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Items needed for Fair workers

Requesting both men’s and women’s clean used clothing, sizes small through extra large, jeans and pants (with a specific need for black denim or tan, khaki, twill), sweat shirts and sweat pants, t-shirts, sports shirts, work boots and sneakers, wind breakers, hoodies, jackets, and rain gear (ponchos, rain coats/pants). Additional information posted below.

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Winterfest preview

Winterfest is our annual craft, art, food, musical, and friendship kickoff to the Christmas season. This year’s Winterfest Festival will be held on Saturday, November 23 in and around the school cafeteria and gymnasium from 9a.m. through 2p.m. Meeting details will be posted on our Winterfest website page and in the weekly bulletin.

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100 YEARS IN DANVILLE: The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius cordially invite you to attend a Eucharistic Liturgy and reception celebrating 100 years of service in Danville. The Most Reverend Bishop Ronald Gainer will be the principal celebrant on this coming Sunday, September 15, 2019, beginning at 11:00 at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville. All are welcome to attend. 

VOYAGERS: Dianne Warren of the Voyagers Travel Group along with Boscov’s Travel Agency will be hosting a seminar for our 2020 trip on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maximillian Kolbe room of the St. Columba Parish Center. Our next exciting trip will depart September 9-15, 2020 and is called Black Hills, Badlands & Legends of the West featuring Mt. Rushmore! Highlights include: Mount Rushmore at Night • Devil’s Tower National Monument • Crazy Horse Memorial • Badlands National Park • Wall Drug Store • Custer State Park • Buffalo Jeep Safari • State Game Lodge Dinner • 1880 Train • Deadwood & Wild Horse Sanctuary • The Journey & Sioux Indian Museum • Black Hills Gold Factory • Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Show and includes: 6 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 10 Meals, Tour Director, Motorcoach Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary and Baggage Handling. Airfare is extra. Join us to learn about all the experiences we will have and get all of your questions answered. You will make fantastic new friends too! Please RSVP to Dianne at or 570-204-2082. 

BLOOMSBURG FAIR VESPER SERVICES: On Friday, September 20, Vespers Service will be held at the free stage beginning at 6:30. The service will begin with music led by Raven Creek, a bluegrass gospel band. Guest speaker is Dr. Douglas Lyon, Senior Pastor of Shiloh Bible Church. 

SCOUTS BSA is inviting all elementary boys and girls to join the Scouts BSA at the St. Columba Church Pack 24. The Pack Meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Church Cafeteria. All interested parties may contact the Columbia Montour BSA at 570-784-2700, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. We are looking forward to meeting you – bring a friend! We have a great time with outdoor activities and many more events.
Scouts BSA are also inviting boys in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to join Troop 24. The troop meets every Tuesday evening as well from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the School Cafeteria. For more information, you may contact Ed Dilg at 570-204-2994, April Carl at 570-336-4281, or Rose Marie Rhoads at 570-854-1756. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you!

PUBLIC ROSARY: On Saturday, October 12, in the church parking lot, close to the rectory porch, at noon. This Public Square Rosary sponsored by “America Needs Fatima” will be one of over 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States that day. Please join in prayer. 

This Week in Our Parish

for the week of September 15, 2019

8:00 a.m. – Mass
9:10 a.m. – CYE Classes 
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “God or Unicorn” 

6:30 p.m. – Voyagers
7:00 p.m. – Irish Class 
7:30 p.m. – Volleyball 

5:30 p.m. – Instrument Practice
6:00 p.m. – Boy/Cub Scouts 
7:00 p.m. – Adult Choir Practice 

Diocesan Education Conference
7:00 p.m. – Bell Choir 

7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus

8:30 a.m. – School Mass

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

8:00 a.m. – Mass
NO CYE Classes
10:30 a.m. – Mass 
6:00 p.m. – Life Teen – “Religion or Freedom”   

THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF SAINT COLUMBA welcomes into its family through the Sacrament of Baptism the following individuals:
RIELYNN MARTHA THOMAS, daughter of Thomas K. Samina (William) Rashid
ROSCOE ATTICUS A. SPADOTTO, son of Peter N. and Ashley D. (Debo) Spadotto.
WILLIAM JAMES HARTNEY, son of James T. and Julie M. (Fowler) Hartney.

Sponsor of the Week

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

Parish Stewardship

September 8, 2019 – $10,320
September 9, 2018 – $13,383

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

Mass Schedule for the Week

SUNDAY/September 15, 2019
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish 
10:30 a.m. Frank Wilder (Ryan Hardt) 

MONDAY/September 16, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Beverly Michael (Sam & Ginny Bidleman) 

TUESDAY/September 17, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Don Bridenstine (Joe Yatko) 

WEDNESDAY/September 18, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Thomas Hogan (Kathleen Hogan) 

THURSDAY/September 19, 2019 
7:30 a.m. Bill Zehringer (Greg & Hope Moro & Staff) 

FRIDAY/September 20, 2019 
7:30 a.m. John & Polly Croft (Thomas & Lynn Davies) 
8:30 a.m. James Kistler (Heintzelman & Dunne Families) 

SATURDAY/September 21, 2019 
8:00 a.m. Anna Ciccozzi (Martin & Carol Lichtner) 
5:00 p.m. Beth Twardzik (Littlewood Family) 

SUNDAY/September 22, 2019 
8:00 a.m. Anthony DiGiuseppe (Family) 
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish 

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE: In loving memory of Michael J. Billets (Karen Miller).           

Hearing the Word of the Lord

Jesus reminds us that, whenever we come back to Him and seek His forgiveness, all heaven rejoices. The three parables of the lost sheep, the woman who lost one of her ten coins, and the prodigal son – all remind us of the mercy and forgiveness of God. We can repent each day and God wants to forgive us. All heaven rejoices when we return.   
Msgr. Bob Lawrence         


Readings for this coming Sunday, September 15, 2019
Exodus 32: 7 – 11, 13 – 14
Psalm 51: 3 – 4, 12 – 13, 17, 19
I Timothy 1: 12 – 17
Luke 15: 1 – 32 

Section Two:
The Seven Sacraments of the Church

Why did Christ institute the sacraments of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick?

Christ, the physician of our soul and body, instituted these sacraments because the new life that he gives us in the sacraments of Christian initiation can be weakened and even lost because of sin. Therefore, Christ willed that his Church should continue his work of healing and salvation by means of these two sacraments.