Sacraments

Sacraments


Baptism

Welcome to the Baptism Page on the St. Columba Website! 

If you’ve found your way here, God must be drawing you closer to His heart and asking you to take a step closer to Him, as you seek baptism for your child.  If you’ve been away from the church and your faith for a while, welcome back!  If you’ve been walking with the Lord closely every day, praise God!  Whatever your circumstances, we are always excited by the prospect of welcoming another child into the family of Jesus! Our prayer is that God may richly bless you through this process. Know that the entire community will be praying for you, and that we await, with eager joy, the day of your child’s baptism.  

The first step in the preparation process involves contacting Pete & Sally Fochtman at fochtman@stcolumbacatholic.org or 247-0044 ext. 15 to set up a one-on-one meeting.  

Prior to that meeting, please take the time to read and review these frequently asked questions:  

What is involved in having my infant child baptized?
If your child is between the ages of 0-6, at least one parent needs to be a Catholic. In addition, they must attend weekend Mass regularly with that child for at least 6 months prior to the baptism, be a registered parishoner at St. Columba, and attend the two required parent classes (Affirming our Faith and the Baptism Class).

 What if my child is over the age of 6?
Children between the ages of 7-18 should be attending weekly weekend Mass for at least 6 months prior to celebrating baptism, in addition to receiving regular faith formation, either as a St. Columba school child or in one of our faith formation programs (K-5 Faith Formation, EDGE - for middle school youth, or Life Teen - for high school youth).  

What are the requirements for parents?
Parents wishing to celebrate the baptism of their child must be active (meaning that they regularly attend weekend Mass) and must be registered parishioners of St. Columba Parish for at least six months.  Parents must attend two classes, Affirming our Faith and a Baptism Class. Contact the parish office for the dates and times of these classes.  

What are the requirements for Godparents?
 Godparents must be at least 16 years old.
 If there is only one Godparent, he or she must be an active, practicing Catholic.
 If there are two godparents, one must be a practicing Catholic. The other may be a non-Catholic Christian witness, as long as he or she is a baptized Christian.
 Any Catholic who serves as a Godparent must be a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church, meaning that they have celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Catholic Godparents who are not members of St. Columba Parish must submit proof that they are active members of a parish and are suitable for the role of godparent. They must ask their pastor to send written verification to the parish office.

How soon can I schedule the baptism?
Upon completion of both the Affirming our Faith Class and the Baptism Class, along with being an active parishoner for at least 6 months, the baptism may be scheduled. At that time, in conjunction with St. Columba’s schedule, you are welcome to choose the date and Mass time that works best with your family. Please note: no baptisms occur during the Lenten season.  

What if I seek baptism for myself as an adult?
If you are an adult seeking baptism, please contact Judy Sturdevant, our RCIA Director, for more information at 247-0044 or jsturdevant@stcolumbacatholic.org

Affirming our Faith Classes:   

Contact Sally or Pete Fochtman at fochtman@stcolumbacatholic.org for more info.

Confirmation

Confirmation seals our Baptism and confirms our commitment both to the Church and to the work of Christ in the world.  
Why be Confirmed?
  • Confirmation is a sacrament of Initiation – calling for a remembering and renewal of Baptism
  • Confirmation is rooted in the Trinity – remembering God’s love, following the person of Jesus, and living justly in the activity of the Spirit
  • Confirmation is about discipleship and mission – drawing persons into life, work and mission of the Church
  • Confirmation is a celebration of the faith community – “the responsibility of all the faithful to accept and use the diverse gifts of the kingdom of God.” (Diocese of Pueblo, Guidelines for Sacramental Catechesis, 2002)
Confirmation preparation is a 3-year program beginning with high school freshmen, culminating with the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of junior year. Candidates must be 16 years old.
  • Preparation for Confirmation is open to registered members of St. Columba families.
  • Active participation at Mass and at Life Teen Nights is required.
  • A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate must be provided.
  • Confirmation date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Columba
  • Preparation for adults who have not been confirmed will be arranged on an individual basis.                                         
Affirming our Faith Classes 2017: (Attendance at ONE of these classes is required for parents of Confirmation candidates)
March 7   6:30-8pm in the parish center
April 18    6:30-8pm in the parish center

For more information contact Pete Fochtman at fochtman@stcolumbacatholic.org.
Please click below for the forms for Confirmation information needed for the sacramental register.

First Communion

Eucharist celebrates our life together as community, the presence of Christ in our midst, the Word that is proclaimed and explained, and many dimensions of  the Paschal mystery of death and rebirth.

Preparation begins in January for spring celebrations 

Parents of a child celebrating First Communion must attend ONE of the following classes:

Affirming our Faith Classes 2017:   
March 7   6:30-8pm in the parish center
April 18   6:30-8pm in the parish center

Parents and First Communicant must attend ONE of the following practices in church:  
Wednesday, May 3 at 5:30pm
Thursday, May 4 at 6:00pm
Practice will last approximately 30 minutes
 
First Communions will be celebrated the weekend of May 13/14, 2017
Contact Sally Fochtman (fochtman@stcolumbacatholic.org) for more information.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation celebrates and reminds us of God’s mercy and helps us to experience divine forgiveness, to forgive ourselves, and to become reconciled with others.

Preparation begins in January for children in 4th grade.  If you are interested in learning more about the sacrament as an older youth or as an adult, please contact Sally Fochtman at fochtman@stcolumbacatholic.org for more details.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick celebrates and reminds us of God's compassion and helps us to experience spiritual and sometimes physical 
strengthening when we are ill.

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments of healing. There are two times when a priest should be contacted for the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The first is if someone is in grave danger of death. Do not wait till the person is on his or her death bed; it is better to do it sooner, so the person can experience the grace that comes with receiving the sacrament. The other time is if someone is seriously ill or advanced in years. Many people receive the sacrament before surgery or before receiving treatments for cancer. There is no limit to the number of times one can receive the sacrament. This sacrament brings comfort and consolation in these difficult life events. Feel free to contact Fr. Kevin to schedule a visit at your home or in the hospital.  

If you are a health care provider and would like to help with this communal service
please contact our office (247-0044).

Marriage Guidelines for St. Columba

Matrimony joins two people in marriage for a lifetime of dedication to each other’s well being and the well being of their children and the community.

Weddings are special and joyful times for the bride and groom, their families and friends, and for the parish community. The new beginning, the love, the promise and hope of a marriage make the celebration of a wedding ceremony a grace filled time. Great care is taken to see that the prayer for this special occasion is reverent, graceful, beautiful and open to the movement of God’s Spirit among those gathered. 

Within the Catholic tradition, the celebration of the sacraments, marriage included, is rooted in hearing sacred scriptures so that we can be nourished and strengthened by God’s Word. We celebrate the sacraments as a community. We gather with our brothers and sisters in faith and ask for their prayerful support.

The sacrament of marriage is both a personal and a public testimony of the special love two people hold for each other. This love, shared in the sacrament, “becomes the mirror of God’s everlasting love and symbol of Christ’s love for his Church”. Hence, the music and readings chosen for a wedding are selected as a sign to the worshipping community that the love being celebrated reflects God’s loving presence.
The following themes are present in the Church’s Rite of Marriage:
+ praise and thanks to God for his gift of love.
+ petition to God for blessings on the couple about to share their life and love.
+ recognition and expression of marriage as a sign to the whole community that God loves us.
+ pledge of the community’s support to the newly married couple in their vocation.
+ the importance of God-centered, Christ-centered life.
+ the celebration of love which finds its foundation in God’s love shown to us through Jesus.

The Church believes Marriage is a life-long commitment, deserving of reflection and prayer. Therefore, couples are asked to consider the following guidelines when preparing for marriage.
 
PREPARING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE

Contact Fr. Kevin Novack (970-247-0044) at least nine months to a year prior to your intended wedding date. Interfaith couples may marry in the Church. A dispensation from the bishop’s office needs to be obtained under the guidance of the pastor, Fr. Kevin Novack.

Working with Foccus, a resource tool that guides a couple in recognizing their strengths and potential challenges as they move forward in the vocation of marriage. A review of the Foccus is done with Fr. Kevin Novack, or a couple designated by Fr. Kevin.

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