Holy Day of Obligation: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary Holy Day of Obligation will be Friday, August 15. Masses for the Holy Day will be Thursday, August 14 at 4 pm and Friday, August 15 at 7 am, 12:10 pm and 7 pm.
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.
RCIA Classes will begin on Sunday, September 7, at 3:00 pm in Flynn Hall. Be thinking now of family members, co-workers, neighbors, and friends who have expressed an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith and invite them to the classes. You are their connection to the Church! They won't learn if you don't invite them.
Think Choir! If you are interested in auditioning for our Adult Choir, please see Sister Mary, or call her at 402-435-2601. Our choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm for the 10 am Mass on Sunday.
CCD teachers and subs are needed for the coming school year. If you like working with young children on small, easy to manage classes, are available on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:45, and would be willing to help us out with this important ministry, please contact Father Dietrich at 402-435-2125.
Next CALIX meeting: for thos concerned with alcoholism, will be at Madonna, Ryan Memorial Chapel, 54th & South Streets, on Sunday August 31. Mass begins at 5 pm. Covered dish meal to follow. For questions call Craig 402-438-6319.
The St. Patrick After School Care Program is in need of a substitute to help supervise students after school to allow the teachers to attend faculty meetings and workshops. Call Diane Neujahr (402) 326-3449.
Saint Mary's Cookbook: Please stop by and purchase your cookbook to help support Saint Mary’s. They are $15 and available at the SCRIP counter on the weekends or at the rectory during the week.
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.
Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Introductory Sessions are being offered on August 14 & 26 from 7 to 8 pm at the Saint John XIII Center. Preregistration is required. For more information call 402-488-2040.
Congratulations to Dr. William Mobley, former student of Saint Mary's School and Pius X High School (class of '66), who is receiving this year's Pius X High School Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Mobley is charman of the Depertment of Neurosciences at the Medical School of UC San Diego.
The Pope's August 2014 Prayer Intentions:
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.
Holy Land Trip: come join the group January 19 - 28, 2015 for an inspirational and memorable time in the Holy Land of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Walk where Jesus walked…we will visit Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Cana, the Dead Sea, Mount of Olives, Jericho, Gethsemane, the Way of the Cross and more. Mass each day in sacred places. Cost is $3,299 from Omaha. For more info contact Fr. John Vakulskas, Jr. at St. Andrew Church, P.O. Box 97, Sibley, IA, 712-754-311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Amazon.com 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.
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. http://www.goodcounselretreat.com
Project Rachel can help heal the wounds of abortion. For private and
confidential counseling, and/or reconciliation, call 800-964-3787.
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
The Pope's Prayer Intentions are here.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Invitation to Serve
Holy Hours - Eucharistic
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