Saturday, June 29, 2013

Where to attend Mass while away from home.

Very often when people are on vacation and traveling, it is difficult to find a parish in which to attend mass. At www.masstimes.org you can identify and locate the nearest church to wherever you might be along with their Mass schedule.  

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation)

The RCIA is a process for anyone who is unbaptized or baptized and desires to receive or complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation) If you are interested in beginning this process, please call Elizabeth Foley at 917-743-5432 or St. Columba Rectory at 212-807-8876.

Annual Black & Indian Collection

Next weekend, our parish will take up the annual Collection for Black & Indian Missions. Our financial contribution helps support Catholic American Indian communities on reservations, in rural areas and inner cities. The collection also supports African American schools and evangelization programs, particularly in the south. With open hearts let us unite ourselves with the love of Christ in in supporting the Black & Indian Mission Collection. For more information, go to www.blackandindianmission.org.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 26 June 2013 -


Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, today we consider the Church as God's temple. The great temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, a place of prayer and encounter with the Lord, was a prefigurement of the Church. Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son who dwelt among us, is himself the definitive and living temple where we encounter God's presence in our midst. Christ makes us, the members of his mystical body, "living stones" for the construction of a "holy temple in the Lord" (Eph 2:21), in which we exercise our baptismal priesthood by offering spiritual sacrifices. The Holy Spirit, in the variety of his gifts, unites us and enables us to contribute to the building up of the Church in holiness. In this great work, each of us has a part to play; each of us, as a "living stone", is needed for the growth and the beauty of God's holy temple. Let us ask the Lord to help us to take an ever more active part in the Church's life and mission, guided by the Holy Spirit and with Jesus as our cornerstone.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Galles, Sud Africa, Indonesia, Canada e Stati Uniti. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell'amore di Cristo e della Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa, Indonesia, Canada and the United States. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and his Church. God bless you all!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekend Against Hate

We join with other congregations of all denominations in expressing our outrage at the recent rash of hate crimes in our city. At this time, we pray that a greater respect for human dignity will keep these incidents from occurring . We stand in support of all victims and pray that all people with prejudice in their hearts will seek the Lord’s healing and gain an understanding of our common humanity.

Senior Wellness Fair

New York Physical Therapy and Beth Israel Medical is presenting the Senior Wellness Fair on Wednesday, June 26th, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 350 West 24th Street, Penn South Park, between Bldg.#1 and the SVA Movie Theater. 

Join local healthcare professionals including physical therapists, doctors, pharmacists, reflexologists, acupuncturists, nurses, podiatrists and more for: Free Screenings, Educational Materials, Interactive experience, Live Music and Refreshments, Rain Date Thursday, July 18th 


Faith, Hope and Pride

On Wednesday, June 26th, members of Saint Columba’s LGBT Community will be gathering to discuss their hopes and challenges at 7:00 pm in the Rectory meeting room. All are welcome. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Welcome Home, Knights!

We are pleased to announce that the Vincentian-Father Lattela Council of the Knights of Columbus will again be meeting at St. Columba’s as of this fall after a hiatus of several years. All Catholic men are encouraged to join this vital organization. For more information, please contact Louis Picanes 646 761-1432.

Archcare

On the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd Roxanne Bailey, a representative from Archcare will speak at all our Masses to explain the benefits of their program for senior citizens. She will be available after the Masses to answer any questions you may have. Please tell interested friends and neighbors of her appearance.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hail Mary

The Rosary is recited each Sunday following the 12:00 noon Mass.

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 June 2013 -



Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Creed, today we consider the Church as the Body of Christ. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, received in Baptism, we are mystically united to the Lord as members of one body, of which he is the head. The image of the mystical body makes us realize the importance of strengthening our union with Christ through daily prayer, the study of God's word and participation in the sacraments. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians that the Body of Christ, while one, is made up of a variety of members. Within the communion of the Church, and in union with the Pope and Bishops, each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the Body of Christ in love. Let us ask the Lord to help us reject every form of divisiveness and conflict in our families, parishes and local Churches. At the same time, let us ask for the grace to open our hearts to others, to promote unity and to live in harmony as members of the one Body of Christ, inspired by the gift of love which the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Slovacchia, Svezia, Sud Africa, Papua Nuova Guinea, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Indie Occidentali e Stati Uniti. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell'amore di Cristo e del suo Corpo che è la Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the West Indies and the United States. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and for his Body which is the Church. God bless you all!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 12 June 2013 -



Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Creed, today we consider the Church as the People of God, called to new life in Christ. We become part of this people through God's gift of faith and spiritual rebirth in the waters of Baptism. Our law is the twin commandment of love for God and neighbour. Our mission is to be a leaven of the hope born of God's love in our world wounded by sin and evil. Amid the darkness that so frequently surrounds us, we are called to be so many points of light, illumining all reality and showing the way to a better future. God's goodness is stronger than any evil! Our destination is the Kingdom of God which Christ inaugurated on earth and which will attain its fullness in the joy of heaven. This is what it means for the Church to be God's People, an essential part of his loving plan for our human family. May the Church always be a place where everyone can encounter God's mercy and feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Irlanda, Malta, Australia, Giappone, Sud Corea, Vietnam e Stati Uniti. Il vostro soggiorno nella Città eterna vi confermi nell'amore di Cristo e della sua Chiesa. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the United States. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and his Church. God bless you all!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Pastor has received the following letter:

Congratulations to you ans St. Columbia Parish on exceeding your 2013 Annual Appeal goal! Fundraising is never an easy task, especially in these difficult financial times.But I am pleased to report that we are on track to reach $20 million this year, our highest Appeal goal yet! This would not be possible without you.

Please know how deeply grateful I am to you and your parish community. As one family in faith, we have a responsibility to guarantee that the church remains vibrant and continues to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks to your leadership, you have helped ensure that the good works of the archdiocese can continue. Keep up the good work!

With renewed gratitude and prayerful best wishes, I remain,

Fraternally in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Adult Education Series

Discussions on the Councils of the Church will be held in the chapel from 12 PM to 4 PM on:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

From Pope Francis

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 5 June 2013 -



Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Our Audience today coincides with World Environment Day, and so it is fitting to reflect on our responsibility to cultivate and care for the earth in accordance with God's command (cf. Gen 2:15). We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family. These two dimensions are closely related; today we are suffering from a crisis which is not only about the just management of economic resources, but also about concern for human resources, for the needs of our brothers and sisters living in extreme poverty, and especially for the many children in our world lacking adequate education, health care and nutrition. Consumerism and a "culture of waste" have led some of us to tolerate the waste of precious resources, including food, while others are literally wasting away from hunger. I ask all of you to reflect on this grave ethical problem in a spirit of solidarity grounded in our common responsibility for the earth and for all our brothers and sisters in the human family.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all'odierna Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Scozia, Paesi Bassi, Nigeria, Singapore e Stati Uniti. Dio vi benedica tutti!

Speaker:

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today's Audience, including those from England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore and the United States. God bless you all!

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