Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Confirmation Retreat is Underway

Confirmation Candidates and their sponsors are gathered at the church this morning. The activities are designed to get the two of them to interact discussing their faith.


It also has them consider what to pray
 for and allows them to pray together.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered. 


They also paint together. Each painting is full of symbolism both as a teaching tool and a reminder of the event.

Pray for our candidates and their sponsors, 
this morning in their retreat and 
as their prepare for Confirmation.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Raffle Winners

Fr. Pat drew all of the Raffle Winners on Sunday as the Festival finished. The 2016 raffle winners are:

Grand Prize $5,000 - Dave and Elaine Patterson

2nd Prize $500 - Laura Webb

3rd Prize $250 (2 winners) -
Barbara Sales
Paul and Christine Sevener

4th Prize $100 (10 winners) -
William Anders
Barb Stessman
Cathy Peterson
Doug Doty
Kathi Emanuel
Sherry Anders
Woody Armentrout
Fr. Mike Eckley
Dan & Liann Smith
Judy Thome

Congratulations all!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

God's Gift to Me

Early, early one morning on a beautiful late-summer day, God presented me with a small token of His love.

I was driving home from work, in the dark, on a mostly empty Interstate, my mind preoccupied with thoughts I really didn't need to be concerned about. At one point in the drive, I actually thought that I should spend less time thinking about such things and more time praying. But I went back to those thoughts, my tired mind a little obsessed with them.

Then the Interstate took a turn to the right. And directly in front of me was a giant yellow moon on the horizon, so big and bold it almost startled me. And I laughed.

Thank You, God, I said, for I knew it was His gift for me. Somewhere I learned to embrace everything I encounter as a personal gift from God, as though it were for me alone.

Every fragrant flower, every gorgeous sunset, every warm, gentle breeze God sends to me personally, as if I were the only person on the earth. He does this for all of us. Just as He died for each of us, and for all of us.

He loves us that much.

So the gift of the giant yellow moon, hovering just over the horizon, was His surprise for me. It drew me out of my preoccupation and back to Him -- where my mind and heart belonged.


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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Golfing with the Parish Family

The Athletic Council's Annual Golf Tournaments is not only a big fundraiser for athletics (which is financially self sustaining) but a lot of fun!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Soccer Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge held Saturday August 20th during the 3 on 3 soccer tournament. The District competition to be held at St. Matthew’s in Bellevue.

9 Boys – Eli Mabbitt
9 Girls – Melina Nelson
10 Boys – Charlie Jackson
10 Girls – Gracye Laney
11 Boys – Grady Thober
11 Girls – Grace Merkle
12 Boys – Dalton Sparks
12 Girls – Madison Eckmann
13 Boys – Jackson Fluchey
13 Girls – Joselin Baxter
14 Boys – Andrew Butler


Monday, August 22, 2016

Breaking the Newspaper Rules

Newspaper writing follows lots of rules.

Some are basic: Write concisely, clearly. Avoid jargon. Try to use active verbs instead of passive ones.

Other rules are more minute: Spell out whole numbers up to and including nine, use numerals for 10 and above. The word follow-up is hyphenated when used as a noun or adjective, but as a verb, there is no hyphen and two separate words.

One newspaper-writing rule that has struck me lately, one that I remember from journalism classes in college, is to avoid exclamation points. It's easy to see how overuse of exclamation points can go wrong. Most of us have seen posts on social media with an overkill of exclamation points and capital letters.

But sometimes exclamation points are necessary to convey the excitement and urgency a person speaks with. When used sparingly and judiciously, exclamation points make a statement stand out and demand our attention.

I especially like to see exclamation points in religious writing.

I thought about this earlier this month when we had these words of Jesus proclaimed in the Gospel at Sunday Mass: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!"

Our Lord certainly knows how to use exclamation points. He speaks of His fire with fire. We should do the same.

One commentator on this Gospel passage from St. Luke, Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, wrote with a similar zeal. Here's some of what Msgr. Pope had to say about St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews, part of the readings from the same Sunday:

Live The Priority of faith -- The text says, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.

We are given the example of a runner in a race. What does a runner do? He runs the race! Runners do not stop to watch television; they do not stop to make small talk; they do not take stupid detours or go in the opposite direction. They do one thing: they run the race. So, too, with our faith: it has priority. Nothing should be allowed to hinder us.

We all need that sharp focus and zeal for God. We need His fire. We need to speak, write and live a life punctuated by more exclamation points!

"With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts," the prophet Elijah said.

Newspaper writing also discourages redundancy. But for God, some rules need to be broken.


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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Soccer Tournament

The Athletic Council at St. Columbkille held a 3 on 3
soccer tournament at our fields yesterday. 
It's a fundraiser for the program.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Raingutter Regatta

It was a day in the park for Cub
 Scouts from St. Columbkille.


They were there to compete in 
the annual Raingutter Regatta.

All the races finished with chocolate!

The Cub Scouts will kick off their new year
 on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall.