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The new year is upon us! Why not pick up a daily devotional to borrow for the year. We have several in the library. When you come to Mass, pop into the parish center library and take a look. Daily meditations from Saint John Paul II, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, and John Michael Talbot are…

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March for Life 2020

This year’s March for Life is Friday, January 24, 2020. If you would like to attend the March in DC, Saint Joseph, Danville is sponsoring a bus. The cost is $5 per person. The bus will be departing at 7:00 a.m. (shortly after the 6:30 a.m. Mass). They will arrive back in Danville at about…

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WINTER GALA IS POSTPONED: Because of predicted winter conditions this Saturday, St. Columba School’s Annual Winter Gala has been postpone until Saturday, February 29, 2020. Contact Kim Keck at 570-854-5432 or if you cannot attend on the rescheduled date. 

CYE Updated Schedule: Our Catholic Youth Education Program 2020 schedule is now posted on the CYE page as a PDF download.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN: We will have a HOLY HOUR HERE AT ST. COLUMBA CHURCH AT 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 22, in the church to pray for the unborn. The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.

THAT MAN IS YOU STARTS JANUARY 25: TMIY occurs on Saturdays in the upstairs Parish Center at 6:30 a.m. The overhauled format continues with dynamic guest speakers, new topics and the new approach. Please join us for The Vision of Man Fully Alive. You do NOT need prior experience with the program to jump in, nearly every video stands on its own, and I personally invite and welcome you to join us. Questions: Please call Jeff at 570-380-9489.

BIDDY BASKETBALL REGISTRATION: Registration for participation in the 2020 Saint Columba Biddy Basketball League is underway. Biddy basketball is a fun, instructional program for boys and girls from grades kindergarten through 2nd grade who are Saint Columba parishioners or students. Registration forms are available at both the Saint Columba school and parish offices. Cost is $20. The program is also looking for coaches for the respective teams. Deadline for registration is Sunday, February 1.

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT COLUMBA welcomes into its family through the Sacrament of Baptism the following individual: NORA JANE McCRACKEN, daughter of Quinn D. and Debra M. (Fletcher) McCracken.

This Week in Our Parish

– a calendar for the week of January 12, 2020 –

8:00 a.m. – Mass
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen 

5:30 p.m. – CYO Basketball
7:00 p.m. – Irish Class 
7:30 p.m. – Volleyball 

5:30 p.m. – Instrument Practice
6:00 p.m. – Boy/Cub Scouts 
7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir Practice 

5:30 p.m. – CYO Basketball

7:00 p.m. – CYO Basketball
7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus 

8:30 a.m. – School Mass
Forensics Tournament 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.- Sacrament of Penance
9:30 a.m. – CYO Basketball 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
5:00 p.m. – Mass 
Gala at Pine Barn 

8:00 a.m. – Mass
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen 

Parish Stewardship

January 12, 2020 – $9,153
January 13, 2019 – $9,516

Offering – Weekly 
Next Week’s Offering – Weekly 

PLEASE DO NOT respond to email or text solicitations from anyone pretending to be Msgr. Lawrence. These scammers are very good at creating email addresses which appear to be official, but are not. If you receive a message asking for your financial help, please contact the parish office. NOTE: Msgr. Lawrence will NEVER ask for a donation by email or text.

Mass Schedule for this Week

SUNDAY/January 12, 2020
8:00 a.m. Kvetoslav Kaderka (Kaderka Family) 
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish 

MONDAY/January 13, 2020 
7:30 a.m. Joan Mervine (John & Barb Knowlton) 

TUESDAY/January 14, 2020 
7:30 a.m. David Morucci (Karen & Paul Kanjorski) 

WEDNESDAY/January 15, 2020 
7:30 a.m. Rose Marie Kranig (Carole & Lillian Hoy) 

THURSDAY/January 16, 2020 
7:30 a.m. Ross Aronica (Tim & Karen Novatnack) 

FRIDAY/January 17, 2020 
7:30 a.m. Raul Garcia (Tim & Karen Novatnack) 
8:30 a.m. Clarissa Moran (Marie & Ned Wagner) 

SATURDAY/January 18, 2020 
8:00 a.m. James M. Gardner (Martin & Carol Lightner) 
5:00 p.m. David Morucci (Pat & Sonny Semiclose) 

SUNDAY/January 19, 2020 
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish 
10:30 a.m. Bob Hartman (Mary Boudman) 

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In Loving Memory of Mary Fedor (Frank and Lynda Fedor Michaels). 

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE: In Loving Memory of David R. Dietz (Mom, Dad, Emily & Adam). 

ST. COLUMBA CANDLE: In Loving Memory of Verna & Robert Kasinowski (Dietz Family).         

Sponsor of the Week

We would like to thank the Sponsor of the Week
for sponsoring an ad in our weekly bulletin. 

Hearing the Word of the Lord this week

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus certainly did not need to be baptized by John the Baptist because John’s baptism was one of repentance. However, Jesus told John the Baptist to perform the ritual because of the significance of what would happen. At the Jordan, the Father said that Jesus was His beloved Son and that He was well pleased with Him; the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus, and Jesus began His public life. This was another Epiphany, another manifestation of Jesus as our Savior. 
When we were baptized, the Father told us that we were His beloved children. The Spirit came down upon us, and everything that we did after Baptism glorified and praised God. We are baptized only once, but we are called to live out our baptism each day, aware of the relationship with God and aware that we are to live each day for Him.
– Msgr. Bob Lawrence       

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord next Sunday

Readings for next Sunday, January 19, 2020
Isaiah 49: 3, 5 – 6
Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7 – 10
I Corinthians 1: 1 – 3
John 1: 29 – 34 

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Seven Sacraments of the Church
Chapter Three: The Sacraments at the Service of Communion and Mission

What place does the sacrament of Holy Orders have in the divine plan of salvation?
This sacrament was prefigured in the Old Covenant in the service of the Levites, in the priesthood of Aaron, and in the institution of the seventy “Elders” (Numbers 11:25). These prefigurations find their fulfillment in Christ Jesus who by the sacrifice of the cross is the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Timothy 2:5), the “High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:10). The one priesthood of Christ is made present in the ministerial priesthood. 
“Only Christ is the true priest, the others being only his ministers.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
What are the degrees that make up the sacrament of Holy Orders?
The sacrament of Holy Orders is composed of three degrees which are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church: the episcopate, the presbyterate and the diaconate.