Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From Pope Francis - August 27, 2014

GENERAL AUDIENCE

Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 27 August 2014 -

"Don't let envy, jealousy or antipathy divide your parish."

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the importance of unity. He called for Christians to recognize the sins that work against unity in local parishes and communities, like jealousy, envy and antipathy.

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We affirm in the Creed that the Church is one and that she is holy.  One because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery of unity and full communion.  Holy since she is founded by Jesus Christ, enlivened by his Holy Spirit, and filled with his love and salvation.

While we, the members of the Church, are sinners, the unity and holiness of the Church arise from God and call us daily to conversion.  We have an intercessor in Jesus, who prays, especially in his passion, for our unity with him and the Father, and with each other.

Unfortunately, we know well the sins against unity – jealousy, envy, antipathy – which come about when we place ourselves at the center and which occur even in our parish communities.  God’s will, however, is that we grow in our capacity to welcome one another, to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus. This is the holiness of the Church – to recognize the image of God in one another.

May we all examine our consciences and ask forgiveness for the times when we have given rise to division or misunderstanding in our communities, and may our relationships mirror more beautifully and joyfully the unity of Jesus and the Father.

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Malta and Canada. May Jesus Christ confirm you in faith and make you witnesses of the holiness and unity of the Church.  May God bless you all!


© Copyright 2014 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana



Activities at St. Columba for
the week of August 30th


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Atlantic City Trip - Thursday, September 18th

The next trip to Atlantic City is Thursday, September 18th. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. The cost of the trip is $35, 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 $40

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Living with the Word: A Conversation about Jesus" - September 18th, 2014


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This event is free and open to the public.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Atlantic City Trip - Thursday, August 21st

The next trip to Atlantic City is Thursday, August 21st. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. The cost of the trip is $35, 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 $40

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

Sunday, August 3, 2014

13 Day Pilgrimage to Israel & Jordan
October 27 - November 8, 2014

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Movie Night:"Band of Sisters"
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The film Band of Sisters will be shown at St. Columba’s on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given the problems of today's world, for women seeking equality in their church, and for people of all faiths yearning for an inclusive and contemplative spirituality, Band of Sisters challenges us to ask what really matters in life. And as we seek what matters, how do we go about changing our lives and the world around us?