Updates from St. Columba - September 15
DAILY MASS CHANGE – It is getting too dark to have the Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 pm Masses outdoors. Beginning tonight, these Masses will be in the church. Our remaining outdoor Masses until the end of October are Saturdays at 8:00 am and on Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
CALL TO HOLY ORDERS – Yesterday, September 14, Stephen Broussard and Dennis McCormack received the Call to Holy Orders from Cardinal Dolan. They are to be ordained Deacons for the Archdiocese of New York on Saturday, October 31 at 9:00 am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We congratulate them and their wives, Laurie, and Allison, for the successful completion of a five-year journey of formation. Due to the pandemic, entrance to the Cathedral is by invitation only. The following day, November 1, they both will serve as Deacons at the 12:00 noon Mass. Father Michael will be the celebrant and homilist. Again, due to the pandemic, we cannot have a reception for them. But we can all offer them our prayers and support as they begin this new chapter of service to the Church and God’s holy people.
TV SYSTEM – It will be up and running in time for Confirmations on September 26. We have three new volunteers to assist us. More are welcome. Training will be provided. Please email
if you are interested in this ministry. The goal is to livestream one Mass each Sunday and as many daily Masses as possible. We will also livestream special parish liturgies such as Confirmations, First Communions, and the Deacon’s First Mass.
MEETING SPACE – During the pandemic, the school building will not be available for meetings. The gyms is used by the First Grade and the cafeteria is used by the Kindergarten. The Bishop Dom room is available. Contact our Parish Manager Gary if your group is interested in using it.
YOUTH MINISTRY – Christine Gibbons has stepped down from her position as Youth Minister to care for her growing family. Father Connolly will be working at organizing in-person High School Youth Ministry. Stay tuned for details.
BLESSING OF ANIMALS – St. Francis Day is Sunday, October 4. We will have our annual Blessing of Animals on October 4 at 1:30 pm on the lawn in front of the church. All humans should wear masks and keep social distance!
PILGRIMAGE TO OBERAMMERGAU 2022 – Father Michael has rescheduled the cancelled 2020 Oberammergau Pilgrimage for July 28-August 6, 2022. Those who were previously booked have first opportunity to make reservations. Please make sure you sign up soon. If there are any openings, it will be opened to the entire parish. We will keep you informed.
on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:13AM