“A new command I give you: love one another.
As I have love you, so you must love another.” John 13:34
Baptism Ministry Catechist
Contact: Parish Office at 402-339-3285 ext. 105
This program helps parents of the soon-to-be baptized child understand the vocation of Christian marriage and parenting. Recognizing that physical and spiritual development of children go hand in hand, they discuss how a child’s arrival changes intimate relationships, understand the importance of partnership between parish and family living, and establish habits of family prayer and ritual.
Peer couples are needed to lead groups with orientation. Peer couples training is done by the Archdiocese. Two classes are offered every month. Catechists typically teach one class a quarter.
Bereavement Support Group
Contact: Parish Office at 402-339-3285 ext. 105
St. Columbkille Parish offers a Bereavement Support Group to help those who have lost loved ones through this difficult time. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Parish Office meeting room. Included is time for prayer and reflection on where God is in their grief.
The C.A.R.E. (Cards Are Revenue for Education) certificates program is a fundraiser done for the Home & School Association. They purchase gift certificates at a discount and resells them at face value. Disciples are needed to sell C.A.R.E. certificates after weekend Masses or at the school office one day a week.
Gift cards are available for over 500 local and national vendors including restaurants, grocery, home/auto, clothing, specialty stores and entertainment including bowling, movie theaters, and music downloads.
Purchase C.A.R.E certificates 24 hours a day online; after each weekend Mass in the church foyer; or sent to the school with students during the school year.
Contact: Diane or Matt Ferro
In a fun environment, parishioners gather for an annual, formal dinner, with silent and live auctions, to raise funds for the parish. People are needed to help coordinate and prepare for the next Ceili, which will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Some areas needed are: solicitors to contact businesses and individuals for items for the auctions, runners to pick up the items, decorators and helpers for set-up the morning of the auction, and people to assist with the operations of the event.
Contact: Mary Beth Jellen at 402-331-3296
Information and awareness on domestic abuse is provided throughout the parish campus and community by this group. Those interested in helping would spend approximately two hours a month with various tasks.
Contact: Bridget Huggins at 402-541-3090
The Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement design to support women in the joys, trials, and sorrows of childbearing. Our mission is to cherish children, encourage families, and build communities. We are women from the faith community who are willing to share their experience, presence, and story in the hope of encouraging other women.
If you are expecting a new addition to your family, please send your family name, email address, and due date to Bridget. The Elizabeth Ministry will pray for you and your baby during your pregnancy or adoption process.
Family Fun Festival
Contact: Deacon David Krueger at 402-339-3285 ext. 104
The Family Fun Festival is an annual event that binds the parish and community together for a day of fun, food, and fellowship. The Festival is typically held on the third Sunday in September. People with new ideas are needed to help plan and coordinate this growing event. More are needed the day of the event to run booths and games, prepare food, set-up, and clean-up.
Contact: Joe and Jen Holzapfel
This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video at Saint Columbkille in Papillion, Nebraska will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.
Joe and Jen Holzapfel will be coordinating and facilitating the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class on Sundays. Check the class schedule.
Food for Families
Contact: Roseann Moore at 402-597-3338
On the second Sunday of each month, grocery bags are made available to parishioners who return them on the third Sunday filled with non-perishable food items. These items are taken to the Juan Diego Center pantry for those in need. People are needed to help with the transport of the food from St. Columbkille.
Funeral Lunch Ministry
Contact: JoAnn Peterson at 402-339-2799
This group provides the hospitality for the family and friends after the funeral Mass or memorial service. Those who are willing to serve are put into a group to assist in providing food, set-up, serving, and clean-up. The groups rotate so the same people are not called every time.
Contact: Sylvia Black at 402-592-4820
The parish campus should not simply look nice, but inspire parishioners to think of all the beauty God has made. This can be a time of prayerful service to the community. Tasks are communicated so members can do some on their own each week or gather with others on Thursday evenings during the summer.
Gift Giving Weekend
Contact: Becky Grant at 402-592-1103
A gift giving tree is set up in the narthex of the church where parishioners can select an ornament with gift suggestions, purchase the gift, and bring it to any Mass the first weekend of December. People are needed to gather, sort, and prepare the gifts to be taken to Heartland Family Services, where parents of qualifying families can select a toy and an item of clothing for their children to open on Christmas morning. The time involved is a Sunday in December from 7:30 a.m. through early afternoon.
Happy Club for Retirees and Seniors
For more information, call Armi at 402-592-4824
A social gathering for the purpose of sharing ideas, past experiences and wonderful memories is held monthly. Members are free spirits with no dues, officers, or committees. They meet on the first Monday of the month in the Steinhausen Center at 11:30 a.m. for a potluck luncheon and entertainment. On first Monday holidays, we will meet the following week.
Contact: Mary Ann Mucia at 402-339-5067; Deacon Eldon Lauber at 402-339-3285 ext 105
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, St. Columbkille Parish provides communion and visitation daily to patients at Midlands Hospital. In many cases, patients just need someone to visit and pray with them. Visitors also relay needs (such as Anointing of the Sick) to the parish. Those involved must be mandated as an EMHC. They receive training both from the parish and from the chaplain at Midlands Hospital. Visits are made during the day.
IXIM (Global Outreach)
Contact: Fr. Damian Zuerlein at 402-342-2464
The Gospel calls us to reach out beyond our borders and to help the work of the Gospel throughout the world. The committee is working specifically with the IXIM project of the Archdiocese of Omaha to establish a sister diocese relationship with Huehuetenango, Guatemala, through mission trips and educating others on the needs. Parishioners can serve in several different ways with the IXIM project by:
Participating in a mission trip: two weeks during the summer at a site in Huehuetenango. The exact dates of the trip are not yet finalized. There are five preparation meetings before the trip held on Sunday afternoons and three follow-up meetings.
Supporting the local group by offering your talent on one of the IXIM committees:
- Education – helps build relationships between schools here and in Huehuetenango.
- Disciples of the Good Shepherd – helps support consecrated women in Guatemala with the efforts at being educated to be catechists in their diocese.
- Water Purification Projects – helps install and maintain water purification systems in remote mountain villages.
- Relationship Building – works with Guatemalans in Omaha through offering English classes and special celebrations.
- Publicity – offers informational meetings and coordinates the public relations of IXIM.
Each committee meets monthly, and projects may involve a weekly commitment of a couple hours or may be limited to special projects during which time commitments may vary.
Just Older Youth (JOY)
Contact: JoAnn Peterson, 402-339-2799
Are you retired and looking for a fun afternoon outing? Join our group on the fourth Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Steinhausen Center. We play dominoes and cards. Please bring a snack to share.
Knights of Columbus
Contact: Duane Fisher, Phone 402-593-7518
Knights of Columbus are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. Men who are practicing Catholics are invited to join the Order. Our Council meets in the Steinhausen Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Contact: Bill Heese at 402-616-4740
Once or twice a month, a team of mowers will cut the lawn around the parish campus. Mowing can be done by families or those over 18 years of age.
Legion of Mary
Contact: Cathy Peterson at 402-504-1264
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active cooperation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. Every Active Legion member (Men and Women) is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and union with Mary and to attend a weekly meeting on Thursday evenings.
Contact: John Bramblett at 402-597-1183 or 402-658-5893; Charlie Pape at 402-393-2897
Lend-A-Hand (LAH) is a group of parish volunteer handymen and handywomen who provide minor plumbing, electrical, and carpentry repair and maintenance services for the elderly, disabled, and needy of our parish and local community. We are looking for people with expertise in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and painting to call upon as needs arise. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, contact the Parish Office at 402-339-3285.
Lenten Fish Fry
For more information, contact Don Hunt, 402-681-8827.
The Fish Fry began in 1990 and is held on all the Fridays during Lent from 5:00-8:00 pm, except Good Friday. Dinner is prepared weekly for approximately 1,200 people, and involves hundreds of stewards. The annual income to the parish averages over $25,000. Funds from the Fish Fry have been used for the Social Level kitchen renovation and equipment, heating and cooling, landscaping, school supplies, office equipment and the St. Columbkille Education Trust fund.
Meals to Families in Crisis
Contact: Patty Pechar 402-933-4761
When a family is in crisis, a coordinator calls a member of this ministry with a request for a meal and an address of where it should be delivered. This is done on a rotating basis to serve those with health issues, loss of employment, death, etc.
Mentoring at the Sarpy County Juvenile Center
Contact: Jean Marie Faltus, SFCC at 402-593-9214
Youth at the Center often request an individual mentor. They are looking for someone to walk with them, someone to look to for advice and care. If you can spare an hour or two a week, you could make one of these kids very happy. Release Ministries provides training for mentoring.
Military Outreach Ministry
Contact: Amanda Costello or Christy Cook
The mission of the St. Columbkille Military Outreach Ministry is to honor, serve, and support active duty military families. We strive to instill an immediate feeling of belonging, make connections to encourage parish involvement, provide support for the active duty military families of our parish, and engage current ministries to support the active duty military families.
MOM (not just for moms despite our acronym) began its ministry in October 2015 with the goals of hosting play dates, family get-together, bible studies, and meeting any of the needs of our active duty military parishioners.
Moms of Faith
Contact: Melissa Nelson, Membership Coordinator, at 713-852-7858
The mission of Moms of Faith is to welcome families to our community, assist parish programs and to provide an opportunity for mothers and families to gather for spiritual, community and social activities. All moms or those expecting or in the process of adoption are invited to join Moms of Faith. Moms of Faith hosts play dates, girls night outs, weekly meetings during the school year and family events.
Please join us for prayer, fellowship, and fun. We strive to provide a welcoming community for mothers of all ages so that we can encourage one another in our vocation, learn, grow in our Catholic faith, serve God and to reach out in service to others within our parish and community.
Contact: Jim Edwards at 402-592-2351
A group of people gather each Monday after the 8:15 a.m. Mass to sort and count the money offered at the weekend liturgies.
Contact: Gretchen Reid at 402-592-0726 or Barb Kinney at 402-339-9007
Parish Nurses promote health awareness, provide blood pressure checks, and other health screenings at parish events. They make home visits to help people understand their medications and doctors orders upon returning home from the hospital. The Walk to Bethlehem and Walk to Jerusalem events are sponsored by our Parish Nurses. Some nurses will help at an event for an hour a month while others may assist ten hours per week.
Our parish nurses have put a great emphasis on wellness. Here is an example of how they are doing that through a partnership with CHI Health:
Parish Nurse News :: Growing in Mind, Body and Spirit
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Contact: Gretchen Reid at 402-592-0726 or Elvira Stone at 402-331-0480
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the second Thursday of the month to pray and make prayer shawls for those who are ill.
Respect Life Group
Contact: Mike or Lynn Jones at 402-339-1947
This group coordinates Pro-Life events in the parish and the participation of the parish in archdiocesan pro-life activities. They meet eight times a year to coordinate activities.
Monsignor Whelan’s homily at the Pro Life Living Rosary
(14:22, 13.1 MB). March 3, 2013 is not available .
Contact: Barb Gray at 402-895-0481
On Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., this group gathers to make rosaries for those who need them. Last year, more than 3,000 rosaries were given to the Columban Fathers to distribute in their missionary work.
Safety and Security Council
The Safety and Security Council (SSC) is a designated group of St. Columbkille parishioners with the responsibility to address current safety and security issues within the school and church. Any issues are addressed and resolved with the visibility and approval of the pastor and administration.
The mission of the council is to look at modern day security and safety concerns and address them with modern solutions. These concerns can range from new security cameras, updates to the first aid kits, proactively adding trauma kits to multiple locations, physical security of the school and church, modern security-type training by appropriate professionals, first-aid style training, and other topics or concerns that should be addressed.
The council meets regularly. They will hold quarterly “open floor” style meetings for questions and answers. All parish members are encouraged to attend these meetings. Please check the parish calendar for those dates. Copies of minutes approved by the council will be available on the parish website for public review.
The council currently consists of the following members: Father Dave Reeson, Brian Cerny, Wendy Squarcia, Charlotte Stuhr, and Matt Ferro. We are looking to add more members to the SSC with backgrounds in law enforcement and EMT/trauma/combat medicine.
St. Columbkille Shepherds
Contact: Mike Williams at 402-592-3879
The Shepherds are a group of men who work to raise money for the community. They are developing the land on 84th Street, south of Highway 370, into soccer fields, and are seeking professionals who can help with that process. People are also needed to assist with a fireworks stand in the summer, which is their large annual fundraiser. In May, people will be asked to fill specific shifts.
St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP)
The mission of the Society is to grow as disciples of Jesus by helping those in need materially and spiritually. It includes all 34 Catholic parishes of Douglas and Sarpy county of which 26 have an active SVDP conference.
The Society owns and sponsors four thrift stores in Omaha and one in Papillion. The Papillion store at 807 Tara Plaza is open Monday- Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.. Our parish helps support the store with volunteers and donated goods and in return we receive a percentage of the sales.
Donated items such as furniture, appliances, household goods, clothing need to be clean and be in working order. Call 402-341-1688 for pick up .
The store is always in need of volunteers to help sort donated items and stock shelves. If you would like to volunteer please stop by anytime. High school students in need of community service hours can also help. Shopping at the store also helps generate money used to help the poor throughout the community.
St. Columbkille St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Contact Linda Kueper, Co-President of SVDP conference; Kathy Burson: 402-339-3285 ext. 105
A conference is an extension of the Society which performs mission work within the parish boundaries. Our parish office receives calls daily from people in need of help with rent, utilities, and food. Members of our conference are divided into five teams that perform home visits and assess the people’s needs. We then give financial aid for bills, references for food banks, and prayers of comfort.
Our parishioners are very generous in supporting us through parish Sunday envelops marked SVDP and memorials. Gifts are also welcome in someone’s name for Anniversary or Birthday’s. Just put a check in an envelope and drop it off at the parish office marked SVDP.
Bundle Sunday is one Sunday in September or October. We collect winter coats, mittens, wool scarves, and hats for the homeless. These items are handed out the first weekend in November at our downtown location. Watch the bulletin for dates of the collection. If you need to drop them off early please, stop by the Thrift Store letting them know it is for Bundle Sunday.
The conference has a monthly meeting in the parish office on the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Every other month, the President of our Conference attends a meeting for the Society to learn and share with the other parishes.
To join our volunteers or help any way please call the parish office, 402-339-1285 Ext.105, and your name will be forwarded to us.
Contact: Becky Grant at 402-592-1103 or Linda Gries at 402-339-7058
Food and funds are collected to provide and deliver a complete Thanksgiving Meal to needy families in the greater community. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, items are gathered and organized from vendors and donors. On Sunday, items for each family are boxed for delivery to the families on Monday.
TLC for Caregivers
Contact: Fr Dave Resson at 402-339-3285 ext 103
If you are taking care of your spouse, friend, aging parent, relative, child or sibling with a chronic illness, TLC for Caregivers is here for you. TLC for Caregivers offers spiritual support, respite, peer sharing, refreshments and information at no charge for those who give care and those assisting others giving care.
We invite you to consider joining one of two groups.
- The afternoon group meets on the Second Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
- The evening group meets on the Fourth Tuesday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
All meetings are at the Parish Office meeting room.
Contact: Ruth Ann Graef 402-592-4741
This is a network of parishioners providing transportation assistance to parish activities to those in need. People who would be willing to give rides to others at least once a month are needed.
Tri-City Food Pantry
The Tri-City Food Pantry serves the people who live in the communities of Ralston, La Vista, Papillion and surrounding areas. Parishioners work two-hour shifts on a rotating basis. Both daytime and evening hours are available.
Contact: Deacon Steve Jordan at 402-290-4916 or Deacon Bob Stier at 402-331-0716
Formerly Ministers of Care and Stephen Ministries, the Visitation Ministry mission is to address the needs of homebound, elderly, recovering sick, lonely and post-death bereavement times. This is a “listening and being” ministry where ministers bring their presence and are Christ to those they visit. If you think this is a program you would be interested in or know of someone who might need the support of a Visitation Minister, contact Deacon Jordan or Deacon Stier.
Widowed, Divorced and Separated
Contact: Kay Buhrman, Family Life Office, 402-551-9003 Ext. 1304,
The Widowed, Divorced and Separated of Omaha (WDS) is a peer-to-peer Christian ministry sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha and directed to widowed, divorced, and separated persons.
Monthly General Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at St. Gerald’s Catholic Church, in the Multi-Purpose Room, 9602 Q Street, Ralston, Nebraska. The meetings consist of a business meeting, a guest speaker, and of course, snacks. More Information
Contact: Dee Iske at 402-734-3762
The Women’s Guild welcomes new and active members who desire to serve and offer a sense of Christian community through participation in their activities. They provide service and items as needed by the parish. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m. in the Steinhausen Center.
The Care Committee of the Guild remembers the sick and families of the deceased of the parish with cards and prayers. They serve as hostesses for funeral luncheons in the parish; organize the dessert table at Lenten Fish Fries; and one month of the year, purchase food items, prepare and serve dinners at the Stephen Center homeless shelter in Omaha. The Guild provides funds for snack items in the ICU waiting room at Midland’s Hospital for families as they wait with their loved ones who are critically ill.