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“Low-gluten hosts” available

ST. COLUMBA offers “low-gluten hosts” made from wheat starch and water for those individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. The gluten content of these breads is less than 0.01%. The hosts meet the requirements set forth by the Roman Catholic Church for communion in terms of ingredients and gluten content. Any individual in need…

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SUMMER READING OPTIONS abound in the Parish Library. Come check out what we have to offer. The Library is on the first floor of the Parish Center and can be visited after Mass and during office hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MEN’S RETREAT: The decision to make a Retreat might just be one of the most important of your life on earth. It offers the change to “recharge your spiritual batteries.” Join the men of our parish for the weekend of August 2 at the Men’s Retreat at Mt. St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD. You can obtain more information on the bulletin board in the lobby or by contacting Andy Matragrano at 570-275-0972.

SAVE THE DATE: ST. COLUMBA PARISH COVERED DISH PICNIC, Sunday, August 18, in the cafeteria at 11:45 a.m. Let’s get together, share some good food and laughs, and get to know your parish family. Please put this date on your calendar and make the commitment to spend a couple hours together and celebrate our wonderful St. Columba fellowship. Please invite other friends in the parish and let’s make it extra special!

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND FOR COUPLES: September 27 – 29, 2019 Mechanicsburg, PA. Is your marriage going down the right road . . . or is it a little off track? Life can be difficult, and so can the challenges you face in marriage. Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. For more information, or to register please call (717) 356-2185 or visit our website:

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT COLUMBA welcomes into its family through the Sacrament of Baptism the following individuals: BENNETT ALBERT RODAVITCH, son of Adam and Desiree C. (Hartzel) Rodavitch and ARIA GRACE CURRY, daughter of Jon V. Curry, II and Alyssa M. Howe.

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In loving memory of David Dietz (Mom, Dad, Emily & Adam).

SAINT JOSEPH CANDLE: In loving memory of Verna & Robert Kasinowski (Dietz Family).

This Week in Our Parish

for the week of July 14, 2019

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

9:00 a.m. – Vacation Bible School
NO Volleyball

9:00 a.m. – Vacation Bible School
5:30 p.m. – Instrument Practice
6:00 p.m. – Boy/Cub Scouts

9:00 a.m. – Vacation Bible School

9:00 a.m. – Vacation Bible School
7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus

9:00 a.m. – Vacation Bible School

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Sacrament of Penance
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Sacrament of Penance
5:00 p.m. – Mass

Next Sunday
8:00 a.m. – Mass
10:30 a.m. – Mass
Life Teen – “Jesus is a Friend of Mine”

Section Two:
The Seven Sacraments of the Church

Does the breaking of the bread divide Christ?
The breaking of the bread does not divide Christ. He is present whole and entire in each of the eucharistic species and in each of their parts.

How long does the presence of Christ last in the Eucharist?
The presence of Christ continues in the Eucharist as long as the eucharistic species subsist.

Parish Stewardship

July 14, 2019 – $13,430
July 15, 2018 – $12,126

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

Mass Schedule for the Week

SUNDAY/July 14, 2019
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Margaret Steck (Carol Burkhart & Patti Horn

MONDAY/July 15, 2019
7:30 a.m. Rocco Russo (Paul & Joann Page)

TUESDAY/July 16, 2019
7:30 a.m. Joan Biebel (Gloria & Dennis Hardt)

WEDNESDAY/July 17, 2019
7:30 a.m. Intention of Cecelia Moore

THURSDAY/July 18, 2019
7:30 a.m. Hedwig Lichtner (Lichtner Family)

FRIDAY/July 19, 2019
7:30 a.m. Ralph Dillon (Deb Dillon)

SATURDAY/July 20, 2019
8:00 a.m. Vittoria Agosto (Chris & Sav Agosto)
5:00 p.m. David Eck (David & Elaine

SUNDAY/July 21, 2019
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Joseph Taylor (Deb Dillon)     

Hearing the Word of the Lord

Perhaps we look at the commandments as a negative prohibition. However, if we think about it, how wonderful the world would be if everyone kept all of the commandments! None of us would have to be concerned about most things!
All of the commandments could be summarized into the two great commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. By the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells us that everyone is our neighbor. Then Jesus commands us o treat others in the exact same way with mercy and kindness.
Msgr. Bob Lawrence


Readings for next Sunday, July 28, 2019
Genesis 18: 20 – 32
Psalm 138: 1 – 3, 6 – 8
Colossians 2: 12 – 14
Luke 11: 1 – 13

Sponsor of the Week

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for sponsoring an ad in our weekly bulletin.