Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Your Opinion Counts

Fr. Damian continues to invite ideas and comments about the proposed changes to our worship space. We are inviting everyone to attend one of three meetings to discuss it. They will be held in the church itself so it is easier to visualize. At this point the only design element committed towards are six stained glass windows for the clerestory. The meetings will be:

6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4
2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6

Feel free to pick the time that works best for you, then come talk.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

National Catholic Youth Conference

 Among the 23,000 students at NCYC this year ...

 ... were a number of our parishioners.

ValLimar, who led out 2010 Parish Lenten Mission, was there.

Our own Anne Grzywa  (center) was one of the animators.

You can read more about NCYC in this National Catholic Register article written by one of our parishioners.
Tomorrow night we will ask those who attended NCYC to share with the rest of our youth the stories of how their hearts were stirred and faith strengthened by their time at NCYC.  This was a fantastic experience!  We will start at 7 with a meal in the Steinhausen Center and end at 8:30.
Hour of Power will start at 9:00

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dove of the Church

This is one of six images which will be in the new stained glass windows. You may have noticed this image on the bulletin last weekend, the Advent Newsletter and the parish website.

In most churches, a dove in a stained glass window represents the Holy Spirit but in this case it represents St. Columbkille. Columb means “dove” in Gaelic and kille is “church,” so he came to be known as the “church’s dove.”

This is one of the six stained glass windows that have been ordered to give us a better sense of what it would look like to finish off the clerestory.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fr Damian's Advent Study Starts Tomorrow

Instead of his typical Advent Bible Study, Fr. Damian is offering the new video series on "Catholicism" by Fr. Robert Barron. Each session will include video from Fr. Barron as well as group discussion and a question and answer time with Fr. Damian.

After the four weeks of Advent, the series will continue in mid January until Lent. Then we will host a series of talks on Judaism and Islam.

It all starts tomorrow (Monday) in the Steinhausen Center. You can attend the morning (9 a.m.) or evening (7 p.m.) sessions.

November 28:  Amazing and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
December 5:  Happy Are We: The Teaching of Jesus
December 12: The Ineffable Mystery of God
December 19: Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prepared for Advent

This morning the church was busy as we prepared for Advent.

The missals were replaced for the new liturgical year.

 It was a blur of action.

Pew Cards were also distributed to help us follow
along with the changes for the New Roman Missal.

Friday, November 25, 2011

End of an Era

This morning was the last Mass in our church using the Sacramentary.
Tomorrow we begin to use the New Roman Missal.

For more information on the
New Roman Missal, click here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

On Tuesday the Kindergarten students at St. Columbkille Catholic School dressed like Pilgrims or Indians and shared a meal together -- just like the first Thanksgiving.

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Patron of our Diocese

St. Cecilia is the name of our cathedral and the patron saint of our Archdiocese. Because she was so highly venerated by the ancient Roman Church, she is listed in the Canon of the Mass. Over the site where her home had stood a church was built in the fourth century. (Next year, John Norman should have his first Mass as a deacon in this church.) Her martyrdom probably occurred during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus, about the year 230. In 1599 her grave was opened and her body was found incorrupt. Cecilia is the patron saint of Church music.

In an era when women were thought to be marital property, when Cecilia and many of the other early virgin martyrs made vows of lifelong virginity, they were really early feminists. It is said that she converted many to Catholisim, including the pagen who was to marry her. This led to her martyrdom.

Paul Simon, of Simon and Garfunkel fame, wrote the song "The Coast" which references her when a family of musicians taking refuge in the Church of St. Cecilia, which seems proper since she is the patron saint of musicians.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A shot at Fr Vitalis' home

Fr. Vitalis, one of our former Pastoral Associates, was not at his rectory when a shot was fired into his home. Here is some of the story from KETV:

A light of hope still shines bright at Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, even as its sense of security sits shattered.

“The shot was fired, and I saw the glass coming all the way through here,” described Sonja Puszewski, a church volunteer. “I jumped on the floor right here. I kind of went down to sit here.”

Puszewski was cleaning the parish rectory Monday when what sounded like fireworks ripped a hole through a church window.

“I crawled along on the floor, over there,” said Puszewski. “It's very scary. It's unbelievably scary.”

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Fr. Vogel

Today is Fr. Vogel's birthday.

Happy Birthday!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Turkey Bingo

It was a packed house last night for Turkey Bingo.

Thank you HSA for putting together a
 great night for our parish family to gather.

Friday, November 18, 2011

National Catholic Youth Conference

A group of 17 teens and their chaperones from St. Columbkille are in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference! They are with 24,000+ other teens and adults from around the country to spend 3 days learning about and celebrating their Catholic faith!!

For those of us who didn't go, you can

Please pray for everyone gathered at NCYC.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Principal Appreciation Day

Today was Principal Appreciation Day.

In additions to receiving gifts, ...

 ... she heard from the Amy Bova of the
School Advisory Committe, ...

 ... Marian Hoffman & Derek Laney
of the Home School Association ...

... and Fr. Vogel. Each of them expressed in different
 ways the message we all wish to convey:

Thank you Dr. Blue

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scouting Fun

At their meeting Monday, Cub Scouts played a
game where they had to set a table blindfolded.

They were given balloons containing their
 reward money for selling popcorn.

They had to pop the balloons to receive their reward.

Because every scout in one den sold over $100 of pocorn,
they were able to throw a pie in one of their leader's face.

It was a lot of fun!