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June is the month of the Sacred Heart, and we turn to Jesus with expectant hope, entrusting all our hopes and fears to Him. The future can be uncertain during this unusual time, but we put our faith in Him who does not disappoint.
Every year, 19 days after Pentecost, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, that date is Friday, June 19. Devotion to the wounded heart of Jesus has its origins in the eleventh century, when pious Christians meditated on the Five Wounds of Christ. It was not until 1670, however, that a French priest, Fr. Jean Eudes, celebrated the first Feast of the Sacred Heart. Around the same time, Sr. Margaret Mary Alacoque began to report visions of Jesus. He appeared to her frequently, and in December 1673, he permitted Margaret Mary—as had once allowed St. Gertrude—to rest her head upon his Heart. As she experienced the comfort of his presence, Jesus told her of his great love and explained that he had chosen her to make his love and his goodness known to all.

A lector schedule for Summer 2020 is not available on the Liturgical Ministry – Lector page of our website.

Please pray for the soul of Mr. Clem Jaskiewicz who died on May 24, 2020. The parish community of Saint Columba Church extends its deepest sympathies to his family, relatives, and friends on their loss.

Singing together at Mass is a practice which many of us consider vital to public worship. However, during our present pandemic, it has become clear that the act of singing in a group is problematic when it comes to spreading viral particles. Even when wearing a mask, singing aerosolizes respiratory droplets and can lead to an increased projection of viral particles, concerning even with social distance. Also, singing causes deeper breathing which can assist the virus in lodging deeply in the lungs. For now, we sing only at home, but still with all our hearts!

OUR PARISH YOUTUBE CHANNEL has been extremely successful in keeping our parish family united through the shelter-at-home period, with 16, 448 views since its creation on March 21. Thank you to everyone who has been worshiping through the Youtube Masses, the Rosary, and music videos with images of our church and grounds. We hope that they have helped you to feel spiritually united to the parish even when we are physically separated.

ONLINE FREE PRAYER RESOURCE: Please go to the website to pray online with Magnificat periodical, free of charge, during the COVID stay-at-home interim.

Have you made your commitment to the Diocesan Annual Campaign?

PARISH CAMPAIGN as of 05/26/20
ASSESSMENT – $97,952
PLEDGED – $56,965
% OF GOAL – 58.2 %
GIVERS – 138

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. Information will be updated as the Diocese moves forward.

This Week in Our Parish

– a calendar for the week of May 31, 2020

Most Parish Activities continue to be cancelled or postponed until further notice

Additional updates will be provided as they are received.

FIRST COMMUNION POSTPONED: When we are able to gather together again for Mass, each person will be able to receive the sacrament at a weekday or weekend Mass. Just inform Msgr. Lawrence of the date when you would like to receive First Communion.
Depending upon the situation, there may be a possibility of a common day for this sacrament.

Because of the fact that Columbia County is still closed, it will not be possible to have Confirmation on May 16. As you know, our social distancing policies for the upcoming weeks are difficult to predict. Once we are given guidance, we will inform you of our plans for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Even if we are able to have a specific date for Confirmation, you could also receive this Sacrament on any weekend or weekday Mass when we are permitted to have people attend. More information will follow when we know what is or is not permissible.

HOLY LAND COLLECTION: Please make note the Holy Land Collection had been moved from April 10, 2020 to September 13, 2020

Parish Stewardship

Easter Collection, 2020 – $12,040 (thus far)
Easter Collection, 2019 – $17,891

May 31, 2020 – $15,982
June 2, 2019 – $11,338

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

PENTECOST COLLECTION thus far amounts to $2,047.00. On behalf of the seminarians, thank you for your generosity.

St. Columba, also called Columcille, or Col-um, (born c. 521, Tyrconnell [now County Donegal, Ireland]—died 597, Iona [Inner Hebrides, Scotland]; feast day June 9), was an abbot and missionary traditionally credited with the main role in the conversion of Scotland to Christianity. Columba was ordained priest about 551. He founded churches and the famous monasteries Daire Calgaich, in Derry, and Dairmagh, in Durrow. Columba and his 12 disciples erected a church and a monastery on the island of Iona (c. 563) as their springboard for the conversion of Scotland. It was regarded as the mother house and its abbots as the chief ecclesiastical rulers even of the bishops.
Columba gave formal benediction and inauguration to Aidan MacGabrain of Dunadd as king of Dalriada. Columba accompanied Aidan to Ireland (575) and took a leading part in a council held at Druim Cetta, which determined the position of the ruler of Dalriada in relation to the king of Ireland. The last years of Columba’s life appear to have been spent mainly in Iona, where he was already revered as a saint. He and his associates and successors spread the gospel more than any other contemporary group of religious pioneers in Britain.
The Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, great medieval masterpieces of Celtic art, are associated with Columba. Three Latin hymns may be attributed to Columba with some degree of certainty. Excavations in 1958 and 1959 revealed Columba’s living cell and the outline of the original monastery.

Mass Schedule for this Week


SATURDAY/June 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. Joseph Chyko (Family)
5:00 p.m. Leo Deschenes (Linda & Ralph Hall & Family)

SUNDAY/June 7, 2020
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Thomas Eastwood (Johanna Shively)

MONDAY/June 8, 2020
7:30 a.m. Gary Thomas (Bernie Staniszewski)

TUESDAY/June 9, 2020
7:30 a.m. Fr. Clarence Olszewski

WEDNESDAY/June 10, 2020
7:30 a.m. Frank & Patricia Klimowicz (Patti, Michael, & Ben Kuznicki)

THURSDAY/June 11, 2020
7:30 a.m. Fr. Dominick Mammarella

FRIDAY/June 12, 2020
7:30 a.m. John McCarthy (Family)

SATURDAY/June 13, 2020
8:00 a.m. Freda Zalonis (Elaine Zalonis)
5:00 p.m. Gerald Carroll (Karen Miller)

SUNDAY/June 14, 2020
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Chuck Parker (Lenzini Howe Family)

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

BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In loving memory of Jack & Mary Lou Koch (Scott & Debeth Koch).

Sponsor of the Week

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Hearing the Word of the Lord this Week

The doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity is that there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who share the one divine nature. These three Persons existed from all eternity and are equally to be adored. What it means for us is threefold: 1) we have a Father who adopted us into His family, who calls us His beloved children and who shares His life with us; 2) we have a big brother, Jesus, who has experienced what we can experience and who shows us how to handle everything; 3) we have a Holy Spirit who enlightens us and strengthens us that we might follow the Lord Jesus, and, thereby, become holy and share everlasting happiness. It is more important to experience the Trinity than to explain it.
As we begin Mass, we are greeted with: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
– Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord Next Sunday

Readings for next Sunday, June 7, 2020
Exodus 34: 4 – 6, 8 – 9
Daniel 3: 52 – 56
II Corinthians 13: 11 – 13
John 3: 16 – 18

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Seven Sacraments of the Church
Other Liturgical Celebrations

What do funeral rites express?
Although celebrated in different rites in keeping with the situations and traditions of various regions, funerals express the paschal character of Christian death in hope of the resurrection. They also manifest the meaning of communion with the departed particularly through prayer for the purification of their souls.

What are the main moments in funerals?
Usually, funeral rites consist of four principal parts: welcoming the body of the deceased by the community with words of comfort and hope, the liturgy of the Word, the Eucharistic Sacrifice, and the farewell in which the soul of the departed is entrusted to God, the Source of eternal life, while the body is buried in the hope of the resurrection.