Monday, February 28, 2011

40 Days for Life Kickoff

March 9 to April 17 is the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history: the 40 Days for Life campaign. Recognizing that “with God all things are possible,” people of faith are praying that this effort will help bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.

Kickoff: Saturday March 5th

Prayer Vigil
When 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where A Woman’s Touch Pregnancy Counseling Center
908 West Mission Ave., Bellevue, NE 68005
Join national campaign director Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life for an inspirational time of prayer and worship for life!

Kick-Off Rally
WHEN 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE D.J. Sokol Arena
Creighton University's Ryan Athletic Center
701 Florence Boulevard, Omaha, NE 68178
Participate in a history-making event as Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life co-founder and national speaker prominently featured in the recently published book Unplanned, and Senator Tony Fulton speak on the importance of taking a stand for LIFE. This event is free and open to the public. For more details visit

Mass Celebration
When 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Where St. James Catholic Church
9025 Larimore Avenue, Omaha, NE 68134
All are welcome to attend a 15-minute presentation by Shawn Carney as he shares stories of past 40 Days and the importance of gathering for life. Regularly scheduled Mass to follow.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dr. D'Ambrosio's Visit

Friday night, Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio came through the snow and spoke at the parish. The event was sponsored by the Archdiocese as he spoke about the Creed.

The Creeds are an expansion and clarification of what we are truly saying in the Baptism Rite when we are baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He noted that Christianity is unique in addressing God as Father. The sense that we are in such an intimate relationship with God is not found in any other faith.

In the Creeds we continually say "I believe" or "We believe." He noted that when we really look at the original Greek, it is not simply an intellectual agreement. Rather, it gives the sense of being fully committed to our faith with our whole heart and soul.

We thank the Faith Formation Office for
bringing Dr. D'Ambrosio to St. Columbkille.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Intramural Basketball

Today was the last day of Intramural Basketball for those in First and Second Grade. Here are some pictures from the season:

 Thank you to everyone who made the season fun to watch.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just over a week to the Ceili

The Ceili is approaching fast. The programs are being printed and some reservations are still being taken. The Brennan Irish Dancers will perform and there will be dancing until Midnight. We appreciate the article the Papillion Times wrote. Don't miss the fun!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

States Party

The First Grade classes received a postcard from all 50 states. So yesterday they had a 50 States Party. Students wore shirts representing states.

 On maps, the class would color each state represented by their class.

Each class got one point for every state represented. If a state was represented more than once, the class didn't receive any more points for that, but they did get a point every time a student could name the capital of the state(s) the represented.

 Then there were treats for the party.

Thank you to everyone who sent the classes
postcards or prepared the wonderful state snacks.

With a Marble Party two weeks ago, Valentine's Day last week
and the States Party yesterday, we wonder what will happen next week?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Singing with the composers

As part of the monthly Adult Formation programs, Fr. Roc O'Connor and Tony Ward were at the parish last night. While both are at Creighton, Fr. O'Connor may best be known as one of the St. Louis Jesuits. As Catholic liturgical music composers, they joined us to share the history of Catholic liturgical music as well as their experiences, and some great new music!

They also gave us a chance to sing along.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Sr. Vivian!

 Today we celebrate Sr. Vivian's 80th birthday!

Although Sr. Vivian retired a few years ago, she is a
regular around the school making copies and helping.

Yesterday the teachers and staff had a small party with
her in the school. They are celebrating again today.

Happy Birthday Sr. Vivian and thank you
for all the years you've shared with
St. Columbkille Catholic School.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Roc & Tony talk about Music

Fr. Roc O’Connor, S.J., member of the St. Louis Jesuits, and Tony Ward, director of music ministry at St. John’s Church at Creighton and OCP artist, will talk about how is our musical tradition differs from others, what patterns there are in Catholic liturgical compositions, where we are today and where we are going.  Tony & Roc will discuss the craft of writing – the inspiration and perspiration – and how they see their music fitting within the needs of a faith community.  They will also answer your questions about what niches remain in Catholic music, and what impact the Third Edition of the Roman Missal might have on singing congregations. 

Music and the Catholic Church
Monday, February 21
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Main Worship Space

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Talent Show

The 2011 Talent Show began with the First Grades singing, it ended with dancing and was filled in between with talent and 8th graders telling jokes.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dr. D'Ambrosio is coming

Next Friday (February 25th) Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio will be here to explain how the very heart of the Christian faith is all about intimate, personal relationships. It's about a community of love between three divine persons, and the powerful, loving way that each of those Divine Persons breaks into our world to transform our lives. He will explain how faith is not irrational but the most reasonable response possible to God's amazing deeds.

Last Friday he was on Catholic Answers answering questions non-Catholics have about our faith. Click here for the link to listen.

He will speak at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Tickets are $10 and the money raised will be used to offset the cost of the Catholic Schools Office having him to speak to Catholic High School teachers earlier in the day.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Student Council Raffle

Yesterday the Student Council President announced the winners
of a raffle. The winners came to the office to collect their prizes.

The money raised is towards an end of the year
 gift for the school from the Student Council.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tony Won!

We've been holding a raffle for two tickets to Columb's Ceili on Saturday, March 5th. Today we held the drawing and the winner was:
Tony Smith.

Congratulations Tony!

Valentine's Day

 Valentine's Day was celebrated at the school today.

 Some of the Valentine's Mailboxes were taller than the student ...

... or contained live animals.

 There were games like...

 Candy Heart Bingo,

or racing to unwrap kisses while wearing gloves.

In one class students were given half
a heart and had to find their match.

 Some classes got busy with crafts.

Happy Valentine's Day!