Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church
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ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL - Save The Date - Sunday, September 22
Noon - 4:00 p.m.

If you can help please call Julie Resor, 660-247-5299. We need donations of 2-liter bottles of pop, cakes and pies (non-refrigerated), items for the 2nd Hand store (NO clothing) and Country Store items: fresh produce, canned items and crafts, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the church office with the exception of fresh produce, pies and cakes which should be dropped off the morning of the festival.

  • 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
  • BOY SCOUT TROUP 1857 PANCAKE BREAKFAST - After the 8 & 10 am Mass every second Sunday  of the month, Bishop Hogan cafeteria
  • CONFIRMATION CLASS - Classes resumed on Sept 8 at 11:00am. Make-up retreat - Saturday, September 21. NO CLASS September 22 - Attend the Fall Festival.
  • ST ANN'S ALTAR SOCIETY - Thursday, September 12, 10:00 am, Knights Hall
  • CCD CLASSES - Religion classes for children of the parish not able to attend Bishop Hogan Memorial School - Sunday, September 15, 11:00 am, in the school. NO CLASS September 22 - Attend the Fall Festival.
  • 4th ANNUAL QUINN MEMORIAL FUN RUN/5K RUN WALK - Saturday, September 21, 2019 
  • FALL FESTIVAL - Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • PILGRIMAGE TO Rome & Assisi with Bishop Johnston - October 6-13 and optional extended tour October 13-17

Photo by
Ben Kneib, April 12, 2015
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Accepting Mass intentions for the remainder of 2019. Stipend is $10.00. Contact the office to schedule Mass Intentions.

A group is in the process of establishing a high school youth group for St. Columban. If anyone from the parish is interested in helping in any way, please contact Jane Gyrha at (402) 852-6875. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Religion classes for children of the parish not able to attend Bishop Hogan Memorial School began on Sunday, September 15, at 11:00 am in the school. THERE WILL BE NO CCD CLASS SEPTEMBER 22 - COME TO THE FALL FESTIVAL INSTEAD.

- COME TO THE FALL FESTIVAL INSTEAD. The make-up Retreat will be held on Saturday, September 21. If you could not attend the earlier one, you must attend the make-up date.

Will meet on Thursday, September 12, at 10:00 am in the Knights Hall. The committee is Maureen Erwin, Millie Unsell and Lesa Albertson. All ladies of the parish are invited.

For more information or questions, please email Ginger Williams or call 660-707-2860.

  • Pancake Breakfast following 8am & 10 Masses every 2nd Sunday. Serving 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Bishop Hogan Cafeteria. Free will donations.

Fr. RYAN KOSTER (Photo 2015 Catholic Key)
Bio - Father's Feature June 9 >>

Just a reminder that we ask for a $3.00 donation per votive candle that is lit. That is our cost.

St. Columban's Parish would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for a recent major memorial gift in honor of Janet Haynes Price. The gift by Mr. and Mrs. Art Haynes, in honor of their daughter, was made to assist in funding the replacement of the parking lot at St. Columban's Church and Bishop Hogan School. We are so grateful to the Haynes family for their generous support of our church and school. Their generosity will help provide for a safe and much needed improvement to our facility that will be used by our students, teachers, parents, and parishioners for many, many years to come. Anyone wishing to donate to the parking lot project (total cost estimate $114,000) or other ongoing needs and missions of the church or school are encouraged to contact the rectory or school.

This event is being held in conjunction with St. Columban's Fall Festival in order to fund a scholarship in memory of Bishop Hogan students Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn to be given to Bishop Hogan alumni to help further their education. Joshua Steven died as a result of a farming accident in August 2003 and Abbigail Faye died of a brain tumor in January 2015. Josh and Abby were the son and daughter of George W. and Marta Quinn and Grover and Mitzi Seaboldt. Last year, the Quinn Memorial Scholarship fund distributed $8,500 in scholarships. All proceeds from this event will go toward the scholarship fund while promoting fitness among youth and offering an event in which families with children of all ages can participate, as well as keeping Josh and Abby's memory alive. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:00. All runners and walkers are welcome! More information can be found on Facebook or e-mail questions to Online registration and sponsor options can be found at

The Knights and Auxiliary had a carry-in supper and installation of officers on Monday, August 5. Items discussed were: It was voted on to grant over $1400 for items needed by Bishop Hogan School. It was voted on to purchase two cases of coats for the Coats for Kids Knights program. It was voted on to help with medical expenses for a Brother Knight. The Chautauqua is coming up, and we will need help as always that weekend. Had George Quinn been present, he would have won the $500 drawing.

SALT Volunteers Needed!
St Columban Parish, along with other area churches, provide meals to the homeless shelter in Chillicothe. Meals are delivered by parish volunteers each Monday. Each volunteer normally delivers a meal about 2 times during a year. The more volunteers, the frequency can be less. We need more volunteers due to a few people discontinuing for health or family reasons. Please volunteer. Help feed the hungry children and adults in our area - your charity is appreciated. To volunteer, contact Diane Bonderer as soon as possible at 660-247-0532.


A home is more than simply a shelter; it's a foundation that allows you to focus on the future. At Catholic Charities, we believe everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. Each year we spend between $200,000 and $250,000 helping to pay utility bills. We are also developing quality, affordable housing in a way in which we can hold rent at 30 percent of income for low income families. Neighborhoods of Hope has been developed specifically to build that type of housing. If you know someone in need of emergency housing or can help, contact Jarrod Sanderson, Executive Director of Housing Services at 816-659-8269 or

PILGRIMAGE TO Rome & Assisi with Bishop Johnston
Join Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph for a first-class pilgrimage with 3 nights in Rome and 3 nights in Assisi from October 6-13 with an optional extended tour to Florence and Venice from October 13-17. This will be the first pilgrimage led by Bishop Johnston since his ordination as a bishop in 2008. As pilgrims, we will receive special privileges at many holy sites with Bishop Johnston as our guide. While in Assisi, we will take a half-day tour to visit the Basiica of St. Rita of Cascia, the patron saint of impossible causes. Daily Mass, rosary and confession available in addition to all the spiritual benefits available for making this pilgrimage. Visit the website to learn more details on this spiritually enriching opportunity. We are limiting the number of pilgrims on this trip, so the earlier you send in your deposit, the better chance you have of reserving your spot.

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 help with the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful church.

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.

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.

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!

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

MARY'S GARDEN VOLUNTEERS (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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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 donated the first 100 copies at $20 each with all proceeds from those copies donated to the church's original Restoration Fund. Future sales' proceeds go toward the maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful church. 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 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.

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.

2019-2020 School Year - Children are seen enjoying the new playground equipment that was purchased using proceeds from the 2019 Bishop Hogan Dinner Auction fundraiser. The equipment was made possible because of the hard work from volunteers, community members, and the PTO.

Grandparents Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, September 18. More information will be given out for the students to send to their grandparents. The students love having their grandparents and other special guests here for lunch!

Next week is the midterm mark of the first quarter! Midterm grades will go out on September 24. It's hard to believe that we are starting the 4th week of school!

On Wednesday, September 11, we honored Patriot's Day in memory of the 3000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, by flying the flag at half-staff. We also offered our whole-school morning prayers for the heroes, the victims, and the families of those who died.

The Fall Festival sign-up sheets have been sent out to the families of Bishop Hogan; and our parents are finding times they can work on Sunday, September 22. Each class is responsible for filling the time slots to work a game or inflatable to help St. Columban with its fundraiser. It is our way of giving back to our parish!

We want to extend a big thank you to the Knights of Columbus for assisting us with some curriculum needs! We received funds from them to purchase English textbooks, a projector replacement for one of the SmartBoards, and a license for an online Vocabulary program! Updated curriculum materials really benefit students, so it was much appreciated!

We purchased a new oven for the school kitchen. The other one is no longer functioning correctly. We should have it installed in the near future.

Soon, the third and fourth grade classes will be working on their entry for the Chillicothe Homecoming Parade. The Homecoming game is Friday, September 27, and the parade will be that afternoon. Since our students are future Hornets, they enjoy being participants in the festivities. While our 3rd and 4th grade students will ride their float, the rest of the students will walk uptown to watch.

Grace and blessings on your path, Pam Brobst, Principal


Father Ryan Koster, Pastor
Pam Brobst, Principal
Stephanie Shockey, Administrative Assistant
Courtnie Cranmer, Kindergarten Teacher
Jamee Greener, Teacher 1st grade
Josie Williamson, Teacher, 2nd grade
Shontel Cross, Teacher 3rd grade
Donna Haffecke, Teacher 4th grade
Jenny Buttman, Teacher 5th grade homeroom / MS Social Studies
Joyce Blattner, Teacher 6th grade homeroom / MS Math
Jane Gyhra, Teacher 7th grade homeroom / MS Science
Betsy Garcia, Teacher 8th grade homeroom / MS ELA
Mary Garr, Teacher Music/Band/Computers
John Locker, Teacher P.E.
Belinda Bower, Cook & Custodian
Ginger Williams, Kindergarten Aide

Pam Brobst, Director
Nenia Rose Lowe, Pre-School Teacher 3-and 4-year-olds
Katie Jones, Preschool Aide

President: Carson Samm; Vice-President: Bryton BeVelle; Secretary: Kaden Cranmer; Historian: Alikai Walker. Class representatives on the Council are: 3rd - Halle Gabrielson; 4th - Harley Anderson; 5th - Hope Donoho; 6th - Carter Rader; 7th - Tyra Cranmer; 8th - James Mathew.


Major Gift to Fund Endowment at Bishop Hogan Memorial School (Bulletin 06/02/19)

Bishop Hogan Memorial School and St. Columban's Parish is giving thanks for a major financial gift from the Jolene Anderson Trust. The gift of $680,000 is the largest in school history and will be placed in the Catholic Community Foundation Fund to help ensure the future of Catholic education in the Chillicothe community. Edwin and Jolene Anderson were faithful to the Catholic Church and wanted to ensure that Bishop Hogan students would have up-to-date textbooks, access to current technology, and that families needing assistance with tuition would have access to a Catholic education. With this gift, these and many other opportunities will be provided for generations to come. "We are so grateful to the Anderson family for their generous support of our mission by making Bishop Hogan a charitable priority in their lives. Their generosity will provide a lasting legacy for generations of families and students in our community." added Pam Brobst, Principal, Bishop Hogan Elementary School. "It is always very re-affirming to know that someone believed so much in the spiritual, academic, and character goals we are trying to instill in our students at Bishop Hogan that they would leave us this generous legacy to help us continue and to grow. Jolene and Ed were always trying to help the people in this community to be better and through this gift, their mission continues."

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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St. Columban Catholic Church 1111 Trenton Street, Chillicothe, MO  64601
Phone: 660-646-0190

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