(May 28-29, 2016)
On the front cover of our weekly bulletin is the gravestone of Robert McCormick. On the back cover is his will. In the 1900s, the parish was struggling in our first church. The church was small, but building a new church seemed like just a dream. Robert’s gift not only gave the parish money, it allowed Fr. Holheisel and the parishioners to dream about the future. It allowed them to consider what the parish ought to be in the future. As a result of that visioning, they purchased what the Papillion Times called the “finest block in Papillion.”
We’ve been celebrating the 100th year of St. Columbkille Catholic School which was built on that land. In 1923, the second church was built on this same property. Without Robert’s gift, we might not be in our current church today. Yet, until Deacon David got curious about a footnote in our parish history, nobody knew who Robert McCormick was. We want to change that.
Robert was born in Ireland on March 1st, 1828, and passed away at the age of 78 on March 29, 1906. He’s buried in Thomas Cemetery, west of Gretna. Depending on where Easter falls, we will celebrate one of those anniversaries each year in honor of Robert McCormick and our supporters. Not only should we celebrate Robert, but everyone who remembers the parish in their estate.
We are starting the Robert McCormick Circle. We’ll be
to include everyone who has already given a gift to the parish through their will. We have
some work to do to make certain everyone who has given an estate gift is included – let
Deacon David know anyone you think should be included. Just as important, anyone who
includes St. Columbkille in their will shall be part of the Circle as well. That’s right,
you don’t have to die to join the Robert McCormick Circle. I hope we can all gather
socially as well.
Sunday, May 29
Monday, May 30
Tuesday, May 31
Wednesday, June 1
Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5
Works of Mercy
To pray for the living and the dead
Saturday, June 4
Catholic Voice profiles Six Future Priests
Sunday, June 19
Diocese of Lincoln vs. Archdiocese of Omaha
June 15-July 4
St. Columbkille Shepherds Fireworks Tent
Saturday, July 23:
Passion & Purpose
with Matthew Kelly
Our Heart Values
We recognize one another as gifts of God, inviting and inspiring all to become disciples of Jesus.
We joyfully celebrate Christ among us through full, active and vibrant worship.
We go forth to love and serve, sharing our God-given gifts with each other and throughout the world.
We embrace formation as a life-long journey of spiritual growth, individually and as a community.