Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From Pope Francis - January 29, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 29 January 2014 -


The cold and rain kept many people from attending the General Audience at St. Peter's Square. It had one of the smallest attendances, but it also made it easier to see the Pope. Pilgrims gave him shirts, letters, photos. Some even brought their pets.

And the bird?
Here it is. Here's the bird. Take it, Father. He's very tame, Father.

The spotlight also fell on children often, before the start of the Pope's catechesis. As Pope Francis blessed them, many seemed happy to be there, but not all.

But he's crying
He's anti-clergy?
No, no. God forbid.

As he began the General Audience, the Pope explained why it was important to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

POPE FRANCIS

"We all make sure that we are baptized, and that's a good thing. But then we're not too concerned with getting Confirmed. So we're left halfway, and don't receive the Holy Spirit, which is so important in Christian life, because it gives us the strength to move forward.”

He reminded pilgrims that Confirmation is closely tied to Baptism, and that, along with the Eucharist, they are the sacraments of Christian initiation.

After his remarks on the sacraments, Pope Francis made an appeal in line with his economic beliefs. He denounced the financial challenges that many families go through once their paycheck ends.

POPE FRANCIS

"I hope that institutions will intensify their efforts to help victims of dramatic usury, a social plague. When a family has nothing to eat because they have to pay off loan sharks, it's not Christian! It's not human!”

To close off, Pope Francis reminded people that Friday will be the feast of St. John Bosco. He urged young people, the sick and young married couples to reflect on his teachings, in order to face their obstacles in life.


© Copyright 2014 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From Pope Francis - January 22, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 22 January 2014 -


Pope Francis talked about the importance of Christian unity, as he led his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Since the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is currently taking place, the Pope emphasized this year's theme, which asks: Has Christ Been Divided? The Pope explained that Christians must recognize that inner divisions lead to scandals and weaken the ability to spread the Gospel.

Towards the end of his audience, the Pope also made an appeal, asking for peace in Syria, especially now that an international Syrian Peace Conference has begun in Switzerland.

SUMMARY OF POPE'S GENERAL AUDIENCE

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In these days we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  This year’s theme is a question taken from the First Letter to the Corinthians: "Has Christ Been Divided?”

 We know that Christ has not been divided; yet we must sincerely recognize that our communities continue to experience divisions which are a source of scandal and weaken our witness to the Gospel.

In reproaching the Corinthians for their divisions, Paul reminds them to rejoice in the great spiritual gifts which they have received.  His words encourage us to rejoice in the gifts God has given to other Christians, gifts which we can receive from them for our enrichment.

To be able to do this calls for humility, discernment and constant conversion.  As we reflect on Paul’s teaching during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, may we be confirmed, together with all Christ’s followers, in our pursuit of holiness and fidelity to the Lord’s will.

***

During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity I am particularly pleased to greet the students of the ecumenical Graduate School of Bossey.  May your studies help to advance ecumenical dialogue and understanding.  I also greet the pilgrimage of British Army Chaplains and the delegation from the Jewish Federation of Chicago.  Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience I cordially invoke God’s blessings of joy and peace.”

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Mass Intentions for 2014

The celebration of the Eucharist is the highest form of worship in the Catholic Church because we unite ourselves with Christ's sacrifice on the cross in worship of his Father.  The faithful may request Mass(es) to be celebrated for a specific intention, for the living or the dead. 

To request a Mass Intention, click here to download the form on  which you may make your request(s).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

From Pope Francis - January 15, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 



During his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis talked about the importance of Baptism. He described it as a special Sacrament that welcomes Christians into their journey of faith.

With thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, he explained that whoever receives the Sacrament is called to be a disciple and missionary.

He also described the Sacrament as a chain that connects generation to generation, adding that Christianity is born and lived out in the Church.

SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we continue our catechesis on the sacrament of baptism by reflecting on how, through baptism, we become members of Christ’s mystical body, the Church.

In every generation, through baptism, we are reborn to the new life of grace and called to be witnesses of the Gospel before the world.  Baptism makes us "missionary disciples” within the communion of the Church.  There is a close bond, then, between our rebirth in water and the Holy Spirit, our responsibility to live this new life within the Church, in our families and our parishes, and our mission to bring the Gospel to others as channels of God’s grace.

We can look to the remarkable history of the Church in Japan, where small communities of the faithful survived clandestinely for over two centuries thanks to the grace of baptism.  May this example help us to appreciate more fully the profound mystical, communitarian and missionary dimensions of our baptism.

© Copyright 2014 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana

Monday, January 13, 2014

Atlantic City Trip - Thursday, January 16th

The next trip to Atlantic City is Thursday, January 16th. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. The cost of the trip is $30, payable two weeks in advance. Please make check payable to St. Columba. Payments can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or can be put through the slot at the convent door. Because of the need to pay for the bus in advance, anyone deciding to go on the trip on the day it occurs will be charged $35 

Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

St. Columba Parish Mass Attendance
December 2012 – December 2013

Fr. Keith and I wish to thank each and every one of you for the past two years we have worked together. As you know, during the first year, we were only dedicated to observing and listening to your needs and concerns.

In response to your needs, we started by providing training seminars and added a Mass in Spanish in honor of the Divine Child Jesus on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2 PM, recently we introduced to the Mass schedule a special mass the 1st Friday of the month at 7 PM  for our brothers deprived of "liberty, their families and us" and now, with the blessing of God, our radio program is not only available to the parishioners of St. Columba but also to the world via internet.

Below we post figures for our parishioners attendance from December 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013. Our goal for 2014 is to double it, or triple it, and we know that with your help we will.

-- Fr. Tomas Dell Valle-Reyes




Breakdown by Month

DECEMBER 2012

TOTAL
AVERAGE
Saturday 5:00pm
344
69
Sunday 9:00am
292
58
Sunday 10:30am
556
111
Sunday 12:00
334
67

JANUARY 2013



Saturday 5:00pm
297
74
Sunday 9:00am
256
64
Sunday 10:30am
488
122
Sunday 12:00
369
92

FEBRUARY 2013



Saturday 5:00pm
276
69
Sunday 9:00am
256
64
Sunday 10:30am
372
93
Sunday 12:00
334
67

MARCH 2013



Saturday 5:00pm
394
79
Sunday 9:00am
368
74
Sunday 10:30am
644
129
Sunday 12:00
512
103

APRIL



Saturday 5:00pm
290
73
Sunday 9:00am
255
64
Sunday 10:30am
444
111
Sunday 12:00
324
81

MAY



Saturday 5:00pm
270
68
Sunday 9:00am
178
45
Sunday 10:30am
461
115
Sunday 12:00
312
78

JUNE



Saturday 5:00pm
332
67
Sunday 9:00am
227
46
Sunday 10:30am
535
107
Sunday 12:00
361
72

JULY



Saturday 5:00pm
229
57
Sunday 9:00am
166
42
Sunday 10:30am
407
102
Sunday 12:00
226
57

AUGUST



Saturday 5:00pm
237
59
Sunday 9:00am
151
38
Sunday 10:30am
447
112
Sunday 12:00
265
66

SEPTEMBER



Saturday 5:00pm
333
67
Sunday 9:00am
199
40
Sunday 10:30am
594
119
Sunday 12:00
313
63

OCTOBER



Saturday 5:00pm
270
68
Sunday 9:00am
190
48
Sunday 10:30am
469
117
Sunday 12:00
299
75

NOVEMBER



Saturday 5:00pm
323
81
Sunday 9:00am
207
52
Sunday 10:30am
440
110
Sunday 12:00
257
64

DECEMBER



Saturday 5:00pm
310
62
Sunday 9:00am
230
46
Sunday 10:30am
530
106
Sunday 12:00
385
77


TOTAL ATTENDANCE

Weekly average
Monthly
average
Saturday 5:00 pm
3,638
65
280
Sunday 9:00 am
2,975
53
229
Sunday 10:30 am
6,384
114
492
Sunday 12:00
3,967
71
305






TOTAL ATTENDANCE PER MONTH

December 2012
1,526
January 2013
1,410
February 2013
1,238
March 2013
1,918
April  2013
1,313
May 2013
1,221
June 2013
1,455
July 2013
1,028
August  2013
1,100
September 2013
1,439
October 2013
1,228
November 2013
1.227
December 2013
1,455


CHRISTMAS
2012
2013

Christmas Eve
112
119
231
Mass 9:00 am
24
39
63
Mass 10:30 am
55
30
85
Mass 12:00
60
60
120
Total
251
248
499