“The Lord will bless his people with peace.”
+ Psalm 29 [Responsorial Psalm, The Baptism of the Lord]
As we have begun this New Year, may the Responsorial Psalm from this weekend remain in the depths of our hearts; no matter what transpires in our lives, our community, our state, our country, or in our world. The Lord is the source of all authentic and lasting peace. When fear, confusion, anger or frustration threaten to overcome us, let this psalm be a reminder of the reality that will eventually come to light.
Peace be with you and your loved ones in 2021,
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:: NEW & UPDATED PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
St. Teresa’s Virtual Trivia Night will be Saturday, January 30th. Zoom and Google will make this happen virtually. RSVPs are needed by Jan 15th. Please see the insert for all of the details.
Adoration + Exposition
Exposition has resumed! There are a few hours that need to be covered before we can have daily Exposition. You may use the link to the sign-up which is in the parish’s weekly e-mail or you may call the parish office for help signing up. Note: There is interest in overnight adoration with exposition. In order to see how much interest there is in this, we added the night hours to the signup. If you have a regular holy hour during those times, please sign up so we can see how many openings we have. Thank you to all who make this possible!
The Nebraska Walk for Life
Sat., Jan 16th at 10am on the North steps of the Nebraska State Capitol. Please see the attached flyer for details.
Collections: Fiscal Year-to-Date
The fiscal year began July 1, 2020. We have collected $528,238 but we need $552,200, which gives a $24,262 deficit. We are bringing in about $970 per week less than we need. Thank you to all of you who give so generously!
New Opportunity to Help Your Parish. Many people have received (or will receive) a Covid-19 stimulus payment. If you do not need your payment, now is a great time and opportunity to consider an additional gift to your parish of all (or a portion of) your stimulus payment. Giving to your parish an additional financial gift at the beginning of 2021 is a great way to advance the mission of your parish. If you are able, please prayerfully consider this type of gift for your parish.
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.
Undone Book Group Catholic Women Reading Together
Meetings will be Mon, Jan 18th and Mon, Feb 1st at 7pm in the St. Teresa School Cafeteria. All safety guidelines will be followed: masks are required, distanced seating. A Zoom option will be offered for those who request it. Contact Mary Pat McBride at email@example.com if you'd like to participate! Gloria Deo is offering a 15% discount on the book for participants.
- The large Christmas arrangement in the narthex (vestibule) of the church is a memorial for all those who have died this past year due to COVID. It is also dedicated to all of the faithful medical and healthcare workers of our parish.
- The Christmas decorations in the church will be displayed until Feb. 2nd: the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord. Be sure to take time for prayer in the church, enjoying the peace, tranquility, and beauty of this season.
Kindergarten Preview: Future Kindergarten parents: are you interested in sending your child to Kindergarten at St. Teresa School or want to find out more about our program? You are invited to attend Kindergarten Preview on Tue, Feb 9th, from 5:30-6:30pm in the school cafeteria. For more information or to sign up, call the school office: 402-477-3358. Note: incoming Kindergarteners are to be 5 years old by July 31st. In April, we hope to have a separate event where future kindergarten students can come and spend time at school.
Welcome by Baptism: Roslyn Marie Schilmoeller, daughter of Eric & Terri and Emmett James McGill, son of Trevon and Emma. Congratulations!
Please Pray for the repose of the souls of Jeanette Andreasen, mother of Tim Andreasen, and Tony Brecka, uncle of Cindy Werner, Laura Minchow, and Kristina Fitzpatrick, and for former parishioner Mary Ruxlow.
In-Parish Home for Sale 3422 M Street: 4 Bd, 3 Ba | Call Michelle at 402-540-6365
:: REPEAT PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS (for your convenience) ::
St. Joseph Pilgrimage
It is the year of Saint Joseph! Your family is encouraged join this pilgrimage with the Holy Family. Pamphlets with details are available at the exits of the church.
Epiphany Home Blessing
Blessed chalk and Prayer Booklets are available at the SW Exit (toward the parking lot) of the church. Take the time to carry on this tradition of blessing our homes in the New Year! For more information, see the article printed in last week’s bulletin.
Joy to the World
How Christ’s coming changed everything (and still does) by Scott Hahn
Copies of this book are available (free) in the vestibule and at the exits of church.
Dispel the darkness by having your candles blessed! The burning of blessed candles discourages disease and demonic presences. If you would like your candles to be blessed, please bring them to the rectory during office hours (9-4, Mon-Fri).
Lost & Found
The Lost & Found cabinet is in the vestibule on the North side (and is labeled). Please check this cabinet for items you may be missing. There are children’s books, toys, and clothing, devotionals and breviaries, rosaries, and many other items. All items will be given to the Thrift Store on January 31st, 2021.
:: NEW DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
The Diocese of Lincoln requires that its employees and volunteers report any allegations of abuse or neglect of a minor or elder connected with church related activity to law enforcement, consistent with the requirements of Nebraska law. If anyone has information that a minor or elder is being or has been subjected to abuse or neglect please report it immediately to local law enforcement or to the Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services toll-free number 1-800-652-1999, and also to any Parish Pastor, School Administrator, Teacher, or to any Diocesan official at the Catholic Chancery 402-488-0921, so that immediate steps may be taken for the protection of the minor or elder.
:: REPEAT DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
What does the Word of God teach about how we are to speak to and about others? The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is presenting Redeeming Communication: Christian Speech in a Hostile World, from 9am-12pm on Saturday, January 23, at St. Michael Parish in Lincoln. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register at www.emmausinstitute.net.