St. Columban of Preston

St. Columban's Parish is located at 408 Preston ST NW, Preston, MN  55965.  

The contact person is Sharyol O'Connor, who can be reached at 507-765-3886 or singwjoy@centurylink.net.  You can also call 507-867-3922 for the Parish Center Office at St. Mary's in Chatfield, which houses the offices of the pastor, business manager and administrative assistant.  The email for the main desk is parishcenter@holyfamilyfillmoreco.org.

Brief history

The history of St. Columan Parish begins the first Mass offered in 1857 in a private home.  With traveling priests who fostered the faith and spiritual character of the members, the parish grew and built a church in 1875.  Through the guidance of numerous pastors over the years, the parish flourished and was able to construct a brink rectory adjacent to the church in 1924.  The present church building was built in 1928 to replace the original structure, and underwent extensive updating in the late 1960's.  The most recent redecorating was completed in 2004, and in 2015  the roof was redone and the elevator added.   

Ministries

St. Columban Parish has an active Liturgy Committee which assists the pastor with liturgical planning.

The women of St. Columban's continue to serve parish and community through their involvement in the Council of Catholic Women (CCW).  Monthly meetings are held and numerous outreach projects are held each year, offering help to those in need both locally and internationally.  A major fundraiser each year is the Fall Dinner and Raffle, which is successful due to the involvement of a great many parishioners.

Men of the Parish are active in the Knights of Columbus organization, through which they also help those in need in many areas.  

Breakfasts and socials are also regularly sponsored by the Men of the parish.  They succeed in their goal of promoting fellowship while raising funds for their various causes.

Faith Formation

A strong religious education program is offered for the youth of the parish. Angela Tarrance is the new Faith Formation Director.   Having just started her position in mid-September, she will organize the materials and schedule for the numerous volunteer teachers and other volunteers who assist parents in the faith developement of their children.  The regular schedule for faith formation classes runs from September through April, and Vacation Bible School is offered early each June. The calendar will be posted as soon as it is drafted.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated after a two year preparation program, beginning in the eighth grade.  Contact the director at raaen5@centurytel.net with any questions regarding enrolling a student. 

Cemeteries

The cemeteries of St. Columban are overseen by trustees Ann O'Connor (507-765-3603) and Jerry Gartner (507-765-4559).  Contact them for information and answers to your burial questions. 

Events

Fall Farm to Table Pork Dinner; October 8th, 11AM to 1:30PM

Click here to view the flyer for details.

 

 

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