The St. C’s communications department is implementing a new procedure for submitting publicity requests, to streamline the speed, accuracy and effort required to produce our weekly publications. The new online publicity request form is easy to fill out and will provide us with all the necessary information we need to process your request.
For the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, please call the parish office at 202-363-4119. If the automated attendant answers the phone, select option 9.
During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff. So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church. It’s best to call the parish office for current information.
On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools. If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings). All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled. All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.
On Sundays, while individual activities (Forum, Sunday School, meetings, etc.) might be canceled, worship services will occur as scheduled (except in very extreme conditions) and parishioners are asked to use their best judgment as to whether they can safely get to church. Call for the most up-to-date operational information.
4201 Albemarle Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
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September through May:
Mon. through Thurs.,
9 am to 5 pm
Fri., 9 am to 4 pm
June through August:
Mon. through Fri.,
9 am to 4 pm.
Please note that clergy are generally off on Fridays.
In June 2010, after an eight-month process of discernment, St. Columba’s adopted a new mission statement professing who we are and what we hope to be:
“St. Columba’s is a welcoming Christian community that seeks to be open in spirit, deep in faith, rich in worship, active in service.”
This mission statement is embodied in all that we do, from making music and celebrating the Eucharist, to the many ways we engage in lifelong faith and formation, to the ongoing care and hospitality that we extend to one another and to those outside our walls. A sense of mission is woven through the very fabric of this place.
It’s not by accident that the first phrase after “seeks to be” is “open in spirit.” We long to be open to the transforming power of God’s love and to live that love in active service. We know that we meet God in the rich vitality of our worship and we place a strong emphasis on the power and importance of continuing formation and education for all ages. In all of our seeking we value hospitality, the sincere welcome of new companions on the journey of Christian life and witness.
At this point in our history and in the complexity of our time, we seek to be open to the wonder of God’s creation and human diversity. All are welcome here. We seek to be grounded in such depth of worship that our lives are transformed and renewed each Sunday. The faith that grounds us also sends us out in service to the world. Our Celtic cross carries the message in its interlocking knots: open in spirit is represented by the dove on the right, deep in faith is the fish on the left, rich in worship is the trinity on top (a form of the Celtic triquetra, symbol of the one God in three persons) and active in service is the heart on the bottom.
These four elements weave together to form a cross, the ultimate symbol of a Christian community, which makes a powerful visual statement about the work and mission of our parish. We seek to be rooted in the joyous wonder of the Celtic tradition, vibrant in color and moving forward into God’s Future.