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All Souls' Requiem Mass

Wednesday, 6 November 2019  |   7:00 pm

     Two November solemnities coming up are special days for our parish.  The first is the feast of All Saints (officially falling on 1 November) celebrates the lives of those in the Church whose lives have served to inspire generations towards a deeper relationship with God and to live lives of a more committed faith.  It's sister solemnity is the All Souls' Day (officially falling on 2 November).  It is on All Souls' Day  we remember all who have died, known and unknown.  Together these two feasts celebrate the heart of our faith: Christ's victory over death and our common witness to the Gospel.
Because the way the calendar falls this November, we will transfer our All Souls' Requiem to Wednesday, 6 November at 7:00 pm.  It is an absolutely beautiful and very moving Mass, and we hope you will make plans to attend.
       Jesus said, “Everyone the Father gives to me will come to me.  My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope."  The mystery which is death is in many respects a greater mystery than the gift life of life. One we know; one has bred in us hope and faith in life to come.   When confronted with the death of someone we know and love, we are often at a loss for words.  In the silence then and in the sadness we feel, the words of God that are so beautifully expressed in the liturgy of All Souls' have a profound sense of hope for us all. In the tenth chapter of St. John’s gospel, Jesus the Good Shepherd speaks to us reminding us that he calls us by name and leads us all home.   It is the deep hope for Christians that on the other side of the silence, beyond the grief, God reassures us of our Christian hope that nothing can separate us from Christ and from all who belong to him. All of this is the essence of one of the most profound, moving liturgies of the Church year.  Please join us at the Requiem Mass on November 6.  If you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, invite them to come with you and hear the words of hope God gives to us. 
       It is tradition on All Souls’ Day to pray for loved ones who have died and now rest with Christ. To have a name added to our list of prayers for the departed, please submit their names via the link below or call the parish office.  By tradition, a list of all those remembered at the All Souls’ Mass is left on the altar stone throughout the year as a symbol of our hope that we will one day stand again with those we have loved and entrusted back to God.  
       >> CLICK HERE to email Daniel Hahn to submit names to be read aloud during our prayers for the departed.  Names received by Sunday, 27 October will be included in the bulletin and prayers at Mass on 6 November.

Newcomer Reception

Sunday, 1 December at 11:30 am

Our next Newcomer's event is a luncheon at the church on Sunday, 1 December at 11:30 am and will last until about 12:30pm.  All those new to the parish as well as those who are looking for a church home and would like more information about St. Columba's are warmly invited to attend!

This is a great opportunity to meet others who are new to the parish and also to meet some of the members of the Vestry and clergy.  We hope you will join us and make this special place your church home.  The entire family is welcome, but please sign up at the Welcome Table, or you can email Mabel Goldsmith directly if you have questions or would like to attend (click here).  


Fall Festival | Saturday, 19 October 2019

Due to tropical storm weather conditions on Saturday, 19 October, we have cancelled the scheduled fall festival activites.


Parish Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, 25 August 2019

     Plan now to join us on Sunday, 25 August as we celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of St. Columba's. On 20 August 2006, we moved from worshipping at South Forsyth Middle School and began worshipping in our very own church home.  So we will commemorate the anniversary of the consecration of the church with a festive Mass and more.  Canon John Thompson-Quartey will be our guest preacher for both the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses, and our Mass at 10:30 am will conclude with our choir singing a beautiful Solemn Te Deum.  The Te Deum for centuries has traditionally ben sung on occasions of thanksgiving and the line from the psalmist, "O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us : as our trust is in thee.O Lord, in thee have I trusted : let me never be confounded" fully captures the joyful celebration we experience as we worship together in the church building that has become our spiritual home.
       Trust in the Lord is what has brought us to become the parish we are today. Trust in the Lord is what helps us see beyond the present and look for the great things God has still yet to do in our parish and in each of our lives. Trust in the Lord is what we hold onto as we gather to entrust those back into God's care at every funeral of those we love. Trust in the Lord is what gives us hope that God is at work bringing peace to all the world day by day.
       Pray that we may always remember this trust in God as God promises always to remember His trust in us. May that remembrance keep us from being confounded.  "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!" (Psalm 118:23)



Rally Sunday 2019

Rally Sunday, September 8, 2019

  8:30 am – Low Mass (Rite I)
  9:30 am – Great Gathering in the Narthex
10:30 am – Sung Mass (St Columba Choir)
11:30 pm – Parish Lunch on the Lawn 

Join us on September 8 for "Rally Sunday" as we begin another wonderful year of Sunday school for all ages!  The morning will be filled with energy, excitement, fellowship, and opportunity.  Between the 8:30 and the 10:30 Masses, we will have The Great Gathering in the narthex.  All youth, teen, and adult Sunday school groups will rally in the narthex under the banner of "Reckless Love" before moving off to their respective classrooms.  Our theme for the fall continues to revolve around the "Reckless Love of God," and Rally Sunday will embody fully the spirit of theoverwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.  It will be an incredible morning.

Age 3 - 5th Grade:  Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is the foundation of formation for all children ages 3 through 5th grade.  Level 1 is for 3-5 year olds.  Level 2 is for those in 1st through 3rd grade.  Level 3 is for those in 4th and 5th grade.

Middle & High School:  Focusing on belief, community, and mission, this exciting interweaving of Scripture, sacramental formation, and youth ministry will be the focus of our middle and high school program.  The goal of this program is to help teens navigate the complexities of their lives with faith as their foundation while calling on the love and hope experienced in the Christian community to lead them into young adulthood.  Much like the structures of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, this will be a hands on formation program that will give teenagers practical applications of faith and opportunities to deepen their relationship with God through their growing closer to one another in community.

Adults:  A number of opportunities come together to form our Adult Formation Program.  The Sunday morning Rector's forum, mid-week Bible study, Sunday evening small groups, and seasonal retreats and workshops come together to help us along our Spiritual journey.  Whether you may just be beginning your journey, or perhaps you are looking to grow deeper in faith, there is an opportunity for you this fall!  Each aspect of our adult ministry seeks to meet us wherever we are and guide us into a closer relationship with God, who formed us and calls us as His own.

Lunch on the Lawn” is an annual tradition for Rally Sunday.  Everyone is invited to a parish luncheon that begins at 11:30 pm.  The Knights of Columba will be doing the cooking:  hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, and beverages. Everyone is invited to bring a salad, dessert, or other side dish to share.

Plan to make a day of it and join us for Sunday school, a festive Eucharist, and parish luncheon.  Rally Sunday is great way to see before us all of the the excitement and energy of our parish as we live out our mission to be a "holy place where love is found, all are named, and hearts are set free to change the world."