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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 parish of the Western Rite Communities of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia — a canonical part of the Russian Orthodox Church.  The Western-Rite of the Orthodox Church is a respose to requests to re-establish the Western Church as it existed prior to the Great Schism in AD 1054..

Saint Columba’s is helping preserve Western liturgy along with cultural heritage and patrimony with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.





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 Anglicanism to catholic Western Rite Orthodoxy.

WORSHIP.: 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 touble 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 Trimphant in heaven.

TEACHING...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."

MINISTRY...we believe 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.

OUR CHURCH GOVERNMENT... is characterized by oversight by pastoral bishops and "a government by consensus" under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Chief Heiarach of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion, is our bishop.

Other aspects of worship in the ancient Orthodox Church: a sign of the presence of the holy. We use incense. The rising smoke symbolizes prayer ascending to heaven. Frankincense was one of the gifts of the Wise Men to Jesus Christ.

The Sign of the Cross.

Holy Water...blessed by a priest,

Icons...are often called “windows to heaven,” because they offer us a glimpse of what awaits us in eternity with Christ. We have Icons.  Veneration of an icon is not worship.


Saint Columba parish offers the Divine Liturgy of St Gregory the Great  (Mass) each Sunday morning at 10:00.

Liturgy is similar to a Roman Catholic Latin Mass or an Anglican high church service. Orthodox Holy Orders and all seven sacraments are valid. Confession is offered by one calling our Priest at 775 835-6915.

You won’t find anything new here. No new theology... no politically correct trendy worship. Music is provided by the congregation a capella. You will find a group of Christians entrusting themlves to the person and teaching of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy is a lifestyle and not a "Sunday-only" thing. Our purpose here on earth is to work toward becoming more like Christ and helping others to do the same.

We are not a place for "beige" Christianity but 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. Although sometimes considered "ethnic," the Orfhodox Church throughout history has sought to use the language of the country in worship. In the United States, 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 REALITY THAT PARENTS ARE THE PRIMARY TEACHERS OF CHILDREN. Our obligation is to recognize and teach that in private life and public life 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.

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 •