Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

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
  • FALL FESTIVAL PLANNING MEETINGS - Sundays after the 8:00 Mass in the school library
  • CCD & CONFIRMATION CLASSES began Sunday, September 10, after the 10:00 Mass in the Bishop Hogan classrooms NOTE: September 17 - the CCD students grades 2-8 will help with Fall Festival set-up during their class time. There will be no CCD for the K-1 students.
  • ST. ANN'S ALTAR SOCIETY - 10 a.m. September 14, Knights Hall
  • FALL FESTIVAL - September 17, 2017 - Noon
  • RACHEL'S VINEYARD Kansas City retreat - September 22-24, 2017
  • LIFETOUCH CHURCH DIRECTORIES - Parish family pictures - September 28, 29, 30 and October 1 & 2
  • CONFIRMATION - October 29, 2017
  • HOLIDAY BAZAAR - Saturday, November 18, 10:00-3:00 pm.
  • PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND - February 26 to March 07 2018

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

ST ANN'S ALTAR SOCIETY will meet on Thursday, September 14, at 10:00 am in the KofC Hall. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend. This month's chair-people are Mary Stuver and Alice VanDyke.

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL - September 17, 2017!
This year's Fall Festival will be Sunday, September 17, from 12 Noon until 4:00 pm on the church grounds. Our planning meetings are held on Sundays after the 8:00 Mass in the school library. Anyone interested in helping plan this event is welcome to attend the meetings. Volunteers are needed to man the booths and help with set up and clean up. Items needed are: 2 liter bottles of pop, baked goods for the Country Store, Cakes for the Cake Walk. A new booth this year is Second Hand Treasures featuring gently used household items such as nicnacs, small furniture, lamps, pictures, wall hangings, small kitchen appliances in good working condition, and jewelry. We will not accept any cloth items such as bedding or clothing. You can clean out your unwanted, gently used items in good working condition and bring them to the tent the morning of the Festival. Please price your items before you drop them off. For information or questions or to volunteer, call Julie Resor at 660- 247-5299.

Please help us by bringing:

  • Second hand treasures, marked with a price, after 9:00 am to the church grounds on Sunday, September 17. (No clothes, please!) Examples: seasonal items, decor, or furniture that others may like!
  • Pies or cakes for the Cake Walk and Cake & Ice Cream booth
  • Items for the Country Store
  • Most of all... PLAN TO COME AND ENJOY THE DAY!!!

ENTERTAINMENT: Unsung Hero Award
12:00 National Anthem & Prayer by Fr. Kneib
12:20 Music by Joe Bonderer & friends
1:45 Mic-O-Say Dancers
2:10 Student Performers from Bishop Hogan School
2:30 Carl Schroder with Accordion music

2016 Fall Festival >>

QUINN MEMORIAL 5K - The 2nd annual Quinn Memorial Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017. This run is in memory of Bishop Hogan students & siblings, Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn. Proceeds from the Quinn Memorial Fun Run & 5K will support the Quinn Memorial Scholarship fund that will provide scholarships to Bishop Hogan graduates to help further their education. Last year's recipients were Maggie Leatherman who received $3,000.00 and Lillian Stover who received $1,000.00. The morning will promote fitness among our youth and offer an event in which families with children of all ages can participate. This year's event will feature online registration, finish line arch, and electronic chip timing! Sponsorship and registration forms can be found at the back of the church or online at E-mail questions to The 1st Annual Quinn Memorial fun Run & 5K Run/Walk was held Saturday, September 17, 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.

  • 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.
  • The total pledges due to be collected at this time are $177,487.
  • Amount collected to date: $699,078
  • The total pledges and contributions that have been collected at this time are $876,565.
  • After all pledges are collected, we still need $45,602.

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.

CCD & CONFIRMATION CLASSES began on Sunday, September 10, after the 10:00 Mass. Classes are held in the Bishop Hogan classrooms. Teachers this year are: Maggie Moore grades K/1, Denise Evans grades 2/3, Melanie Warren grades 4/5/6, Joe Timmons grades 7/8. We will have sign up sheets in the back of the church beginning Sunday, 08/27. 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. The Confirmation classes are for the current students that began Confirmation preparation last school year. Confirmation is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 pm with all of the Deanery IX Parishes. NOTE: September 17, the CCD students grades 2-8 will help with Fall Festival set-up during their class time. There will be no CCD for the K-1 students.

he Knights will meet Monday night, September 4 (Labor Day), at 7:00 pm in the KofC Hall.

Lifetouch Church Directories will be taking parish family pictures for our new St. Columban Directory on the following dates: September 28, 29, 30 and October 1 & 2. You may schedule your appointment online. If you are unable to schedule your appointment online, contact the church office at 660-646-0190.

Bishop Hogan will sponsor a Holliday Bazaar on Saturday, November 18 from 10:00-3:00 pm. If you are interested in having a booth for the bazaar, please stop by the school office and pick up a form or call to have one emailed to you. The booths are sold first come, first serve, so let u know as soon as possible. Mark your calendar so you can come enjoy delicious soups, take home a variety of cookies, and do some Christmas shopping!

February 26-March 7, 2018: $3,390
Reservations and deposit must be made by August 26, 2017, to secure the advertised price. Any reservations after that date may be at an increased price. Price includes airfare, accommodations, private transportation during the pilgrimage, two meals daily, any entrance fees to sites and more. This pilgrimage during Lent will provide a memorable and spiritually moving opportunity to visit many of the holy sites associated with the Lord's passion and death including the place of the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the site of His scourging, the way Jesus carried the cross, Mt. Calvary, the tomb of Christ, and many other sites. Mass offered daily at many of these sites by Fr. Kneib. For additional information, click here.

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 next Kansas City retreat will be on September 22-24, 2017. Please call 816-679-4973 or email for confidential information and to start the healing.

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

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


August 20, 2017 - 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.
  • The total pledges due to be collected at this time are $177,487.
  • Amount collected to date: $699,078
  • The total pledges and contributions that have been collected at this time are $876,565.
  • After all pledges are collected, we still need $45,602.

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.

(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!

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!

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 last year's Fall Festival. The raffle, games and food sales brought in a total of almost $12,000 before expenses. 2016 Fall Festival >>

Photos: Janet Lauhoff Jackson

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.

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


2017-2018 School Year - Donna Haffecke (fourth grade teacher) and I attended training in Columbia on STEM (incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Dr. Stobel, a professor in the Engineering Department met with us and allowed us to observe a class he teaches. We learned about Engineering Design thinking and computer design. Through funding from a MU Partnership grant, he will be a resource to us all year and later visit our school to help us enhance instruction using STEM concepts.

Recent events: TH Sept. 7 - Grandparents Luncheon. We had around 90 guests. Kudos to Belinda for fixing a great lunch!!

F Sept. 8 - We celebrated the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Kneib brought a cake for everyone to enjoy!

Upcoming events: T Sept.12 - Pizza Hut Night. Order pizza and we earn money!

W Sept 13 - Training for volunteers - Protecting God's Children 6:00 pm

TH Sept. 14 - Picture Day. Midterms

F Sept. 15 - Homecoming Parade. Students will walk up town to watch. Third and Fourth grade will ride on the float.

S Sept. 16 - Quinn Memorial Run

S Sept. 17 - Fall Festival 12pm-4:00 pm

Summer Work: I want to compliment Belinda Bower for her hard work, cleaning and waxing floors; and thank Dorney Hecker and Dave May for resolving numerous maintenance issues, in order to get us up and running for a new school year! Over the summer, many hours of work were donated by Clint and Kristy Lauhoff and Kent and Sami Lauhoff to convert the basement storage room into a beautiful classroom for Preschool! Jarod Lauhoff added his time and materials to install a new ceiling and new wiring. Ginger Williams and Stephanie Shockey, assisted with the room in various ways. 'Thank you' to all of these people!! Larry Fellhoelter and his crew (John and Greeley) updated the electrical wiring throughout the Primary building, and it really needed it! Larry was very generous with his donation of many hours of labor and meeting the challenges presented by the age of the building! We really appreciate it, Larry! Our last project was installing new AC/heating units. The Knights of Columbus gave us funds generated from the Fish Fry dinners to purchase 4 large window units for the classrooms in the Primary building. Dave May, with the help of the Terry McKiddy family and Hunter Keller, installed the units! Thank you for our comfortable classrooms!! We could not have accomplished these summer projects without these wonderful people!

--Pam Brobst, Principal

SOAR Shopping Cards - 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.

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.

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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