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                  On Sunday, March 13 at the 9:30 AM Mass,  our parish choir, along with our cantor, Beth, will be musically celebrate the upcoming feast of St. Patrick (March 17).  The prayer, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, is credited to St. Patrick and is traditionally used as a traveler’s prayer for protection.  Supposedly,          St. Patrick composed the prayer in preparation for  a victory over paganism (Druidism).  With Beth as soloist, Sandra Ninh, a guest violinist from our youth ministry, and our parish adult choir, we will sing an adaptation of The Breastplate, called The Deer’s Cry.  I hope that you are able to attend the 9:30 AM Mass on the 13th and hear for yourself the most beautiful prayer, set to a very traditional Celtic tune:

I arise today through the strength of heaven.
Light of sun, radiance of moon, splendor of fire,
speed of lightning, swiftness of wind,
depth of the sea, stability of earth,
firmness of rock.
I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me. God’s eye to look before me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me.
God’s shield to protect me
from all who shall wish me ill
afar and a-near,
alone and in a multitude.
Against every cruel merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me, Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ to shield me,
Christ in the heart of everyone
who thinks of me.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
I arise today.


                I’m reaching out to all St. Columban parishioners—as I coordinate the Boxtops for Education program at the school, I’m amazed at how many items we all daily use that have these little box tops on them and I didn’t even notice.  The school         receives 10 cents per box top for these little coupons.  That’s right—COLD CASH—up front—we don’t have to choose from a catalog of items that we may or may not need—we get cash for these.  The current project tagged for the funds collected is to renovate the school playground area with rubber matting/flooring and to update the pre-school  playground equipment.  So, I’m reaching out to everyone at St. Columban—please save your        Boxtops for Education for us?  You can put them in   a sealed envelope, put my name on the envelope and simply toss it into the collection basket on the weekend or drop them off at the parish office with my name on the envelope.  The parish office willbe sure that I get them.  They can be found on:  Betty Crocker, Reynolds, Bisquick, many cereals, anything Ziplock and Pillsbury, Kleenex and Scott paper products, Lysol, Motts and Hefty products—to name a few.  Thank you for watching out for these—all of us at the school will appreciate it very much—especially the children out on the playground.









Saint Columban Music Ministry

Our music ministry enhances our Sunday Liturgies with

eight choirs/ensembles

315 choir singers

14 instumentalists

27 children in our Children's choir



For More Information about the Saint Columban Music Ministry

please contact Ro Elliott at
714-867-1512 or email at