St. Columba Catholic Church

Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, PA

 
 

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Address: Third and Iron Street

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: 570-784-0801

Fax: 570-387-2604

Email: P006stcolumba@hbgdiocese.org


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342 Iron Street (Adjoining the Church)

Bloomsburg, PA  17815

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Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4pm




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We are located at 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, PA.


Pastor - Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence

Assisting Priest - Rev. Joseph H. Fennessy

Administrator of Christ the King Mission & Bloomsburg University Campus Minister - Rev. Timothy Marcoe

Deacon - Thomas J. Conlin



Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the mission of Saint Columba Parish is to develop, support and maintain a strong family community by instilling a love of the faith in all.


We fully participate in the liturgy, celebrate God’s Word, receive the Sacraments and continue faith formation.


Our members share their gifts and talents to provide outreach through various ministries, and respond compassionately to the needs of others in our parish, our community and the world.


Pastor’s Message - Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

This is the week that we call “holy.” We look at the great events of the last week of Jesus’ physical life upon earth. All of these events tell us of His great love for us. “He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.” Use this week to reflect upon Jesus’ great love for us. He gave Himself in the Eucharist and He died on the cross for us. This week celebrates the most beautiful liturgies of the entire liturgical year. If, at all possible, attend the Holy Week services. Some ceremonies are long, but they are most significant and meaningful. The Easter Vigil, on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., is most special for it is the highlight of the Lenten Retreat. Join in prayer during the Sacred Triduum, Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.

  1. -Msgr. Bob Lawrence



ASH WEDNESDAY occurs Wednesday, March 5.  Masses, during which ashes will be blessed and distributed, will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (St. Columba School children will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass), 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

 

LENTEN SCHEDULE

7:30 a.m. Mass (Monday through Friday)

8:30 a.m. Mass on Fridays, except March 7

8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturdays

7:00 p.m. Mass on Wednesdays, except March 19

School Stations of the Cross - 1:30 p.m. on Fridays

Stations of the Cross - 7:00 p.m. on Fridays

 

 

LENTEN GUIDELINES

1.      The traditional Lenten practices of piety, fasting, almsgiving and other forms of self-denial are warmly recommended by the Church.

2.      The faithful observance of Lent should manifest itself in the imitation of Christ in daily life and in the readiness to sacrifice time and talents whenever possible, in personal, parish, and community efforts for those in spiritual or material need.   The spiritual hunger of the unchurched locally and in mission lands can be a focus of prayers and charitable giving.

3.      Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat for those 14 years of age or older.  They are also days of fasting for those between the ages of 18 and 59 years of age.  Those bound by the law of fasting may take one full meal.  Two smaller meals are also permitted; liquids, including milk and fruit juices, are allowed.  If health or ability to work is seriously affected, the law does not bind.

4.      All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence (no meat) for those 14 years of age or older.

5.      Fridays of the year outside Lent remain days of penance.  The Bishops of the United States highly recommended the traditional abstinence from meat on Fridays during the entire year, together with acts of mortification, for the cause of peace in the world.  However, some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance may be substituted.

 

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO GIVE UP FOR LENT

(Author unknown)

Give up watching television one evening a week.  Visit some lonely or sick person instead.

Give up looking at other people’s worst points.  Concentrate on their strong points and positive attitudes.

Give up speaking unkindly.  Let your speech be generous and understanding.

Give up your worries.  Trust God with your problems and frustrations.

Give up hatred or dislike of anyone.  Learn to love instead.

Give up the fear that prevents Christian witness.  Seek courage to speak about your faith to others.

Give up spending so much time with newspapers and magazines.  Use some of the time to study the Bible.

Give up grumbling.  Learn to give thanks in everything.

Give up ten to fifteen minutes each day.  Use that time in prayer.

Give up buying anything but essentials for yourself.  Give that money to God’s work or someone in need.

Give up judging by appearance and by the standards of the world.  Learn to give yourself up to God.


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*** First Friday Adoration ***

Saint Columba celebrates a First Friday Mass each month at 7:30am and 8:30am.  Eucharistic Adoration is from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  All Parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend.

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