July 9, 2021: Weekend Missive

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

While looking up synonyms for announcements I stumbled across the word missive and found that it means, “a letter, especially a long or official one … [the term is] often used humorously” It seems quite appropriate for the lengthy parish e-mails that we’ve been sending this past year. Thanks for taking time to peruse this missive and all of its communiqué. (And now I’m out of $10 words… lucky you!)

May God bless you and keep you healthy and cool!


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


July 11th Bulletin

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Grand Group: This month’s event is something extra special!  We will meet at the Knights of Columbus hall on Friday July 16th at 12:00 for a picnic lunch. It will be held inside where it will be cool with no flies or mosquitos! Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be served along with picnic style side dishes and dessert. The cost is just $5.00 per person and you will pay as you get your food. Following lunch we will play Bingo. No need to bring a prize because this time all prizes have been donated! Please RSVP to Phyllis (492-488-9177) by Mon, July 12th

Join us for an afternoon of good food, good fun and relaxation!

Pink Sisters | 1040 S. Cotner Blvd

Good news! The Pink Sisters Chapel—with perpetual Eucharistic Adoration—is open to the public every day from 7am until 8pm. The 7am Mass is also open to the public.

Religious Sisters Vocations of the Week | Sisters of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Sr. Josephine of the Heart of Jesus and Sr. Catherine Rose of the Immaculate Heart

Remember to pray for the repose of the soul of Dillon Blake, son of Howard and Christine.

(Updated) Eucharistic Adoration

 Mark 14:37

  • Use the online sign-up or call Ron Zimmer for help.
  • Need a sub? You are welcome to find your own or you may call Ron and he will find one for you.
  • Ron: 402-310-9342
  • Hours of Exposition are

Sun 1-9, Mon-Fri 9-9, and Sat 9-4


Open Holy Hours

¨ Sundays 2-3

¨ Mondays 1-2

¨ Tuesdays 3-4, 4-5

¨ Wednesdays 9-10

¨ Thursdays 3-4

¨ Fridays 11-12, 6-7

¨ Saturdays are full


How does one spend a Holy Hour?

There are many ways to spend one’s  Holy Hour. Prayer—talking to The Father and listening to Him—is time well spent. Many divide their Holy Hour into distinct sections. Here are a few ways:

  • The first 20 minutes could be spent in prayer for one’s self, the second for people we know personally, and the third for the world.
  • First 10 minutes: calm one’s self and enter into prayer. Next 10 minutes of adoration. Then 10-20 minutes of contrition followed by 20-30 minutes of meditation or contemplation. Lastly, 10 minutes of thanksgiving.

 Other Ideas for “sections” are:

  • Begin with “Come, Holy Spirit!” Remember that the Lord has sent us this helper for our prayer.
  • Lectio Divina: pray the scriptures. An hour—or even part of an hour—is quite a bit of time to read, absorb, and meditate.
  • Stations of the Cross: walk them, pray with them, meditate with them.
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy or Rosary
  • Journal


What is a plenary indulgence? (Click HERE for EWTN’s answer)

Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints".

How do I obtain an indulgence?

Indulgences have gotten a bad rap over the last several centuries. Contrary to what  rumors say, they cannot be bought or sold but can only be earned. Then the indulgence may be applied to a soul in purgatory or to one’s self (but not to another living person). You may earn one plenary indulgence per day.

These instructions have been simplified. You are encouraged to read more about this. All of the normal conditions apply (confession, communion, detachment from sin).

This is summarized from the National Catholic Register article, “What the Year of St. Joseph Means, and How to Gain the Indulgences” by J. Pronechen, Dec 10, 2020 (Click HERE for that really well-written article)

  1. Meditate for 30 minutes on the Our Father or be a part of a spiritual retreat that includes a meditation on St. Joseph.
  2. Carry out a corporal or spiritual work of mercy.
  3. Pray the rosary in families and between engaged couples.
  4. Daily entrust your activities to the protection of St. Joseph and ask his intercession for those seeking work.
  5. Recite the Litany of Saint Joseph for the Church persecuted
  6. Recite any legitimately approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph


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


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.

WANTED: People who love to paint (walls)

If this describes you, please contact the rectory office. There are several summer painting projects that require the help of volunteers.

Olive Wood Rosaries from the Holy Land are available for purchase in the parish office. A $10 donation is requested per rosary; all proceeds go to Christians in the Holy Land.

Unveiled: Discovering the Great Mystery in Your Marriage Discover how the great mystery of Christ’s love can restore  passion, purpose, and intimacy in your marriage. Presented by John Paul II Healing  Center, July 15-17, at the  Newman Center or via Livestream.   For more information and to register www.jpiihealingcenter.org.

Retrouvaille. The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship.  For more information & to register for Nebraska’s Aug 13-15 retreat  visit www.helpourmarriage.org

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.


Summer Play Group

A Summer Play Group is being organized. It will meet on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer at different parks in Lincoln. To be added to the contact list, please text or call Marilyn at 605-929-5963.

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.

In-Parish Homes for Sale:

  • 1131 S 37th St., 4BR, 2 1/2 Bath w/Updates, Hardwood Floors Throughout, Appliances Remain, Incl Upright Freezer (502) 905-5232 Jodi
  • 826 S 36th St. Call Emily at 402-340-3050


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.





Two great summer events for YOUTH:

  • Our Diocesan Canoe Trip is open to high school youth and college students. Adults are also invited along as sponsors/drivers.  Join us in a couple of lazy days along the Niobrara River, along with fellowship, Mass and a lot of fun!  Hurry, because space is limited:  July 11-13, 2021 [26 spots remaining] and July 13-15, 2021 [60 spots remaining] are the two options.

  • The Steubenville Conference is specialized to address the needs of today's Catholic youth. With an exciting lineup of speakers, musicians and presenters, the High School Youth Conferences challenge Catholic youth to stand firm in their faith, to rely upon the awesome power of Jesus Christ as their guide, friend and Savior, and to show them that faith to the world.  Expect a high-energy youth conference where thousands of teens are invited to encounter Jesus Christ through dynamic speakers, engaging music, the Sacraments, small group discussions, and fellowship with other teens.  Students entering 9th grade through just graduated Seniors are able to attend, but there are only 35 more spots remaining.

To register for either or both of these events, go to https://www.lincolndiocese.org/youth/youth-ministry .