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SUGGESTED LENTEN READING from the diocese is enclosed in this week’s bulletin. It is perforated so that you may easily tear it out. You may want to consider reading the Sacred Scripture passages before your main meal and reflecting upon the meaning.

7:30 a.m. Mass (Monday through Friday)
8:30 a.m. Mass on Fridays, except February 28
8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturdays
School Stations of the Cross – 1:30 p.m. on Fridays
Stations of the Cross – 7:00 p.m. on Fridays

WEBSITE. ONE YEAR UPDATE: We launched the newest version of our Parish Website ( on March 6, 2019. Since that time, we have hosted over 18,000 visitors from 68 countries, making over 46,000 visits to our pages. Besides our Home Page, the most popular areas have been Parish News, Contact Us, the Sacraments, Our Parish Community, Parish History, Prayer Requests, and Music Ministry. With daily updates, we are providing valuable information for our current and future parishioners on 84 unique pages.
With this first year anniversary, we are looking for fresh ideas and suggestions for adding to our site, making it even more useful for our users. So, when you go online this week, take a look at our website and send us a mailing with your thoughts @
And Page Leaders, now would be a good time to check your page information and update your group’s or organization’s content by writing to the above address.
Thank you to all who have used and continue to use our website. We are looking to make this next year even better.

Register for a SILENT, DIRECTED RETREAT, presented by LuAnn O’Connell, as St. Cyril Spiritual Center in Danville, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on February 27 – 28, or come for the weekend. The retreat will be in a contemplative atmosphere, which will be enhanced by Eucharist, Spiritual Direction, and quiet reflection. For more details and to register by February 21, call (570) 275-0910 or visit

ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL’S 9TH ANNUAL WINTER GALA: Because of inclement weather, our annual Winter Gala was moved to February 29 • 6:00 p.m. • Pine Barn Inn.
If you have any questions, contact Kim Keck at 570-854-5432 or by email @ or call St. Columba School 570-784-5932.

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT COLUMBA welcomes into its family through the Sacrament of Baptism the following individual: ISLA REED DOCLOSEN, daughter of Oliver D. and Kari E. (Whitesell) Doclosen.

PERPETUAL ADORATION OPEN HOURS: Contact Kathy 570-259-0725 if you can spend an extra hour with Our Lord. Specific open hours are listed on this ministry’s web page.

YOUR OLD PALM BRANCHES from past Palm Sundays should be burnt or buried. This type of disposal honors their sacred purpose and returns them to the earth in a dignified way. Anyone can do this, but if you don’t have the ability to burn or bury them, drop off your palm branches at the parish office.

This Week in Our Parish

– a calendar for the week of February 23, 2020 –

8:00 a.m. – Mass
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes
11:30 a.m. – Fellowship in the cafeteria
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “Reset the Table”

6:30 p.m. – Extraordinary Minister Training
7:00 p.m. – Irish Class
7:30 p.m. – Volleyball

5:30 p.m. – Instrument Practice
6:00 p.m. – Boy/Cub Scouts
6:00 p.m. – Pinewood Derby
6:00 p.m. – Board of Education
7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir Practice

6:30 a.m. – Ash Wednesday Mass
8:30 a.m. – Ash Wednesday Mass
5:30 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Mass
7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Mass


NO School Mass
9:30 a.m. – Faith-sharing
1:30 p.m. – School Stations of the Cross
2:30 p.m. – Brownie Scouts
7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross

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 – “Honesty”
Gala at the Pine Barn

Next Sunday
First Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. – Mass
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes
10:30 a.m. – Mass
CYO Banquet
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “Living Image”

Parish Stewardship

February 16, 2020 – $9,641 
February 17, 2019 – $13,773  

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

Mass Schedule for this Week

SUNDAY/February 23, 2020
8:00 a.m. Fr. Fennessy (Lenzini Howe Family)
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish

MONDAY/February 24, 2020
7:30 a.m. Winnie Casey (Alicia Smiley)

TUESDAY/February 25, 2020
7:30 a.m. Derek Cox (Marie & Ned Wagner)

WEDNESDAY/February 26, 2020 (Ash Wednesday)
6:30 a.m. Fr. Tom Hoke
8:30 a.m. Msgr. Vincent Smith
5:30 p.m. People of the Parish
7:00 p.m. Helen Kramer (Leslie & Alina Sweigart)

THURSDAY/February 27, 2020
7:30 a.m. Margaret Miller (Jim Doyle)

FRIDAY/February 28, 2020
7:30 a.m. Leon Mack (Beverly & Martin Mariano)

SATURDAY/February 29, 2020
8:00 a.m. Michael McGroarty (Jim & Theresa Cook)
5:00 p.m. Rose Marie Kranig (Tom & Cimmie Mertz)

SUNDAY/March 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Winnie Casey (Yvonne, Paul, & Nick McDermott)

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In loving memory of Winnie Casey (Mary Ann Dalkiewicz).

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE: In loving memory of David Dietz (Family).

ST. COLUMBA CANDLE: In loving memory of Verna Kasinowski (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

“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” is the command that Jesus gives us. We might ask how is this possible because of our weak human nature.
St. Paul reminds us that we are temples of God and, because of that fact, we are holy. God dwells within us and the Holy Spirit within us gives us the power to make us holy.
In the matter of love, we are called to be perfect in our love for one another as the Father is perfect in His love for us. The Spirit gives us that power and grace.
– Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord next Sunday

Readings for next Sunday, March 1, 2020
Genesis 2: 7 – 9, 3: 1 – 7
Psalm 51: 3 – 6, 12 – 13, 17
Romans 5: 12 – 19
Matthew 4: 1 – 11

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 are the effects of the sacrament of Holy Orders? This sacrament yields a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit which configures the recipient to Christ in his triple office as Priest, Prophet, and King, according to the respective degrees of the sacrament. Ordination confers an indelible spiritual character and therefore cannot be repeated or conferred for a limited time.

With what authority is the priestly ministry exercised? Ordained priests in the exercise of their sacred ministry speak and act not on their own authority, nor even by mandate or delegation of the community, but rather in the Person of Christ the Head and in the name of the Church. Therefore, the ministerial priesthood differs essentially and not just in degree from the priesthood common to all the faithful for whose service Christ instituted it.