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   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room   
   Altar Society, Tuesday, Dec. 6, Flyn Hall
   Knights of Columbus, Tuesday, Dec. 6, Legion Room
   Girl Scouts, Tuesdays, 3:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   Food Net, Saturdays, 1:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   RCIA, Sundays, 3:00 pm, Legion Room.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is Thursday, December 8th, and is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Masses at Saint Mary's for the Holy Day will be Wednesday, December 7th at 4 pm and December 8th at 7 am, 12:10 pm, and 7 pm.

Winterfest: Now's the time to start planning. If you are out shopping for Christmas and see appropriate gifts to be raffled off, or even if you would like to make a cash donation to cover startup costs (buy food, etc), and certainly if you want to volunteer your time, leave your name at the rectory with either the secretary or the pastor, and one of our Winterfest coordinators will soon be in touch.

Make an early note: Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. Instead of having our usual weekend schedule of Masses and confessions on December 24th and 25th, we will have the same Christmas schedule as in years past. This means that there will NOT be any confessions from 3-4 pm or from 8-9 pm on Saturday, December 24th. There will NOT be either an 8 am or 12:30 pm Mass on Sunday, December 25th. If you normally attend the 8 am Mass on Sunday, we will offer a Mass at Dawn at 7 am; if you are wondering why an hour early, we encourage you to come and find out what we do at that special Mass as the night time gives way to the daylight. Christmas Masses, then, will be Saturday, December 24th at 4 pm; and Sunday, December 25th at Midnight, 7 am, 10 am, and 5 pm.

The prayer for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be prayed immediately following the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Thursday, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We will gather in front of the Blessed Mother Statue inside the Church. Those unable to attend may pray it privately.

Saint Mary's is looking for parishioners who would be willing to serve as acolytes, readers, and lectors. With the recent loss of several of parishioners, it is getting harder and harder to meet the scheduling demands. Readers and lectors must be comfortable with public speaking, and be able to articulate clearly when they proclaim the scriptures at Mass. Acolytes must be comfortable with the basic duties of serving at the altar, as well as serving as extraordinary ministers of communion. ALL candidates, in order to be considered these liturgical roles, must be regular, Mass-going Catholics, in valid marriages if married, NOT in any scandalous living situations, and in good standing with the church. Acolytes and lectors will have to take the six week class (2 hours a week) in the spring and be formally installed. Expect to be put on the schedule once or twice a month. We especially are looking for more help at the 4:00, 12:30, and 5:00 Masses. If you are a reader, or an installed acolyte serving at another parish but attend Saint Mary's frequently and would be willing to help out once a month here, please let us know. If you are interested in and believe you may qualify for any of these ministries, please call Father Dietrich at 402-435-2125.

St. Mary's School News

Wish list: Preschool: shaving cream and empty cereal boxes. 4th grade: an electric pencil sharpener. 5th grade: buttons. 7th grade: broken down moving boxes. Playground: sidewalk chalk and band aids.

There will be no school on December 8th (for the Holy Day) and December 9th.

Homilies: Some of Father Dietrich's recent homilies are available here.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model for December, 2016 will be Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Go online to register or download a registration form at

Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Charles #472 will have their December Christmas meeting at 2:30pm on Tuesday, December 6th at the KC Hall. This will be dessert only with musical entertainment and the revealing of prayer pals. Guests welcome. For questions call Mary Anne Classen at 402-476-9781.

Catholic Coffeehouse will be held December 11th at Gianna's Java & Gelato, 2241 O Street from 7-8:30 pm (1 hour presentation followed by 30 minutes for Q & A). His Excellency, Bishop James D. Conley will speak on "John Henry Newman and the Pilgrim Church". For more info, visit

Dec. 16-18, 2016: Men & Women Advent Retreat with Bishop James D. Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter. A retreat during the upcoming Season of Advent will help us take time for prayer, so that in the busyness we do not lose sight of the real reason for our activity. An Advent Retreat is a great way to prepare ourselves for the arrival of the Christ child, and get a jump start on preparing new spiritual goals for the coming year! All are invited to join in spiritual preparation for Christmas, by preparing ourselves to welcome the Lord Jesus into our lives. Too many may miss the opportunity to have Christ reign in their hearts, a gift that far exceeds all shopping sprees and presents. Prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a retreat to open your heart and your life to Him. Call 402-786-2705 or register at

8th Annual Homemade Cookie and Candy Sale at Sacred Heart Church will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 4-6:30 pm and Sunday, December 11th from 8-12:30 pm in the Rectory basement, 3128 S Street. Enjoy free hot cider, coffee, and cookies while you choose the cookies you would like to buy. All proceeds go to the Parish Hall Building Fund.

Catholic Business Women - December Meeting - Christmas Lunch will be held on December 13 at 11:30 am. All Our Welcome. The location is The Eatery Restaurant at 2548 s 48th St. Lunch is on our own. Our Christmas Lunch - ornament gift exchange. Bring ornament wrapped and spiritual bouquet to offer to one who receives gift. Please R.S.V.P. to Krista Kuenning at call or text at 402-429-8778

Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet at 3 pm on Tuesday, December 13th, in the Flanagan Room at Madonna Hospital. Mass follows at 4 pm. For questions, call Kathy at 402- 423-3810.

"Looking for a way to live out the mission of the New Evangelization in your daily life? The Frassati Young Adult group is hosting a practical, hands-on retreat led by missionary Logan Burda December 16-18 at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center. Check out the Frassati Lincoln Facebook page or to register and get more info."

Carole Fest! A Benefit for St. Gianna Women's Homes will be Sunday, December 11th, 2:00 pm. Come enjoy area choirs perform at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the UNL campus. Tickets are $10 per person, $25 per family. Call (402) 430-5626 or visit for more information.

Prepare the way for the Christ Child to come into your hearts this Christmas! Join Bishop Conley for a special time of family prayer before Christmas, and receive a blessing upon your family and the baby Jesus from your manger scene!! In these crazy days before Christmas, we gather for a very kid friendly Advent Liturgy to quiet our hearts, hear from our shepherd, and receive his blessing! The short liturgy will be followed by a festive cookie reception - to reward all that good behavior in the pew :) Don't forget to bring your gifts of "swaddling clothes" to donate to Birthright for babies in need (new or gently used baby clothes, blankets, lotion, soap, and diaper creams are especially needed!) Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 17, at 10:00 am at the Cathedral!

Grant Writing Position available at St. Teresa School. The grant writer will direct application activities to local & national funders. Please contact Sr. Anne Joelle at 402-477-3358.

10-Day Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes with Frs. Coulter & Homes, July 5-15, 2017. For info call 402-786-2705 or

Villa Marie Home & School for Exceptional Children is seeking applicants with training and/or experience in special education, for PT supervision of students in the afternoons M-F beginning at noon. Call 402-786-3625 or email Sr. Jeanette at

Lincoln MOMs is a group of Catholic mothers searching for fellowship, hope, & joy in our ever changing vocation. Monthly meetings are held every first Saturday at John XXIII Center from 8:30 - 10:30 AM. We are excited to share that our speaker for the December 3rd meeting is the Bishop! His Excellency, Bishop James D Conley, will talk about "St. Mother Teresa, My Conversion, and the Call to Holiness." Please come and bring a friend! Suggested free will donation of $5 helps cover the cost of speakers, babysitting, and coffee/snacks. Please contact Rosie Bohnart (via or our Facebook page) to reserve your spot for childcare or any other questions.

Holy Land Pilgrimage for 10 days, from February 14-23, 2017. Join veteran pilgrimage leader Fr. John Vakulskas on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, Mount Carmel, Mount Tabor, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Way of the Cross, Mount Calvary, Jericho and much more. $3,299 round trip from Chicago. Includes Air, First Class Hotels, Tours, Daily Mass, Most Meals, taxes and Surcharges. For info call 1-712-490-8047 or

Religious Awards for Girls & Boys! Scout Leaders obtain the religious awards books for girls from the Family Life Office; for boys from the Local Cornhusker Council. Applications due Jan. 23. Award ceremony Feb. 26, 2017

St. Louise Gift & Thrift has part time openings available in the stockroom. Contact Curt at (402) 327-6223.

ABORTION TUESDAYS: Planned Parenthood is doing abortions every Tuesday now that a new abortionist Deborah Turner has been hired. Please pray on Tuesdays for the mothers/fathers with abortion appointments plus our sidewalk counselors who offer hope and help. Please pass this info on to any groups or email/phone trees. Thank you for helping save the lives of the innocent unborn.

Catholic Coffeehouse invites you and your family to Gianna's Java & Gelato, 2241 O St. from 7-8:30 pm on Sunday evenings this fall. This year's theme is "The Pilgrim Church: Rediscovering the Faith through Pilgrimage."

Propelr is a reloadable VISA Prepaid card that can be used at any merchant that accepts VISA cards. When the St. Mary’s card is used at participating merchants, the merchant donates a percentage of the transaction to St. Mary’s. To sign up for your PropelrCard, go to For step by step instructions call the rectory or pick up the instructions on the pamphlet rack.

One Book + One Diocese is recommending Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano. This is an excellent read for continued spiritual growth.

Homilies: Some of Father Dietrich's recent homilies are available here.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for December 2016:
Universal: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
Evangelization: That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.

FORMED.ORG (from the Augustine Institute) provides Catholic media to your home. St. Mary's has a subscription to this program where you can study the Catholic faith, read spiritual books, listen to inspirational CD's, engage in Bible study, learn how to pray better and much more! Go to, go to the bottom of the page, in the parish code box enter VZQ3C3 (case sensitive) and click submit. Then follow the directions to create your profile.

Unbound: for those who have read Neal Lozano's "Unbound" book and desire Unbound prayer, the Lincoln team will be offering prayer on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8 am - 12 noon at John 23rd Center, 37th and Sheridan. Schedule by contact with Matt at 402-805- 9668 or You MUST schedule a prayer time. We are NOT equipped to take walk-ins.

Propelr is a reloadable VISA Prepaid card that can be used at any merchant that accepts VISA cards. When the St. Mary’s card is used at participating merchants, the merchant donates a percentage of the transaction to St. Mary’s. If you have questions on how the card works please look at the website or call the rectory with questions. The Propelr card has the capability to give back to St. Mary’s much more than we made when selling SCRIP. To sign up for Propelr go to then click on Sign up today. When you are looking for St. Mary's remember to look under Saint Mary's. After you are signed up, Propelr will show two small deposits to your card. About two days after you sign up you will have to go in to your Propelr Account at and enter the amount of the deposits. Once you have done that you can go to "manage funds" and click on my bank accounts. Then load funds to your Propelr Card from your verified bank account. Activate your card when you receive it and use at participating merchants to raise money for St. Mary's. If you have questions on how the card works please look at the website or call the rectory with questions.

Birthright's guiding principle is: It is the right of every baby to be born and the right of every woman to give birth. We care and help them both. Will you help by considering to volunteer one shift per week Monday - Saturday? No experience needed. Please call 402-466-2609 for an application.

Why should a parish or school have an endowment?
An endowment is a sum of money that has been designated for the benefit of the parish or school. It is different than a cash gift because the principal is never touched and only the interest is used to fund the needs of the parish or school. Endowments are important for the future of the parish/ school because we have fewer parishioners than in years past and the burden of the parish finances becomes greater per individual. In order to keep our parishes and schools open we need to use some part of our estate to fund these types of accounts. Please consider starting your own endowment or contribute to an existing one held by St. Mary's. Your fund will remain for the benefit of St. Mary's in perpetuity. The Catholic Foundation holds these accounts and pays out up to 2 1⁄2% of the interest income to the school or parish bi-annually. These funds will be used for the many needs established through donor intent or according to parish needs established the endowment agreement. Contact Les Mach for more information at 402-443-6180.

Prayer people needed on Abortion Tuesdays to come and pray between 7 am and 3 pm at 48th and Old Cheney (west side of 48th Street, north of Old Cheney). Group rosary is prayed at 9:30 am.

Lincoln Right to Life needs Sidewalk counselors for Abortion Tuesday to offer hope and help to mothers with abortion appointments. 1 or 2 hours shifts available. Training is provided. Call Pam at 402-489-7968 or

My Own Church: St. Mary's now has database software that is accessible to parishioners. If you need to update your personal information including mistakes about birthdates, adding a new baby or even uploading a picture of your family go to: - click on New user? or click here. Fill out the organization - St. Mary Parish, Lincoln. 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.

Compendium Clips - check out Fr. Heaslip's short illustrated videos on the Catholic faith at It is a great resource for all who want to know what the Church teaches or want ot brush up on their Christian faith. The first video is entitled: Introduction & 4 Pillars of the Compendium Catechism.

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

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Marriage - helps couples through difficult times. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. For confidential information or to register, call 1-888-317-5654 or

Did you know that St. Mary's has a Facebook page? The URL is You don't have to be on Facebook to view this page. Check it out!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions are here.

The Acolyte-Lector-Reader Schedule is available 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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