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Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017

7:00 am, 12:00 noon, & 7:00 pm


 "I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent"

      With these words Ash Wednesday begins the forty-day season of Lent.  It is marked by special prayers, fasting, acts of devotion, and special liturgies.  We will offer three liturgies on Ash Wednesday. 

  •   7:00 am - Imposition of Ashes
  • 12:00 n    - Low Mass & Imposition of Ashes
  •   7:00 pm - Solemn Mass & Imposition of Ashes (with St Columba Choir)

     At 7:00 am there will be the Ash Wednesday Liturgy & Imposition of Ashes (but no Eucharist).  This is a short liturgy for those who are on their way to work or school and will end by 7:30 am.  For those who desire it, confessions will be heard following this liturgy.

     At Noon there will be a quiet, said Mass with a homily and imposition of ashes. This liturgy lasts about 45 minutes.  For those who desire it, confessions will be heard following this liturgy.

     Then at 7:00pm, a full sung Mass will be offered.  This will include the liturgy of Ash Wednesday, imposition of ashes, and full choir. 

     Ash Wednesday is one of the most important days of our Church year.  Please make plans to attend one of our three liturgies so that you can prepare in heart and mindfor the Lenten journey.  This spiritual journey prepares us to see the new light of the Resurrection come Easter morning.    

     Confessions will be heard on Shrove Tuesday (2/28) from 12-1 pm, Ash Wednesday following the 7 am liturgy and following the 12n liturgy, or by appointment (contact Father Tripp).


Wednesdays In Lent

 March 8 - April 12, 2017

▪   6:15 pm - Light Supper & Fellowship

▪   6:45 pm - Stations of the Cross

▪   7:10 pm - Lenten Program:  "Sign & Sacrifice"

▪   8:00 pm – Sung Candlelight Compline


Join us each Wednesday during Lent as we journey together into a deeper faith and eager longing for the Alleluias of Easter morning.  We begin each week with a light supper and lively fellowship.  Then at 6:45 pm we move into the church to walk the Stations of the Cross.  This ancient liturgy traces the steps of Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem to hill of Golgotha where he poured out his passion in love for all humanity. 

At 7:10, we will begin our program called, “The Sign and Sacrifice.”  This program will explore the meaning of Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection and what that means for how we live our lives today.  The program is based on Archbishop Rowan Williams’ book, The Sign and Sacrifice.   However, you do not need to have read the book to participate in our Lenten program. 

We will conclude each Wednesday with sung compline in the church.  The church will be illuminated only by candlelight and cantors will lead compline from the back of the church.  It is a way of experiencing the mystery of God within the ancient night prayers of the Church as we give thanks to God for His light and love that surround us on our Lenten journeys.  All are welcome!






Confirmation Class: The Anglican Way - Exploring Our Faith

   Each Sunday in February & March  |  10:10-11:00 am     


      Beginning February 5, we'll embark on a ten week adult confirmation class for anyone who wishes to be baptized, confirmed, or received into The Episcopal Church. In addition, The Anglican Way class is a great opportunity for those who are new to the Episcopal Church as well as for long-time members who want a refresher in the way we worship and what our liturgy conveys about our ancient faith.  

     The class provides an opportunity to get to know other parishioners and ways to become involved in the life of our parish.  We will meet in the chapel.  The class is open to all adults and youth in 9th grade and up.  

     Confirmation Mass will take place at St. Columba's on Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm.   A reception for all will follow in the narthex.  Bishop Wright will be at St. Columba's as our to celebrate the Euchasit, to preach,  and to confirm those making their affirmation of faith.

>> Click Here to complete the Confirmation Preparation Information form, if you are planning to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church this Spring, or if you are planning to reaffirm your vows of baptism.

Our Schedule

  • Sunday February 5 - Overview & Introductions

  • Sunday, February 12 - Covenant, Creeds, & The Holy Trinity

  • Sunday, February 19 - Holy Scripture & God's Plan of Salvation

  • Sunday, February 20 - The Anglican Vision: Ancient Spirituality for a Modern World

  • Sunday, March 5 - Sacramental Worship & Spiritual Formation

  • Sunday, March 12 - Instructed Eucharist

  • Sunday, March 19 - Rhythyms of Prayer & Symbol: Sanctifying Time

  • Sunday, March 26 - Confirming Promise & Living Discipleship

  • Sunday, April 2 - Holy Living, Faithful Serving, Loving God


First Communion Class 2017

February 5 - March 5

First Communion class is open to all children who are at least 6 years of age, regardless of whether they have received Communion in the past. We will be taking a deeper look at the meaning of Communion and Sacramental Grace leading up to the First Communion Mass, which will take place on Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 am. The class will meet for five 45-minute sessions and end with a half-day retreat, which will be on Saturday, March 5.

CLICK HERE to register.

 What is First Communion Class?

First Communion class is a program for children of at least six years of age to help them get the most out of Mass by giving them the instruction they need to participate in a more well-informed and intentional way.

 My child already receives Communion. Can she still participate?

In the Episcopal Church, every baptized Christian is allowed to receive Communion, so naturally some children have already received Communion. Other parents choose to wait until their child has had instruction before permitting them to receive Communion. But whether this is your child’s first Communion or their 300th, this class is valuable because it will give her a new and deeper experience of the Mass.

When does this class meet?

The program we are using this year is part of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Curriculum which we use in Sunday school. It has five one-hour sessions and a half-day retreat for the children. All meetings will be at the St. Columba’s Church. The meeting times have recently changed; the new times are listed below:    

  • Sunday, 5 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 12 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 19 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Sunday, 26 February @ 11:00 - 11:45 am
  • Saturday, 4 March @ 10:00am - 12:30p (1/2-day retreat)
  • Sunday, 5 March @ 9am - First Communion Mass
When is the First Communion Mass?

The First Communion Mass will be on Sunday, March 5 at 9:00am. The children will be front and center, and the whole parish will celebrate this important rite of passage with them. You may want to invite friends and family to join us as well.  Children should be at church on the morning of March 5 by 8:30 am, since they are part of the procession at the 9:00 Mass.

How do I find out more?

If you have any questions, feel free to speak with Kristin Weems during the Sunday school hour (Level III Atrium, Cottage 302) or contact Father Tripp.

CLICK HERE to register.


Pacesetters: Historic Park, Restaurant, & Hockey

     The Pacesetters Group has two outings planned and you're invited!  On Thursday, January 19 a trip is planned to Chatsworth to visit Chief Vann's House followed by lunch at Edna's Restaurant.  The cost is $6.00 for admission to the historic park.  Deadline for making your reservation is January 12.

     Next up is the Atlanta Gladiators Ice Hockey outing at the Gwinnett Arena on Feburary 4.  We're hoping to have a big St. Columba's crowd attend.  We'll order a block of tickets for a group discount, so the exact cost will be determined once we make our reseration.  The game is Saturday, February 4 at 7:05 pm.  

     For more information or to sign up to be a part of the fun, contact Linda and Karl Sammons (click here).