COLUMBA CATHOLIC CHURCH March 18, 2012 Fourth Sunday of Lent


Youth Group Fundraiser!
Monday, March 26th, 5:00-8:00 pm Soup Plantation, Kearny Mesa

Pastor’s Corner ~
HEALING OUR BLINDNESS Blindness and darkness are synonymous. When one is blind, all he can see is darkness and in darkness, nothing is clear, everything is obscure. Blindness is truly a great disaster in life, yet we see some people who have been blind from birth but can still perform extraordinary and great things in life that they become inspiration to others. These people may be blind physically, but they can sense through their hearts and souls the transcendental realities: love, faith, eternity, God. In today’s gospel, the blind man does not see the material world, but he knows and sees the spiritual reality, he can sense the presence of God in Christ. His faith sees what his eyes cannot see. In contrast, some of those who see Jesus physically are spiritually blind that they missed God’s presence in their midst. They did not see God in Jesus Christ. They were blinded by their prejudice. Our world is plunged into great darkness due to blindness of the truth. Many are morally blind, who have no sense of sin and continue to offend God through sinful ways of life, without remorse of conscience. Spiritual blindness destroys life, human dignity and endangers the soul of eternal damnation. Our only hope to see clearly is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. May He continue to heal the blindness in our world.

Stations of the Cross
Every Friday evening at 7:00 pm

Seniors Club
Thursday, March 22nd, 10:30 am
Lunch: $5.00—Ham, Baked Beans, Salad, Rolls Dessert & Beverages Program: Book exchange, videos, music

Lenten Penance Service
Monday, March 26th, 6:00 pm
Please note: There will be just one penance service at 6:00 pm. Several priests will be available to hear confessions.

Mass Intentions for the Week
MONDAY, MARCH 19 6:30 am Communion Service 8:15 am—ME Int. of Mario B. Icban & family TUESDAY, MARCH 20 6:30 am—ME Donor’s Intention 8:15 am Communion Service WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 6:30 am—AA Int. of Annie Keller 8:15 am Communion Service

Saturday, March 24th, 4:00-8:00 pm
Menu: Baked cod, baked red potatoes, coleslaw, garlic bread, and ice cream
Sponsored by the St. Columba Men’s Club. Buy tickets in advance after Mass today or at the school office and save $1 per ticket. Cost at the door: $9.00/adult, $6/child. Proceeds will benefit the Tuition Assistance and Building Funds. Thank you for your support!

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 6:30 am—AA Priest’s Intention 8:15 am Communion Service FRIDAY, MARCH 23 6:30 am Communion Service 8:15 am—ME Priest’s Intention SATURDAY, MARCH 24 8:15 am—ME Int. of Filomena Pestaño 5:30 pm—ME Eli Layson Go-Soco SUNDAY, MARCH 25—Fifth Sunday of Lent 7:30 am—EC Int. of Ricardo Pestaño, Jr. 9:30 am—ME Jenny Strickland 11:00 am—RK Joseph Pabian 5:30 pm—ME People of the Parish
AA-Fr. Abraham Ahn, EC-Fr. Edward Corcoran, ME-Fr. Mario Elias, RK-Fr. Rex Kintanar

Annual Lenten Collection
The 2012 Annual Lenten Collection was last weekend. You may still turn in your pink donation envelope if you wish to do so. Thank you for your support.


MARCH 18, 2012

Fr. Frances
If anyone would like to send a note or card to Fr. Frances who visited our parish for a month, his address is as follows: Fr. Frances Azzopardi ℅ St. Vincent de Paul Church 2 Witham Road Osterley, London TW74AW

Monthly Schedule
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Held the 2nd Saturday of month, Daily Chapel, 8:45 am - 3:30 pm. ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Room. BIBLE SHARING (Sunday by Sunday): Monday mornings, 9:00-10:30 am, in the Ministry Center. BINGO: Every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Babysitting is available. CHILDCARE: Every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. till noon in the Preschool; for infants and children up to four years of age. For more information, call (858) 279-0161. CULTURE OF LIFE MINISTRY: For information, call Peggy Keller at 858-569-5996. DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION: Join us Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 p.m. in the Daily Chapel for a Divine Mercy Devotion (chaplet, rosary and a reading from the diary of St. Faustina.) GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: The 1st Monday of each month, 7:00-8:00 pm in the Ministry Center. Please call Robin, (858) 277-3861 for more information. GREETERS/USHERS: Contact Terry Foster at 858-4277178. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Council #1349. Round Table, Richard Portugal. For information call (858) 279-8731. LAY APOSTLES for JESUS CHRIST RETURNING KING: 2nd Tuesday every month in the Music Room, 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Peggy Keller at (858) 569-5996. MEN’S CLUB: The 1st Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room. All men of the parish are welcome and encouraged to join. MEN’S FAITH GROUP: First Saturday of the month in the Ministry Center, 8:45 am-10:00 am. All men are invited to this informal spiritual gathering to share our lives and grow in our faith. Prayer, discussion and donuts. PRAYER MEETING: We invite you to join us in praise, songs, scripture readings, teachings and worship every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center. R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): For adults seeking Baptism or for baptized adults seeking full membership in the Catholic Church by preparing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. For information, call Mike Conroy, (858) 278-1507. SENIORS CLUB: 2nd/4th Thursdays of the month, 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Open to seniors over 50 in our parish. Watch bulletin for upcoming events. YOUTH GROUP: Sundays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Ministry Center for both Junior and Senior High. For more information call (858) 277-3861.

Readings for the Week
Mon: Tues: Wed: Thurs: Fri: Sat: Sun: 2 Sm 7:4-5,12-14,16/Ps 89:2-5,27,29/ Rom 4:13,16-18,22/Mt 1:16,18-21,24 Ez 47:1-9,12/Ps 46:2-3,5-6,8-9/Jn 5:1-16 Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8-9,13-14,17-18/Jn 5:17-30 Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-23/Jn 5:31-47 Wis 2:1,12-22/Ps 34:17-21,23/Jn 7:1-2,10,25-30 Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3,9-12/Jn 7:40-53 Jer 31:31-34/Ps 51:3-4,12-15/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33

Wednesday, March 21st 6:00 p.m.
Join us in the Parish Hall for the third session of our “Soup & Scripture” series during Lent for a simple supper of soup and bread, followed by a talk by Fr. Mario.

Annual Catholic Appeal
Many thanks to all of you have made a pledge so far. We encourage those who have not to consider doing so. Every pledge helps, no matter how small. This is a great way to show our support for our parish and our diocese. If you did not receive a pledge card at your home, there are extras at the back of the church.

40 Days For Life
February 22-April 1, 2012
Join us for 40 Days of Peaceful prayer and fasting for the end to abortion! There will be a St. Columba Day of Prayer to End Abortion on Saturday, March 24th from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Family Planning Associates abortion mill at 7340 Miramar Road. Meet us in the church parking lot at 7:40 a.m. and we will try to car pool. If you are unable to join us, please say the Holy Rosary wherever you are. Contact Peggy Keller for more information: 858-569-5996.

Easter Flowers
You may wish to make a $10 donation to have lilies placed on the altar for Easter in memory or honor of a family member or friend. Please use the special flower envelope in the pews. The names of donors will be posted on the church bulletin board.

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