March 2020 COVID-19 Response

Read Fr. Dean's letters regarding the suspension of events and activities at St. Columban and St. Peter below:


March 22, 2020

2020-03-22 Vespers

VESPERS 4th Sunday in Lent (Evening Prayer)


I hope you are all doing well. I’m fine but miss you all very much. I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking and praying for each one of you. At Vespers this evening I prayed in a special way for those of you that called and emailed with specific intentions. I also brought those intentions and all other intentions to the altar at Mass this morning entrusting them all into God’s hands.

The reading for Vespers says, “While all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to one man. In that case, run so as to win! Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things. They do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable.” 1 Cor 9:24-25.

I pray that the sacrifices you all have to make including the hardships you may have to bear will help you win that imperishable crown.

Please let us continue to observe all the advice we are being given to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and to stop its spread. Hang in there and keep your faith in Christ Jesus. Let us continue being present to one another through prayer. May God bless you all.

Fr. Dean


March 15, 2020


The woman said to Jesus, “Master, give me this drink, so that I may feel no thirst or come here to draw water.” Her need forced her to this labor, her weakness shrank from it. If only she could hear those words, “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Jesus was saying this to her, so that her labors might be at an end; but she was not yet able to understand. Office of Readings 3rd Sunday in Lent

This morning at Mass and Adoration I prayed for all your intentions. May God bless and continue to protect you all.

Fr. Dean


March 12, 2020


We have received questions regarding tithing (weekly offering) during this time when Mass is suspended. Thank you to those of that have raised this important question because it shows us that you realize how much the daily operations parish rely on your offering. We have two options on how you can fulfill your offering.

First, if you able or live in town, please drop off your envelope at the parish office during hours (Monday - Thursday 9:00AM to 2:30PM). You may also use the mailbox in front of the church but just make sure your donation is dropped in the top slot and NOT the one that says "Outgoing mail."

The other option would be using online giving. You can do this by going to our online giving link here. For first time users you have to register first in order to use this option. Again thank you very much for thinking of the parish. We know for certain that after this virus is long gone, the parish will still be here and the last thing we want is having to deal with a financial situation that places a burden on our parish.

I would also would like to inform you that the church will remain open during office hours for those who would like to come in for private prayer in the presence of our Lord reposed in the tabernacle. We just ask that you observe all the recommended tips to protect yourselves and others from the virus.

Some of you have also asked if we will be live-streaming Mass. The answer is no but we will provide you the different links that will enable you follow the Mass online or on TV and make your Act of Spiritual Communion.

For those in RCIA and parents with kids in First Communion class, Mr. Lucero and Mrs Hennigan will contact you directly with updates.

As we continue to pray for God's help during this time of great difficulty I invite you to join me in praying this Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Pax et bonum,

Fr. Dean


March 11, 2020

Our Lady Undoer of Knots, pray for us!

Dear St. Columban and St. Peter Parishioners,

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

As many of you have already heard by now, the State of Washington has with immediate effect asked for the suspension of gatherings of 250+ people as a preventative measure against the spread of the Coronavirus. Despite the State’s best efforts to slow this rapidly spreading virus, cases are still on the rise.

To this effect and in solidarity with our State’s leaders, Archbishop Etienne has suspended all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Seattle effective immediately. We recognize that there are many implications to this decision but we must remember that love and care for our neighbor begins with individual efforts and for this reason we have to all play our part.

Together with the suspension of the celebration of the Mass, all campus activities including Religious Education/Youth Ministry/RCIA classes and Bible Study, Choir rehearsal, Prayer Groups have also been suspended until further notice. Confessions however will be available by appointment only.

Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters who have contracted or greatly impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Let us also pray for repose of the souls of those who have died and for consolation for those who have lost loved ones. I will be praying for all your intentions in my Daily Masses until the day we gather again together at the table of the Lord.

Pax et bonum,

Fr. Dean


How to view Mass online or on TV/radio

Since the Archbishop has temporarily dispensed our obligation to attend Sunday Mass in person, we invite you to watch Mass every Sunday and make a Spiritual Communion.
Live streamed Mass: Although we cannot offer live-streaming Masses from St. Columban due to technical limitations, we invite you to tune-in from the following sources:
ONLINE - Archbishop Etienne will stream Mass daily from St. James Cathedral: (Click here to watch over Facebook) (Click here to watch on Weekdays 8:30am, Sunday 10 AM, time may change.
TELEVISION - EWTN (Comcast Xfinity Channel 233) 9:00 AM PDT everyday (Click here to watch online)
RADIO - Sacred Heart Radio (AM 1240 / FM 104.7 / AM 1050 / FM 100.3) 5 AM and 9 AM Every day

How to continue giving your weekly offering to the church:

OPTION 1 (Preferred) Click here to go to our website and sign-up for Online Giving

OPTION 2 - You may mail your Offering Envelope (for both St. Columban & St. Peter) to our address: 506 First St. S // Yelm, WA 98597 (Regular postage required)
OPTION 3 - If you are able or live in town, please drop off your envelope at the St. Columban Parish office (Monday - Thursday 9:00AM to 2:00PM). You may also use the mailbox in front of the church but just make sure your donation is dropped in the top slot and NOT the one that says "Outgoing mail."