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A Letter from Sr. Vivian

The Collection for Retired Religious is Sunday, December 11th

Sr. VivianIn the decades right after the Second World War in the 1950’s and 60’s, American Religious Communities were flourishing. My Community, Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, had over 600 members. We worked mainly in schools and hospitals. Some of the hospitals we owned and some were county hospitals. We also owned and operated Marymount College of Kansas. The Sisters who were working took care of those who could not work. Most of us thought we would go on like this forever.

Then Vatican II happened. We were asked to go back to our roots. For us this meant the dress of the day and going out among the people. This triggered many changes, the change from habit was a big one. Sisters were free to seek other kinds of jobs. These changes caused discontent in two different groups: those who thought we were changing too fast and those who thought we were not changing fast enough. In the 70’s, many Sisters left their Communities and vocations began to drop. This trend continues to the present time. My Community has dropped to 92 members in the U.S. and 14 in Brazil. Of the Sisters in the U.S., 42 are 80 years old or older, and 40 are in their 70s.  read more...

Area Advent Reconciliation Services

A Christmas Eve note from Fr. Dave

St. Joan of Arc December 10, 10:00 a.m.
St. John Vianney December 10, 7:00 p.m.

St. John Vianney December 14, 1:30 p.m.

St. Patricks, Gretna December 15, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Bellevue December 15, 7:00 p.m.

St. Joseph December 19, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Bellevue December 20, 3:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo December 20, 7:00 p.m.
St. Columbkille December 20, 7:00 p.m.

I’m excited as we look forward to celebrating Christmas together. Like a 7-year old eyeing a present, I can hardly wait.

I’ve noticed that some people come very early to sit and pray before our Masses start, especially at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. While you are welcome to do that, I ask that you not reserve any spaces for others. I’m asking our ushers to fill any gaps in spaces that are unoccupied so we can seat those who are present.

With our new Mass schedule and available seating in the Social Hall for overflow, I trust that we can accommodate the multitude of people that will be here to celebrate the birth of our King!

Be assured that “ALL ARE WELCOME!”

Year-End Giving

Many of the members of St. Columbkille Parish do an excellent job of tithing. Much of your tithe goes to practical things like keeping the lights/heat/AC on, paying our parish, school and religious formation personnel, supplies for all our programs and ministries, supporting our archdiocese, and maintaining our facilities and ground.

It is so greatly appreciated that so many of our folks take care of these everyday monthly expense so consistently. The end of the year is soon approaching. Some may be so fortunate that they are considering making additional end of the year contributions to take advantage of the tax breaks available.

If you are one of these fortunate people, do you want to get a BIGGER BANG for your buck??? Consider placing an extra donation in your DEBT REDUCTION, PAVE THE WAY, OR FUTURE FUND envelope. Anytime that we can pay down existing debt, the parish is helped by saving the interest paid.

You are encouraged to take some time to prayerfully consider if you can help the parish eliminate the debt. Please remember to have all end of the year contributions delivered to the church by midnight of December 31st in order to have it recorded to your 2016 contributions.

Wondering How Much to Give?

One of the things we’re expected to do is give 5% of our income to the parish, 1% to the diocese and 4% to other charities. You’ve undoubtedly been inundated with requests for groups who would appreciate some of that 4%.

One easy way to see if you are coming close to the recommendation is to use the following formula:

Sunday giving should be one dollar for every thousand of household income for the year. For example, if the household income is...

if the household income is
  •  $35,000, then the Sunday contribution should be $35.00;
  •  $60,000 then the Sunday contribution should be $60.00;
  • $125,000, then the Sunday contribution should be $125.00.

With this easy formula, your gift to the kingdom of God will be approximately a five (5%) percent tithe. As the year ends, this is a good time for all parishioners to consider whether what they are returning to God for all the gifts received meets this basic formula?


Thursday, December 8
5:45 a.m. TMIY (Steinhausen Center)
9:15 a.m. Moms of Faith (Social Hall)
6:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Social Hall)
7:00 p.m. Legion of Mary (Social Hall)
8:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Church)

Friday, December 9
9:15 a.m. Line Dancing (Social Hall)

Saturday, December 10
Collection for Retired Religious Weekend
7:00 a.m. Yoga Fitness (Steinhausen Center)
9:00 a.m. Bible Study (Education Center)
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi (Steinhausen Center)

Sunday, December 11
Collection for Retired Religious Weekend
8:00 a.m. Knights of Columbus Breakfast (Social Hall)
8:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Checks (Social Hall)
10:30 a.m. St. Vincent de Paul (Parish Office)
10:30 a.m. Baptism Preparation (Education Center)

Monday, December 12
9:15 a.m. Senior Exercise (Social Hall)
11:30 a.m. Fitness Luncheon (Steinhausen Center)
5:00 p.m. Religious Education (Education Center)
6:30 p.m. Kindergarten Music Program (Social Hall)
7:00 p.m. Choice Wine (Steinhausen Center)
7:30 p.m. Prayer Group (Church)

Tuesday, December 13
9:15 a.m. Zumba (Social Hall)
3:30 p.m. Children’s Choir (Social Hall)
6:30 p.m. Preschool Christmas Program (Social Hall)
7:00 p.m. RCIA (Steinhausen Center)

Wednesday, December 14
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi (Steinhausen Center)
12:30 p.m. Bible Study (Steinhausen Center)
1:00 p.m. Rosary Making (Social Hall)
5:45 p.m. Religious Education (Education Center)
6:30 p.m. Liturgy Committee (Parish Office)
7:30 p.m. 7th/8th Music Program (Church)
8:00 p.m. Pastoral/Finance Council (Parish Office)
8:00 p.m. Athletic Council (Steinhausen Center)

Thursday, December 15
5:45 a.m. TMIY (Steinhausen Center)
9:15 a.m. Moms of Faith (Social Hall)
7:00 p.m. Legion of Mary (Social Hall)
7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (Social Hall)
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Church)

Friday, December 16
9:15 a.m. Line Dancing (Social Hall)

Saturday, December 17
7:00 a.m. Yoga Fitness (Steinhausen Center)
9:30 a.m. Tai Chi (Steinhausen Center)

Sunday, December 18
7:00 p.m. Miscarriage Support Group (Social Hall)


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