While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. Lk 5:1-11
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Masses and Distribution of Ashes - 9:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of abstinence and fasting, but is not a holyday of obligation.
Please click here on information about Lenten fasting and abstinence.
There will be a meeting of all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) on Monday, February 22, 2016 - from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in thechurch. For details please view Father Gary's letter here.
All are invited to the celebration-dinner of the African-American History Month on February 27, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Click here to view flyer with details of the celebration.
It has been a decade since our parish updated its photo directory of its membership. The directory serves many purposes: it commemorates the people and place where you celebrated so many life events; it identifies the many faces that you see weekly but do not quite know and it reminds you that, as a St. Columba member, you belong to a loving community!
The Parish will put out a new Parish Directory. Individual and family pictures will be taken. Parishioners will receive a free 8' x 10' family portrait and a copy of the directory. Please click here to schedule a photo session (February 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21, 2016) and for other information.