Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

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 - Every third weekend of the month, beginning July 2, 2016, Father Kneib will travel to Hamilton and Gallatin and conduct Mass. Father Phil will come to Chillicothe and conduct Mass. [FR PHILIP LUEBBERT AT SACRED HEART IN HAMILTON 816-583-1117]

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.

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.

February 26-March 7, 2018: $3,390

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  • 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 and every Tuesday at 5:15pm before the 6:00 Mass in the church
  • MARY'S GARDEN - Spring-'til Mid-September - Each Wednesday at 5:15 pm
  • LECTOR WORKBOOKS AVAILABLE - Contact the rectory if you would like a copy; new cycle began December 3, 2017.
  • 2018 MASS BOOK OPEN FOR INTENTIONS - Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.
  • LENTEN STUDY - Wednesdays beginning February 21, 6:00 pm, Knights Hall
  • CHOIR PRACTICE - March 19, 26, 2018 - 5 p.m., Music Room
  • LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS - March 30, 2018 - 12:00 Noon, Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO
  • RACHEL'S VINEYARD ABORTION VINEYARD RETREATS - First of Three, Kansas City, April 20-22
  • AN EVENING FOR DIVORCED CATHOLICS - Friday, April 20 , 7-9 pm, The Catholic Center, 20 West 9th St., KCMO
  • PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY - Spiritual Leaders: Father Matthew Rotert and Father William Debo, November 7-16, 2018

Photo by Father Kneib, April 12, 2015
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Holy Thursday
6:30 PM
Good Friday
3:00 PM
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
8:00 PM
Easter Sunday
8:00 AM & 10:00 AM

Sign up for Confirmation classes is now open. All young people who have not yet received the sacrament and will be at least a freshman in high school this fall are eligible. Classes will be held every Sunday from 11am to noon in BHMS beginning on April the 8th. This year, the program will be taught by Maggie and Dorion Moore. You may call the parish office or return one of  the registration forms found at the back of the the church. There is a $20 book fee.

Join us on the Wednesdays of Lent beginning February 21st at 6 pm at the Knights Hall as St. Columban's presents the latest offering from acclaimed clergyman Bishop Robert Barron: "Catholicism, The Pivotal Players." This beautifully filmed, 6-part series illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

This is a devotion of the Catholic Church usually practiced during Lent. At St. Columban's, we will be praying the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in the church. All are encouraged to join in these prayers and follow Christ's passion on his way to Calvary.

Living Stations of the Cross at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO
All are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross with us as we commemorate Jesus' crucifixion. Fr. Thomas Ludwig will lead in prayer as we walk the Stations within Mt. Olivet Cemetery. March 30, Good Friday, at 12:00 Noon, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2600 Lovers Lane Blvd., St. Joseph, MO. For more information call 816-279-5005 and please dress for the weather.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER (CRC - formerly SALT) dinner volunteers' list located on the table in the back of church - A new schedule was made and placed in addressed envelopes for each volunteer. Please pick up your copy if you have volunteered to prepare a meal for the homeless shelter.

Thanks to all for another year of successful Lenten fish fry dinners. Over 1750 meals were served over the four weeks and approximately $8700 was raised! Our thanks to the men of Knights of Columbus who prepared, cooked, carried, served, and cleaned up each week along with the Ladies of the Auxiliary who brought desserts and were there working with them every Friday! A special thanks to Pam Brobst, the teachers, staff, the students and many parents of Bishop Hogan who worked and provided desserts. Thanks to the Boy Scout Troop and their leaders for their assistance and support. Also thanks to Angie, Jeff, and Rose at Hy-Vee for making sure it all came together each week. Also, a big thanks to the many parishioners and community members who came and enjoyed the meals each week. Bishop Hogan Memorial School and St. Columban Parish are truly blessed to have so many who give of themselves and their time and talents so that events like this are successful!

Instruction for First Confession and First Communion will begin after the first of the year for children in the 2nd grade. First Communion this year will be held on April 22nd, 2018. Mrs. Rochelle Koehly will be preparing CCD students and Mrs. Brenda O'Halloran will prepare BHMS students. If your child already attends one of these two programs the necessary catechesis will be incorporated into their lessons. Please contact Fr. Kneib if you have an eligible child that does not partake in either of these programs. More details will come soon.

Contact Julie Resor, 660-247-5299, for more information. We really would like to get more people involved with the planning of the Fall Festival since the committee is shorthanded. The Fall Festival is the annual parish fundraiser and an opportunity for all parishioners to come together and enjoy a day of family fun.

April 28, 2018
$20 for adult, $15 for student, $10 for ages 12 and under
Registration from 7:15 am-7:45 am
There will be NO pre-registration.
Opening Ceremony at the Old Stadium starting at 7:45 am.
Run begins at 8:00 am on the north end of the Old Jerry Litton field to the 50 yard line of the New Jerry Litton Field.
Six divisions - Dress in Red, White and Blue; Best Dressed will receive a prize.
Questions? Call 660-591-3660 or email

Rachel's Vineyard: Healing the Pain of Abortion, One Weekend at a Time
In Jesus' ministry, He was often an outcast to His own people. For women and men who have experienced an abortion, they, too, often feel like outcasts, isolated and alone. If you or someone you know is suffering from an abortion decision, Jesus understands your pain. Allow Jesus to work a miracle in your heart. Rachel's Vineyard retreats are all about healing the pain of abortion one weekend at a time. The first of three retreats to be held this year in Kansas City is on April 20-22. Please call (816) 679-4973 or email for confidential information and to start the healing.

Six Keys to Healing: An Evening for Divorced Catholics with Lisa Duffy
Friday, April 20: 7-9 pm
The Catholic Center, 20 West 9th St., KCMO
Join acclaimed author, Lisa Duffy, for this free seminar discussing many common issues divorced Catholics face and discover how our Catholic faith stands ready to offer support, healing, and new life. If you are a divorced Catholic or have a loved one facing this difficulty, you won't want to miss this event!

Journey of Hope Leadership Training
Saturday, April 21
Divorced. Catholic. Now What?
How to bring the Journey of Hope program to your parish.
Interested in leading Journey of Hope ministry at your parish? Please contact Father Kneib or the Family Life Office: 816-714-2373 or

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.

The acclaimed Story Link program at Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron needs additional volunteers to record the readings of children's books which inmates send to their children. If you could ever be available for two hours on a Saturday morning to help with the recording, please contact Father Jack Zupez, the volunteer that runs the program, at 816-583-1117. (Volunteers for this program at Chillicothe Correctional Center may also be needed on occasion, contact Fr. Zupez.)

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.

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.

Bring your Mass intentions with required check in person to the church office. Five intentions per parishioner with only 2 of those on weekend Mass. First come first serve basis. NOTE: Be aware of the Mass Intentions Policy.

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.

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 Visit the bureau's website at for more detailed information about the new law.

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 $91,004
  • 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.

January 21, 2018 - Here is some additional news regarding one of the final pieces of our restoration. The old Communion rail sections which were present in front of the side altars prior to our work beginning are in the final stages of being restored and decorated. Local craftsmen have been working to extend the length of the rail and stain\gild it. When completed, it will again be quite beautiful. Our intention, once the rail work is completed, is to return the rail back to a place of use in the church. When that happens, Father Kneib will extend a full explanation of the spiritual and practical value of using this rail again for Communion.

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.

This year's Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 17, from 12 Noon until 4:00 pm on the church grounds.
2017 Fall Festival News & Prize Winner List >>

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

MARY'S GARDEN - Spring until Mid-September
Work nights at Mary's Garden is each Wednesday at 5:15 pm. We need help with weeding, trimming, watering and planting. Please join us to keep Mary's Garden looking well kept and beautiful! Thank you! Donna Sizemore & Chris Shearer

April 13, 2016

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).

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.

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.


  • 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.

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 We welcome members of our church who are interested in joining this important ministry.

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.

2017-2018 School Year - The Fish Fry dinners were a success! We want to extend a special thank you to the Knights members and friends, Dave May for coordinating the meals, Ladies Auxiliary, and the school parents who worked so hard to make the meals possible! Also, many thanks to all who came and enjoyed a delicious supper!

Students in 5th-8th grade participated in the Science Fair on March 8 and showcased their experiments to the rest of the school on March 12. We had three outside community members who interviewed the students about their process and judged their projects. The judges chose the overall winner of the Science Fair as Allison Higgins, with her project of Reactions and Distractions. Those who placed in the Science Fair were: 5th grade: 1st place - Anna Pfaff, 2nd - Alikai Walker, 3rd - Tyra Cranmer and Charlie VanHorn; 6th grade: 1st place - James Mathew, 2nd - Cameron Williams, 3rd - Bryton BeVelle; 7th grade: 1st place - Allison Higgins, 2nd - Kaylynn Cranmer, 3rd - Jake Constant; 8th grade: 1st place - Essie Hicks, 2nd - Alexis Anderson. Congratulations!

Our basketball teams were involved in the Southwest Tournament this week and will be in Bishop Hogan's tournament next week (March 19). We have 16 teams in our tournament which runs Monday through Friday. You are all welcome to come enjoy some basketball! The games are 4:00-9:00 on Monday and Tuesday and 5:00-9:00 Wednesday through Friday. Bishop Hogan boys play Monday night at 5 vs Southwest, and the girls play Tuesday at 4:00 vs Breckenridge.

The Quinn Memorial Fund has been established by the families and friends of Joshua Quinn and his sister, Abby Quinn-Boies, two former Bishop Hogan Memorial school students. It is the desire of the Quinn Memorial Scholarship Committee to provide assistance to a high school senior who attended Bishop Hogan Memorial School and plans to continue their education. The Quinn Memorial committee would like to invite graduating seniors who have attended Bishop Hogan Memorial School to fill out an application for the Quinn Memorial Scholarship. Applications need to be turned in no later than April 13, 2018. if you have any questions regarding the qualifications of the scholarship or the application process please feel free to inquire at 660-247-1474 or email

SAVE the DATE for the Dinner Auction, April 28th! It's always a fun evening!

May God give you extra grace during this season of Lent!

--Pam Brobst, Principal


Bishop Hogan Staff 2017-2018:
Preschool-Sami Lauhoff, Pre-Kindergarten-Mary Higgins, Kindergarten-Chasity Thomas, First Grade-Amanda Williams, Second Grade-Jamee Greener, Third Grade-Jenny Buttman, Fourth Grade- Donna Haffecke, Fifth/Sixth Grade-Joyce Blattner, Seventh/Eighth-Betsy Garcia, 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, Title I Reading-Marty Hawkins, 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:

  • 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 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.)

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!

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.

The Apostolate of Fatima, Blue Army, leads the rosary at 5:30 pm before the Tuesday evening Mass at 6:00 pm. A second Blue Army cell meets every Wednesday in the sacristy after the 8:15 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.

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.

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

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 and type in "The Third Way."

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 or contact Homer Radford, Serra Club SEKC, V.P. Vocations at 816-560-2992 or

The purchase of our shopping cards are now benefiting 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 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!

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 If you are called to this work, please contact the Office of Family Life director, Dino Durando 816.714.2371,

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 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)

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

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 Mr. Cassidy met his uncle, Father Owens, when Father returned to Ireland for a visit after his retirement in 1957.

The first newsletter was mailed to your homes last week.
You can also learn more by visiting

St. Columban parish has joined in an important campaign that will raise needed funds for our parish and support Catholic education and formation throughout our Diocese. The name of the campaign is Forward in Faith: Campaign for Catholic Education and Formation, and it will be a Catholic community initiative - not only for our parish, but the entire Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

In the coming weeks, more information will be shared about how our parish will use the funds raised in the Campaign. You will also hear more information about the various Catholic education initiatives this campaign will support.

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 Their music is also available on iTunes.

For more information call 816-714-2308.

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.

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


C-T Photo / Drew Van Dyke / May 26, 2011

St. Columban Catholic Church presents three nights of carnival fun in May. The carnival is held between The Fast Lanes and Grand 6 Theatres, Highway 65 North in Chillicothe. The professional carnival is open from 6 until 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday night and from noon to 4 and 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. All proceeds from the carnival benefit St. Columban Catholic Church. The 2014 dates are May 29-31, 2014.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

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Phone: 660-646-0190

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