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Christmas Oplatky now available

Oplatky (“angel bread”) Christmas wafers are available in the sacristy and in the parish office for a $1.50 suggested donation. The oplatky are thin unleavened wafers similar to communion wafers. Today, in a concession to an ancient tradition, many people place straw and evergreen sprigs on a serving platter covered with a fine white napkin…

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WINTERFEST 2019: Our Craft and Food Festival is next Saturday, November 23, in the Gymnasium and Cafeteria, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious Homemade Soups and Baked Goods, Craft Vendors, “Dollar Tree,” Raffle Drawings, Music Performances AND Dance Performances by Northern Columbia Ballet! Enjoy decorating your own Gingerbread Cookie or make a Holiday Craft!  
New this year, we have partnered with the Coming Home For Christmas Festival, the Outpost, the Children’s Museum, and the Marketplace on 10th Street to give you a full day of events!
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: please consider helping! Proceeds benefit St. Columba School. You can call the school to volunteer at 570.784.5932
Thank you!

RAFFLE: St. Columba School is raffling a 50-inch class 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV. There are only 600 tickets, so the chances of winning are very good. Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased at the school office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at Winterfest. Drawing will be at Winterfest at 2:00 p.m. You don’t have to be present to win.

FROM YOUR PARISH OFFICE: Hello! We are here for you, and we ask that you assist us in keeping our records up-to-date. Last week we had to contact a couple of parishioners but were unable to do so because of the lack of an accurate phone number. Have you dropped the landline? Have your children moved out? As the kids get older and leave the nest, we ask that you please help us keep accurate records by sending us an email or giving us a call. We love to hear from you!

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT COLUMBA welcomes into its family through the Sacrament of Baptism the following individual: NICO TOMAS ORLANDO, son of Adam J. and Christine M.(Pangelinan) Orlando. 

MATTHEW 25 COLLECTION: The Matthew 25 Collection allows the Diocese of Harrisburg to address the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing on a local level through food banks, soup kitchens and other parish-supported projects that assist those in need. All funds collected benefit local needs. Seventy-five percent of the monies collected will be distributed to programs within the Diocese to address the needs of the poor. Twenty-five percent of the monies will be returned to parishes for their use in assisting others. This collection replaces the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please be generous in your donations for the needy on November 24.

GREETER MINISTRY: A welcoming environment is one of the most important ways each per-son attending Mass can experience the kindness and friendliness of St. Columba parish. We are looking for additional greeters at any Mass, but especially at Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Masses. A greeter is typically assigned to greet at one, and on some occasions, two Masses a month. The only qualification to be a greeter is the ability to provide kind greetings to our parishioners. If you are interested in becoming a greeter, please contact the parish office.

BUS TRIP TO SIGHT AND SOUND FOR THE SHOW, QUEEN ESTHER: You are invited to our third trip to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA to see its new show called “QUEEN ESTHER.”
WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2020. The bus will depart at 11:45 a.m. and the show starts at 3:00 p.m. Following the show, we will go to the Golden Corral Restaurant at 6:00 p.m. for their dinner buffet. We will be returning to St. Columba Church at approximately 9:30 p.m. You may begin to reserve your place for this excursion by calling the office at (570) 784-0801.
The Price, including bus fare, the show, the meal, and all gratuities and taxes: $105 for adults, and $69 for children (12 and under). As of November 12, 2019, 39 of the 55 tickets have been reserved.

This Week in Our Parish

for the week of November 17, 2019

8:00 a.m. – Mass
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
9:15 a.m. – Penance – CYE 7th grade 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
NO Life Teen
5:30 p.m. – CYO Basketball
7:00 p.m. – Parents’ Talk on Penance 
7:00 p.m. – Irish Class 
7:30 p.m. – Volleyball 

2:30 p.m. – Forensics Practice
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. – Bell Choir 

6:00 p.m. – Winterfest set-up
7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus 

8:00 a.m. – Winterfest set-up
8:30 a.m. – School Mass
9:30 a.m. – Faith-sharing

6:30 a.m. – “That Man is You”
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Winterfest
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
5:00 p.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Aftershock – “Museum” 

Feast of Christ the King
8:00 a.m. – Mass 
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
9:15 a.m. – Penance – CYE 6th & 5th 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
12:00 p.m. – CYO Basketball 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “Own It” 

8:30 a.m. – School Mass
9:30 a.m. – Faith-sharing

6:30 a.m. – “That Man is You”
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Winterfest
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Sacrament of Penance 
5:00 p.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Aftershock – “Museum” 

Feast of Christ the King
8:00 a.m. – Mass 
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
9:15 a.m. – Penance – CYE 6th & 5th 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
12:00 p.m. – CYO Basketball 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “Own It” 

Sponsor of the Week

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

Parish Stewardship

November 10, 2019 – $11,538
November 11, 2018 – $9,859

This Week’s Offering – Weekly

Next Week’s Offering – Weekly 
Second Collection – Matthew 25

Mass Schedule for the Week

SUNDAY/November 17, 2019
8:00 a.m. Steve Tloczynski (Cindy Dautrich) 
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish 

MONDAY/November 18, 2019 
7:30 a.m. James Sharik (Kathy & Jerry) 

TUESDAY/November 19, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Joan Mervine (David Becker & Nancy Sheehan-Becker) 

WEDNESDAY/November 20, 2019 
7:30 a.m. David R. Morucci (Sam & Ginny Bidleman) 

THURSDAY/November 21, 2019 
7:30 a.m. George W. Camp (Kathleen Hogan) 

FRIDAY/November 22, 2019 
7:30 a.m. All Souls Intentions 
8:30 a.m. William Zehringer (Joan) 

SATURDAY/November 23, 2019 
8:00 a.m. All Souls Intentions 
5:00 p.m. Sharon Sylvester (Eileen Sylvester) 

SUNDAY/November 24, 2019 
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish 
10:30 a.m. Howard McKinnon (Family)   

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE: In loving memory of Walter S. Jankowski (Christine Haririan).   

Hearing the Word of the Lord this week

When is the end of the world coming? Sacred Scripture tells us that no one knows when this is going to happen. St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and told them to keep working and not just wait for the second coming of the Lord Jesus. The important thing is not when Jesus will come, but that we are ready when He does come. “By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.” Continue in our faith journey and then we will have no fear.
Msgr. Bob Lawrence 

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord next Sunday

Readings for next Sunday, November 24, 2019
II Samuel 5: 1 – 3
Psalm 122: 1 – 5
Colossians 1: 12 – 20
Luke 23: 35 – 43

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Seven Sacraments of the Church
Chapter Two: The Sacraments of Healing

Why can venial sins also be the object of sacramental confession?
The confession of venial sins is strongly recommended by the Church, even if this is not strictly necessary, because it helps us to form a correct conscience and to fight against evil tendencies. It allows us to be healed by Christ and to progress in the life of the Spirit.

Who is the minister of this sacrament?
Christ has entrusted the ministry of Reconciliation to his apostles, to the bishops who are their successors and to the priests who are the collaborators of the bishops, all of whom become thereby instruments of the mercy and justice of God. They exercise their power of forgiving sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.