VOL. 23 NO. 12 15TH FEBRUARY 2015
Father Ciaran Feeney Adm. 191 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3JB.
St. Joseph’s Primary School – www.stjosephsps.co.uk Phone – 9065 0039
St Colmcilles Pre school – www.stcolmcilles-preschool.co.uk. Phone – 9047 2724
SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – (Page 713, 452 & 499)
6th Week in Ordinary Time
Readings : Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Cycle 1, Psalter Week 2/4
|Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.|
|1st Reading||(Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46) The leper must live apart, he must live outside the camp.|
|Psalm||You are my refuge, O Lord; you fill me with the joy of salvation.|
|2nd Reading||(1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1) Take me for your model, as I take Christ.|
|Acclamation||Alleluia, alleluia! May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us. Alleluia!|
|Gospel||(Mark 1:40-45) The leprosy left him at once and he was cured.|
|Children||A man with a skin disease asked Jesus to make him well. Jesus felt sorry for the leper and healed him. Jesus asked the man not to tell anyone, but to go to the priest and show that he was cured. The man told everybody! Lots of people came from all around to find Jesus so that he could heal them.|
|They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.|
MASS TIMES FOR COMING WEEK
Anointing of the Sick
|Confessions at 6.00pm||11.30am
Gary Morris & Gerry Keane
LENT COMMENCES THIS WEDNESDAY
WITH ASH WEDNESDAY
Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
THE PARISH PROGRAMME FOR LENT
IS ON THE ENCLOSED FLYER
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 and Monday 23rd February.
Important information for all parishioners who wish to volunteer to work with children and young people: The next vicariate children and young people Safeguarding Information Session is on Monday 23rd February at Drumbo and Carryduff Parish Hall from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For anyone who is unable to attend there will be two more sessions in the vicariate before June. More details on dates for these additional sessions will follow. We urge all leaders of groups to encourage their volunteers to attend one training session. If you are planning to attend the session on 23rd February please let Karen Diamond 077 1110 9268 or Noeleen Dunn 078 7949 8131 know by this Sunday.
Proclamation of the Word – volunteers are urgently required for this important Ministry. To meet this need a series of four training sessions begins on Monday 23rd February at 7.30pm in the Church. If you are interested in contributing to this fulfilling aspect of Parish life please contact John Barry on 9065 4395 / 078 4072 8477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES – application forms are now available from the Parish Office. Fare, inclusive of all charges, return flight from Belfast to Lourdes and full board in hotels in Lourdes, is: 5 nights (July 11-16th) – £570 in hotel or £450 in hospital; 7 nights (10-17th) – £625; Youth Team (Age 16-25) – 8th-17th £520, closing date for youth applications is 27th March. For more information see the poster in Church Porch or contact the Pilgrimage Office on 9064 6040 or email email@example.com
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.
WEEKLY CATHOLIC PAPERS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE – the following are available on a weekly basis in the porch of the Church: Ireland’s Own, Universe, Catholic Times, Irish Catholic and Catholic Herald. Please put money in box at any of the Candelabras.
RECENTLY BAPTISED CHILDREN – if your child was baptised last year in the parish and you wish to keep your child’s card from the Baptism Tree it will be available in the Sacristy after all Masses this weekend.
Many thanks to all who contributed so generously to the collections.
The collection for Sick and Retired Priests will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. This collection is required for the ongoing needs in respect of the Sick & Retired Priests of the Diocese. Despite the availability of the funds raised through the ‘Planning for the Future’ Campaign, the ‘Priests’ Provident Fund’ continues to require ongoing funding if it is to carry on meeting the needs of Sick & Retired Priests into the future.
We pray for the repose of the souls of Michael McHugh who died last Saturday and Winnie Fitzgerald who died last Sunday. We also remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time of year especially;
Ouesph Joseph, Gary Morris, Gerry Keane, Maureen McGonnell,
Bridget Allen and Eva Haan.
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.
If you missed the launch last weekend, there is still time for you to participate in this year’s Parish Draw. Please show your support to the Parish by purchasing a ticket or two by contacting Roisin McMullan on 078 5414 0019, Mary Walsh on 078 1549 3463, or Philomena in the Parish Office.
Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Have you felt called to serve Christ in the Church as a priest? If so, take this opportunity to gather with other men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood.
VOCATIONS EVENING – in the Parish of Saintfield on Thursday 30th April 2015. For more information on vocations please contact Father Kevin McGuckien on 9061 4567 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripture and Prayer Group – Our normal meeting for this Tuesday evening has been cancelled.
Apostolic Work Lenten Lunch – in the Parochial Hall after both Masses next Sunday. If anyone cannot be there but would like to make a contribution please give it to any member of Apostolic Work at any time. Volunteers on the day will be very welcome.
SLOW DOWN SATURDAY – enjoy a cup of tea and a bit of calm, time to think and pray, time for you and God, guided gently by Breige O’Hare, on Saturday 28th February from 11.00am to 12.45pm, in The Old School, beside St Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street (room opposite Veritas bookshop). Donation £1. Booking essential. To book, ring Breige at well.com on 9031 9530 or contact her through her website www.athomewithgod.co.uk
THE POPE FRANCIS EFFECT – a series of talks being held in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar during the Tuesday’s in Lent. Tuesday 24th February – Signs of hope in the Church today? By Father Brian D’Arcy. Brian McKee will give the following talks: Tuesday 3rd March – A Voice in the Wilderness? Tuesday 10th March – Pope Francis – Where does he fit into the papacy? Tuesday 24th March – Building a Church of the People. Each evening begins at 7.30pm. Come along for one evening or for the full series of talks. Voluntary donation. Everyone welcome!
ST MARK’S CHURCH – are running an early evening programme on a Wednesday evening from 25th February to 25th March. The timing for each evening is: 6.00pm – Lenten Office in the Church; 6.30pm – Supper in the Church Hall; 7.00pm – after Supper Speaker. People are welcome to come for the entire evening, or even just for supper and/or the speaker. There is no cost for each evening, although there will be an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of supper each week on an entirely voluntary basis. Please phone St Mark’s Parish Office on 9065 9047 if you are planning to come for supper, just to give us a sense of numbers for catering!
NORTHERN IRELAND HOSPICE SHOP IN BALLYHACKMORE – are very dependent on the local community to fund their services. The shop is looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please contact the shop manager on 9065 1706.
STRESS CONTROL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME – Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are offering a choice of a free six week stress control programme. Choice 1, in the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road on a Monday evening commencing on Monday 23rd February. Choice 2 – Falls Road Library on a Thursday evening commecning on Thursday 26th February. Each evening runs from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. There is no need to book. Just turn up on the night. For more information please contact Audrey at 9504 2689 for more information.
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 email: email@example.com. Website: www.familycaresociety.co.uk