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The Feast of All Saints

Tuesday, November 1 - 7:00 am


Sunday, November 6 - 7:45, 9:00, & 11:15 am


But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!


       Each year churches around the world gather to celebrate the Feast of All Saints’ on November 1.  In the celebration of the great feast of All Saints, we thank God for the many blessings God pours into our lives through the Church catholic and especially through the witness, life and labors of the great Saints of our faith upon whose very lives the Church has been built. 

       The Feast of All Saints—those known to us and those known only to God—reminds us how important each of our witnesses to the Gospel truly is.  While we continue to work and share and give for the ministry of the Church, we remember on All Saints’ Day those who “now in glory shine.”  What a great image for us all to hold on to as we live as Christians in complexities of the modern day.  This glorious feast helps us see what is really important in our lives and how the hope we find in Christ Jesus, the hope proclaimed by all that goes on here day after day, how this hope brings joy and meaning to our lives.  This is the hope passed down to us through the Saints of God.  It is this very hope that gave light to a darkened world in ages past and changes the world even still.

       We will celebrate the Feast of All Saints on both Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 am and again on Sunday, November 6 at 7:45, 9:00, and 11:15 am.

       Following the 11:15 Mass on Sunday, November 6, we will bless the new Memorial Prayer Garden that has been made ready for the interment of ashes of loved ones whom we will entrust back to Almighty God in years to come. 

Please join us for one of the four celebrations of All Saints!


All Soul's Day Requiem Mass

Wednesday, November 2, 2016   |   7:00 pm

     The Solemnity of All Souls (a remembrance of all the faithful departed) is November 2.  We will have a Requiem Mass for all the faithful departed that evening at 7:00 pm.  
       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 2.  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.  A traditional memorial donation in memory of a loved one to the parish Memorial Fund for All Souls’ Day can be placed in the collection plate (earmarked “All Souls’ Day”) or returned in the special All Souls’ Day envelope, or made online via the "Giving" tab at the top of our website.  The Mass bulletin is already being printed, but you can still have a name added to those read aloud at Mass by calling the parish office or using the link below.
       >> CLICK HERE to email Daniel Hahn to submit names to be read aloud during our prayers for the departed.  

St. Columba's Trip to Atlanta Botanical Garden

October 12, 2016

     On Wednesday, October 12, our Pacesetters Group will travel to Atlanta Botanical Garden for the special exhibit showcaseing works by the internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly, amidst the beautiful backdrop scenery of the Botanical Garden. Ticket cost $21.95, plus tax & fees (approximtately $27 total).  

>> Click Here to purchase your ticket.

     The plan is to also have dinner at The Colonnade, not far from the Botanical Garden.    We will meet at the church 3:30 PM, carpool to the Colonnade restaurant, for an early dinner, then around 6:00 PM we enter the Gardens for an evening of beauty. The Gardens close at 11:00 PM. Everyone does not have to stay for the full time, some folks may desire to leave earlier.  All are welcome to join in this trip!  

     For more information, contact Kathy Edwards or call the parish office.  


10th Annual Parish Festival

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 - 7:00 pm

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Dinner & Chili Cook-Off  (football tailgaiting throughout the festival)
  • 3:00 - 7:00 pm - Entertainment, Bonfire, Bounce House, Games
  •     @   7:00 pm - Movie Begins

The date is set for the annual parish fall festival! 

  • chili cook-off contest
  • football on the big screen & tailgaiting
  • pumpkin patch/decorating
  • brats, hotdogs and all the fixin's
  • games, bounce house, music
  • bonfire & s'mores

It will be fun for the whole family!  You can enter your famous chili in the annual chili cook-off and win a year's worth of  bragging rights (as well as the apron and gift card).   

     This year we'll have several football games up projected onto big screens so parents can tailgate while the kids enjoy the pumpkin patch, bounce house, and games.  Dinner will be served from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and the chili contest winner will be announced at 6 pm.   

     As the sun sets, we'll light the bonfire and make s'mores.  Afterwards (about 7:30 pm) we'll start the movie.       

     But wait ... there's more!  Our Festival continues with our first annual "Kirkin' o' The Tartans" celebration Sunday morning.   We'll begin our Scottish celebration with tea and shortbread during the Sunday school hour, and then we'll lay our tartans on the altar rail for them to be blessed during the 11:15 Mass.  Tea continues after Mass.

     St. Columba our patron and evangelist to the Scottish Isle, will certainly rejoice as we give thanks for our family and church roots across the pond.  A bagpiper will add to our celebration that Sunday morning.




>> Click Here to Enter  the Chili Cook-Off


>> Click Here to Help Cook  Brats/Hot-Dogs

St. Columba's Welcomes New Youth Minister

     Durham Harris joins us as our new director of youth ministry, beginning September 1, 2016.

     Durham is a graduate of Young Harris College and is currently in the Master of Theological Studies program at Emory University.  He has a rich experience in youth ministry, mission work, and outdoor education.  His energy and passion for leading young people in their faith journey will be a great next step in our ministry to teenagers and their families.

     Pictured here with his wife Tiffany, Durham and Tiffany live in Gainesville.  Tiffany recently graduated with a degree in counseling and is earning the requisite hours and certifications to complete her PhD in counseling. 

    "We look forward to the opportunities Durham brings to this next chapter in our youth ministry program," said Scott Doyle, parish warden.  "He will help us grow our program and build on our strong past that former youth director Easton Davis helped us establish." 

     Our new EYC year kicks-off with a dinner on Sunday, September 18 for teenagers (grades 6-12) and their parents.  In the meantime, please join in welcoming Durham and Tiffany into the St. Columba's family!