This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67 during the persecutions of Emporer Nero after Rome burned. They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death. Saint Peter was crucified upside-down at his request as he felt unworthy to die the same way as Jesus; Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was beheaded by a sword.
But it is their lives and not their deaths that make them memorable. Peter was fishing in Galilee when he was called by to be one an apostle. Peter was poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving. In his heart and then from his lips came the spontaneous confession: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” Jesus chose and prepared him to be the Rock on which He would build His Church.
Scripture is alive with Saint Peter; he is mentioned no less than 160 times in the New Testament. But it is after Pentecost that he stands out in the full grandeur of his office. He sees to the replacement of the fallen disciple; he admits the Jews by thousands into the fold and in the person of Cornelius, opens it to the Gentiles; he founds and for a time rules the Church at Antioch.
While linked on this day, Peter and Paul sometimes appear in the Bible as rivals. We can wonder about the dynamics between them: Peter got his commission straight from the Savior himself while the upstart Saul of Tarsus arrived with the zeal of the converted and went from persecuting Christians to appropriating their doctrine, even calling Peter out publicly. So it is great to see the unity they symbolize in sharing this feast day.
After a spending Monday through Thursday on a High Seas Expedition, 133 of those in Vacation Bible School as well as their leaders sailed to the zoo to see first hand some of what God created out of His Mighty Love.
Thanks for spending the week exploring your faith!
There had been a number of leaks in the rectory over the last few years. Now that Bill Heese and the maintenance crew seem to have those plugged, Deacon John Zurek came in and patched the ceiling in and around Deacon Eldon Lauber's office. Also, this has been the annual week for carpet cleaning. Monday through Wednesday all of the daily Masses were held in the Social Level so the carpet could get cleaned. It was finished just in time for the Vacation Bible School's Mass today.
If you eat at Pierce's Dairy Queen in downtown Papillion today, make certain you mention St. Columbkille. Today only, 25% of your purchase will benefit St. Columbkille's Parish/School if you mention St. Columbkille.
With 245 students and 95 % attendance, yesterday we finished another successful session of Summer Religious Formation. By attending Religious Formation each morning for two weeks, students have more class time than they would have going once a week during the year.
Because this is the second year of the program, the first day some of the classes were tested for what they remembered from last year and we were delighted with their retention. One tweak from last year is that if parents want their child to participate next summer, they will need to attend a couple family catechises events during the school year.
Yesterday one of the closing events was an all-formation Mass.
Thank you to all the families that shared their child with us!