The bulletin is available here.

   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room   
   Girl Scouts, Tuesday Oct. 18, 3:30 pm, Flynn Hall
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:45, Flynn Hall
   Food Net, Saturdays, 1:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   RCIA, Sundays 3:00 pm, Legion Room. No RCIA Oct 23 or Oct 30.

Exposition and Benediction Wednesdays following the 7 pm Mass unless stated otherwise in the bulletin. No Exposition and Benediction Oct. 19 or Oct. 26.

Fr. Dietrich is on vacation until October 28th, and only select rectory personnel will have his contact numbers. Calls made to his cell phone will be routed to the rectory. For immediate needs during his absence, please contact one of the priests in residence at Saint Mary's (Fr. Finn, Fr. Heaslip, or Fr. Cooney).

NOTICE: The Altar Society meeting is changed this month from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8 because of All Saints Day. Meet in Flynn Hall 7 pm Nov.8.

Holy Family Icon: The Knights of Columbus will have the Holy Family Icon on display at St. Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31. This Icon is traveling around the state of Nebraska from council to council. Everyone is invited to attend a service consisting of specific readings, prayers, and praying the rosary on Sunday, Oct 30, starting at 7 pm. Since October has five Sundays, praying the rosary during this service will satisfy the 5th Sunday of the month Rosary program.

Spaghetti Dinner and Desserts: The Knights of Columbus will have their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 am to 2 pm. St. Mary's Altar Society will be providing desserts with the meal. Everyone is invited to enjoy Fr. Dietrich's famous spaghetti sauce along with the delicious desserts.

St. Louis Marie de Montfort established a devotion known as Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. It involves specific prayers for 33 days. Free booklets may be picked up next weekend in the vestibule. The first day of prayers is Saturday, Nov. 5. The Consecration day is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Dec. 8. For questions call Mary at 402-423-3466.

St. Mary's School News

Sub needed for St. Mary's School Lunch Program. If you can help on an as needed basis, please call Leanne at 402-435-2125. Thank you.

To honor both the canonization of Saint Teresa of Kolkata and the Holy Year of Mercy, Saint Mary's School will be collecting food for the St Francis Food Pantry, ran by Catholic Social Services. If you are able to help us, please bring any non-perishable donation to school throughout the year. Every can, bag, and box will help us help our community!

Our junior high students are asking for items to donate to students on the Pine Ridge reservation. If you can donate new or used coats for adults, warm blankets, sleeping bags, scarves, mittens, hats, or school supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks, backpack), please bring them to the school. Mrs. Conner will make sure they get to Pine Ridge before winter!

National Family Alliance Fall Banquet will be October 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Embassy Suites. Featured speaker is Lt. Colonel Allen West. Special guest Hannah Huston will perform. Cost is $55 per person, table of 10 is $495. Call 888-777-5188 or visit

40 Days for Life: To date 75 abortion facilities have closed following a 40 Days for Life Campaign outside their doors, the latest being in Appleton, WI! The 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign began on September 28th and ends on November 6th. St. Mary's parishioners are asked to make a special effort to pray outside of Planned Parenthood at 48th & Old Cheney on Thursdays, from 6 am to 1 pm during the campaign.

UNBOUND Retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Nov.18 - 20 with Fr. William Holoubek. This weekend retreat is geared towards men and women who have read the book or watched the video series, and will provide opportunities for praying the five keys with a prayer team. Please register at

Find Your Own Calcutta: learning to love like Mother Teresa without leaving home. Featuring Craig Johring. Sunday, Nov.20, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, St. John's Catholic Church.

The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host their annual Pro-Life Diaper Drive in October. Collected diapers will be given to the Pregnancy Centers and Catholic Social Services. A box to hold the diapers donated will be in the back of the church.

Spirit Catholic Radio presents the Catholic Answers Conference on Saturday, October 29th at DJ Sokol Arena in Omaha. Learn how to share the faith with others from many speakers, including both Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln. Learn how to be an evangelist and leave feeling on fire for your faith! Doors open at 9 am. The conference is from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Lunch and conference materials are provided. Parking is free. Ticket sales and more info at or call 1-855-571-0200.

CALIX Meeting for those concerned with Alcoholism will be Sunday, October 30 at Madonna in the Ryan Memorial Chapel. Mass begins at 5 pm. Covered dish meal to follow. For questions call Tim at 402-430-1223.

All Souls Day Mass: Each year during the month of November we commemorate the memory of our loved ones who have gone before us to their eternal rest. We invite you to attend Mass celebrated by Bishop Conley held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in the Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 pm.

Lincoln MOMs (Mothers on a Mission) is a monthly group of Catholic mothers searching for fellowship, hope, and joy in our ever changing vocation. The first Saturday in Nov. (Nov. 5) we will discuss the holidays and fun! Coffee and rolls provided. Childcare drop off and social time begins at 8:30. Talk and discussion from 9-10. Stay and visit until 10:30. Free will donation of $5 requested.

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

Leadership program sponsored by the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will meet Saturday, November 5th from 8:3 0am to 3 pm at St. Ann's Parish Hall, 2 02 N. 5th in Doniphan, NE. Cost is $30 per person (includes coffee & rolls, lunch and program materials.) Contact Ann Jansky at or 4 02-826-0219.

Trivia Night at Blessed Sacrament will be Friday, November 18th at 7 pm. Cost is $200 per table of 8 -10 or $25 per person. Contact Holly at for info & tickets.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model Intro Sessions will be Thursday, November 10th, and Tuesday, November 29th. Pre-registration is required. Call 402-473-0630 X 50631.

A Father/Son Program to promote respect for human sexuality and chastity will be presented on Sunday, October 30 from 2 - 4 pm at John 23 Diocesan Center, 37th and Sheridan. Boys 10 - 14 years old and their fathers are invited to register. Registrations available at the rectory. Cost is $15 per family. This program is presented by the Lincoln Fertility Care Center & Family Life Office.

Two-Day UNBOUND Conference: The Office of Evangelization will be offering a 2-day version of the series on November 4-5 at North American Martyrs. Please register at 402-805-9668 or

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

Cathedral Knight of Columbus will be selling pumpkins in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Pumpkins will be located on the school lawn on Sheridan Blvd. between 35th and 37th streets. They will be available for purchase Oct 17-31 from noon to 8 pm.

Pro-Life Education Series continues Sunday, October 23 at 7 pm in St. Patrick's Social Hall, 6126 Morrill Ave. Our speaker is Fr. Leo Seiker, Diocesan Pro-Life Director. His talk will be "The Beauty and Dignity of Human Sexuality as designed by God." Open to the Public - no charge.

Flags at Calvary: Please join us on Thursday, November 10th at 9 am to help put flags on veterans' graves at Calvary Cemetery, 3880 L Street. Rain or shine. Contact Dick Zierke with questions at 402-570-6190.

The Holy Family Shrine will host a concert on October 23 at 3 pm. The performers will be Heartland Flute Choir with Dr. Christine Beard. To get to the Shrine, take I-80 to exit 432, turn south onto Highway 31 and go about a mile to Pflug Road, turn west on Pflug Road and go about a mile. For questions call 402-332-4565.

Join us for Catholic fellowship and fun at the Tekakwitha Games, a family event for ages 10 and up. It will be held at Camp Kateri on Sunday, October 23 (1-5 pm). In the Games, three teams will compete in a series of events and challenges to win the St. Kateri Cup. The cost is $10 per person, with each participant receiving a free T-shirt. To register, go to or call 402-319-3289.

On Saturday, October 29th, 9 am - 2 pm, there will be "Praying the Gospel of Mercy," a women's retreat to celebrate the closing of the Year of Mercy at St. Michael Parish, 9101 S. 78th. All women are invited. The presenter is Sr. Mildred Busch, OSB. Retreat topics include: personal and shared prayer, quiet in community, and pursuit of Mercy. Lunch provided. Free-will donation. RSVP by October 20th to Sr. Mildred at or 402-488-1313 x 52503. (Please be aware that 84th Street south of Hwy 2 is closed due to construction.)

PropelrCard will be matching ALL donations raised through use of your PropelrCard during the month of November to celebrate their One Year Birthday! There is no cap on the matching donations! Please check into applying for a Pre-paid PropelrCard to assist St. Mary's. For questions about how Propelr works please call the Rectory, 402-435-2125.

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

RCIA Inquiry Classes are underway at 3:00 pm Sunday afternoons in the Legion Room. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the Catholic Church or who simply may want to learn more about our faith, please extend the invitation to them to come. All materials provided. No fee.

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 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.

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

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for October 2016:
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.

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for November 2016:
Universal: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
Evangelization: That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.

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, 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.

Unbound: for those who have read Neal Lozano's "Unbound" book and desire Unbound prayer, the Lincoln team will be offering prayer on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8 am - 12 noon at John 23rd Center, 37th and Sheridan. Schedule by contact with Matt at 402-805- 9668 or You MUST schedule a prayer time. We are NOT equipped to take walk-ins.

Rediscover your Marriage: Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) simply means "rediscovery." The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. Tens of thousands headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriage by attending. Retrouvaille is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, not a social gathering. For confidential information about or to register for the program with a weekend on August 26-28, please call 1-888-317-5654 or go to the web at

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 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 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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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