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

Thanksgiving Day Mass
10:00 am
Thursday, November 27th

Please Note:
No other Masses on Thanksgiving Day
No confessions on Thanksgiving Day
The church will be semi-locked after the morning Mass, with access only through the keypad after 11:00.

St. Mary's Cookbooks - a compilation of recipes submitted by members of the parish is for sale at the SCRIP Counter after every weekend Mass. The cost is $15 for one or two for $25.

St. Mary's School News: Wednesday, November 26th through Friday, November 28th there will be NO SCHOOL because of the Thanksgiving break.

NO CCD on Wednesday, November 26th.

Seminarians to pray for: Caleb Hile and Carson Kain, both at St. Gregory the Great Seminary.

SCRIP News: If you will need a special order of SCRIP for the Holidays please contact the rectory a week prior to when you need the item. SCRIP is an easy way to help St. Mary's financially without it costing you anything.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model introductory sessions will be Thursday, December 11th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 402-488-2040.

The Annual Catholic Coffee House Series will begin on Wednesday, November 19th from 7 - 8:30 pm at John 23rd Center. The first talk will be given by Fr. Sean Kilcawley, titled "The Gospel of the Family".

Day of Reflection at the Schoenstatt Center near Crete on Saturday, November 29th from 9:30 am - 2 pm. Cost is $20. Please RSVP by November 22nd to Sr. Barbara at 402-826-3346 or

Advent Remembrance: Tree Lighting Ceremony will be November 30th at 5 pm at Calvary Catholic Cemetary and Mausoleum. Stop by or call Calvary office to purchase ornaments & Poinsettias, 402-476-8787. Enter to win drawings.

Mass for Healing will be December 7th at John 23rd Center, 37th and Sheridan Blvd. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be before Mass, Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 1 pm and Mass beginning at 1:30 pm with Anointing of the Sick. Eucharistic Exposition and healing prayer after the Mass.

Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, November 25th at 3 pm in the Flanagan Room at Madonna Hospital. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4 pm.

Sacred Heart Catholic School is seeking a part time lunch assistant.  Job responsibilities include assisting the lunch manager with preparation, service, and clean-up for school lunch each day.  Interested applicants should contact principal
Laura Knaus at or by calling (402) 476 - 1783

Catholic Social Services at 23rd and O Streets will have First Friday Fish Fry on Friday, December 5th from 5 - 7 pm. All proceeds go to support St. Gianna Women's Homes.

Christmas Gathering for Catholic Business Women will be Thursday, December 11th at the Eatery, 2548 S. 48th. We will meet at 11:45 am. There will be an ornament exchange so bring a wrapped ornament of your choice and a spiritual bouquet with your gift so the receiver will know you will be saying some extra prayers for their intentions. Please RSVP a few days or week before we meet so we can reserve enough space. RSVP to Denise at 402-202-7494 or to

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.

CDs for Sale: Music from and For the Heart with Kevin Murray on trumpet and Mike Zeleny on piano recorded Puccini plus Two and Christmas: His Birth Happened. Each CD is $20. All proceeds go to Catholic Social Services.

Holy Land Pilgrimage - join veteran tour leader Fr. John Vakulskas from January 19-28 for a memorable time in the Holy Land of Israel with an optional extension to Jordan. Visit Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, Cana, Mount of Olives, Jericho, Gethsemane, Way of the Cross and more. Mass each day. Includes air, first class hotels, most meals, tours and transfers. $3,299 from Omaha. Contact Fr. John at 712-754-3311 or

Alpine Europe, visiting Germany, Austria & Switzerland: come along April 20- 30, 2015 to visit Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, and more. Mass each day. Cost is $3,799 from Omaha. Contact Fr. Dan Guenther, at 712-225-4606 or

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.

Gift Bearers: Beginning in November, rather than picking gift-bearers randomly before Mass, we will be asking volunteers to sign up ahead of time. Sign up sheets for the coming months may be found in the vestibule of the church (and will remain there). If you would like to represent your fellow worshipers in presenting the gifts to be used at the Mass, please give us your name and phone number. We will call the week before you signed up to remind you.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for November 2014:
Lonely people. That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious. That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.

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

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 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.
Click here for more information.

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.

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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