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What are your talents? Painting? Counseling? Maybe you’ve never met a car problem you can’t repair or you’re an amazing chef. Perhaps you just find opportunities to help people wherever you go.
Whatever your talent or skill, guess what? God’s behind it! But He didn’t bless any of us with a talent or skill simply so we could look awesome or earn lots of cash. God wants us to steward those gifts for Him! Maybe you thought stewardship was just for your money. Well, yes, that’s a part of it. But it’s so much bigger than that. Stewardship is about everything in our lives—and that includes our talents.
If we want to please God—if we want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” when we meet Him in heaven—then we must faithfully use our talents the way He wants us to. Colossians 3:23–24 (ESV) tells us that everything we do should be for Christ: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
If you are older than 18, Saint Columba Parish has many opportunities for you to help build a community that will benefit both our Parish and our regional communities. Take a look at the list below and see where your talents lead you. Get in touch with the organization’s contact person and help serve the Lord Christ through your efforts.
Click on each of the following for descriptions, meeting times and dates, and contact’s photo and information:
Angels for Life
Angels for Life was born in 1995 when a group of St. Columba Parishioners convened to discuss how we could bring awareness and education to our Parish on the sacredness of all human life.
We have had several big projects over the years and have our regular yearly events: the Pro-Life Fair Booth, Life-Chain, March for Life, the Renaissance Booth, the Mother’s’ Day Carnation Sale, and participation in the fundraisers for Your Loving Choices (our local Crisis Pregnancy Center).
We also educate through bulletin articles and a bulletin board in the cafeteria (which will also be used for other Parish service groups). We have an ‘Angels’ Action Alert’ email list to inform of upcoming legislation dealing with protection for the lives of all from the preborn child to the infirmed elderly.
Our hope and goal
THOUGHTS FROM ANGELS FOR LIFE: This past month (June 2019) proved a sad reality to the loss of respect for human life in our society. We saw Illinois become the 9th state to take away all common sense restrictions on abortion and legalize it up until the birth of the baby. Maine became the eighth state to legalize medical-assisted suicide.
Let us reflect on the words of Bishop Deeley of Maine and pray for the healing of our country and for our lawmakers to realize the truth that human life is intrinsically worthy of protection. “Allowing doctors to prescribe deadly medications to hasten a person’s death is a horrendous wound to the dignity of the human per-son. This law devalues human life and the essential human bonds that call us to value and care for one another.”
To explain Cursillo to someone who has not experienced Cursillo is, at best, difficult. It’s not because Cursillo is a secret, but because it is a living experience that one must experience firsthand. No one can fully explain how God touches a person. Christ, through the Cursillo and through His grace, touches the person who is open to a personal relationship with Him in a special way.
The Cursillo can help the person in developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully Catholic by being fully Christian in order to exercise their mission as baptized individuals.
The world [in the mid 20th Century] was in chaos because baptized men were not aware of the potential that the Grace of God gives them to be and live as Christians. Cursillo put its emphasis on being Christian, not on doing Christian things; it opted for an apostolic movement based on the associated strength of friendship.
Finance Council is required by canon law to advise the pastor on fiscal matters. No major expenditures may be made without the Finance Council’s approval. Membership is by invitation; currently, our council is comprised of 9 men and women.
Funeral Luncheon setup begins immediately following the 7:30 am Mass prior to a participating funeral program. The setup consists of arranging cafeteria tables and chairs, covering the tables and setting up service for the number of anticipated attendees. Setup also involves preparing other tables for beverage and food service.
Serving begins as soon as families return from internment in a local cemetery or immediately following the service. This time consists of moving food to the serving tables and monitoring family needs.
Clean up in the cafeteria and kitchen follows. This is truly a blessed volunteer service that is suitable for adult Parishioners of all ages.
Knights of Columbus
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity and unity have been the foremost principles of the Knights of Columbus.
Our charitable activities encompass an almost infinite variety of local, national, and international projects. Our own unique charities include Coats for Kids, support of local veterans groups, Catholic Schools, and men and women in the religious life. We also partner with international charities including Special Olympics, the Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity.
Through our Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that deepen their faith, promote the New Evangelization, and strengthen our Parishes.
“We are answering Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said. “We can reach halfway around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. We do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.”
If you’d like to be a part of an international organization of nearly 2 million Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others in need and practicing the Catholic faith, we’d like to meet you and invite you to join us.
The Mission of the Liturgy Committee is “To deepen the full, conscious and active participation of Saint Columba’s community in celebrating our communal, liturgical worship.”
We meet bi-monthly to discuss and plan Liturgies and troubleshoot any issues pertaining to the Liturgical ministries, including Altar servers, Lectors, Music Ministers, Greeters, Ushers, Environment helpers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communions, and the Children’s Liturgy team. The leaders of these ministries are members of the Liturgy Committee.
Our next meeting is Thursday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kolbe Room.
Director of Music Ministry
570 784-0801 Ext. 5
Marriage Mentor Program
Our goal is to prepare engaged couples spiritually for marriage in the church. We are affiliated with FOCCUS, a marriage preparation program used in our Diocese.
Program members meet directly with couples for the betterment of marriage as a sacrament. Members need a willingness to share and guide couples as part of their preparation for this sacrament.
This ministry has been active since 1999.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a service ministry with a goal to bring food and a smile to the elderly in our area who may be homebound. Every 9 weeks, we deliver for the Red Cross. We are responsible for two routes each day for the week. Each route requires two people: a runner and a driver. Members generally drive one during our week, and the routes take about two hours to complete from 10-12.
Our members donate their time, gas, and the use of their vehicles. We are one of nine churches locally who take turns delivering the meals on a rotating basis. The Red Cross coordinates and has the meals ready for us.
Parish Council of Catholic Women
Our mission is to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service; to inspire and promote Gospel values in a constantly changing world.
PCCW is open to any female.
Parish Pastoral Council
It is our Diocesan policy that each Parish must have a Parish pastoral council to be a consultative board with the pastor to oversee different aspects of Parish life. They create public reports of Parish activity from their monthly meetings and provide input and advice as they discuss and consider issues that affect the Parish community. Membership of the Parish Council is by self-nomination.
Contact Rose Rhoads or Msgr. Lawrence for more information about Parish Pastoral Council.
The Perpetual Adoration chapel at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, PA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.“O come, let us adore Him. O come, let us adore Him. O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” We sing this song for a few weeks during the Christmas season, but you can live it year round.
The Perpetual Adoration Chapel has open hours with no permanent adorer and the majority of the hours have only one adorer. Our goal is two adorers per hour each day. There is no better New Year’s resolution. In 2019, spend an hour a week with Christ himself.
For personal safety, the chapel closes during inclement winter weather.
Within the boundaries of the Diocese of Harrisburg, there are fifteen prisons – twelve county prisons, two state prisons, and one federal penitentiary. The Diocesan Conference of Prison Chaplains and Ministers consists of those serving as prison chaplains or lay ministers approved by a local pastor or the Bishop.
Our mission is to provide a resource and network of support for those in prison; to assist in the formulation of diocesan policy and procedures with regard to prison ministry, when appropriate and necessary; and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of laity and ordained in the prison ministry apostolate.
We focus on ministry on those incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail, located on Iron Street, across from the YMCA.
Bill and Lori Harding
Rosary for Our Lady of Fatima ministry
America Needs Fatima is a civic campaign to capture the heart and soul of America with the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. America Needs Fatima campaign is dedicated to bringing Our Lady’s request for prayer and penance with the promise of “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Nationally, this is done by the home visitation program, in which a statue of Our Lady visits thousands of private homes yearly and by distributing millions of rosaries, devotional items, and calendars.
Here at St. Columba, we hold periodic Rosary rallies on church grounds to pray the Rosary in conjunction with others throughout the country, dedicating our prayers for our nation.
Paul Page, Joann Page
That Man is You!
That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. It is particularly indebted to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II.
Over the course of three years, That Man is You! successively considers the three most important relationships in a man’s life: his relationship with God, his relationship with his spouse, and his relationship with his children.
Tuesday Volunteer Crew
The volunteer crew comes together on Tuesdays after Mass for maintenance, repairs, and special furnishings and
Voyagers (Vital Organization of Youthful Adults Greatly Enjoying Recreation and Spirituality) offers an opportunity for the people of St. Columba Parish to come together for social events.
Besides planning such activities, we hold a monthly Voyager luncheon at different area restaurants.
Other activities and opportunities are offered throughout the year. So, check our bulletin for Voyagers’ activities