28th September 2014

VOL. 22 NO. 42 28TH SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Tel. 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (Page 659. 452 & 499)

26th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 2

 

Entrance

Antiphon

All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.
1st Reading (Ezekiel 18:25-28) When the sinner renounces sin, he shall certaintly live.
Psalm Remember your mercy, Lord.
2nd Reading (Philippians 2:1-11) In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 21:28-32) He thought better of it and went. Tax collectors and prostitues are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.
Children Jesus told a story about a man with two sons. He told the elder one to go and work in his vineyard. He said he didn’t want to, but changed his mind later and did go.   Then the man asked his younger son.   The younger son said he would go, but didn’t. Jesus asked which son was doing what his father wished.
Communion

Antiphon

Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low.

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

 

9.30am

Nonie Rice

9.30am

Aleyamma Joseph

9.30am

Fergal O’Mahony

9.30am

Bridget Farrell

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

 

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

 

PARISH FAMILY

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

DAILY MEDITATION FOR OCTOBER – 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

CHURCH OPENING TIMESthe 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.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes will begin in October. These classes are provided for children who are not being prepared in their school. First Confession and First Holy Communion children should be in Primary 4 at least. Confirmation students should be in Primary 7 at least. Enrolment enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

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 colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALLPat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings. Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD – volunteers are needed for this most important ministry. Training, mentoring and support will be available. For more information please contact John Barry on 9065 4395.

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.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAMis 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 colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk. 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.

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

Nonie Rice, Annie Morris, Paddy Kelly, Luke Kerr, Bobby Devine,

Lizzie Loughran and Aleyamma Joseph

 

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.

 

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS

COME AND SEE DAY – in St. Malachy’s Seminar, 120 Cliftonville Road on Saturday 18th October from 10.00am to 4.00pm for those who are thinking about possible seminary application.

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.

 

THIS WEEK

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY – the next outing is Captain’s Day at Rockmount this Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 12.30pm. The cost is £25. Visitors and guests will be welcomed. For further details contact Peter 9076 3822.

MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR – the staff and pupils of St. Joseph’s Primary School will attend the 9.30 Mass this Tuesday morning, to ask God’s blessing on them for the school year

THURSDAY MORNINGafter Mass all are invited to have refreshments in the Iona Room where you will have an opportunity to chat with parishioners and also to explore some faith based issues. Resumes this Thursday morning at 10.00am.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO – will take place this Friday evening in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm. First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments and music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

COMING EVENTS

YOUTH ALPHA PROGRAMME – for young adults, is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment. Beginning in October in our parish. For more details or to sign up please contact Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or  colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook : St Colmcilles Youth.

APOSTOLIC WORK  – there will be a meeting on Tuesday 7th October in the Iona Room at 8.00pm.  New members are always welcome FATHER CIARAN FEENEY’S SILVER JUBILEE – the organising Committee are organising a night to celebrate Fr Ciaran Feeney’s Silver Jubilee on Saturday 18th October in the Parochial Hall from 7.30pm. The night will include a hot meal, drinks and entertainment.  To assist the committee with catering if you plan to attend please place your name on the form at the back of the church or contact Roisin on 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Committee.

INCREASE IN ROAD DEATHS

The Church Leaders in Northern Ireland have received the following correspondence from the Assistant Chief Constable, Stephen Martin, of the PSNI.

Tragically so far this year 57 people have lost their lives on Northern Ireland’s roads.  This figure is the same as for the whole of 2013.  We are told that most of the deaths on our roads could be prevented.  We all share the responsibility of making our roads safer. This means slowing down, wearing our seatbelts, paying full attention to the road and never driving after drinking alcohol. It sounds simple. It makes sense. We just need to do it.

Road users may wish to sign up to the Department of Environment’s “Share the Road to Zero” programme which has one aim – zero road deaths in Northern Ireland.  Pledging is quick, easy and FREE and when you sign up, you will receive weekly road safety tips about how you and your loved ones can stay safe on our roads these coming months.

Let us pray for all those in our parish who have been affected in some way by a road death.

OTHER NOTICES

FUAMLAOI CONCERT – a sound both ancient and new – Liturgical Music in the Irish Tradition in St Nicholas’ Church, Ardglass, this Sunday at 7.00pm. For Tickets (£10) and further information Phone 4484 1208.

THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY QUB – 28 Elmwood Ave, BT9 6AY. Telephone 9066 9737. Website – www.qubcc.org. First Sunday Mass will be this Sunday at 8.00pm. Dedication of Studies Mass will be held on Sunday 12th October 8.00pm, all students and their families welcome. Please remember to sign up to the Chaplaincy via the online process.

ANNUAL LEGION OF MARY ROSARY PROCESSION – will take place next Sunday afternoon. The procession leaves St John’s Church, Falls Road at 3.00pm and will process to St. Agnes’ Church where there will be a short service of Benediction. Refreshments available afterwards. Rosary beads and leaflets provided. All welcome. Please gather at 2.45pm.

FATHER LIAM LAWTON – will be performing in concert in Saint Mary’s Church, Rasharkin on Thursday 23rd October 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 info@stmarysparishrasharkin.org.

INTERDENOMINATIONAL DIVINE HEALING MINISTRIES – The well-known radio and television presenter Lynda Bryans will be speaking at a special service of healing in St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast on Monday 29th September at 8.00pm. Her theme will be ‘Healing from Depression’. Having suffered from a deep form of depression herself, and made a full recovery, Lynda will be speaking from personal experience.

 

21st September

VOL. 22 NO. 42  21ST SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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

Tel. 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (Page 655. 452 & 499)

25th Week in Ordinary Time

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

 

Entrance

Antiphon

I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord.  Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.
1st Reading (Isaiah 55:6-9)  My thoughts are not your thoughts.
Psalm The Lord is close to all who call him.
2nd Reading (Philippians 1:20-24, 27)  Life to me is Christ.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.  Alleluia!
Gospel (Matthew 20:1-16)   Why be envious because I am generous?
Children A man went out early in the morning to hire some workers for his vineyard.  He said he would pay them a silver coin a day.  He hired more workers at nine, twelve, three and five o’clock.  At the end of the day he paid a silver coin to each of them.  The workers hired last and those who had worked in the hot sun longest all received the same.  The ones that worked longest grumbled that it wasn’t fair, but the man said he had paid them all that he had promised.
Communion

Antiphon

You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept; may my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.  

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

 

9.30am

Maria & Philip Kutty

 

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

Charles Caldwell

 

The Church will be closed this week for painting

Could those who are last to leave the Parish grounds

in the evening please close the car park gates.

 

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.

 

PARISH FAMILY

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.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes will begin in October. These classes are provided for children who are not being prepared in their school. First Confession and First Holy Communion children should be in Primary 4 at least. Confirmation students should be in Primary 7 at least. Enrolment enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

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 colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL  – Pat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings.  Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

JOIN OUR CHOIR  –  we are looking for members. Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or if you already know your way around a song sheet, we would be delighted to see you at a rehearsal. Don’t keep your talent to yourself, come and share it with us! Thinking about it?  When why not try a few rehearsals to try it out any Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in the Church. Contact Colin colinmcshane@btinternet.com for more information.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD  – volunteers are needed for this most important ministry.  Training, mentoring and support will be available.  For more information please contact John Barry on 9065 4395.

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 colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

A 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.

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

Maria Kutty,  Philip Kutty,  Charles Caldwell,  William McKenna,  Loretta McKenna,  Josephine Humphries,  Edward Humphries,  Marie Gill  and  Teresa Strain

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

The Autumn Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

 

THIS WEEK

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – has resumed at the 9.30am Sunday Mass. Registration for children takes place this Sunday after Mass in the Hall, with refreshments. All children who participate in this Liturgy need to be registered annually. All children attending the Liturgy, in the Hall, must wear their name badges. This children’s ministry enables them to take part in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist by simplifying the Liturgy of the Word to their needs. Leaders help them to grasp the Gospel message by engaging them in role play, games, discussion and song. Children should be at least 3 years old. Additional volunteer helpers would be much appreciated.

BALLYHACKAMORE GOLF SOCIETY  –  the next outing is Captain’s Day at Rockmount next Sunday. The first tee is reserved from 12.30pm. The cost is £25. Visitors and guests will be welcomed. For further details contact Peter 9076 3822.

 

COMING EVENTS

YOUTH ALPHA PROGRAMME – for young adults, is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment. Beginning in October in our parish. For more details or to sign up please contact Noeleen 078 7949 8131 or  colmcilleyouth@yahoo.co.uk or Facebook : St Colmcilles Youth.

THURSDAY MORNING  –  after Mass all are invited to have refreshments in the Iona Room where you will have an opportunity to chat with parishioners and also to explore some faith based issues. Resumes Thursday 2nd October at 10.00am.

CAMEL RACING & DISCO  –  will take place on Friday 3rd October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm.  First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments and music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. We look forward to seeing you there.

APOSOLIC WORK  –  there will be a meeting on Tuesday 7th October in the Iona Room at 8.00pm.  New members are always welcome

 

ST. COLMCILLE’S SCOUT GROUP

All sections of the Scout Group have now resumed weekly meetings and each have strong membership numbers  and strong leader teams in place. Over the summer the sections were very busy with summer camps and expeditions. The Cubs camped at Castlewellan,  hiked in the Mournes and tackled the climbing wall at the Northern Ireland Mountain Centre. The Scouts held their biggest ever camp at Zellhof International Scout centre outside Salzburg, Austria. 36 Scouts and a team of 8 leaders attended. Meeting with Scouts from all over Europe, the Scouts visited Salzburg, descended into the Salt mines at Berchtesgaden, and canoed, climbed and hiked the environs of the campsite. This was without doubt one of the best ever camps in the history of the 11th. Following on from this great camp, the troop was represented at the Phoenix, the All-Ireland Scout camp craft competition, which was held at Mount Melleray, Co. Waterford. 82 patrols took part and after 4 busy and eventful days of competition, our patrol achieved 4th place overall, a fantastic achievement and one we are all very proud of. Well done to Amy Truesdale (PL), Tim Cunningham (APL), Lorcan Short, Michael O’Hare, Niamh McMordie, Oonagh Lavery, Eve Truesdale, Eve Gilsennan, Sinead Lavery and Ronan Cunningham who represented the troop and St. Colmcilles parish with such distinction. The Venture Scout expedition to Barcelona and the Pyrenees was an outstanding success, the highlight of which was an overnight hike in the mountains, sleeping in a mountain hut at 1250 meters above sea level. Each section of the Group is in good shape and looking forward to another year of scouting activities.

 

OTHER NOTICES

FUAMLAOI CONCERT –  a sound both ancient and new – Liturgical Music in the Irish Tradition in St Nicholas Church, Ardglass, next Sunday at 7.00pm. For Tickets (£10) and further information Phone 4484 1208.

THE CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY QUB  –  28 Elmwood Ave, BT9 6AY.  Telephone 9066 9737.  Website – www.qubcc.org.  Welcome Week & Trust Lunch programme starts this Monday.  First Sunday Mass will be next Sunday at 8.00pm. Dedication of Studies Mass will be held on Sunday 12th October 8.00pm, all students and their families welcome.  Please remember to sign up to the Chaplaincy via the online process.

 

 

14th September

VOL. 22 NO. 41  14TH SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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

Tel. 9065 4157. Website: www.st-colmcilles.net  E-mail: stcolmcilles@hotmail.com

 

THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (Page 1025 & 452)

24th Week in Ordinary Time

Readings : Sunday Cycle A, Weekday Cycle 2, Psalter Week 4

 

Entrance

Antiphon

We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.
1st Reading (Numbers 21:4-9)  If anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.
Psalm Never forget the deeds of the Lord.
2nd Reading (Philippians 2:6-11)  He humbled himself, therfore God raised him high.
Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!  We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you; because by your cross you have redeemed the world.  Alleluia!
Gospel (John 3:13-17)   The Son of Man must be lifted up.
Children Jesus said that God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son down from heaven.  Everyone has the chance to believe in him and have eternal life.  God sent Jesus to show us how much he loved us.  Through Jesus the whole world can be saved.
Communion

Antiphon

When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself, says the Lord.  

 

MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK

 

Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
6.30pm

Patricia McMullan, John F Judge

9.30am

Kitty Clarke

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

 

9.30am

Anointing of the Sick

Confession at 6.00pm 11.30am

 

 

Could 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.

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.

PARISH FAMILY

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION – evening classes will begin in October. These classes are provided for children who are not being prepared in their school. First Confession and First Holy Communion children should be in Primary 4 at least. Confirmation students should be in Primary 7 at least. Enrolment enquiries to Noeleen 078 7949 8131

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.

BOOKING OF PAROCHIAL HALL  – Pat is available from Monday to Friday for bookings.  Parishioners wishing to book the Parochial Hall need to speak to Pat on 9067 1036 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on these evenings.

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD  – volunteers are needed for this most important ministry.  Training, mentoring and support will be available.  For more information please contact John Barry on 9065 4395.

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 colmcilleprayer@yahoo.co.uk.  All requests are treated with the strictest confidence and you can make your request anonymously if you wish.

A 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.

DECEASED –   We pray for the repose of the souls of Maureen Forrester and Feargal O’Mahoney, who died during the past week.  We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year.

Patricia McMullan,  John F Judge,  Jackie Allen,  Gerard McGonnell,  Paddy McCullagh,  Arden Rosaupan, John Donnelly and Kitty Clarke.

MONEY MATTERS                        

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

The Autumn Voluntary Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.

THIS WEEK

SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER GROUP – our group resumes this Tuesday evening at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. Reflections will focus on the readings for the 25th and 26th Sundays in Ordinary time, Year A. New members are welcome to join us.

WEDNESDAY CLUB  –  we are back!  Would you enjoy good company, good friends, good craic?  Come to the Parochial Hall on Wednesday afternoons between 2.00pm and 4.00pm..

FAITH AND LIFE CONVENTION – which has arisen out of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan will take place on Saturday 20th September in Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock under the title: “Living the faith to make a difference”.  The keynote speaker for the day will be John Allen Jr (Religion Correspondent of the Boston Globe).  There will be an opportunity for a panel discussion and an essential element of the day will be the afternoon workshops which will explore the place of faith in many different areas of our lives.  Attendance at the day is by registration only.  Registration forms are available on www.downandconnor.org or by contacting the Living Church Office on 9069 0920.  Cost: £20 per person (incl. Lunch & Refreshments).

DIOCESAN CONVENTION  – a number of places have been secured at the Convention for young adults in mid teens to early twenties at a reduced cost of £10, which covers lunch, for a special young adult workshop. The Convention takes place on Saturday 20th September at Our Lady and St Patrick’s school. Our young adults are encouraged to attend. A letter of invitation and application forms can be found in the Church Porch. Please return to Noeleen  on 078 7949 8131.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY – has resumed at the 9.30am Sunday Mass. Registration for children takes place next Sunday after Mass in the Hall, with refreshments. All children who participate in this Liturgy need to be registered annually. All children attending the Liturgy, in the Hall, must wear their name badges. This children’s ministry enables them to take part in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist by simplifying the Liturgy of the Word to their needs. Leaders help them to grasp the Gospel message by engaging them in role play, games, discussion and song. Children should be at least 3 years old. Additional volunteer helpers would be much appreciated.

COMING EVENTS

CAMEL RACING & DISCO  –  will take place on Friday 3rd October in the Parochial Hall, doors open at 7.30pm.  First Race at 8.00pm sharp!  It’s very similar to the Night at the Races but if you chose it can be more hands on!  Bring your own refreshments and music will be on till 12.30am.  Its guaranteed to be a great night out.  Tickets are only £5 per person and will be available to purchase from Roisin McMullan 078 5414 0019 or Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463 or any member of the Social & Fundraising Committee. We look forward to seeing you there.

OTHER NOTICES

ADOPTERS NEEDED NOW  –  Family Care Adoption Services is presently seeking families who would be interested in adopting children aged between 2–6 years and who need the love and attention of a caring and understanding family. Could this be you?  If you would like to find out more please contact Family Care Adoption Services on: 9069 1133    or 7136 8592; email@familycaresociety.org.  Website:www.familycaresociety.co.uk

NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE –  To Our Lady’s shrine at Knock takes place this Sunday.  Blessing of the sick 2.30pm. Mass 3.00pm.  Chief  Celebrant is Archbishop Charles Brown Papal Nuncio. Everyone welcome.  Children are invited to compose a prayer for their Grandparents and send it to CGA office Castlebar St Westport Co Mayo. All prayers will be displayed in the Basilica and blessed during the Mass.  For further information, coach and train travel email info@catholicgrandparentsassociation.com

A SERVICE OF HOPE, HEALING AND LOVE  –  in the week of World Suicide Prevention Day. Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Newcastle, County Down. This Sunday at 3.00pm. This Service is for everyone, those concerned about suicide, those who may be in crisis and those who have been bereaved or affected by suicide. People of all faiths or none are welcome. Please join us in the Parish Centre afterwards for light refreshments.  If anyone wishes to speak confidentially to someone who is experienced in supporting others, this will also be available.

BELFAST ANNUAL PIONEER MASS  –  will take place at 7.30 pm this Tuesday in Holy Family Church, Newington Avenue, Belfast.  If anyone wishes to be presented with gold, silver or other Pioneer emblems please contact Pat on 9262 9959, Josephine on .9061 7116 or the Diocesan Pioneer Office on 9089 4070 for details.

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEACE  –  next Sunday.   To mark this important date, a choir is being set up to sing at an event on that day.  This choir is open to everyone from all walks of life all over the City.   There will be 2 rehearsals to prepare the pieces: Sunday 7th & 14th September, both beginning at 2.00pm and held in the hall at the rear of St George’s Parish Church, High Street, Belfast.   Everyone is warmly welcome! For further information please email:belfastcrosscommunitychoir@outlook.com.  Come together to sing for peace!

  1. DOMINIS’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – GL Assesslment closes at 2.00pm on Friday 26th September.  Forms available from St Dominic’s.
  2. MALACHY’S COLLEGE – closing date for GL registration forms in St.Malachy’s College is Friday 26th September at 2.00pm.  If anyone needs any information about their sons form please contact Mrs ES Moorehead on 028 90748285

IRISH TOUR TICKETS  –  10 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.  Phone – 9031 0101 are bringing a group to walk the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago from 27th September to 4th October. Spanish guide and Belfast based tour manager (who walked the 500 mile trek in 2012) accompanying the group.  7 nights half board accommodation, daily bag transfers, airport transfers in Spain, route notes, pilgrims passport – £597 pps – www.irishtourtickets.com/item/book-your-camino-here.