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Easter at St. Columba's

Saturday, April 19, 2014

     4:30 pm - Children's Easter Egg Hunt 

     8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter 

Sunday, April 20, 2014
     7:45 am - Rite I Mass
     9:00 am - Choral Mass of Easter
    11:15 am - Solemn Mass of Easter

Bishop Whitmore will be with us for the Easter Vigil and for the 11:15 Mass on Easter Sunday.

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About The Great Vigil of Easter -  Saturday, April 19, at 8:30 p.m.

“Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this holy night when our Savior Jesus passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of Jesus Christ: through light and the Word, through water and the bread and cup, we recall Jesus’ death and resurrection, we share Christ's triumph over sin and death, and with inextinguishable hope we await Christ’s coming again.

At the Great Vigil of Easter, we all gather outside in the darkness and using the tradition handed down through the Church for centuries, we kindle the new fire of Easter which is the light of Christ rising in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death! The Paschal Candle is then lighted. The Paschal candle is large, and traditionally made of 100% beeswax. It is marked with a cross, an Alpha, and an Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The four numbers of the year are marked between the arms of the cross, symbolizing that Christ has, and always will be with humanity, and is with humanity now. For much of the year the paschal candle stands near the font and is lighted at every baptism, providing a symbolic link with this celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection and our own baptisms. Once the Paschal Candle is lighted, we then each light candles and process into the darkened church, with this new fire of Easter and see the darkness overcome by the light of Christ each of us bears in our hands.

It is the church year’s most holy and joyful night, for it proclaims and celebrates all of Christ's saving work. The Great Easter Vigil draws Christians into the reality of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection.

This ancient service, dating from the fourth century, is one of the most beautiful and moving liturgies of the entire year. The power of Easter Vigil comes through strong symbols of light and water, together with Sacrament and Word. Everyone who attends for the first time seems to find the Easter Vigil to be a awe-inspiring and solemn way to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do. Plan to attend the Vigil this year – it may just bring the true meaning of Easter home for you.




The Paschal Triduum

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014
     7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Mass - Bishop Keith Whitmore, celebrant
                   Solemn Mass, Footwashing, Stripping of the Altar, & Procession to the Altar of Repose
     9:00 pm - All Night Silent Vigil Before the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose
                    Continues through 12n on Good Friday - all are welcome to keep watch for an hour or more during the night
Good Friday, April 18, 2014
    12:00 noon - Good Friday Liturgy - Bishop Keith Whitmore, Celebrant
                 Singing of St. John's Passion, Veneration of the Cross, & Mass of the Presanctified
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
     4:30 pm - Children's Easter Egg Hunt & Flowering of the Easter Cross
     8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter - Bishop Keith Whitmore, Celebrant
                      Kindling of the Easter Fire, Singing of the Exsultet, First Mass of Easter
Sunday, April 20, 2014
     7:45 am - Rite I Mass
     9:00 am - Choral Mass of Easter
    11:15 am - Solemn Mass of Easter, Bishop Keith Whitmore - Celebrant & Preacher


Mother's Day Outreach with Rainbow Village

Thursday, May 8, 6:00-8:00pm

On Thursday, May 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, St. Columba’s ECW and EYC will host a Mother’s dinner for the deserving mothers of Rainbow Village at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian church located at 3700 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth.  The dinner will offer our church community the opportunity to rejoice in Rainbow Village’s success, while enjoying great fellowship and fun through service. We would like to offer you the opportunity to help us make this event a huge success in several ways:

  • Be an Event Sponsor (100% of your tax deductible gift will go toward dinner and special gifts for the moms as well as crafts & dinner for the children)
  • Donate Goods and/or Services (Donate specific items from our list or volunteer at the event - see our display at church this Sunday)
  • Pray for the Mothers of Rainbow Village (commit to lift up and pray daily for one of the wonderful moms)

For 23 years, Rainbow Village has served as a center of hope for homeless families with children in need of a significant life change. They are not a shelter. They provide a one to two year program that provides residents a safe and secure and fully furnished apartment, while engaging both the adults and children in an intense life changing program. They firmly believe in the concept of providing a hand up and not a hand out. Since 1991, over 300 families have successfully completed their program and are living lives of self-sufficiency. It has been their mission to  permanently break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence one family at a time.

Your support for our Mother’s dinner will directly support the families of Rainbow Village.  We will provide a wonderful, pampering dinner for the mothers of Rainbow Village, complete with music and child care. The women and youth of the parish invite you to become a part of the Rainbow Village family that embraces and encourages these individuals. 

Contact Linda Reid (ECW), Ginger Walker (ECW), or Easton Davis (EYC) for more information about how to support this worthwhile event.

To learn more about Rainbow Village and other ways you can become involved, please visit their website at

Thank you for your support!

St. Columba’s ECW and EYC


2014 Vacation Bible School 

Jesus' Love Is One-of-a-Kind

This year, our Vacation Bible School, Weird Animals, will certainly be a week-long, wild celebration of God's unconditional love!  During the week, kids will strengthen their faith as they learn that God loves every unique, special part of His creation.  VBS week is June 16-20, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

The week will be filled with games, songs, crafts, Bible lessons, delicious snacks, and the ever-popular water games day!  Kids will make new, lasting friendships and deepen their relationship with God.

Groups are divided up according to their rising grade level, from Pre-K through 6th grade.  Older teenagers are needed to help lead the groups and activities. 

Each morning begins with an opening gathering that introduces the Bible story for the day.  At the end of the week, we have a closing program (Friday, June 20) at 12:00n for parents, grandparents, and family friends.

Volunteers - both adult and teenagers - are needed to make the week possible.  Please consider volunteering as a group leader, classroom helper, snack helper, photographer, decorating/set up volunteer (on Sunday, June 15), or substitute volunteer.  We can't have VBS without volunteers.  It's a fun week for volunteers as well as children, and the time commitment is only 3 hours a day for just one week out of the summer.  For more information on how you can help, contact our VBS Coordinator, Christine Burrell, or speak with Father Tripp.

Space is limited, so register early.  The program is open to non-parishioners as well, so bring your friends!  The cost covers the snacks and craft materials for each child, as well as a VBS T-Shirt, and a CD of the week's songs and music that you can listen to at home or in the car (one CD per family).  

Please Note:  The Registration Deadline is June 9.  After the 9th, you can still sign up if there are extra spaces or if we have a cancellation.  However, we cannot guarentee that children who sign up after the deadline will receive a music CD or t-shirt.


EYC in April

Hey EYC! Here is a look at our schedule in April!


 5:00 pm - Jr. EYC
 6:00 pm - Dinner (Both Jr. EYC & Sr. EYC)
 6:30 pm - Sr. EYC

  • 4/6 - EYC meets at regulat times to continue our discussion on what it means to be an Episcopalian.
  • 4/13 - EYC meets at regular times to talk about the meaning of Holy Week!
  • 4/20 - No EYC due to Easter.
  • 4/27 - EYC meets at regular times for a fun night of praise, worship, and fellowship!

Kickball Tourney BACK TO BACK CHAMPS!