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Covering one’s face during Mass, though it may seem an inconvenience, is a helpful measure and an act of love to decrease the probability of spreading infection. We want to take all the measures outlined by our Diocese to minimize the risks to all members of our gathered community.Please remember to keep the face mask…

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RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
During this Covid 19 Pandemic, it is highly recommended that reception of Holy Communion be on the hand because of the concern of the transmission of the virus to others when received on the tongue. If you determine to receive on the tongue, please wait until the end of the Communion line.
Thank you to everyone for your understanding.

MAY SHE REST IN THE PEACE OF THE LORD
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Helen A. Pollard who died on July 24, 2020. The parish community of Saint Columba Church extends its deepest sympathies to her family, relatives, and friends on their loss.

SCHOOL ROOF AND PARKING LOTS
The school roof has been replaced and has been paid in full in the 2019 – 2020 budget.
The contractor is beginning to put a gravel parking lot on the E. Third Street properties which we had purchased over three years ago. This work should be completed in a few weeks. Lighting, sidewalks, and other improvements have been mandated by the Town. In addition, we need to add more handicapped parking spaces to the parking lot near the Rectory. A contribution to pay for this new parking lot was given a few years ago. That money is in the St. Columba Parish Capital Expenditure Fund.
An anonymous donor gave a substantial gift
to put asphalt on the gravel parking lot behind the office building and near the Food Cupboard. That work will be done in the near future.

FROM THE FOOD CUPBOARD
Thank you to the understanding and cooperative parishioners, especially those coming to the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for navigating their way around the Food Cupboard lines in order to park for Mass.
The Food Cupboard encourages all gardeners to “plant a row for the hungry” in order to share your bountiful harvest with those in need.
We are also in need of single use masks for our clients. If you can help with masks or a donation that would help us purchase masks, give us a call at (570) 387-2607.
Thank you for your continued generosity and support of the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard!

CATHOLIC COUNSELING OPTIONS ARE NEARBY
Heart of Mercy Counseling Ministry (Sisters of the Good Shepherd), in the Danville area now has two licensed therapists available to serve adults: individual, couples, and families. Fee based on sliding scale. Please contact either one of them to schedule an appointment if you are seeking counseling based in Catholic teachings: Sr. Patricia Marie Barnette, Licensed Professional Counselor, 352-328- 8145 OR: Sr. Mary Frances Altavilla, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 410-245-0870.

KEYS NEEDED
As you may be spending some extra time organizing around the house, please take note if you find any keys belonging to our parish, and bring them to the Parish Center at your soonest convenience. It is always important for us to keep extra sets of spare keys for the various doors and locks on hand, and often we have some difficulty with this.


PIEROGIES FOR SALE
Christ the King Church, Benton, will be selling homemade pierogies. The price is $7.00 a dozen or a bag of 3 dozen for $20.00.
You can call the Parish Office at 570-925-6969.
Pick up can be Monday, Thursday or Saturday mornings in August.

QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, ELYSBURG
ANNUAL LOBSTER FEST, Saturday, August 29.
Featuring freshly delivered Maine lobsters. Cost is $13 for a live lobster, $14 steamed, $22 for a dinner. Dinner includes potatoes, corn on the cob and cole slaw.
Pulled pork dinners for $10 include roll, bbq sauce, potatoes, corn on the cob and cole slaw.
Pulled pork sold for $8 per quart, cole slaw for $3 per pint.
Event is take-out only. Pick up orders between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Gift basket and prize raffle outdoors.
All orders due by August 7; call 570-672- 2302 (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.) or order online at www.qmhr.net.


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OUR MAILING ADDRESS
Please only use “342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1824” as the official mailing address of the church. Also the Food Cupboard uses the same address as the church.

This Week in Our Parish

– a calendar for the week of August 2, 2020

Parish schedules are updated below

Additional updates will be provided as they are received.

FIRST COMMUNION
The second date on which a child may receive First Holy Communion with others from the class is next Saturday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m. First Communicants may walk up the aisle with or without masks and sit in the pew with their families.
If this date does not suit, the child may receive on any day of the week at one of the regularly scheduled Masses.
Please call the office and inform us of your decision.

IT’S TIME FOR CYE REGISTRATION
The start date for CYE classes is September 13, and we will be following the classroom model of our school, in terms of virtual/in-person learning. There are two (2) forms for registration this year. Please be sure to fill out both of these and send/bring them back to us at your soonest convenience.
Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the start date.

HOLY COMMUNION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED
at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday for those who want to come to the church after Sunday Mass just for Communion.

SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
Each Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can also call the office for an appointment.

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


JUNE FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Total Fiscal YTD Income as of 6/30/20
Actual –– $1,191,205
12/12 Budget –– $1,191,205
Over (under) Budget –– $24,160

Total Fiscal YTD Expenditures as of 6/30/20
Actual –– $1,208,024
12/12 Budget –– $1,159,271
Over (under) Budget –– $48,753

Beginning cash balance 7/1/19 –– $180,019
Expenditures exceeded income 6/30/20 –– ($16,819)
Ending cash balance 6/30/20 –– $163,200

Debt Account at the Diocese –– $0
Capital Expenditure Savings –– $57,223.54
Parish Savings –– $167,922.64
Total Parish Savings –– $225,146.18

As you can see, we have completed the fiscal year in the black. There is no parish debt. In addition, we have $225,146.18 in savings at the diocese.
Thank you to all of you who fulfill one of the precepts of the Church and contribute to the support of our Parish. God rewards our giving back to Him a share of what He gives to us!


Parish Stewardship

July 26, 2020 – $9,424
July 28, 2019 – $11,205

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


ROOTED IN FAITH – THE DIOCESAN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
Have you made your commitment to the Diocesan Annual Campaign?
PARISH CAMPAIGN as of 07/27/20
ASSESSMENT – $97,952
PLEDGED – $67,810
% OF GOAL – 69.2 %
GIVERS – 16
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Mass Schedule for this Week

SATURDAY/August 1, 2020
5:00 p.m. Winnie Casey (Mary Payne & Family)

SUNDAY/August 2, 2020
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Matthew Zoppetti, Sr. (Family)

MONDAY/August 3, 2020
7:30 a.m. Charles Sacavage (Family)

TUESDAY/August 4, 2020
7:30 a.m. Mosteller & Casey Families (Carol Mosteller)

WEDNESDAY/August 5, 2020
7:30 a.m. Helen Wallace (Anne Baarck)

THURSDAY/August 6, 2020
7:30 a.m. Intention of Jessica Tloczynski (Dautrich Family)

FRIDAY/August 7, 2020
7:30 a.m. Mary Clark (Bob Clark & Veronica & Craig Klesh)
5:00 p.m. Helen Pollard (Joe & Mary Finn)

SATURDAY/August 8, 2020
8:00 a.m. Kathleen Maylath (Elizabeth Chyko)
10:30 a.m. First Communion
5:00 p.m. Thomas Moro (Family)

NEXT SUNDAY/August 9, 2020
8:00 a.m. Winnie Casey (Cathy Weinberg)
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish


BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In Loving Memory of Richard Connolley (Carole Connolley and Family).

SAINT JOSEPH CANDLE: In Loving Memory of Richard Connolley (Carole Connolley and Family).

PARISH MASS ON YOUTUBE
Our Mass videos and extra music videos are on our YouTube Channel called “Saint Columba Parish.” You can watch these at any time and we will be joined spiritually. The Sacred Liturgy is an action of the entire Church, the Body united to the Head. Even if a priest celebrates Mass completely alone during these days, although not the preferred option of the Church since the Roman Missal does not provide for such an option, the action is one that unites the entire Church in Heaven, in Purgatory, and on earth in a spiritual communion with Christ the Head.

Hearing the Word of the Lord this Week

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus’ heart was often moved with pity for the crowds. He saw their needs, no matter how small they were, and He responded to them. The Gospel reminds us today of the Lord feeding over 5,000 people with just five loaves and two fish. This insignificant amount of food was all that Jesus needed for such a large crowd. He took the little that was available and worked a miracle. Whatever little thing that we can do for others, the Lord will take and work a miracle for others. Offer yourselves and the Lord will multiply your offering and provide for others.
Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord Next Sunday

Readings for next Sunday, August 9, 2020
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
I Kings 19: 9, 11 – 13
Psalm 85: 9 – 14
Romans 9: 1 – 5
Matthew 14: 22 – 33


Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

CHAPTER ONE
The Dignity of the Human Person
MAN THE IMAGE OF GOD

MAN’S FREEDOM 
Are the passions morally good or bad?
The passions insofar as they are movements of the sensible appetite are neither good nor bad in themselves. They are good when they contribute to a good action and they are evil in the opposite case. They can be taken up into the virtues or perverted by the vices.

THE MORAL CONSCIENCE 
What is the moral conscience?
Moral conscience, present in the heart of the person, is a judgment of reason which at the appropriate moment enjoins him to do good and to avoid evil. Thanks to moral conscience, the human person perceives the moral quality of an act to be done or which has already been done, permitting him to assume responsibility for the act. When attentive to moral conscience, the prudent person can hear the voice of God who speaks to him or her.


Sponsor of the Week

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


UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA: re: Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Case No. 1:20-bk-00599 (HWV) Claims Notice for Victims of Sexual Abuse and Others with Claims Against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg:
If you were sexually abused by any person connected with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, a Roman Catholic parish, or Roman Catholic school within the geographical area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, or have any claim against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, you must file a claim by November 13, 2020.
For more Diocesan information, visit:
https://www.hbgdiocese.org or https://dm.epiq11.com/RCDH and for U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania information, visit: http://www.pamb.uscourts.gov/

UPDATED: A FOUNDATION TO BUILD UPON
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.