Thursday, November 27, 2014

From Pope Francis - November 27, 2014


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 27 November 2014

Pope's General Audience: What's Eternal Life all about?

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about Eternal Life. He explained that the distinction will not be based on the living or the dead, bur rather on who is in Christ and who is not. He then added that the Church is constantly growing and journeying towards the Kingdom of Heaven. 


Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

The Second Vatican Council reminded us that the Church is not an end in herself, but that she is continually journeying through history to the kingdom of heaven, of which the Church on earth is the seed and beginning.  

This journey will reach its fulfillment in the end times, when the universe will be transformed and we will be fully enveloped by joy, peace and the love of God in the new heavenly Jerusalem. 

Even now we experience a communion between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven through our union with those who have died.  The souls in heaven assist us with their prayers, while we assist the souls in purgatory through our good works, prayer and participation in the Eucharist.  

As members of the Church then, the distinction is not between who has died and who is living, but rather who is in Christ and who is not.  Saint Paul tells us further that it is not only humanity which will be liberated from corruption, but the whole of creation.  All things will be brought into the fullness of being, truth and beauty.  

This is God’s design for us and the Church’s vocation.  Let us ask Mary, Mother of the Church, to watch over us on our way and to help us be a joyful sign of faith and hope among our brothers and sisters. 

I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Kenya, Nigeria, Canada and the United States.  May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and his Church.  May God bless you all!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From Pope Francis - November 19, 2014


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pope Francis calls for peace in Jerusalem 
after attack against synagogue

The Pope is concerned about the tensions in Jerusalem. His appeal comes after two young Palestinians attacked a synagogue, killing 5 people. During his General Audience, the Pope called for peace. 


"I am following with concern the alarming increase in tension in Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land, with unacceptable episodes of violence that do not spare even the places of worship.”

The Pope said he would pray for all the victims affected by the tragic attack and asked for courageous decisions to be made towards a peaceful coexistence.  


"From the bottom of my heart, I make an appeal to the parties involved to put an end to the spiral of hatred and violence and to make courageous decisions for reconciliation and peace. Building peace is difficult, but living without peace is a torment!”

It is not the first time that the Pope has called for peace in Jerusalem in these weeks. During his Angelus address on November 1st, he called for an end to tensions between Jews and Palestinians so that the "Holy City can be a sign and foretaste of the peace that God desires for the human family”

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From Pope Francis - November 12, 2014


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 12 November 2014 -

Pope speaks out on 43 Mexican students who were assassinated

In light of the mass killing of 43 Mexican students in the state of Guerrero, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the country and to the victims' families. 

The students went missing on September 26th as they were getting ready to hold a protest against the local government. They were never heard from since. According to official reports, they were kidnapped, burned and their remains thrown into a river. 


"I want to somehow express to Mexicans present here, and also to those in Mexico, my closeness  during this painful time, in light of the legal disappearance of students, who were assassinated. It's here that the dramatic reality of criminality becomes visible. It lies behind the sale and business of drug trafficking. I'm with you and your families.”

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Alba Pernas - RIP

As you may have heard, our parish suffered a devastating loss upon the death of Alba Pernas. She served as housekeeper and many years of service to our parish and school. Her job title didn't begin to describe her role in our church. She was warm and holy person welcoming to all and truly reflected the best of our parish.

Our sincere condolences go to her sons, John and Richard, and their family. We know that Alba will continue to intercede for us with her prayers as our parish enters a new phase in its history.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

From Pope Francis - November 5, 2014


Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 5 November 2014 -

Pope Francis explains why the Church is both 
hierarchical and maternal

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis explained that bishops, priests and deacons are called to guide and protect the Church, especially through the celebration of the Sacraments.


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that the Holy Spirit constantly bestows his gifts for the upbuilding of the Body of Christ. Among these gifts are the ordained ministries. Through the sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops, priests and deacons are called to guide and protect Christ’s flock, above all though the celebration of the sacraments which give us new life in Christ. 

The Church is thus both hierarchical and maternal: her ordained ministries are at the service of her spiritual motherhood. This is especially clear in the case of bishops, who are called to lead the Christian community as living signs of the Lord’s presence in our midst. Like the Apostles whose successors they are, the Bishops form one college in communion with the Pope. 

This collegiality is seen not only in special assemblies like the recent Synod but also in the daily communion of Bishops throughout the world. Let us ask the Lord to draw us nearer to himself and to one another through the ministry of our bishops, priests and deacons, in the unity of "our Holy Mother the Hierarchical Church”.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including the various groups from England, Malta, Denmark, Japan and the United States of America. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus. God bless you all! 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Bus trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA
November 20, 2014

The next trip is Thursday, November 20th. The bus will leave at 9:30 am sharp and will return after six hours at the casino. Please make check payable to St. Columba in the amount of $35. If you decide to go on that day, the cost is $40. Please bring check to the rectory during office hours or drop in the convent mail slot. Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus! 


"The Outlets” are located on the Sands Casino. Stores such as DressBarns, Corningware Corelle, Lenox are a few of the stores located here. Please spread the word to all you think may be interested. See you on the bus!