Saturday, June 9, 2018

Feast of St. Columbkille

Today is the feast of our patron, St. Columbkille!

St. Columbkille, is not well known outside of Ireland and Scotland, yet he is one of the three great saints of Ireland and was the first missionary to Scotland. Born in 521 in Donegal, Ireland, to a family connected to kings and princes, Columb was a gifted man with incredible talents. He wrote poetry and music, established churches and monasteries, preached the gospel, and painted manuscripts.

Columb’s family sent him off to study under the future St. Finnian at Clonard Abbey, where he surrendered his princely claims, became a monk, and was ordained. He spent the next 15 years preaching and teaching in Ireland. As was the custom in those days, he combined study and prayer with manual labor. By the time he was 25, he had founded 27 Irish monasteries, including those at Derry, Durrow, and Kells, as well as some 40 churches. His work for the Church gained him the addition of “kille” to his name. Columb means “dove” in Gaelic and kille is “church”, so he came to be known as the “church’s dove”. Columb lived, with every ounce of his energy, the commission of Jesus to “go and make disciples.”

There is a famous tale about Columbkille that stands as one of the first copyright cases on record: Columbkille was so anxious to have a copy of Finnian’s Psalter that he shut himself up at night in the church that contained it and secretly transcribed it by hand. He was discovered by a monk who watched him through the keyhole and reported it to his superior. Bibles and prayer books were so scarce in those days that Abbot Finnian claimed the copy, refusing to allow it to leave the monastery. Columbkille refused to surrender it until he was obliged to do so, under protest, on Finnian's appeal to King Diarmaid, who said, "To every cow its calf," meaning to every book its copy.

While historically a bit unclear, an unfortunate period followed, during which, owing to Columbkille's protection of a refugee and his impassioned denunciation of an injustice by King Diarmaid, war broke out between the clans of Ireland, and Columbkille became an exile of his own accord. Filled with remorse on account of those who had been slain in battle and condemned by many of his own friends, he experienced a change of heart and an irresistible call to preach to those who had not heard the gospel. In 563, at the age of 42, he left Ireland with 12 companions and landed on an island now known as Iona. Here on this desolate rock, only three miles long and two miles wide, he began his work. Iona became a center of Christian learning, the heart of Celtic Christianity, and a potent factor in the conversion of the Picts, Scots, and Northern English. Monks from the monasteries established by Columbkille would later travel to mainland Europe and Christianize the Frank and Germanic tribes.

There are many miracles and incredible events recorded in the biography of St. Columbkille. His memory remains a potent force in Celtic lands, and his poetry and songs are still sung:

“Alone with none but Thee, my God, I journey on my way; what need I fear when Thou art near, O King of night and day?"

Monday, June 4, 2018

Feast of St. Columbkille

In honor of our parish patron St. Columbkille, we will celebrate Mass at 8:15am on Saturday, June 9, the Feast of St. Columbkille.  A social will follow in the courtyard.  All are welcome!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Mary Month of May

Can you believe that May is almost over?  Throughout this beautiful month of Mary, we've been featuring articles in the bulletin, provided by our Legion of Mary members.  May is known for being the month of Mary, and we started off with a beautiful May Crowning by our school children.  To culminate, please enjoy this blog post from the Gregorian Institute blog with 17 music videos to honor Our Lady!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Safety & Security Survey

The Safety and Security Council has developed a survey to evaluate safety and security within the St. Columbkille parish. Please take the time to complete the survey, which can be found on the parish homepage at If you need a paper form, please call the Parish Office at 402-339-3285. Please note, we are in the information gathering stages at this point and no actions will be taken based solely on the results of the survey. The survey will be open until May 13th, and it is very important for as many parishioners as possible to participate. Your input is necessary to help us identify focus areas to make our parish even stronger than it is now. Please feel free to contact Wendy Squarcia at or Brian Cerny at with questions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hour of Power

Join us tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. for Eucharistic Adoration in the church!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Calling all Veterans!

In case you missed it in the bulletin - we are collecting names of all our past and present military so that we can honor them in a special Mass on Memorial Day. We would like to create a program with the names of all of our currently serving military personnel, as well as those in our parish who have ever served in the military and veterans who have passed away. Please email Tess Sousek at with your name, branch, and current military status, as well as those you know.
Thank you for your service!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What's so great about Holy Thursday?

We all know the Last Supper was important, but why? Often times, when we don't have the background and context of what happened in the Bible, we don't fully understand the significance. Dr. Scott Hahn gives a wonderful talk called "The Fourth Cup" about the Last Supper within the context of the Jewish Passover meal, and it's on Formed! The perfect thing to listen to and meditate on tonight - if you haven't logged into Formed before, use our parish code: VPVKJ8.
If you've ever doubted that the Eucharist is the real deal, then this talk is for you!!
May you have a blessed and holy Easter!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Reconciliation Services

Pope Francis continues to invite us to rejoice in God’s Mercy.  He said that Catholics are called to grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy, which should always come before judgment. 

“How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy, he said.  “We have to put mercy before judgment,” he added.


Through prayer, song, and scripture, we come to realize our sinfulness and know God’s forgiveness.  If you or someone you know has been away from the sacrament for a while or have never had the opportunity to experience this positive, welcoming celebration, please join us. 

The Rite involves the following:

Together, we come to realize that we are all sinners but still loved by God who desires to forgive.  Together, we say a prayer of sorrow which indicates our desire to turn from sin back to God.  Then, with the help of 14 priests we approach a confessor and say something like:

“I am grateful for God’s love & forgiveness, even when I…” 

We mention anything major or other areas of our lives (sin) that keep us from God’s love.  You need not go into a lot of detail.  The priest doesn’t counsel or lecture but provides forgiveness through the ministry of the Church.  This part goes quickly.

After you have had the opportunity to approach a priest & receive a penance & absolution, you will move to the chapel by way of the credence table door for a concluding prayer and blessing.  A wine, cheese, cookie & cocoa social will follow in the social hall.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is coming up! Here are our Mass/Service times:
6:20 a.m. Liturgy of the Word and Ashes (No Mass)
8:15 a.m. Mass
12:10 p.m. Liturgy of the Word and Ashes (No Mass)
5:30 p.m. Mass
7:00 p.m. Mass

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sign up for Eucharistic Adoration

"What will convert America and save the World? My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of Prayer." - Saint "Mother" Teresa of Calcutta
We are all called to set aside time to come to know Jesus, to know his will in our lives. To that end, the Eucharist, Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, will be exposed in the adoration chapel at Saint Columbkille from 10 PM on Ash Wednesday until midday on Holy Thursday. Please sign up for an hour of adoration and once you do please tell a friend how His grace changed your life.