Kindergarten Preview will be Friday, February 13th. If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten next year, please call the school office, 402-476-3987 by Monday, February 2nd. Note: Nebraska state law requires that children starting Kindergarten in the fall must be 5 on or before July 31, 2015.
St. Mary's Annual Winterfest will be held Saturday, February 7th from 5- 8:30 pm. There will be a meal, raffles, silent auction, bingo and kid's games. We need donations of new items for the raffle baskets, cash to help purchase items needed for the meal and help on the day of Winterfest. If you can help in any way, please call the rectory at 402-435-2125.
SCRIP order form is available here.
Seminarians to pray for: Joseph Wahlmeier, in College 3 at St. Gregory’s and Cody Wallinger, in Theology 1 at Mount St. Mary.
Divorce Survival: millions of Catholics get civilly divorced, and it affects us all. That is why a new, 12-week support group called the Catholic Divorce Survival Guide will begin February 2nd from 7-9 pm at John XXIII. The cost is $50, space is limited, so register soon at 402-488-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theology of the Body seminar will begin Wednesday, February 4th - a 12-week seminar to help teachers, CCD and Godteen instructors, and anyone interested in coming to a deeper understanding of God's love and His plan for sexuality. The course will focus mainly on the Biblical teaching that we are made in the image of God. Cost is $80. For more info call 402-488-2040 or email@example.com.
Nebraska Right to Life Walk will be Saturday, January 31st, starting at 10 am at the State Capitol. A short program at the Capitol will be followed by the walk to the UNL Student Union at 14th and R Streets for the keynote speech from Mario St. Francis.
First Friday Fish Fry at Catholic Social Services will be February 6th from 5- 7 pm. Proceeds go to St. Gianna Women's Homes.
Join the S.T.A.G.E. team for an informational meeting on February 1st at 4 pm in St. Teresa's Kaczmarek Hall about the upcoming summer production, Flanagan's Boys. Learn how you or your child can participate in the exciting production for the Boys Town community. Topics covered will include rehearsal schedule, time and financial commitments, and information about auditions. For ages 9 through adult. Auditions will be held February 13-15.
Magnificat Winter Prayer Meal is Saturday, February 7 at 9:30 am at Hillcrest Country Club, 9401 East O Street. The guest speaker is Fr. Christopher Kubat, Director of Catholic Social Services. Register by sending a $15 ($10 for students) check payable to Magnificat c/o Tina Colgan, 521 N. 56th, Lincoln, 68504. Deadline is January 26th. For questions call Rhonda at 402-489-3819 or Barb at 402-489-6905.
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.
Next CALIX Meeting: for those concerned with Alcoholism will be at Madonna, Ryan Chapel, 54th and South today, Sunday, January 25th. Mass begins at 5pm with covered dish meal to follow.
Have you heard about Schoenstatt? Come to find some answers at John 23rd Center, Jan. 26th at 7 pm in Dawson Hall.
Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, January 27th at 3 pm in the Flanagan Room at Madonna. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4 pm.
There will be a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on February 13-15 in Lincoln. This is a great way to increase communication and build better marriages. For info call 402-669-6927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Villa Marie School Dance, Raffle and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, January 30th at Pla Mor Ballroom, 6600 West O Street, featuring Bobby Layne and his Orchestra and Sandy Creek. Please call 402-786-3625 or email email@example.com to make reservations. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for school children and under 6 is free.
My Own Church: St. Mary's was recently given ConnectNow, the Database software that the entire Diocese is changing over to. As a result of this parishioners can go on to the site and update their own personal information including correcting any mistakes about birthdates, adding a new baby that we don't have in your information and even uploading a picture of your family on to the site.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 December 2014:
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.
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 Amazon.com 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.
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