December 8, 2023: Weekend Update

“The nearer one gets to God, the simpler one becomes.”

~ 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 10, 2023 Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers Quarter 4

2023 Christmas Wish List

December 2023 Scrip Form

St. Teresa Times

Poinsettia Flyer


Immaculate Conception: Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, Dec 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. All Catholics are bound to attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation. Mass times: Thurs, Dec 7th at 5:30pm, Fri Dec 8th at 6:30 & 8:15am, 6:30pm. Mass will be celebrated privately for the Pink Sisters. The chapel will open at 8am.


Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Margaret Tracy and for the consolation of her family. May she rest in peace.

RCIA: The Sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation

All are welcome to join in the RCIA class on Mon, Dec 12th from 7-8:30pm in Kaczmarek Hall. Our topic will be “The Sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation” taught by Fr. Kipper.

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.


Christmas Mass & Confession Times

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

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!

Scrip for the Holidays

Don’t forget to use Scrip for all your holiday giving needs! Gift cards make the perfect gifts for teachers, friends, & all your hard-to-shop-for family members. Please note: the deadline to place special orders for cards to ensure delivery before Christmas is the end of the day on Thurs, Dec 14th. Contact Staci with any questions:

Bulletin Deadlines

If you have any bulletin blurb submissions for the Dec 24th and Dec 31st bulletin, please submit them to Theresa-Kottwitz @cdolinc.netno later than Tues, Dec 19th by 9am.

Church Cleaning for Christmas

Please join us in preparing the church for Christmas. We will be cleaning on Mon, Dec 11 & Tues, Dec 12. To see available times to help and to sign up go to E28A13-spring/43160869#/. Questions, contact Shannon 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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CSS Food Market

The CSS Food Market will be in the front of the school on Tues, Dec 12th, beginning at 3pm. All are invited to come and get a bag of food!

St. Teresa Vocal Concert

All are welcome to attend the St. Teresa Vocal Concert presented by the 5th-8th graders. Ancient Christmas Music will be Dec 14th, at 7pm in the Church. Prelude by String students at 6:40pm.

Early Dismissal & No School

There will be a 1pm school dismissal on Thurs, Dec 7th for a Staff Meeting. There will be no school on Fri, Dec 8th in celebration of the Immaculate Conception.


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 11th: Chicken Nuggets, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Tuesday, December 12th: Enchilada Bake, Rice, Fruit

Wednesday, December 13th: Breaded Beef, Potatoes & Gravy, Roll, Fruit

Thursday, December 14th: BBQ Rib & Bun, Corn, Fruit

Friday, December 15th: Nachos, Refried Beans, Fruit


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St. Teresa Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop made $4,154 last weekend.

Hours for business:

Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3

Please donate during business hours.

No Collection Report this week.



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 Holy Hours

Advent Holy Hours with a reflection by a the St. Teresa priest will be celebrated on Sun, Dec 10th and Sun, Dec 17th from 7-8pm. All are welcome to come and enjoy the season of Advent with Jesus.


Matt Talbot Volunteers Needed

The St. Teresa’s Matt Talbot Team is seeking volunteers to help prepare & serve dinner on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm. For more information, contact Rosie at 402-429-8465.

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. 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. Registration deadline: January 5th. Tables will be assigned in registration submission order. Questions on Trivia Night contact Steve at

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 |



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.



Help Fill CSS Warehouse Shelves

Our Lincoln neighbors need your help! The CSS warehouse shelves are bare, & many Family Support Services/Refugee Resettlement Services requests are pending. So, it’s time for a CSS FURNITURE DRIVE. Items most needed: Beds (single-queen, frames, mattresses & box springs); Couches & Loveseats (no reclining); End Tables; Kitchen Tables & Chairs (small sets preferred). To donate, fill out our screening form: Thank you for sharing & supporting #HopeintheGoodLife!

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.

Vatican II Series

Bishop James D Conley presents Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on Sacred Liturgy) in collaboration with the Office of Religious Education, Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies, & Newman Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, on Fri, Dec 8th, 6:30pm at John XXIII Center. Reception to follow. Mass for the Immaculate Conception will be offered by Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz at 5:30. To register, click HERE.  Tickets: $10.

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


Mass & Prayers for Healing

Please join together to pray for healing for yourself, your family & friends, our church, our nation, & for peace in the world on Sun, Dec 10th at John XXIII Diocesan Center (37th & Sheridan) Schedule:

1:15pm: Confessions Begin

1:30pm: Chaplet of Divine Mercy

1:40pm: Praise & Worship

1:55pm: Blessing of salt/water/religious articles

2:00pm: Mass

3pm: Anointing of the Sick

Eucharistic Exposition & Healing



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 80thAnniversary 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 10-17

Sun 12.10

1pm: Baptism (CH)

1-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Mon 12.11

9-11am: Church Cleaning (CH)

2pm: School Confessions (CH)

6:30-9pm: Church Cleaning (CH)

7-8:30pm: RCIA (KH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Tue  12.12

9-11am: Church Cleaning (CH)

3pm: Food Market (Sch)

6-8pm: Scouts (KH)

6:30-9pm: Church Cleaning (CH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Wed 12.13

4-5:15pm: CCD

7:30pm: Men’s Club Rosary (CH)

8pm: Men’s Club Meeting (MR)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Thu 12.14

2pm: Christmas Concert Dress

          Dress Rehearsal (CH)

7pm: School Christmas Concert (CH)

7:45pm: Choir Practice (CH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Fri 12.15

4-9pm: Stage (KH)

9am-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Sat 12.16

9am: Legion of Mary (MR)

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

2-8pm: Private Event (KH-West)

STAGE: Build Set (KH-East)

9am-4pm: Eucharistic Exposition

Sun 12.17

1pm: Christmas Decorating (CH)

4-8pm: Godteens (KH-West)

STAGE: Build Set (KH-East)

1-9pm: Eucharistic Exposition


Mass Schedule: December 9-17

+ = 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).






+ Elizabeth Sposato




Pro Populo


+ Denise Szatko


Orphan Souls in Purgatory

Mon 12.11



Respect for Life

7am PS

Weitzel & Davis Families


+ Monte Moser




Terri Rickel

7am PS

Special Intention of Donor


+ Pauline Smith




+ Monte Moser

7am PS

Lauren Hope & + Liam John Love, Birthday


Schroedl Family




Terri Rickel

7am PS

Deb Clyne Special Intention


+ Matt Fouts




Pink Sisters

7am PS

Jason Love, Birthday


+ Monte Moser



7am PS

Pat Storm, Birthday


Katie Pecha


+ Dennis Coulter




+ Elwood & Esther Sheets


+ Bernardina Pajar


Pro Populo