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The bulletin is available here.

Calendar:
   Legion of Mary, Mondays, 6 pm, Legion Room
   RCIA Sundays 12:30 pm
   CCD Wednesdays 4:30 pm

   No Exposition and Benediction this Wednesday following the 7 pm Mass.

Donations Report: If you need a copy of your 2015 Donations to St. Mary’s for tax purposes please call the rectory or sign the form in the back of the church.

Lenten Regulations for the Diocese of Lincoln: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast & abstinence. All Fridays in Leant are days of abstinence. Fasting means eating only one full meal with two smaller meals, which together do not equal the full meal. No snacking or eating between meals is allowed. Fasting obliges all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. Abstinence means eating no meat, and no soup or gravy made from meat. Abstinence obliges all Catholics over the age of 14. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc. automatically excuse a person from these obligations. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that these are serious obligations. In cases of doubt, talk to your parish priest.

Servers for Ash Wednesday, February 10th:
7:00 am Acolyte: Ron Grose
7:00 am Reader: Pat Walbrecht
12:10 pm Acolyte: Marv Ward, Dave Bauer
12:10 pm Reader: Mike Kluck
7:00 pm Acolyte: Richard Mallam, Chris Hanzl
7:00 pm Reader: Kadi Lukesh

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES:
7 am, 8:10 am, 12:10 pm, 7 pm

Kindergarten Preview will be Friday, February 12th. If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten next year, please call the school st office, 402-476-3987, by Monday, February 1. NOTE: Nebraska state law requires that children starting Kindergarten must be 5 on or before July 31, 2016 to start school in the fall.

St. Mary's Knights of Columbus will have an "All you can eat Pancake Breakfast" on Sunday, February 14th from 9 am to noon in Flynn Hall. Suggested donation adults $5, family is $20.

SCRIP news: as you know St. Mary's has discontinued the sale of the SCRIP gift cards. At this point we still have inventory that we would like to sell. Therefore, for the next two weeks we will offer a 5% discount on all remaining SCRIP gift cards. Please contact Liz at the rectory to make arrangements to purchase the SCRIP, 402-435-2125.

World Wide Marriage Encounter will be held February 12-14 in Lincoln. This is a great way to increase communication and build better marriages. For info go to www.wwme.org or call Gerald and Jolene at 402-669-6927.

The St. Mary's Fish Fri is back for another Lenten Season. Please join us on February 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11, and 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for your choice of fried or baked fish, tuna casserole, or macaroni & cheese. The meal also includes your choice or potato, coleslaw, rye bread, pickle spear, and homemade dessert.

FORMED is now available free to Saint Mary's Parishioners. Simply log on to formed.org, and use our parish password: VZQ3C3.

A Special Wedding Anniversary Mass and reception for all married couples will be held Sunday, February 21st at 2 pm at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. Bishop Conley will be the Main Celebrant and Homilist at the Mass for this "Joy and Hope" celebration of Christian Marriage. Special recognition will be given to those couples celebrating 10, 25, 40 and 50 years or more. Registration forms available in the Family Life Office, 488-2040.

The 40 Days For Life Spring Campaign begins with a Kickoff event from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 9th at Cornerstone Christian Church, 4849 Old Cheney Road. Weather permitting, we will walk to Planned Parenthood for closing prayers so please bring a flashlight. The 40 Days For Life prayer vigil is from February 10th through March 20th, between 6:00 am - 8:00 pm daily. Please sign up for your hours on www.40daysforlife.com/Lincoln or at your local parish. Many babies have been saved from abortion, abortion workers converted, and abortion centers closed because of the prayerful witness of those participating in the 40 Days For Life Campaign.

The theme for the 2016 Lenten Series is Year of Mercy - Knowing and Living the Mercy of God. It is meant for all the lay faithful who are seeking a positive way to grow in their faith during the season of Lent. The series will be hosted at John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Mondays from February 15 to March 14. (Please note location, as it will NOT be at St. Teresa's Parish as it has been in the past.) Bishop Robert Finn will be the first speaker, presenting on "The Sacrament of Mercy."

Catholic Business Women - February Meeting will take place at Catholic Social Services located at 2241 O St. We will meet for Mass at 11:30am at the CSS Chapel. We will than have lunch at Gianna's Java and Gelato in the CSS Building. Come and enjoy Mass/lunch at the new Java and Gelato and tour of CSS along with fellowship with everyone. Please R.S.V.P. to Krista Kuenning at kristakuenning@yahoo.com call or text at 402-429-8778.

The Catholic Coffee House for February will be Feb. 21st at 7 pm in the John XXIII Center, 37th and Sheridan Blvd. The speaker will be Bishop James Conley. His talk is titled "An Experience of Wonder."

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide 12 week program will begin February 1st through the Family Life Office, 402-488-2040. The sessions include a 30-minute DVD segment that covers topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, and more. Call 402-488-2040 to register.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Charles of Lincoln will meet February 9th at the KC Hall at 2 pm. Father Kipper will be our speaker. Please bring any religious articles to be blessed.

Pius News: Students considering or anticipating enrollment at Pius X High School for the 2016-2017 term are encouraged to attend new Student Orientation on Monday, February 8th in the Bishop Flavin Gym beginning at 7 pm. For questions call 402-488-0931 and ask for the Guidance Office.

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 ship per week Monday - Saturday? No experience needed. Please call 402-466-2609 for an application.

February Retreat Schedule at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House:
Feb 5-7 M/W "Praying with Mary"
Feb 10 W Ash Wednesday Day
Feb 13 M Day of Reflection
Feb 26-28 M/W Now is the Time of Mercy
Call 402-786-2705 to register.

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

The Pope's Prayer Intentions for February 2016:
Universal: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

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.

As you know, we are in a Year for Consecrated Life (until February 2, 2016). There are many ways you can celebrate this year: Visit http://www.lincolndiocese.org/YCL.

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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