May 13, 2022: Weekend Update

Dear St. Teresa Parishioners,

Thanks for taking the time to look through the announcements. The text in red is applicable to this weekend (May 13-14).

May God bless you!



Handy Links:

  1. Elementary School Enrollment
  2. Give to Lincoln Day Fundraiser
  3. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up
  4. Parish Website
  5. Parish Facebook Page
  6. Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House



May 15 Bulletin

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Christian Mothers

Mothers of the parish: you are invited to a Mother's Day Brunch hosted by the Men's Club on Sat, May 14th, following the 8:15 am Mass. Enjoy brunch and fellowship with other beautiful moms. To attend, please RSVP to Emily Pfeiffer 402-770-0359 (text or call) or emailing RSVPs appreciated by Weds, May 11th.

Friday, May 13 (Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima) Fasting (Go HERE for the USCCB’s statement.)

WASHINGTON - In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, some abortion advocates are calling for nationwide demonstrations, disruptions of church services, and the personal intimidation of specific Supreme Court justices. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities invited the faithful to unite in fasting and prayer:

“In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:

  • For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.
  • For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
  • For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
  • For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
  • For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.

As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.”

CCD Faith Event (last class): May 18th at 4pm. Parents plan to join their students, if possible.  We will be honoring Mary in a special way with a crowning and prayers followed by treats and refreshments.


St. Teresa’s Women’s Event Committee invites all women of the parish to spend an afternoon together. Join us as we pray and walk the Stations of the Cross on the beautiful grounds of the Cloisters on the Platte. The Stations of the Cross is a 2500 foot long walking tour with audio meditations, comprised of 14 sculpture stations that represent Christ’s trial through his burial. A picnic lunch at St. Teresa precedes the event. Transportation will be provided.

  • June 5, 2022 at 1pm (bus departs after lunch)
  • $15 per person
  • Please bring a sack lunch
  • For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Rosie Polak at 402-429-8465 or
  • Space is limited to 35 registrants.
  • Reservations are needed by June 1, 2022


Give to Lincoln Day  | Help Saint Teresa School deepen and develop a Catholic Liberal Arts curriculum. Your gift will support teacher formation and the purchase of classical texts and resources that set hearts on fire to cultivate a sense of wonder and joy in learning. Give online HERE now through May 26th.

Ways to donate:

  • You may donate online using THIS link.
  • You may mail a gift to the Lincoln Community Foundation at 215 Centennial Mall S. Ste 100, Lincoln NE, 68508 (postmarked by May 18). Checks should be made payable to Lincoln Community Foundation with St. Teresa School in the memo line.
  • You may drop off a gift at Lincoln West Gate Bank branch drive-through now through May 26th.


Easter Praise & Worship Holy Hour

Preparing Our Hearts for Pentecost

Join us for praise and worship. Intercessory prayer teams will be available.

Our Junior High Choir will provide beautiful music to enhance our adoration and reflection.

Meet in church from 7-8pm on Wednesday May 18th


Please join us for Fr. Liam O’Shea-Creal’s first Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday May 29th, 2022 at Noon at St. Teresa Catholic Church. Immediately following Mass in Kaczmarek Hall will be reception hosted by St. T Altar Society and First Blessings.

Charity & Stewardship Appeal

CSA is an annual appeal of the Diocese. Funds collected support diocesan ministries such as Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Catholic Social Services, the Tribunal, and the Family Life Office. For a complete list, visit the diocesan website HERE. Our parish’s goal is $80,460. If we meet our goal, we will receive 80% of this as a rebate. All funds in excess of our goal will be returned to us.

Early Bird Sundays: May 1st & 8th

Home Visits: May 15th

Volunteers are needed to help with home visits. Call Dave: 402-450-2996.

Looking Ahead

ASCENSION | May 26th

The Ascension of Our Lord is Thursday May 26th. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are Wednesday May 25th at 5:30pm, and Thursday at 6:30am,  8:15am, and 6:30pm.

Lectors for Holy Day

  • 5:30pm Vigil: Drudik
  • 6:30am: Kopetzky
  • 8:15am: Seib
  • 6:30pm: Koenig

Altar Servers

  • 5:30pm Vigil: L. Stratman & M. Schinstock
  • 6:30pm: J. Wesolowski & M. Owens


Religious Sister Vocation of the Week

Sr. Mary Pacita is a Professed Sister with the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (Pinks). Remember to pray for her and her formation.

Bishop Conley has asked us to pray for rain to end wildfires and to provide moisture for farms  and ranches, on which Nebraska depends as a large part of its livelihood. In spite of the recent rains, Nebraska is still in drought.

  “I have an urgent plea for all: please pray for rain, especially in areas affected by the wildfires and areas of severe drought. Meteorologists have forecasted that many parts of Nebraska will remain in a very substantial drought. This drought will cause serious problems for crops and livestock as we move into the summer if we do not receive increased moisture … Farmers and ranchers put in much hard work to produce food for the whole world, and we are grateful for that. They take great risks,  relying on the providence of God, to provide for our sustenance. Through the intercession of St. Isidore the Farmer, we pray for all farmers and ranchers. We pray in particular for those affected by the wildfires in central and western Nebraska. May the good Lord, the Lord of life, watch over them and keep them safe.” (This is an excerpt from THIS ARTICLE which includes a Litany for Rain (prayer) which is in the printed bulletin.)

UPDATED: Totus Tuus is a summer catechetical youth program.

For Elementary Students:

9am-3pm, Mon-Fri, June 6-10

The day includes catechetical instruction, Mass, songs, games, and recess.

For high school youth, the program runs Sun-Thu, June 5-9, 8pm-10pm.

Totus Tuus combines catechesis and having fun! The youthfulness and energy of the team is contagious. Come out and join us! Registration is available through the parish office. The cost is $25 per student but no more than $75 per family.

To register, pick up a form from one of the church exits or print the form attached to this e-mail. Forms can be filled out and turned in to the parish office.


For a successful Totus Tuus program, we need:

  • A Host family for two women
  • A Host family for two men
  • Two volunteers for drop-off time
  • Two volunteers for pick-up time
  • Mountains of Cookies for each day
  • Four lunches for the team each weekday
  • Supper for the team each weeknight
  • High School Helpers
  • Water Bottles (disposable)
  • Snacks for high school meetings

A sign-up genius will be made. Until then, you are welcome to volunteer for any of these things by e-mailing

Parish Potluck: Weds, June 8th at 6pm



St. Teresa School Announcements | 402-477-3358

Open Positions

  • Educational Consultant
  • Administrative Assistant

For more information, contact Sister Mary Cecilia: sr.mary-cecilia@cdolinc | 402-477-3358

Enrollment is Open for All Grades

All future students must register, even if they are currently students! Get started HERE.  


St. Teresa Preschool provides an opportunity for 4 and 5 year-old children to grow and develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, and psychologically. Two different sessions are offered:

Mon-Fri from 8-11 and Mon-Fri from 12:15-3:15. Preschoolers must be 4 years old by July 31, 2022.Contact the school for more information. Enrollment is open now!

All school lunches this week are Cook’s Choice.

Dates to Remember:

  • Wed May 18: 8th grade last day and    JH choir 7-8 p.m. holy hour in church
  • Mon May 23: Jayhawk Olympics
  • Tue May 24: Last Day of School

Custodial Position

St. Teresa 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. To apply, please contact the Parish Office.


Sacred Art Spotlight

The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, part of the famous Ghent Altarpiece, was completed in 1492 by brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. The altarpiece is considered a masterpiece of European art and one of the world’s treasures.  The painting can be best described as an image from the Book of Revelation 7:9-17, which is the Second reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter:

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Then one of the elders said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and nigh tin his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”




Grand Group: Our annual tea party will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at KC Hall. This year it will be a brunch served at 11:00.         Gentlemen, don’t stay away because we call it a tea party. Yes, we drink out of tea cups, but the food will be delicious and you will enjoy the entertainment!


SCRIP Reminders

Remember to use SCRIP for all of your Spring celebrations:

Gifts and dining out for Mother’s Day!

Graduation gifts and party supplies!

Place special orders ASAP for delivery on time. Looking further ahead, use SCRIP for Summer travel: food, fuel, and even lodging. Did you know several major hotel chains and airlines offer SCRIP rebates? Big ticket items mean big rebates (and big tuition credits with our new plan).

Heads up to online Scrip users: ShopWithScrip is now RaiseRight! Next time you log in, you'll see the shiny new website. All the old options are there, but they look different. Please contact Staci if you have any questions or need help with your order, and be sure to update your saved links.

 Contact Staci with questions: | 402-802-8627


St. Teresa School’s Open Positions:

  • Educational Consultant

Applicants for this position work with families and faculty/staff to provide for any needs of the students in our school. While we also have a resource teacher, this position oversees our Teammates program, SCIP program, counselors, and works with other needs of our students. Experience in schools and working with families is a high priority for this position, as well as an ability to work with students in a variety of contexts (classroom, lunch, recess, small groups, etc.).

  • Administrative Assistant

Applicants for this position will work with our office staff to provide for the needs of the school. Overseeing official tasks   within the school: enrolling new students, tuition billing, ordering textbooks and supplies, completion of reports, simple accounting, and other administrative tasks that arise. Knowledge of Office software, ability to adapt to technology, and good communication skills are a must.

For more information, contact Sister Mary Cecilia: sr.mary-cecilia@cdolinc | 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. Two different sessions are offered: Mon-Fri from 8-11 and Mon-Fri from 12:15-3:15. Preschoolers must be 4 years old by July 31, 2022.Contact the school for more information. Enrollment is open now!

Parish Office | 402-477-3979

General Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Thu

The parish office is closed on Fridays.

  • Jeanne Kee: Financial Secretary

Mon-Thu, 9-4 |

  • Aubrey Potter: Parish Secretary

Mon-Thu, 9-2 |

Deadline for Bulletin Announcements (send to Aubrey) is Wednesday at 10am.

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.



Inviting women who are interested in prayer to attend an Information Meeting on Ignatian Prayer on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bride’s Room, St. Joseph’s Parish.  For more information, please call Sue Kirkpatrick, 402/440-7175.

Catholic Social Services is co-hosting the opportunityLNK Community & Career Expo, Thursday, May 19th, 3-7pm at CSS 2241 O Street. Meet with Lincoln companies that are hiring now! Enjoy free food and community connections.

The Chancery has an immediate opening for a Director of Communications. The Director of Communications strategically plans and coordinates the communication of events, news, and initiatives among the people of the Diocese of Lincoln. This position coordinates the external and internal communications of the Diocese through print, digital and social media, podcasts, web, press, and TV/radio. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply please send resume, cover letter and two writing examples (concise press release and full length story) to Marsha Bartek at or to Chancery, 3400 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506. Link:




Mother-Daughter Program

“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” for girls age 9-13 and their mothers will be held Sat, June 4, 2022 from 9am-Noon 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 for in-person, or $10 for virtual.

To register, visit

Questions? Contact Jennifer Davis:

402-261-6375 or

Join a 12-day Pilgrimage to Ireland and Our Lady of Knock June 15-26, 2022 with Fr. Gary Coulter, Fr. Ronald Homes, Fr. Bernard Lorenz and Fr. Matthew Zimmer, daily Mass, and a Catholic guide. Round trip from Omaha: $4,225. More info: or contact Fr. Gary Coulter, / 402-786-2705.

Camp Kateri: Summer Camp Registration: Registration is now open for SKY Camp (current grades 4-8th), Catholic Adventure Camp (grades 3rd-5th) and the Tekakwitha Games (grades 4-8th).  For more information, or to register for camp, go to

 Camp Kateri: Summer Camp Counselor Volunteers Needed

Camp Kateri is now accepting applications for volunteer high school counselors (grades 9-12th) for SKY, Catholic Adventure Camp and the Tekakwitha Games.  For more information, or to download an application, please go to