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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 
   Home School Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   CCD classes, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm, Flynn Hall
  
Exposition & Benediction, Wednesdays, 7:30
   Food Net, Saturdays, 1:00 pm, Flynn Hall
   RCIA, Sundays, 3:00 pm

Winterfest was a success and a fun time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who attended and to all who donated their time, Silent Auction baskets, baked goods, and monetary support. A special shout out to St.
Mary's School, Altar Society and Knight of Columbus. All proceeds from the event go to St. Mary's Church. We will report the total amount raised in the next week or two.

St. Mary's School News

There is NO SCHOOL Monday, February 20th and Tuesday February 21st for President's Day.

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

Man to Man (for Men only) Retreat at Good Counsel Retreat Center with Fr. Sean Kilcawley will be February 24-26. Fr. Sean is the Director of the Family Life Office for Lincoln. You can register at www.goodcounselretreat.com or 402-786-2705.

Diocese of Lincoln Natural Family Planning Creighton Model lntro Sessions for February 2017: Thursday, February 2, Wednesday, February 15, Tuesday, February 28. 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."

Camp Kateri is hosting its Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Entertainment is The Fun Piano Show, by 176 Keys. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The Dueling Piano Show starts at 8 pm. All proceeds will go to new activities for our summer camp. Tickets are $50 per person & $500 for a reserved table of eight. To order tickets, please call 402-724-2596 or go to CampKateriT@gmail.com.

A Mass with prayers for Healing will be Sunday, February 26 at John XXIII Center {371h and Sheridan). Reconciliation will be at 1:15 p, Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 1:30pm, and praise and worship until Mass begins at 2 pm. There will be Anointing of the Sick after the homily and Eucharistic Exposition and the Healing Prayer after the Mass.

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.

Pro-Life Fundraiser on 2-22-17: Scholarship for Parenting University Students - the most abortion-prone demographic is college-aged women. Students for Life has a scholarship it awards to help these students choose life. In conjunction with a 7 pm talk by abortion survivor Melissa Ohden at UNL Student Union, Students for Life and Lincoln Right to Life is holding a fundraising reception. Admission is $50 person to Chez Hay Reception Hall at 5:30pm. Pay at the door. Please RSVP or seek more info at lincolnrighttolife.org or unlohden2017@gmail.com.

Fat Friday Trivia Night at Cathedral will be Friday, February 24th in the church basement. Check in begins at 6:15pm and trivia at 7. Each team- table of 8-10 adults at $10 per person. Fill a table or we will place individuals to fill up the table. Must be 21 years or older. BYO snacks and beverages to share with your team. Highest scoring table wins bragging rights and a prize. Proceeds will go towards purchasing altar supplies (candles, linens, bread, and wine). For reservations call Marilyn Dustin at 402-875-1434 or madustin@hotmail.com.

Please join us for the 30th Annual Celebration of Caring Banquet for the benefit of Catholic Social Services, Sunday, February 26th at the Cornhusker Marriott. The Cor Christi award will be presented to Vincent & Theresa Seiker. Social hour at 4:30pm, dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $65 per person ($55 for those 60 or over). Reservations required. Contact Paula at 402-327-6228. Deadline is Feb. 15.

This year, Catholics at the Capitol will take place on March 21st, beginning with registration at 8:30am in the basement of St. Mary's Church. Learn about the important issues our State Senators are considering this session; hear from Lt. Gov. (and former State Senator) Mike Foley and former State Senator Tony Fulton as they teach us how to be politically informed and politically effective Catholics; visit the State Capitol, meet with your State Senator and attend Mass (at 12:10 pm) to end the day.

2 Day UNBOUND Conference: participants will learn about Unbound through live talks & videos and how it teaches 5 simple "keys" to break the chains of emotional, spiritual and mental bondage and unlock the doors to freedom. Join us at St. Mary's School on Friday, Mar. 10 6-9 pm and Sat. Mar 11 8-5 pm. Questions call 402-805-9668.

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 4 02-473- 06 20.

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.

Lincoln MOMs next meeting is March 4th, 8:30-10:30AM with Sandy Danek, diocesan coordinator for the Healing Hearts grief program. Her topic will be on "Baby Loss: How Do We Survive?" We are a group of Catholic mothers searching for fellowship, hope, & joy in our ever changing vocation. Suggested free will donation of $5 helps cover the cost of speakers, reserved babysitting, and coffee/snacks. Contact Rosie Bohnart lincolnmoms@outlook.com or our Facebook page. Please come and bring a friend!

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.

40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil will take place from March 1 - April 9. A "Kickoff Rally" will be held Sunday, Feb. 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Cornerstone Church, 4849 Old Cheney Road. After the program, we will walk to Planned Parenthood for prayers (weather permitting - please bring a flashlight). St. Mary's has been assigned the hours of 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.

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 February 2017: Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Walk Where Jesus Walked. Take 10 days, from February 14th-23rd to join veteran pilgrimage leader Fr. John Vakulskas to Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, Mount Carmel, Mount Tabor, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Way of the Cross, Mount Calvary, Jericho and more. Cost is $3,399 roundtrip from Omaha; includes Air, First Class Hotels, Tours, Daily Mass, Most Meals, Taxes and Surcharges, Comprehensive Sightseeing. Contact Fr. John at P.O. Box 347, Okoboji, IA 51355, 712-490-8047 or johnvakulskas@gmail.com.

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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