANCER – Bishop Ken Clarke, director of the South American Missionary Society, will be the speaker at a special service of healing in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast this Monday evening at 8.00pm. The theme of the service will be ‘Praying for those with cancer’. Personal prayer for healing and the anointing with oil will be available at this service. Although we will be concentrating particularly on the theme of cancer, people can come for prayer for anything. Some of the official cancer agencies will be present to give advice to people. You will be very welcome to come along to this special service.
PARENTING TEENAGERS COURSE – continues in Knock Presbyterian Church this Tuesday evening, 18th November and 9th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. For more information please see leaflet at back of Church or contact Nicki Jemphrey on 078 4092 4505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FATHER LIAM LAWTON – will be performing in concert in Saint Mary’s Church, Rasharkin this Thursday evening at 8.00pm. Tickets for the concert are £18. For ticket details contact 2957 2072 or 077 1140 5945. Tickets can also be purchased on-line through the parish website, www.stmarysparishrasharkin.org (additional £1.50). For any information concerning the concert, please email email@example.com.
LIVING YOUTH – Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia Team 2015: Following on from our successful Habitat for Humanity projects over the past two years Living Youth is excited to announce recruitment for another youth team due to travel to Ethiopia next summer. Provisional dates: 20th July to 3rd August 2015. Applicants should be 18 years or over and all team members will be expected to contribute to the cost of the trip as well as engage in an extensive fundraising campaign. For more information and details of online applications please contact: Claire Smylie, Office Manager, 16 Chapel Lane, Belfast, BT1 1HH. Phone – 9023 2432 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date for Applications: Monday 3rd November
LOSS AND BLESSINGS – in Tobar Mhuire Retreat House, Crossgar on Saturday 9th November from 10.30am to 4.00pm. November is a time when we remember loved ones who have died. At times we are too hurt or too busy looking after others to reflect upon the blessings we have received from those who have died. This day of prayer; reflection and symbols, will be a chance to take time aside; to reflect upon the memory of those who have died, and to give thanks for those who have touched our lives. Come aside and join us. You are welcome to bring a picture or memento of the person you are remembering. Suggested Offering – £20 to include tea/coffee and light lunch. Phone 4483 0242 to book your place.