December 15, 2023: Weekend Update

“Offer God the sacrifice of never gathering any fruit off your tree. At the hour of death, in the twinkling of an eye, He will cause fair fruits to ripen on the tree of your soul.”

~ St. Therese of the child Jesus and the Holy Face


Handy Links:

  1. Parish Website
  2. Online Giving
  3. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up
  4. Acolyte Schedule
  5. Altar Server Schedule
  6. Lector Schedule
  7. Catholic Youth Sports
  8. Cub Scout Pack 128
  9. Retreat Schedule


December 17, 2023 Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers Quarter 4


Coffee and Rolls

Join our parish family for Coffee and Rolls in Kaczmarek Hall following the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses on Sunday, December 17th.



Please welcome in baptism Orlando Miles Krueger, son or Nick and Thuankieu.



RCIA classes will resume on January 8th.

Bulletin Deadlines

If you have any bulletin blurb submissions for the Dec 24th and Dec 31st bulletin, please submit them to Theresa-Kottwitz no later than Tues, Dec 19th by 9am.


Advent Holy Hour

An Advent Holy Hour with a reflection by Fr. Schwenka will be celebrated on SunSun, Dec 17th from 7-8pm. All are welcome to come and enjoy the season of Advent with Jesus. Confessions will be available.

Christmas Mass & Confession Times

Confessions in preparation for Christmas will be 1/2 hour before the daily Masses Mon-Sat; Sat from 3-4pm & 5-5:30pm; Sat, Dec 16th from 10-11am; & during the Advent Holy Hour. Christmas Mass times: Sun, Dec 24th: 4pm; Mon, Dec 25th: Midnight, 8am, 10am & Noon.

Solemnity of Mary: January 1st

Jan 1st, the Solemnity of Mary falls on a Monday and is NOT a holy day of obligation. Masses for Jan 1st will be  Mon, Jan 1 at 8:15 and 10am. There will be no vigil Mass.

St. Teresa Trivia Night

St. Teresa Trivia Night will be on Sat, Jan 13th at Pius X High School Commons. Come at 6pm for social hour and to set up your table. Trivia begins at 7pm.  To register your team or as an individual, click HERE or scan the QR Code. If registering a team, only the team captain should register & pay the full amount for all players. It is up to the captain to be reimbursed by your team members. If you do not have a full table, please register as individuals & you will be assigned to a table, with an option to state who you’d like to sit with. Individual registrations must pay unless you are a first-time player.  Registration deadline: January 5th. Tables will be assigned in registration submission order. Questions on Trivia Night contact Steve at

Eucharistic Adoration

The following hours are still open for adoration. Please consider taking an hour. The link to the online sign-up HERE and is on our website:  Home>Authentic Worship>Adoration

Open Holy Hours: 

Tues 4-5pm; Wed 10-11am;

Fri 10-11am, 11-Noon, & 3-4pm

Sat 9-10am & 3-4pm

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Christmas Break

School will dismiss at Noon on Dec 20th: End of 2nd Quarter. Christmas Break begins on Dec 21st. School will resume on Thurs, Jan 4th.


Cheer on our St. Teresa Junior High boys basketball teams! Click HERE for the full schedule.


Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Would you be interested in mentoring a young person in a school setting? If you think you would be interested in mentoring one-on-one at St. Teresa Catholic School, please contact Chris Jacobsen at 402-477-3358. Click HERE for more information.

School Lunches

Monday, December 18th: Chicken Noodle Soup, Crackers, Fruit

Tuesday, December 19th: Hamburger/Bun, Oven Fries, Fruit

Wednesday, December 20th: No Lunches – Noon Dismissal

Thursday, December 21st: NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break

Friday, December 22nd: NO SCHOOL – Christmas Break


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St. Teresa Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop made $3,351 last weekend.

Hours for business:

Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3

Please donate during business hours.

No Collection Report this week.



Christmas Decorating

Men’s Club invites workers to help decorate inside the church at 1pm on Dec. 17th. We will transport & assemble heavy boxes of trees, hang lights & wreaths. It’s well worth the effort once you see the results. No experience needed!

Voices Invited to Sing at Midnight Mass

All are welcome to join the choir at the Midnight Mass on Christmas! There will be one practice from 7:30-9pm in the choir loft on Thursday, Dec. 21st. Anyone attending Midnight Mass is invited to come early for preludes beginning a half hour before Mass.


Adoration for Advent

Advent is a great time to start Eucharistic Adoration; it’s a short session, so if you find it doesn’t work for your schedule, you can remove your name at the end of the session. Many people discover that they love spending quiet time with Jesus & continue into the new year. We have quite a few open hours; please consider signing up for one! Go to

Advent Giving Wreaths

Advent Giving Wreaths can be found hanging in the vestibule of the church. There are 5 different organization that you can choose to donate to with gifts or monetary donations. Please place the giving tag you selected on the gift you purchased and place in the vestibule. Do not wrap the gift. Any monetary donations, please place in an envelope with the tag and place in the rectory drop slot next to the rectory door.  Please bring any items/donations by the end of the day on Sun, Dec. 17th. All items will be delivered on Mon, Dec 18th.

Advent Specials on FORMED

FORMED is offering some interesting programming for Advent: Rooted: Rediscover the Jesse Tree This Advent and Drawing Closer to God: A Catholic Art Show for Kids are but two examples. Our Parish Code for FORMED is J4V3RY.

St. Veronica Ministry

If you are experiencing or have experienced a miscarriage, we want to offer you our support, prayers, & love as a parish family. Please fill out the Google Form on > Compassionate Service > Family & Social Ministries > Veronica Ministry. Please complete as much or as little information as you would like and we will be in touch. You may also call the parish offices at 402-477-3979. Please note that we are unable to offer medical advice. All medical questions should be referred to your physician.


Altar Society Prayer Line

An Altar Society Prayer Line has been established to lift up our prayers to God as a parish community. Leva Orationes Deo is Latin for lift up prayers to God.  Requests can be made by e-mailing or by calling (the first caller on the list) Mary Pat McBride at 402-314-1296. All intentions will be sent by e-mail to the Altar Society e-mail list. If you want to participate in the phone prayer line, please contact Mary Pat.


Planned Parenthood Rosary & Mass

Every Tuesday 9:30—10:30am at 5632 S. 48th Street, Lincoln. Pray for an end to abortion with fellow Catholics every Monday. Rosary: 9:30am outside Planned Parenthood. Mass: 10am at the Right to Life Center


Parish Office | 402-477-3979

General Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Thu

The parish office is closed on Fridays.

  • Jeanne Kee: Financial Secretary

Mon-Thurs: 9-4 |

  • Theresa Kottwitz: Parish Secretary

Mon-Thurs: 9-2 |



  Diocese of Lincoln:

Christmas Masses & Confessions

Christmas Mass and Confession times for parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln can be found at

Shine Like the Stars:

Villa Marie Dance & Auction

Join us for dancing & a whole lot of fun & good food on Feb 9th, 6-10pm at Sandhills Global Event Center, for the Villa Marie Annual Dance & Auction Fundraiser. Dress in an outfit from your favorite era: medieval princess, a 70’s go-go dancer, 80’s Rockstar, a prancing poodle skirt & leather jacket couple, or just going for the “I just left the office in 2023” look! Tickets are on sale as well as our 60th anniversary merchandise. Pre-orders available for pick up at the dance. For tickets/merchandise, go to or scan the QR Code.



Childcare Staff Opening

Catholic Social Services is hiring full & part-time childcare teachers for their soon-to-be open childcare center. To apply/info, visit

Holy Innocents Mass

All are invited to a memorial Mass for those who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, or abortion will be held on Thurs, Dec. 28th, 7pm at John XXIII Diocesan center Chapel, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. Reading of names at 6:45pm. New names may be submitted by calling the Family Life Office at 402-473-0620 before 5pm on Dec 21st or in the vestibule prior to 6:45. All names will be permanently placed on a banner. However, due to time constraints, only names submitted since 2015 will be read aloud.

Advent with Spirit Catholic Radio

This year, Spirit Catholic Radio will focus on a theme for every week of Advent: Hope, Joyful Expectation, Prayer, & Peace. Follow us on social media, subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Halo, & visit as we share with your ideas for bringing these themes to life in your own special way with your family, coworkers, or community. Tune in on weekday mornings, 7-9am, during our Spirit Mornings Show to hear inspirational guests discuss what Advent can mean in our lives. Tune in Sundays for special Advent programming from EWTN. For more information, go to https://spiritcatholic

Silent Directed Retreats

Creighton University Retreat Center is offering 3-day silent directed retreats. 2024 dates: Jan18-21, Mar 21-24, May 2-5, July 14-17. Cost: $375. Click HERE to register.

Emmaus Institute Series

The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is accepting registrations for a five-week course, Hearing the Word: Understanding the Bible, offered in person on Monday or Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm beginning Jan 8th, and available online (typically posted the following day with class notes). Taught by Emmaus president, Dr. Vern Steiner, Hearing the Word is a practical course designed to equip students with the tools to read the Bible with understanding. Learn more & register click HERE.

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmed for Mission for confirmands & at least 1 parent (Sponsors welcome) on Mar 23rd at Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 10am-4pm. $20/person (lunch provided). Details or to register visit or contact or call 402-473-0631.

Marriage Encounter Experience

Learn the tools needed to keep you marriage strong by attending a Marriage Encounter on Feb 9-11 in Lincoln. “Finding a oneness of heart we all desire.” Advance registration required. Contact Gary & Brenda Granger at 303-604-6202


Pius X High School Job Opportunity

Pius X High School has an immediate opening for a full-time para-professional. This individual will observe classes & assist with individual & small group instruction coordinated by our ABLE staff. If interested, apply online at


Pius X Dance Team Kiddie Camp

The Pius X Thunderettes are hosting a fun-filled dance camp for grades PreK-5th! The kids will learn one dance in their age group and one dance as one big group. There will be games and snacks! If you sign up by Dec 20th, your kiddo(s) will receive a t-shirt too! This year’s camp is Jan 6, 2024. Camp begin at 9am & the kiddos will perform their routines for parents at Noon. They will also have the opportunity to perform at a Pius X Varsity Boys Basketball game! Pease click HERE to find the sign up & for more information.

Pius X Passport to Adventure Club

Pius X Passport to Adventure Club is organizing a WWII Experience of Europe June 3-17th. We will be in Normandy during the 80th Anniversary of D-Day! Itinerary includes: France (Normandy, Mont St. Michel, Pilgrimage to Lisieux); Bastogne, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge); Amsterdam (Anne Frank House); Germany (Cologne, berline, Potsdam, Dresden); Czechia (Prague); Poland (Krakow, Auschwitz, Zakopane). Contact for details!

Eucharistic Revival Holy Hours

All are invited to join the Christ the King Sisters at Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St, for Eucharistic Revival Holy Hours. Join the sisters in adoring Jesus, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament on the following dates: Jan 7, Feb 4, Apr 7, and May 12. All holy hours begin at Noon except Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7th which will begin at 3pm.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Fr. Chris Eckrich is leading a trip to the Holy Lands from Feb 22-March 4, 2024. To see the full itinerary click HERE; to request a brochure call 402-435-8888, or for more information, call Barb Wallingford at 402-430-5811.

Planned Parenthood Rosary & Mass

Every Tuesday 9:30—10:30am at 5632 S. 48th Street, Lincoln. Pray for an end to abortion with fellow Catholics every Monday. Rosary: 9:30am outside Planned Parenthood. Mass: 10am at the Right to Life Center, across the street.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreats 

The schedule of retreats for Fall 2022 has been released and is available on the Retreat center’s website HERERemember that for St. Teresa parishioners, Men’s Club or Altar Society will pay for half of a standard retreat per year!


St. T | Weekly Calendar: December 17-24

Sun 12.17

1pm: Decorate Church (CH)

4-8pm: Godteens Event (KH)


1-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Mon 12.18

2pm: School Confessions (CH)


9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Tue  12.19


6-6:30pm: Catholic Daughters (CH)

6:30-9pm: Catholic Daughters (KH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Wed 12.20


Noon: School Dismissal

4-5:15pm: CCD and Confessions

4:45-6:15pm: Master Plan Mtg (MR)

7:30pm: Knights Meeting (KCH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Thu 12.21

School Christmas Break Begins


7:30pm: Choir Practice (CH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Fri 12.22

4-9pm: Stage (KH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Sat 12.23

9am: Legion of Mary (MR)

9:15am: Pius X Bible Study (CR)

No Eucharistic Adoration

Sun 12.24

No Eucharistic Adoration


Mass Schedule: December 16-24

+ = repose of the soul of

Pro Populo = for the people

The Pink Sisters’ Chapel, 1040 S. Cotner Blvd: open 7am-8pm. The 7am Masses listed here (7am PS), said at the Chapel, are open to the public. (The Sunday Masses are private).






+ Dennis Coulter




+ Elwood & Esther Sheets


+ Bernardina Pajar


Pro Populo

Mon 12.18



Reconversion of Pedersen Family & Friends to the Catholic Faith

7am PS

Ronald & Nancy Mongeon & Family


+ Monte Moser




+ Demuth Family

7am PS

+ Deceased Sisters of the Pink Sisters’ Community


+ Gary Butcher




+ Basil Conry

7am PS

Cassondra Scully, Birthday


Steve Sr & Martha





+ William Kozisek

7am PS

+ Edwin & Sally Benes


+ Harold Fouts




Lee & Mary Volkmer

7am PS

Fr. King Special Intention


+ Kenneth Grell



7am PS

Marina Abringe


+ Michael Aksamit


+ James Condon




Bernard & Alice Brugman


+ Charlie O’Grady


Pro Populo


Jackson Family