Dear St. Teresa Parishioners,
This e-mail—and the printed bulletin—are chock full of new announcements. There’s no “fluff” (as my rather wise high school teacher Mr. Svec would say when he wanted a real essay and not a 12-pt double-spaced paper full of repetitious teenaged baloney). Knowing that, please take the time to go over the announcements so you’re not missing anything.
This Saturday (tomorrow), all the cool kids will be on campus raking and tidying up the grounds, starting at 9am. Please come down to help! The week after next, we’ll be cleaning the inside of the church. The Advent Giving Wreaths are hung in the vestibule. There are many, many opportunities to participate in parish life physically and spiritually.
May God richly bless you and keep you healthy!
- Deep Cleaning of Church Sign-up
- Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up
- Parish Website
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House
:: CURRENT, NEW, & UPDATED PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH: Grounds Cleanup
Bring your rakes, muscle, and other tools, and join Men’s Club on Sat, Dec 4th, at 9am to clean up our campus and prep it for winter. Children are encouraged to come with their parents. Students: do you need service hours? This would be a great way to earn them!
Online Giving Has Changed!
St. Teresa Parish has a new online giving platform. If you had recurring gifts set up, your account with those gifts has been transferred to the new system. As a recurring giver, you may enter the system using the same e-mail address. However, you will need to set up a new password using the new password link. If you gave online without the recurring gift option, you will need to set up a new account in the new system.
- You can visit the new site HERE (the same as clicking the Online Giving heart in the most-upper-right-hand corner of our parish website).
- The system is now readily accessible using your mobile phone. You may text GIVE to 402-925-9925 to receive a link to our online giving site or use the QR code printed in the bulletin.
Parish Giving & Income
Through Nov 27th, our parishioners have given, and our parish has collected, $404,926. Our budget requires $441,000. Our deficit is $36,074.
Please remember to give generously!
SCRIP gift cards make fantastic gifts for all your friends and family! Due to slow shipping, the deadline to special order cards not kept in stock and have them in time for Christmas is Sun, 12/12. Please plan ahead! Items on hand—groceries, local restaurants, and more—can be ordered through 12/22, while supplies last! Contact Staci Cunningham with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Little Way to CLE
St. Teresa School Parents are invited to a Parent Community Night with a presentation from St. James School (Crete).
Thu Dec 9, 2021: 6:30-8pm in Kaczmarek Hall (remember to bring a sweater; K.Hall tends to be a bit chilly)
St. James School started making the switch to Catholic Liberal Education in August. Come connect with fellow school families and learn about the experiences of leaders and students from St. James.
Knights of Columbus #833 | Christmas Party | December 11th
The Fitzgerald Council cordially invites you and a guest to our 2021 Christmas Party. It is Sat, Dec 11: Social at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm. Cost is $15 per person. There will be a White Elephant Exchange. RSVPs are needed by Dec 7th.
Please see the attachment or printed flyer for details.
Advent Giving Wreaths are displayed in the vestibule. Please take time to look over the tags and decide what you are able to donate for those in need.
Christmas Church Cleaning
We are doing another deep cleaning of the church in anticipation of Christmas.
There are a variety of jobs to complete. Adults, teens, and children able to work alongside their parent are appreciated (children can be signed up with their parent). Cleaning supplies will be provided.
¨ Dec 13 9-11am & 6:30-8pm
¨ Dec 14 12:30-2:30pm & 6:30-8:30pm
The link for sign-up is HERE. If you’re having trouble with it, call the parish office or Shannon K. for help.
Magnificat Advent Companion
These booklets are still available at the exits of the church. Take one to use as a guide through Advent!
Purchase a Poinsettia
Purchase a Poinsettia to adorn the altar during the Christmas Season in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Midnight Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Christmas Poinsettia donors. See the attachment for details.
Midnight Mass Choir
Singers are welcome to join the choir for Midnight Mass! Practices are Thursdays Dec 9th and 16th at 8;10pm and Weds Dec 22nd at 7:30pm in the choir loft. Contact Amy with questions: email@example.com
Acolyte & Lector Diocesan Training
Men, are you interested in serving the Church as a Lector or Acolyte?
Training is offered through the diocese by Fr. Chris Eckrich. There are two sessions being offered—you need attend only one:
¨ Sat Jan 29th, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
¨ Sat Feb 12th, 2022 from 10am-Noon
Bishop Conley will install new Lectors and Acolytes on February 19, 2022 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
If you would like to train for either ministry, please contact the parish office.
Seminarian of the Week: Scott Nemec is the son of Mark & Beth Nemec of St. Wenceslaus parish in Bee. Scott is studying Theology 3 at Mt. St. Mary Seminary. Remember to pray for Scott and for his formation.
Would you like to learn more about the Catholic Faith?
Classes are from 7:30-9pm on Thursdays in the Marian Room.
Anyone is welcome to join—for one class or for all classes. If the topic piques your interest, come to that class!
December 9th’s Topic is Mary and the Saints
Our Spiritual Mother and the Communion of Saints
Jesus gave his mother Mary to us as our spiritual mother, and she intercedes for us in heaven before her Son. By growing in relationship with mary—and the rest of the saints—we grow in fellowship with Christ.
The Thrift Shop made $2365 this past weekend.
:: ALL THINGS ADVENT ::
Advent is a time of preparation, prayer, sacrifice, penance, and conversion. The purple, or violet color represents penance and preparation. Although Advent is not as rigorous as Lent, it is to be a time of penance to properly prepare for the coming of Christ. We can give something up or fast, incorporate more prayer, and perform acts of charity, such as participating in our Advent Giving Wreath.
Advent Family Traditions
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Attending Masses together
- Fast from tech and media
- Scripture Reading
- Advent Wreath with Scripture
- Jesse Tree
- Feast of St. Nicholas: Dec 6th
Copies of The Magnificat Advent Companion are available at the exits of the church.
- Shop local and stop in at Gloria Deo (located with the Shoppes at Piedmont) for Advent & Christmas book selections, gifts and products.
- Many Advent resources found at, Formed.org (You can access the videos by clicking on Sign-Up, followed by Sign-In as a Parishioner, Search for St. Teresa Parish) Special weekly and daily programming will occur throughout Advent. Watch the bulletin for highlights!
- Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies. Advent Retreat, https://goodcounselretreat.org/product/advent-retreat/
- Emmaus Institute local Advent Speaking Events, https://www.emmausinstitute.net
- Jesse Tree Reflections for individuals and families, led by the leaders of Camp Wojtyla. Sign-up and watch their short video description at https://vimeo.com/644064080. Or Search “Camp Wojtyla” on social media to learn more.
- Word on Fire with Bishop Robert Barron, Advent resources and books, https://books.wordonfire.org/adventbooks2021
- Pray More Novenas self-paced online Advent Retreat featuring Dr. Ted Sri, Ashley Stevens (St. Michael’s parishioner), Dr. Kenneth Howell and others, https://praymoreretreat.org/
- Online Advent Retreat hosted by Leah Darrow, featuring Sister Miriam, Fr. Calloway & Fr. O'Laughlin, https://event.webinarjam.com/register/35/znyr0sx9
- Joy in Advent, free through December, from Real Life Catholic, https://coaching.reallifecatholic.com/living-joy
- Participate in the St. Andrew Christmas Novena (beginning November 30), https://www.praymorenovenas.com/
Resources for Families
- Catholic Icing, ideas for celebrating Advent with children. https://www.catholicicing.com/
- Catholic All Year website and social media. Ideas for Advent and Feast Days in December, https://catholicallyear.com/
- Mary on the Mantle created by Be a Heart, https://beaheart.com/blogs/blog/mary-on-the-mantel
St. Nicholas Day, December 6th
Watch: Nicholas: The Boy who became Santa on Formed.org
Children leave their shoes out overnight so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats. This tradition grew from the story of when St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, threw bags of dowry money, either through a window or down a chimney, into the home of an impoverished family to rescue their daughters from being sold into slavery. This was just one of his many acts of good will and charity towards the poor, especially poor children.
*Tip: many grocery stores carry chocolate coins that are a fun addition to include in shoes. (Trader Joe’s currently has coins in stock.)
:: REPEAT PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Adoration with Exposition
Sub-finding is changing! Please read the e-mail that was sent recently.
The current session runs from Nov 28 until Dec 23. If you wish to change your hour, please use the sign up genius. If you wish to keep your hour, there’s no need to do anything.
Parish Office | 402-477-3979
General Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri
- Jeanne Kee: Financial Secretary
Mon-Thu, 9-4 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aubrey Potter: Parish Secretary
Mon-Fri, 9-1 | email@example.com
Deadline for Bulletin Announcements (send to Aubrey) is Wednesday at Noon.
Trivia Night Returns!
Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 7pm at Pius X High School.
Mark your calendars!
Registration will begin in late December.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
:: NEW DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Pius X Thunderettes Dance Camp is January 29th, 2022 from 9:30am until 2pm at Pius X High School. You can sign up HERE.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas December meeting and Christmas get together is on December 14,6:00 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall 6044 South Street. Please bring a favorite Christmas goodie and your Holy Family from your nativity scene for a blessing. Guests are cordially welcome.
:: REPEAT DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Advent with Spirit Catholic Radio: How are you celebrating Advent this year? The four weeks of Advent are meant to give us hope and reassurance that the Lord is coming, and also the opportunity to give hope to those around us. This year, Spirit Catholic Radio is focusing on a theme for every week of Advent: Hope, Joyful Expectation, Prayer, and Peace. Follow us on social media, subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Halo, and visit https://spiritcatholicradio.com/advent/ as we share with you ideas for bringing these themes to life in your own special way either with your family, coworkers, or community. You can also tune in to Spirit Catholic Radio on weekday mornings, during our Spirit Mornings show, to hear inspirational guests discuss what Advent can mean in our lives. Tune in on Sundays for special Advent programming from EWTN. More info at https://spiritcatholicradio.com/
Catholic Daughters of the Americas December meeting and Christmas get together is on December 14, 6:30 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall 6044 South Street. Please bring a favorite Christmas goodie and your Holy Family from your nativity scene for a blessing. Guests are cordially welcome.
On December 6th at 7 pm please join Sandy Danek, founder of Healing Hearts Grief Ministry, as she explores "Grief and the Holidays" from a Catholic perspective. More information and registration is at https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/grief. This event will be at the Harbor Coffeehouse and livestreamed, and is free.
Advent Day of Recollection for Women Dec 11th 9am-3pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The day will include a Traditional Latin Mass, breakfast and lunch, prayer, and conferences by Fr. Lillard, FSSP. All women are welcome; the cost is $20. Contact Kimberly with questions or to register: email@example.com
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