Sunday, May 31, 2009

Come Holy Spirit

As we celebrate Pentecost today, we hear how the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit.

You can experience Pentecost and know who the Holy Spirit is and receive His gifts. We will be led by the Intercessors of the Lamb in the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit on June 2, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Steinhausen Center.

“Come to me all who are weary and find life burdensome.”
Matthew 11:28

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pray for Priests

In this year when there will not be any priests ordained in the Archdiocese, St. Columbkille will be having an all night prayer service focusing on prayer for vocations. We will have Benediction and Exposition and prayers for priestly vocations starting at 9:00 pm tonight and conclude at 06:00 May 31st with Benediction and retirement of the Blessed Sacrament. While it would be great to come for an hour, stop by for 5 or 15 minutes if that works.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Since this is the first day of summer vacation from St. Columbkille School, it seemed a good time to show pictures from the 4th grade field trip a few weeks ago.

Enjoy the summer!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Fr. Damian!

We're hoping you get some quiet time to relax with a glass of wine and reflect today.
Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Our Lady of Kibeho

The next book club meeting is June 11. The book is Our Lady of Kibeho by Immaculee Ilibagiza. The paragraph below is from a book review done by Catholic Media Review.

Anyone of the millions of readers of Immaculee Ilibagiza’s New York Times bestselling book, “Left to Tell” in which she relates the terrifying ordeal she endured, hiding in a tiny bathroom with 7 women, while the Rwandan genocide raged outside, is left with a burning question; where did she find the strength to endure those 90 days of torment? Her latest book, Our Lady of Kibeho is Immaculee’s answer to that question, as well as a personal account of the only Church- approved Marian apparition in Africa.

For the rest of the review see:

For more information on the Book Club call Sr. Jean Marie at 594-9214.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Irish Film Night

Everyone is welcome for a free showing of the John Wayne film, The Quiet Man. It's Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Steinhausen Center. Come be with our parish family.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Civil War

A few weeks ago Mrs. Hamill and the school's eighth grade students will give a short program on the Civil War. The program included singing, marching,

first person accounts of the Civil War
and even a short quiz for the 5th graders who watched.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Picnic with the Priests

It’s a picnic !
It’s a fundraiser !
It’s fun for the whole family !

This party is for everyone. $100 pays the admission for you and your immediate family to a BBQ and party with our parish priests. Feed on hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, salads, desserts, beer, pop and all the fixing's. Fun outdoor social event for the entire family.
Games and s’mores, a good ‘ol parish mixer in Fr. Damian’s backyard.

Sunday June 14, 2009
6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Fr Damian’s backyard

Contact Michelle Grzywa 689-3536

Saturday, May 23, 2009

8th Grade Graduation

Last night the graduating 8th graders received their diplomas following Mass.

After the group picture was taken and they got dressed and the parents were sent into the church, the first thing the group did was turn to the crucifix and pray. Then they voted to donate some money they had raised to the Stephen Center, where many of them had served. Then Mrs. Watson asked that they always let the light of Christ shine to the world and represent the school in that way.

Mrs. Monico's message was simple, "God Bless you."
When it was time, they went to participate in Mass.

Congratulations and God bless you all.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kindergarten Graduation

For the last time they gathered in their room as Kindergarteners.
They got on their caps,
they chatted a bit,
they walked over together,

and they got ready to graduate today.

Congratulations. You're all First Graders now!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Last Day of 8th Grade

Today is the last day of school for the 8th grade students. Tomorrow there will be graduation pictures and graduation Mass.

Last Friday was the 8th grade dinner. The theme was "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka. The 7th grade parents did a fantastic job hosting this dinner for the 8th graders and their parents. There was a dinner, colorful desserts, speeches from 2 of our 8th graders and a video of their years together.

Following the dinner, the 8th graders stayed for a dance chaperoned by the 7th grade parents. It was a wonderful evening of fellowship and memories.

Congratulations to all of them!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zoo Trip

All year the 7th graders and Kindergarten students were matched together as Mass buddies. Yesterday the 7th graders took their buddy to the zoo.

The older students were responsible to make certain the younger one was taken care of as they saw everything...

... and spent time together ...

... and played together.

School is almost over, but the friendships will remain.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Reminder for the Holy Day on Thursday

On Thursday we celebrate Christ's ascension into heaven. Just before he ascended, he spoke the words which are the basis for our parish's mission statement: "Go and Make Disciples."
Because this is a Holy Day of Obligation in our diocese, we will offer the following Masses:
5:30 p.m. Wednesday
6:20 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
12:10 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 2009

No Hitter

Parishioner and Gross Catholic High School Senior Ryan Crnkovich pitched a no-hitter today to lead Gross past Omaha Roncalli 2-0 in the Class B state baseball tournament.

In the Omaha World Herald picture above, parishioner Joseph Waller (no. 21) congratulates Crnkovich. He didn't have any strikeouts, but Roncalli was unable to get any runners past second base.

Tonight he graduates and, as valedictorian, he gives a commencement speech.

His parents, Steve & Julie, are KPTM’s Fans of the Day for Fox 42 -- they should be on the 9 PM newscast tonight along with Ryan


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Step Out and Serve

Save the Date:
On Sunday August 16th we will do Step Out and Serve again. Watch for more information later.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

May Crowning

Those in Religious Formation gathered at their last class ...
... for a May Crowning, led by those who recently received their First Communion.

Congratulations and enjoy your break!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Collar I.D.

St. Columbkille will be having an all night prayer service focusing on prayer for vocations. We will have Benediction and Exposition and prayers for priestly vocations starting at 8:30 pm May 30th with Benediction and conclude at 06:00 May 31st with retirement of the Blessed Sacrament. We are in need of prayer people to help cover hours. This is also the feast of Pentecost. If you can help please let John know at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Underground Church

We tend to take our religious freedom for granted.

To get a flavor of what it's like in many parts of the world, T.E.E.N. Faith held an Underground Church activity. About 40 youth gathered in the gym. After some instructions, they were given instructions on how to get to an Underground Worship service.

But they had to be careful ...

...or they could be captured or shot...
... by the secret police.

That made the fact that they could be together and worship extra special.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Catechism with Fr. Corapi

Some parishioners are meeting Sunday afternoons at 3:00 in the Social Level of the church to study the Catechism. They watch part of a DVD presentation by Fr. John Corapi and then they discuss it together. Anyone who would like to join them is welcome.
This group began because a parishioner felt called to start this. In a parish our size, it is a sign of our health when people come forward with ministry ideas. Some work, others don't, but we need to always be open to the Holy Spirit working amongst us.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

School Interrupted

Field Day ended early today. There was a break in Papillion's Water Main south of the school. Due the water being turned off for a couple hours, the school is closing early. So the front desk at the school became a hive of activity as families were contacted about the unexpected half day off.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Preschool Graduation

Thursday night was the graduation for preschool.
The night included singing, a powerpoint presentation reviewing the year, individual recognition and treats afterwards.

Congratulations everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

The Blessing said for Mothers at the end of Mass today is:

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children.
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Happy Mother's Day