The bulletin is available here.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 26th. Please note that we will only have ONE Mass at Saint Mary's on that day, at 10 am. We will also not have any scheduled confessions that day.
First Saturday Devotions at 11:20 am, Dec. 5
The St. Mary's Knights of Columbus council members are selling Christmas cards following all weekend masses through the month of November and until December 13th. All proceeds are used to support St. Mary's church so please support the Knights of Columbus for this worthy cause and keep Christ in Christmas!
St. Louis de Monfort established a devotion known as Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It involves praying special prayers for 33 days. The booklets may be found in the vestibule. The first day of prayers is Thursday, November 5. The Consecration Day is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, December 8.
Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Intro Sessions for November are Thursday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 17th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please call 402-488-2040.
Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, November 24th at 3 pm in the Flanagan Room at Madonna. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4 pm.
Next CALIX Meeting: for those concerned with Alcoholism will be Sunday, November 29th at Ryan Memorial Chapel at Madonna. Mass begins at 5 pm. Covered dish meal to follow. For questions call Tim at 402-430-1223.
The Holy Family Shrine is honored to welcome Dr. Christine Erlander Beard and her group of UNO Flutists for a Concert on December 12th at 4 pm. The Shrine is located at 23132 Pflug Road. To get to the Shrine take I-80 to Exit 432. Go south 1 mile to Pflug Road. Turn west and go 1 mile.
The Catholic Coffee House is an adult faith formation series held at John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. The theme for the 2015-16 Catholic Coffee House is: Journey of Conversion. The next presentation will be Sunday, December 13th at 7 pm with Matt Simmons presenting "God had mercy on me." Each session includes a presentation, Q & A and refreshments. There is no fee and no registration.
Apply to be a Tax Prep Volunteer! Looking for a great way to give back to your community? Look no further than Community Action's Tax Prep program! Whether you have filed taxes in the past, or have no experience at all, we welcome you to join our team. Volunteer training begins in December and tax preparation occurs from January to April. Our tax Prep program is run solely on the generosity of volunteers and the need for no-cost tax preparation for those living in poverty is significant. If you are interested contact Georgann Roth, 402-875-9320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time, Pius X is participating in the global philanthropy effort known as Giving Tuesday. On Tuesday, December 1st charities, families, businesses around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back. You can take part in Giving Tuesday and support Pius X by donating online at https://www.piusxdonatenow.net. Gifts may also be sent to Pius X High School, 6000 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510. Note: if writing a check please make it payable to Pius X Band.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House retreat schedule for November and December:
Twelve Day Pilgrimage to Poland & Czech Republic: escorted by Fr. Rand Langhorst will be May 15 - 26, 2016 roundtrip from Lincoln. The cost is $3,175 per person double occupancy which includes all flights, accommodations, gratuities, breakfasts, dinners, professional tour manager, land transportation by motor coach, entrance fees and local guides. Each pilgrim is only responsible for airline taxes, lunches and anything of a personal nature. Single occupancy rooms available for an additional charge. For an electronic brochure email email@example.com or write to: Fr. Rand Langhorst, 330 West 8th Street, Palymra, NE, 68418.
Best of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be April 18 - 28, 2016 led by veteran pilgrimage leader, Fr. John Vakulskas. Belfast, Derry, Shrine of Knock, Shrine at Ballymoe dedicated to Fr. Flanagan (founder of Boys Town), Galway, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Connemara, Dublin and more. Round trip from Omaha is $3,229. Includes R/T air, tours, transfers, most meals, First Class Hotels, daily Mass and free time. Limited seats. For more info contact Fr. John at 712-490-8047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homilies: Some of Fr. Dietrich's recent homilies are available here.
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 email@example.com.
The Pope's Prayer Intentions for November 2015:
Twelve day Pilgrimage to Poland & Czech Republic escorted by Fr. Rand Langhorst will be May 15-26, 2016 roundtrip from Lincoln. The cost is $3,175 per person double occupancy which includes all flights, accommodations, gratuities, breakfasts, dinners, professional tour manager, land transportation by motor coach, entrance fees and local guides. Each pilgrim is only responsible for airline taxes, lunches and anything of a personal nature. Single occupancy rooms available for an additional charge. For an electronic brochure email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Fr. Rand Langhorst, 330 West 8th Street, Palmyra, NE 68418
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.
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: connectnow.parishsoft.com/lincoln - 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.
As you know, we are in a Year for Consecrated Life (until February 2, 2016). There are many ways you can celebrate this year: Visit http://www.lincolndiocese.org/YCL.
Compendium Clips - check out Fr. Heaslip's short illustrated videos on the Catholic faith at www.compendiumclips.com. 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.
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 www.retrouvaille.org.
SCRIP order form is available here.
Did you know that St. Mary's now has a Facebook page? The URL is www.facebook.com/stmarylincoln. You don't have to be on Facebook to view this page. Check it out!
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 www.lincolndiocese.org to register.
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.
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. SCRIP order form is available here.
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.
Televised Mass: Sundays at Noon and Mondays at 9 pm on cable channel 13.
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