June 19: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

I hope you are all well.

(Updated) 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 60 people at Saturday’s 4pm Mass, and between 100 and 120 at each of the Sunday Masses. There is more than enough room to allow plenty of space between people and households.

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 and, beginning Friday, June 26th, confessions will also be heard ½ hour before Masses on Fridays.

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.

I continue to ask for your financial support for our church. As has been communicated, the Coronavirus and all of its fallout has impacted our parish finances. So many were very generous in response to my initial appeals for continued and/or increased church support. Whatever you can give will be much appreciated. I’m very grateful to all who have responded to my previous requests.

Thank you. Once again, I’m very grateful for your offers for help and for all of your prayers. Be assured of our daily prayers for you!

My the Lord in his Most Sacred Heart fill your heart with the fire of his love,

Father Hottovy



Welcome, Father Kipper!

Dear St. Teresa parishioners,

My name is Fr. Nicholas Kipper, the new priest in residence at St. Teresa.  I am very happy to be assigned here, and I look forward to meeting you and walking our journey of faith together.

I am the oldest of four children.  I grew up in Cathedral parish here in Lincoln.  I graduated from Pius X High School in 1998.  I went to UNL for a year, entered the seminary and studied there for 7 years. I was ordained a priest in 2006 and have been assigned to several parishes in Lincoln and was pastor at St. James parish in Cortland for 3 years. I also taught at Pius X for 9 years.  I have been working at the Southern Nebraska Register for 12 years.  I was assistant editor for 3 years, editor for 6 years, and currently I am the director of communications and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Lincoln.

Know that St. Teresa’s parish is in my daily prayers, and I ask for your prayers as well.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Nicholas Kipper

Fr. Kipper’s Mass Schedule:

Saturday, June 20 at 4pm

Sunday, June 21st at 10am

Mon, June 22-Fri, June 26 at 5:30pm

Sunday, June 28th at Noon

Parish Announcements:

There will NOT be a Eucharistic Procession on Saturday June 20th. There will be a procession next week on June 27th.

Beginning this week, a small number of printed bulletins will be available at the exits of church.  The format of the bulletin will go back to the 11x17 size (funny enough, that size is called “tabloid”). In case this format is difficult for people to read electronically, I will include its announcements in this e-mail.

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.

Fireworks! Knights of Columbus plan to sell fireworks July 3rd and 4th in the HyVee Parking Lot. They need both customers and volunteers. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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. Our parish has pledged $69,086, which is short of our $85,390 goal. 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.

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!

Construction Update | Gymnasium

The old gym steam heaters with associated asbestos coverings have been removed.  The old, disintegrating surface of the ceiling has been completely resurfaced with new impact resistant acoustical panels.  Lines and brackets for the new gym heat/AC system have been installed, and painting of the ceiling began this week.

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.

Bernita Hruby offers her thanks and gratitude, “I want to thank everyone for all the prayers, e-mails, and lovely cards that I have received since my surgery.”

Wurlitzer piano free to good home.  If interested, please call 402-476-0820.

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

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.


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.

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


Diocesan Announcements

A one-day retreat for couples experiencing infertility will be held at St. Patrick Church on Sat, June 27 from 9am-4pm, led by Fr. Ryan Kaup. To register, please visit https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/infertilityretreat

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.