Greetings from St. Columban Catholic Church

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL - September 17, 2017!
This year's Fall Festival will be Sunday, September 17, from 12 Noon until 4:00 pm on the church grounds. Our planning meetings are held on Sundays after the 8:00 Mass in the school library. Anyone interested in helping plan this event is welcome to attend the meetings. Volunteers are needed to man the booths and help with set up and clean up. Items needed are: 2 liter bottles of pop, baked goods for the Country Store, Cakes for the Cake Walk. A new booth this year is Second Hand Treasures featuring gently used household items such as nicnacs, small furniture, lamps, pictures, wall hangings, small kitchen appliances in good working condition, and jewelry. We will not accept any cloth items such as bedding or clothing. You can clean out your unwanted, gently used items in good working condition and bring them to the tent the morning of the Festival. Please price your items before you drop them off. For information or questions or to volunteer, call Julie Resor at 660- 247-5299.

Please help us by bringing:

  • Second hand treasures, marked with a price, after 9:00 am to the church grounds on Sunday, September 17. (No clothes, please!) Examples: seasonal items, decor, or furniture that others may like!
  • Pies or cakes for the Cake Walk and Cake & Ice Cream booth
  • Items for the Country Store
  • Most of all... PLAN TO COME AND ENJOY THE DAY!!!

ENTERTAINMENT: Unsung Hero Award
12:00 National Anthem & Prayer by Fr. Kneib
12:20 Music by Joe Bonderer & friends
1:45 Mic-O-Say Dancers
2:10 Student Performers from Bishop Hogan School
2:30 Carl Schroder with Accordion music


The 43rd annual St. Columban's Fall Festival was held Sunday, September 18. THANK YOU from the Fall Festival Committee to everyone that contributed in any way to the success of this year's Fall Festival. It takes months of organizing and planning and contributions of time, talent and sweat to pull the day off. Of course, it is all worth the effort to come together as a parish and have a fun day for our families and share with those of the local community. The raffle, games and food sales brought in a total of almost $12,000 before expenses. These funds will go into the church general fund to help pay general operating expenses through the year. A list of winners from our raffle may be seen here. Letters and certificates have been sent to those who did not pick up there prize on Sunday.

C-T Photo / Jay Saucedo

Chillicothe's great weather stretch continued for the event. Chuck Haney, the program master of ceremonies, helped kick off the event, and Kennedie Kieffer sang the national anthem. Father Ben Kneib, pastor of St. Columban's Catholic Church, presented the 5th Unsung Hero Award. This year's award honored Diane Bonderer and the late Mike Bonderer. This award is highly regarded and presented to members for commitment and service to the St. Columban community. There was plenty of entertainment for the entire family. Children could get into the inflatable slide, bounce houses, face painting or even go fishing. Adults had bingo and a cake walk, but all ages could meet in the middle for cart races , dunk tank and food from the barbecue pit. Entertainment throughout the day included The Joe Bonderer Band, Grand River Harmony Chorus and The Mic-O-Say Dancers. St. Columban's Catholic Church services more than 400 families in Chillicothe, and the Fall Festival is the church's one major fundraiser throughout the year. Event organizers were pleased with the day's turnout. Volunteers included church parishioners, parents of Bishop Hogan School students, and the Knights of Columbus, who cooked and served the food. An estimated $7,500 was raised by the event, revenues that go to the church's emergency fund.

Father Ben Kneib, of St. Columban's Catholic Church, presented Diane Bonderer with the Unsung Hero Award, given in her honor and that of her late husband, Mike.

C-T Photo / Jay Saucedo

We are very excited to have hosted our 1st Annual Quinn Memorial fun Run & 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. This event was held in conjunction with the St. Columban Fall Festival in order to establish a scholarship in memory of Bishop Hogan students Abby Quinn Boies and Joshua Quinn to be given to a Bishop Hogan graduate to help further their education. Joshua Steven died as a result of a farming accident in August 2003 and Abbigail Faye died of a brain tumor in January 2015. Josh and Abby were the son and daughter of George W. and Marta Quinn and Grover and Mitzi Seaboldt. All proceeds went toward the Scholarship Fund while promoting fitness among our youth and offering an event in which families with children of all ages can participate, as well as keeping Josh and Abby's memory alive. All runners and walkers were welcome! Registration forms, as well as sponsorship forms were available at the back of church. You can find us on Facebook at or e-mail questions to

Photos: Janet Lauhoff Jackson

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