Parish News

THE PATHWAY TO RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS: Our parishioner Reese Kurian is beginning his entry into the seminary!  The “propaedeutic stage” is the very first stage, which enables the men to properly enter into the life of the seminary with a solid foundation of human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation.  During this stage, participants begin to develop a life of prayer, study, fraternity, and appropriate docility to formation, which takes place within a smaller community, free from the academic stress of an undergraduate or graduate school curriculum.

 Earlier this summer, Rain Escovedo, who painted our beautiful St. Columba mural, entered the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga on a three month “live-in” experience where she can immerse herself  into the  community. After a woman enters this community, she has 8-12 years of formation (one year as a postulant, two years as a novice, and five to nine years as a junior) during which to discern further before she makes her solemn vows. Let us keep Reese and Rain in our daily prayers!

Parishioners are welcome and encouraged to purchase Smart Money cards. Please go to and create an account using St. Columba School’s Enrollment Code which is L786487C1824. You can also use the Raise Right Fundraising App on your phone. Pick your favorite places to buy groceries, eat out, get gas, shop, etc., and monetary rewards from the purchase of these gift cards will come directly to St. Columba School. We are also looking for volunteers to sell Smart Money in the cafeteria after all of the Masses.

St. Columba School is starting an “Adopt a Classroom” program. Anyone in our parish can adopt any classroom they choose from Pre-Kindergarten to 4th grade. In lieu of monetary donations, we will have our teachers create a classroom “wish list”. Then you can shop for those items on the wish list and donate them to the classroom you’ve chosen to adopt. If you don’t want to shop, please consider purchasing Amazon or Walmart Smart Money gift cards that our teachers can use to purchase things on their wish list.

In addition to the news posted on this page, our parish bulletin includes information about the Diocese of Harrisburg and programs and activities such as employment opportunities and specific social and religious events.

Looking for servers grade 5 and up. Specifically looking for young people who can serve the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass. Please call or text Karen Konkolics at 570-441-3459 or email at

If you have a heart for children and a desire to see them grow in the Lord and their Catholic Faith, and you’re a Catholic in good standing, please consider volunteering as a CYE teacher on Sunday mornings. Substitutes are also needed. For more information, contact Jim Gregory at 570-784-0801, extension 4 or email

On Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., we have adoration, confessions (when Father Mowery is available), and the Flame of Love Rosary. This is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for prayer.

If you would like to donate an arrangement of flowers for the altar for a special occasion, special intention, or in memory of a loved one, please call or visit the parish office.  The donation for the flowers is $100.

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