Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

Blue Army | Choir | Finance | Knights of Columbus | Knights of St. Michael | Youth Group

Mary's Garden | Prayer Chain | St. Ann's Altar Society | Adult & Teen Bible Study

Safe Environment Compliance



The prayer cell meets every Wednesday after 8:15 am Mass in the church to pray the rosary. 

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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We have a great group of dedicated singers who are generously lending their voices to the enhancement of the liturgy. If you would like to add your voice to the group, they rehearse every other Tuesday at 6:30pm in the choir loft and sing at the 10am mass every Sunday and Feast Days. We meet every Tuesday leading up to Christmas and Easter! Obviously, we understand that one isn't able to make it to every practice, but the more practices that you can attend, the more the group will be able to do.

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Finance Committee Members: John Marcolla, Bill Haynes, Bob Conrad, Julie McCoy


May 7, 2023
Offertory $8,968
Parish Prop. Maint. $269
Vocation Fund $120
Birthright $472

April Income/Expense
Income $73,749
Expense $111,956
Income over (under) Expense ($38,207)

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Carry-in dinner followed by meetings was held on Monday, May 1, 2023, at 6:30 pm.


Held each June at the Green Hills Golf Course in Chillicothe, Missouri. The Calcutta is held on Friday at 8:00 pm in the K of C Hall. If interested in having a team, see Joe Timmons, Hayes Martens, or Kevin Jeschke, or call the church office at 660-646-0190.

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

2022 Knight of the Year: Kevin Jeschke
The Knights of Columbus Council #1084 recently announced Kevin Jeschke as the 2022 Knight of the Year. Kevin has served as the Financial Secretary for many years and is always helping at the Council's projects including the Super Bowl rib sales, Lenten Fish Fry Dinners, Golf Tournament, Chautauqua food booth, and Tootsie Roll Drives. Kevin also chairs the annual Christmas wreath sales. The Knights of Columbus are very proud of being able to name Kevin Jeschke as the 2022 Knight of the Year and are thankful for the example and inspiration he gives to the organization.

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The Knights of St. Michael is a group made up of all of the altar servers of the parish. The group meets together on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm unless otherwise stated. The meetings, lasting 60-90 minutes, consist of training, group prayer, spiritual instruction, and fun activities for all members. Members progress through the various ranks based on age, merit, and knowledge. If your son, age 7 or older, is interested in becoming a server and joining the group, please email Fr. Koster for more information.

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On the Feast of St Columban, 11/23/2022, at a promotional ceremony for the Knights, we promoted 8 servers to the rank of Acolyte, and 3 were knighted as full Knights. Knights and Knight Commanders are knighted with a sword of St. Michael.

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 First induction ceremony for the Knights of St. Michael server group. 
Apprentices, Guardians, Acolytes, and Knights (Friday, April 29, 2022)

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The first Knight Commanders of the Knights of St. Michael.
One is not pictured; the one with the gold is the Grand Knight.
(Sunday, May 15, 2022)

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In the Spring, work begins in our beautiful Mary's Garden! The Garden Committee meets to prune, weed, trim, plant, and water the garden. Typically, we work till mid September. We usually have a 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 don't work in winter, but someone clears snow. Please join us to keep Mary's Garden looking well kept and beautiful! Thank you!

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MARY GARDEN HELP NEEDED to prune roses, pull weeds, clean bird baths, etc. See Chris Shearer if you can assist or call the church office at 660-646-0190.

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 the church office.

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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 - please call the church office to obtain her #, 660-646-0190.

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 normally meets every 2nd Thursday of each month. All ladies of the parish are invited to join this group.

Meeting held Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 10:00 am, Knights of Columbus Hall. Hostesses - Marie Dolan and Brenda Lauhoff. All ladies of the parish are always invited to attend.

Salad Luncheon - June Each Year
The annual salad luncheon is held in June each year in the Bishop Hogan gym.

This is their only fund raiser of the year. Proceeds are used to buy liturgical supplies for the church, such as hosts, wine, altar candles, vestments and sacred vessels. Without the donations and support from our entire parish, the salad luncheon would not be a success.

For years, the Altar Society has taken the responsibility to prepare the Funeral Dinners for the parish. In early 2022 alone, the ladies prepared over 300 meals. We are in need of additional help! Our sympathy is for the ones who have lost loved ones. May they Rest in Peace. Thanks for all the generous memorials and donations toward our Bereavement Expenses. Thanks also to all who have brought food and helped serve. There's a sign-up sheet in the back of church for additional volunteers, food, and donations. Please sign up if you would like to be added to our list of funeral dinner helpers.

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Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding January and summer months) from 7-8:30 PM in the Knights Hall.

Adult/Teen Bible Study
Meet at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 7:00-8:30pm. Adults and teens meet together to watch the 30-minute video and separate into groups for discussion. Adults, please bring a Bible and your workbook for taking notes. Teens, you will be provided with a Bible.

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The youth group is open to all youth of the parish, second semester 8th grade-12th grade. They meet on Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 pm in the Knights Hall (excluding first Wednesday). This is a great opportunity for young people to have fraternity and grow in their faith while having fun together. Our meetings include a game, snacks and a spiritual lesson pertinent to Catholic teens today. There is also always a need for more adult leaders to help facilitate the group. Call Jane Gyhra or Mary Mathew if you have any questions. If you need their phone #'s, please call Kim at the church office.

May 6 - Service Project - Tree Planting (Last regular meeting until we resume in the fall.)

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Welcome George Algozzini, the new Safe Environment Coordinator for the Parish of St. Columban and Bishop Hogan School. He also serves as contact with the Parish and school for questions on how to complete compliance with the Dioceses Safe Environment protocols.

For an introduction and more information, watch his YouTube video here >>.

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

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