Announcements

   

 

The bulletin is available here.

Calendar:
   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room   
   RCIA, Sundays 3:00 pm, Legion Room
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:45

Exposition and Benediction Wednesdays following the 7 pm Mass unless stated otherwise in the bulletin.

RCIA Inquiry Classes begin this week (August 21st) at 3:00 pm Sunday afternoons in the Legion Room. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the Catholic Church or who simply may want to learn more about our faith, please extend the invitation to them to come. All materials provided. No fee.

CCD Classes will begin on August 31st, and meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45. Those interested in registering may do so on the first day of class. Simply come down to Flynn Hall at 4:30.
St. Mary Caregiver Support Group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, August 17th at 7 pm at St. Gianna's, 23rd and O.

St. Mary Caregiver Support Group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, August 17th at 7 pm at St. Gianna's, 23rd and O.

Stick your neck out – Try Choir! Adult Choir is an apostolate that is fun and spiritually rewarding! Our Choir Family will rehearse on Thursday evenings and sing at the Sunday 10:00 am Masses during the school year. Visit with Sister Mary if you can help.

Parish Night out with the Lincoln SaltDogs: all members of St. Mary's parish are invited to a "Parish Night Out with the Lincoln SaltDogs" sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on Friday, August 26th. The game starts at 6:35 pm with the SaltDogs playing the St. Paul Saints.
This Night Out is to show appreciation for our Altar Servers so tickets for all of the Altar Servers will be paid for by the Knights of Columbus. Tickets for this event are $10 each with the profits going to support future parish needs. A sign-up sheet for this event is located in the vestibule of the church.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Intro Sessions for August will be Thursday, August 11th and Tuesday, August 23rd at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more info call 402-488-2040.

Benedictine Oblate Orientation will be held at Madonna Rehab Hospital, 5401 South at 7 pm on Sunday, August 28th in Sheridan Rooms A and B. For more info call 402-486-0864 or www.nebraskabenedictineoblates.org.

Holy Trinity Parish in Brainard will have a Chicken Dinner & Bazaar on August 21st from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. The day will include a bake sale, games for adults and children, raffle, and polka music.

Missionary Cooperative Program: Each year over 150 missionary dioceses and religious orders request permission to our diocese to give an appeal for financial support. This appeal is a major source of funding for these missionaries, and the monies collected in our parish go directly to that missionary diocese or religious for the poor that they serve. These funds are used to feed, house and educate the poor and orphans, provide medical care, build churches, schools, clinics, catechetical training centers, dig wells, etc. and educate candidates for the priesthood and religious life and provide many other necessities. Please be generous!

Sts. Cyril & Methodius Parish will sponsor a Roast Beef Dinner at the Prague Hall in Prague, NE on Sunday, August 28th. Dinner will be served from 11 am to 2 pm; the cost is $10, children 10 and under $5; pre-school (under 5) are free. Festival includes Live Auction, Silent Auction, Cake Walk, Bake Sale featuring Czech specialties, and Raffle.

Are you a woman or man of prayer? Are you comfortable working with small groups? On September 17th, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church in Omaha will host a Facilitator Training-Retreat for the "Lord Teach Me to Pray" prayer series. There is no charge for the training or the materials. It will be conducted in a retreat setting and discernment atmosphere. Come & discern if God is calling you to become a facilitator! Or, if you are simply interested in finding out more about Ignatian Prayer and the "Lord, Teach Me to Pray" prayer series, you are also invited! For info/ registration contact Mrs. Carol Weiler at 504-439-5933 or carolweiler@cox.net. Or go to www.lordteachmetopray.com to download a registration form.

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 Formed.org, 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.

CALIX Meeting for those concerned with Alcoholism will be Sunday, August 28th at Madonna Chapel. Mass begins at 5 pm; covered dish meal follows. For questions call Tim at 402-430-1223.

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 matthew-simmons@cdolinc.net. You MUST schedule a prayer time. We are NOT equipped to take walk-ins.

Rediscover your Marriage: Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) simply means "rediscovery." The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. Tens of thousands headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriage by attending. Retrouvaille is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, not a social gathering. For confidential information about or to register for the program with a weekend on August 26-28, please call 1-888-317-5654 or go to the web at www.helpourmarriage.com.

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 https://propelr.mycardplace.com/cholder 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 www.PropelrCard.com 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.

The Nebraska Catholic Conference and the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities will host their annual conference this year on September 22 - 24 at Creighton University. This year, we will be co-hosting the conference and banquet with a number of other organizations (Archdiocese of Omaha Center for Family Life Formation, Catholic Schools Office, and Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, the Catholic Medical Society and Thomas More Society.) The conference is titled "Human Dignity in a Secular World." For more information go to family.archomaha.org/respecting-life/conference.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for August 2016:
Universal: That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.
Evangelization: That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbours to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.

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

UNL Catholic Sorority seeks new members for Fall 2016. Pi Alpha Chi is a Greek sorority centered around the Catholic faith. Enhance your time as a college student by immersing yourself in a learning community with Catholic values. Visit us at New Student Enrollment or www.pialphachi.com.

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 bobandpammccabe@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

 

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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