December 8, 2022: Weekend Update

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

~ Isaiah 61:1 (cited in Luke 4:18)


Handy Links:

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


December 11, 2022 Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers

Carole Fest

2022 Wish List

Poinsettia Flyer



Christmas Confessions

Additional confession times to help prepare our souls for Christmas will be on Sat, Dec 17th from 10am-Noon. Normal confessions will also be held prior to the weekday Masses and on Saturdays from 3-4pm, and 5-5:30pm. (5-5:30pm was inadvertently missed in the printed bulletin.)

Christmas Tree Set-Up

The Men’s Club will be setting up the trees for Christmas on Sun, Dec 18th at 1:00pm until finished. All are welcome to come help, connect with friends, and  meet new ones!


RCIA: Tour of Church

All are welcome to join the upcoming RCIA class on Mon, Dec 12th from 7:00-8:30pm in Kaczmarek Hall. We will be touring the church, taught by Doug Koenig and the priests.

Leader for Rosary

Do you enjoy leading the Rosary? If so, we are looking for someone to sub or take one Saturday a month to lead the 3:35pm Rosary prior to the 4pm Mass. Please call Mary J Volkmer at 402-489-7914 if interested.

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St. Teresa School Christmas Concert

The school Christmas Concert will be on Thurs, Dec 15th from 7-7:45pm. Parishioners are welcome to attend this beautiful and prayerful concert by our school children.


Winter Band Concert

All are welcome to attend the Junior High Winter Band Concert on Sat, Dec 10th at 5pm in the school gym.

Christmas Wish List

Please look over the Christmas Wish Last (bulletin insert last week) and consider giving to an item listed. For another copy, please see the emailed bulletin or call the parish office for another copy. We can email this directly to you as well.

Food Market

The Catholic Social Services Food Market will be in front of school on Tuesday, Dec 13th starting at 3pm. All are welcome to come and pick up a bag of food!


Substitute Teachers

St. Teresa school is in need of substitute teachers. Contact Sr. Mary Cecilia at for more information.


SCRIP for the Holidays!

Final days for holiday Scrip giving! Remember to place your orders! The deadline for special orders is Sun, Dec 11th to be sure they arrive in time for Christmas. Check for hundreds of available vendors and denominations, with special bonus rebates offered daily. The deadline to order Scrip we carry on hand is Noon on Wed, Dec 12th. See the order form for a complete list. All cards available while supplies last. Questions:

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St. Teresa Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop made $2,765 last weekend

Hours for business:

Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3

Please donate during business hours.

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:

Thurs 4-5pm; Fri 11-Noon & 3-4pm

Sat 9-10 am & 3-4pm

Please remember St. Teresa Parish

in your year-end giving.






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. The cost is $25. You may use last week’s form or create   your own (include name of donor, names of loved ones) to turn into the parish office or in the rectory slot.


Advent Giving Wreaths

Please choose an item from the Advent Giving Wreaths as a way to celebrate the Advent Season. There are many options to choose from and your generosity will go a long way to relieve the suffering of others.


Knights of Columbus

The Knights will be passing out candy after Mass on Dec 17th & 18th in honor of Candy Cane Sunday. All donations received will go towards purchasing items on our parish Giving Tree.


Eucharistic Adoration

Spend time with our Eucharistic Lord this Advent. Our new session of adoration will run from Nov 27th-Dec 23rd. What a great way to deepen your Advent Season! We have several open adoration hours that need filling. You are also welcome to sign up for an hour that is already filled. Click HERE for open adoration hours.


Introduction to the Devout Life – Note Time Change!

Are you looking to reinvigorate your spiritual life in preparation for Christmas? Join Fr. Schwenka as we go through St. Francis De Sales great work Introduction to the Devout Life, each Sunday of Advent, Nov 27th-Dec 18th,  7-8pm in Kaczmarek Hall. You need not to have read the book to attend!


Men’s Advent Study

Men of the Parish are invited to join us on Thursdays (Dec 1, 8, 15, 22) in Advent. After the 6:30am Mass, we will gather in Kaczmarek Hall 7-8am to read and discuss Advent readings, share coffee, donuts, and fruit. For more information, contact Patrick Callahan at


St. Teresa Trivia Night Returns!

Mark your calendars for the return of St. Teresa’s Trivia Night on Sat, Feb 4, 2023, at Pius X. More information forthcoming.


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 Monday (Change of Day) 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 |

Job Opportunities

The Diocese of Lincoln is accepting applications for the position of Donor Relations Specialist. Strong Customer Service & Communication skills a must. Experience with Microsoft Office, especially Excel formulas and Word mail merging is desired. Applications can be obtained by contacting Marsha Bartek at, 402-488-0921, or through the Chancery Office, 3400 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506.

St. Joseph School is seeking a faith-filled, dynamic teacher for a full-time Jr High Math position starting Jan 2023. Must have a passion for character formation of young people & the ability to empower students of all abilities with excellent math reasoning skills. Strong leadership and team-building skills also desired. Please send resume and references to

St. Patrick School is looking for a 6th-8th grade Math & Social Studies teacher for the duration of the 2022-2023 school year. Current NE teaching certificate required. Math & Social Studies endorsements not required. Salary based on education and experience.


 Carole Fest

Carole Fest, a concert for St. Gianna Women’s Home will be held on Sun Dec 18th at 3:00pm at St. John’s Church in Lincoln. Area choirs will perform songs of the season. There is no cost to attend (free will offering can be made), or enjoy this benefit for St. Gianna’s from the comfort of your home by viewing it at

Catholic Daughters Christmas Potluck

The Catholic Daughters Christmas Potluck will be held on Tues, Dec 13th at 6pm at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Benedictine Hall. All ladies are welcome to join!


I Am Love Healing Service

I Am Love Healing Service will be held at North American Martyrs Church on Dec 9th from 6-9pm. All who desire to receive prayer or to pray for physical healing are welcome! This event is organized and led by priests form the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha and supported by the Lincoln Equipping Team for Prayer and Healing.


Emmaus Institute

The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is now accepting registrations for a 5-week course, Opening the Word: Catholics and the Bible. The course will meet in person on Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm beginning Jan 9th and will also be available by video (posted the following day with class notes). Opening the Word is designed to familiarize students with the  Bible generally, preparing them to read, study, pray, love and live the Sacred Scriptures. It is the first of two interterm courses built into our Creation to New Creation program, but everyone is welcome to register for this beneficial course. Learn more & register at www.Emmaus


Mass of the Holy Innocents

The annual mass of the Holy Innocents will be celebrated on Wed Dec 28th at John XXIII diocesan Center Chapel, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. All are invited especially those who have suffered the loss of a baby. All names will be permanently placed on the Banner. Due to time constraints, only names submitted since 2014 will be read aloud. New names may be submitted by calling the Family Life Office, 402-473-0620 before 5pm on Dec 20th or in the vestibule prior to the reading of the names, which will begin at 6:45pm followed by Mass.


Child-Friendly Advent Holy Hour

Let the little children come: even the noisy ones! Join us for a family-friendly holy hour at John XXIII Diocesan Center (3700 Sheridan Blvd) from 3:30-4:30 pm on Sun, Dec 11th. Confessions will be available, a short reflection on Advent for the families, some music, some silence(ish), and hot cocoa to follow! No registration required.


World Youth Day 2023

The dates for the next World Youth Day in Portugal have been announced, and our diocesan trip is ready to start taking registrations!  Our trip will be from July 24 through August 9, 2023, and includes a side trip to Fatima.  For more information or to register, please visit

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 HERE. Remember that for St. Teresa parishioners, Men’s Club or Altar Society will pay for half of a standard retreat per year!