Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Ceili was Record Breaking

The Columb's Ceili was held Saturday, March 4th at Embassy Suites in La Vista.  The Ceili hit an all-time high, breaking previous years' numbers with over 500 people in attendance.  Doug and Judy McWilliams served as the Ceili's Honorary Chairs. 

Those attending were able to enjoy a special performance from the St. Columbkille Crusingers Show Choir, bid on both silent and live auction items, enjoy a delicious dinner & cocktails, socialize with parish and community members and dance to live music provided by the band, The Labels.

The Ceili is the parish's largest fundraiser.  It takes many hands, long hours and generous donors to make it a success.  This year's event proved what a fantastic, energetic and supportive parish we have at St. Columbkille. 

If you were unable to attend Ceili, but would still like to donate, please visit our Helping Hands page to make a donation.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Daddy Daughter Dance

Dads and daughters were able to enjoy some quality time together creating memories at the 2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance on February 19th in the Social Level. 
The theme was
 "Love You to the Moon and Back". 
The evening consisted of silly "picture booth" photos, dancing, snacks, 
games and a time capsule.
Dads had many opportunities to teach some great dancing skills.


 All of the dads and daughters were able to take some fun photographs, 
be silly and enjoy an evening dedicated to them.

 Fr. Pat  and Fr. Dave were able to enjoy some of the fun with many of the attendees.


 It was a special night to honor our Dads and Daughters!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fish Fry Fridays

The Fish Fry began in 1990 and is held on all the Fridays during Lent from 5 to 8:00 pm, except Good Friday. The “all you care to eat” dinner is prepared weekly for approximately 1,200 people at a very reasonable cost. If you come after 7 pm the lines are very short and the food is still freshly made!

The annual income to the parish averages over $25,000. Funds from the Fish Fry are used to help support a variety of our parish needs. In the past, they have been used for the Social Level kitchen renovation and equipment, heating and cooling, landscaping, Religious Education needs, school supplies, office equipment and the St. Columbkille Educational Trust Fund.

Take Fridays off from cooking at home!
We serve the area’s BEST fried and baked fish along with all the trimmings for only $30 per family.

$8 Senior Citizens (over age 60)
$9 Adults (over 15 and under 60 years)
$8 Children (under 15 and over 5 years)
$3 Children (under age 5)
$30 per family  

Ash Wednesday

The parish community gathered throughout the day and evening to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.  The preschool, school and RE program took part in Ash Wednesday services. 
Fr. Pat shared a prayer with Sacred Heart Preschool students
prior to distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why do Catholics practice fasting and abstinence during Lent?

Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which Catholics pray, fast, contemplate, and engage in acts of spiritual self-discipline. Catholics do these things because Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Christ, is the greatest holy day of the Christian year (even above Christmas) and Catholics have recognized that it is appropriate to prepare for such a holy day by engaging in such disciplines.

The reason Lent lasts 40 days is that 40 is the traditional number of judgment and spiritual testing in the Bible.  Lent bears particular relationship to the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert before entering into his public ministry. Catholics imitate Christ by spending 40 days in spiritual discipline before the celebration of Christ's triumph over sin and death.

Fasting is a biblical discipline that can be defended from both the Old and the New Testament. Christ expected his disciples to fast and issued instructions for how they should do so. Catholics follow this pattern by holding a partial fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence from certain foods is also a biblical discipline.  The only kind of flesh Catholics eat on Friday is fish, which is a symbol of Christ.
Even the Ash Wednesday practice of having one's forehead signed with ashes has a biblical parallel. Putting ashes on one's head was a common biblical expression of mourning.  By having the sign of the cross made with ashes on their foreheads, Catholics mourn  Christ's suffering on the cross and their own sins, which made that suffering necessary.
The time of Lent, through fasting and abstaining, should be an important reminder of what it means to suffer.  This small suffering should not be met with misery, but with great joy as we better understand the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all of us.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lenten Ideas

Next week begins our Lenten journey.  Ash Wednesday, March 1st, marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season when we are called to deepen our spiritual lives through the practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The belief is that these practices will improve our spiritual well-being by stripping away all that is unnecessary, allowing us to become more mindful of how God is working in our lives.
Challenge yourself this year and go beyond the usual practice of “giving up” something.
Make a plan...Lent begins next week!
Here are just a few ideas you may want to try this Lenten season --
*Take something on — 40 days of reaching out to those you don't always get to see or visit, 40 acts of random kindness, 40 phone calls to the important people in your life.
*Get some friends together and attend our Friday fish fry (or pick one at a neighboring parish). The fried fish version is not the healthiest thing in the world (St. Columbkille offers both fried and baked), but a fun Catholic tradition to help you abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent while supporting the parish!
*Get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourself, plan a dinner, or bring food to an older person, single parent or someone dealing with some health issues.
*Go to a weekday Mass one day during the weeks of Lent.
*Gather items you may not be using any more and donate them to help others.

Fat Friday

Lent begins Wednesday, March 1st -- this Friday is the last "meat" Friday before the Lenten season.  Let the Knights of Columbus do the cooking for you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Father Forgive Them

A priest introduced me to a powerful prayer.

He started out by saying "I think this is a powerful prayer," then he corrected himself. "I know this is a powerful prayer."

And it's powerful, he said, precisely because Jesus prayed it: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."

This prayer from the cross is obviously one to use when we are trying to forgive others. But it has other uses, too, the priest explained. He said to use it whenever we might be "hitting a wall" with someone: an obstinate teen, perhaps, or someone who has gone down a wrong path, who is unwilling to reason or change, when we have run out of most options, when we otherwise might be tempted to give up on a person.

"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."

It's taken me a few months to take that prayer advice to heart. But now I'm seeing it as a powerful prayer for all types of situations, in fact most situations: for peace, for world and church leaders, for respect for the most vulnerable, for those who have left the Church, for sinners dear to us and for those we do not know, for the dying ...

Jesus's prayer, I think, could be prayed for almost anyone or anything.

The priest became an advocate of this prayer after hearing someone else urge its use. Now I pass it along to you, from Jesus's heart, for whatever weighs on your heart this Advent.

"Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."

Inspired by the Year of Faith, Susan Szalewski began writing weekly columns for us. Although that year is over, we liked them so well that we asked her to keep writing. Thankfully, she said yes. So watch for these on Thursdays and see the Year of Faith Blog here.

Immaculate Conception

When we celebrate the Immaculate Conception on December 8th each year, it is a common mistake to think we are celebrating the Immaculate Conception of Jesus. At Mass on the Immaculate Conception the Gospel is always the Annunciation. Because the Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her about the child she would have, sometimes people think that is the conception which is called immaculate. But the Immaculate Conception is about the conception that prepared Mary for this moment; the time where she would choose whether or not to participate in God's plan for salvation.

In the Gospel, the angel Gabriel says, "Hail Mary full of Grace." In Greek the word used, κεχαριτωμένη, is a perfect passive participle of χαριτοω meaning "to fill or endow with grace." The tense indicates that Mary was graced from the instant she first existed in her mother's (Anne's) womb (well before Gabriel visited) and ever since. It might be best understood as her being so full of grace that sin can not enter her.

The first Mass celebrating the Immaculate Conception will be tonight (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. There will also be Masses Thursday at 6:20, 8:15, 12:10, 5:30 and 7 p.m. It is such a special event that it is considered a Holy Day of Obligation.