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 7th, 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.
Altar Servers: Young men in grades 5 through 12 who would like to serve at Saint Mary's weekend Masses once (or more) a month are invited to fill out one of the sign-up forms in the vestibule. Need not be a registered member of Saint Mary's parish, just a baptized, Mass-attending Catholic.
School News: Eileen's Cookie Dough is for sale at the school office from Friday, August 29th to Friday, September 12th. Delivery date will be October 3rd. Call the school at 402-476-3987 to order yours.
Altar Society will host a reception for Fr. Heaslip on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Flynn Hall. A light lunch/snacks will be served. Coffee & tea provided. Parishioners may bring desserts or cookies.
Next CALIX meeting: for those 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.
Catholic Social Services will have their First Friday Fish Fry on Friday, September 5th from 5 - 7 pm. All proceeds go to St. Gianna Women's Homes for women suffering domestic violence and the threat of abortion.
Twenty-seventh Annual Marian Mass, Rosary & Candlelight procession will be held Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm on the grounds of the Waverly Marian Center. Bishop Conley will be the main celebrant and homilist. A play about Fatima, performed by the children in S.T.A.G.E., will begin at 5:45 pm. The Rosary will be prayed in English, Czech, Spanish, Vietnamese and German. Limited seating and handicap accessible restrooms will be provided.
Part-time Custodian wanted at St. Joseph Church and School. Hours would be 5 pm - 10pm, Monday - Friday. Contact Ron Avila at 402-440-2265.
Magnificat Prayer Meal will be Thursday, September 16th at 6 pm at Beacon Hills, 5353 N. 27th. The special guest speaker is Patti Gallagher Mansfield, a participant in the February 1967 "Duquesne Weekend," marking the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. Register by sending $25 to Magnificat c/o Annette Wemhoff, 931 West Harvest Drive, 68521. Deadline is September 8th. For questions call Rhonda at 402-489-3819.
The Lincoln Council of St. Vincent DePaul will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, September 6th at John 23rd. Mass in the chapel at 5:30 pm, followed by potluck and program. .All Vincentians and their guests are invited.
Catholic Business Women Lincoln Chapter will meet on Tuesday, September 2nd at 11:45 am at Blessed John 23rd. Park in back (north) lot and enter the NE door. Jenay Barry will be the speaker. Bring your lunch and a friend! For questions call 402-202-7494.
Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model introductory sessions will be Thursday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 402-488-2040.
St. Michael School Kitchen Help needed from 9:45 am - 1:45 pm M-F. If interested pickup an application at the school office or contact Theresa Gengler at Theresafirstname.lastname@example.org or 402-488-1313.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat Schedule for September:
The Pope's Prayer Intentions for September 2014:
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.
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 email@example.com.
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