Altar Society – Saint Mary’s Altar Society is comprised of all women in the parish, with a core of group of leaders who take special care of cleaning and maintaining altar linens, candles, church decorating, funeral dinners, and helping with parish fundraisers, as well serving as the parish liaisons to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the Month in Flynn Hall.
Adult Choir – Saint Mary’s Adult Choir, under the direction of Jane Plettner-Nielsen, provides special musical pieces and four-part harmonies.. While new members are always being sought, an audition is required first. This is the real thing: choir members must be able to match pitch, follow movements, and sing in rhythm with the rest of the choir! The adult choir sings at the 10:00 Mass on Sundays from September through May, and at Christmas Midnight, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and at Confirmation. If interest in joining, please call the rectory 402-435-2125.
CCD Classes – CCD stands for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Its purpose is to invite young people to come together on a weekly basis to learn about, and share, their faith. St. Mary’s CCD classes are held on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. They are required for any student not enrolled in Catholic Schools as a means of preparing to receive the sacraments. Our classes meet 32 times a year, in conjunction with the Lincoln Public Schools schedule.
Food Net – St. Mary’s Food Net is part of the greater Lincoln-wide Food Net, in which volunteers pick up food which is still good but no longer at its peak and which would be thrown out by area grocery stores, and offers the food instead to all who come. It is intended to be both an assist to the needy and to reduce wastefulness (“fill stomachs, not landfills”). Food Net volunteers generally begin working around 11:00 on Saturdays, with distribution of food on Saturdays at 1:00 pm.
Knights of Columbus – The Knights of Columbus is a men’s group dedicated to offering support to the pastor and bishop, usually via special projects in the parish and the diocese. They raise money to with parish, diocesan, and pro-life causes through pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners; help with physical repairs around the parish, and offer assistance with decorating at Christmas and Easter. Members must attend an initiation to join; and must be “practical Catholic men,” (if married, married in the Church; if single, living according to the laws of the Church; attend Mass regularly, and are faithful to Church teachings). The Knights hold their monthly meeting on the 1st Tuesdays of the month in the Legion Room (the classroom down the hallway from Flynn Hall).
Legion of Mary – The Legion of Mary is a group devoted to prayers and good works in the parish; members not only commit to praying the rosary on a daily basis, but also visit shut-ins, newcomers, and promote Marian devotions in the parish. St. Mary’s Legion meets on Mondays at 6 pm and is always looking for active members. If interested in joining, please contact the rectory.
Natural Family Planning at Family Life Office, 488-2040
Natural Family Planning Coordinator Rosemary Clements, CNFPP 421-3653
RCIA – RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It contains various rites, some of them optional, for bringing adult converts into the faith. Some of these rites are: the anointing of catechumens, the rite of welcoming, the Rite of Election, and the scrutinies. The rituals involved generally take place in the weeks leading up to the Easter Vigil, when those who have not been baptized (catechumens) receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Holy Communion.
At the core of the RCIA are the instruction classes. Before making the commitment to join the Church and become a full member of the Catholic Faith, it is imperative that adults possess sufficient knowledge of what the Church teaches (about herself, Scriptures, God, mankind, and morality) so that their decision is fully informed and made with complete freedom. Sundays 3:00 pm, Legion Room.
Retreats Bill and Mary Davenport: 475-2835
Saint Vincent De Paul Society For The Needy 435-7968 (“Help You” on your phone dial)