February 19: Announcements & Bulletin

Dear Parishioners,

Please take time to look over the new and updated announcements and quickly review the repeat announcements.

May God richly bless you!


Handy Links:

  1. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up (Next dates for Exposition are Feb 17-Mar 31)
  2. Parish Website
  3. Parish Facebook Page
  4. Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House Schedule


February 21st Bulletin

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During Lent, Stations of the Cross is prayed on Fridays two times per day:

  • With the school children at 2:45
  • As a Parish Family at 7pm



Related to fasting is abstinence from meat. Every Catholic 14 years of age and older is obligated to avoid meat and meat products (e.g. Broth) on Fridays of Lent.



For our parish’s almsgiving this year we would like to focus on serving those in our local community. In place of the rice bowl, we will be collecting donations to support Catholic Social Services. Katie Patrick of Catholic Social Services will be speaking after all the masses this weekend to share with us their important work. Envelopes will be distributed    during mass and will be available on the table in the narthex to be used in a  prominent place in your home as a reminder. The online giving fund for “Rice Bowl” has been modified to direct funds to CSS.  St. Teresa’s will be collecting for this endeavor and will   present CSS with a check during Easter Week for the total collected throughout Lent. Thank you for giving generously to our neighbors in need.

Grand Group

Did you remember to put our planning meeting on your calendar? Here’s a reminder that it will be on Tue, Mar 2nd at 1:00 at the KC Hall. We really want your input so we can plan events that you will enjoy.  See you there.

Welcome by Baptism: Austyn Saylor Vanosdall, daughter of Jonathan & Samantha and Raelyn Rose Liss, daughter of Cody & Nicole. Congratulations!

Dear St. Teresa Catholic Church

Thank you so much for your donations of diapers, baby wipes, baby soap, socks, and hats for mom. We have so many young mothers in our community who need these items. Your time and support is a blessing to us and the moms we serve.

God bless you,

Pregnancy Center

 Seminarian of the Week

Louden Redinger is the son of Brian & Kelleen Redinger from Sacred Heart Parish in Shelton/Kenesaw. He is studying Theology 2 at Sr. Charles Borromeo. Remember to pray for Louden and for his formation.

Knights of Columbus #833 Annual Friday Lenten Fish Fry

Carry Out Only

Serving from 4:30-7pm

Cost is $10 per meal

Featuring fried Pollock & fries with a side of coleslaw and bread

KC Hall: 6044 South Street

Log in to Formed.org and Search Lent

When you are registered, you will receive weekly e-mails with suggestions.

Featured this week:

  • Fr. Hottovy’s recommendation:     Lectio: the Case for Jesus | In nine 40-60 minute sessions Dr. Brant Pitre   answers the key question of our faith: Who is Jesus? Dr. Pitre presents evidence from early Christian and non-Christian writings that attest to the authenticity, authorship, and dating of the Gospels.
  • FORMED Lenten Daily Reflections

What are you doing this Lent? Grow your relationship with Scripture with daily     Lenten videos from Dr. Tim Gray.

  • The Search: A journey through the Catholic Faith made personal


St. Joseph Book Study BOOK STUDY

  • During this Year of St.  Joseph, you’re invited to a parish book study on St. Joseph. It’s not too late to join! The book Consecration to St. Joseph (by Fr. Donald Calloway) is highly recommended, in order to learn more about this incredible saint!
  • Meetings will be live-streamed in the same way that our Masses are. Go to our parish’s Facebook page and look for the post. Note: they will be available for later viewing if you are unable to attend in   person or view the livestream.
  • In the following days, read the daily   readings (Days 2-8) and prayers in preparation for our next meeting, which is  Tuesday the 23rd at 7pm in Church.

Upcoming Retreats by Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

TAKE NOTE: In order for Johnnette Benkovic Williams to come in person, there must be 25 people signed up to attend the retreat in person. So far, there are only 20 signed up for this Feb 26-28 retreat—we’ll need 5 more in attendance in order to bring her to Nebraska. Consider attending!

www.goodcounselretreat.com | goodcounsel@cdolinc.net | 402-786-2705

Note: at this time, most retreats are hybrid: online and in-person.

Feb 26-28       Men or Women          Johnnette Benkovic Williams Living His Life Abundantly in Today’s World

Mar 11-18        Men or Women          Fr. Coulter and  Fr. Barak      8-Day Private Directed Ignatian Retreat

Members of St. Teresa Parish: Altar Society or Men’s Club will pay for half of the cost of a standard retreat once per retreat-year! (Ignatian retreats are non-standard)

Thrift Shop News, Reminders, & Announcements:

  • Hours for business and donations: Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3
  • The Thrift Shop always needs volunteers! For more information on volunteering, contact Renee Cunningham: reneeannecunningham@gmail.com or Voice or Text: 402-610-3153
  • Last weekend’s income: $1193
  • Upcoming Sales Schedule:

Þ Feb 26-27: All items are 1/2 price

Þ March 5-6: $1.00 bag sale

Þ March 12-13: Closed to restock store

Þ March 19-20: New spring & summer merchandise

  • Guidelines: Masks must be worn. Children are welcome, but please—no infants, toddlers, or strollers. The    number of shoppers may be limited. Please donate only during store hours.

40 Days for Life began Feb 17th.   St. Teresa’s assigned times are Thursdays from 11am-6pm. Sign up on the board in the vestibule to pray for an hour outside Planned Parenthood. Weekly commitments are greatly needed. Please join in and bring a friend.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s simple prayer for unborn children       (esp. those spiritually adopted):

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted and who is in danger                 of abortion. Amen.


Saint Teresa Elementary School Announcements:

  • Recycled Paper: The school has a need for  recycled paper which is flat and blank on one side, for printing one-sided worksheets. Thank you!
  • Good Shepherd Scholarship: The Good Shepherd Scholarship application for the 2021-22 school year is now open and will close on March 31st. www.goodshepherdscholarship.com If you need help, please contact the school.

:: REPEAT PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS (for your convenience) ::


Fasting & Abstinence Reminders:

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on each Friday of Lent. This obligation   prohibits the eating of meat (and meat broth, bacon bits, etc.). Fasting means limiting oneself to one full meal on a  given fast day. On fast days, two additional smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength, but they should not, if put together, equal one full meal. Also, eating solid foods or caloric beverages between meals (snacking) is not permitted. Catholics ages 18 to 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, nursing, etc., automatically excuse a person from these obligations but please remember: these are serious obligations.

If in doubt or if you have questions, please speak with a priest.

Lenten Adoration + Exposition

We hope you've grown  closer to our Lord through Eucharistic adoration! It's time to think about our Lenten series. It will run Feb 17 through March 31 (no adoration during the Triduum). If you want to keep your current holy hour, you don't need to do anything. You're already signed up. If you wish to change to a different open hour or cancel, please do so as soon as possible. Check the parish e-mail for a link to the sign-up genius or call the parish office for help.



During this Year of St. Joseph, you’re invited to a parish book study on St. Joseph.

The book Consecration to St.  Joseph (by Fr. Donald Calloway) is highly recommended, in order to learn more about this incredible saint!

We will meet in the church, following  safety guidelines. There will be a zoom option for those interested.

Meetings will be on Tuesdays at 7pm for five weeks, beginning on Feb 16th.

Gloria Deo is offering a 12% discount to St. Teresa parishioners who want to participate, and there are copies available now (at Gloria Deo).

Note: the book is available on Kindle.

We Help | What is the “We Help” Fund and how does it work?

A need was seen in our parish and so several years ago the “We Help” fund was begun. Sometimes there are parishioners who need a financial boost. There are a variety of causes and some that come to mind are job loss, unexpected medical costs, and emergency household expenses.

Our diocese has two wonderful charitable organizations in Catholic  Social Services and St. Vincent de Paul which contribute important benefits to Lincoln as a whole. “We Help”, on the other hand, is made up of only St. Teresa parishioners helping other St. Teresa parishioners financially when they are in need.

Here’s how it works:

It can be almost completely anonymous with no one knowing who gives and who receives except for Father Hottovy.

¨ When someone is in need of  assistance, that person contacts Father and explains why help is needed. Father then uses money or SCRIP from the fund to provide the needed help.

¨ This is made possible when parishioners, who have the ability to do so, donate what they can and place it in one of the specially marked “ We Help” envelopes. These envelopes are found in three “We Help” displays: one each on the shelves right inside the north and southwest entrances to the church and one on the shelf in the vestibule.

¨ Donations may be made in the form of cash, check, or SCRIP. If a charitable giving tax credit is wanted, there is a place on the envelope to add the      donor’s name and church envelope number (this is optional). Donations may be deposited in the Sunday collection basket or in the drop-slot located to the right side of the rectory door.

¨ All donations are added to the fund which is then available to help our own parishioners when needed.

Please give what you can to the  “We Help” fund so we can help each other in this way!

God bless you for your generosity!

Hand Warmers for Our Friends On the Street: In the vestibule, there is a box of hand warmers. Please take one or two to keep in your car (you can come back for more). When you see a homeless person on the street at a stop sign, you can start a conversation with them by saying, “Hello. Would you like a hand warmer?” Exchange names. Learn and use their names. They are your brother or sister disguised as Christ. Please see the box in the vestibule and its attached sheet for further ideas and details.

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  levaorationesdeo@yahoo.com 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.




Confirmed for Mission

Students being confirmed, along with their parents, are invited to attend the Confirmed for Mission Retreat! It will be held Sat, Mar 20 from 10am-4:30pm at North American Martyrs Church. This day-long event is an opportunity for parents, along with their child, to come together as they learn about the Holy Spirit’s power in confirmation, evangelization, and prayer! Light breakfast and lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per person to register. There is a limit of 150 people. COVID precautions will be taken.

Go to www.lincolndiocese.org/mission

to register, or for more information.

Father-Son Program

 “In His Image” is for boys age 10-14 and their fathers. It will be held Sun, Mar 21, 2021 from 1:30-4:30 pm at John XXIII Diocesan Center and virtually. This program is designed to educate boys on growing up and becoming a man. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per father-son or $35 per family in person and $10 virtually. To register, visit https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/fatherson

Questions, please contact the NFP Offices 402-473-0630 or


Looking for a way to boost your spiritual life during Lent and Easter? The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is accepting registrations for its 10-week Online & In-Person Courses starting March 8th. Learn more at www.emmausinstitute.net.





Catholic Social Services:

  • Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is seeking a compassionate, energetic, and inspirational team member for the position of Client Relations Specialist for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center. This person will serve as the first point of contact to all incoming clients, visitors, and vendors and assist in organizing and maintaining all clinicians' schedules, documentation, and office resources. This is a full time, hourly position with benefits. Full job description and application instructions available at csshope.org/careers.
  • Celebration of Caring 2021. Due to continued social distancing efforts, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska’s Celebration of Caring 2021 will be a virtual event. On Sunday, Feb. 21st, you are invited to join us online at 5:30 PM at csshope.org/Celebration2021. We will begin with Mass, enjoy some entertainment and celebrate how you help us bring Hope in the Good Life. Learn more at csshope.org/Celebration2021.


St. Patrick Catholic Church at 6111 Morrill Ave. has two part-time openings.  We are looking to fill a position as an assistant cook and a janitor.  Please contact Father Schweiger at 402-466-2752 for more details.