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October is Respect Life Month

In honor of Respect Life Month, let us reflect on these words from Psalms and Proverbs, “May we wholeheartedly seek the Lord’s face… on behalf of the widow, the orphan, and those being led to slaughter.” We, who know the author of Life, are called to proclaim truth, even if it is not popular. The annual…

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MAY SHE REST IN THE PEACE OF THE LORD
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Anna Roan who died on October 3, 2022. The parish community of Saint Columba Church extends its deepest sympathies to her family, relatives, and friends on their loss. 

OCTOBER IS THE MONTH DEDICATED BY THE CHURCH TO THE ROSARY
St. John Paul II referred to the Rosary as his favorite prayer. Pope Francis has recommended the daily recitation of the Rosary. It has been touted by Saints, popes, and holy men and women throughout the ages. More importantly, it has been recommended numerous times by the Mother of God herself. The Rosary takes on special significance as we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions to the three shepherd children at Fatima. Interestingly, Mary never refers to herself in these apparitions as “Our Lady of Fatima,” though she surely is that. Numerous times, however, during her six apparitions she makes reference to herself by say-ing that she is “The Lady of the Rosary,” and recommends its daily recitation. She connects this to devotion to her Immaculate Heart. The Rosary and devotion through the Rosary to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is a direct path to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is key to the Christian life.

PRAY THE ROSARY ON YOUTUBE WITH MONSIGNOR ROBERT LAWRENCE
Go to our Youtube channel (“SAINT COLUMBA PARISH”), go to “Playlists” and choose our Rosary Videos Playlist
. There are 4 videos, one for each of the 4 Mysteries of the Rosary. Each has beautiful artwork and music incorporated.

REMEMBRANCE BOOK
During the month of October, our Remembrance book will be in the back of the church so that all may inscribe the names of their beloved deceased family and friends during the month of October. A candle will be lit for all the names in the book at the Mass of Remembrance on Wednesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. All are invited!

MASS TIME CHANGES AT CHRIST THE KING IN BENTON
Saturday Mass beginning October 1 will be 4:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass is at 9:00 a.m.
Daily Mass will be Monday and Friday at 9:00 a.m.
Friday 6:00 p.m. Masses are cancelled. 


SUPPORT ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
Tuesday Crew is a small group of retired craftsmen who design and build original, one-of-a-kind woodcraft with donations supporting St. Columba School as part of the parish Winterfest celebration. Now, we are offering our products on Facebook (Tuesday Crew Fundraiser) and on our website.

TO ORDER, you can Direct Message us or call (570.387.0823)
Pick-up and donations take place at St. Columba School, 40 East Third Street on regular school days M-Th between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Donation options: Cash (exact amount please) or by Check (payable to St. Columba School)


PARISH KEY(S)
Do you have a key issued by our parish that you no longer need? It would help us greatly if you return that key. Thank you!

FRIENDSGIVING DINNER AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
You are invited to help volunteer, to donate, and to Join our Group to be part of the Friendsgiving dinner on November 27 at the First Presbyterian Church, Market and Fourth streets, Bloomsburg. Our Facebook Page will have a sign up sheet for volunteers and for people who are interested in donating food. Under the Featured tab on top, you will find a jump to a Google doc signup sheet for volunteering. The group has the 26 and 27 on the list. It is numbered so add your name for either date.We will continue to update things as they progress. Thank you for your interest in helping our community

DISCOVERING CHRIST
This is truly is a program for all, at St. Joseph Parish in Danville on Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 16, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Enjoy some tasty food and listen to a thought-provoking talk that is designed to explore the meaning and purpose of your life. After the talk, you can share your thoughts in a small group (and talk as much or as little as you wish). It’s all done in a warm, friendly, and judgement-free environment. Free childcare is available.
Register HERE.


ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL NEWS

NEW: SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS are needed at our very own Parish School! Clearances are necessary. Please call the school office at (570) 784-5932 for more information.

NEW: While attending the Bloomsburg Fair this week, make sure your tour of the Educational Building includes St. Columba School’s art exhibit and the outstanding science projects that have too many ribbons to count. Congratulations to our budding artists and scientists.

For more SCS news, take a minute and visit our school’s website. Scroll down to SCS Happenings for updates.
And check out the school’s outside library in front of the Rectory for some excellent Autumn reading. Bottom shelf for our younger readers.


FOSTER PARENTS ARE NEEDED
A caring adult can make a lasting difference in a child’s life forever. If you can provide a loving home, we will provide the support that you need. Our online classes start Thursday, September 22. Please contact Catholic Charities Specialized Foster Care at (717)
564-7115 or to their website for more information and to register!

REMINDER: All our Mass and Music videos are available on the Saint Columba Parish YouTube Channel.

ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK?
Type in “Saint Columba Catholic Church” and “like” us in order to have our posts be part of your newsfeed!

Coming Soon to Our Parish


WINTERFEST 2022 FORMS
Winterfest 2022 Vendor and Liability forms are available on the our Winterfest page. Spots are going fast. Get your name in now.

WINTERFEST 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2022 (9:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.)
We will be in need of a large variety of cookies for our ‘cookie variety package’. We also need fudge, candies, chocolate covered pretzels, pies and tea cakes, etc. plus a variety of soups and chili; so please start looking through your recipes! We are also asking for donations of gift cards and lottery tickets to be used in our Raffle. We would love to have your ‘helping hands‘ on the day of WINTERFEST as well! Please call the church office to volunteer your help or if you have any questions. Thank you!


TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS
From the Bloomsburg University Catholic Campus Ministry: Embrace the call of missionary discipleship with Meg Hunter-Kilmer on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Columba Parish followed by Eucharistic Adoration at 8.

FIRST FRIDAYS AT ST. COLUMBA
We will herein observe the following schedule:
Adoration and Benediction:
First Friday: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Benediction/Litany: 4:30 p.m.
Mass times:
7:30 a.m. and
8:30 a.m. (when school is in session)

YOUNG ADULT FELLOWSHIP / AGES 21 AND UP
Please be a part of our new young adult group, and share faith, friendship, and laughter. Contact Rain if you would like to be added to the WhatsApp, Facebook or email groups.
Monthly Fellowship: Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe room where we will have games, snacks, and prayer.
All Saints’ Costume Party: Saturday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Monthly Fellowship: Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kolbe room.
David @ Sight and Sound Theatre: November 19: We will carpool from the church at 4 p.m., have dinner in Lancaster, and see the play at 7 p.m. $90 per ticket, plus meal expense.

FLAME OF LOVE ROSARY, CONFESSION AND ADORATION
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.

FROM THE FOOD CUPBOARD
The Food Cupboard is asking for donations of clean plastic grocery bags, flattened preferred. You can drop them off at the Food Cupboard bin.  Thank you for your continued generosity and support of the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard!


Parish Stewardship

October 2, 2022- $11,145
October 3, 2021- $9,243

This Week’s Offering – Weekly
Next Week’s Offering -Weekly


2022 DIOCESAN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
as of 9/27/2022

ASSESSMENT – $95,644
Pledged: $7
4,531
Number of Givers: 181
% of Our Parish Goal:
78


RENOVATION UPDATE
After mural artist Rain Escovedo moved her lights down from the top to the middle level of the site scaffolding, she was mixing paint and ready to continue. She explained that once the color was perfect for a certain section, she has to move and paint all similar parts even if that means climbing up or down along the mural.

REMINDER ABOUT CHURCH DOORS/ENTRANCES AND EXITS
Please be aware of our new entrance protocol: Entrance to the Church and Parish Center is through the Third/Iron street Rectory Parking lot door, or the Parish Center covered entrance on Iron Street, or the back Parish Center door. Other doors are locked for entrance but may be used anytime to exit. Thank you for helping us ensure safety for everyone.

ST. COLUMBA MUSIC MINISTRY has a Virtual Choir Playlist that is available here. Video/audio by Catherine Chayko, Music Director. (OneLicense Number M-400986)

PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE SICK IN YOUR PRAYERS
A complete listing of those who are sick and those with special needs  is here.
Instructions for adding to this list and requesting other prayer opportunities are also on this page.

Mass Schedule for this Week

SUNDAY/ October 2, 2022
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Roberta Kistler (Sam & Maryellen
Young)

TUESDAY/October 4, 2022
7:30 a.m. Special Intention (Lenzini Howe Family)

WEDNESDAY/October 5, 2022
7:30 a.m. Anne Rishe (Wagner Family)

THURSDAY/October 6, 2022
7:30 a.m. Katherine Billets (Karen Carroll Miller)

FRIDAY/October 7, 2022
7:30 a.m. Peter Casazza (Ianiero Family)
8:30 a.m. Rose Marie Muller (Sr. Lydia/2nd gr.)

SATURDAY/October 8, 2022
8:00 a.m. Mary Hogan (Kathleen Hogan)
5:00 p.m. Thomas Mertz (Sam & Maryellen Young)

SUNDAY/ October 9, 2022
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Benita Schwartz (Adult Choir)
October 10-14, 2022, PRIESTS’ WORKSHOP: No Mass at St. Columba this week until Saturday.

SCHEDULE OF DAILY MASSES AT NEARBY PARISHES DURING PRIESTS’ WORKSHOP
The Annual Priests’ Continuing Education Workshop will be held October 9-14, 2022 in Hunt Valley, MD. During this time, daily Masses will be celebrated by visiting, retired and religious order priests in the following churches in the Northern Deanery:
Berwick, Immaculate Conception BVM Tuesday, Wednesday – 8:30 a.m. Berwick, Saint Joseph Thursday, Friday – 8:30 a.m.
Sunbury, Saint Monica Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:00 a.m.

We pray for our priests in a special way during this retreat week. 


BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE
In Loving Memory of Elmira Scala (McKinnon Family) 

ALTAR FLOWERS
If you would like to donate a week-long candle, please call the Parish Office.

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE
In Loving Memory of Joe Finn (Pat & Mike Weinhofer)

ST. COLUMBA CANDLE
If you would like to donate a week-long candle, please call the Parish Office.

ST. GIANNA CANDLE
Special Intention of Maverick Haile-Howes (Haile Family)

Hearing the Word of the Lord

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
God’s call to salvation is universal. He has created everyone for Himself and desires that everyone share eternal happiness with Him. In the history of salvation, some had false notions about who was to be saved. The readings todays show that God has called everyone. Naaman was not an Israelite, but was still cured by Elisha the prophet. The one who returned to give thanks was a Samaritan. The Lord reminds us that He wants everyone to accept His eternal gift, which is heaven. 


Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord

Readings for next Sunday, October 9, 2022
TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
II Kings 5: 14 – 17
Psalm 98: 1 – 4
II Timothy 2: 8 – 13
Luke 17: 11 – 19


Readings for Sunday, October 16, 2022
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Exodus 17: 8 – 13.
Psalm 121: 1 – 8.
II Timothy 3: 14 – 4: 2.
Luke 18: 1 – 8.


Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Part Three: Life in Christ
SECTION TWO: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

CHAPTER TWO
Part 4 Christian Prayer
Section One: Prayer in Christian Life
THE REVELATION OF PRAYER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
PRAYER IS FULLY REVEALED AND REALIZED
IN JESUS

When did Jesus pray?
The Gospel often shows Jesus at prayer. We see him
draw apart to pray in solitude, even at night. He prays
before the decisive moments of his mission or that of
his apostles. In fact, all his life is a prayer because he
is in a constant communion of love with the Father

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE AN ARRANGEMENT OF FLOWERS FOR IN FRONT OF 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.

Sponsor of the Week

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

PLEASE DO NOT BE SCAMMED!
Please remember, Father Mowery will NEVER email or text you requesting money or gift cards of any kind. Scammers are out there, attempting to prey upon your goodwill, and they fabricate email addresses and cell phone identities that LOOK official but ARE NOT. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Fraudulent calls and text messages can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission and we encourage you to do so.


UPDATED: A FOUNDATION TO BUILD UPON
The Diocese has created a special page that contains several resources, including some Frequently Asked Questions and court documents. Visit the Diocese Information page to learn about this process.


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