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The bulletin is available here.

Calendar:
   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room   
   Girl Scouts, Tuesdays, 3:30 pm, Flynn Hall 
   Marriage Prep Class, Tuesday, 8:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm, Flynn Hall
  
Lenten Bible Study, Wednesday, 7:30
   Stations of the Cross (school), Friday, 2:30 pm
   Fish Fry, Friday, 5-7 pm, Flynn Hall
   Stations of the Cross, Friday, 7:30 pm
   Food Net, Saturdays, 1:00 pm, Flynn Hall

Come join us for St. Mary's Trivia Night on Saturday, March 25th at 7 pm in Flynn Hall. Cost is $20 per person with 8 people at each table. The team correctly answering the most trivia questions wins. Other games and raffles will be held. There will be a prize for the "craziest" hat! Each individual brings their own refreshments and tableware to share. Fr. Dietrich will be auctioned off and will help the highest bidding table. Please reserve your spot by calling Liz at the rectory, 402-435-2125 by Thursday, March 23rd. All proceeds go to St. Mary's.

We need your help. Did you know that St. Mary's Altar Society is responsible for keeping our church clean? Did you know that every female member of St. Mary's is also a member of the St. Mary's Altar Society, whether active or inactive? If you can't participate in our meetings (1st Tuesday of the month in Flynn Hall at 7 pm) you can still be active by volunteering to help with our activities. One of those activities is church cleaning; we have lost a number of our helpers due to health issues. Cleaning takes place the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9 am - 10 am. We have all of the cleaning supplies. If you can spare one hour a month, please call Pat at 402-435-5905 or Margaret at 402-328-9818.

St. Mary's School News

Home & School Soup Supper is Tuesday, March 21st from 5-7 pm in Flynn Hall. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will entertain diners.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday March 24th due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

Lenten Regulations for the Diocese of Lincoln
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
Fasting means:
   • Eating only one full meal and two smaller meals; the two smaller meals together must be less than the full
meal
   • No snacking/eating between meals
   • Obliges all Catholic between the ages of 18 and 59.
Abstinence means:
   • Eating no meat, and no soup or gravy made from meat.
   • Obliges all Catholics over the age of 14
Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc. automatically excuse a person from these obligations.
These are serious obligations; in case of doubt or question about exceptions, a person's confessor should be consulted.

Signs and Wonders: A Lenten Bible Study: Wednesdays during Lent following the 7:00 pm Mass (around 7:40 pm) beginning March 8th in Flynn Hall. Books for 30 participants have been ordered at $10 each; however, you may come to the weekly program and participate without the book. Each study will consist of a short prayer, Scripture. and discussion questions for small groups.

Stations of the Cross: Fridays during Lent
2:30pm (school) on March 3rd & 17th
7:30pm (after the evening Mass) on March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, April 7th

Fish Fri Fridays
Baked Cod, Fried Pollock, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Mac & Cheese.
Served with choice of Potatoes, Coleslaw and drinks.
Dessert included.
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st, April 7th
5:00-7:00 P.M.
St. Mary's Flynn Hall

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

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model lntro Sessions: Thursday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.. Go online to register or download a registration form at www.lincolndiocese.org/nfp.

The 2017 Lenten Series held at St. Teresa Parish will be held on Monday evenings of Lent from March 6 to April 3 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. The theme for this year is "Universal Call to Holiness and Mission: The Vocation of the Laity."

Going Bananas For Jesus will be held March 17-19 at the North Platte Catholic School Campus. Grades 6-12 & Adults sponsors welcome. There will be Middle School, High School and Adult Tracks. Cost is $65 (includes t-shirt). Go to www.youthgidiocese.weebly.com/going-bananas-for-jesus.

Catholics at the Capitol: All Catholics across Nebraska are encouraged to attend the 2017 Catholics at the Capitol on March 21st. Registration begins at 8:30am at St. Mary's in the basement. The Catholic women are invited to a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion following the 12:10 Mass. Reservations for the luncheon ($20) must be received by Teresa Koch, 812 W. Walnut Road, Odell, NE 68415 by March 13th. Please plan to join in praying the Rosary at Planned Parenthood after lunch.

Healing Hearts Support Sessions for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one are being offered to assist Catholics in the grief process. The sessions will be held on six weekly Tuesday evenings beginning March 7th from 7-9 pm at John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan Blvd. Suggested donation $25 (for materials). To register call 402-473-0620.

40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil Spring 2017. 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil is taking place now outside of Planned Parenthood at 48th & Old Cheney. St. Mary's assigned hours are 6 am to 1 pm on Thursdays. You may sign up in the back of the church or 40daysforlife.com/Lincoln. The more people that are praying each hour, the more powerful the witness.

DON'T GIVE UP CHOCOLATE FOR LENT
Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent. You'll get
• Short inspirational videos
• Practical tips
• Study guide (for groups or individuals)
Based on Matthew Kelly's latest book, Resisting Happiness, this year's program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness ... and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever? Sign up at BestlentEver.com.

Icon Painting Workshop - Come experience a unique opportunity of a six-day intensive course in traditional painting techniques of Byzantine iconography! Held at John XXIII Center on June 12-17 from 9-5 pm daily. Cost is $680. For info or to register call Mr. Terrence St. Hilaire, 402-817-8996 or info@terrencesthilaire.com.

QUEST is a retreat for young Catholics between the ages of 14 and 16 who are freshmen and sophomores in high school. It is woven around the theme of the Three Circles of Love: Love of Self, Love of Others and Love of God. As such, this retreat is designed to bring young people together and invites them to search for and seek out a deeper understanding and appreciation of themselves, others, and God. Cost is $80. The next QUEST Retreat is March 23-26 at St. Joseph Church in Auburn, NE. For info call 402-473-0625.

Looking for full time Kitchen staff at Cathedral of the Risen Christ School. Hours from 7:30 am-1:30pm. Call Janelle, 402-430-5835.

Pius X Cheerleading info meeting will be held for NEW students (and parents) interested in trying out for the 2017-2018 Cheer Team on Monday, March 13th at 5:30 pm in the basement (study hall rm 008). An informational meeting for ALL girls and at least one parent will be held Monday, Apr. 3 in the commons at 5:30pm. Tryout practices will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm April 4th, April 5th and April 6th. Tryouts will be held Friday, April 7th beginning at 5 pm. Each girl trying out will be required to run a timed mile during the week of tryouts. Incoming freshmen ARE eligible to try out. All girls who make the squad must be available to attend summer camp from July 6th-9th. For questions contact Amanda at amandalargis@yahoo.com, Erin at erin.andrus@piusx.net or Katy at katy.benal@gmail.com.

Join Fr. Coulter for an Easter Monday Pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine at Arapahoe on Monday, April 17. The day starts with 7:15 am Mass at St. Teresa, return by 6 pm. Cost is $50 / adult, $20 / minor, which includes a charter bus and lunch. RSVP early: 402-786-2705 or frcoulter.com/EasterMonday. Deadline Apr. 9th to register.

Education Technology Office has a FT Technology Integration Specialist position available. Must be an experienced teacher with a current NE teaching cert. Apply by March 13th with a letter of intent and resume or for more info, see www.lincolndiocese.org/school-employment.

Support St. Mary's when you shop on Amazon. See here for details.

One Book + One Diocese: the Evangelization Office is recommending "Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living" by Fr. Timothy Gallagher.

What is an Endowment and why might you consider this gift? An endowment is a sum of money, held by the Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska, of which up to 5% of the income is paid back to the parish annually. The remainder is never touched and continues to grow in perpetuity. Some parishioner and family members have set up endowments in their family name as a tribute to their parents. For more info contact Les Mach at 402-443-6180 or lesmach@catholicgift.org.

Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. For confidential info call 888-317-5654 or www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for March 2017:
Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2017:
Young People: That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Planned Parenthood is doing abortions every Tuesday, now that a new abortionist, Deborah Turner, has been hired. Please pray on Tuesdays for the mothers/fathers with abortion appointments plus our sidewalk counselors who offer hope and help.

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

10-Day Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes with Frs. Coulter & Homes, July 5-15, 2017. For info call 402-786-2705 or frcoulter.com/fatima.

Religious Awards for Girls & Boys! Scout Leaders obtain the religious awards books for girls from the Family Life Office; for boys from the Local Cornhusker Council. Applications due Jan. 23. Award ceremony Feb. 26, 2017

Catholic Coffeehouse invites you and your family to Gianna's Java & Gelato, 2241 O St. from 7-8:30 pm on Sunday evenings. This year's theme is "The Pilgrim Church: Rediscovering the Faith through Pilgrimage." www.lincolndiocese.org/coffeehouse

Propelr is a reloadable VISA Prepaid card that can be used at any merchant that accepts VISA cards. When the St. Mary’s card is used at participating merchants, the merchant donates a percentage of the transaction to St. Mary’s. To sign up for your PropelrCard, go to https://propelr.mycardplace.com/cholder. For step by step instructions call the rectory or pick up the instructions on the pamphlet rack.

One Book + One Diocese is recommending Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano. This is an excellent read for continued spiritual growth.

FORMED.ORG (from the Augustine Institute) provides Catholic media to your home. St. Mary's has a subscription to this program where you can study the Catholic faith, read spiritual books, listen to inspirational CD's, engage in Bible study, learn how to pray better and much more! Go to Formed.org, go to the bottom of the page, in the parish code box enter VZQ3C3 (case sensitive) and click submit. Then follow the directions to create your profile.

Propelr is a reloadable VISA Prepaid card that can be used at any merchant that accepts VISA cards. When the St. Mary’s card is used at participating merchants, the merchant donates a percentage of the transaction to St. Mary’s. If you have questions on how the card works please look at the website or call the rectory with questions. The Propelr card has the capability to give back to St. Mary’s much more than we made when selling SCRIP. To sign up for Propelr go to https://propelr.mycardplace.com/cholder then click on Sign up today. When you are looking for St. Mary's remember to look under Saint Mary's. After you are signed up, Propelr will show two small deposits to your card. About two days after you sign up you will have to go in to your Propelr Account at www.PropelrCard.com and enter the amount of the deposits. Once you have done that you can go to "manage funds" and click on my bank accounts. Then load funds to your Propelr Card from your verified bank account. Activate your card when you receive it and use at participating merchants to raise money for St. Mary's. If you have questions on how the card works please look at the website or call the rectory with questions.

Birthright's guiding principle is: It is the right of every baby to be born and the right of every woman to give birth. We care and help them both. Will you help by considering to volunteer one shift per week Monday - Saturday? No experience needed. Please call 402-466-2609 for an application.

Why should a parish or school have an endowment?
An endowment is a sum of money that has been designated for the benefit of the parish or school. It is different than a cash gift because the principal is never touched and only the interest is used to fund the needs of the parish or school. Endowments are important for the future of the parish/ school because we have fewer parishioners than in years past and the burden of the parish finances becomes greater per individual. In order to keep our parishes and schools open we need to use some part of our estate to fund these types of accounts. Please consider starting your own endowment or contribute to an existing one held by St. Mary's. Your fund will remain for the benefit of St. Mary's in perpetuity. The Catholic Foundation holds these accounts and pays out up to 2 1⁄2% of the interest income to the school or parish bi-annually. These funds will be used for the many needs established through donor intent or according to parish needs established the endowment agreement. Contact Les Mach for more information at 402-443-6180.

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.

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 bobandpammccabe@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

Televised Mass: Sundays at Noon and Mondays at 9 pm on cable channel 13.

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 www.retrouvaille.org.

Did you know that St. Mary's 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!

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.

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.

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.


The Pope's Prayer Intentions are here.

The Acolyte-Lector-Reader Schedule is available 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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