Sunday, July 28, 2013

WELCOME HOME Ivelisse Sanchez!

We are delighted to announce that Ivelisse Sanchez will be assuming the position of Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Columba. Many of our parishioners have fond memories of her service as assistant to Fr. Jose Serrano. Since that time, Ivelisse has helped Sr. Joan Curtin in coordinating Religious Education Programs throughout the Archdiocese of New York. She has great affection for the people of St. Columba’s and is eager to help our children in their religious formation. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Annual Collection for Latin America

Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Latin American Catholics are often characterized by their warm, humble, and passionate hearts. They have been blessed by a rich culture as well as natural resources. However, in these times of economic struggle, poverty and violence are still major obstacles in their daily lives. Your support helps give hope to people in the region, especially the youth who seek to live faith. It is more important than ever that we support the Church in Latin American and the Caribbean. Please give generously in next week’s collection.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

From Rome to Rio

Rome for many centuries was known as the “Caput Mundi” the Head of the World. In many aspects still is the Head of the World.  However, for Catholics it is the city from where their lives still rule.

In a few days, The Bishop of Rome will meet with about two millions of young men and women whom are planning to have their spiritual Woodstock.   For this reason, His Holiness is planning a trip to a country that is almost at end of the world, but familiar to him, since he practically lived nearby.

These large gatherings are not new. If we remember well, in 1975 Pope Paul VI, asked the Church to let their young parishioners to take part of the International Christian Reconciliation March.

In 1984 the Cardinal Pironio, following orders of Pope John Paul II, convoked Year of the Redemption, inviting the youth from all over the world to meet in Rome.

In 1986, having Rome as its host city, we had The First World Youth. And ever since, there have been 27 World Youths meetings called by the Pope in different cities around the World. We need to cite Manila, so far was the largest with 5 million.

In the next few days will be the 28th World Youth Encounter in city of Rio de JaneiroBrazil.  The called for this year World Youth was done by Benedict Xvi and will be preside by Pope Francis.

 This World Youth, we may say, that it was drafted in Europe, but America will live and feel the joy for an entire week; America, the Continent of Hope, as our late Pope Paul VI, used to say every time he was referred to this continent. Benedict the XVI wrote a very special message for this Meeting: The Church count with all of you. All of you are the first missionaries, you who are to receive the torch from the hands of your elders and to live in the world at the period of the most gigantic transformations ever realized in its history. It is you who receiving the best of the example of the teaching of your parents and your teachers, are to form the society of tomorrow.

The Church that Pope Francis is going to find in America is a Church that has not lost its original flavor. The Church was born over five hundred years ago with the only purpose to be a missionary, prophetic and humble servant of the Gospel for all. Great developments were done since then, building universities, schools, hospitals, temples, and new cities.

That same spirit is still alive and waiting for new challenges with stronger forces to continue the work on their communities and that is the Church that Pope Francis is going to meet.

These Young men and women that will not hesitate to filled out the streets to demand respect for human rights and dignity for all kinds, a young generation that protests because feels  that is not important the construction of football soccer stadiums than houses for decent living. Young people that protest because they are expending millions of dollars in preparations for Francis’s visit.  Young generations that back in 1968, demanded the impossible.

Francis will Summit his Christian message of liberation from all that disrupts to live with dignity and respect. But most of all, he will send a message of life and hope,  He will be challenging to these young men and women to be witness and followers of marginal Jew, who felt a the taste of poverty, exile, incomprehension, violence of death for not accepting the extortion's and accommodations he was offered.   The message is simple and revolutionary, however, very simple to all of us, to respect,  accept and love our neighbor who is hungry, the immigrant, the person who is not important and will not  count for society, or does not have a place to live.

The other world, the world that builds highways, soccer stadiums, destroys the slums houses, contaminates the air, and such, do not see Pope Francis and the Youth with sympathy nor love. They see them as dangerous and able to change history .

Sunday, July 14, 2013

New photos!

Padre Tomás recently photographed some additional details of St. Columba Church.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

FREE Chelsea Garden Tour Touts Many ‘Pit’ Stops

Image courtesy of the artist and T.A.G
That little sign you see sprouting out of certain bike lane tree pits along Eight and Ninth Avenues indicates that the visually appealing patch is lucky enough to have been adopted by a Chelsea Garden Club volunteer. With the fruits of their labor in full bloom, the altruistic flower power brigade is about to embark upon their “Second (sort-of) Annual Chelsea Garden Club Pit Tour.” 

This free event, open to the public, begins at 10 am on Saturday, July 13. Meet at Eighth Ave. and 22nd St., and marvel at their composter in front of Foragers! Then, make a side trip to 23rd and Seventh (to Kent’s gardens) and proceed south, to 17th and Eighth, then over to Ninth Ave. — where the group will stroll north (perhaps as far as Cynthia’s pit at 30th). At that point, the plucky but thoroughly exhausted group will trek back to Eight Ave. and down, finishing at 23rd — at which point you’ll not be far from the coffee or yogurt you so richly deserve.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York

Free exhibition through Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery. For more information, click here.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Praying through the web

The Irish Jesuits offer a Web-direction inviting you to pray through it. It can be used at home, or downloaded in your phone or any MP3 device to be listen to in your way to work or back home. There is some relaxing music to begin with, the reading of Gospel of the day, and some considerations to meditate on this gospel message. It ends with the Lord’s Prayer and some more music. The program has received awards from the Catholic Office of Mass Media. Here is the web-direction:

Safe Environment

Anyone who needs to report an alleged incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest, deacon, religious or lay person serving in the Archdiocese of New York is asked to contact Sr. Eileen Clifford, O.P. at 212 371-1000 ext 2949 or Deacon Lawrence O’Toole at 914 594-4646. Both may also be reached via email at Information can also be found on the Archdiocesan website, In keeping with the Archdiocesan policy regarding sexual abuse of minors, this information is provided to ensure that our children remain safe and secure.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pope to travel to Castelgandolfo on 3 July

Vatican City,  (VIS) - The Prefecture of the Pontifical Household today announced that on Tuesday 3 July the Holy Father will travel to the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.

Over the summer months private and special audiences will be suspended, while the Wednesday general audiences - likewise suspended during the month of July - will begin again at Castelgandolfo on Wednesday 1 August. On Sundays and Solemnities during this period, the Pope will pray the Angelus from the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo.

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