Monday, October 31, 2011

Treat N Praying?

In their Halloween costumes, the 5th grade
students from St. Columbkille Catholic
School visited Papillion Manor.

They had a good walk getting there.

Students each brought a prayer...

 ... which they gave to a resident.

That includes Claire who is 107 years old.

Besides meeting the residents ...

 ... the students also received candy.

One of the residents said that her three children attended our school. Today she says one is a lawyer, another is a scientist and the third works for the government. She says that their education at (then called) Sacred Heart Academy served them well. She prays that our students get the same great education.

Thank you Papillion
Manor for having us!

Pink Uniforms

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month,
 today students & staff could pay to wear pink.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Scouting Out Vala's

Some of our Scouts visited Valas where they
enjoyed a meal over a campfire and had some fun.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

How will you grow your faith?

This weekend is our Stewardship Renewal.

How do you plan to grow
your faith in the next year?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Papillion Fire Station

Last week, our MWF preschoolers went on
a field trip to the Papillion Fire Station.

We learned a lot about fire safety.

We even had a chance to sit in a fire truck.

Thank you fire fighters for helping to keep us safe!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

95 Years of School at St. Columbkille

Our parish school was formally founded on February 24, 1916. In August the Benedictine Sisters of Atchison, Kansas arrived to teach, but the school wasn't done yet. They began classes in the church where students would sit on kneelers and use the pews as desks. October 12, 1916 was the first day of classes in the completed building.

 Some of our alumni returned Sunday to celebrate 95 years.

 Even the most recent alumni noticed changes.

Members of the Student Council gave tours. Dr. Cheryl Blue, our principal, was on hand to hear about the past and chat about the present and future.

It was great to gather. We realized we'll need to
start planning for the 100 year celebration in 2016.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Retreat

Fr. Damian is on retreat. He is not floating in the Dead Sea (as pictured above.) He is off at a cabin praying, sleeping and growing in his faith. He has said his retreats are when he feels he has some of his best prayers for parishioners. Please keep him in your prayers as well.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rockin' the Pumpkin Patch

Friday the Kindergarten students from St. Columbkille
Catholic School visited Vala's Pumpkin Patch.

We saw pigs race.

 We saw a dragon that eats pumpkins.

 There were rides.

We got to jump and play.

There were even pumpkins to pick.

It was a lot of fun.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fashions have changed over 95 years

We're not sure when this picture was taken, but evidently
there was once another uniform option for pants.

If you want to see the the changes at school since
we were so proud of this new technology:
come to the Open House at the
school today from 1:00 to 3:00.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vocations Day

The sixth grade students from St. Columbkille and many other Catholic Schools in the archdiocese gathered yesterday for Vocations Day.

 Early on they learned the theme song.

Archbishop Lucas celebrated Mass
with the students and gave the homily.

Among those helping were High School students from Catholic Schools who led small groups as they went from session to session. A number of our alumni helped including students from Gross, Marian and Mercy.

In the sessions students had a chance
 to interact with vowed religious. 

A familiar face was speaking about
what it's like to be a diocesan priest.

Archbishop Lucas greeted students
 as they lined up for lunch.

Before the gathering students took a test and some
of our students were recognized for their results.

We thank the organizers of Vocations Day for bringing
their faith and enthusiasm to sixth grade students.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mandolfo Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week

Creighton sophomore Julianne Mandolfo has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 6.86 digs and 0.29 aces per set in two matches last weekend. This is the second honor in three weeks for Mandolfo, who earned similar recognition on October 3rd.

The St. Columbkille product began her weekend with a match-best 21 digs in Creighton’s 3-1 win over Bradley, which moved her from 12th to 10th in school history for career digs. Mandolfo leads the MVC with 5.85 digs per set, a figure that ranks among the top-10 averages nationally.

Congratulations Julianne!

Fr Vogel's book about the Mass

Upon being ordained a transition deacon, then Deacon Vogel spent 53 Wednesdays sending an email to friends and family doing catechesis so they would understand what was happening at the Mass for his ordination. Not everyone he was mailing was Catholic nor even Christian, but they were people he wanted at his ordination and he hoped they would at least understand this better. Because the changes in the New Roman Missal were already forthcoming, he incorporated some of that into his messages as well.

At the end of the year he self published the book primarily for himself. Upon hearing that he wrote this, Fr. Vogel seemed surprised by the reaction of people who want to buy it. So he is making copies of this available in the Parish Office for $12.95 a copy. We hope to arrange a book signing party for this as well. He is donating the proceeds from this to the parish's forthcoming Source and Summit campaign to update our worship space.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Let the Flushing Begin

The bathrooms are remodeled!

The Women's

The Men's

The new dryers are working.

Just make sure you use the proper door.
Thank you to the 2011 Columb's Ceili for
making this your Helping Hands project!