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St Columba Western Rite Orthodox Church

(corner of Truck Inn Way & Mission Way), PO Box 1661 - 1320 Mission Way • Fernley, Nevada 89408 • United States • 775 835-6915 • Orthodox

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St. Columba Orthodox Church is a canonical parish.  The Western-Rite of the Orthodox Church is a response to requests to re-establish the Western Church as it existed prior to AD 1054 and is helping preserve the western liturgy with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.





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In 1996 Saint Columba's had constructed a small building and began using it as a church building; the interior includes reminders of the cloud of witnesses by which we are surrounded. In 2016 the entire parish completed a journey from protestant (Episcopal) Anglicanism to catholic Western Rite Orthodoxy.

We assemble each Sunday (and other days or nights) to worship God. If we came to the church building for a "feel good" time, we would be mistaken. Through the ancient Liturgy there is provided a context for "worship in spirit and in truth."

COMPANIONSHIP (often called Fellowship) is our next priority and it flows out of worship: giving God's love to each other. As we find acceptance, affirmation and healing with our Creator, we have a basis to relate honestly to one another.  Orthodoxy is the original Catholic Church

The COMMUNION OF SAINTS exemplifies the people that we ask to pray for us or others. Our relationship extends to men and women who have passed on to eternal life, and we have no trouble with the fact that they are still alive and aware of us as God permits and as the early church taught. As we ask others to pray for us at time, we include requests to members of the Church Triumphant in heaven.

We believe and practice the Scriptural admonition to  "to equip the saints for the work of ministry and to build up the body of Christ." And that all Christians are called to minister as an action supported by God’s grace. Grace gives each one of us the ability to succeed even though we must work within that gift by our own choice.

Western Civilization  is a product of the Church, and, as such we do not agree to be nothing more than icing on the cake of a secular society.

Other aspects of worship in the ancient Orthodox Church:

Incense. The Sign of the Cross. Holy Water. Icons.


Saint Columba parish offers the Divine Liturgy of St Gregory the Great  (Mass) each Sunday morning at 10:00 o'clock. The Liturgy used was adopted in in about the year AD 600.

You won’t find anything new at Saint Columba's  No new theology... no politically correct electric worship. Music is provided by the congregation a capella. You will find a group of Christians entrusting themselves to the person and teaching of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Orthodoxy, since the early centuries of Christianity. Our purpose here on earth is to work toward becoming more like Christ and helping others to do the same.

We are a hospital for sinners and a parish committed to living our life for God in this world and in the next.

The church building is at 1320 Mission Way, just north of I-80 Exit 48 in Fernley, Nevada (corner of Truck inn Way and Mission way). The building is small, and there is plenty of parking.



Saint Columba’s is a parish in the English and Celtic tradition. American English with a familiar "King James" lilt Is the language of worship. We are Orthodox in Faith and approved Western in practice You are welcome to visit us Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Evening Prayer (Vespers) is Wednesday at 7:00 PM where you can pray like a Christian Monk (for 28 minutes). No guitars, no altar call, no "offering".... Just the sound of men at prayer.

Holy Day and weekday Services are as announced.


“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Acts).


The Orthodox communion of churches is an original and remains essentially unchanged since the early centuries of Christendom and is concerned with the direction of our nation. We note that our nation’s laws differ from the Church in definitions of Marriage, Divorce, Birth Control, and  the truth that parents are the primary teachers in the family. Our obligation is to recognize and acknowledge publicaly and privately that Christ is King, and that all freedoms are actually gifts to us from Him. We acknowledge that freedom is not a license to break rules, but is the gift given to us that allows us to value God's rules.

Our parish also helps coordinate Home Schooling via "Classical Conversations".




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Abortion is fatal for the baby and harmful to the health of the mother.

Pregnant? Think you might be?

Locate a Pregnancy Center near you. There is a center in Reno, a center in Fernley and a center in Fallon. If you or someone you know is an unexpectedly expectant mother, the site provides a vital link to help for mother and baby.

If you live in Fernley EMBRACE GRACE FERNLEY can help you. They offer a structured program for pregnant women. The 12-week program is follwed with a baby shower and a process day. You can learn more by calling Amanda at 686-8650.

Please remember to pray and work to stop the legal slaughter of unborn babies in this country. No nation can survive the murder of over 60,000,000 of its children.

Speaking of children: You may want to take advantage of some quality Christian education at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy in Reno.

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For HomeSchooling help and structure one can contact Amy Bauer at 775 835-6915

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Our Services & Events

Confessions each Sunday

9:45 AM

Vespers (Evening Prayer)

7 PM Wednesday

Marian cenacle [call 4 place]

Monday 7 PM

Gregorian Liturgy

10:00 AM Sunday

1st Saturday Liturgy [call]

10 AM 1sr Sat.

Lent begins March 17th

7 PM

Our Staff

Fr William Bauer PhD

Parish Priest •

Western Rite Radio

1940 Hymnal

Music •

Mike Stone

Food Pantry Administrator •

Amy Bauer MA

Home School Coordinator •