March 5, 2021: Bulletin & Updates

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners, please take time to look over the new announcements and review the repeats.

God bless you!

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Handy Links:

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

Attachments:

March 7th Bulletin
Bulletin Advertisers
2-sided Flyer: Chipotle Fundraiser and Diocesan Vaccine Statement

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:: NEW & UPDATED PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::

 

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

St. Joseph Book Study

In the following days, read the daily readings (Days 16-21) and prayers in preparation for our next meeting, which is Tues Mar 9th at 7pm in Church.

St. Teresa School is looking for a long-term substitute paraprofessional for Mar 29-May 26. Hours are noon-3:30 pm each school day. Responsibilities include working with individual students or small groups and supporting teachers in kindergarten - fourth grade. If interested, contact Sr. Mary Ruth: sr.mary-ruth@cdolinc.net or 402-477-3358.

 

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 www.stlfschool.org.

 

Good Shepherd Scholarship

The Good Shepherd Scholarship application for the 2021-22 school year is now open and will close on March 31st.

www.goodshepherdscholarship.com

If you need help, please contact the school.

 

Lenten Confession Times

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 the 6:30am and 8:15am Masses every day, 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

Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska

 Abraham contacted Catholic Social Services requesting rental assistance after his only financial familial support died. Abraham has been disabled since 1987 and after being denied twice for disability in 1999, one of his brothers decided to take care of his rent, utilities, etc., but unfortunately, that brother passed away. Abraham has two birth   defects, kidney problems, defective ribs, and spinal abnormalities. Abraham also has heart problems and a blood clot    disease that requires a special machine. Right now, his sister is helping him     reapply for disability benefits. He was just approved for Social Security Insurance (SSI) and will receive $373 per month.  He is waiting to hear back from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). CSS was able to cover March rent and is hopeful he will soon be       approved and provided additional financial support from SSDI that will help   cover his monthly living expenses.

Seminarian of the Week

Tony Schukei, of Saint Teresa Parish, is the son of Clint & Sheila Schukei. He is studying Theology 3 at St. Charles Borromeo. Remember to pray for Tony and for his formation.

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.

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

 

Recap for Health Restrictions (loosening of restrictions)

Clarification: These changes apply to ALL weekend Masses. (The 6:30am Masses and Saturday’s 8:15am Mass will utilize the Communion Rail but will not have offertory, singing, or procession)

Here's what’s going to change:

  • Holy Water will be available in the fonts.
  • The priests will process in at the beginning and end of Mass.
  • Congregational singing will be allowed (and is encouraged!).
  • Parishioners will bring up Offertory. If you would like to bring up the Offertory, pick up the “Gift Bearers” card from the gifts table in the back of church and keep it with you. After the Prayers of the Faithful, come to the back of church, replace the card, and bring up the gifts.
  • We will begin using the Communion Rail (and people are welcome to receive on the tongue). People who would like to use the Communion Rail should use the center aisles to come forward, regardless of whether they are seated in the front or back of church. Those that prefer to receive Communion standing and in-the-hand may use the side aisles to go to the back of the church where this (standing and in-hand) will be the option.

Here’s what will stay the same:

  • If you have any symptom(s) of COVID—even the mildest symptom—stay at home!
  • Please wear a mask or face covering when you attend Mass.
  • Pews and surfaces will still be cleaned regularly, and remember: we have an air purification system installed in the church.
  • We will still social-distance. That is, we will keep 6 feet between people or households.
  • Offering: Ushers will not collect our donations. Please place your envelopes in the baskets at the exits or in the drop-slot at the rectory.
  • Mass will still be live-streamed and available for later viewing.

Note: The Saturday 8:15am Mass is consistently at 15-20% capacity and is a good option for those who would prefer a Mass which has lower attendance. Saturday’s 8:15am Mass will utilize the Communion Rail but will not have offertory, singing, or procession.

Lenten Confession Times

Times for Confessions have been adjusted again—more times are available so that everyone has the opportunity to make a good confession during Lent. Remember: 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 the 6:30am and 8:15am Masses every day, including Saturday’s 8:15am Mass.
  • Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7pm. This one time, the rear confessional will be used.
  • Saturday afternoons from 3-3:50 and again after Mass from 4:45-5:15

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

Praying

During Lent, Stations of the Cross is prayed on Fridays two times per day:

  • With the school children at 2:45
  • As a Parish Family at 7pm

 

Fasting

Related to fasting is abstinence from meat. Every Catholic 14 years of age and older is obligated to avoid meat and meat products (e.g. Broth) on Fridays of Lent.

 

Almsgiving

For our parish’s almsgiving this year we would like to focus on serving those in our local community. In place of the rice bowl, we will be collecting donations to support Catholic Social Services. The online giving fund for “Rice Bowl” has been modified to direct funds to CSS.  St. Teresa’s will be collecting for this endeavor and will   present CSS with a check during Easter Week for the total collected throughout Lent. Thank you for giving generously to our neighbors in need.

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.

 

Saint Teresa Elementary School Announcements:

  • Recycled Paper: The school has a need for  recycled paper which is flat and blank on one side, for printing one-sided worksheets. Thank you!
  • Good Shepherd Scholarship: The Good Shepherd Scholarship application for the 2021-22 school year is now open and will close on March 31st. www.goodshepherdscholarship.com If you need help, please contact the school.

 

Fasting & Abstinence Reminders:

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on each Friday of Lent. This obligation   prohibits the eating of meat (and meat broth, bacon bits, etc.). Fasting means limiting oneself to one full meal on a  given fast day. On fast days, two additional smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength, but they should not, if put together, equal one full meal. Also, eating solid foods or caloric beverages between meals (snacking) is not permitted. Catholics ages 18 to 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, nursing, etc., automatically excuse a person from these obligations but please remember: these are serious obligations. If in doubt or if you have questions, please speak with a priest.

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  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.

 

:: NEW DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::

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 www.campkateri.org.

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 www.campkateri.org.

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 carl-bilotta@cdolinc.net and jenny-bykerk@cdolinc.net.

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  goallin4him247@gmail.com.

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 frborowiak@cdolinc.net.

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 frborowiak@cdolinc.net.

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 Ashley-Rockey@cdolinc.net.

:: REPEAT DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::

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 www.lincolndiocese.org/mission 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 https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/fatherson Questions? Please contact the NFP Offices 402-473-0630 or naturalfamilyplanning@cdolinc.net

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 www.emmausinstitute.net.

The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life. Tell your elected officials to oppose it! Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The Equality Act, which is being voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives soon, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. The Equality Act would: punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs; force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women; risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions; force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition; and expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.

DISCIPLES ON A MISSION - 3 Night Parish Retreat

Casting Nets Ministries will be at Cathedral to present a 3 night parish retreat on March 12-14 at 7:30pm every night (Friday – Sunday) in the church. Topics include: The Challenge of Discipleship, Stewardship: The Complete Gift of Self, and The Seven Pillars of Effective Evangelization. These three dynamic presentations focus on how we can all be disciples who are truly “all in” and willing to live Christian discipleship even in difficult circumstances. Questions, contact the Cathedral parish office at 402-488-0948. For more information about Casting Nets, visit www.castingnetsministries.com/.

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