Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

Restoration Celebration Mass August 5, 2017

Photo by Father Kneib, April 12, 2015
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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.

Father Benjamin Kneib, who has pastored St. Columban's Church for four years,
looks at a rendering of what the interior of the church will look like once Phase II is completed.
The project is estimated to cost around $900,000. Photo by Laura Schuler (See Complete Article)

  • 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 - Each Wednesday at 5:15 pm
  • CHURCH RENOVATION - Began March 13th, 2017. The work is estimated to take roughly 3 months to complete which means the completion date would fall around the middle of June.
  • CONFIRMATION CLASS - Classes resume August 20; Saint paper due August 27
  • CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED July 24-28, 2017
  • CAMP COLUMBAN - July 26-28
  • 50-YEAR CLASS REUNION - Saturday, August 5, Grand River Multi-Purpose Center
  • CONFIRMATION - October 29, 2017
  • PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND - February 26 to March 07 2018

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


We have three single space ads or 1 double and 1 single space available. If you would like to advertise your business, please contact the church office before August 1 to discuss pricing and set up.

CAMP COLUMBAN - July 26-28
K-8: 6:30pm-8:30pm - Learning about the Saints and the Holy Mass
High School: 7:00pm-9:00pm - The Saints: Warriors of God
We could use volunteers to assist with the camp activities as well as make snack donations. If you would like to help, please see the sign-up sheet in the back of the gym.

Please leave Labels for Education labels on the table in the Bishop Hogan hallway as you enter the gym for Mass before July 30. They are changing the program, so this may be the last collection of labels. The labels add up, so every single one counts! Thank you for taking the time with this project. Janet Schreiner

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - QUINN MEMORIAL 5K - Registration forms available soon.

During the season of Lent 2018, Father Knieb will be leading a 10- day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This powerful experience will provide us with a chance to literally walk in the footsteps of the Lord and bring to life the places and stories recounted in the gospels as well as deepen our observance of the Lenten season. The pilgrimage will be from February 26 to March 07 2018. The tour begins with arrival in Tel Aviv and includes a visit to Nazareth/Cana of Galilee/Mount Tabor, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Shepherd's Field/Bethlehem, the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Mt. of Olives/Mt. Zion and other sites. Package price of $3,390.00 from Kansas Kansas City, Missouri, includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations, two meals daily, private bus and more. For additional information, click here.

This summer, we are joined by one of our diocesan seminarians Garrett King (pictured) who will be living at the parish until he returns to seminary this fall. 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. Welcome Garrett!

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.

We are planning a celebration Mass and Dinner upon the completion of the church restoration project. Please plan to attend on August 5th.

  • 10AM-3:30PM Open House: The church building will be open for the public to come in and see the beautiful artwork.
  • 3:30PM-4:30PM: Formal Evening Prayer and Holy Hour (this will also include the official placing of the Eucharist back in the tabernacle for the first time).
  • 5PM: Mass
  • After Mass: Celebratory catered dinner served in the gym. Please sign the sheet if you plan to attend the dinner. You may also respond to the event on Facebook by commenting with number attending.

50 YEAR CLASS REUNION - ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY CLASS OF 1967 invites any and all Academy, CHS and Bishop Hogan alumni who would like to join us in celebrating our 50-year reunion on Saturday, August 5th. The reunion will be held at the Grand River Multi-Purpose Center. NOTE: Alumni will join the parishioners for the celebratory Mass and dinner that evening. Cost will be $25 single or $50 couple before July 31. Any leftover funds will be deposited toward the BH college scholarship presented to an 8th grader each year. Contact David Martin, class of '61 for more information... 620-341-7937 or

Classes resume August 20. Saint paper due August 27. Confirmation will be held on October 29.

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

(For full details, visit our Renovation page.)

Read the Constitution-Tribune Feature Article 07/13/17 >>
Read the Constitution-Tribune Feature Article 03/31/17 >>

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

March 12 marked our last Masses in the church before work by Conrad Schmitt Studios began on March 13. As I've stated before, the use of the church is unavailable to us until the conclusion of work around the middle of June. Doing all the scaffolding and work at once saves us time and money overall. So though it might be an inconvenience and not ideal to not have Easter or Holy Week among other things in church, it is in our best interest. The Mass schedule will remain the same. Weekend Masses, with a couple exceptions that will be noted, are to be celebrated in the school gymnasium. Confessions will be heard at the usual time in the school library prior to Weekend Masses. Weekday Masses for the most part will be celebrated in the church sacristy with the exception of all-school Masses. All School/Friday Masses are held in the gym. NOTE: School is in session every Friday with the exception of Good Friday. The sacristy may be accessed behind the church by entering the door at the top of the wooden ramp. Confessions will be heard prior to weekday Masses as usual with the location to be announced. The Eucharist will be reserved during construction in the sacristy tabernacle. The sacristy will be left unlocked during the day so that those who have the practice of visiting the church to pray may still do so. During Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday evening at 6:00 pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Gym Church During Remodeling 2017
Photo by Kathy Haney Carlton

We now have pledges toward the campaign efforts. We also currently have a large sum already collected. This brings our updated combined total to an estimated $825,000. I want everyone to be aware then that we are making steady progress toward our goal of $900,00. This positive and exciting step in our campaign also highlights the fact that we must keep up our efforts of fundraising over the next few months as work goes on. For those who have not given towards the campaign yet, it is important that you make your gift known to the parish office soon. This helps us to have a more accurate idea of our financial progress. I would encourage you to use the commitment card mailed to you last month with your donation, especially if you are making your donation in the form of a pledge. This card helps us to have a clear understanding of your financial intentions.

The campaign committee has identified 3 primary tiers of contributors: 1) The parish\local community; 2) Alumni of our schools and those who live outside the local community but still have an interest in or attachment to the parish; 3) Organizations and corporations which donate to religious and\or historical projects. I continue to ask for your assistance in helping us to reach out to family\friends who you identify as falling under Tier 2. A letter written for that purpose is available in the back of church and near the side door on the north side of the church. Please forward this letter on to who you see fit. You are encouraged to add a memory or personal note to the letter that is meaningful to the person(s) you are sending it to. Please remember to also pray through the intercession of Sts. Joseph and Columban for the success of our work.

NEW ST. COLUMBAN HISTORY - "A Duty Sanctioned"
Fr. Kneib has been reading from 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. said the story of their resolve, faith and commitment is applicable to the efforts we now undertake in preserving what they handed on to us. If you would like to read all seven chapters of this book, click here. -- Father Kneib

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.

The 43rd annual St. Columban's Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 18. THANK YOU from the Fall Festival Committee to everyone that contributed in any way to the success of this year's Fall Festival. It takes months of organizing and planning and contributions of time, talent and sweat to pull the day off. Of course, it is all worth the effort to come together as a parish and have a fun day for our families and share with those of the local community. The raffle, games and food sales brought in a total of almost $12,000 before expenses. These funds will go into the church general fund to help pay general operating expenses through the year. A list of winners from our raffle may be seen here. Letters and certificates have been sent to those who did not pick up there prize on Sunday. 2016 Fall Festival >>

Photos: Janet Lauhoff Jackson

We hosted our 1st Annual Quinn Memorial fun Run & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The event was held in conjunction with the St. Columban Fall Festival in order to establish a scholarship in memory of Bishop Hogan students Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn to be given to a Bishop Hogan graduate to help further their education. All proceeds went toward the Scholarship Fund while promoting fitness among our 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. You can find us on Facebook at or e-mail questions to

The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a community of consecrated brothers dedicated to fostering reverent devotion to Our Eucharistic Lord, invite you to discern your vocation at their House of Formation, located at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. Learn more:

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.

We meet Wednesdays at 5:15 pm and work in the garden an hour or an hour and a half weeding, watering, trimming and planting. If anyone has questions, they can call 660-707-3716 Chris Shearer or 660-646-5553 Donna Sizemore. We really need more helpers to keep Mary's Garden looking nice.

April 13, 2016

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

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

We have wrapped up another great school year! It has gone much too quickly! We had an Awards Assembly on Tuesday, and it was rewarding to hear about all of the accomplishments of our students. They have worked hard this year and we are proud of them. Thank you to the students, staff, and parents for placing such a high value on education and spiritual growth!

We will miss Theresa Armentrout and Toby Saale as they will be leaving at the end of this school year. We wish them the best and appreciate the positive contributions they made to our school, students and staff. We have hired Betsy Garcia as the new 7th/8th grade teacher and Chasity Thomas as the new kindergarten teacher.

Have a safe and fun summer. Stop by the school if I can assist you in any way or if you would like some SOAR shopping cards! We will also have the cards at church. I look forward to a new school year in August!

We will have SOAR Shopping cards available throughout the summer! 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.)

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.

PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT For 2017-2018 - Our 4-year-old program is full for next year, but we are still enrolling students for our 3-year-old program. If you have a 3-year-old that you are interested in sending to our preschool, please contact the school office, 660-646-0705.

C-T Photo / Catholic Schools Week 2017

Our teaching staff for 2016-2017 included:
PS 3 yr olds: Sami Lauhoff and PS 4 yr olds: Mary Higgins
Preschool Aide: Ginger Williams
Kindergarten: Toby Minnis
1st grade: Amanda Williams
2nd grade: Jamee Greener
3rd grade: Jenny Buttman; Aide: Mary Kate Taylor
4th grade: Donna Haffecke 
5th/6th grade: Joyce Blattner
7th/8th grade: Theresa Armentrout
Music/Computers/Band: Mary Garr
PE: John Locker 
Religion for 5-8: Father Kneib
After School Care: Kathy Carlton 
Title I Reading Teacher: Marty Hawkins

May God bless you, Pam Brobst

Please save Box tops for Education labels for Bishop Hogan School - These can be found on the following packages: all Betty Crocker items, General Mills cereals, Green Giant Produce, Ziploc, Green Giant frozen products, Pillsbury Breakfast, Kleenex, Scott, Hefty, and Avery products. Labels for Education is another fundraising program. These can be found on the following brands: Bic, Campbells, Dannon, Emerald, Pace, Pepperidge Farms, Pop Secret, Post, Prego, Spagettios, Swanson, V8, Wolfgang Puck products and Coke bottle caps.

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.

LECTOR WORKBOOKS are available in the church office. If you are a Lector at Mass, this workbook offers a commentary for every Scripture reading during the Liturgical year so that readers can understand what they are proclaiming. Margin notes provide pronunciation guides and advice for tone, pacing, and emphasis. The new workbooks begin with the upcoming Year C cycle.

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.

All children (grades K-8) who are not attending Bishop Hogan are strongly encouraged to attend CCD as a primary aspect of learning their Catholic faith. CCD classes began on Sunday, August 23. There is no charge for CCD this year.
NO CCD CLASSES on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

CCD Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year:
Beth Wade - Kindergarten & First Grade
Denise Evans - Second & Third Grade
Rochelle Koehly - First Communion
Melanie Warren - Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade
Joe Timmons - Seventh & Eighth Grade

Contact Melanie Warren, CCD Coordinator, or any of the teachers if you have questions.

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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