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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in OT 
October 15, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

We don’t live under the threat of constant food shortage. We don’t know what it feels like to stand in line for bread. We don’t have to scrape together a few food scraps to make a meal. We live in abundance. The availability of food in our culture makes it difficult to appreciate the image of a wedding feast as it is portrayed in the Scriptures. For people living under threat of frequent famine, pestilence, shortage of food, and frequent war, the wedding feast was not to be missed. It meant a lavish spread lasting for days.  

The wedding feast, as illustrated in this Sunday’s gospel, is a symbol of life in God, the fullness of which we call heaven. But more significantly, where Jesus is, so is the Kingdom, for Jesus is the power of God breaking into the world. This is the God who provides us with every good thing, who wants us to trust in his providing for us. This is difficult for us who are constantly sating our sensual appetites with the many good things that are available. If we have so much, and can provide for ourselves, in what ways is God even necessary? We live with a false sense of security, for we do not truly understand that God has made all of this possible. The orange that sits in my fruit bowl, the clean water that pours forth from my kitchen tap, the gasoline available on the corner — we take for granted that they will simply be there for us. But in truth, what we experience is God’s work, providing these things so that we may live lives of gratitude.  

What we bring to God in prayer is mindfulness, recognition of this good life as grace. It means not to take it for granted, but to offer continual thanks. Then we will be fitting guests at the feast of life, clothed in a wedding garment, with willing hearts to share all that we have. 

Blessings in Abundance,
Fr. Kevin
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Parish History

The Cornerstone for St. Columba Church was laid June 12, 1881 on land donated by real estate developer Peter Fassbinder. The location, halfway between Animas City and Durango, meant that the church escaped fires that consumed other early churches along 3rd Avenue. Not only the building, but the people of this faith community have flourished in spite of a history of struggle and imperfection. Even St. Columba had problems before he achieved sainthood. He made his epic journey to Scotland in 563 AD, and began establishing monasteries after being accused of starting a war. Sheriff Robert Dwyer was present when the church’s cornerstone was laid, as there were no barroom brawls to break up that day. Sister Mary Baptiste Meyers, who led the Sisters of Mercy to Durango in 1882, was beheaded in a 1901 train wreck while traveling to Denver to visit a sister who was gravely ill. Father William Kipp traveled all over the mountains of southern Colorado in the 1920s bringing the sacraments to miners, and others who lived in remote locations. The Sisters of Mercy bravely cared for patients during the smallpox and flu epidemics of the early 20th century.

Wars came and went, and the mines of the San Juan Mountains produced minerals needed for weapons and industry. National economic problems had their effect, like the demonetization of silver, the crash of 1893 and the depression 35 years later. The mines that drove the economy of the region thrived, and eventually died. But in the end, families that started the parish in the early years are still represented at Mass each Sunday. Newcomers from all over the country have joined the parish, coming to retire, to work in natural gas production, construction or the tourist industry. They come for the quality of life, abundant outdoor recreation, and for the excellent, yet affordable St. Columba School. Together they have kept alive a common faith, in spite of their differences and hardships, so that the faith community of St. Columba Church might flourish.
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Parish Staff

Fr. Kevin Novack


Steve Johnson


Judy Sturdevant
Liturgy & RCIA


Sally Fochtman
Youth Ministry


Pete Fochtman
Youth Ministry


Cathy Cray
Parish Secretary


Kelly Gessel
Business Manager


Kevin Chick


Dan MacVeigh


Fabian Mendez


Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering in any of our wonderful ministries, we'd love to have you! To learn more about opportunities to serve at St. Columba and in the community, and to find the perfect fit, please click  below or join us at the next Leadership Forum on the last Thursday of each month at 6:30pmParish members are encouraged to attend the upcoming gathering of the five commissions to participate in decision-making and leadership. 

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