June 26: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

This weekend’s Gospel Acclamation proclaims: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation; announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  As we prepare to celebrate our great country’s independence next weekend may we courageously be the light that our homeland needs so much right now.

As restrictions continue to be lifted in Lincoln, our parish’s guidelines will also be changing. Parish activities are gradually opening up.

Archbishop Lucas’s 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:

  • We will continue to use every-other pew. There are signs on the pews to guide us. Please keep households together, and distanced from other households.
  • People should give one another a 6-foot space.
  • The pews, doorknobs, and other surfaces are being sanitized regularly.
  • We are encouraged to continue to wear masks or face coverings when we are at Mass, according to the advice of in-parish medical professionals.
  • The Mass parts will not be sung, and additional music will be instrumental or sung only by a cantor or family choir.
  • The plexi-glass shields are no longer in use, but we will still receive communion in the center aisle and on-the-hand.
  • The Ushers will not pass baskets for the collection, nor pass out bulletins. Baskets are at the exits (and are emptied after each Mass), as are printed bulletins.
  • 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. Please note that this Saturday’s confessions (June 27th) will be heard outdoors near the convent (because a wedding will be taking place in the church).

I continue to ask for your financial support for our church. As has been communicated, the pandemic 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.

Our daily Masses and prayers continue to be offered for you and your intentions.  Thank you for all of your spiritual support.

In Christ,

Fr. Hottovy


Parish Announcements:

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.

This Saturday’s Eucharistic Procession will begin at 9am. All are encouraged to join the procession (with social distancing). The map of the route is attached, and its guidelines have been updated (since Wednesday). There will not be Eucharistic Processions on July 4th or 11th, but there will be a procession on the 18th of July.

Eucharistic Holy Hour for Our Country

Join us on Thursday, July 2nd at 7pm to pray for our country at this time of social unrest and political turmoil. We will pray the Patriotic Rosary in which each state is consecrated to Our Lord. You may attend in person or participate via live-stream.

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.

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. If you wish to volunteer, please use THIS LINK to sign up.

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 $70,611, 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). If you received a card in the mail but donated online, you may ignore it.

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 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.

The Pink Sisters’ Chapel will remain 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.