July 30, 2021: Weekend Report

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

One can’t help but comment on the weather. The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. Why do we say Dog Days?  The term/idea evolved from “the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius” which is also known as the dog star, or Canis Majoris. Here in Nebraska, the rising of this constellation coincides with hot, muggy, and now-smoky weather. Ah, well. Although they technically began July 3rd, they end August 11th, so we can begin to count down. 😉

Now that you’ve been mildly astro-educated, please take the time to look through the announcements. As always, printed bulletins are available at the exits of the church.

God bless you!


Handy Links:

  1. Summertime Hosting Sign-up (Are You Plugged In)
  2. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up : This series runs through Aug 14
  3. Parish Website
  4. THRIVE Website
  5. Parish Facebook Page


August 1 Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers

August Parish Calendar

Pitch Club Registration Sheet




Altar Servers’ Outing With Fr. Beardslee

  • THIS Saturday, July 31st, 2021
  • There is no cost for this event. It is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
  • 4pm: Vigil Mass
  • 5pm: Pizza in Kaczmarek Hall
  • 7pm: Attend Saltdogs Game
  • Altar Servers are invited to attend one or all events. Dads are welcome to attend (and are needed as chaperones).

Summer Adoration Program

The Summer Adoration Program will be drawing to a close soon. The participation sheets are in the vestibule of the church. As a reward for the students who participate, there will be a root beer float party in Kazmareck Hall on August 16th after school, and a chance to win prizes.

First Friday Holy Hour

Pink Sisters Chapel: 1040 S. Cotner Blvd

Friday, August 6, 2021 at 7:15pm

Join us to pray for good vocations for our diocese, our seminary, and for us.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Bud Knudson, grandfather of Dylon Knudson, and for Bud Parsell, stepfather of Jody Duchesneau

Religious SistersVocations of the Week: Sr. Philomena of Our Lady of Sorrows of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and Sr. Sr. Maria Theresa Vi Nguyen of the Sisters of Mary, Queen of Mercy.

Thrift Store:

Hours for business:

Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3

Please donate only during business hours.

Last weekend we made $2004.

To volunteer, contact

Renee: 402-610-3153.

Upcoming Sales:

August 13-14: Half Price

August 20-21: $1 per bag

August 27-28: Anything remaining is free

September 3-4: Closed

September 10-11: New Merchandise

Help Wanted:

Participation is key in the functioning of our parish.

Are you plugged in—active and participating—or just along for the ride?

Ask yourself where your strengths lie and then consider the following roles that need to be filled:

 This is partial list of the roles that need to be filled. A full, detailed insert is in the works.

  • Altar Server Coordinator

Frequency: every three to six months

Working with the Parochial Vicar, this person would keep a current roster of servers (with the help of your parish secretary, of course), make and distribute the server schedule, and communicate with  parents and servers.

  • CCD Coordinator

Frequency: Start-up at beginning of school year, then as-needed.

A coordinator will make the calendar for the CCD school year, will make sure that we have teachers for each section, and will help plan events and services for the students. S/he will communicate with the parents and teachers.

  • CCD Teachers (Elementary)

Frequency: Once per week during the school year: Weds 4-5:30

Following an already-established curriculum, CCD teachers will teach elementary-age children who do not attend our parish school

Note: Sacrament years (2nd and 5th grades) are taught by the CK Sisters

  • Godteens Coordinator

Frequency: Start-up at beginning of school year, then as-needed.

This person (or couple) would work together with the Parochial Vicar to oversee the Godteens program (Catechesis for High Schoolers), create the calendar, register  students, plan group-events, and communicate with its leaders, students, and parents.

  • Godteens Leaders

Frequency: Once per week during the school year: Weds 7:30-9pm

A leader-couple takes a class as freshmen and continues with them through the end of their senior year, teaching them about the Faith. They open their home to once-per-week meetings for high school students   during the school year.

  • Quarterly Mailings

Frequency: a couple of hours once every three months

A 700 piece mailing is prepared and mailed quarterly. Your assistance with a small group would be welcome in preparing these mailings.

Pro-Abortion Appropriations Bill

From the USCCB Action Center:

WASHINGTON - Today, the House voted 219 to 208 in favor of H.R. 4502, a package of appropriations bills that currently excludes the 46-year-old Hyde Amendment and other longstanding, bipartisan provisions like the Weldon Amendment. Eliminating these provisions would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions and would have the effect of forcing health care providers and professionals to       perform and refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forcing   employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of    Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following             statement:

“The House has voted in a way that is completely out of step with the will of the American people who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. The Hyde Amendment has saved at least 2.4 million lives since its enactment. Without it, millions of poor women in desperate circumstances will make the irrevocable decision to take the government up on its offer to end the life of their child.

“The injustice in HR 4502 extends to    removing conscience protections and   exemptions for healthcare providers who believe abortion is wrong, or whose faith drives them to serve and heal lives, instead of taking them.

“Funding the destruction of innocent   unborn human lives, and forcing people to kill in violation of their consciences, are grave abuses of human rights. We call on the Senate to redress this evil in H.R. 4502, and for Congress to ultimately pass appropriations bills that fully support and protect human dignity, and the most vulnerable among us.”



Acolyte Sign-Up: All Saint Teresa Acolytes need to sign up for duties covering the dates from August 1, 2021 through January 1, 2022. Please sign up for as many slots as you are comfortable with during these times, keeping in mind that we do need full coverage one way or another. We need everyone’s assistance in filling these spots 100%.

How to sign up:

  • Use the online sign-up HERE
  • Call Randy Polak: 402-429-8465 or 402-476-3961


Acolytes and Altar Server Parents: we need help reminding our young men to hang up their vestments after Mass. Acolytes, please remind the boys. Parents: when your son has served Mass and has rejoined you, would you please ask him whether he remembered to hang up his cassock and surplice?

Secretary/Mom-of-Servers note: Many thanks to Elizabeth F for cleaning up the side sacristy and for agreeing to wash and maintain the cassocks and surplices!


St. Teresa Elementary School 402-477-3358

There are still openings for St. Teresa Preschool! Call the school office with questions or to register.

There are three sessions:

  • Mon-Wed-Fri 8am-11:30am
  • Tue-Thu 8am-11:30am
  • M-F afternoons 1pm-3:15*

*includes Catechesis of the Good Shepherd on Friday afternoons.


Catholic Liberal Education

Fr. Hottovy, Sr. Mary Cecilia, and some  of our teachers will be attending the National Catholic Liberal Education Conference—Lincoln’s Bishop Conley is a presenter—which is being held in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 26-29.

Remember to learn more about Catholic Liberal Education (also referred to as Classical Curriculum or Classical Education) by picking up the book Renewing Catholic Schools (free) from the rectory or the school and visiting the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s website:


Recycled Paper

The school is always in need of clean, flat, recycled paper for printing one-sided worksheets. This helps save on the cost of printing. Thanks for your help!

Christian Mothers Mass & Meeting

Christian Mothers meetings are starting up again! This organization is made up of mothers who enjoy fellowship, explore their spiritual lives, and support one   another in prayer. The upcoming meeting is planned for Saturday, August 14th beginning with 8:15am Mass. Details will be announced soon. Emily Pfeiffer: 402-770-0359

Calling all Pitch Players!

St. Teresa will be organizing a parish adult pitch league this school year. More information and sign up opportunity is coming soon. So find a partner, brush up on those card playing skills, and get ready to get to know your fellow St. T parish family a bit better!

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

The Church gives us the gift of natural family planning (NFP) as a way of honoring both the unitive and procreative components of the martial embrace and as a tool for those trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy. NFP carries both challenges and blessings and can be a source of great unity for marriages. It is also helpful for women wanting to learn more about their health and fertility for medical reasons, as well as those couples experiencing infertility. If you are interested in learning more about NFP or want to start using NFP as a single woman or as a couple, you can visit


If you would like more information about the various methods of NFP offered in our diocese or have a question about which method might be the best fit for you, you can contact


 The Bazaar Returns! The Parish Bazaar is planned for Sunday, November 14, 2021. Thanks to the couples who said “yes” to being this year’s Chairs: John & Rosie Ruhl and Jay & Nicole Linton. Be watching for announcements and thinking of ways you can participate in, and ensure the success of, our parish’s traditional fundraiser.

Gift Bearer Instructions

If you’d like to take up gifts at a Mass, pick up the Gift Bearer sign from the gifts table in the back and take it with you to your seat. When you come back for the gifts, bring the sign with you and leave it at the table. If no one picks up the sign    before Mass begins, the ushers will ask a person or family.

Classical Education & Curriculum

Want to learn more about Catholic Liberal Education?

The book Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age  is available (at no cost) at the school and rectory. (School Hours: Wednesdays from 9-12; Rectory Hours: Mon-Fri from 9-4). For even more information, visit the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s website: catholicliberaleducation.org and to view the school-family/parish-family meeting, visit the school’s webpage HERE.


Summertime SCRIP Instructions

Scrip is available to order all summer long and is a great way to make your summer dining, driving, and shopping earn rebates for St. Teresa school! Scrip orders can be dropped off at the rectory or by  arrangement with Staci Cunningham. Cards we keep on hand will typically be ready to pick up by the next day.

Don't forget to use Scrip for all of your home and yard projects this summer! Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, & Ace Hardware are all available to purchase through shopwithscrip.com or in the app, most of them as e-cards that you can have available instantly if you use PrestoPay. Let Staci know if you need help setting up an online account. Your BIG projects can mean BIG money for our school!

Contact Staci Cunningham, Scrip Coordinator at 402.802.8627 or staci.cunningham@gmail.com. Note: if you do not hear back from Staci within a day, please contact Janel at 402.525.5500. Janel is providing “backup” when Staci is traveling.

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.






Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children is taking applications for an “After School Helper.”

  • Must be a high school graduate willing to work with and supervise special needs children ages 8 - 18.
  • Hours are from 3:15 – 8:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, with a possibility of more hours available.
  • For more information, please call the school at 402-786-3625 or email sr.jeanette-rerucha@cdolinc.net

Please join Bishop Conley, U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, Catholic Social Services Executive Director Katie Patrick and BetterLife CEO Dan Shinnick for a  Food Drive/Walk to End Hunger at the Pius X Track/Football Stadium on Sunday, August 8th from 5-8pm by BetterLife.  There will be a food collection drive thru to drop off donated food and monetary donations.  You can also walk around the track to raise awareness for the poor and hungry.  Refreshments will be provided for those who walk and volunteer.  Bring the whole family as there will be activities for kids as well.  All food and monetary donations will go directly to the Catholic Social Services St. Francis Food Pantry.  If you have questions, please contact Mike Hosek at 402-570-9294 or if you would like to donate online, please visit https://betterlifewalktoendhunger.dojiggy.io/lodge426/campaign/


The Lincoln Christus Foundation is hosting a Golf Tournament benefit for the ministries of Regnum Christi. Sponsors and golfers are invited to support Missions, Leadership Camp, and other Catholic Apostolates like the Knights of the Holy Eucharist and Good Counsel Retreat House.  Register now for the Golf Scramble on Fri. Sept 17, 10am at Crooked Creek Golf Course in Lincoln: $125 per player/$500 per team includes lunch, prizes and more: thechristusfoundation.org/events.  Free mulligans for teams that register by Aug. 16.

August 7, 2021 at Holmes Lake Park is the place to be for your choice of a 1 mile “Fun Run/Walk” or a 5K!  This is a fun family friendly event for all ages and level of skill!  The funds raised from this event will help support the ThunderBOLT Fun Run Endowment, which will provides grants each year to a special project of a Pius X academic department or school sponsored club or activity.  This is a great way to help support Lincoln’s only Catholic High School and have a little fun.  Register by July 21st to be guaranteed an awesome t-shirt which is included in the price of registration!  13 and older - $25, 6-12 - $15 and kids 5 and under are free (no t-shirt included).  July 19th the price goes up by $5 per registration and no guarantee of a t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded as well as a grab and go goodie bag.  More details and information on how to register can be found at: https://www.piusx.net/alumni/thunderbolt-fun-run/ or contact Kristin Heath at Kristin.heath@piusx.net or 402-488-0931 ext. 56132 for more information, or to volunteer the day of the event!

Calvary Cemetery’s Golf Tournament this year will honor First Responders, (LPD, LFR, NSP, SHERIFFS, CORRECTIONS, and UNL CAMPUS POLICE) and will be held on Monday, August 16that Firethorn Golf Club.  Registration and a Chick-fil-A Sponsored Lunch starts at 11:00am. Golf begins @ 1:00pm.  For more information or if you would like to help support Lincoln’s finest by participating in the tournament or by other opportunities for non-golfers, please see “Calvary Events” on our website www.calvarycatholic.com or call Kathi at 402-476-8787.


The Legion of Mary is celebrating 100 years in 2021.   The celebration will take place on the anniversary date, Tuesday,  September 7, 2021 at John XXIII Center, in Lincoln. It will begin with Tessera prayers and Rosary  at 5:30PM, followed by Mass, light refreshments, speakers, and socializing.  Mark your calendars! Please join us for this joyous occasion! All are Welcome!