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   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room
   CCD – Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:45 pm at St Mary's School (not Nov.14)
   RCIA – Sundays, 12:30 pm in Flynn Hall
   Altar Society - October 6, 7 pm, Flynn Hall
   Knights of Columbus - October 6, 7 pm, Legion Room
   There will be Exposition and Benediction Wednesday following the 7 pm Mass.

There will be no 7 pm Mass from October 12 through October 23 because Father Dietrich will be out of town.

Spread the Word! RCIA/Inquiry Classes will begin at Saint Mary's beginning September 6th. We will meet in Flynn hall at 12:30 on Sunday Afternoons. If you know anyone who has expressed interest in learning more about the Catholic faith, be an evangelizer and direct them towards this class! No fees; all materials provided. Everyone - Catholic, interested in becoming Catholic, curious about Catholicism, skeptical about the Church - is welcomed to attend.

CSS Is US! Used Furniture & Appliance Drive Friday, October 9, 2015 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 10, 2015 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Click here for more info.

40 Days for Life: Help save lives, September 23 - November 1. Prayer vigil on public sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, 5631 S. 48, 6 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Sign up at

Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Intro Sessions for October are Thursday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please call 402-488-2040.

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

St. Wenceslaus Craft Fair in Wahoo is hosting its annual Craft Fair on Sunday, November 22nd from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Booth Rentals are $25 for a center booth (with no electricity) or $30 for a wall booth (with electricity). Please contact the school office at 402-443- 3336 or Sherie Van Slyke at 402-277-5140 to reserve a booth.

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide: when you got married, you intended it to last a lifetime. Now, through divorce, you may be faced with a difficult situation and a time of grief and great pain. The family Life Office recommends the Catholic Divorce Survival Guide program, a 12 week program featuring 30-minute DVD segments that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, and many more. The next program will begin October 5th and the suggested donation is $50. To register, contact the Family Life Office at 402-488-2040.

Unbound: Dozens of parishioners have already received Unbound deliverance ministry, which helps people lay hold of the freedom Christ won for them on the cross. Unbound teaches 5 simple "keys" to break the chains of emotional, spiritual and mental bondage and unlock the doors to freedom. The next Unbound seminar will be th held 8 Monday evenings at John Paul XXIII Center, 37 and Sheridan, beginning October 19th. For questions call Matt at 402-805-9668 or register at

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach is teaming up for the 19th Annual "Huskers Helping the Homeless." This year's event is October 9-11th for the Nebraska vs Wisconsin game. Volunteers wearing black T-shirts will be downtown and around the area. We need volunteers! Go to to sign up.

LDCCW October Pro-Life Diaper Drive, collecting diapers throughout the month of October, will help Crisis Pregnancy Centers, St. Gianna's Home and Catholic Social Services. Please leave your donations in the back of the church or at the rectory.

Please join the 2015 Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 10th at 12:00 noon. This will be held on the sidewalk at 2241 O Street (south side of O Street). You can park in Catholic Social Services parking lot.

Catholic Coffee House will resume this year on October 11th at 7 pm at John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan Blvd. Fr. Andrew Heaslip will speak on "What is Conversion?" The meeting typically runs 1 1⁄2 hours. Includes Q & A, snacks, coffee, and time to socialize.

Parents: don't miss this important presentation on how to protect your children on Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30 am - noon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Omaha. Call 1-888-808-9055 to register or for questions.

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

St. Louise Gift & Thrift has a part time position. Hours 9-2 pm M-F and every 3rd Saturday. Call Leigh Ann at 402-474-1600.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for October 2015:
Universal: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.

Classes in GED, English Language and Citizenship are starting September 8th at Catholic Social Services. For more info call CSS at 402-474-1600.

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 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.

Fr. Christopher Barak is leading a pilgrimage from October 1-13, 2015. A highlight will be Mass at the tomb of our newest Saint-to-be, Blessed Junipero Serra, founder of the California missions, who will be canonized in September when Pope Francis visits Washington. We will visit 11 Missions and many other beautiful California sights from San Francisco, Log Angeles, and San Diego. For info/itinerary please call Tekton Ministries 1-866-905-3787 or Maryann at

Grand Mediterranean Cruise will be from October 22 - November 6 on board the NCL Norwegian Spirit. Visit Venice, Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul, Mykonos, Naples, Rome, Florence, Provence, Barcelona. Trip includes Daily Mass and all meals aboard ship. Prices start at $3,378 from Omaha (includes airfare). Contact Fr. John Vakulskas at or 712-490-8047.

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: - 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

Compendium Clips - check out Fr. Heaslip's short illustrated videos on the Catholic faith at 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

SCRIP order form is available here.

Did you know that St. Mary's now has a Facebook page? The URL is 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 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.

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

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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