May 14, 2021: Bulletin & Announcements

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

Thanks for taking the time to read through the announcements and bulletin. A letter from Bishop Conley (about our obligation to be physically present at Masses) is attached.

God bless you.


Handy Links:

  1. CSA Volunteers Sign-Up Genius
  2. Summertime Hosting Sign-up (Are You Plugged In)
  3. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-up : New series began on April 5th (through May 23rd)
  4. Parish Website
  5. Parish Facebook Page
  6. Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House Schedule


May 16 Bulletin

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Letter from Bishop Conley




On May 23, the

Solemnity of Pentecost 2021, the Sunday and holy day Mass obligation will be restored in the Lincoln Diocese.

 From Bishop Conley: “The reason all Catholics have a grave obligation of being physically present for Mass on Sundays and holy days is because the Eucharist is at the heart of what it is to be a Christian. In the Eucharist, Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord is truly present. When the Mass is celebrated, heaven comes to earth and the redemption  Jesus attained on the cross comes to us personally. When the scriptures are proclaimed, God Himself speaks to    His people.”

Please take time to read the attachment which is Bishop Conley’s (complete) letter to us.

Additionally, THIS ARTICLE and THIS OTHER ARTICLE by Fr. Andrew Heaslip may be helpful in understanding why the church assigns such serious responsibility to Mass attendance.


These resources are available at the exits of the church:

  • Using a Guide-pamphlet, make a St. Joseph Pilgrimage to honor Joseph and his life’s work.
  • St. Joseph Holy Cards: these were created for our parish and feature a unique painting which was commissioned by the Marian Sisters in 2015.

St. Teresa School is participating in Give to Lincoln Day on May 25.

This year we are raising funds to improve our playground equipment. The playground structures are dated and in need of replacement in order to continue to provide countless hours of fun for the children of our parish, school, and neighborhood. Please prayerfully consider making a gift. Donations can be made online or dropped off at the St. Teresa School office or any Lincoln West Gate Bank now through May 25. You may also mail a gift to the Lincoln Community Foundation: 215 Centennial Mall S., Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE 68508. Mail must be postmarked by May 18, and checks must be written to “Lincoln Community Foundation” with St. Teresa School specified in the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

Totus Tuus

is a vibrant, energetic catechetical summer program for youth. It will be held at   St. Teresa June 13-18. Students entering grades 1-8 meet M-F from 9-3 at school. Students entering grades 9-12 meet from 8-10pm Sun-Thu evenings in K. Hall. E-mail ( to reserve a spot for your child(ren). A list will be made and in late May, registration forms will be sent to the people on that list. Fees may be paid at that time. The cost is $25 per child but no more than $75 per family.


For a successful 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)

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


Because of health restrictions, things will be a little different this year than in the past. The teachers will stay with their host families, but will not eat meals at a different house each day. Rather, suppers will be provided to them at Kaczmarek Hall. There will not be large coolers of water and lemonade. Instead, the children will bring their own water bottles, and disposable water bottles will be available for those who forget. There will not be a parish-potluck.

Welcome By Baptism

  • Bernadette Josephine, daughter of Clem and Maggie (Wesely) Pella
  • Binh-Lac Francis, son of Martin Pella and Kimngan Nguyen
  • Georgia Diane, daughter of Joshua and Anna (Boothe) Allen
  • Noah George, son of Ashton and Emilie (Vajgrt) Jones

Welcome to Our Newcomers

Allison Morrill

Hannah Johnson

Chelsea Wilkinson

On Fri, May 21st from 2-3pm, Tony Schafers will lead a review session for all Altar boys: new and experienced. Boys who attend St. Teresa Elementary will be automatically included in the review session. Boys who do not attend St. Teresa school are encouraged to attend! If your son is completing 4th grade or is older and would like to be an Altar Server but has not been trained, please contact the Parish Office Mon-Fri 9am-4pm: 402-477-3979

Four Hours of Eucharistic Exposition need to be covered until May 23rd:

  • Mon 1-2pm
  • Tue 2-3pm,
  • Wed 3-4pm
  • Wed 7-8pm

In-Parish Rental: Cute, fully remodeled duplex at 405 S 46th st. Off street parking, new wood floors throughout, brand new fridge and dishwasher, new tiles, counters, vanity, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, washer/dryer hook up in basement- unfinished basement. Please text Raejo enterprises at 402-417-2825 with a first and last name, email and phone number if interested in viewing.


Augustine Institute | Solemnity of Corpus Christi: Join us for this 2-hour, virtual Bible Conference on the weekend of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. But what does the Holy Bible have to say about it? Register to join us on Saturday, June 5, and learn from some of the nation's top Bible scholars: Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Tim Gray, and Dr. Mary Healy. Visit for more information.



The THRIVE Endowment supports long-term tuition relief. As the endowment grows, so too will the annual support for school families in need. For example: a $25,000 endowment investment today could ensure the future of a St. Teresa student each and every year, forever. Alternatively, donors may contribute to The THRIVE NOW Fund, which will assist St. Teresa families in need, dollar for dollar, in the current school year. Your gift of $2,000 could keep one or more students at St. Teresa in the 2021-22 school year.

For more info, visit or contact one of the THRIVE  Committee Members: TJ Casady, Craig Vacek, Emily Moore, Nathan Seger,

Doug Koenig, Phil Cunningham,

and Mary Lou Buss

Charity & Stewardship Appeal

  • Our parish goal is 82,040
  • Pledges Total $71,795 (as of Monday the 10th)
  • We still need to collect $10,245

Grand Group: Our May event will take place on Tue, May 18th at 1:00 at the Knights of Columbus hall. We are  fortunate to have as our guest, Janet Buck, who has been a registered dietitian for 25 years. She will share information on nutrients of special interest to our age group and insight into how our diet can affect diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Janet will also discuss the pros and cons of commonly used dietary supplements. Be sure to join us as we learn more about how the right diet can help us live healthier lives!Questions? Call Phyllis (402-488-9177)

Religious Sister Vocation of the Week

Each week, a new entrant from Lincoln Diocese Motherhouse will be “featured”.

This week, let us pray for Sr. Gabriel Perry from Las Vegas Nevada, who is a Novice with the Marian Sisters.

Thrift Shop Income for 3 weeks: $7114

 Shopping & Donating Hours

Þ Fridays 4-8

Þ Saturdays 9-3

 To volunteer, contact Renee:

402-610-3153 (voice or text)

From the Nebraska Catholic Conference:

  • Catholics can easily click on the link in the announcement to send a message to their State Senator about the vote. Please also consider sharing this Facebook post on your school Facebook accounts.
  • While we did not get the outcome we were hoping for this year, we made a lot of positive progress, and we are on the road to shaping public opinion. One senator, Justin Wayne, who used to be opposed to the issue, is now a champion for school choice in Nebraska.
  • We are also grateful for Senator Lou Ann Linehan, who has prioritized this bill four years in a row, Senator Tom Briese, Senator Mike Flood, and Senator Tom Brewer for their public and passionate support.
  • Thank you for all your efforts this year and in the future as we continue to fight for educational freedom for Nebraska families!
  • Please feel free to contact our office with any questions at


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


Summer-themed Catholic Math Booklets: 

Visit for information on Catholic Summer Math Booklets that include 10 summer-themed activities designed to do just once a week. In addition to the 10 themes, the Thumb-ertime Flashcard page motivates daily flashcard use. Check out the website to view the themes, activities, and concepts.

Fight summer brain-drain, but let summer be summer. See the SNRegister’s feature on them HERE.

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.


Kaczmarek Hall Lights & Kitchen

  • When using the Hall, please remember to turn off all of the lights when you are finished.
  • Any items left in the church    kitchen—tin pans, platters, etc.—that are not claimed by May 16th will be   donated. Even if you don’t think you’re missing anything, you should stop to look through the left-behind items.



Catholic Social Services is hiring a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) to join the team at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center (IHMCC). We are seeking a compassionate, positive, and mission driven team member. The LMHP will provide clinical services to our clients, consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Services include, but are not limited to, professional counseling, clinical assessment/problem identification, treatment planning, and case management for clients of all ages.  The full job description and application instructions are available at Position open until filled.

North American Martyrs Parish Evangelization Director

Looking for a full time, experienced, energetic, faith filled, Catholic self-starter who can coordinate adult and youth ministry in the parish. Includes working with the Youth Ministry and Evangelization Committees to organize various kerygmatic adult programs, Bible studies, Parish Retreats, Mission trips, etc. Send resume to  Fr. Brian Connor,  1101 Isaac Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521 or email  for more information.

All are welcome to join in on recitation of a pro-life rosary at 6:35 every Monday evening at St Mary's Church,14th & K, for the intention of those scheduled to abort their children on Tuesdays.

North American Martyrs Parish Evangelization Director

Looking for a full time, experienced, energetic, faith filled, Catholic self-starter who can coordinate adult and youth ministry in the parish. Includes working with the Youth Ministry and Evangelization Committees to organize various kerygmatic adult programs, Bible studies, Parish Retreats, Mission trips, etc. Send resume to  Fr. Brian Connor,  1101 Isaac Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521 or email  for more information.


Now offered in-person AND virtually via livestream! Discover how the great mystery of Christ's love can restore passion, purpose and intimacy in your marriage. In Unveiled, a retreat led by the John Paul II Healing Center, you’ll engage topics grounded in Church teaching such as: “Discovering True Love,” “A Whole New Look at Your Wedding Day,” “Cultivating Intimacy and Unity in Your Marriage,” “Understanding Your Marital Conflict,” “Healing and Reconciliation in Your Marriage,” and “Restoring Sexual Passion and Intimacy in Your Marriage.” This retreat is open to singles discerning marriage, dating and engaged couples, and couples who have been married for many years! The Newman Center – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is hosting this Unveiled retreat July 15-17, 2021. Learn more and register for this amazing experience at:  Scholarships available. Email Stephanie & Jude Werner at for more information. This event is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln Office of Family Life.