Four Corners Health Care – Each Tuesday at 2:00pm St. Columba conducts a Communion Service for the residents of Four Corners nursing home. Once a month, Mass is celebrated. Volunteers assist in setting up the chapel, gathering the residents, sharing their vocal or instrumental music talents, and following each Communion Service or Mass, leading the residents in praying the Rosary. To become involved in the nursing home ministry, contact Shirley Scott (247-1125).
Sunshine Gardens – On the third Tuesday of each month at 10am, St. Columba volunteers offer a Word & Communion Service to residents at Sunshine Gardens Senior Community & Assisted Living Center. To learn more about volunteering at the Sunshine Gardens service, contact Annie Carroll.
Cottonwood Inn Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center – Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion volunteer their services to residents of Cottonwood each Tuesday. To learn more about becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and working with the residents of Cottonwood, contact Annie Carroll (769-1350).
Homebound | Hospital
Homebound – Some parishioners are temporarily homebound while they recover medically, while some parishioners are more permanently homebound. St. Columba has a visiting team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, who together with the pastor ensure homebound parishioners receive pastoral visits to include the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Mercy Regional Medical Center – Catholic Mass is offered each Wednesday at noon in the chapel at Mercy Regional Medical Center. A hospital stay can be spiritually strengthened through prayer and Eucharist. St. Columba Parish has a team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who volunteer their services through the hospital's Spiritual Care Department. Volunteers who are interested in bringing Communion to those who are in the hospital are required to receive training as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in preparation for joining this especially meaningful ministry. The schedule for hospital ministry is matched to the availability of volunteers.
To learn more about serving as a hospital or homebound ministry volunteer, contact Annie Carroll (769-1350).
The primary goal of the St. Columba Food Pantry is to provide food year-round for those in need. The pantry is stocked with non-perishable items such as canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables and boxed items such as cereal, stuffing, instant potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Through the generosity of parishioners, many families are helped throughout the course of the year. Donations of food may be dropped off at the entrance of the church on the first weekend of each month, or at the parish office. If you choose to make a financial donation in lieu of buying groceries, please make a notation of “Food Pantry” on your check and drop it off in the offertory basket or at the parish office.
The St. Columba Parish holiday food drive begins in the fall. If you know of a family who might need food assistance during the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), please contact the parish office (247-0044). During the last holiday season, more than 100 families received food boxes.
Deacon Steve leads this ministry. If you have an interest in joining our Food Pantry team, please contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org). YOU ARE THE HOPE OF THE HUNGRY! Thank you for your generosity!
Volunteers from St. Columba and Sacred Heart bring the presence of Jesus Christ by bringing hope to the imprisoned. Each Wednesday a Communion Service is offered; once a month Mass is celebrated. Both men and women are vital to this ministry which serves those who are incarcerated. To learn more about the Jail Ministry, contact LeRoy Rheault (259-6711).
WELCOMING RETURNING CATHOLICS HOME
St. Columba Parish invites Catholics to come back to church. If you know someone who wants to grow in their spiritual journey or has been away from the Church, know that Landings at St. Columba offers a place to do that. One way to further explore your faith and spirituality is through Landings here at our church community. During several sessions, a small group of active parishioners who are exploring their faith themselves, meet with a small group of inactive or returning Catholics to share and explore their faith together. We are eager to talk with you.
Mercy & Life
The purpose of St. Columba’s Mercy & Life Team is to integrate Catholic social mission into all aspects of parish life, focusing on the dignity of the human person. St. Columba is a tithing parish. Ten percent of parish envelope offerings are given in outreach to local, regional/national, and international needs. These offerings are allocated and recommended by the Mercy & Life Team to the Outreach Commission for the parish. Volunteers of the Mercy & Life Team meet monthly as needed to plan educational opportunities and activities to integrate and carry out Catholic social mission in our parish and community. For more information, contact Donna Rheault (259-6711).
Manna Soup Kitchen
Manna Soup Kitchen was founded in May 1985. The previous winter, a woman died from starvation in a horse stall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Scrawled on the wall beside her were the words, “nobody cares.” This tragedy resulted in a small group of Christians organizing to provide food for the hungry. The mission of Manna Soup Kitchen is to provide, in the spirit of Jesus Christ, nourishing meals and supportive services in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring for those in need. The volunteers of
St. Columba are proud to be part of that mission.
St. Columba volunteers help to prepare a mid-day meal for clients of the Manna Soup Kitchen three times per month. Our scheduled days at the facility are the first Monday and Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Each volunteer team member usually helps out three or four times per year. Volunteers assist with food preparation and meal service under the direction of the kitchen manager. They also assist with kitchen clean up after the meal is served.
In addition, our St. Columba Youth Ministry coordinates a volunteer team to serve at Manna Soup Kitchen whenever there are five Saturdays in a month, preparing and serving a mid-day meal on the fifth Saturday.
To learn more about volunteering with our Manna Soup Kitchen Ministry, please contact Mary Janis (375-9360).
Volunteers of America (VOA) Shelter Dinners
Volunteers of America's Durango Community Shelter serves homeless children, women and men with comprehensive residential shelter services. The Durango Community Shelter serves more than 500 people each year, more than 40 percent women and children. The Durango Community Shelter is the only shelter of its kind in La Plata County, and the only option for families and individuals trying to get back on their feet and regain self-sufficiency.
Meals are prepared and served by the St. Columba volunteers on the second Tuesday and the last Thursday of each month. Volunteers prepare a main dish, salad or dessert at home for approximately 25 people. The food items are brought to the shelter at 5:30pm and served to residents with the other team members. Shelter residents are responsible for clean up after the meal.
To become part of this team, contact Jolleen Myers (247-5598).