New: The bulletin is available here.
Traveling Madonna: sign-up for the Traveling Madonna statue will be the weekend of May 9 -10. Sponsored by St. Mary’s Legion of Mary, the Our Lady of Fatima statue is delivered with prayers welcoming Mother Mary into your home. Please sign up in the vestibule after all Masses that weekend. "O Mary, our most Beloved Mother, pray for us."
Pre-school Assistant Needed: St. Mary's School has a full-time position open for a pre-school assistant, working under the direction of our pre-school teacher. Ideal position for parent with children in school looking to earn some extra cash. Call Father Dietrich at Saint Mary's rectory, 402-435-2125.
May Crowning: The annual May Crowning will be May 8th during the 8:10 am Mass.
Bishop's Charity and Stewardship: Sunday, May 3 is our annual diocesan Bishop's Charity and Stewardship, (CSA) which is being taken up throughout the Diocese of Lincoln. The CSA Appeal gives us the opportunity to act together as a diocesan family and support programs and services no single individual or parish can offer. This year, your gift is more important than you realize. Every gift, regardless of the size, is vital to the success of the Bishop's Charity and Stewardship Appeal. Our goal this year is to have 100% participation. In order to achieve this, each of you is asked to give in accordance with your means.
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.
Easter Duty: All Catholics are reminded about the obligation of receiving Holy Communion during the Easter Season (Easter Duty). Canon 920 specifies that the "Easter Duty" must be made in the Easter Season which is understood to be from Palm Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. However, Catholics in the US enjoy an indult that dates back to the 2nd Plenary Council of Baltimore (1866) which permits the "Easter Duty" to be made from the First Sunday of Lent to Trinity Sunday. The Canon adds that, although the "Easter Duty" is to be fulfilled within Easter time, "for a good reason" it can be "fulfilled at another time during the year." While not linked directly to the "Easter Duty," it is to recall at the same time the requirement of annual Confession as set forth in Canon 989.
Holy Hour will be Friday, May 1st at 7:15 pm at the Pink Sisters' Chapel, 1040 S. Cotner Blvd. The singing will be led by the Vietnamese Eucharist Society Choir.
Goodbye Fish Fry, Hello Java & Gelato! The success of the Catholic Social Services First Friday Frys has led to a new venture: A CSS coffee and gelato shop! All proceeds will go towards the support of CSS programs. However, this means no more CSS First Friday Fish Frys. To experience what the coffee and gelato shop will be serving, CSS will be offering free samples of our gelato on Friday, May 1st from 5 - 7 pm at their office at 23rd and O Street.
Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Intro Sessions for May will be Thursday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 19th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 402-488-2040 to register.
Teaching Positions Available: St. Joseph School is seeking a P.E. and a Computer teacher. A valid Nebraska teaching certificate is required. For more information and/ or an application, please contact Sr. Mary Joseph (Principal) by calling the school office at 402-489-0341 or email@example.com.
Holy Family Child Care has opening for summer, both full time and part time. The facility is open from 7 am to 5:30 pm. For info call Wanda at 402-488-3364 or 402-499-3046.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas will meet on May 12th, 5:30 pm at KC Hall, 60th and South Streets. There will be a Commensuration to our Blessed Mother, Mary. Guests are welcome. For questions call Alice Rotter at 402-488-2246.
Catholic Business Women Lincoln Chapter will meet on Tuesday, may 12th at 11:30 am. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. We will meet at Blessed John XXIII at 37th and Sheridan. Park in the back (north) lot and enter in back NE door. Room is located upstairs in the conference room. Our speaker for May is Kris Lanik. She will talk about what it takes to start and develop a Mary Garden. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text to 402-202-7494.
Good Counsel Retreat House: All women, especially mothers, are invited to an overnight Retreat on May 8-9 with Teresa Monaghen on the "Gospel of Joy for Women - In the spirit of Pope Francis and Our Lady" held at Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly. Register at http://www.goodcounselretreat.com or 402-786-2705.
Summer RCIA classes: The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) team of St. Michael Parish welcomes all individuals in Lincoln and surrounding areas who are seeking a study program in order to join the Catholic Church. Classes will be held on Sunday evenings from May 17th through August 30th (excluding May 24th and July 5th) from 6- 8:30 pm, in St. Michael's Activity Room. To register or for questions, please contact Joy Martin at 402-806-9686, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a pilgrimage to Ireland from June 1st to June 11th with Fr. Rand Langhorst. For more information or to see a brochure email email@example.com.
World Meeting of Families will be September 22 - 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. Plans are proceeding for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. The theme of the meeting is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive." The Lincoln Diocese is excited to offer a pilgrimage with a variety of options, all of which include attending the Papal Mass with Pope Francis! For more info or to register, go to http://www.lincolndiocese.org/WMF or call 488-2040.
Date Night: the next Diocesan Date Night is Friday, May 1st at 7 pm. We will be meeting at Hollywood Bowl, 920 N. 48th Street. We will gather downstairs in the party room for our speaker, then you can go upstairs to bowl for 5 a games afterward (shoes included) if you’d like. Come for an evening of fun with your spouse or fiancé.
Tuition assistance/ scholarships at Pius X changed last year. Previously, applications were due in the fall of the year. The new dates allow for tuition assistance to be awarded in June with recipients being notified prior to school starting in August. The online application can be found on the Pius X website www.piusx.net. The deadline for applying is May 30th. To apply, click on Development/Support, Scholarships and then on Click Here to Apply for Tuition Assistance/ Scholarships. Parents or students needing assistance in applying for scholarships are encouraged to contact the Guidance Office at 402-488-0931 or the Pius X Foundation at 402-488-1046. There is a $30 application fee when submitting the online application. Each family is asked to pay half of this cost or $15, which can be paid by credit or debit card. Pius X will cover the remaining $15 fee. The majority of the scholarships are based on financial need.
Please join Pius X and the UNL Newman Center students for a candlelight vigil outside of Planned Parenthood on Monday, April 27th at 8 pm. Park west of Sonic or at Cornerstone Christian Church at 48th and Old Cheney and then gather on either side of the Planned Parenthood driveway. Please bring a rosary, a candle and friends and family.
CK Sisters Outdoor Spring Workday will be this Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We will be planting our vegetable garden and small trees as well as cutting down trees. Helpful items to bring include gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, pickups, chain saws and energy! Children are also welcome! Mark your calendars now and contact Sister Mary Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come and help. Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St., about 2 miles west and south of Pioneers Park.
Iconography: The Icon Painting Workshop will be held June 25th to July 1 at Blessed John XXIII Center. There are still a few spaces left for this unique opportunity. This six-day intensive course in traditional painting techniques of Byzantine iconography focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. Through the process of demonstrations, the stages as well as the whole method of painting an icon will be presented. The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor, Theodore Papadopoulos, Byzantine iconographer with over 20 years of experience from Larissa, Greece. The course is of interest to adults of any level of artistic education. For enrollment or info, contact Mr. Terrence St. Hilaire, 402-817-8996 or email him at email@example.com.
The Pope's Prayer Intentions for May 2015:
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.
The Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln are sponsoring their annual summer camp, Campin' with the Marians, at Camp Kateri. Camps for girls entering grades 6 - 9 will be held June 21 - 24 and June 25- 28. If you are interested, registration fliers can be found at www.mariansisters.org. This summer we are celebrating the year of consecrated life.
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 for the February program 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.
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. 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