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February 2012


Dear Parishioner,

ZAMBIA 2012 I am very pleased that a team from St. Columba’s will be travelling to Zambia for two weeks from Friday, 27th July. This represents an exciting new development for our parish and provides a wonderful opportunity for us to strengthen our commitment to supporting mission work overseas. The interviews for the Zambia trip were conducted by CMS (The Church Mission Society) during November and it is very encouraging that ten people were selected. The team will be led by the Curate and will consist of the following parishioners: Jayne Martin (Co-Leader), Yvonne Robb, Olivia Budd, Helen Cairnduff, Ross Cairnduff, Laura Gillespie, Mark Gillespie, Alan Boyd, Aaron Wilson. While each member of the team will be making a significant personal contribution towards their travel costs which will be in the region of £1,600 per person, it would be a source of great encouragement if the parish could provide some financial assistance. I have invited each Parish Organisation to organise a fundraising event of their choice during this academic year to raise money to assist with their travel costs. Details of all these fundraising initiatives will appear in both the Pew News and in The Columban and I appeal for your support. All the money raised will be divided equally between those in the team and will be presented to them at the All Age Worship Service on Sunday, 6th May. In addition, the Select Vestry will be giving a substantial financial gift from the money collected through the Mission and Charity envelopes for the Zambia Diocesan Schools Project. This is the project which our Zambian team have been requested to support during their visit. Money collected through these envelopes can only be used to support mission and charity projects. They will also be given this money on Sunday, 6th May. LENTEN LUNCH - SUNDAY, 26th FEBRUARY The Lenten Lunch on Sunday, 26th February, will provide a good opportunity for us to share fellowship together while having our delicious homemade soup and apple tart. We will be maintaining our new popular custom of enjoying a music recital before the start of our morning service on the occasion of a Parish Lunch being served. Please note these changes for that day in your diary: 10.30am 11.00am

Recital by the Music Group in church Holy Communion followed by the Lenten Lunch

I am very grateful to Roberta Rogers and her team of willing helpers for their hard work with all the various preparations. Those attending will be invited to give a voluntary donation for the Zambia team travel costs. I hope that you and your family will be able to join us. Yours in His service,

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SUMMER DINNER and AUCTION of TALENTS On Friday, 8th June 2012, in the Stormont Hotel There has been an encouraging response to date. Thank you to all who have already donated a wide variety of talents which include: Delivering Christmas cards, Flute duet for a wedding, Gardening, DIY, Airport Transfers, Dressmaking and Needlework, Bridge/ Yoga/ Tennis/ Speech training lessons, Afternoon tea in a garden house, IT assistance and support, Sailing and fishing outings, Oil paintings and portraits.

If you are still wondering what your talent is and how to donate it, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jill Gillespie 028 9076 9508 Ronny Martin 028 9065 4301 


The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (White)


Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry

Sunday 5th 8.15am 10.30am 7.00pm

The Third Sunday before Lent (Green) Holy Communion Reader Trevor Buchanan 1Corinthians 9:16-23 Gospel Gospel Mark 1: 29-39 All Age Worship and Holy Baptism followed by refreshments Reader Grace Owens Mark 1: 29-39 Choral Evensong Reader Karen McAlpine Judges 5 Reader Karen McAlpine James 5

Thursday 9th (Green) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sunday 12th The Second Sunday before Lent (Green) 8.15am 10.30am

Holy Communion Reader Gospel Holy Communion Reader Gospel Intercessions


Compline Reader

Leonard Pugh Colossians1:15-20 Clergy John 1: 1-14 Roberta Rogers Colossians 1: 15-20 Clergy John 1: 1-14 Clergy Jennifer Pyper Mark 2: 13-22

Thursday 16th (Green) 10.30am Sunday 19th 8.15am 9.30am 10.30am 7.00pm

Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry The Sunday before Lent (White) Holy Communion Reader Paddy Malone 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6 Gospel Clergy Mark 9: 2-9 Family Communion Gospel Karen McAlpine Mark 9: 2-9 Morning Prayer Reader Ross Thompson 2 Kings 2: 1-12 Reader Jean Fulton Mark 9: 2-9 Occasional Clergy Prayers Holy Communion (Traditional Form) Reader Patricia Wilson 2 Peter 1: 16-21 Gospel Karen McAlpine Mark 9: 9-13 

Wednesday 22nd Ash Wednesday (Purple) 10.30am Service for Ash Wednesday with Holy Communion 7.30pm Service for Ash Wednesday with Holy Communion Thursday 23rd (Purple) 10.30am Holy Communion followed by refreshments in the Choir Vestry Sunday 26th 8.15am 10.30am 11.00am 7.00pm

The First Sunday in Lent (Purple) Holy Communion Reader Lindsay Hodges 1 Peter 3: 18-22 Gospel Clergy Mark 1: 9-15 Music Recital in the church Holy Communion followed by Lenten Lunch in the Hall Reader Helen Donaghy 1 Peter 3: 18-22 Gospel Karen McAlpine Mark 1: 9-15 Intercessions Gina Greeves Preacher The Revd Marie Walshe Evening Prayer Reader Robin Haldane Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7 Reader Robin Haldane Romans 5: 12-19 Occasional Karen McAlpine Prayers

Readers and Intercessors: If you cannot read or lead the prayers on the appointed day, please arrange a swap with someone else on the rota and let the Churchwardens know. We are always delighted to add new names to the Rota of Readers and Intercessors. If you would wish to serve your church in this way, please contact Muriel Arndell (028 90655500). The readings are from Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary and are printed on our parish website:

PARISH PRAYER God, our Heavenly Father, make the door of our Church wide enough to welcome all who need human love, fellowship and a Father’s care; but narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and hatred. Here may the tempted find help, the sorrowing receive comfort and the penitent be assured of your mercy; and here may all your children renew their strength and go on their way in hope and joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Thomas Ken 1637-1711 

FEBRUARY SIDESPERSONS’ ROTA Sunday 5th. ..........................................Roberta and John McKeown Sunday 12th.........................................Yvonne and Eddie Cadden Sunday 19th.........................................Maureen Irwin and Helen Proctor Sunday 26th.........................................Alison and Brian Acheson

SUNDAY SCHOOL NOTES Sunday 5th February

10.30am All Age Worship

Sunday 12th February

10.30am Sunday School

Sunday 19th February

9.30am Family Communion

Sunday 26th February

10.30am Sunday School

On Christmas Day the young people sang Away in a Manger beautifully and also presented their gifts for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice which the Rector and his family delivered just after Christmas. A new year has begun but not all the girls and boys have returned to us yet after Christmas. It is hoped we return to the excellent numbers we had in the first part of the year as we begin our new books. We will be commencing our fundraising for Zambia soon so we hope for the support of all the young people in our efforts! Beth Cairnduff

THE GENERAL REGISTER OF VESTRY MEMBERS The annual revision of The General Register of Vestry Members will take place at a meeting of the Select Vestry to be held on Tuesday, 28th February, at 7.30pm. If your name is not already on the Register and you wish it to be included, you must: · · ·

Be over 18 years of age Subscribe to church funds Sign a declaration form which is available from the Churchwardens before Sunday, February 26th

I encourage you to become a registered vestry member which will enable you to vote at the Annual Easter General Vestry Meeting. The Rector 

CLERGY PARISH VISITING It is always a great privilege for the Clergy to visit parishioners in their homes. If you would like to request a Clergy Visit please telephone the Rector (028 90471514) or the Curate (028 90653370). In addition to requested Parish Visiting, the Clergy will be visiting parishioners in the following districts during February:

Rector: Castleview Cottage Gardens Castleview Terrace Deravolgie Avenue Kensington Gardens South Kingsway Avenue

Curate: King’s Crescent King’s Drive King’s Brae Kinedar Crescent Kingsway Close

ALL AGE WORSHIP TEA AND COFFEE I know some of you, like myself, have bought the lovely 2012 calendar that parishioner, Eileen Gibson, produced to raise funds for the Church Building Fund and a charity called Elisabeth Svendsen Trust (EST). The EST is a UK-based charity dedicated to providing riding therapy with donkeys to children with special needs and disabilities, and they opened their first centre in Templepatrick last year. Donkeys are very calm and gentle animals and benefit these children in so many ways, from riding and driving to touching, cuddling and talking to them. Donkeys will accept any kind of attention and seem to understand the needs of the children which makes them ideally suited to this work. The Trust takes the donkeys to children in hospitals and schools if they are unable to travel, and also to homes for the elderly. So I hope you will join me for tea or coffee on Sunday, 5th February, after the All Age Worship Service when you will have the opportunity to raise funds for this very worthwhile charity. We have had goats to church before, so you never know, we may also have donkeys one day! Roberta St Columba’s Parish Church

Lenten Lunch Sunday 26th February 10.30am: Informal Recital by Members of the Music Group 11.00am: Morning Worship followed by Lenten Lunch in the Church Hall Preacher: the Revd Marie Walshe Voluntary Contributions towards the Zambia Team Travel Fund 

KNOCK KNOCK, IT’S THE CURATE! I am constantly struck by the diversity of Ministry here in St. Columba’s, walking with people through the ups and downs of life, the twists and turns. In a recent sermon I spoke about the illustration of a rollercoaster, linking it to the mix of emotions which all of us experience, the highs and the lows, sometimes feeling that all is well, sometimes feeling that we are out of control, sometimes enjoying the thrill of the experience, sometimes feeling scared. In all this mix of emotions it is good to remember that we are here together through thick and thin, walking with each other, doing what we can to support each other, reminding each other that God is with us. This month the magazine is packed to capacity with lots of different activities, lots of different things for all ages to choose from. My hope and prayer - why not commit or re-commit yourself to becoming involved in parish life? I was engaged recently in a conversation with a parishioner who commented to me that, “It is great to be in a parish which is alive and thriving”. She went on to say, “It is wonderful that we are so active for all age groups”. I think it is so important that we are able to say that, to talk about what we are doing in St. Columba’s, that we are indeed active. For all those who are not already involved … read through the magazine and take your pick … we do promise you a warm welcome to any of our activities! Every Blessing, Robert

ZAMBIA 2012 We are very pleased to announce that the Zambia 2012 team has been interviewed and selected. We have 10 members heading out to represent the parish during this forthcoming summer. The Rector has included the team names in his Letter on page two. We have had one full team meeting and our next meeting will be a weekend residential to be held at the Church Of Ireland Theological Institute from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February, when we will be doing some in-depth training and preparation. Over the next few months we hope that all will get to learn more about Zambia and about what we as a parish can do, both practically and prayerfully. Details of various forthcoming fundraising ventures can be found elsewhere in the magazine. Robert 

Hello Ladies Just a few dates for your diaries. Richard Lunn, from Sterling Jewellery, is coming to speak to us on Tuesday, 7th February. He will have a very interesting line up of jewellery and the most exciting point is that his sale will be on during this time too, so there will be plenty of sale items! Proceeds will be going to Mothers’ Union. St Dorothea’s Mothers’ Union have invited everyone to an evening with Aidan Campbell, the author of several local history books. This will be held on Wednesday, 8th February, at 8pm in the Minor Hall. Admission is £5 to include a light supper and proceeds will be in aid of Mothers’ Union Overseas. Anyone interested please let Irene Gray know on 90653438.


THE AFTERNOON GROUP Last month we had our exercise With Marietta to advise. So far no difference to my size! Now I’m resolved - I will practise. At our next meeting, Roberta’s on hand To tell of her travels by sea and by land. Please remember to bring a bottle with you, We shall try to fund-raise a penny or two. Nan Armstrong

PARISH WINE TASTING EVENING The ‘Taste of Christmas’ Wine Tasting Evening held in the Church Hall on Friday, 18th November, last year proved to be a great success and raised the magnificent sum of £990 in aid of the Church Building Fund. Thanks are due to Katrina and Victor Dukelow, along with members of the Fund Raising Committee, for all their hard work in organising such an enjoyable, instructive and entertaining parish evening. 

RECORDING OF SERVICES The recordings of our 10:30am Morning Services are now ready to be rolled out throughout the parish. If, for health reasons, you cannot attend church, please do contact the Clergy. In recent months we have been trialling the recordings of our Morning Services and the system now seems to be working well. If you have a computer linked to the internet, the Services can be listened to directly. If you don’t have a computer, we can set you up with a simple player and a parishioner will deliver the Services to your door on a regular basis. Robert

Dear Ladies,


On Wednesday, 18th January, we are holding our film night in the Choir Vestry. This promises to be a fun night with popcorn during the film and supper afterwards. Moving on to Wednesday ,15th February, our Curate, Robert, is coming to entertain us. His talk is entitled ‘An Interactive Journey in the Steps of Jesus’ which is his personal adventure in the Holy Land and will be illustrated with photographs and video clips. We are looking forward to that very much and hope for a huge attendance! Lilias Smith (Hon. Sec.)


There was a good turnout of members for the first Club night of the New Year. The milder weather conditions this year are in our favour in terms of good attendance. We got off to a flying start with two matches on consecutive evenings - the first on Monday, 16th January, against St Colmcille’s, followed on Tuesday 17th against Knock Methodist Church. Results will be posted in the March magazine. As always, our thoughts are with those members who are housebound or unwell. Thanks are due to those members who responded to the ‘nearly new’ clothing appeal on behalf of The Mission to Seafarers. There has been a great demand for clothing at the Centre in recent weeks and donations are always welcome. Geoff Launchbury

LADIES BOWLING Ladies bowls started again last month after the Christmas break. The period from now until Easter always seems to go so quickly. We are looking forward to visits from Knock Presbyterian this month and St. Dorothea’s in March. Phyllis Newton 10


Saint Brigid’s

Here in St Columba’s we celebrate in the name of our parish church our Patron Saint whose commemoration falls each year on 9th June. As the daylight hours lengthen towards spring, we commemorate Cross St. Patrick on 17th March. But in this early part of the year, with the cold dark days of winter still very much with us, we also celebrate St Brigid on 1st February. Records about the life of Brigid, born around 450AD, are scanty and much of what exists was either handed down by word-of-mouth or later written by monastic scribes, centuries after her death. From these, a picture emerges of a remarkable and charismatic woman who, as Abbess, led the early Christian monastic community in Kildare. Brigid is also a saint who, by virtue of folklore, has had her spiritual role extended through story-telling into the realm of legend. One such tale about Brigid relates of how, having been drenched in a rainstorm, she afterwards dried her cloak by hanging it on a sunbeam! Another story tells of her changing her bath water into beer in order to satisfy the thirst of unexpected visitors. St Brigid’s Day on 1st February is also significant as it marked in pre-Christian Ireland the beginning of spring after the passing of the darkest days of the winter. Brigid has also passed down to us the distinctive Irish cross which bears her name – these are made by tying rushes or straw with a square at the centre. The crosses may have had an association with earlier pagan symbols but, thanks to the saint, they developed a reputation in rural Ireland for a capacity to ward off evil from the home or kitchen. What is firmly accepted about Brigid is her association with the former monastic community at Kildare, around 35 miles south-west of Dublin on the main route to Cork. She is today commemorated there through St Brigid’s Cathedral – and, much more widely – by serving alongside Patrick and Columba as one of the three principal Saints of the Church. Her unique role lives on in the many parishes, schools and other institutions that bear her saintly name across Ireland and overseas. Ivan Maginnis

MUMS & TOTS I just wanted to remind you that Mums & Tots meet in the Church Hall every Friday morning from 09.45 - 11.45am. We have lots of toys to play with, treats and juice to enjoy at break-time, singing and lots and lots of fun. We would love to see you if you have babies and preschool children. You are all most welcome! Patrica

L-R , Patrica, Vicky, Anne, Lilias 11

THE PATHWAY OF LIFE The path begins with a crossroads There you can stop and think which direction to follow. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Once you have taken the first step forget the crossroads forever or you will always torture yourself with the useless question: “Did I take the right path?” The path doesn’t last for ever It is a blessing to travel the path for some time but one day it will come to an end so always be prepared to leave it at any moment. Don’t get too used to anything. Neither to the hours of euphoria, nor to the endless days when everything seems so difficult and progress so slow. Don’t forget that sooner or later an angel will appear and your journey will reach an end. Honour your path It was your choice, your decision and just as you respect the ground you step on, that ground will respect your feet. Always do what is best to conserve and keep your path and it will do the same for you. Be well equipped Carry a small rake, a spade, a penknife. Understand that penknives are no use for dry leaves and rakes are useless for herbs that are deep-rooted. Know which tool to use at each moment. The path goes forward and backward At times you have to go back because something was lost or else a message to be delivered was forgotten in your pocket. A well tended path enables you to go back without any great problems. Take care of the path before you take care of what is around you Don’t be distracted by the dry leaves at the edges or by the way that others are looking after their paths. Use your energy to tend and conserve the ground that accepts your steps. Be patient Sometimes the same tasks have to be repeated, like tearing up weeds or closing holes that appear after unexpected rain. Don’t let that annoy you – that is part of the journey. Paths cross People can tell what the weather is like. Listen to advice and then make your own decisions. You alone are responsible for the path that was entrusted to you. Nature follows its own rules In this way, you have to be prepared for sudden changes in autumn, slippery ice in winter, the temptations of flowers in spring, thirst and showers in the summer. Make the most of each of these seasons and don’t complain about their characteristics. Make your path a mirror of yourself By no means let yourself be influenced by the way that others care for their paths. You have your soul to listen to and the birds to tell what your soul is saying. Let your stories be beautiful and pleasant to everything around you. Above all, let the stories that your soul tells during the journey be echoed at each and every second of the path. Love your path And may the Lord guide you and help you every single day in 2012. 12

TUESDAY MORNING BADMINTON Our badminton has started again after what seemed like a long break. We had a good ‘turn out’ on Tuesday, 10th January, our first meeting after the Christmas holiday. The standard of badminton was what you would expect after all that festivity! We all get caught up with each other’s lives over cups of coffee. Eithne Hobson

ST. COLUMBA’S ART CLUB ZAMBIA SUPPORT To support this venture, Bob Killen (formerly Vice President of the Royal Ulster Academy) has most generously donated a framed oil painting entitled ‘The Lady Magenta is at the Front’, value £350, and this will be the prize in a Raffle organised by the Club. Tickets will be limited to 150, priced £3 each, and may be bought from any Art Club member. The draw will be made on Thursday, 1st March.

Billy McAlpine

LADIES CINEMA NIGHT The Fundraising Committee will be running a series of parish film nights starting with the showing of ‘JULIE & JULIA’ on Friday, 24th February, at 8.00pm in the Church Hall. Refreshments will be served (BYOB) and donations will be in aid of the Church Building Fund. Robert our Curate will be delighted to receive any suggestions for future films!

BENEDICT (c.480-c.550) Benedict was an abbot and author of the famous Rule that bears his name and, accordingly, he is also the Patriarch of Western Monasticism and Patron Saint of Europe. Surprisingly little is known about his life. Born at Nursia, Benedict studied at Rome which he then left before completing his studies to become a hermit at Subiaco. After a time disciples joined him, whom he organised into twelve deaneries of ten. Following an attempt on his life, Benedict moved on to Monte Cassino, near Naples, where he wrote the final version of his Rule. Benedict’s Rule is justly famous and respected. Not only did it incorporate much traditional monastic teaching from revered monks like Basil, but Benedict went on to modify this in a way characterised by prudence and moderation, within a framework of authority, obedience, stability and community life. Benedict’s great achievement was to produce a monastic way of life that was complete, orderly, and workable. The monks’ primary occupation was liturgical prayer, complemented by sacred reading and manual work of various kinds. Bendict’s own personality shines through his Rule - wise, discreet, flexible, learned in the law of God but also a spiritual father to his community. Benedict’s Rule was recognised as the fundamental monastic code of Western Europe in the early Middle Ages. Because of his Rule, monasteries became centres of learning, agriculture, hospitality and medicine. Thus Benedict came to influence the lives of millions of people. 13

WHICH MAN WON? Little Charlotte was at her first wedding and was enthralled by the entire ceremony. When it was over, she asked her mother, “Why did the lady change her mind?” Her mother replied, “What do you mean?” “Well, she went down the aisle with one man, but came back with another one.”

GREAT BIG PHOTO FESTIVAL Over the weekend of Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April, we shall be organising what we believe to be the very first “Great Big Photo Festival” on the theme of “What a wonderful world”. At the moment I cannot disclose much information but this is something in which everyone can take part. If you are a professional, interested amateur or simply a point and click type of person, all can be involved. This article is simply to give you warning and to encourage you to dust off the camera and start taking photos. The theme is all encompassing and can be interpreted whatever way you would like … “What a wonderful world”. More information will be included in the March edition of the magazine and in the Pew News. Robert


WANTED!!! Two fridges in good working order to replace the two non-functioning fridges in the Church Hall kitchen. Please contact one of the Glebewardens if you have a suitable appliance. Many thanks, Jim Stevenson 14

BROWNIE NOTES On Friday, 16th December, just before the Christmas party, we enrolled two more Brownies bringing the total to 14. The party took the form of a fashion show with the Brownies choosing their own outfits and parading down the catwalk set up in the middle of the Church Hall. This was an amazing event with a great range of fashion on display, and showcased talent which could certainly be used the next time Sharon Elkin runs a fashion show! Thanks to sponsorship from the Department of the Environment, every Brownie in Northern Ireland is being given the chance to gain her Road Safety Badge. This began last week and the activities range from learning the Green Cross Code, designing clothing for wearing at night or during bad weather and knowing what to do when approached by strangers. Another girl has joined us since Xmas but we still have plenty of room for more! However, we desperately need another adult leader with this increase in numbers. If anyone who is 18+ and interested, please come along any Friday at 6.30pm. You will be made most welcome! Beth Cairnduff

BIBLE STUDY - E100 We are continuing to study the New Testament throughout February. If you would like to find out more about this great group of people who come together for an BIBLE READING CHALLENGE informal and thought provoking evening, please do get in touch with the any member of the Bible Study, the Rector, Trevor Buchanan or myself. We also have an email Bible Study list – if you would like to receive daily Bible Study Notes via email, please do email me at or speak to me after any service. Robert 15

HOLE IN ONE There was a young Rector who was an avid golfer. One beautiful summer’s Sunday morning, he could not resist the temptation. He rang his assistant and told him he was too ill to attend church. Then he packed up the car and drove three hours to a golf course where no one would recognize him. Happily, he began to play the course. But an angel up above was watching and went to God and said, “Look at that Rector. He should be punished for what he’s doing.” God nodded in agreement. The Rector teed up eagerly at the first hole. He swung and the ball sailed effortlessly through the air, landing right in the cup two hundred and fifty yards away. A perfect hole in one! The minister was amazed and overjoyed but the angel was a little shocked. He turned to God and said: “Begging your pardon, but I thought you were going to punish him.” And God smiled, “Think about it. Who can he tell?”

ZAMBIA FUNDRAISING EXTRA ‘Cash for Clobber’ If you are doing a spring clear out, we have managed to secure a way for you and friends to recycle and help Zambia. We have teamed up with a company who will give us 70p per kilo of unwanted clothes, sheets, duvets etc... that’s around £7 per big bin bag. Simply fill up the bin bags and bring them around to the church between 10.00 and 11.00am on Saturday, 26th February. If you need them to be collected, please contact the Curate before 10.00am on the 25th February and collection will be arranged. Fireside Quiz All team members have copies of a fireside quiz ... if you would like one please do contact me. Robert

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRF! 2012 marks Bible Reading Fellowship’s 90th anniversary. Something that began as one vicar’s solution to the needs of his own congregation has gone on to be used by God to touch the lives of literally millions of people over nine decades. It all started back in January 1922 in a single church – St Matthew’s, Brixton – where the Revd Leslie Mannering just wanted to help his congregation, in his words, ‘to get a move on spiritually’. His idea – a monthly leaflet of daily Bible readings, along with midweek group discussion and prayer – had a transforming effect on the congregation. Word spread and soon other churches were requesting copies and encouraging the same pattern of daily reading and prayer. Interest grew internationally; other series were developed, including notes for children and teenagers. During World War II one of BRF’s series actually saw a net increase of 80,000 readers! From the very beginning, daily Bible reading notes have been the backbone of BRF’s ministry. Today BRF’s ministries include publishing Bible reading notes and books, Barnabas for Children, Foundations21, Messy Church and Faith in Homes. Nowadays, the internet is a core part of all that that BRF does. To find out more, visit: 16

TITANIC TALES In this centenary year marking the maiden voyage and sinking of the Titanic, the Editor would be most interested to hear from any parishioners who might have family stories, memories or artefacts associated with the once mighty ship, or to the tragic events of that fateful night of Sunday, 14th April 1912.

READ ALL ABOUT IT! THE BIG ISSUE STORY There can be few of us living in large towns who have not encountered a ‘Big Issue’ vendor. Not many people, however, realise that the magazine is part of an international movement. The British edition celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and papers with the same name (or similar) are published in many countries. It was founded in 1991 by John Bird and Gordon Roddick, and is one of the UK’s leading social enterprises. The big idea was that the magazine would offer homeless people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income, helping the vendors to re-integrate into mainstream society. It has become the world’s most widely circulated street newspaper. In London, the venture has links with St Martin-in-the-Fields’ social care activity. Recently, St Martin-in-the Bullring, Birmingham, hosted a photographic exhibition called Hard Times which showed aspects of the lives of Big Issue vendors. The paper is produced by professional journalists. Vendors buy copies for £1.00 each and sell them for £2.00, keeping the proceeds (the ‘split’ is the same in other currencies). All vendors receive training, sign a code of conduct and can be identified by badges which include their photograph. Similar magazines appear in Australia, Ireland and about 40 other countries around the world (there is an International Network of Street Papers). The Big Issue Foundation believes in offering ‘a hand up, not a hand-out’, but also recognises that earning an income is the first step on the journey away from homelessness. The charity works exclusively with vendors, offering support, advice and referrals. Britain’s Big Issue sells an average of 125,000 copies a week and has a high proportion of young readers, aged 15 to 24. To become a vendor, a person must be homeless, vulnerably housed or marginalised in some way. Many street papers are in developing nations. They provide an independent outlet for news and information, alternative perspectives and unheard voices. Together, the Big Issue publications provide a longterm tool for social change that connects people across harmful social barriers, and campaigns for the needs and rights of people living in poverty. 17

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE ELIZABETH - CHILD OF DESTINY In 1926, a baby girl was born to the younger son of King George V. She was named Elizabeth and was joined a few years later by a sister, Margaret Rose. Growing up in royal circles they were educated privately at home, according to the custom of the time. Elizabeth knew from an early age that her father was a royal prince but it would probably never have occurred to her that he might one day be King nor, even more improbably, that she herself would be Queen. After all, the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne was the very popular and personable Edward. Her father was altogether of a more retiring nature and, as the whole world now knows, was handicapped by a serious stutter. When Elizabeth was ten an event occurred which shook the nation and was destined to change the whole course of her life. Edward, Prince of Wales, had become king on the death of his father in 1936. However, before his coronation he made it known that he wished to marry an American woman, Wallis Simpson, who was divorced. That would probably not seem an insurmountable problem today - after all, the current heir to the throne is married to a divorced woman - but in 1936 it provoked a constitutional crisis. The Archbishop of Canterbury was opposed to the marriage. The Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, and his cabinet came to the conclusion that despite Edward’s popularity it was unlikely that the people would ever accept Mrs Simpson as his Consort, let alone their Queen. The newspapers had a field day, the nation was in uproar and a new version of a much loved carol was added to children’s playground repertoire: ‘Hark the Herald angels sing, Mrs Simpson’s pinched our King. Peace on earth before she came, Wish our King was back again.’ Of course, she hadn’t ‘pinched’ him. Far from it, everything he said indicated that, as he put it in his last broadcast speech to the nation, he could not achieve anything ‘without the support of the woman I love’. The final outcome was inevitable. Edward signed an Act of Abdication and, as he did so, his younger brother, George, automatically became King - and the young Elizabeth (though she may not at that moment have realised it) became heir to the throne. 18

A story was told at the time of the two sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret, being challenged in Windsor Great Park where they were playing by a security guard who didn’t recognise them. “Now then, you two, what are you doing here? Who are you?” Elizabeth, taking responsibility for her younger sister, replied, “Oh, we’re nobody. But our daddy is the King”. So he was - albeit reluctantly. He had an almost painful aversion to the public spotlight that now inevitably followed him, his strong and dedicated wife (another Elizabeth) and the two small girls. Storm clouds were gathering over Europe. Hitler was demanding more territory upon which to build his Arian dreamland. Already Jews were being rounded up and labelled in Germany and Austria. The new King and his family, together with the people he was pledged to serve, were about to face a monumental test of courage, character and resolve. Ed’s footnote: My cousin, the Revd David Jardine (from Sheffield), visited Northern Ireland briefly last summer. Amongst his many and varied accomplishments he holds the position of Poet Laureate to the Clan Jardine. He informed us that it was a fellow clansman, the Revd Anderson Jardine, then of St. Paul’s Church, Darlington, who, following the obligatory civil ceremony, actually married the Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Simpson in the Chateâu de Cande, near Tours, France, on June 3rd, 1937. Needless to say, it was totally against the explicit wishes of his Bishop, the doctrine of the Church of England and the Royal establishment in general, and Queen Mary later labelled him a ‘scallywag’. Shortly after the ceremony, the Revd Jardine resigned from his parish and he and his wife, Maud, embarked on a highly controversial lecture tour of the USA, doubtless dining out on his brief notoriety for years thereafter. He died in 1950 at the age of 72 at his daughter’s home in Bedford while on his way to take up a post as Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Africa.


AUCTION OF TALENTS Friday, 8th June 2012, at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

in The Grand Ballroom, Stormont Hotel Dress Code: Smart/Casual Tickets £30 pp (including Drinks Reception) Available from Sunday, 11th March 19

FINANCE MATTERS Dear Friends, The Banking fraternity have introduced new legislation with regards to the writing of cheques. They will only allocate a cheque which is written to the correctly named bank account. In our case, all cheques MUST be made to the following:ST. COLUMBA’S PARISH CHURCH This new regime applies to cheques given for:Freewill Offering Mission and Charity Allocations Building Fund Donations Bishops’ Appeal Thanking you in anticipation, Murray Hunter (Asst. Hon. Treasurer, FWO and Gift Aid Secretary)

SO WHAT’S YOUR JOB? A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She reduced altitude and spotted a man below. She descended a bit more and shouted: “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.” The man below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.” “You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist. “I am,” replied the man, “How did you know?” “Well,” answered the balloonist, “Everything you have told me is probably technically correct but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip by your talk.” The man below responded, “You must be in management.” “I am,” replied the balloonist, “But how did you know?” “Well,” said the man, “You don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to your present height due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is, you are in exactly the same position as you were before we met, but somehow now it’s all my fault!”

UNITED BELMONT AND DISTRICT COUNCIL OF CHURCHES ‘Faith, Hope and Charity…How do churches cope with the economic crisis?’ Thursday, 9th February at 7.30pm in St. Colmcille’s, Ballyhackamore Speakers: John Simpson (Economist), Mary Wade (St. Vincent de Paul Conference President), Quentin Coey (Churches Against Poverty), John Beattie (Tear Fund, currently working in Knocknagoney) 20

WOMEN,S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER (interdenominational)

Friday, 2nd March 2012 St. Colmcille’s, Ballyhackamore At 8.00pm Theme: Let Justice Prevail ALL WELCOME – MEN, WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE! Prepared by the Christian Women of Malaysia

PANCAKE FUN FOR SHROVE TUESDAY Shrove Tuesday means pancakes, whether you race with them or just enjoy eating them! Here’s a good fail-safe recipe for a delicious batter:Sift 100g of plain flour with a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre, break in an egg and beat with a wooden spoon. Gradually add 300ml of milk, beating and drawing in the flour from the sides of the bowl until the batter is smooth. Heat a little oil in a heavy-based saucepan and add just enough butter to cover the bottom, running the mixture around the sides. Cook the pancake for one to two minutes, using the spatula to make sure the batter doesn’t stick. Then turn the pancake over and cook for a couple of more minutes on the other side. Serve immediately, with sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Et voilà!

M U ACTIVITY GROUP Escape to the country

We ten went away in November For a week-end we would fondly remember. We drove there in the rain, But sunshine came again, It was lovely away in November.

Some people followed the culture trail, And all walked the Peace Bridge without fail. But we often met For a tete-a-tete, When we were away in November.

Some confusion occurred on arrival, But Maureen secured our survival. Accommodation so grand! For at least one of our band Was provided for us in November!

You may not believe this, but there were deer Waiting for Christmas, ’twas clear. A magnificent stag….. (Indeed I don’t brag) With his family near us in November. Nan Armstrong 21

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH 2011 Listed below are the totals of contributions given by parishioners in 2011 for Free Will Offering by means of FWO Envelopes, Standing Orders and / or Annual Cheques. Env No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 26 27 28 29 32 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 44 45 46 47 48 50 51 52 53 55

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

£23.00 £270.00 £255.00 £540.00 £495.00 £15.00 £18.00 £106.00 £245.00 £50.50 £585.00 £300.00 £144.00 £40.00 £150.00 £321.00 £265.00 £250.00 £407.00 £208.00 £250.00 £419.00 £100.00 £150.00 £456.00 £212.00 £270.00 £2,000.00 £540.00 £300.00 £120.00 £50.00 £180.00 £108.00 £20.00 £530.00 £270.00 £320.00 £1,740.00 £199.80 £5.00 £43.00 £377.00 £155.00 £240.00 £285.00

56 57 58 61 62 63 64 65 66 68 69 70 71 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 96 97 98 100 101 102 103 104 105 107 108 109 111

£1,450.00 £225.50 £700.00 £12.50 £116.00 £450.00 £130.00 £105.00 £83.00 £220.00 £135.00 £15.00 £70.00 £139.50 £200.00 £200.00 £306.00 £200.00 £130.00 £355.00 £260.00 £980.00 £910.00 £231.00 £515.00 £613.00 £72.00 £76.20 £107.60 £439.50 £30.00 £260.00 £600.00 £179.00 £97.00 £980.00 £420.00 £530.00 £240.00 £473.00 £30.00 £380.00 £371.00 £320.00 £22.00 £470.00

113 115 116 117 119 120 122 123 124 126 127 128 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 160 161 163 165 166 168 169

£350.00 £101.50 £39.00 £520.00 £520.00 £520.00 £720.00 £510.00 £88.00 £75.00 £260.00 £300.00 £220.00 £305.00 £530.00 £90.00 £427.00 £260.00 £216.00 £62.00 £110.00 £200.00 £270.00 £25.00 £520.00 £100.00 £405.00 £260.00 £90.50 £1,040.00 £270.00 £200.00 £1,560.00 £50.00 £8.00 £660.00 £120.00 £2.20 £250.00 £655.00 £43.00 £265.00 £985.00 £177.00 £400.00 £343.00

170 171 172 173 174 176 177 178 179 180 182 183 184 185 186 188 189 190 191 192 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 203 205 207 208 209 210 211 212 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 224 225 226

£29.00 £366.00 £520.00 £360.00 £35.00 £79.00 £250.00 £141.50 £160.00 £597.00 £277.00 £165.00 £80.00 £120.00 £100.00 £25.00 £55.00 £119.00 £360.00 £120.00 £1,060.00 £175.00 £290.00 £805.00 £208.00 £260.00 £560.00 £145.00 £1,104.83 £1,500.00 £100.00 £320.00 £108.00 £100.00 £485.00 £255.00 £2.00 £305.00 £500.00 £97.00 £568.00 £10.00 £490.00 £687.00 £740.00 £660.00


Env No. 227 228 229 230 231 233 239 240 241 243 244 245 246 248 249 251 252 253 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

Env No.

YTD Total

£255.00 £225.00 £150.00 £280.00 £785.00 £420.00 £14.00 £235.00 £480.00 £265.00 £145.00 £51.00 £160.00 £245.00 £250.00 £400.00 £474.25 £426.00 £260.00 £300.00 £300.00 £30.00 £660.00 £240.00 £55.00 £285.00 £223.90 £160.85 £66.00 £55.00 £120.00 £57.00 £20.00 £394.00 £88.00 £20.00

273 274 276 277 278 279 281 282 283 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 302 303 304 306 307 308 309 310 311 313 314

£21.00 £70.00 £210.00 £35.00 £332.35 £220.00 £580.00 £64.00 £724.00 £275.00 £60.00 £280.00 £328.00 £290.00 £530.00 £110.00 £100.00 £116.50 £70.00 £520.00 £250.00 £755.00 £520.00 £160.00 £240.00 £245.00 £780.00 £455.00 £20.00 £777.00 £279.76 £11.00 £120.00 £140.00 £199.00 £520.00

315 316 317 318 319 320 321 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 332 334 335 336 337 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355

£500.00 £170.00 £48.00 £280.00 £70.00 £115.00 £170.00 £1,020.00 £275.00 £120.00 £79.00 £50.00 £160.00 £24.00 £325.00 £960.00 £260.00 £330.00 £235.00 £540.00 £255.00 £448.00 £40.00 £345.00 £982.00 £440.00 £130.00 £240.00 £260.00 £35.00 £180.00 £321.00 £190.00 £130.00 £1,040.00 £890.00

358 360 361 362 363 364 902 903 905 906 908 909 910 915 916 924 932 934 936 938 940 949 951 955 956 957 958 959 961 962 N/A N/A N/A N/A

£91.70 £115.00 £49.00 £150.00 £30.00 £225.00 £300.00 £600.00 £120.00 £850.00 £1,080.00 £130.00 £720.00 £48.00 £120.00 £265.00 £270.00 £730.00 £1,200.00 £300.00 £300.00 £1,500.00 £250.00 £135.00 £140.00 £960.00 £1,080.00 £300.00 £540.00 £50.00 £50.00 £230.00 £30.00 £140.00

Total £103,294.94

The above FWO figures and the totals listed below do not include Income Tax claimed from the Inland Revenue through the Gift Aid Scheme. Other major contributions received during the year were: Mission and Charities £9,949 Building Fund £17,067 Loose Plate £2,646 On behalf of the Rector and Select Vestry may I take this opportunity to thank you for your most generous and regular support during another year of financial uncertainty. Murray Hunter (Asst. Hon. Treasurer, Freewill Offering Envelope and Gift Aid Secretary) 23

BIBLE WORDS Can you find all the answers to this Bible Quiz? All the words begin with the letter P. Answers at the bottom of this page.


1. Andrew’s brother, one of the disciples.

On 18th February 1678, one of the most famous Christian books was published for the first time. It was ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan. The book tells the story of a character called Christian who travels towards the heavenly city, encountering many difficulties and getting led astray, but finally succeeding.

2. Another name for a king of Egypt. 3. A tribe who fought Saul and David (2 Samuel). 4. The first place in Europe where Paul established a church (Acts 16). 5. The island where St. John had his revelations. 6. She travelled with St. Paul and was married to Aquila (Acts 18).

John Bunyan suffered many difficulties in his own life. He was put in prision twice because he refused to stop preaching God’s word. His strength of purpose and the story of a pilgrim’s journey through the troubles of life have been a source of strenght to many people in the years since the book was published.

7. The Italian port where Paul landed on his way to Rome (Acts 28). 8. The Roman Governor who set Barabbas free (Matthew 27).

! NEWSFLASH ! Two prisoners escaped from custody today. One is 7 feet tall, the other is 4 feet 3 inches. The Police are looking high and low for them.

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1. Peter 2. Pharaoh 3. Philistines 4. Philippi 5. Patmos 6. Priscilla 7. Puteoli 8. Pontius Pilate


MARCH MAGAZINE Please note, any articles or photographs for publication in the March parish magazine should be handed or e-mailed to the editor by 6.00pm at latest on Sunday, 12th February. Many thanks

FLOWER ROTA FOR NOVEMBER Sunday 5th. ................................................ Wendy Killen Sunday 12th ............................................... Rosemary Coffey Sunday 29th ............................................... Geraldine and Anella Gallen Sunday 26th............................................... Beth Cairnduff

FROM THE REGISTERS Our Joys Marraige Saturday 3rd December Andrew Norman Henry Coggins 49 Knockvale Park with Tracey Margaret Schofield 26 Belmont Avenue Friday 9th December David Kirkwood and Sarah-Jane Barbara Rose Holland 18 Sandown Drive Our Sorrows

Christian Burial Tuesday 10th January

Judy Howell Domnal Intermediate Care Home formerly of 57 Cedar Grove, Old Holywood Road

Wednesday 11th January

Lottie Elizabeth Taylor Mount Lens, formerly of 16 Richill Park

Saturday 14th January Gertrude Margaret Watson (Trudy) 2 Limewood Grove

HOSPITAL VISITING The Clergy would appreciate being informed if parishioners are in hospital, going into hospital, are being transferred or if they have been discharged, and will be pleased to offer them pastoral support. Do not assume they already know the information as situations have occurred recently when they have not been informed. Please telephone the Rector (028 90471514) or the Curate (028 90653370) to enable them to take careful note of the details. 25

PARISH ORGANISATIONS SOMETHING FOR YOU? SUNDAY 10.30am Sunday School (2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays) Bubbles (3-5 years) Louise Craig 90472512 Patricia Wilson 90401066 Splash (5-8 years) Joyce Stephenson 90583381 X-treme (8-11 years) Alan Boyd 07833 391945 The Grid (11 years +) Beth Cairnduff 90874047

7.45pm Ladies Guild (3rd Wednesday) Lilias Smith 90592039

8.00pm Beatitudes Choir David Beattie 90797125

7.30pm Senior Badminton Club Jill Spratt 07754 405511

MONDAY 2.00pm Ladies Bowling Phyllis Newton 90482113

7.45pm Choir Practice Gerald Hill 90422101

2.30p.m. Afternoon Group (2nd Monday) May Preston 90489884

FRIDAY 9.45am Mums & Tots Anne Clarke 90651412

7.30pm Men’s Club Geoff Launchbury 90281204

3.45-5pm Toddler Mini Soccer 3-5yrs Tim Wareing 07740 120788

TUESDAY 10.30am Ladies Badminton Eithne Hobson 90797793

6.30pm Doves Karen McAlpine


2.00pm Ladies Badminton Kyleen Clarke 90797155

6.30pm Brownies Beth Cairnduff


8.30pm H2O Mark Wilson


8.00pm Mothers’ Union (1st Tuesday) Sandra Lowe 90808755 8.00pm Activity Group (except 1st Tuesday) Maureen Irwin 90795155

WEDNESDAY 7.30pm Bible Study Group Trevor Buchanan 90657697

THURSDAY 9.30am Art Club Bob Killen


Young Families Group (Social events as arranged) The Rector 90471514

Please note, requests for the occasional use of Church premises must first be submitted to the Premises Convenor, Alan Rogers, on 90656183 26


RECTOR The Revd John R. Auchmuty St. Columba’s Rectory 29 King’s Road BT5 6JG Tel 028 90471514 Email

PEOPLE’S GLEBEWARDEN John Proctor 13 Richhill Park BT5 6HG Tel 028 90870526 Mob 07989 469773

CURATE The Revd Robert Ferris The Curatage 3 Sandown Park South BT5 6HE Tel 028 90653370 Email

SELECT VESTRY Rector, Curate, Churchwardens, Glebewardens, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Asst. Hon. Treasurer, Brian Acheson, Helen Donaghy, Victor Dukelow, Patrick Good, Jennifer Johnston, Elizabeth Leonard, Moranne Noad, Roberta Rogers, Linda Wilson

PARISH READER Karen McAlpine 10 Old Quay Court Holywood BT18 OHT Tel 028 90424390

HON. SECRETARY & PREMISES CONVENOR Alan Rogers 50 Cabin Hill Gardens BT5 7AQ Tel 028 90656183 Email

DIOCESAN LAY READER (EMERITUS) Bryn Harris 22 Dalton Glade Glen Road Comber BT23 5SZ Tel 028 91878816

HON. TREASURER Gillian Sadlier 70 Kensington Road BT5 6NG Tel 028 90403278

RECTOR’S CHURCHWARDEN Jill Gillespie 2 Cairnburn Crescent BT4 2HU Tel 028 90769508

ASST. HON. TREASURER/GIFT AID SECRETARY/FREE WILL OFFERING Murray Hunter 13 Knockdarragh Park BT4 2LE Tel 028 90761295

PEOPLE’S CHURCHWARDEN Ronny Martin 12 Cyprus Gardens BT5 6FB Tel 028 90654301

PAROCHIAL NOMINATORS Trevor Buchanan Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard Moranne Noad

RECTOR’S GLEBEWARDEN Jim Stevenson 44 Casaeldona Rise BT6 9RA Tel 028 90583381 Mob 07973 392448

DIOCESAN SYNOD MEMBERS Victor Dukelow Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard Moranne Noad Ross Thompson 27

ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER Gerald Hill 6 The Coaches Brown’s Brae, Croft Road Holywood BT18 OLE Tel 028 90422101

MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTOR CO-ORDINATOR John Holland Greengraves Cottage 8 Ballyrogan Park, Newtownards BT23 4SD Tel 028 91814036 PARISH WEBMASTER Ivan Roche 49 Richhill Park BT5 6HG Tel 028 95140141 Email

ASSISTANT ORGANIST Brian Clements 150 Sandown Road BT5 6GX Tel 028 90793641

C of I GAZETTE DISTRIBUTOR Ruth Pugh 147A King’s Road BT5 7EG Tel 028 90483459

READERS & INTERCESSORS CO-ORDINATOR Muriel Arndell 18 Kinedar Crescent BT4 3LY Tel 028 90655500

BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP NOTES Evan Preston 12 Carrowreagh Gardens Dundonald BT16 ITW Tel 028 90489884

SIDESPERSONS’ ROTA CO-ORDINATOR Rosemary Coffey 44 Thornyhill Road Killinchy BT23 6SJ Tel 028 97542198

CHURCH FLOWERS Paddy Nesbitt 30 Knockhill Park BT5 6HY Tel 028 90650716

CRÈCHE ROTA CO-ORDINATOR Suzanne Allen 9 Cabin Hill Gardens BT5 7AP Tel 028 90653511

ST. COLUMBA’S PARISH OFFICE Office Hours Wednesday & Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm Parish Secretary: Janet Johnston Tel 028 90656891

MAGAZINE EDITOR Ian Noad 36 Shandon Park BT5 6NX Tel 028 90793704 Email


SAFEGUARDING TRUST The Rector, Select Vestry and Parish Leaders are committed to upholding good practice in the parish’s ministry with children and young people. Should you have cause for concern or suspicion regarding child welfare in the parish, please contact a member of the Parish Panel below, or any of the statutory agencies.

The Rector Patrick Good Elizabeth Leonard 28

028 9047 1514 028 9065 6908 028 9065 3162

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The Columban - February 2012