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.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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.
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.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Vocations Talk, Benediction
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
In 1980 there were 225 priests in the Archdiocese of Omaha working in parishes. Today there are now 134 active priests. In 19 years, at the current pace, there will be just 100. With less priests some pastors are now responsible for two and even three parishes. Parishes that once had four priests might have two today.
With steady growth of the Catholic population our view of parish ministry will continue to evolve. There is however Good News. The number of permanent deacons serving our parishes has grown substantially from 63 in 1980 to 246 today and the involvement of laity in Church ministry continues to blossom.
It would certainly be good to have more woman and men entering religious life and the priesthood. There is something we can do. Jesus said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to his harvest.' Matthew 9:37
On Friday November 18th, St. Columbkille Parish with the aide of Deacons Bob Stier and Jerry Overkamp is hosting a Holy Hour for Vocations. You are most welcome to come for all or part of the hour which will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:00, a talk on vocations by Fr. Dave Reeson at 2:30 and Benediction to wrap up the hour at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
(Ryan Plambeck is not pictured.)
Friday, November 11, 2016
The event was begun by one of our students.
We appreciated the NJROTC members
from Papillion-LaVista South who helped.
The event speaker was Air Force Veteran Fr. Dave Reeson.
Our first grade students showed their patriotism in song.
One of out 8th graders led a blessing of our veteran guests.
They seemed to enjoy the event.