Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church
SPECIAL EVENTS

Renewal of Our Tradition
Purchase These Items and Support Our Parish Restoration Efforts.

Novel of Our Parish History St. Columban Custom Medal
The book, written by parishioner Brenda O'Halloran, is an original historical fiction about the building of our present church building in 1879. Brenda researched church and city records and family histories to make this a very historically accurate account of what it took for our ancestors to take on such a project. The book sells for $20.  We also have the St. Columban medals available for $35. These were struck exclusively for our parish. No other like them exists in the world. The medals are sterling silver.

Email or call the church office at 660-646-0190 to place your order.
All proceeds go to the Restoration Fund.

STATUE & WINDOW GUIDE - Learn more about the St. Columban Church statues and stained glass windows through the new brochure Father Knieb put together. If you have ever wondered which saints we have represented in our church or what they may be the patrons of... Download Here.

HAMILTON/GALLATIN MASSES - Beginning June 12, 2018, one of our former pastors, Fr. Tom Hermes, will become the new pastor at Sacred Heart in Hamilton and Mary Immaculate in Gallatin. Fr. Phil Luebbert will be leaving these parishes for another assignment. Fr. Jack Zupez SJ will again take up residence at our parish as he continues his primary ministry in the area prisons.

FR. PHIL'S NEW ADDRESS - Father Philip Luebbert. Little Sisters of the Poor, 8300 East 88th Terr., Apt. #3006. Kansas City, MO 64138

MASS INTENTION POLICY - In keeping with Canon Law: 1) an intention requested for a Mass, must be fulfilled in a year's time of accepting the stipend; 2) the customary stipend amount is $10 per Mass; 3) only one request may be accepted per Mass.

PLEASE USE THE OFFERING ENVELOPES PROVIDED TO YOU
While we are very, very thankful for ALL donations, the envelopes mailed to your homes serve a very important purpose. ACCURACY in recording your gift for your charitable donations deduction provided on your year end statement of charitable giving's. When loose checks are placed in the collection basket, we cannot guarantee that these are recorded accurately. The offering envelopes provide a voucher for the bookkeeper after the checks have been taken to the bank for the night deposit. Thank you for this consideration.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
Trip Date: March 11-21, 2019
Departure City: Kansas City, MO (other cities available)
Price: $3490.00

For additional information, click here.

  • PARISH POT LUCK is held in the Knights Hall at 6:30 PM on first Wednesdays Fall-Spring. Bring your favorite dish. A rosary for vocations will be said after the dinner. All parishioners are welcome.
  • THAT MAN IS YOU Sundays after the 8:00 Mass (Fall/Winter)
  • BLUE ARMY - WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA - Every Wednesday after 8:15 am Mass in the church. Note: During the summer months, the Tuesday group does NOT meet at 5:15pm before the 6:00 Mass
  • MARY'S GARDEN - Spring-'til Mid-September - Each Wednesday at 5:15 pm
  • BETHLEHEM FUND COLLECTION - Every last weekend of the month
  • PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY - Spiritual Leaders: Father Matthew Rotert and Father William Debo, November 7-16, 2018
  • CHOIR PRACTICE - Mondays at 5 pm, December 10 and 17
  • MARCH FOR LIFE WASHINGTON DC - January 18
  • WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER - Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, Kansas City, March 1-3, 2019
  • PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND - Father Kneib - March 11-21, 2019


Photo by Father Kneib, April 12, 2015
>> More Photos

New St. Columban email address: kim@stcolumbanonline.org. Please disregard the email listed on the header of the church bulletin.


Dozens of veterans spanning generations and every branch of the military gathered at Bishop Hogan Memorial School on Nov. 14, to be honored for their service and sacrifice with an assembly and luncheon. Students in kindergarten through eighth grades participated during the program, singing patriotic themed songs and reading several passages about veterans. Eighth grader Jackson Reeter performed a traditional Taps trumpet solo. After an opening prayer by Father Benjamin Kneib, his younger brother, Cpl. Joseph Kneib spoke to those in attendance about his service to the Marine Corps.

CHOIR PRACTICE
If you would like to participate in our church choir during the Advent and Christmas seasons, practices are beginning soon. Practice will be held on the following Mondays: December 3, 10, and 17. Practice is held at 5:00 pm in the school's music room located in the red brick building. New and old voices alike are always welcome.

ST ANN'S ALTAR SOCIETY
December meeting to be held on Thursday, December 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall. This is a covered dish carry-in luncheon. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend.

FIRST FRIDAY AND HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
This Friday, we will have Adoration as usual on First Friday with the only change being the time for the evening Mass will be changed to 5:30 PM and will be a Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception Holy Day of Obligation. Holy Day Mass will also be held on Saturday at 8:30 am. The Saturday evening 5:00 PM Mass does not fulfill the Holy Day Obligation. It is the Vigil Mass for Sunday.

ANGEL TREE
Our parish is once again assisting the Salvation Army with their Angel Tree gifts. You may pick an angel tag from the tree in the back of church. Please return the gifts unwrapped with the tag to the church or you may also drop them off at the Salvation Army. You are not expected to purchase everything on the tag, only what your budget allows. The gifts MUST be returned no later than December 14. Please, DO NOT wrap the gifts but make sure that the Angel Tag is returned with the gifts so they know what child the gift is for. The Salvation Army will be helping the parents wrap the gifts this year so they can be more involved. Thank you for your support.

MASS INTENTIONS 2019
We began accepting Mass Intentions for 2019 on Tuesday, December 4, at 10:00 am. NO early phone calls, please. You must bring your Mass intentions with $10 stipend per Mass in person to the church office.

CONFIRMATION CLASS 2017-2018 - October 28, 2018
On October 28, 2018, Bishop Johnston conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on the following youth of our parish. The patron saint they each chose is in quotations.

Ellie "St. Philomena" Barnett
Emma "St. Agnes" Burk
Connor "St. Hubert" Douglas
Cy "St. Isidore" Evans
Emery "St. Kassiani" Evans
Ava "St. Anne" Gibson
Sophia "St. Anthony" Luetticke
Trent "St Christopher" Norman
Gretchen "St. Anthony of Padua" Schroder
Alex "St. Peter" Webb
Mikelle "St Maria Goretti" Whitson

Congratulations to Alex Webb, son of parishioner Janet Webb, on making a profession of faith and being admitted into full communion with the Catholic Church.

MONTHLY COLLECTION - BETHLEHEM FUND
In June, we began taking up a collection on the last Sunday of each month in our parish to send to the Christians in the Holy Land. Did you know that the majority of Christians in the Holy Land live in Bethlehem. Many live in a neighborhood near the shepherd's field where the angel announced to the shepherds that Christ was born. The shepherd's field is approximately 2 miles distance from the cave Christ was born in.

FALL FESTIVAL
2018 Fall Festival News & Prize Winner List >>
The Fall Festival was held on Sunday, September 30, this year (noon to 4:00 pm).
This year was another fun and successful Fall Festival. If success can be measured by the smiles and happiness seen on the faces of the crowd, it was truly that. The total money raised through the sale of raffle tickets, game tickets and booths was $13,225. This is before expenses are paid out.

RAFFLE WINNERS
The list of raffle winners can be found on the table in the back of church or viewed HERE. All winners that were not present to pick up their prize on Sunday were notified this week, and gift certificates were mailed to the address provided on the ticket. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets; and especially to the ones who included an address on the ticket.

THANK YOU
A Big Thank You to all the parishioners - whether you brought a cake or worked in one of the booths. We really appreciated your help. This is the only parish fundraiser of the year. A special thank you to committee members: Pam Brobst, Joe Timmons, Diane Bonderer, Kim Marshall, Amy Supple, David Martin and Joe Resor. Again this year, Julie Resor headed up the committee and kept things organized. Thank you, Julie. You are truly appreciated, too!

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Married Couples: It has been said that the greatest gift you can give your children is two parents very much in love with each other. Polish up this gift and put a bow on it at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. You deserve the best, and your children need to see you reaching for it. The next Weekend in Kansas City is March 1-3, 2019. For more information or to apply, please visit our website or call Tony & Barb Zimmerman, 816-741-4066, or email tonybarbz@prodigy.net.

JOIN CUB SCOUTS
St. Columban Catholic Church now has a youth ministry in the form of Scouting! Troop 1857 is for boys ages 11-18 (6th- 12 grade) and Cub Scout Pack for boys and girls ages 5-10 (k-5th grade). The goal of Scouting is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoor skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking. For further information on Cub Scouts or to join Boy Scouts, please contact Ginger Williams at 660-707-2860 or email at gingerscouting@gmail.com.

MARY'S GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (Spring until Mid-September)
Thank you to the volunteers who helped work in the Mary Garden and mowed just that portion of the garden. If you would like to help next year for a short amount of time each week maintaining the garden and making it beautiful, please leave your name and phone number on the church voice mail. During the summer, we have many visitors to our church and they always appreciate our Mary Garden. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.


Photo: BK Web Works

FROM FATHER
Parish Statistics -
I would like to share with you what in many ways are the fruits of our parish life. Since last Easter, we have had 17 baptisms\conversions to Catholicism, 14 new family registrations, 5 marriages, 21 children made First Communion, 18 received Confirmation, and our school's enrollment has increased for the 5th consecutive year.

COMMUNION RAIL NEWS

March 18, 2018 - The Communion rail was installed earlier this week. The majority of this rail was carved around 100 years ago, perhaps by the Gier family. Up until the church restoration, it sat as a decorative piece up against the wall on either side of the sanctuary. The restored rail has been stained, gilded, and had a newly constructed section matched and added on to each end in order to lengthen it. Our thanks to Custom CNC Routing in Cowgill, T & G Millworks in St. Joseph, and Orland Oesch for their hard work in helping us restore this beautiful rail to use once again.

May 5-6, 2018 - We began to use the restored altar rail beginning this weekend. We have had the option to kneel when we receive Communion for a few years now and so the use of the rail will not be much of a change in that regard. You are encouraged to prayerfully consider adopting this posture for Communion for many reasons, including the following: 1) It causes our body and our belief to be in greater harmony. Our belief says the Eucharist is God. Our body recognizes that by kneeling in honor. 2) We kneel as a posture of prayer and in recognition of the sacred. This reasoning is consistent with the posture already in place at Mass, especially when we kneel during the consecration. 3) It reminds us that the Eucharist we are receiving is not usual, ordinary, common place but supernatural. Kneeling at the rail or standing at the rail are both options that the faithful may choose. No one will be forced or pressured to do one over the other. It is also worth admitting that some because of health may not be able to kneel.

STORY LINK PRISON PROGRAM BOOKS
Father Zupez picked up an overflowing box of books for the prison program that allows offenders to read and record books to send to their children. Thank you so much for your donations of books.

PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
Spiritual Leaders: Father Matthew Rotert and Father William Debo
November 7-16, 2018
Padua, Venice, Verona, Rome
Basic Price: $4190 per person; double room includes air fare.
Brochures available in the church office.

ST. JOSEPH'S PRESS is a family printing business operated out of their home in Belton , MO. They are dedicated to spreading the Joy of Catholicism through their many original materials. Please visit their website for books, cards, stickers, holy cards, children's books, coloring books, and more. www.saintjosephspress.net.

LECTOR WORKBOOKS
If you are a Lector at Mass, we have a workbook available to help you prepare. Contact the rectory if you would like a copy of this workbook. The new cycle began December 3, 2017.

2018 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL (ACA)
The Diocesan appeal is now in progress. St. Columban Parish has contributed $3,950 from 25 donors which has helped us reached 42% of our goal as of January 31. Our goal is 100% participation. No gift is too small. For the sake of context, if we had every household in the parish donate $30 to this collection we would be doing well as a parish supplying our part. Please join our effort.

ADOPTION RECORDS LAW
ATTENTION: Missouri Birth Parents and Adoptees:
Missouri adoption law is changing!
On January 1, 2018, adult adoptees (ages 18 and older) will be granted access to their original birth certificate. Birth parents have the right to protect their confidentiality under the new law, but they must act before January 1st. For more information, contact the Missouri bureau of Vital Records by phone at 573-751-6387 or by email at vitalrecordsinfo@health.mo.gov. Visit the bureau's website at www.health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords/adopteerightsact.php for more detailed information about the new law.

RESTORATION UPDATE (December 2, 2018)
We have accomplished a great thing in the restoration of our parish. I can't tell you how many people have commented to me at how remarkable it is. Financially, we still have a little more to account for in order to fully complete what we have started. The following figures represent the current financial status of our campaign.

  • Conrad Schmitt Studios and KC Scaffolding have been paid in full. The total amount paid to these two companies is $902,167.
  • Cost of Project $922,167
  • Pledges Outstanding $31,770
  • Amount collected to date: $734,410
  • Amount still to be raised: $21,082

Thank you to everyone that has honored their pledges; this is a reminder to all that we are counting on your pledges to stay on budget.

ST. COLUMBAN BOOKS & MEDALS
Be sure to get your original, made especially for our parish, St. Columban medal and the excellent story of our parish founding by parishioner Brenda O'Halloran. On sale now.

COURAGE is a spiritual support group helping Catholic men and women live in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching on same-sex attraction and/or behavior. Courage members strive to develop lives of interior chastity in union with Christ through participation in the Sacraments, prayer, fellowship and moral support. Courage meets in the Kansas City area weekly (monthly, our diocese and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, each hold 2 coordinated meetings providing 4 meetings each month). Encourage is a separate spiritual support group for family members and loved ones with the same-sex attraction. For information about meetings for either of these groups, call the Courage helpline (913) 428-9893. All contacts are confidential.

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
This year's Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 30, from 12 Noon until 4:00 pm on the church grounds.
2018 Fall Festival News & Prize Winner List >>

SEMINARIANS
This summer, we were joined by one of our diocesan seminarians Garrett King (pictured) who returned to seminary after our celebration Mass August 5-6. Garrett is a graduate of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Nebraska and currently just completed his first year of major seminary studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis where Father Kneib also attended. He will be ordained a transitional deacon in 2019 and a priest in 2020. His home parish is the Cathedral of St. Joseph in St. Joseph.

Our parish seminarian Ben Armentrout has been assigned to Coronation of Our Lady parish in Grandview for the summer. This fall, he also will be attending Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis. If you would like to communicate with Ben during the summer you can reach him at 13000 Bennington Ave., Grandview, MO 64030.

Please pray for these men and that more men and women from our parish will respond to God's call to the priesthood or religious life.

50-YEAR CLASS REUNION - Although there were small numbers this year (40), through the generosity of the St. Joseph Academy alumni, $500 will be given to the Bishop Hogan Scholarship Fund. A big thank you to Mary Catherine Damm (class of '40) and Larry Brockhaus ('67) for making many phone calls with short notice. Mark your calendar: The next tentative gathering will be the first weekend in August 2019 when the final graduating class of 1969 will celebrate their 50th Reunion. All Academy students and friends are encouraged to attend. Again, help will be needed for planning activities and making contacts. --David Martin '61

RESTORATION NEWS
We have accomplished a great thing in the restoration of our parish. I can't tell you how many people have commented to me at how remarkable it is. Financially, we still have a little more to account for in order to fully complete what we have started. The following figures represent the current financial status of our campaign.
Thank you to everyone that has honored their pledges; this is a reminder to all that we are counting on your pledges to stay on budget.

A Go Fund Me page to assist in part of our fundraising efforts has been established!

NEW ST. COLUMBAN HISTORY - "A Duty Sanctioned"
We are pleased to present a novel written by Brenda O'Halloran entitled A Duty Sanctioned. This book tells the story of our ancestors' efforts to build our current church and what they had to do to accomplish it. Fr. Kneib has said the story of their resolve, faith, and commitment is applicable to the efforts we undertook in 2017 in preserving what they handed on to us.

Click image to read the first chapter of this informative book...

Released for the first time on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the St. Columban Fall Festival, the author is donating the first 100 copies to sell for $20 each with all proceeds from those copies donated to the church's Restoration Fund. We hope you will purchase your very own copy of the book to read in its entirety and to also help with this very worthwhile fundraising endeavor! TO ORDER: Contact Kim at the church office (email subject: Book Order). We prefer that you pick your order up at the church office, but mailing options are available (applicable shipping costs apply).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Grand River Multi-Purpose Center (Senior Center) is in need of volunteer delivery drivers for our Homebound Meals Program. One day a week for approximately one hour beginning at 10:30 am daily. To sign up or for more information, contact Cindy Ireland, Administrator, at 660-646-1555. This program is not the same as Mobile Meals sponsored by Church Women United.

ONLINE GIVING IS HERE!
As you contemplate making donations, please keep the church in mind. Your contributions are needed for everything from special projects like our Restoration Project to basic operating expenses, so please be as generous as you can with your support this holiday season and the year ahead. For your convenience, we offer online giving through the church website. Find the link to our online giving page and follow the simple instructions or visit the church office and complete a paper authorization form.

To reach the online giving page through your smart phone, scan the QR code to sign up and start giving.

All contributions in the form of pledges should be paid by February, 2019. If you have signed up for online giving, the merchant listed on your bank or credit card statement will be Vanco, not St. Columban Church. Vanco Payment Solutions securely manages our electronic payment transactions.

Thank you for all you do to support our mission throughout the year.

WHY GIVE? Stewardship is not so much about giving to needs. It is more about a divine call to give. When we generously return a portion of our God-given treasure, we are reminded that our true treasure rests in Heaven. We ask that you prayerfully discern God's will in your commitment of treasure. As a faithful steward, seek Him in order to honor Him in your giving, whether tithe, offering or generous giving. Your tithes and offering help support St. Columban's missions, ministries, and needs.

HOW TO GIVE?

  • Online Giving - Our Online giving option is secure. It allows for a specific dollar amount to be deducted automatically from a checking, savings or credit card account. You can set up online giving either as a one-time donation or a recurring gift. Online giving is not only easy, it's also safe and secure. This option helps individuals and families remain faithful in their giving even when they are out of town or unable to attend a weekend Mass. Click on the "Online Giving" button and create your online profile so you can get a year end statement for tax purposes. Click here to find out how to give.
  • Church Envelopes - Envelopes give you a way to regularly contribute to several causes in addition to Sunday Offering.
  • Collection Plate - We gladly accept cash donations, however, if you want us to record your contribution and include it on your end-of-year statement for income tax purposes, we can only do so if you use envelopes or contribute by check.

We are not discontinuing the Offering Envelopes. The Online Giving is only an added option for those people who prefer this type of electronic payments. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in serving, first the Lord, as a faithful servant and second by blessing us to corporately serve the Lord as He leads. May He bless you abundantly for your faithfulness.

PRAYER CHAIN
St. Columban's Prayer Chain is a ministry to pray for those in need. Alice VanDyke heads the calling tree for the members who want to be notified by telephone when a request for prayers is made. Brenda O'Halloran contacts the members who prefer to be emailed with the requests. If you would like to join the prayer chain, please call Alice at 660-646-1487 or email Brenda at prayers@stcolumbanonline.org. We welcome members of our church who are interested in joining this important ministry.

PARISH CONNECTION TO OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL
While looking at the existing $41 million medical center complex in north Chillicothe, it may be difficult to imagine that Chillicothe's first hospital began in a small house a few blocks northeast of St. Columban's Catholic Church. St. Mary's Hospital, believed to be Chillicothe's first hospital, was completed in the late 1800s and was started by the Sisters of St. Mary. Livingston County History, published by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in 1981, stated that Sisters of St. Mary had visited Chillicothe previously requesting donations for a hospital in St. Louis and Father Hugo, pastor of St. Columban's Catholic Church, had convinced them there was a need for a hospital in this city. They purchased a lot at Eleventh and Broadway for $2,334. The first patient was admitted on May 17, 1889. Read more of the interesting history of our Hedrick Medical Center. > > Here


St Columban Catholic Church (9-27-2015) compliments of Dorney Hecker

BHMS SCHOOL NEWS  >> Visit the BH Website for more information.

2018-2019 School Year - Our Used Clothing Drive netted us $1499! Thank you for all your donations! We plan to do this drive again in the spring! We really appreciate it!

We held our American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 5. Thank you, Charlie Stedem and Teresa Hicks for registering blood donors!!

The students made 3-D paper shoes and put them in the hallway on Wednesday evening in anticipation of St. Nicholas visiting. He came in the night and left candy in everyone's shoes! Father Kneib, dressed as St. Nicholas, visited each classroom on Thursday and told students the story about St. Nicholas.

Jesse Tree: Our students are learning about the Jesse Tree, a symbol of the spiritual heritage of Jesus. It illustrates the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other biblical personages. Students color paper ornaments with symbols of people from the Old and New Testament who were ancestors of Jesus and then attach a few of these to the tree throughout the Advent season. We are also incorporating the Advent Wreath, lighting candles on it weekly, and saying prayers to help us prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ!

Christmas Program: Students have been practicing and preparing for the Christmas program to be held on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:30. Students will perform with their grade levels, and then grades 3-8 will perform a play called, "Camelot". Everyone is invited!

The city's Holiday Parade was held recently, and our first and second grade float in the parade won first place in the Non-Profit Division.

Kevin Goad and Chase Bonderer installed a new heating/AC unit on top of the cafeteria. The one we had no longer worked. This new one is efficient and works great!

Blessings to you all, Pam Brobst, Principal

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Bishop Hogan Staff 2018-2019:
Preschool 3 & 4-Sami Lauhoff, 4 & 5 Pre-Kindergarten-
Sami Lauhoff, Preschool Aide Nenia Lowe; Kindergarten-Chasity Thomas, First Grade-Melissa Renfro, Second Grade-Heidi Leach, Third Grade-Jenny Buttman, Fourth Grade-Donna Haffecke, Fifth/Sixth Grade-Joyce Blattner, Seventh/Eighth-Betsy Garcia, Middle School Science and Social Studies-Jane Gyhra; PE-John Locker, Music/Band/Computers-Mary Garr, Religion-Brenda O'Halloran, Administrative Assistant-Stephanie Shockey, Cook/Custodian-Belinda Bower, Classroom Paraprofessionals-Mary Kate Taylor, Ginger Williams, Spiritual Leader/Religion Teacher-Father Kneib, Volunteer Librarian-Mary Pauley, Office Volunteers-Alice VanDyke, Mary Bonderer, Maintenance Volunteers-Dorney Hecker, Dave May

School Advisory Board: Dianna Haynes and David May as parish representatives. Parents: Angie Huwar, Jill Pfaff, Melanie Warren, Eric Witt, Stephanie Brobst, Kristy Lauhoff, and Kathleen Radcliff. 

Business Buddies 2017-2018 (2018-2019 TBD):

  • Kindergarten: Chillicothe Plumbing Supply
  • First Grade: HyVee
  • Second Grade: T & R Soils
  • Third Grade: McCoy, Samples, Mattingly Dental Clinic
  • Fourth Grade: Anne Jeschke Photography, Transova Genetics
  • Fifth/Sixth Grade: Lauhoff Jewelry
  • Seventh/Eighth: Nico'z

SOAR Shopping Cards - If you are looking for a versatile gift card, we have Brinkers cards, which can be used at Chili's, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano's and On the Border Mexican Grill. We also have Darden cards, which can be used at Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze Island Grille, Yard House, Longhorn Steakhouse, Season's Fresh Grill and Red Lobster! What a deal!!! Available after Mass in the back of church. If we don't have what you are looking for in stock, we can order them. If you place your order by Monday, the cards will be in by Friday. You can also go to www.shopwithscrip.com to order yourself! If you would like to set up a PayPal account, Kathy Baxter can help guide you through it. (You can also order VISA cards.)

The purchase of our shopping cards benefit students on their school tuition! If you designate which student you want the credit to go to, we will write it down and that child will receive half of the percentage the store gives to us for that purchase. An example would be HyVee gives us 5%, and half of that is 2.5%. If a purchase is made of $300 HyVee cards, $7.50 (2.5% of 300) would go toward the child's tuition. That's a good reason to involve all your family and friends. Go to www.glscrip.com to see over 900 participating stores. If a child is a future Bishop Hogan student, (even babies), parents can 'bank' credit now, and it will be there when your child is of school age!! If you don't specify where the credit goes, that's ok, too. It will simply go in the general SOAR fund. We appreciate your support!

2017 Bishop Hogan Dinner Auction Tops $70,000 for the School
$14,000 Raised Bidding for American Flag - By Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T May 2 2017
Bishop Hogan Memorial School put on the glitz with a crowd of generous people gathering for the school's 14th annual dinner and auction April 29. Dollar amounts have yet to be completely finalized, but organizers anticipate net proceeds to be around $70,000. The evening saw a big turnout with 380 meals served. The dinner, which included Kansas City strip steak and grilled asparagus, was donated by Hy-Vee. Tammy Moore, with the Mad Batter, donated desserts for the evening. A highlight of the event came during the live auction when an American flag brought in $14,000. The flag had flown off the coast of Japan by Commanding Officer Craig Schaffner of the AV-8B Marine Attack Squadron in honor of Bishop Hogan Memorial School. Craig's wife, the former Eva Donoho of Chillicothe, has family members who attend St. Columban's parish. The flag was donated back to the school; and a special presentation to the students will be made at a later date. Other big auction items were week-long vacations in Cancun, Cabo, and Florida; a Garth Brooks concert suite for 16; jewelry; a Ruger rifle; a Chiefs' helmet signed by Eric Berry; a handcrafted picnic table; a farmhouse table; rock; and tires. The dinner/auction fundraiser is a major fundraiser that helps fund school operations and educational development. The live auction was called by Col. Mike Miller, Dave May, and the Mike Miller Auction Service crew.


C-T Photo / Catholic Schools Week 2017

Please drop off your Labels for Education in the Bishop Hogan hallway as you enter the south front doors. The program has been extended so you can continue collecting through the end of 2017. The labels add up, so every single one counts!

BULLETIN BOARDS
We are very fortunate to have Mary Triplett who has volunteered for many years to make sure the bulletin boards in church are kept up to date and always attractively arranged. If you have something that needs to be posted, PLEASE contact the parish office, and she will place your item on the bulletin boards in lieu of hanging papers on the doors and walls.

BLUE ARMY - WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA
A Blue Army cell meets every Wednesday in the sacristy after the 8:15 a.m. Mass.
All are invited. The World Apostolate of Fatima is an international Public Association of the Faithful under the Pontifical Council of the Laity. Members strive to live the Fatima Message. How to live the Fatima Message: Offer up your daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners (Morning Offering). Pray the Rosary every day. Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of your consecration. Practice the Five First Saturday Communion of Reparation.

NOTE: In the summer months, the Apostolate of Fatima, Blue Army, that leads the rosary at 5:30 pm before the Tuesday evening Mass at 6:00 pm. does not meet.

BIRTHRIGHT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
If you have ever considered ways you could help this organization that helps mothers and their babies in need or if you have any questions, call Joe Timmons at 660-646-6136 or Jeanne Hinkebein at 660-646-6227. Also, if anyone has any baby boy clothes 6 mo thru 18 mo that they don't need, call and leave a message at the above number.

SAFE HAVEN CENTER is a local community based shelter which services residential and non-residential victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. ENTHUSIASTIC, MOTIVATED VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Ways in which you can make a difference in a person's life: Help cover the shelter to fit your schedule, answer hotline calls, help with transportation to where the client may need to go, pick up donations, sort donations, provide a listening ear for clients, send thank you cards, and/or help with office duties. Any amount of time donated helps the victims and their families. Please call today for further information and/or to volunteer, 660-646-1753.

GRAND RIVER MULTIPURPOSE CENTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers to work in Kitchen packaging home delivered meals;
Volunteer dishwasher;
Volunteer delivery drivers;
Contact the Center at 660-646-1555 to help.

CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY
If you would like to know more about the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality or want to look for a way to share that teaching with others, please consider watching the documentary The Third Way by Blackstone Films. This powerful documentary presents the topic through testimonials of those who have lived the gay lifestyle but have found the happiness and fulfillment they sought through an authentic integration of their humanity with faith. Go to youtube.com and type in "The Third Way."

KEEPING GRADUATING SENIORS CONNECTED TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Newman Connection's High School Outreach Program keeps incoming college students connected to Catholic campus ministry. When students sign up with Newman Connection, their information will be automatically sent to the Campus minister at the colleges of their choice. The Campus Minister can then reach out to the student prior to his or her arrival on campus. This effort has shown great success. We are keeping students connected to the Catholic Church using technology and social media. To find out more, please go to newmanconnection.com or contact Homer Radford, Serra Club SEKC, V.P. Vocations at 816-560-2992 or hradford2@comcast.net.

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Catholic Engaged Encounter for the greater Kansas City area is looking for additional married couples and priests to help them serve the engaged as they prepare for Holy Matrimony. For more information on this ministry, please visit www.engagedencounter.org. If you are called to this work, please contact the Office of Family Life director, Dino Durando 816.714.2371, durando@diocesekcsj.org.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEND HALF AN HOUR ONCE A MONTH QUIETLY WITH JESUS?
We are looking for volunteers to sign up for a half hour of Adoration. The following times need additional adorers: 9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 11:30-12:00, 12:00-12:30, 12:30-1:00, 1:30-2:00, 4:00-4:30. At this time, we only have one person attending at the above times, and it is beneficial to have at least two in case one is sick or out of town. We have no one signed up for the 3:00-3:30 time slot, so it is important to have a new volunteer cover this time.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held on the First Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call the parish office, 660-646-0190 and leave your name and the time you can be available.

THE BENEFITS OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
  • The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead, but for an Hour of companionship. (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
  • Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity! (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
  • The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour. (St. John Paul II)
  • Each time you approach the Blessed Sacrament remember that Jesus has been waiting for you for twenty centuries for this personal visit from you. (St. Josemaria Escriva)
  • By being faithful to a Holy Hour of Adoration you can teach by example. "The young should be taught the value of Eucharistic Adoration." (St. John Paul II )
  • Do you want the Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him rarely. Do you want the devil to attack you? Visit Jesus rarely in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want him to flee from you? Visit Jesus often! (St. John Bosco)

ADULT EDUCATION FROM THE BISHOP HELMSING INSTITUTE
The Bishop Helmsing Institute offers adult education courses throughout the diocese. They are registering for Fall classes. Two new courses are Bible Connections and Our Life in Christ. For time, dates, places and cost go to http://mybhi.org.

FATHER BERNARD S. OWENS' nephew is seeking any stories and memories parishioners my have of our former pastor from the mid-20th century. Fr. Owens was pastor of St. Columban for over 30 years from 1930 until his retirement in 1956. You may send your letters to James Cassidy, "Seamere", Merrion Gates, Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4, Ireland or email james_cassidy@outlook.com. Mr. Cassidy met his uncle, Father Owens, when Father returned to Ireland for a visit after his retirement in 1957.

THE BENEDICTINES OF MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES are a young, contemplative order of religious nuns that established themselves in this diocese in 2006. Living in the quiet countryside near Gower, MO (an hour SW of Chillicothe) they primarily support themselves off the produce of the land as well as by making beautiful Mass vestments for priests. Recently, they have also made recordings of various religious hymns and songs which have been critically acclaimed and garnered national media attention. Their previous album Angels and Saints at Ephesus was atop the Billboard Music charts in its respective category for many weeks. Their latest recording Lent at Ephesus is now available. If you would like to purchase one of their albums or listen to samples of their work, please visit www.benedictinesofmary.org. Their music is also available on iTunes.

FROM THE DIOCESAN OFFICE OF EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
For more information call 816-714-2308.

CATHOLIC CONFERENCE SPEAKERS HERE!!
Yes! Some of the most sought-after, well-known Catholic speakers of our time are available now - not visibly, but audibly. The Lighthouse Catholic Media stand has talks by Dr Scott Hahn, Steve Ray, Fr Robert Barron, Matthew Kelly, Patrick Madrid, Jeff Cavins, and many more. You can take their talks with you and enjoy forever... or share them so someone else can also be uplifted.

LIGHTHOUSE CATHOLIC MEDIA
A kiosk is maintained in the church vestibule with a variety of up to date CDs dealing with our Catholic faith. Recently, several copies of the Confession CD by Father Larry Richards were added. Please offer a donation of $3.00 per CD and leave in the box on the kiosk.

Father Kneib  Birthday - June 12


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