Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

Adult Faith Formation | Blue Army | Choir | Finance | Knights of Columbus
Mary's Garden | Prayer Chain | St. Ann's Altar Society | That Man is You


RCIA (ADULT FAITH FORMATION CLASS) is held on Monday following the evening Mass at 6:00 pm in the rectory. These meetings are for those interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic Church.

Many of you have attended one of the programs put on by the Adult Faith Formation Team over the past few months. We hope to continue offering more programs like these to allow members of Saint Columban's to develop better fellowship with their fellow parishioners and grow in the knowledge and understanding of their Catholic Faith.

To help better promote our programs, we have developed a website where you will be able to see information on past programs we've held, learn about and pre-register for upcoming programs, and other information. You can also sign up for email alerts so that when we schedule new events, you will be notified automatically in your email. Please go to to learn about the next event and pre-register. Be sure to share this information with those you know and bring a friend to any of the programs!

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The prayer cell meets every Wednesday after 8:15 am Mass in the church to pray the rosary. A second prayer cell has been added and meets every Tuesday at 5:15pm before the 6:00 Mass in the church. 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.

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PRACTICE - We meet to prepare for special Christmas and Easter Masses. We meet in the red brick building in the music room at 5:00 p.m.

CHOIR PRACTICE - Choir practice for Christmas 2017 will be on the following dates at 5:00 PM in the music room: December 4, 11, 18.

Please contact contact Mary Garr, 660-646-3760, with questions or watch this website for future dates.

Our music ministry of the parish is led by our school music teacher, Mary Garr, and long-time organist, Brenda Lauhoff. So many times we hear the beautiful voices praising God and wonder who is the face behind the voice.

Louise Tate and Brenda Fellhoelter lend their voices to lead us at 5:00 Saturday and 10:00 Sunday Mass, and Marla Laidler gives us her musical ability playing the keyboard. A variety of people have made up the choir in the past, and we hope we haven't left anyone out! Our choir in addition to those mentioned above: Brenda O'Halloran (holidays); Ryan Colter (holidays); Chelsea Wade Ashdown (holidays); Olivia Lauhoff (Christmas); the Holland young men; Daniel Alford (Christmas); Kathy Carlton (Christmas); Jeanine Wheeler (at times); David Martin (at times); and Janet Schreiner (holidays).

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Finance Committee Members: Theresa Kelly, John Marcolla, Frank Schottel, Bob Conrad

Weekly Offering

January 7
Offertory $31,345
Property Maint. $97
Birthright $147.50

Interior Restoration Pledges Outstanding

December Income/Expense Report
Income $62,445
Expense $46,606
Income over (under) Expense $15,839

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KNIGHTS NEWS (& Ladies Auxiliary)
The Knights of Columbus will meet for their regular meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm.

Congratulations to Connor Bonderer, Zach Walker, David Mattingly, Adam Warren, Mark Higgins, and Curt Ledbetter. Last Sunday, they were advanced into the 2nd and 3rd degree of the Knights here in Chillicothe. Way to go, guys!


Held each June at the Green Hills Golf Course (660-646-6669).

MONTHLY PARISH POT LUCK - Held the first Wednesday of the month at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Rosary for Vocations at 7:00 p.m. in the church. All parishioners are encouraged to attend. Please bring your own table service and a favorite dish or two to share. Drinks provided.

KNIGHTS HALL RENTAL FEES: $275 for evening and $80 for afternoon rentals (located at 919 Easton Street, Chillicothe, Missouri)


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In the Spring, we begin work in our beautiful Mary's Garden! Each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. (weather permitting), the Garden Committee will meet to prune, weed, trim, plant, and water the garden. Typically we work till mid September. We usually have work day right before the Fall Festival and ask a few men to help trim trees, shrubs, cut back peonies and such larger jobs. Otherwise, our work during summer is weeding, watering, planting and dependant on weather... we don't work if it's over 95 or so or after rain when it's muddy. We do need helpers for pond and mowing that area. We don't work in winter, but someone clears snow. Please join us to keep Mary's Garden looking well kept and beautiful! Thank you! Donna Sizemore & Chris Shearer

Click here to see more photos!

HELP NEEDED - Helpers are needed and much appreciated! For questions, contact Donna Sizemore 660-646-5553 or Chris Shearer 660-636-5277.

MOWING ASSISTANCE NEEDED - See us in the Spring! - The Mary Garden requires mowing with a push mower and bagger due to the beautiful flower beds and statues. We need a volunteer to regularly mow each year. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rick O'Halloran at or call 660-646-1067.

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Please email us with your requests to have us pray for your needs...

If you do not have a need, but would like to be added to our Prayer Chain list to pray for those in need, please email us. You may also call your request in to Alice Van Dyke, 660-646-1487.

PRAYER CHAIN POLICIES: Our church policy, decided by the priest and the parish prayer chain committee when we established the email portion of the chain in 2010, is that we do not publish prayer chain requests on our website, nor do we put them on Facebook, in order to protect the privacy of the individuals. We leave that up to the family members of the people involved. We let the person requesting the prayers, usually a family member or close friend, tell us what information to share. We are careful to pass on to the people who pray only the information or names we are given permission to share. Anyone from the parish is welcome to join our prayer chain and receive the prayer requests either through the telephone tree or through the email group.

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The St. Ann's Altar Society meets every 2nd Thursday of each month. All ladies of the parish are invited to join this group.

ALTAR SOCIETY will meet Thursday, December 7, 2017, at noon for a carry-in luncheon. Meat and beverage provided. Please bring a covered dish and money for the sponsored family gift. Chairs this month are Kathleen Pfaff, Mary Louise Haynes and Diane McKiddy.

Salad Luncheon - June Each Year
The annual salad luncheon is held in June each year in the Bishop Hogan gym. The proceeds go to supplies for the church altar and for funeral dinners.

The St. Ann's Altar Society would like to thank our church community for their donations to the annual salad luncheon. The event was a success due to the generosity of time, talent, and financial contributions we received. We especially thank the ladies of the parish for their contributions of salads and pies, the Bishop Hogan staff for opening the school and kitchen to us. The Knights for taking care of table setup and takedown and all of you who supported us by joining us for lunch. A special thank you to Dorney Hecker and Belinda Bower for their extra help! Thanks to Robin Quinn for decorating. The missions of the Altar Society are made possible through the money we earn from the salad luncheon. The funds help with the bereavement luncheons we host, half of the expense of cleaning the church, and the purchase and replenishment of religious items for the church and altar. Thanks to all of the Altar Society Ladies who work all year to be of service to the parish. We are so appreciative of the support of our parishioners!

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This Parish-sponsored program is free of charge and open to all men 18 & over. It is held at the Knight's Hall, corner of Polk & Easton, and consists of a 30-minute video and short discussion. Started in Houston, Texas, in 2006 and now running in over 400 parishes nationwide, it is changing men's lives and keeping marriages together. Invite a friend and join us. He'll be glad you did. For more information, go to and register or just show up!

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

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