Twenty years in the making, according to Father Richard Mowery, pastor, the dedicated parishioners of St. Columba Parish, Bloomsburg, have been taking steps towards beautifying the church’s sanctuary. Not only have they beautified the sanctuary with a mural to their patron saint, they have also added statues of Mary and Joseph.
In keeping with the theme of honoring the Holy Family, the parish purchased a new crucifix crafted in Italy but custom painted by Bloomsburg artisans who also created the Mary and Joseph statues. The renditions beautifully enhance the sanctuary of the church. The parish was established in 1882, making it one of the Diocese’s oldest parishes.
Bishop Timothy Senior made pastoral visit on February 1 as part of Catholic Schools Week. He celebrated Holy Mass, concelebrated by Father Mowery, Father Andrew St. Hilaire and Father Jerome Kleponis for the students, faculty and school family members and supporters. During Mass, Bishop Senior blessed the new, striking crucifix that hangs high above the altar. The former figure of the resurrected Christ previously above the altar was moved to the rear of the church this past year.
In his homily, Bishiop Senior expressed his happiness to be able to visit St. Columba for the first time, and told the faithful that the “Diocese is so blessed to have its many Catholic schools.” He said it is “the Church’s core mission to evangelize, bring people to know Jesus Christ…. Catholic Schools form disciples to do just that: bring people to Jesus.”
“Young people today can find whatever truth they want on the Internet, but it is not the Truth,” he said. “We follow the one who gives truth, through His word, the Truth…. Our witness, however, is the most powerful way we can evangelize and bring Jesus to people. How we treat people and help people is how we bring people to Christ.”
(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)
By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness