Christmas Masses

Wednesday, December 24th
4:00 pm

Thursday, December 25th
12:00 Midnight
7:00 am
10:00 am
5:00 pm

We will have musical accompaniment at all of our Christmas Masses, with the Adult Choir leading the music at Midnight, and our St. Mary's School Schola leading the music at the 10 am Mass. Both choirs have been working diligently to prepare—if you are able, I hope that you can come and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Also, don't rule out the Mass at Dawn, especially if you're heading out of town in the morning—with dimmed lighting and soft guitar music, it wonderfully captures the quiet of the night leading into the dawning of Christmas. Whichever Mass you attend, we look forward to sharing part of your Christmas with you. May it be a truly joyful and blessed one for you and your loved ones this year.
--Fr. Doug Dietrich

   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room
   No school from Monday, Dec. 22nd to Friday, January 2nd

Saint Mary's Choir will be offering a Seasonal Music Concert on Christmas Eve beginning at 11:30 pm, leading up to the Midnight Mass.

St. Mary's Cookbooks - a compilation of recipes submitted by members of the parish is for sale at the SCRIP Counter after every weekend Mass. The cost is $15 for one or two for $25.

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is on January 1st and is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Masses for the Holy Day at Saint Mary's will be at 4 pm on Wednesday, December 31st, and on Thursday, January 1st at 7 am, 9 am, 12:10 pm, and 7 pm.

Poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary at Christmas may be ordered by using the envelopes found near all the doors. Please return envelopes (and write LEGIBLY) before December 22nd.

Extra Confession Times before Christmas:
Monday, December 22nd: 11:00 am - 12 Noon, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 23rd: 11:00 am - 12 Noon, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, December 24th: 9:00 am - 12 Noon

Christmas Family Mass: Any youth (whether members of the parish or not) Kindergarten or older who would like to participate in the special Mass offered on Christmas morning at 10 am are asked to fill out and return one of the sign-up sheets in the vestibule, so that we are able to plan on how many to anticipate for the procession.

St. Mary's Wish List for Christmas:
New telephones - $139 (need three)
New risers - $200 each
New carpet for classrooms- $600 each
Air conditioner for middle classroom - $300
Carpet for front outside door - $150

Pius X High School Wish List:
Science dept. electronic balances - $500 each
English dept. SMART doc. Camera - $850
Move & store chair racks for Vocal Music - $335
Journalism Nikon D7000 camera & Nikon 55-300 lens - $1,235
Concert Band baritone- $2,300 each (need four)

Christmas Cards are available through the St. Mary's Knights of Columbus. Call Duane at 402-314-1962.

Seminarians to pray for: Rev. Mr. Denton Morris, in Theology 4 at Mount St. Mary Seminary and Altan Phan in Theology 1 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

A Mass in Honor of the Holy Innocents will be celebrated on Sunday, December 28th at 2 pm at John 23rd Center, 37th and Sheridan. Those who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass. If you would like your child's name to be remembered, please call the Family Life Office at 488-2040 before noon on Dec. 24th. After that time, the office will be closed for Christmas. If you placed your child's name previously, it will remain on the list.

The Next CALIX Meeting: for those concerned with Alcoholism will be Sunday, December 28th at Madonna in the Ryan Memorial Chapel. Mass at 5 pm with covered dish meal to follow.

My Own Church: St. Mary'swas recently given ConnectNow, the Database software that the entire Diocese is changing over to. As a result of this parishioners can go on to the site and update their own personal information including correcting any mistakes about birthdates, adding a new baby that we don't have in your information and even uploading a picture of your family on to the site.
Go to - click on New user? or click here. Fill out the organization - St. Mary's Church. You will pick a user name and fill out the questions. Any question with an asterisk is a required field to be answered. The system sends an e-mail to the office, we confirm that you are a member of St. Mary's and email you a temporary password. You are then able to access your info.

CDs for Sale: Music from and For the Heart with Kevin Murray on trumpet and Mike Zeleny on piano recorded Puccini plus Two and Christmas: His Birth Happened. Each CD is $20. All proceeds go to Catholic Social Services.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - join veteran tour leader Fr. John Vakulskas from January 19-28 for a memorable time in the Holy Land of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Visit Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Mount of Olives, Jericho, Gethsemane, Way of the Cross and more. Mass each day. Includes air, first class hotels, most meals, tours and transfers. $3,299 from Omaha. Contact Fr. John at 712-754-3311 or

A Diocesan Pilgrimage to Philadelphia has been organized for the World Meeting of Families (WMF) that will be hosted there in September 2015. Buses and vans will leave from Lincoln on September 20 and 22 and will return September 28th. Options range in price from $450 to $1,600 per person, depending on lodging arrangements and participation in the WMF events.The Pope is expected to celebrate a public Mass September 27th. Go to to register.

Alpine Europe, visiting Germany, Austria & Switzerland: come along April 20-30, 2015 to visit Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, and more. Mass each day. Cost is $3,799 from Omaha. Contact Fr. Dan Guenther, at 712-225-4606 or

Church Library: There is now a lending library in the church basement directly next to the south stairs. Please check out a book or CD and write your name in the notebook that is on the shelf next to the books. Suggested check out time is two weeks.

Gift Bearers: Beginning in November, rather than picking gift-bearers randomly before Mass, we will be asking volunteers to sign up ahead of time. Sign up sheets for the coming months may be found in the vestibule of the church (and will remain there). If you would like to represent your fellow worshipers in presenting the gifts to be used at the Mass, please give us your name and phone number. We will call the week before you signed up to remind you.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for December 2014:
Christmas, Hope for Humanity: That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

Rediscover your marriage: Retrouvaille is a program for married couples headed for divorce that has helped tens of thousands. Call 1-888-317-5654 for info.

St. Mary's Food Net: We are looking for some additional volunteers to help with our Food Net distribution of donated food, which occurs every Saturday in Flynn Hall. If you can commit to one or more Saturdays a month, it would be a big help. Work may include setting up tables and chairs, unloading food from vehicles, sorting and distributing food, and/or clean-up. Volunteers needed between 10 am & 2 pm but don't need to stay the whole time. Please call Kathy at 474-2360 or Linda at 476-1221. This might be good for high school students to complete community service hours.

Please register in your parish. Although it may not seem that it matters all that much, it is important that Catholics be registered in their local (usually territorial) parish. This not only assures that you will receive the Southern Nebraska Register. More importantly, it gives us a reference point if we are called about hospital stays, deaths, or requests to serve as sponsor for baptisms or confirmation. Don't be an "anonymous Catholic" - REGISTER.

SCRIP news: In addition to purchasing your SCRIP gift cards after Masses or at the rectory, we now have the capability to allow parishioners to order and pay for their SCRIP electronically. Just pick up an order form from the SCRIP sales desk after any Mass to have the instruction, or call the rectory for more information. SCRIP is a way for churches to buy gift cards at wholesale cost and sell them at retail. The church then makes that little bit of profit. The more people that buy SCRIP from St. Mary's the more profits add up.

Earn cash for Saint Mary's School! Clip, and donate to us, UPCs (the "bar code" scanned at the registered for prices) from General Mills products, Best Choice, Our Family, and Tyson Project A+ labels. Saint Mary's School will collect them, and then receive check from participating companies.

St. Mary's School collects aluminum cans to help raise funds for our school library. Please leave your aluminum cans by the playground school doors on Fridays if you would like to contribute.

Wanted: A volunteer to videotape Mass occasionally (Saturday 4:00 Mass or Sunday Mass), probably once a month or less. Please call the rectory if you are interested or leave a message for Phil at 402-474-2360.

SCRIP: Don't forget to purchase SCRIP gift cards for your typical purchases. Every purchase nets St. Mary's a little. The more people that buy the more we make each weekend. We now have cards in stock, all of the grocery stores and most of the gas stations plus many of the restaurants.

Televised Mass: Sundays at Noon and Mondays at 9 pm on cable channel 13.

Some of Father Dietrich's homilies are available on iTunes.
Click here for more information.

Earn Cash for our school by saving labels and turning them into the school or rectory. We need: Campbell's labels, Big G Box Tops for Education, Best Choice Labels, Our Family Labels, Tyson Project A+ labels and aluminum cans. Thanks for your help.

Have you had a Mass offered lately?  It is a spiritual work of mercy to pray for the living and the dead (2 Mac 12:44).  Call the rectory to schedule a Mass for a loved one.

St. Mary's Altar Society: Members perform services works for our parish, both spiritual and corporal. The works range from praying the rosary to helping out someone else. These volunteer hours should be reported to the circle leaders to be reflected in our yearly report to the Lincoln Deanery. Altar Society meets the first Tuesday of every month (except July) in Flynn Hall, at 7 pm.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House schedule: You may pick up a complete schedule in the bookrack in the entry to the church. Please call 786-2705 to make reservations.

Project Rachel can help heal the wounds of abortion. For private and confidential counseling, and/or reconciliation, call 800-964-3787.

Church Cleaning
is the 3rd Saturday of the month. Please be at the church by 9 am to help out.

Acolyte / Lector / Reader Meeting: Usually on first Saturdays, 9 am, Flynn Hall. The Acolyte-Lector-Reader Schedule is available here. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal can be found here.

St. Vincent de Paul meetings normally are Sundays at 1:30 pm in Flynn Hall.

Natural Family Planning Introductory Sessions are offered by Rosemary Clements (402-326-0681) or through the Diocesan Family Life Office (402-488-2040).

First Friday Holy Hour: Holy Hour for Vocations is First Friday of every month at 7:15 pm (includes Compline & Benediction). Adoration Convent of Christ the King (The Pink Sisters), 1040 South Cotner Blvd.

Retreats At Waverly Retreat House
More information at 435-2125 or at the Waverly Retreat House's web site

The Pope's Prayer Intentions are here.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Invitation to Serve

You are invited to serve Christ's poor in St. Mary's Parish. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is inviting caring people to assist people needing food, clothes, rent assistance, utility assistance and other emergency needs. Christ said, "What you do for the least of my brothers you do unto me." Is it time for you to really live your religious convictions and give something back for all you have received? Call 402-435-2125 to learn more.

Holy Hours - Eucharistic Adoration
Any one wishing to sign up for open hours OR become a substitute should call the Rectory (402-435-2125).
No training necessary, no meetings, many benefits.

Some Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament

Catholic Social Services provides mental health services. 402-489-1834.

"Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you, for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart."
- St. Therese of Lisieux


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