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Calendar:
   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room
   CCD Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:45 pm Flynn Hall
   RCIA Sundays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   Exposition and Benediction Wednesday evenings following the 7 pm Mass, with Benediction at 8 pm.

Stations of the Cross - Fridays at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

A special memorial Mass for Geraldine Costello will be celebrated on Monday, February 16th at 6 pm.

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.

The St. Mary's Fish Fri is back for another Lenten Season. Please join us the 5 Fridays of Lent (not Good Friday) from 5 -7 pm for your choice of fried or baked fish, tuna casserole or macaroni and cheese. The meal also includes your choice of potato, coleslaw, rye bread, pickle spear, and homemade dessert. We look forward to serving you.

Lenten Regulations for 2015:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.
Fasting means eating only one full meal with two smaller meals, which together do not equal the full meal. No snacks or eating between meals allowed. Fasting obliges all Catholics between the ages of 18 - 59. Abstinence means eating no meat, and no soup or gravy made from meat. Abstinence obliges all Catholics over the age of 14. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc. automatically excuse a person from these obligations. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that these are serious obligations. In cases of doubt or question, the priest who hears a person's confession should be consulted.

Prayer for seminarians: Dale Allder, in College 2 and Wade Bakhit, in College 1. Both are students at St. Gregory the Great Seminary.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Introductory classes will be Thursday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 24th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 488-2040.

Lenten Series - Reclaiming the Word: Bringing the Scriptures Back into our Lives, will be held at St. Teresa's Church, 36th and Randolph from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Mondays from February 23 - March 23. On February 23 the speaker will be Bishop Bruskewitz, Understanding the Word.
February 23 the speaker will be Bishop Bruskewitz, Understanding the Word.
March 2nd the speaker will be Fr. Steven Thomlison Praying the Word.
March 9th will be Proclaiming the Word, March 16th will be Teaching the Word and March 23rd will be Reading the Word.

Solemn Vespers: all are invited to Solemn Vespers (sung Evening Prayer) and Benediction, each Sunday of Lent, 5 pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly.

Lenten Apologetic Series: Discover the "why" behind the "what" of Church Teaching with Fr. Michael Zimmer at John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan. This is a 5 part series that will start Thursday, February 26th at 7 pm with the topic "I’m not religious, I’m spiritual" and then will change to Mondays. Monday, March 2nd the topic will be "Old Testament vs New Testament…not a fight."

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.

Database Support Specialist - this full time position at the Chancery will assist with database management, data entry, generating reports, etc. Prior experience working in a small fast paced highly collaborative office and fluency in Microsoft Office preferred. Please contact Marsha at marsha-bartek@lincolndiocese.org or 402-488-0921.

Pius X Craft Fair will be Sunday, March 1st from 9 -3 pm in the Pius X Commons. More than 25 vendors with an assortment of crafts and collectives will be available. Don't miss out on this first ever Pius X spring fling. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Pius X Passport to Adventure Club.

Sacred Heart Parish Mission will be February 22 - 26, given by Fr. Ken Geraci from the Fathers of Mercy. This mission is for people of all levels of faith, from those who are madly in love with Jesus to those who pretty much hate church and religion. The Mission begins Sunday, February 23rd at 7 pm and continues each night at 7 pm through Thursday, February 26th.

Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, February 24th at 3 pm in the Flanagan Room at Madonna. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4 pm.

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.

Upcoming Retreats at the Good Counsel Retreat Center by Waverly:
Feb 27- Mar 1 M/W "Friends of the Cross"
Mar 13- 15 M "A man after God's heart"
Mar 27-29 M/W "Discipleship in Mark"

Next CALIX meeting: for those concerned with Alcoholism will be Sunday, February 22nd at Madonna Hospital in the Ryan Chapel. Mass at 5 with covered dish meal to follow. For questions call Craig at 438-6319.

Please join Pius X and UNL Newman Center students for a candlelight vigil outside of Planned Parenthood on Monday, February 23rd at 8 pm. We will be praying for mothers considering abortion and their unborn. Park west of Sonic or at Cornerstone Christian Church (48th and Old Cheney) and then gather on either side of the Planned Parenthood driveway. Please bring a candle or flashlight, lighters, and rosaries.

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!

Cantus Dei, the oldest a capella Latin choir in the Lincoln Diocese, is scheduling auditions for a limited number of singers in all parts in preparing for a trip to Italy in fall 2015. If interested in singing in Rome, Florence and Assisi, call or email Stan Peters, Director, at 402-476-3504 or BOLINEX@aol.com.

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.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for February 2015:
Universal: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.
March 2015:
Universal: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.

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.

Earn Cash for our school by saving labels and turning them into the school or rectory. We need: Campbell's labels, Big G Box Tops for Education, Best Choice Labels, Our Family Labels, Tyson Project A+ labels and aluminum cans. Thanks for your help.

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.

Retreats At Waverly Retreat House
More information at 435-2125 or at the Waverly Retreat House's web site http://www.goodcounselretreat.com


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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