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Mass Intention Policies | Holy Hours | Eucharistic Adoration | Ascension & Assumption | Low Gluten Hosts

Bishop Johnston has suspended all public Masses in the diocese through at least Friday, April 24. This includes both weekday and Sunday Masses. All parish activities and meetings are also cancelled including Friday Stations of the Cross along with our Tuesday night Soup Dinner and Scripture Study. Bishop Hogan Memorial School classes and activities are also cancelled. CCD and Confirmation classes will not be held during this time period. Father Koster will continue to offer daily mass for the intentions that have been scheduled. If there is no intention for the day, mass will be offered for the People of St. Columban Parish during this difficult time.

NOTE: By order of the Bishop, palms were blessed April 5 as per usual but are NOT to be distributed until his office gives the OK. We will notify you as soon as we can to let you know when you can pick them up.

Monday, April 6
Feria Mass (Monday of Holy Week)
Special Intention for Bill Smith+
Adoration with Confessions 5-6PM; pray the Angelus 6PM

Tuesday, April 7
Feria Mass (Tuesday of Holy Week)
Special Intention for C.J. Pfaff
Adoration with Confessions 5-6PM; pray the Angelus 6PM

Wednesday, April 8
Feria Mass (Wednesday of Holy Week)
Special Intention for Pat O'Halloran+

Thursday, April 9
7:00 p.m.
Mass (Live Stream) Mass in English
Special Intention for Vocations to the Priesthood
Watch on the St Columban Facebook page.
Mass will be celebrated at the high altar.

Friday, April 10
GOOD FRIDAY (Good Friday Liturgy)
3:00 p.m. (Live Stream)
Mass in English
Watch on the St Columban Facebook page.
Mass will be celebrated at the high altar.

Saturday, April 11
8:00 p.m. (Live Stream)
Mass in English
Special Intention for Charles R. Venneman+
Watch on the St Columban Facebook page.
Mass will be celebrated at the high altar.

Sunday, April 12
9:00 a.m. (Live Stream)
Mass in English
People of the Parish Family
Watch on the St Columban Facebook page.
Mass will be celebrated at the high altar.


The 2020 Mass Calendar opened for accepting Mass Intentions on Monday, December 2, 2019, at 10:00 AM. No phone calls. Mass intentions with required stipend required in person at the church office ($10 per Mass). Five intentions per parishioner with only two of those on weekend Mass. First come first serve basis. After January 1, 2020, please schedule additional Mass intentions. The initial opening of the book is for people who request a certain date for their intention and gives everyone an equal chance of getting their special date. NOTE: Be aware of the Mass Intentions Policy.


  • The celebration of the Ascension of our Lord (Ascension Thursday), until further notice in our ecclesiastical province, is celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
  • Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay - a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.

ATTENTION: to those that participate in the First Friday Eucharistic Adoration. As you know, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration, someone must be in the church at all times. When someone does not show up, the person who has the previous time slot is left to remain and fill in the absent person's time. This is unfair to the devoted person that keeps his or her appointed time. If you are unable to attend at the time appointed, use the phone list to call someone to trade a time with you. Thank you to all those that have committed to Eucharistic Adoration. There is great spiritual benefit to parishes that participate in this worthy devotion to Our Lord. SIGN UP for Eucharistic Adoration by calling Mary Triplett at 660-646-0326.

There are different ways to "watch one hour" with the Lord. One of the most powerful and fruitful ways is to spend an hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We call this a Holy Hour because it is an hour spent in the presence of the Holy Eucharist: Christ, Himself, the One who alone is Holy.

There are also different ways to make a Holy Hour: you can pray, alone or with others, before Jesus in the Tabernacle; or you can pray in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, privately or at a public service led by a priest.

The Church strongly encourages both private and public devotion toward the Eucharist and teaches that prayer before the Lord sacramentally present in the Eucharist  actually "extends the union with Christ which the faithful have received in communion." It helps them to live in a more Christian way, trying "to maintain in their lives what they have received by faith and by Sacraments" (The Rites of the Catholic Church).

The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that you don't have to do anything. You don't have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All you have to do is be present to the One who is present to you. Many times we need to be silently present - not analyzing, thinking, or saying prayers with our lips. Even a few short moments of this silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure, for it is in this silence that the Lord speaks to us.

Consider making a Holy Hour (or shorter) on First Friday.

  • 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)

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.

There are a number of rules and canons applying to this to ensure it's done for the right reasons. Historically and firstly a monetary offering or similar was given by the person requesting the Mass said for an intention because this was in part what a priest lived off of (i.e. Eat and drink what is set before you for the laborer deserves his payment. Lk. 10:7). In most places in the world now, it's the parish that receives it not the priest. In order to make sure the practice of receiving a donation per Mass intention wasn't abused, it became the practice that a Mass was said for one intention only so that multiple donations wouldn't be collected and easily consolidated into only having to say one Mass. Secondly and primarily, the giving of something concrete and tangible (in our diocese $10 per Mass intention) represents an offering\contribution of ourself along with the Mass we have requested to be said. This idea of gift and contributing to the worship of God is reflected in the words of Jesus when He says: if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Mt. 5:23-24). It also is a means by which a person contributes to furthering the necessary and salvific work of the Church. Symbolically, we also express this notion of giving of ourself and contributing to our worship of God when the priest says at Mass "lift up your hearts," we respond by saying "we lift them up to the Lord."

LOW GLUTEN HOSTS AVAILABLE - If you need to receive a low gluten host for communion, please notify Father before Mass.

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