March 12, 2021: Weekend Update

Dear Parishioners,

I hope you have been having a spiritually fruitful Lent thus far. At this point, we are beyond the midway point of the season. It’s a good time for all of us to evaluate how we have been with our practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If you’ve been doing very well, then continue. If the first half of your Lent have been lackluster, now is the time to regroup and finish Lent strong. It’s never too late to prepare for the most important day of the year for us as Catholics: Easter.

Abundant Lenten Blessings,

Fr. Hottovy


Handy Links:

  1. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up
  2. Parish Website
  3. Parish Facebook Page
  4. Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House Schedule


March 14th Bulletin
Bulletin Advertisers
Easter Lilies Flyer




Please pray for the repose of the soul of longtime parishioner Mary Gapp, wife of John and mother of Andrea, Sara Quiroz, John, and Joseph.

It is time to (informally) reintroduce Altar Servers to our Masses. We have not yet drawn up a schedule nor have we trained last year’s boys and we don’t yet have plans for training this year’s boys. But if you have boys or young men who are altar servers, please encourage them to volunteer at whichever Mass you attend. We will keep you posted on this. 🙂

Virtual Pilgrimage of the Churches of St. Joseph

Fr. Hottovy would like to take you on a tour of some of the most important churches around the world that are  dedicated to St. Joseph. The presentation will be in Kaczmarek Hall on Tue, Mar 23rd at 7pm.

  • It is not possible to live-stream this event (K.Hall has no wi-fi).
  • All people are welcome to attend regardless of whether they participated in the St. Joseph Book Study.

St. Joseph Book Study

In the following days, read the daily readings (Days 23-28) and prayers in preparation for our next      meeting, which is Tues Mar 16th at 7pm in Church.

The culmination of this Book Study is the Consecration to St. Joseph. This will take place Sat, Mar 20th at 9am (following the 8:15 Mass) in church.

Lenten Confession Times

  • Times for Confessions have been adjusted. More times are available so that everyone has the opportunity to make a good confession during Lent.
  • Confessions are still being heard in the sacristies rather than in the small transept-confessionals. The priest has his back to the entry for the privacy of the penitent, who may choose face-to-face confession if s/he prefers.
  • Confessions will be heard at these times:
  • Before all 6:30am and 8:15am Masses and before Saturday’s 8:15am Mass.
  • Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7pm, Fr. Raminedi will hear confessions in the back  confessional.
  • Saturday afternoons from 3-3:50 and again after Mass from 5-5:30


  • Mon-Tue-Wed of Holy Week (Mar 29-30-31)

6am-6:20am and 7:45am-8:05am and 9-9:30am (this 9-9:30 time wasn’t listed before but I promise you it’s accurate)

  • Holy Thursday: after 7pm Mass
  • Good Friday: after Noon-Stations of the Cross and after the 7pm Service
  • Holy Saturday: 11am-Noon

St. Teresa Preschool provides an opportunity for 4 and 5 year-old children to grow and develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and psychologically. Three different sessions are offered. One includes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program. For more information and for registration, visit

Ushers are greatly needed! Our Ushers have been doing an amazing job guiding us through the pandemic and more people are needed for this work. To volunteer, please contact Will Varicak at 402-416-1070.


Remember: we are supporting Catholic Social Services this Lent (almsgiving!) rather than Rice Bowl. Here is this week’s story:

On a snowy morning in January, Catholic Social Services  (CSS) received a phone call from a young mother seeking warm shelter for herself and her two young children, ages one and half and two months. She called from her car where she and her two children had spent the night because electricity –the only heat source in their home- had been shut off the previous day because the bill had not been paid. On behalf of the young mother, we contacted Lincoln Electrical System to confirm the situation and to discuss options for getting the heat source restored. LES staff was helpful and appreciated CSS bringing the situation to their attention. With a verbal commitment that CSS would pay the young    family’s electrical bill, LES dispatched its workers to turn the electricity back on in the home. The electric bill had not been paid because the young mother had been laid off from her job; COVID had reduced business for her employer. The mother chose to use the little money she had to pay for food rather than the electricity bill. For about $375, CSS and its donors were able to help this young mother and her children move from sleeping in their car in January to sleeping in warm beds.

Seminarian of the Week: Bradley Moss is the son of Paul Moss and Mary Schiltz from St. John and St. Joseph Parishes in Lincoln. He is studying College 3 at St. Gregory the Great. Remember to pray for Bradley and for his formation.

Thrift Store:

Hours for business and donations: Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3. Please donate only during business hours.

Last weekend’s income: $477

Sale Schedule:

  • March 12-13: Closed in preparation for….
  • March 19-20: New spring and summer merchandise

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

Remember to visit the Eucharistic Miracles exhibit, which will be on display in the nave of  St. Teresa Church through Wednesday, March 24th.

The 39 panels feature both graphic and written depictions of the miracles. Take time to visit each panel and learn  about Eucharistic Miracles with which God has blessed us. Further details are in last week’s flyer (bulletin insert). The panels are in chronological order. Begin in the back SE corner of church with the first panel Eucharistic Miracles and continue forward and then in a clockwise path.

Knights of Columbus #833 Annual Friday Lenten Fish Fry

Carry Out Only

Serving from 4:30-7pm

Cost is $10 per meal

Featuring fried Pollock & fries with a side of coleslaw and bread

KC Hall: 6044 South Street

40 Days for Life began Feb 17th. St. Teresa’s assigned times are Thursdays from 11am-6pm. Sign up on the board in the vestibule to pray for an hour outside Planned Parenthood. Weekly commitments are greatly needed. Please join in and bring a friend.


Hand Warmers for Our Friends On the Street: In the vestibule, there is a box of hand warmers. Please take one or two to keep in your car (you can come back for more). When you see a homeless person on the street at a stop sign, you can start a conversation with them by saying, “Hello. Would you like a hand warmer?” Exchange names. Learn and use their names. They are your brother or sister disguised as Christ. Please see the box in the vestibule and its attached sheet for further ideas and details.

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 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.




From The Cloisters on the Platte:

Located at The Cloisters on the Platte, the Stations of the Cross is a 2,500 foot long walking tour with audio meditations,   comprised of 14 sculpture stations that  represent Christ’s trial through his burial.

The Stations of the Cross will reopen for the season on Mon, Mar 15th, 2021.

  • Monday-Wednesday:  9am to 4pm
    Thursday:  9am to 12pm
    Sunday:  2:30 to 4pm

Special hours for Holy Week:

  • Thu & Fri, April 1 & 2:  9am to 4pm
    Saturday, April 3:  9am to 3pm
    Sunday, April 4 (Easter Day):  CLOSED

Visit their website for further details.

Join an Easter Monday Pilgrimage April 5 to visit seven Lincoln churches. Meet at St. Joseph, Lincoln for 8:15 a.m. Mass; schedule and driving directions will be provided. $35 includes catered lunch, snacks and drinks, prayers to St Joseph led by Fr. Coulter, concludes at 4:30pm. Make reservations at: or contact the Retreat House at or 402-786-2705.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAM “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” for girls age 9-13 and their mothers will be held Sunday, March 28th, 2021 from 1:30-4:30 pm at John XXIII Diocesan Center and virtually.  This program is designed to educate girls on growing up and becoming a woman. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per mother/daughter or $35 per family in person and $10 virtually.  To register, visit  Questions, please call Jen Davis at 402-261-6375 or email

  1. PETER SCHOOL, LINCOLN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL needed for the 21-22 school year.  Assistant Principal will partner with the school principal in the management of education and teaching programs, facilitate daily school operations and ensure that children have a high quality education. May help in developing the curriculum, improving instruction, staffing, reviewing faculty performance, and creating an atmosphere conducive to growth of the human person.  Requires a bachelor's degree and administrative certification (may be in process).  A strong faith life and the ability to communicate well interpersonally and in writing are essential.   For a more detailed job description and/or to apply, email or call 402-421-6299 x 105 by April 1.  Salary commensurate with experience.



Camp Kateri: Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for SKY Camp (rising grades 5th-9th), Catholic Adventure Camp (rising grades 4th-6th) and the Tekakwitha Games (rising grades 5th-9th).  For more information, or to register for camp, go to

High School Volunteer Counselors Needed For Camp Kateri

Camp Kateri is now accepting applications for volunteer high school counselors for SKY, Catholic Adventure Camp and the Tekakwitha Games.  For more information, or to download an application, please go to

Due to retirements or moving, Cathedral school has the following open teaching positions available.  We are looking for interested candidates for Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th Grade/Language Arts, 8th Grade/Jr. High Math, Technology, and an Extended Care Director.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to and

High school and college students – join the weekly ALL IN Bible Study! The next meeting is Tuesday, March 9 from 8pm-9:30pm at Cathedral in Rectors Hall. Bring your Bibles and Rosaries! Questions, email

Director of Religious Education And Family Ministry

St. Michael parish seeks a Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry (DRE—FM) who would lead, direct, and coordinate a parish catechetical ministry to children, programs including: CCD (grades 1-5), junior high youth ministry, high school youth ministry, and sacramental preparation program for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.  The DRE-FM would also lead, direct, and coordinate initiatives to foster family engagement and development.  This position would be part-time.  Please send resumes to Fr. Kenneth Borowiak at

Music Director

St. Michael parish seeks a Music Director to plan, coordinate, and execute music for  liturgical celebrations in the parish, included weekend Masses and special liturgies.  The director will also develop the parish music program through the recruitment and its training of musicians.  This position would be part-time. Please send resumes to Fr. Kenneth Borowiak at

School Counselor

St. Michael School seeks a school counselor to work with students’ development and academic needs.  St. Michael School includes students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and this position would be part-time, 20 hours a week.  Please send resumes to Ashley Rockey at


Confirmed for Mission

Students being confirmed, along with their parents, are invited to attend the Confirmed for Mission Retreat! It will be held Sat, Mar 20 from 10am-4:30pm at North American Martyrs Church. This day-long event is an opportunity for parents, along with their child, to come together as they learn about the Holy Spirit’s power in confirmation, evangelization, and prayer! Light breakfast and lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per person to register. There is a limit of 150 people. COVID precautions will be taken. Go to to register or for more information.

Father-Son Program

 “In His Image” is for boys age 10-14 and their fathers. It will be held Sun, Mar 21, 2021 from 1:30-4:30 pm at John XXIII Diocesan Center and virtually. This program is designed to educate boys on growing up and becoming a man. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per father-son or $35 per family in person and $10 virtually. To register, visit Questions? Please contact the NFP Offices 402-473-0630 or

Looking for a way to boost your spiritual life during Lent and Easter? The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies is accepting registrations for its 10-week Online & In-Person Courses starting March 8th. Learn more at