SCROLL DOWN THIS COLUMN FOR IN-PERSON MASS OPTIONS
The obligation for Catholics in the Diocese of Harrisburg to attend Mass in person is being restored, effective August 15. Since March 21, 2020, we have recorded and posted over 160 Daily and Sunday Masses that have been viewed over 43,000 times and shared over with over 251,000 others.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has watched, commented, or complimented our YouTube efforts. The Masses of Monsignor Lawrence and Father Mowery have been viewed in all 50 states and by the faithful around the world, offering an online option to the central act of worship that celebrates the sacrament of the Eucharist. We hope that they have helped you to feel spiritually united to the parish even when we are physically separated.
While the obligation is being restored, as always, it does not apply to those who are seriously ill, who have a serious health risk, such as those receiving therapies that suppress immunity, as well as those who have serious anxiety because of large groups. Likewise, the obligation does not apply to those who care for loved ones who cannot attend Mass in person. Catholics who meet these criteria are urged to spend time in prayer, meditating on the Death and Resurrection of the Lord, reading the Sacred Scriptures, and viewing a broadcast of the Mass.
Attending Mass: Anyone who is sick, has COVID-19 symptoms, or has recently been exposed to the virus should stay home. Those who have a compromised immune system or who are more susceptible to the virus should also continue to remain home.
We would like to recommend several options for participation in Sunday Mass:
• Catholic TV
• EWTN Global Catholic Network
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Channel 130
• EWTN Global Catholic Network
Daily TV Schedule – Sunday Mass is on the schedule at 8 a.m.
• Churches in the Diocese of Harrisburg
Online links to various streaming and recorded Masses
But these suggestions are just a few of the dozens of online, televised, or radio broadcast Masses available in both English and Spanish.
St. Columba Church Mass Videos and More
Because of the inclement weather on Saturday, March 12.2022, many of Alicia friends and family were not able to attend. But you can join us for a celebration of the life of Alicia Smiley, Saturday, March 12, 2022, with her Rite of Christian Burial Mass celebrated by Father Richard J. Mowery, Pastor, and accompanied by our Director of Music Ministry Catherine Chayko.
Join us for for this special celebration of the First Sunday of Advent with Bishop Gainer and Fr. Devine at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Thanks to everyone who helped in the planning, baking and labor involved Sunday’s reception.
NEW: A recording of this Mass is now available on our Parish YouTube Channel.
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A PARISH THANK YOU
To Mike Zarrett, owner of Towne Camera in Bloomsburg, for his gracious sharing of a most amazing lens for us to use these past 17 months to record our Daily, Holyday, and Sunday Masses.
OUR NEWEST VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEOS
St. Columba’s Music Ministry has formed a Virtual Choir, and recently we posted some Holy Week and Easter pieces: