June 12: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord,”  John 6:57.  These words of Christ are the Communion Antiphon for Mass this weekend as we celebrate Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  How we all need the strength and consolation of Jesus’ presence with us today!  This weekend please join us for TWO opportunities to adore our Eucharist Lord with processions taking place this Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th.  Please see the details below for further information.

Although restrictions are being gradually lifted in Lincoln, all of the current guidelines for churches remain in place regarding 6-foot social distancing and distancing  by household, daily cleaning of the pews, door handles, etc. An important reminder is that everyone is asked to wear a mask (except children 3 and under). Because the Sunday obligation has been dispensed, people are encouraged to take advantage of weekday Masses. Although we have been properly formed to go to Mass every Sunday, in today’s circumstances, it is permissible to come to Mass on a weekday instead when there are fewer people in attendance. At our 8:15am weekday Mass, there is an average of 20 people in attendance. At the 5:30pm weekday Masses, the average attendance is about 30 people. This past weekend’s Masses had 40 people at Saturday’s 4pm Mass, and between 70 and 80 at each of the Sunday Morning and Noon Masses. There is more than enough room to allow plenty of space between people and households.

All other parish and school activities remain restricted, including after-Mass gatherings such as coffee and rolls, funeral luncheons, wedding receptions, etc. In-person meetings of parish groups continue to be indefinitely suspended.

Our current public Mass Schedule:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:15am and 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:15am and 4pm Vigil Mass (the 4pm will also be streamed)
  • Sunday: 8am, 10am (the 10am Mass will no longer be streamed) and Noon Masses

Confessions are available on Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

Guidelines and Safety Measures for Parishioners remain the same (please see past messages for those details).

How to receive communion: when coming up for Communion, please keep your mask on and place your hands beneath the plexi-glass shield to receive in the hand, then move to the side, remove one side of your mask, and consume the Host.

Your priests’ daily Masses are being offered for you and for your loved ones. Please know of our sincere appreciation for all of your expressions of support and prayers. We are very grateful. Be assured of our daily prayers for you!

May the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament fill your heart with the fire of His love,

Fr. Hottovy


Parish Announcements

Saturday’s Eucharistic Procession begins at 10am (after Prayers Against Pandemics are prayed in church at 9:45am). This procession will begin at about 33rd & Washington and wind through the area, ending at about 42nd & South. Please see Wednesday’s e-mail or the attached pdf for more information. Future processions are still being planned, so that each neighborhood-area in our parish may experience the Lord’s blessing and protection.

Corpus Christi Procession: After 8:00am Mass on Sunday June 14th, a simple procession—priest, acolyte, servers—will begin at church and end at the Pink Sisters’ Convent. Please do not follow the procession, but plan to stand along the route and adore. A description of the route was e-mailed mid-week. As you are waiting for Our Lord to come by, it is suggested to maintain a prayerful atmosphere with a rosary, a chaplet, or hymns with others on the route. People are welcome to scatter petals on the sidewalk ahead of the Blessed Sacrament.

Confessions for June 13th: Because there will be a wedding in the church on Saturday, June 13th, confessions will be heard from 1:30 until 3:00pm in the outdoor space between the back of the church and the convent.

Streaming: Beginning last weekend, ONLY the 4pm Mass will be streamed. For those who would prefer to watch and participate in Mass on Sunday morning from home, the aforementioned Mass will still be available for viewing. Regardless of whether you watch the live or the recorded version of the Mass, you will receive the same graces.

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

Charity and Stewardship Appeal (formerly DDP): the deadline for turn-in of donations to the CSA campaign has been extended to June 30th.  At the time of this message, we have not yet met our parish goal. We’re about $27,000 below our goal of $85,000. This appeal also provides necessary income for our parish and school. If you have not yet made your pledge or gift, please turn in your card or pledge online (and in the case of online pledges and gifts, do not mail the card).

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.

The Fatima Project: new flyers are in the church which detail the Fatima Project, please pick one up, learn, and participate! Details were also posted on the parish’s Facebook page, which is HERE.

Many Thanks to those women who came to deep-clean at the rectory to prepare Father Kipper’s room and office: Cheryl Wesolowski, Sharon Svoboda, Tabby Goodwater, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

Thrift Shop: St. Teresa Thrift Shop will be open for donations only on June 20th from 9-3. Please bring your clean and washed donations to the back door of the store. Ring the doorbell and a volunteer will take your donations inside. The store will NOT be open during these donation times.  | St. Teresa Thrift Shop will be open for business on these dates and times: Saturday, July 11th, Saturday, July 18th, and Saturday July 25th from 9-3. There will be NO Friday hours in July. | 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!

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.

In-parish Home for Rent: 851 S 36th St | Clean and well-kept 3 bedroom, 2 bath house for rent. Low utilities, wood floors, washer and dryer hookups. Fenced in backyard, one garage detached garage. Central location and great neighborhood—one block from St. Teresa Church. Qualifications: Background and credit check, income of three times rent, and no dogs or cats. If interested, please contact Isaac at (402) 785-8358.


In-parish Job Openings

St. Teresa School is looking for two part-time resource para-professionals to work with students. Hours for the first position are 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. The second position is for afternoons only, 15-18 hours per week. For more information, please contact Sister Mary Cecilia at 402-477-3358 or sr.mary-cecilia@cdolinc.net

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.

Facilities Manager: St. Teresa Catholic Church and School is seeking a Facilities and Maintenance Manager. This includes overall maintenance and grounds for the church, school, rectory, convent, and rental house. Responsibilities include keeping the buildings and grounds safe, clean, and in good repair. General knowledge of electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems is helpful. The job includes custodial duties in the school as well as general maintenance and repair of the entire campus. Must be able to work independently and manage a team. Pay is commensurate with experience. Health and dental insurance and a retirement plan are available. 3-5 years’ previous experience preferred. Please contact the Parish Office with questions: 402-477-3979.


Diocesan Announcements

While many activities have been cancelled, the Diocesan Canoe Trip is still on the calendar!  It will be held July 5-7 or 7-9, near Valentine, Nebraska.  $100 covers registration and food.  Each attendee/family will need to bring their own tent.   Due to current health conditions, we can only take a limited number of students, and will not be providing transportation, so it will be important to register soon to secure a spot.  Go to https://www.lincolndiocese.org/camps/diocesan-canoe-trip to register.

Blessed Sacrament Teacher, 6th-8th Math: Blessed Sacrament School in Lincoln, Nebraska is currently accepting applications for a full-time 6-8th Grade Math teacher. Blessed Sacrament is a Pre-K-8th grade school with a diverse student population. As a staff we value continued student growth in a faith-filled environment through collaboration with each other, parents, and our community. Please send resume and cover letter to danielle-miller@cdolinc.net.

Blessed Sacrament Part-time Kitchen Assistant: Blessed Sacrament School in Lincoln, Nebraska is currently accepting applications for a part-time kitchen assistant for the school lunch program. Hours are 6:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Please contact Danielle Miller if you are interested at Danielle-miller@cdolinc.net.

Blessed Sacrament & St. Patrick Music Teacher: St. Patrick School in the City of Lincoln, together with Blessed Sacrament, have an opening for a full-time K-8 Music Teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information please contact Principal Kristine Placek at Kristine-Placek@cdolinc.net or apply online at:  https://stpatricklincolnschool. com/employment/

The Education Technology department for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lincoln has an immediate opening for a Support Technician (student) Intern.  This student intern position will prepare equipment for deployment to the schools, including assembly, disassembly and configuration of various hardware components, as well as installation and configuration of software. This position will also be responsible for maintenance of said equipment at the schools. The Student Technician Intern will work at the direction of the Diocesan Field Specialist to maximize the effectiveness of technology in the schools. This paid position requires a high level of professionalism, individual responsibility, and the ability to prioritize tasks and respond according to established standards and procedures. Applicants must be full time college students who do not graduate before December 2021, at least 19 years old, and able to work 15-30 hours a week during regular business hours.   For more information, see the full job description at https://www.lincolndiocese.org/school-employment/13959-lincoln-support-technician-student-intern   To apply, send letter of interest and resume to jobs@cdolinc.net.  No calls, please.

St. Peter Catholic Church & School, Lincoln - Open Position:  Evangelization, Stewardship and Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Responsible for coordinating the overall evangelization, stewardship, special events and volunteer programs for the parish and its ministries.  The position will work directly with the Pastor to collaborate, develop, and implement an effective plan for evangelization and stewardship.  The position will also handle support of ministry leaders in the parish. This position assists in organizing sacramental preparation programs by recruiting and forming instructors.  Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree in a related field; or, its equivalent in experience, with three or more years of experience in evangelization and stewardship development and coordinating volunteer programs.  Technology, database, and website experience. Computer ability with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel). Strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience and/or working knowledge of parish ministries. This is a Non-exempt, Full Time position.  Please send a cover letter and resume to Nancy Allder nancy-allder@cdolinc.net

St. Michael Catholic School is seeking two early childhood para-educators 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.