At St. Teresa, our parishioners expect authentic liturgy and a faithful presentation of the prayers of the Church. We believe every Holy Mass is powerful. Our celebrations are rich in the traditions of the Catholic Church and intentionally full of reverence, joy, and life. We do this because it gives God the greatest glory possible, and also because it transforms and nourishes us. We also offer opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, and special devotions throughout the week.
At St. Teresa, we are blessed to have parishioners praying in the presence of Our Lord 24 hours a day. The Eucharist is exposed Sundays from 1pm until 9pm, Monday through Friday from 9am until 9pm, and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament deepens our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. Many Catholics make a “holy hour” in response to Jesus asking, "Could you not spend one hour with me?" during His agony in the garden. Use the red button to go to the online sign-up. If you need help signing up or finding a substitute for your hour, please call Ron Zimmer: 402-310-9342. Even if you are not a regular adorer, you should always feel welcome to spend time with our Lord…He is always happy to see you!
THE HOLY ROSARY
The Rosary is a wonderful devotion to foster love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and seek her motherly intercession. The Holy Rosary can be prayed communally or privately. It is such a powerful devotion that it is prayed at St. Teresa every day:
- Sundays before each Mass
- Monday – Saturday at 7:30am
- Thursdays at 7:00pm - Parish Family Rosary
- Anytime you like in Church or the Adoration Station
If you don’t have a Rosary, you can typically find one to borrow in the Adoration Station. There are also pamphlets available in the Adoration Station which you can use to guide you in prayer.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to “Rejoice always” and “Pray without ceasing” (5:16-17). While the ultimate prayer and the life of the Church center on the Mass – most especially the Eucharist – we cannot remain in liturgy all day. Devotional practices help us to infuse ceaseless prayer into our everyday lives. Each week, St. Teresa offers the following devotions in the main church:
Lauds (Morning Prayer)
Monday – Friday at 6:15am
Roman Catholic priests pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day. The major hours are the Office of Readings, Morning Prayer (also called Lauds), and Evening Prayer (or Vespers). As St. Basil the Great declared, Lauds is the office of praise that sanctifies the morning “so that the first stirrings of our mind and will may be consecrated to God and that we may take nothing in hand until we have been gladdened by the thought of God.”
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
First Friday at 2:45pm during the school year
During Exposition and Benediction, the priest places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance on the altar for Adoration. Adorers sing a hymn of praise (such as O Salutaris Hostia) as the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. The priest concludes Adoration by incensing the Blessed Sacrament again as adorers sing Tantum Ergo. He blesses the adorers with the Blessed Sacrament, before reposing the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.
Hymn for Benediction
First Saturday of each month following 8:15am Mass
In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal with a message to pray the Rosary, repent of sin, and perform acts of reparation. Our Lady asked that we offer First Saturday Devotions to make reparation for offenses against her Immaculate Heart and for world peace. To honor Our Lady’s request, we pray the Fatima Prayer and Litany on every First Saturday.
As you can see, we do a lot of praying at St. Teresa! Prayer not only strengthens you—it strengthens our parish at large. It helps build community and reminds us that we truly are the Body of Christ. As faithful followers of Jesus, prayer is not just a requirement, it is a joy and a blessing that fills us with life, mission, and purpose.
In addition to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Christian life is nourished through piety, prayers, and devotions that help us embrace, appreciate, and affirm the Mystery of Christ. The Church believes that these forms of devotion and prayer express an evangelical instinct and a human wisdom that enrich the Christian life (CCC 1679). They should harmonize with the liturgical seasons and be in accord with the sacred liturgy. They are derived from the liturgy and lead people to it (CCC 1675).
Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration
The Pink Sisters
In 1896, Saint Arnold Janssen and Mother Mary Michaele founded the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration in Holland. The Sisters' rose-colored habit symbolizes joy in honor of the Holy Spirit and the Sisters' adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Bishop Flavin invited the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration to the Lincoln Diocese in 1973. They were the first Community of cloistered contemplative nuns to take up residence in Lincoln. Bishop Flavin established the King's Men, a Pink Sisters Auxiliary of women, and the Ladies of the Eucharist, which are all associated with the Sisters. For more than 45 years, the Community has continued its prayerful presence in Lincoln.
At St. Teresa, we are blessed to have parishioners praying in the presence of our Lord 24 hours a day. The Eucharist is exposed Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on First Fridays at 2:45 p.m. during the school year and at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays,
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament serves to deepen our hunger for Communion with Christ and the rest of the Church. Many Catholics make what some call a “holy hour” in response to Jesus' heartfelt request during His agony in the garden, "Could you not spend one hour with me?" Our weekly bulletin will let you know which hours need adorers. You can also call Jennifer Siegel at 402-770-2916 or email StTeresa.AdoreHim@gmail.com. But if you are not a regular adorer, you should always feel welcome to come spend time with our Lord …He is always happy to see you!
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