Monday, March 31, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - “A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints”

As part of our Lenten program we invite you to view the spectacular DVDs of the acclaimed Catholicism series written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative discussion each week after the screening in the rectory.

We have recently equipped a comfortable viewing space with a huge 16’ x 9’ screen for this purpose.  

They will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.  Each episode lasts an hour to be followed by a half-hour discussion.  Enter through the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.

Upcoming episodes

Thursday, March 27, 2014

From Pope Francis - March 26, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Pope: Pray for your pastors, so that they don't become mediocre

The cold and rain weren't an obstacle for the thousands of pilgrims who filled St. Peter's Square in his weekly General Audience. Pope Francis couldn't help but notice all the umbrellas covering the square. 

POPE FRANCIS

"I can see that you're brave...under all this rain that wants to pull you back home. Thank You."

As usual, he rode his Popemobile before the audience, blessing and waving at everybody. A music band welcomed him once he made his way across.

As part of his catechesis on the Sacraments, Pope Francis talked about Holy Orders. He reminded that all bishops, priests, and deacons are called to serve, and that they should always stay in touch with Jesus through the Sacraments and the Bible. 

POPE FRANCIS

"A bishop who doesn't pray, a bishop who doesn't listen to the Word of God, who doesn't celebrate Mass everyday, who doesn't go to Confession on a regular basis—and the same thing happens to a priest that doesn't do these things. He looses his union with Jesus and lives with a mediocrity that hurts the Church.

The Pope emphasized that Holy Orders give priests the grace to look after Jesus' flock, not just through physical strength, but also spiritually. 

POPE FRANCIS

"The priest, the bishop and the deacon must take care of the Lord's flock. But if they do this without love, it's useless.”

He also talked about vocations, explained how someone can recognize if God is calling them.

POPE FRANCIS

"So how does one become a priest? Where can you buy tickets? No, they're not on sale. The thing is, it's the Lord who takes the initiative. The Lord calls, calls every single person who wants to become a priest. Maybe even right here there are some young men who have felt this call in their hearts: The will to become priests, the will to serve others in the things that come from God. Someone who will dedicate his life to service, giving catechism, Baptism, forgiving, celebrating Mass and looking after the sick. Living life like that. If some of you have felt this call in your heart, it's Jesus who placed it there.”

Pope Francis asked all Christians to pray for priests, especially for those going through difficult situations. Also, he invited them to ask God for true shepherds.



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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lenten events at St. Columba

Centering Prayer 
Mondays at 7:00 pm

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7:00 pm

Reconciliation Monday
Monday, March 24th at 3 to 9 pm

Next episode of  "Catholicism"
Wednesday, March 26th at 7 pm  
“Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: 
The Church’s Sacrament and Worship”

For more information, click here.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

From Pope Francis - March 19, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Pope congratulates dads on their Feast Day: 
Let your kids grow, but always stay close...

To celebrate Father's Day, which is also the Feast Day of St. Joseph, the Pope started off his general audience by congratulating all dads out in the Square, and really throughout the world.

POPE FRANCIS
"Let's see. Are there any dads out here in the square? Raise your hand. That's quite a lot...Congratulations! Congratulations on your day.”

The Pope explained that St. Joseph was key in the life of Jesus, providing wisdom and grace throughout the years. He then described him as a model for dads and educators.

As the Pope prayed for all fathers on their feast day, he also highlighted that they have a responsibility to be there for their kids.

POPE FRANCIS
"I pray so that you can stay close to your children. Let them grow, but stay close...Real close ok?”

The Pope then asked all the pilgrims who were out in the Square, to join him in prayer, by saying an Our Father, in honor of dads, including those who have passed away.

POPE FRANCIS
"Some of us have lost our fathers. They passed away when the Lord called them. There are so many out here in the square without a dad. Let's pray for all dads throughout the world, for those who are living and those who have passed. Also for our own dad.”

The Pope then reminded everyone that dads also have a responsibility of passing on the faith to their children.


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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wednesday, March 19 - “A Body both Suffering & Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church”

As part of our Lenten program we invite you to view the spectacular DVDs of the acclaimed Catholicism series written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative discussion each week after the screening in the rectory.

We have recently equipped a comfortable viewing space with a huge 16’ x 9’ screen for this purpose.  

They will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.  Each episode lasts an hour to be followed by a half-hour discussion.  Enter through the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.

Upcoming episodes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pope Francis on spiritual retreat



Pope Francis is now taking part in his Lenten retreat. He arrived to Ariccia on Sunday along with 82 members of the Roman Curia.

He was the first one to get out of the bus and was greeted by archbishop Angelo Becciu, who holds the number three post at the Vatican. By his side stood the Roman parish priest who is leading the spiritual exercises, Angelo De Donatis, and the Superior of the Society of St. Paul, Silvio Sassi.

The retreat started off with a meditation on the topic 'The Purification of the Heart.'
 … So, let's ask for it, beg for it. Let's ask the Lord to convert our hearts.

Pope Francis sat among the rest just like any other, without his papal hat. He traveled without personal assitants and won't have any audience or meetings until he's back in Rome, on March 14th.

Every day he celebrates Mass at 07:30 am, attends two daily meditations, a Eucharist prayer and vespers. Lunch breaks are at 8:30, 12:30 and 07:30 pm. All Cardinals and bishops paid their own expenses.

The place where they're staying is called 'Divin Maestro,' and is run by the religious of the Pauline family. It's located in Ariccia, 18 miles southeast from the Vatican and only 15 minutes away from Castelgandolfo.



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Wednesday, March 12: “The Indispensable Men:Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure”

As part of our Lenten program we invite you to view the spectacular DVDs of the acclaimed Catholicism series written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative discussion each week after the screening in the rectory.

We have recently equipped a comfortable viewing space with a huge 16’ x 9’ screen for this purpose.  

They will be shown on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm.  Each episode lasts an hour to be followed by a half-hour discussion.  Enter through the rectory at 343 East 25th Street.

Upcoming episodes

Friday, March 7, 2014

Screening of "Catholicism" at St. Columba
starting Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm



Starting on Wednesday, March 12th at 7 pm, the much lauded television series "Catholicism” will be screened on Wednesday evenings during Lent at St. Columba. Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowski will lead an informal yet informative discussion each week after the screening in the rectory.

This very high quality presentation was aired as a PBS series and features Father Robert Barron.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

From Pope Francis - March 5, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent reminds us that we are not God

Pope Francis' first Ash Wednesday took place at the Roman Basilica of St. Anselmo. He began there a procession to the Basilica of St. Sabina, to symbolize the 40-day long "itinerary.”

He arrived just before 5PM, and celebrated Mass. He also received the ashes from Slovak Card. Jozef Tomko.

During his homily, the Pope explained how Christians should approach the Lenten season. He called for an honest "conversion of the heart,” and said that this "challenge” does not exclude anyone. 

POPE FRANCIS

"We know that this world, ever more artificial, makes us live out in a culture of 'doing,' of the 'useful,' where, without realizing it, we exclude God from our horizon, and we exclude the horizon itself. Lent calls us to 'wake up,' to remind us that we are creatures, that we are simply not God.”

The Pope called out those who seek only power, and are willing to do anything to get it.

POPE FRANCIS

"When I see in everyday life some power struggles to take up space, I think: 'These people are playing God Creator.' They still haven't realized that they are not God.”

Pope Francis said that Lent is a moment to open up to others. And to do so, he added, there are three key words: prayer, fasting, and charity.

POPE FRANCIS

"All three share the need to not let appearances take over. Looks don't matter. The value of life does not depend on the approval of others, or on success, but of what we have inside.”


The cardinal members of the Roman Curia joined Pope Francis for Mass. Some may have even recalled that last year's Ash Wednesday was the last major ceremony for Benedict XVI as Pope. It took place in St. Peter's Basilica, just two days after he announced his resignation.


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