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Check out our Advent Newsletter here!

Recently, the Archdiocese of Omaha released a list of substantiated claims of clergy sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct with a minor.  See details of the report here:

https://report.archomaha.org/

All cases of clergy abuse are devastating, but we are especially demoralized about abuse cases involving clergy here at St. Columbkille Parish. 

Fr. Steinhausen, a beloved priest for many years was so loved in our parish that the parish center was named in his honor.  It was only within the past few days that we became aware of substantiated claims of sexual abuse involving Fr. Steinhausen.  The Archdiocesan report points out that the claims were made long after his death.  While we are shattered and distraught by all of this, it is clear we can no longer celebrate Fr. Steinhausen with a building named after him.  Fr. Dave directed the immediate removal of his name from our building, and it will be renamed in the near future.

As soon as allegations of misconduct by Deacon Duane Thome surfaced, his ministry ceased.  His case involved laying hands on a teenager with whom he was praying for healing.  This was in violation of Safe Environment Standards.  Details were disputed and no legal charges were filed against him.  He remains a Deacon in name, but is unable to minister.  Fr. Dave has directed that we remove Dcn. Thome's name from our bulletin and website, and apologizes for not taking these actions sooner.

If you are aware of any abuse or misconduct of any clergyman, or any person, for that matter, please report it to civil or religious authorities:

Law Enforcement: 9-1-1

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Hotline for Child Abuse or Neglect: 1-800-652-1999

Archdiocese of Omaha Victim Outreach and Prevention Manager, Mary Beth Hanus: 1-888-808-9055

Please join us in praying for healing, especially for all victims of abuse, for our St. Columbkille Parish Family, and for the whole Catholic Church.

As part of our Road to Emmaus series, join us this Wednesday, December 12th – the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – to learn more about the Catholic devotion to Mary, and the many different ways to pray with our Blessed Mother. We will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, formerly the Steinhausen Center. All are welcome!

Gaudete

The Third Sunday of Advent

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 16th
Historic Boys Town Dowd Chapel
13943 Dowd Drive, Boys Town


Omaha Chamber Singers
David Batter, Conductor


Omaha Academy Choir
Kat Doebel, Director


Alonza W. Davis Middle School Select Choir
Phillip Schorg, Director


Jeff Hoffman, Organ
Jay Reilly, Lector

Learn more about the Feast of the Epiphany!

2018 charitable contributions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on December 31st in order for you to claim a charitable contribution for 2018.

End of the year tax statements will be sent out before January 31, 2019. Please send us your current email address so that your statement can be sent via email. This saves the parish hundreds of dollars in postage. We make every effort to be good stewards of your financial gifts.

Remember to submit any changes to your family contact information, employment, phone number, or email to the Parish Office to prevent delays in delivering your end of year tax statement. Most members give a cash gift, but a gift of stocks or bonds is another way to benefit your church and gain a tax advantage. A gift of appreciated stocks or bonds provides a deduction at the fair market value on the date of the transfer. This gives the investor the advantage of a larger deduction without paying capital gains taxes. Seek the advice of your tax professional and keep in mind this alternative method for providing a gift to your church.

If you have any questions regarding a year end gift please call Debbie Armentrout at 402-592-8494. We appreciate the sacrifices made by each and every one of you this year!

Looking for a uniquely Catholic gift for a loved one this Christmas? 

St. Columbkille is looking for someone to fill a possibly full-time or part-time janitorial position to clean the church, Social Hall, Steinhausen Center, and Parish Office. Duties include vacuuming, cleaning restrooms, and any other general cleaning needed, along with assisting in the setup of tables and chairs. Please email or call Bill at 402-616-4740 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Are you feeling drawn to answer the call of stewardship in the liturgical area of our parish?

A special and rewarding ministry, Liturgical Art and Environment, is a flexible, interesting, and active way to become involved. With the current initiative to grow parish discipleship, the Art & Environment committee is welcoming change, new ideas, and expansion of
involvement. The upcoming Advent season is the perfect time to join and take a look at the diversity of this group!

Those who can create, imagine, install, organize and clean are all needed to help create beauty in the worship space and beyond.

If you feel an interest, please contact Michelle at 402-689-3536 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current Needs
- Individuals to install exterior Christmas lights. This can be done on your own schedule, with direction from the committee.

Christmas Decor
- Friday, December 21st from 9:00 a.m.-Noon
- Sunday, December 23rd immediately following the
5:00 p.m. Mass

See how we're doing with the Capital Campaign!  

Contact

Tess Sousek
Director of Communication
mtsousek@saintcolumbkille.org
402-339-3285 ext. 104