Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Music, Wine, Friends and Fun
August 1, 6:00 pm at
Soaring Wings Vineyard
$25.00 includes BBQ by Wheatfields
5 wine tastings, wine glass (keepsake)
and entertainment all evening
All proceeds go to the Holy Family Shrine &
The Knights of Columbus vocations fund
Tickets at Holy Family Shrine, KVSS, Wheatfields and Gloria Deo
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Do you know who it is?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Our parish may have as many as five young men in the seminary this fall. That is a terrific sign of the goodness and spirituality of our parish. It is a very real consequence of your faith that our young people grow up in a climate that encourages them to explore dedicating their lives to the work of the gospel. You are doing a good job of fostering vocations! The church certainly needs solid, courageous, and wise young people to say yes to the call to serve God and his people. It is great that young men from our parish are responding. I know there are more young people in the parish who are considering the priesthood. Please pray for them and keep encouraging them to at least spend some time in process of discernment by attending the seminary. If you have ever wondered about the life of a priest I encourage you to watch the Fishers of Men video.
My own experience of the priesthood has been filled with many blessings and wonders. I have never regretted the decision I made to be ordained. I could not have asked for a better life. Like every life it is filled with the normal challenges of living, but it has also been filled to the brim with all the goodness and graces that the work of the gospel brings to our lives.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sophie made her bed
Nathan cleaned his room
Lexi helped around the house
Hannah helped someone up at Kid’s Club because they fell off the slide
Madeline cleaned the house
Lily helped her daddy in the greenhouse
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We want to thank all of the people who have helped support A Women's Touch Pregnancy Counseling Center by returning youor baby bottle filled with money.
If you still have a baby bottle, we ask you to return it either to the parish office during the week or to the church when you come to the weekend Mass. Thank you!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Please feel free to stop by our Candle Shrines to say a prayer of healing for a loved one or for a deceased. All are welcome to use this shrine.
There is a suggested donation is 50 cents for the small votive candles and $2 for the larger 6-day candles just to cover our expenses.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
This weekend Shannon will speak after all of the Masses to tell us more about FOCUS and how she is a part of that.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Jeff Cavins has developed a study of scripture based on the idea that you can get a better picture of the whole Bible by studying just 13 books. People from St. Columbkille who participated have said:
* Mass comes alive for me – I can put the scripture passages into perspective
* There is a greater realization that my actions ripple through all God’s
* I have a better appreciation of why it is so important for me to
remain faithful to God
* The bible comes alive for me because I can see the
timeline of the events and where the books fit into the big picture
* It is amazing how intricately the Old and New Testament are intertwined
* I have a much better understanding of God’s plan for us
* The psalms come alive for me now --- I understand where they fit in bible history
* I am excited about continuing and doing the other scripture studies in this series
* This study has tied together world history with bible history
* I want to learn more of the “tidbits” of information that make all the difference in the depth of each word or action and its relevance of the whole picture
* I now have a much better realization of how dearly God loves us
* Seeing how the prophesies of the Old Testament are in fulfilled in Jesus was a quite a revelation for me
Watch for some new groups forming this fall.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This will be an opportunity for parishioners to get to know one another better. People can sign up to participate in the months that work for them. Then they will join with others to create a dinner of eight. The group will determine when they will meet and what type of a meal: easy or elegant; banquet or barbeque.
Please prayerfully consider participating in one or more gatherings. You can sign up now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday August 20th. New participants are welcome anytime, but you need to register within the next week for the August dinner.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Fr. Damian said, "It is a worthy read for any intelligent Catholic especially those who are involved in business. Please add it to your summer reading."
You can get the encyclical at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate_en.html
Saturday, July 11, 2009
They did work at Hillcrest Country Estates, Stephen Center, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Seven Oaks of Florence, Crestview Village Apartments, and A Woman's Touch
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Fast forward 36 years, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will canonize Blessed Damien of Molokai and declare him a saint on October 11, 2009!
From October 8 to 15, 2009 Fr. Damien Cook, Pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Omaha, who was also named after Blessed Damien, and I, will be leading a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi.
At the same time, four others will be canonized, including Blessed Jeanne Jugan, whose second miracle happened right here in Omaha, Nebraska.
In addition to the canonization ceremony, we will also visit some tombs, including Sts. Peter & Paul, St. Agnes, St. Monica, St. Ignatius, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Francis of Assisi and Pope John Paul II. We will also visit some beautiful basilicas and churches along the way. If it works out, we will be part of a public audience with Pope Benedict.
The price of the pilgrimage is $2,600 per person, based on double room accommodations. The price includes round trip fair from Omaha to Rome, meals, sightseeing, admission fees and hotel accommodations.
Time is of the essence. Our pilgrimage will only have a maximum of 20 people. If you would like to join us, please prayerfully consider this and call me at 339-3285 x 106 by next Monday, July 13.
Monday, July 6, 2009
As she lay dying, when the parish priest of Nettuno brought her Holy Viaticum and asked whether she forgave Alessandro, she replied, "Yes, I forgive him and want him to be in Paradise with me some day."
Alessandro was sentenced to 30 years of prison. Showing no remorse for his crime, Alessandro had a remarkable dream during his 8th year of imprisonment. "The dream was so vivid he could not distinguish it from reality. The prison bars and walls fell away and his cell was a sunlit garden blooming with flowers. Towards him came a beautiful girl dressed in pure white. He said to himself: 'How is this? Peasant girls wear darkish clothes.' But he saw it was Marietta. She was walking among flowers, smiling, and without the least fear. He wanted to flee from her but could not. Marietta picked white lilies and handed them to him saying, 'Alessandro, take them!' He accepted the lilies, one by one, fourteen of them. But a strange thing took place. As he received them from her fingers, the lilies did not remain lilies but changed into so many flaming lights. There was a lily turned to purifying flame for every one of the 14 mortal blows he struck her on the fatal day in Ferriere. Marietta said smilingly, 'Alessandro, as I have promised, your soul shall someday reach me in heaven.'"
From that time on, he was consumed to make reparation for his crime. After 27 years of imprisonment, Alessandro was released, spared 3 years of confinement due to being a model prisoner. He went to Maria’s mother, Assunta Goretti, whom he had last seen 31 years before at his trial. Begging Assunta's forgiveness, she placed her hands on his head, caressed his face and gently said, "Alessandro, Marietta forgave you, Christ has forgiven you, and why should I not also forgive. I forgive you, of course, my son! Why have I not seen you sooner? Your evil days are past, and to me, you are a long-suffering son." (DiDon ato, p. 142)
Alessandro would testify at length at the canonical process for the beatification of Maria Goretti- the only witness who could detail what had actually happened in a brutal murder. He died at the age of 89 after a long life of prayer and penance in expiation of his crime, always invoking the intercession of St. Maria Goretti as his "protector".
On June 24, 1950 at the canonization of St. Maria Goretti in the open Piazza of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. "Never before had a million souls come to St. Peter's Basilica all at one time, nor in Catholic history had there ever been present at the ceremony of canonization the mother of the Saint." (Di Donato)
Pius XII who would canonize her, noted that St. Maria Goretti stood not only for purity of soul and body but also for "mastery of the spiritual over the material, for docile love of her parents, for sacrifice in harsh, daily labor, for poverty accepted as the Gospel teaches us to accept it, for love of prayer and of Jesus in the Eucharist, for charity in her heroic forgiveness [of her murderer]."
The Safe Environment program is the Omaha archdiocesan response to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. For more information go to http://www.archomaha.org/pastoral/se/index.html.
The text on St. Maria Goretti was taken from the website http://www.mariagoretti.org/ and the icon above was written by Fr. William McNichols. More information on Fr. McNichols and his icons is available at http://puffin.creighton.edu/jesuit/andre/information.html.