Monday, January 31, 2011

Teaching Chastity

"When we see the truth about our bodies and sex, we change our lives, but not out of guilt, or fear of pregnancy, or disease. We change our lives because God's view of love is everything the human heart longs for."
Jason Evert
"Only the pure of heart are capable of seeing the depth and mystery of sex. For the person who is pure, sex is a sacred gift and the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the foundation of chastity is the dignity of every person and the greatness of sex."
Jason Evert

"When we see God's plan for love, lust looks boring"
Jason Evert

Jason will speak at St. Columbkille
Thursday, February 3
Main Worship Space

7th-12th graders, young adults and parents are
encouraged to attend. Don’t miss this!

6 p.m.—Praise & Worship Music
7-9 p.m.—Jason’s Presentation and Eucharistic Adoration

Questions? Contact Nicole Cook at 339.0990

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Wild Game Feed and Reruns R Fun, with media support from KVSS, Spirit Catholic Radio.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


In this weekend's bulletin, Fr. Damian mentioned Dr. Daniel Ariely and his studies on Irrational Behavior. Here is an extensive video of him speaking.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Serving at Funerals

Today Fr Damian will celebrate a fifth funeral in eight days. While our youth serve at our weekend and daily Masses, there is a group of adults who serve for funerals. We thank our servers as well as everyone else involved in our funeral ministry.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Making Rosaries and Rosaries and ...

 Every Wednesday at 1:00 there is a gathering of Rosary Makers.

Some meet in the Social Level and work
together while others work at home.

Each year they donate thousands of Rosaries to the Columban
Fathers to use in their world-wide missionary work.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pope Benedict on 2011 World Media Day

"There exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically."
of Life in the Digital Age." which was released Monday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

March For Life

Fr. Wee and over 400 youth from Nebraska were part
of the March For Life yesterday in Washington D.C.

 Even Archbishop Lucas was there (above right).

 There was also a chance to meet with Nebraska Congressmen.

 In Philadelphia they ran the "Rocky Stairs."

Among the places they celebrated Mass were the
National Cathedral (left) and the Notre Dame Basilica (right).

They also visited the Shrine of St. Katherine Drexel.

Stopping at the King of Prussia Mall on the
way, Fr. Wee recorded the Flash Mob below:

They are on the bus for their return home. The picture to the left is as they
 began  the 20 hour drive home. The second picture is five minutes later.

Thank you Marchers!
And thank you Fr. Zoucha for the pictures!

Monday, January 24, 2011

How Much Should I pray?

Saint Francis de Sales, whose feast day is today, once gave the following advice: “Everyone needs thirty minutes of personal prayer time each day, unless they are too busy to pray—in which case, they need an hour!”

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Respecting Life

  • Fr Wee and 324 other members of our diocese are on their way to the National Mark for Life in Washington DC Monday.
  • Today is the anniversary of Roe versus Wade
  • Next Saturday (1/29/11) will be Nebraska's Walk for Life
  • This weekend the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring the One Rose/One Life event after all Masses.

The Keynote Speaker at the Nebraska
Walk for Life is Melissa Ohden

Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately six months
gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked 
in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

In Melissa’s own words, being an abortion attempt survivor encompasses so much more than just herself, or her fellow unborn brothers and sisters. Melissa has experienced firsthand the impact that her biological mother’s abortion has had on not only her biological parents, but also their parents, their siblings and their children. Her biological mother’s abortion attempt has not only impacted Melissa, herself, and her adoptive family, but also her husband and his family, her friends and acquaintances, and now her own child, Olivia. they live in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Respect Life Group chartered a bus to the Nebraska Walk for Life. The deadline to sign-up is Tuesday. Please contact Cathy Peterson at 504-1264 to come along.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pajama Day in Kindergarten

It was a comfy day in Kindergarten as the
students & teachers wore pajamas to school.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Preparing for First Reconciliation

During Baptisms the celebrant says, "You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"

The families here said yes to that question. As part of their child's preperation for their First Reconciliation, they came to the parish. Together they went through a number of activities to help their child growth in their faith and understanding of the sacrament.

 Thank you for living your faith!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Ceili Website

Columb's Ceili has their website up.
Watch it as items get added!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Painting Mary Out of the Darkness

Iconography is based on the idea that, in a prayerful
atmosphere, art can not only represent something
holy, but can, in itself, be holy.

 Sunday afternoon Michael Debus demonstrated this as he
took a blank canvas and created a profile of Mary from
the pieta while music played and 180 people watched.

This piece will be auctioned at the Ceili on March 5th.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Supporting Santa Eulalia -- Our Sister School

During the last few school days before the Christmas break
students could wear jeans by donating 50 cents towards
our sister school, Santa Eulalia, in Guatemala.

The goal was to raise $300.

The actual amount raised was


Sunday, January 16, 2011


Friday was the second session of BASIC (Begining Apologetic Studies In Catholicism.) In addition to the main presentation on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, there were anonymous questions that were answered. They included question on the role of dinosaurs in creation, tubal ligation, how should or shouldn't non-Catholics participate in Mass? why are there more books in the Catholic Bible? and do priests look down on Catholics who marry non-Catholics?

If you want to learn more about our faith and/or ask questions, the next BASIC session will be Friday January 28th at 7:00 in the church as the featured presentation wil be A Walk Through the Mass.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Drama Tips

 Yesterday Vincent Carlson-Brown visited St. Columbkille's Drama Club.

 Vincent is the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Green.

He worked with the club members on warm-up
activities and gave auditioning hints.

Thank you for your help!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


BASIC: Begininning Apologetic Studies In Catholicism

Purpose: To help Catholics revisit the BASICs of their Faith, grow in relationship with God and be comfortable giving an account of our hope.

  • 7:00 -- A look at the readings for this weekend
  • 7:30 -- Deacon Krueger's presentation on "Perpetual Virginity: Why Wouldn't Mary Have Relations?"
  • 8:00 -- Fr. Wee answers some questions from last session. You can also ask anonymous questions.
Friday, January 14th
7:00 p.m. in the Steinhausen Center
Bring your Bible & your Catechism if you have it

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Out of the Darkness

Come for a unique and memorable expression of prayer! Using music and paint, Kansas City artist, Michael Debus will lead you into sacred space ...
... as he creates beauty out of darkness ...

 ... using gifts that defy description.

Come and witness the creation of Holy Art right before your eyes!
All ages are encouraged to attend! *The paintings created will be available for purchase at the Ceili.
Sunday, January 16
1:30 p.m.
Main Worship Space

Monday, January 10, 2011