Modifications for the blessing of throats and the distribution of ashes have been issued for this year by the Vatican, with concern for the faithful during the pandemic. As you know, we protect each other by keeping social distance in the church. Thus, our blessing of the throats in conjunction with the Feast of St. Blaise (Wednesday, February 3) will be a communal blessing over all the congregation during all Masses on January 30/31 and February 3. On Ash Wednesday, February 17, we will begin our Lenten journey with the blessing of the ashes. The formula found in the Roman Missal will be recited once: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” but we will not distribute ashes onto foreheads this year. Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, even when the obligation for Mass is in place. Our Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday will be 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Jesus invites; He doesn’t force. To the question, “Where are you staying,” He merely responded: “Come and you will see.” As the Apostles came and saw, their lives changed. Anyone who meets the Lord will have a life-changing experience. We need merely to come to the Lord in prayer. Be open to Him, reflect upon the Sacred Scriptures, and we will meet the Lord. Samuel, at first, did not know that it was the Lord who was calling him. When it became evident that it was the Lord, he answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” We can take our lead from the Apostles and Samuel. “I want to come and see. Speak, Lord, for I am listening.”
– Msgr. Bob Lawrence
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We are pleased that you are inquiring about our parish of Saint Columba! We are the only Roman Catholic parish in Bloomsburg, PA, and we are located in the downtown area, at the corner of Iron Street and Third Street. As you look through our website, you will learn about our parish. We are a part of the Diocese of Harrisburg with a parish of 1,136 households with 2,356 registered individuals. We are fortunate to have an elementary school, pre-school through eighth grade, attached to our parish. For those who attend public school, we have a Religious Education program on Sunday between our two morning Masses. In addition to our religious education classes, we have Life Teen for the ninth through
As you peruse our website, you will get a good idea of our parish. When you come to our church, you will have a better feel for what St. Columba Church really is.
St. Columba Church Pastor Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence