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Thursday
Apr232015

Youth Sunday & Parish Picnic

Sunday, May 17

Last Day of Sunday School + Teacher Appreciation + Youth Ministry Celebration Sunday + Parish Picnic

Youth-Sunday

     Mark your calendars now for Youth Sunday!  On Sunday morning, May 17 at both our 9:00 and 11:15 Masses, we will give thanks for young people of our parish and wonderful youth ministry program.  
     We will celebrate the success of another great year of Sunday school as we thank the teachers officially during the 11:15 Mass.  And at both the 9 and 11:15 Masses, teenagers will be serving as ushers, greeters, lectors, chalice bearers, and one of our teenagers, Cole Ferguson, will be our preacher that morning, including the 7:45 Mass.
     The entire day will conclude with a festive and delicious cookout at the talented hands of our Knights of Columba.  They will provide the main dish, and everyone is asked to bring a vegetable or side dish to share.  The cookout begins at 12:30pm.     Please plan to join us for the celebration and parish luncheon at 12:30pm as we rejoice in the growth of our Christian Education and Youth Ministries!  
>> Please note:  because the Knights of Columba will be busy at the grill for the parish lunch, there will NOT be a full breakfast on May 17.  Doughnuts, fruit, coffee and juice will be available throughout the morning, though. 
Thursday
Apr232015

Summer Worship Schedule Begins May 24

Summer Mass Schedule Begins May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend)

May 24 - August 30

  • 8:30 am - Rite I Mass (said Mass; no music; no incense)

  • 10:00 am - Rite II Mass

  • Coffee Hour from 9:15-10 and from 11:00-11:45

     We begin our Summer Mass schedule on Sunday, May 24 and continue through Sunday August 30.  We return to our regular schedule, Sunday September 6 and Sunday school begins September 13 (Rally Sunday).

     Third Sunday breakfast continues during the Summer from 9:15-10:00.Sunday school ends May 17 (Youth Sunday) and then the following Sunday we begin our Summer schedule.  

Wednesday
Apr012015

EYC in April

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

Sundays:

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

  • 4/5 - No EYC due to Easter! Enjoy Easter with you family!
  • 4/12 - Regular EYC
  • 4/19 - Emmaus House Kickball Tournament from 2-5pm. Click here to get registered!
  • 4/26 - Regular EYC

  St. Columba's EYC at the Hunger Walk!

Tuesday
Mar312015

Newcomer's Reception

Our next Newcomer's event is a luncheon here on April 26th at 1:00pm and will last until about 2:30pm, so if you attend the 9:00am service, please come back for this fun and informative luncheon.  

This is a great opportunity to meet other newcomers, meet some of the members of the Vestry, and of course, talk with Father Tripp.  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 RSVP HERE. For more information, please see Margie Hutson.

Saturday
Mar282015

Holy Week & Easter 2015

 
 

A week that changed the world then... 
what can this week do for your life and faith this year?


Palm Sunday (3/29/2015)
  7:45 am - Blessing of Palms & Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Low Mass
10:10 am - Sunday School
11:15 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Solemn Mass
* Our 9 & 11:15 Masses will begin outside weather permitting

 Monday & Tuesday in Holy Week (3/30 & 3/31)
  6:30 pm - Prayer Service: The Holy Rosary

Wednesday in Holy Week (4/1)
  6:30 pm - Healing Mass & Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday (4/2)
  7:00 pm - Solemn Mass, Footwashing, & Procession to the Altar of Repose
  9:00 pm - All Night Silent Vigil Watch Begins (front chapel by main entrance doors)
>>CLICK HERE to sign up to join those keeping watch
Maundy Thursday night and Good Friday morning

Good Friday (4/3)
12:00 n   - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, Singing of St. John's Passion Gospel, 
                Veneration of the Cross, & Mass of the Presanctified

Holy Saturday (4/4)
  4:30 pm - Easter Egg Hunt & Flowering of the Cross
  8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday (4/5)
  7:45 am - Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Festal Mass with Brass and Combined Choir (no incense)
11:15 am - Festal Mass with Brass and Combined Choir
* Sunday school resumes after Easter (4/12)

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About The Great Vigil of Easter -  Saturday, April 4, 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.