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   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room   
   Girl Scouts, Tuesdays, 3:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   Exposition & Benediction, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
   Food Net, Saturdays, 1:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   No RCIA, Sundays, 3:00 pm

Winterfest Update:
• Winterfest will be on Sat, Feb.11, 5-8:30 pm
• Please bring donations for silent auction to the rectory by Feb. 7.
• Volunteers for Winterfest needed. Please contact Kim Hanzl at 402-318-1602 if you can help.
• 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold after Masses leading up to Winterfest. Winner will be announced the night of Winterfest. Winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $1 a piece, 6 tickets for $5.

An Introduction to Deliverance will be given by The Diocesan Office of Evangelization at St. Mary's, beginning on Wednesday, February 1 from 7:30-9 pm. They will host four - 20 minute talks. For questions call 402-805-9668 or email

St. Mary's School News

Kindergarten Preview Friday, February 10th at 9:30 am. If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year, we will need the following information by Monday, January 30th: parent's name, address, email address, phone number, child's name and date of birth. Please call the school office at 402-476-3987 or email the information to A letter with more information will be sent. Note: Nebraska state law requires that children starting Kindergarten must be 5 on or before July 31, 2017, to start school in the fall.

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

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model lntro Sessions for January will be held Tuesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm. Go online to register or download a registration form at

St. John's will have their Annual Soup Supper on Sunday, January 15th from 4-7 pm, free will offering. There will be over 20 kinds of soup. The Altar Society will have an assortment of desserts available also.

Catholic Coffeehouse will be Feb. 12th from 7-8:30pm at St. Gianna's, 2241 0 Street. Fr. Coulter will discuss "The Rosary Pilgrimage of the Holy Land." One hour presentation followed by Q & A and coffee/dessert.

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide: for men & women seeking healing from Divorce. This 12 week program features 30-minute DVD segments that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage and much more. Whether you got divorced recently or 10 years ago, this program offers valuable insight for everyone. The next program will begin February 6th and the suggested donation is $50. Register by calling the Family Life Office, 402-473-0620 or

One Book + One Diocese: the Evangelization Office is recommending "Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living" by Fr. Timothy Gallagher.

S.T.A.G.E. student theatre announces its newest production, "It's Elementary, My Dear ..." to be held in Kaczmarek Hall at St. Teresa's, 735 S. 36th. Performances are at 7 pm on January 13-14 and January 22; 3:30 pm on January 15 and 2:00 pm on January 23. Audiences will delight in this original mystery production, in which the world-renowned detective, Sheerluck Holmes, has gone missing. Holmes' assistant, Dr. Whatsin, must assemble a team of sleuths to unravel the clues and discover The Greatest Mystery of all. The cast if comprised of students from across Lincoln and range in age from 9-14 years. Tickets can be purchased at Gloria Deo, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd. General admission tickets are $7 for students, $9 for adults, or $40 for a family. Recommended for audience members age 5 and up.

Two-Day UNBOUND Conference: Participants will learn about Unbound through live talks & videos and how it teaches 5 simple "keys" to break the chains of emotional, spiritual and mental bondage and unlock the doors to freedom. Unbound will equip you to get free and come into a deeper relationship with God. Prayer will be made available on Saturday afternoon. Join us at St. Cecilia's High School - Hasting on Friday, February 10th from 6-9 pm & Saturday, February 11th from 8-5 pm. Please register at 402-805-9668 or or http://www

There will be a Joy and Hope Anniversary Recognition Mass and reception for all married couples on Sunday, February 12th at the regular 11 am Mass at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz will be the Main Celebrant at the Mass for this celebration of Christian Marriage. Special recognition will be given to those couples celebrating 10, 25, 40, and 50 years or more who have registered. Family guests are welcome. Suggested donation of $10 per couple to cover reception costs appreciated! Registration forms are available by calling the Family Life Office at 402-473-0620.

Catholic Daughters Court St. Charles #472 will meet on Tuesday, February 7th at 2:30pm at the KC hall. A representative from the Knights of the Holy Eucharist will be the Guest Speaker. Guests are welcome. Any questions, call Mary Anne at 402-476-9781.

St. Mary (Cedar Bluffs) Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Cedar Bluffs City Auditorium. Adults $7.00, Kids (ages 4-10) $4.00. Meal includes: Pancakes (all you can eat), Biscuits & Gravy, Ham or Sausage, Coffee, Milk or Orange Juice.

Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, January 24th at 3:00 pm in the Lancaster Room at the Madonna Hospital. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4:00 for those who wish to attend.

Lincoln MOMs next meeting is February 4th, 8:30-10:30AM with Lori Weskamp's testimony, "From Broken to Beloved," a mother's journey from anger and lies to peace and truth. We are 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. Suggested free will donation of $5 helps cover the cost of speakers, reserved babysitting, and coffee/snacks. Contact Rosie Bohnart or our Facebook page. Please come and bring a friend.

Winter Magnificat Prayer Meal is Saturday, February 11th at 9:30 am at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 East 0 St. Our guest speaker is Fr. Troy Schweiger! Experience a morning of inspiration and fellowship as we hear Father's up -lifting witness of how the Holy Spirit has lead him on a journey of Joy as Christ's Priest. Register by Monday, Feb. 6 by sending your $20 check ($10 for students) made payable to Magnificat c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N. 56th, Lincoln, 68504. Pre-paid reservations only. For info call Rhonda at 402-489-3819 or 402-525-6396.

What is an Endowment and why might you consider this gift? An endowment is a sum of money, held by the Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska, of which up to 5% of the income is paid back to the parish annually. The remainder is never touched and continues to grow in perpetuity. Some parishioner and family members have set up endowments in their family name as a tribute to their parents. For more info contact Les Mach at 402-443-6180 or

Camp Kateri is hosting its Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Entertainment is The Fun Piano Show, by 176 Keys. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The Dueling Piano Show starts at 8 pm. All proceeds will go to new activities for our summer camp. Tickets are $50 per person & $500 for a reserved table of eight. To order tickets, please call 402-724-2596 or go to

Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. For confidential info call 888-317-5654 or

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for January 2017:
Christian Unity: That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for February 2017: Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Walk Where Jesus Walked. Take 10 days, from February 14th-23rd to join veteran pilgrimage leader Fr. John Vakulskas to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, Mount Carmel, Mount Tabor, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Way of the Cross, Mount Calvary, Jericho and more. Cost is $3,399 roundtrip from Omaha; includes Air, First Class Hotels, Tours, Daily Mass, Most Meals, Taxes and Surcharges, Comprehensive Sightseeing. Contact Fr. John at P.O. Box 347, Okoboji, IA 51355, 712-490-8047 or

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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