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The bulletin is available here.

Calendar:
   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room
   CCD Wednesdays 4:30 pm
  
We will have Exposition and Benediction on Wednesday following the 7 pm Mass.

St. Mary's School is looking for a Hot Lunch Program Manager for the 2016/ 2017 school year. Duties include menu planning, cooking, recording food consumption, bookkeeping and submitting monthly government reports. Contact Father Dietrich if interested at 402-435- 2125.

Challenge: Recently an anonymous donor asked if our parish was up for a challenge! This person likes St. Mary's Parish and School and has offered to donate up to $50,000 in matching funds in support. In the past we have been able to meet our needs to repair and maintain our church through very generous donations.

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. Once you have signed up for the Propelr card all you have to do is go to www.PropelrCard.com, go to manage funds, 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.

Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Intro Sessions for April will be Tuesday, April 26th at 7 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please call 402-488-2040.

CK Sisters Outdoor Spring Workday - Sat., April 30th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We will be planting our vegetable garden and perennials in our back courtyards as well as cutting down trees. Helpful items to bring include gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, hoes, pickups, chain saws and energy! Children are also welcome! Contact Sister Mary Angela at sr.mary-angela@cdolinc.net if you would like to come and help. Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St., about 2 miles west and south of Pioneers Park.

Join S.T.A.G.E. Student Theater for the S.T.A.G.E. Variety Show! Auditions for this fun camp and production will be held April 29-30 at the Pius L-Pac. Ingo on the production and camp (June 1 - 18) can be found at stage4kids.com. Please use the sign-up-genius link to register for an audition.

Next CALIX Meeting: For those concerned with Alcoholism will be held at Madonna, Ryan Memorial Chapel, 5401 South Street on Sunday, April 24. Mass begins at: 5:00 p.m. There will be a covered dish meal to follow. For more information, contact Tim F. at 402-430-1223

Mass for Healing: Pentecost Sunday, May 15, at 2016 John XXIII Diocesan Center, 37th & Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE. Sacrament of Reconciliation, 1:00-2:00. Chaplet of Divine Mercy 1:30 pm. Mass 2:00 pm. with Anointing of the Sick. Eucharistic Exposition and Healing Prayer after the Mass.

Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, April 26th at 3 pm in the Flanagan Room at Madonna Hospital. Bring your rosary. Mass follows at 4 pm.

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 for the loss of the dream you had for your life. The Catholic Divorce Survival Guide program is a 12 week program featuring 30-minute DVD segments that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage and more. The next program will begin June 6th and the suggested donation is $50. To register, contact the Family Life Office, catholicflo@cdolinc.net or call 402-488-2040.

Introduction to Deliverance: have you ever wondered what "deliverance" is or how it fits into our Catholic faith? The office of Evangelization will be hosting an evening consisting of four 20 minute talks. This is open to ALL who would like a better understanding of the meaning of deliverance and how each person can benefit from it. Join us at John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan on Wednesday, May 18th from 7-8:30 pm.

UNL Catholic Sorority seeks new members for Fall 2016. Pi Alpha Chi is a Greek sorority centered around the Catholic faith. Enhance your time as a college student by immersing yourself in a learning community with Catholic values. Visit us at New Student Enrollment or www.pialphachi.com.

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

The 13th annual St. John's Golf Classic will be held Friday, May 6th at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland. The entry fee is $100 per person which includes the driving range, green fees with cart, lunch, flag prizes, auction and dinner. Registration begins at 11:00 with a sack lunch. Shotgun start is at 12:00. All proceeds benefit St. John school and parish.

Looking for a casual game of golf for a good cause? The Newman's Center's annual golf tournament still has spots open for our morning 9-hole round. The tournament is Monday, May 16th with a shotgun start at 9 am hosted at Quarry Oaks Golf Course in Ashland. Breakfast and lunch included. Visit huskercatholic.com or call 402-474-7914 for more info and to sign up.

Summer RICA - The RCIA team of St. Michael's Parish invites all individuals in Lincoln and surrounding areas who are seeking a study program in order to join the Catholic Church or to take a refresher course in Catholicism. Sessions will be conducted Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm May 12 to August 25 at St. Michael's. The program will use the Symbolon series developed by the Augustine Institute. More information about Symbolon is available at symboloncatholic.org and stmichaellincoln.org. There is no cost and all materials will be provided. For more info call Joy at 402-806-9686 or joymartine08@gmail.com.

Pilgrimage to Quebec for the Jubilee Year, July 25-30. Join our diocese's Jamie Reed to Montreal and Quebec. Jamie graduated from Pius X and went on to serve as a FOCUS missionary for two years. Highlights will include the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Mount Royal and St. Joseph's Oratory, the world's largest shrine. Call Canterbury Pilgrimages at 1-800-653-0017 to reserve your space.

Camp Kateri Tekakwitha is now accepting registrations for SKY Camp, a summer residential camp for Catholic children. Located near McCool Junction, Nebraska, SKY Camp is for children entering grades 5-9. Children will experience traditional activities like archery, teambuilding, and campfires. They will also grow in their faith through Mass, Reconciliation, prayer and Adventure Catechesis. Many parents tell us that their children come out to camp for the fun, but leave talking about their faith. Families can register online at www.lincolndiocese.org. For more info call 402-724-2596 or campkateri@yahoo.com.

One Book, One Diocese: This spring the Lincoln Diocese is recommending "The Confessions of St. Augustine," 2nd edition, translated by Frank Sheed for the One Book + One Diocese initiative. This book has helped shape the lives of countless people in history and is perfect for personal spiritual reading or parish book clubs in the Year of Mercy. For more info and to access a free study guide and study questions check out: www.lincolndiocese.org/onebookonediocese.

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.

Please save the date for the second annual I-80 Collar Series on Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day) at Werner Park in Papillion. The I-80 Collar Series is a softball game between priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Diocese of Lincoln, hosted by Spirit 102.7-FM, the Diocese of Lincoln and Archdiocese of Omaha. This year's event will be better than ever with improved parking, more ticket gates open, earlier access to the stadium and more! Save the date! Tickets will go on sale soon. All ticket proceeds go to vocations in the Diocese of Lincoln and Archdiocese of Omaha. Visit spiritcatholicradio.com for more information

Jubilee Year Pilgrimage to Italy, Nov 7 -17. Includes Rome and audience with Pope Francis, Vatican Art Museum and Sistine Chapel, Catacombs, Pompeii, Assisi, Monte Cassino, Florence, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, daily Mass and more. $3,279 from Omaha. Price includes air, hotels, most meals, tours, transfers and all government and airline taxes. First come, first served. Contact Fr. John Vakulskas Jr, Box 347, Okoboji, IA 51355 or johnvakulskas@gmail.com, 1-712-490-8047.

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.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for April 2016:
Universal: That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God.
Evangelization: That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church.

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.

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 frrandlanghorst@gmail.com or write to: Fr. Rand Langhorst, 330 West 8th Street, Palymra, NE, 68418.

Best of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be April 18 - 28, 2016 led by veteran pilgrimage leader, Fr. John Vakulskas. Belfast, Derry, Shrine of Knock, Shrine at Ballymoe dedicated to Fr. Flanagan (founder of Boys Town), Galway, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Connemara, Dublin and more. Round trip from Omaha is $3,229. Includes R/T air, tours, transfers, most meals, First Class Hotels, daily Mass and free time. Limited seats. For more info contact Fr. John at 712-490-8047 or johnvakulskas@gmail.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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 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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