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Catholic Schools Week

We are beginning our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week. St. Columba School, through its teaching and atmosphere, is committed to passing on a living faith in Jesus Christ. St. Columba School invests in our future, which are our students.  We take this opportunity to thank the parish for its support of our school, to…

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World Day of the Sick

The World Day of the Sick is observed each year on February 11 which is the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The day was instituted over 30 years ago by Saint Pope John Paul II and is a day of awareness intended for “prayer and sharing of offering one’s suffering for the good of…

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POOR MISSIONS COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND
Mandated by the III Plenary Council in 1884, National Collection for Black and Indian people continues as the embodiment of the Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black and Indian peoples of the United States. The funds are distributed as grants to dioceses throughout the United States, supporting and strengthening evangelization programs which otherwise would cease. The Collection was formerly known as The Black and Indian Home Mission Collection. Thank you for your generosity.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NEXT MONDAY FOR BULK MAILING:
If you are interested in helping stuff envelopes for our next bulk mailing, on Monday, February 6, please call the office this week.

JOIN THE SISTERS OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
40 Hours on Tuesday, February 7. Eucharistic Adoration will begin at the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius at 9:00 am. You are welcome to visit the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day. The closing of 40 Hours will begin at 5:00 PM and will include Evening Prayer, a Reflection and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica. All are welcome to the evening service, or to spend quiet time in prayer during the day. The Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius is located at 1002 Railroad Street, Danville.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OFFICE DUTIES/RECEPTION to answer phones, etc. Please call Deanna if you can assist. (570) 784-0801 x 5. Flexible hours available.

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MOWERY ABOUT BABIES
Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.” And He laid his hands on them and went away (Matthew 19:13-15). Please know that your children are most welcome at church. Do not feel that you must take your babies into the cafeteria; it’s there if you want or need it, but the church is blessed by the presence of our youngest members. You, their parents, are teaching your children that it is their church, too. Help them to know and experience Mass and allow them to see and feel the process inside the church.


ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL NEWS

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
St. Columba School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week all this week. As part of this celebration, the middle school hosted a Career Day. Professionals from Turkey Hill Inn, PA State Crime Lab. BTE, Bloomsburg Veterinary Hospital, and more. Police Detective Jason Bedisky from the Mahanoy Township Police Department spoke with the students about his career in law enforcement and as the only police detective in his department and what is required in that role as detective. Pictured above back row from left to right: Mya Reese, Hope Hopper, and Saleah Shannon. Front row left to right: Luca Cavallini, Chirs Getz, Detective Jason Bedisky, Nicholas Helbing, and Mason Mensinger.

ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL IS SEARCHING FOR AN ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL
This person will serve as a beacon of Christ’s light while nurturing individual gifts in a faith-infused, academically challenging, safe and secure environment. Find out more regarding our K-8 school at its website.
For more information about the administrative tasks and other details of this position, please use this link.

For more SCS news, take a minute and visit our school’s website. Scroll down to SCS Happenings for updates.


PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE SICK IN YOUR PRAYERS
A complete listing of those who are sick and those with special needs  is here.
Instructions for adding to this list and requesting other prayer opportunities are also on this page.

ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK?
Type in “Saint Columba Catholic Church” and “like” us in order to have our posts be part of your newsfeed!

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SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH MEMBERSHIP SUNDAY IS THIS SUNDAY
By our baptism, we are called to share our faith with our family and friends, with our neighbors, indeed with the whole world. This Sunday, we are invited to make a special commitment as missionaries.

BLESSING OF THROATS
February 3 is the feast of St. Blaise, the day on which we traditionally bless throats. The story is that St. Blaise miraculously cured a little boy who nearly died because of a fishbone in his throat. We pray that God will protect us through his prayer. “Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness.”
We will bless throats after all the Masses next weekend, February 4-5.

BIDDY BASKETBALL PROGRAM
The Biddy Basketball Program is a wonderful opportunity for children to participate in team and athletic competition in an environment that emphasizes beginner instruction and fun.
Our program is for Saint Columba school and parish children, both boys and girls, from grades kindergarten through third grade. Teams will be created by dividing those children as evenly as possible by number of players, gender and grade level throughout the teams
The deadline for registrations to be received is noon on Sunday, February 11. A meeting of prospective coaches will be held immediately after that date in order to create the teams, assign practice times and finalize team shirt orders. For that reason, no application will be accepted after the deadline.
Practices will begin soon after, with games running through February and March.

TEACHING MASS JANUARY 29
NEW: Join us for a special Teaching Mass, Sunday, January 29, recorded at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Father Mowery provides explanations on the parts of the Mass.

YOUNG ADULT FELLOWSHIP AGES 21 AND UP
Please be a part of our new young adult group, share faith, friendship, and laughter. Contact Rain at rainmescovedo@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the WhatsApp, Facebook or email groups.

FLAME OF LOVE ROSARY, CONFESSION AND ADORATION
On Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., we have adoration, confessions (when Father Mowery is available), and the Flame of Love Rosary. This is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for prayer.


Parish Stewardship

January 29, 2023 – $11,626
January 30, 2022 –$9,835

This Week’s Offering – Weekly

Second Collection -Propagation of the Faith 

Next Week’s Offering – Weekly

Second Collection -Poor Missions


2022 DIOCESAN ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
as of January 24, 2023
ASSESSMENT – $95,644
Pledged: $88,945 
Number of Givers: 200
% of Our Parish Goal: 9
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ARE YOU ABLE TO SPEND AN HOUR A WEEK WITH JESUS?
The Adoration Chapel at the Basilica of St. Cyril and Methodius in Danville is now open with adoration hours from Wednesdays at 7:00 AM through Thursdays at 8:00 PM. We need another adorer for the 12:00-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. hours on Thursdays. Unsure about committing? Team up with a friend and back each other up, or go to pray together! Contact Judy Dobson for more information at 570-594-7175 or go to our website.

ST. COLUMBA MUSIC MINISTRY has a Virtual Choir Playlist that is available here. Video/audio by Catherine Chayko, Music Director.

REMINDER: All our Mass and Music videos are available on the Saint Columba Parish YouTube Channel.

CONTACT INFORMATION UPDATES
Did you know that many parishioners are in our system without a working phone number? As more and more people drop their landlines, we are in urgent need of updated contact information. We will also take an email address if you would like to be contacted that way. We keep all contact information private. Please call or email the office and help us rectify incorrect contact numbers.

Mass Schedule for this Week

Days of the Week are linked to the daily readings
Daily readings can also be listened to via podcast from that page

SATURDAY/January 28, 2023
8:00 a.m. Thomas Mertz (Ruthie Reichart)
5:00 p.m. 4th Degree Knights of Columbus & their Families (Family of Richard J. Marston)

SUNDAY/January 29, 2023
8:00 a.m. People of the Parish
10:30 a.m. Robert Norton (Al & Elaine Luschas & Family)

TUESDAY/January 31, 2023
7:30 a.m. Martin Maloney (Joann & Paul Page)

WEDNESDAY/February 1, 2023
7:30 a.m. Thomas McGovern (Nancy & Ed Edwards)

THURSDAY/February 2 2023
7:30 a.m. Leona Doyle (Jim Doyle)

FRIDAY/February 3, 2023
7:30 a.m. Suzanne Casazza (Ianiero Family)
8:30 a.m. Robert Koslosky (Family)

SATURDAY/February 4, 2023
8:00 a.m. Holy Souls in Purgatory
5:00 p.m. Alicia Smiley (Shapeero Family)

SUNDAY/February 5, 2023
8:00 a.m. Freda Zalonis (Elaine Zalonis)
10:30 a.m. People of the Parish


BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE
In Loving Memory of Michael & Anna Panzitta (Ines & Charles Carroll) 

ST. JOSEPH CANDLE
In Loving Memory of Michael & Anna Panzitta (Ines & Charles Carroll)

ST. COLUMBA CANDLE
If you would like to donate a week-long candle, please contact the parish office.

ST. GIANNA CANDLE
If you would like to donate a week-long candle, please contact the parish office.

ALTAR FLOWERS
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office.

Hearing the Word of the Lord

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus tells us that we are to be salt for the earth and the light for the world. Salt adds flavor to food and so our lives are to add flavor to the lives of others and make their lives better. Light dispels darkness and so our lives are to bring hope and light to the lives of others. The prophet Isaiah tells us how we can be salt and light. He reminds us to share with others, to shelter the homeless and to remove from our midst oppression, false accusation, and malicious speech. Then our light will break forth like the dawn!

Be Prepared for the Word of the Lord

Readings for Sunday, February 5 , 2023
FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Readings for next Sunday, February 12, 2023
SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Part Three: Life in Christ
CHAPTER TWO
At the Wellsprings of Prayer

“I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. … My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.” (The Curé of Ars, Saint John Mary Vianney)

In the Church, are there different ways of praying?
In the Church there are various ways of praying that are tied to different historical, social and cultural contexts. The Magisterium of the Church has the task of discerning the fidelity of these ways of praying to the tradition of apostolic faith. It is for pastors and catechists to explain their meaning which is always related to Jesus Christ.


Sponsor of the Week

We would like to thank the Sponsor of the Week
ALLEN FUNERAL HOME
for sponsoring an ad in our weekly bulletin. 

PLEASE DO NOT BE SCAMMED!
Please remember, Father Mowery will NEVER email or text you requesting money or gift cards of any kind. Scammers are out there, attempting to prey upon your goodwill, and they fabricate email addresses and cell phone identities that LOOK official but ARE NOT. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Fraudulent calls and text messages can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission and we encourage you to do so.


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.


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