July 24: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

I hope you are all doing well.

The dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance is still in place. People who do not attend Mass in person are encouraged to participate by viewing an online or televised Mass. Our parish continues to live-stream its Saturday 4pm Mass. This can be viewed live or watched later.

Those who attend Mass in person should follow these guidelines:

  • People should give one another a 6-foot space.
  • The pews, doorknobs, and other surfaces are being sanitized regularly.
  • We are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings when we are at Mass, according to the advice of in-parish medical professionals.  The vast majority are wearing masks and with people following this precaution, I invite you to please join us for Mass.
  • We will receive communion in the center aisle and on-the-hand.
  • Please take a missalette from the vestibule to keep and use (do not return it to the box nor leave it in church).

Our current public Mass Schedule remains the same:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:15am and 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:15am and 4pm Vigil Mass (Vigil Mass is live streamed)
  • Sunday: 8am, 10am, and Noon Masses

Confessions are available on Saturdays from 1:30-3pm and on Fridays a half-hour before the two daily Masses.

In Christ,

Father Hottovy

Pastor | St. Teresa Parish


Parish Announcements:

A Special Thanks to James Duchesneau for his extensive work in providing the parish—and beyond—our live streamed Masses, Liturgies, and Holy Hours over the past several months. Our parish received notes of thanks from many people, including several from out of state! His professional filming of our Masses brought great consolation and comfort to many people in these trying times. Thank you, James!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of +Erma McCormick, longtime parishioner, and wife of Fred McCormick. Erma’s rosary and funeral will be July 28th at St. Teresa. The rosary will begin at 10am. The funeral Mass will begin at 10:30am, followed by burial at Lincoln Memorial. (There will not be a luncheon.)

In-parish Job Opening

Custodian: St. Teresa Catholic Church and School is seeking a Custodian. This includes general cleaning—keeping the facilities clean and orderly—and upkeep of the parish, school, and grounds, sanitizing surfaces at school and public areas of the church and rectory, mowing and grounds maintenance, snow removal and ice-melt application, and occasional light maintenance and minor repairs. High school diploma or GED is required. For more information, contact the Parish Office: 402-477-3979.

ALL IN | Youth Bible Study

High Schoolers and College Students: come join us for a weekly Bible Study. It will be a great chance to grow in your faith and in a relationship with others from the diocese. The time is now to be ALL IN for the Faith. Meetings will be Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30pm (started July 8th). The location for the July 22nd meeting is Cathedral’s church parking lot.

Please see the attachment for details, but note that the flyer gives an old location—this week is at Cathedral.

ELC enrollment is now open!

As a service to St. Teresa School families we offer a state-approved after-school program with a mission to provide a holy and safe, helpful, and encouraging, positive and fun after-school learning and play environment for our students. Applications for Extended Learning Center may be picked up in the office or can be emailed upon request. Questions? E-mail Amy-VanGerpen@cdolinc.net.

A small number of printed bulletins will be available at the exits of church.

Missalettes for June 7-Nov 28 are available in the vestibule. Please take a missalette but do not return it—keep it for personal use.

Our parish is in need of Ushers for 8am and Noon Masses to assist parishioners with sitting accommodations, etc. If you are currently an Usher, or if you would like to volunteer to become an Usher, please contact Will Varicak at willvaricak@gmail.com or 402-416-1070.

Spiritual Pilgrimage to Fatima

Join our parish’s spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima! It began in April and concludes in October. The attached flyer has been updated for July’s apparition—when the children were shown Hell. Printed flyers are available in the church.

Thrift Shop: St. Teresa Thrift Shop will be open for business on Saturdays from 9-3. There are not Friday hours at this time. Donations can also be made on these dates at the back door of the store. All volunteers and shoppers must wear masks, which they provide. We may limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. No children will be admitted to the store so please plan accordingly. Thank you for supporting St. Teresa Thrift Shop!

Thrift Shop Volunteers: Because many of our volunteers are elderly, many must stay away because of the pandemic. We are in need of volunteers during the week to sort and price items and stock the store. We are also in need of volunteers when we are open on the weekend to cashier, bag, monitor the door, and accept donations. Currently we are open Sat. 9-3, but would like to get back to our regular hours of Fri 4-8 and Sat 9-4. Saturday the 11th, we made over $1700 in just 6 hours. There were many comments about how grateful the customers were to have us open.  The thrift store is a wonderful outreach in our community.

To volunteer, call: Barb Bechtoltz: 402-499-9735, Karen Restau: 402-309-9769, or Ann Reinke 402-560-4114.

Construction Update | Gymnasium

  • A/C Work continues on the gym’s ceiling.
  • Electrical work continues, in order to bring updated A/C to the Kindergarten and Specials areas.
  • Two test windows have been installed on the southeast corner of the gym.

 Thanks you for your support, and special thanks to a generous donor who made the replacement of the gym windows a possibility this summer!

Pray for Life

Please come to pray on public sidewalks at Planned Parenthood of Lincoln (5631 South 48th Street) from 7am until 5pm on Tuesdays. Many thanks to those who have been faithfully praying at the abortion facility, especially during this time of quarantine.

The Pink Sisters’ Chapel remains closed to the public indefinitely.

Mass Intentions

There are many dates and times available for those who wish to have Mass said for their intention(s). A $10 stipend is requested for each Mass. Dates are available beginning now, through the end of 2021. You may call the parish office or e-mail aubrey-potter@cdolinc.net with questions or to reserve Masses.


Diocesan Announcements

 Spiritual Direction

Looking for some spiritual direction during this challenging time in our current situation?  Check out Matt Simmons’s Spiritual Direction online. Matt is the Director of the Office of Evangelization and Spiritual Formation in the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln.

www.mattsimmons.org | Facebook (link) | YouTube: MattSimmonsSpiritualDirection

Lincoln Mothers on a Mission (MOMs) will be meeting Saturday, August 1 @ 8:30 am. "Married in the Time of COVID: How to be a Witness to Love" with Rachael Tvrdy. Lincoln MOMs is a group of Catholic mothers searching for fellowship, hope, & joy in our ever-changing vocation. Monthly meetings are held every first Saturday, 8:30-10:30 am at the Newman Center, St. Thomas Aquinas Church located at 320 N. 16th Street. Contact us at lincolnmomsgroup@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/lincolnmothersonamission

Villa Marie Job Opening

Villa Marie School is seeking to hire an after-school helper from 3:15- 8:15pm Monday - Thursday evenings, and from 3:00 - 5:00pm on Fridays.  Must be a high school graduate willing to work with and supervise special needs children. For more info,

please call the school at 402-786-3625 or email sr.jeanette-rerucha@cdolinc.net

2020 Calvary Cemetery Memorial Golf Tournament

This year we are adding a “Memorial Flag” sponsorship, available on each hole of our golf tournament. Your loved ones name(s) would be on the flag and the flag is a keepsake for you after the tournament. With the Memorial Sponsorship, a Friday, 12:15pm Mass at the Mausoleum, date chosen by you, will be offered for your loved ones. Please join us in a fun day of GOLF at Firethorn GC. The 4-person scramble is on Monday, August 17th – Registration & Chick Fil A lunch starting at 11:30am and a 1:00pm start. $150.00 per player/$600.00 per team includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, Firethorn Dinner and Prizes. Sponsorships/Donations are most Welcome. For more information or to sign up, email kathi-woody@cdolinc.net or call 402-476-8787.

Marriage Encounter

Marriage Encounter is going virtual with live-streaming to accommodate our times with the virus. A complete weekend will be presented Aug 28-30, enhancing couple communication and intimacy. Contact Pat & Janelle Benson for more information: Pat (308) 940-0670 or Janell3 (308) 940-1105 pbnbben@yahoo.com.


In marriage, communication is more than just talking. At some point, did you stop sharing about the things that were important to you? Did your spouse? Improving a marriage takes time and a conscious effort to learn about your spouse. Growing closer in a marriage does not happen automatically. Retrouvaille is a marriage program dedicated to helping couples grow closer and develop a stronger bond. For more information about a Retrouvaille Weekend Program Aug. 21-23 or to register, call 1-800-470-2230 or www.helpourmarriage.org, www.retrouvaille.org. Sign up by August 1!

Catholic Social Services 1/2

Adopt a Family is a mentorship program from Catholic Social Services designed to aid Lincoln’s refugee population in transitioning to life in the United States through fostering mutually-beneficial relationships. To learn more about Refugee Resettlement in Lincoln and the Adopt a Family initiative, we invite you to our kick-off informational session on Sunday, July 26th from 6:30-8:00pm. For more information, email Megan Meagher, CSS Refugee Resettlement Director, at mmeagher@cssisus.org.

Catholic Social Services 2/2

CSS has funds available for rent, utilities, and emergency cash assistance help. Those in the Lincoln area, please call (402) 327-6211 on Mondays beginning at 9 a.m. There is a bilingual English/Spanish speaker at this number.

Register now for the following in-person or online fall classes with The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies, running Sept 8–Nov 16: The Letter of James, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Interpreting the Bible, the Book of Job, The Saints and the Scriptures. Learn more and register at www.emmausinstitute.net.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

All students being confirmed along with their parents are invited to attend the “Confirmed in Mission” Confirmation Retreat! It will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-4:30pm at Camp Kateri. This event is an opportunity for parents and their children to come together to be renewed in the Holy Spirit and prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Light breakfast and lunch is provided, and appropriate health measures will be taken. Cost is $15 per person to register. To register or for more information visit: www.lincolndiocese.org/mission

The Benedict XVI Diocesan School of Catechesis is for Catholics wanting to strengthen their intellectual and spiritual formation to empower their evangelical mission in the world. It covers the Creed, the Sacraments, the Commandments, and Prayer (Year I) as well as Salvation History, Church History, Faith and Reason, and Spirituality (Year II). Participants can join in Year I or Year II and classes will be offered in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. The time commitment is one Saturday a month from September to April for two years. The cost is $100 per semester but those who teach CCD, God-teen/CYO, or in Catholic schools receive a 25% discount.

For more information go to www.lincolndiocese.org/bxvi or call 402-473-0631.

Job Opening: St. Michael Catholic School is seeking two early childhood paraeducators to work in the morning only, Monday through Friday.  St. Michael seeks innovative and enthusiastic persons who are passionate about guiding students on their path to greater spiritual and emotional growth while helping them achieve academic success through best educational practices.  Candidates must be committed to the mission and vision of the Diocese of Lincoln and St. Michael School.  Please send cover letter, resume, and references to Principal Sue Braun at Sue-Braun@cdolinc.net.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center with Catholic Social Services continues to support mental health for the Diocese of Lincoln through the use of telehealth. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties that adversely impact daily functioning or shadow the joy of living, please reach out. For more information, visit their website at immaculateheartcounseling.org or call 402-489-1834.


May God bless you and keep you!