November 20: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Parishioners,

These words from Psalm 29 are exactly what we need to hear in these uncertain times.  Christ is the Prince of Peace and after his resurrection he reminds us that he gives us a true and lasting peace that the world cannot give.  Continue to trust and entrust your lives entirely to the Lord.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and we all have so much to be grateful to God for.  I am humbled and thankful to be your pastor.  I am grateful for our parish community and all the ways that parishioners have stepped up this year with all of its difficulties to build up our parish and school.  It has been a collaborative effort.

Take time to really reflect on the countless blessings and graces, big and small, that the Lord has given to you in the midst of this challenging year of 2020.

People continue to take advantage of our extended times of Exposition.  When I pop into church to make a visit at different times of the day, there may be upwards of ten to twelve people. Come and be with Christ our King and let Him be your peace

With the new directed health measures outlined for our city and our state, they don’t impact our current guidelines during Mass.

-   Churches may be filled up to 50% capacity (which is what we currently follow).

-   We continue to practice social distancing, wearing of masks, etc. (please try to social distance by household when coming up for Communion).

-   The option of receiving on the tongue is allowed.

-   We continue to disinfect the pews and church between Masses.

Our current Mass and Confession schedule remains the same. On Sundays our 8 am and 10 am Masses are at the point of overflow. For these Masses once we reach capacity, Mass will be able to be viewed on the big screen downstairs in Kaczmarek Hall. At Communion time those in K Hall may come upstairs for Communion.

Thank the Lord and trust Him in all things.

Continue to pray, fast and sacrifice for our country and the healing of our divisions.

Thanksgiving 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


November 22nd  Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers

Calvary Catholic Cemetery Remembrance Tree

Remembering All Souls Flyer

Emmaus Institute Flyer

Advent Giving Wreath Flyer



Adoration with Exposition Our Eucharistic adoration program has been a wonderful blessing to those in attendance! Our next session will be Nov 29 to Dec 23, just for Advent. With fewer activities this year, this is a great time to give God an hour each week in adoration. We have the following open slots.

Sunday’s 3-4

Monday’s 9-10

Tuesday’s 9-10

Wednesday’s 9-10, 7-8

Thursday’s 9-10, 10-11, 5-6, 6-7

Friday’s 10-11, 12-1, 1-2, 6-7, 8-9

You can also sign up as a sub if you aren’t able to commit to a specific slot. Click the link to sign up. May God bless you abundantly during this time of preparation for His coming!

Holy Land Rosaries  are available for purchase in the office.   Minimum donation of $10 is requested.  All proceeds go directly to supporting Christian Families in the Holy Land.  These make wonderful gifts  for sacraments, Christmas and all occasions!

Emmaus Institute A winter course entitled Heaven, Help the Home: Recapturing a Biblical Vision of Marriage and Family will be offered.  It will delve directly into the Sacred Scriptures, to the most defining and informing passages on marriage and parenting, addressing such topics as God’s vision and mission for marriage and family, roles of husbands and wives, why we experience conflicts and how to resolve them, how to parent children who love and walk with God, how to cultivate and maintain love and intimacy, and more. Please see enclosed flyer to sign up for this or other class offerings.


The Advent Giving Wreaths  Wreaths will soon be placed in the Vestibule.  Donated gifts and dollars benefit many local charities.  Thank you for your generosity.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

Many thanks! to all who came out to prepare the Church grounds for winter!

On-Line Giving Have you considered it? The Link is in the upper right hand corner of parish’s website homepage. Questions? Call the parish office.

Welcome by Baptism       Frances Darlene Feltes, daughter of Kyle & Christine Feltes

Gwen Chiara Ruhl, daughter of Michael & Beth Ruhl

Ellie Therese Daniel, daughter of Seth & Emily Daniel

ST TERESA SCHOOL is hiring a school office Administrative Assistant, for approximately 30 hours per week, who works well with adults and children and who possesses communication and organizational skills, the ability to work with technology, and a welcoming personality.  Duties include: answering phones and greeting visitors, managing accounts and performing bookkeeping, completing and filing reports, completing and processing orders, writing and editing documents, keeping records, and communicating with staff and school families. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Vietnamese would be helpful. If interested, please contact Sister Mary Ruth at or 402-477-3358.

Parish Council Thank you to those who stepped up to fill these important leadership positions on the parish council!  If you are interested in assisting these leaders in their ministry to the parish please let them know.

  • Education: John Freeh
  • Evangelization: Karen Taubenheim
  • Spiritual Life: Nikki Shasserre

The Thrift Shop Needs YOU!  Please call Karen Restau 402-309-9769 or Ann Reinke 402-560-4114 if you are able to join a great group of people who volunteer in the Thrift Shop.

Thanks to those who shop with us!  This past weekend we made $2044.  Hours for business and donations are Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3

 Seminarian of the Week

Matthew Schilmoeller is the son of Mark & Cindy Schilmoeller from North American Martyrs Parish in Lincoln. He is studying Theology 2 at North American College in Rome.  Please pray for Matthew and for his formation!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James “Jim” Hoffman, brother of Thomas Hoffman, and for the soul of Ted Coufal, grandfather of Kim Stockman.


(Updated Relic/Saint-Descriptions) +November is the Month of All Souls+

Those who wish for their departed loved ones to be remembered at Masses during the month of November should write the names on the special envelopes (from the packet) which will be kept on the altar during November. Any monetary offerings included in the envelopes will be used for Masses for the Faithful Departed.


Plenary Indulgence Guidelines for November 2020

In order to avoid crowds coming together and to allow participation for those staying at home, changes have been made to how one might receive a

Plenary Indulgence in November 2020.

  • These three conditions are the same: one must make a confession, receive communion, and pray for the Holy Father’s Intentions.
  • Throughout the month of Nov (the days are not limited this year), one should visit a cemetery and pray for the dead OR visit a church and recite an Our Father and the Creed there. Again, these things may be done at any time during Nov.
  • Lastly, the elderly, the sick, and all those who, for serious reasons, cannot leave their homes, will be able to obtain the Plenary Indulgence as they join spiritually with the Faithful, completely detached from sin and with the intention of complying as soon as possible with the three usual conditions (confession, communion, and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions) before an image of Jesus or Mary, recite prayers for the deceased (a rosary or chaplet, for example), or perform a work of mercy by offering to God the sorrows and hardships of their own lives.


These relics will be placed on the side-altars during November:

St. John Mary Vianney — St. Frances Xavier Cabrini — Together in one reliquary: Holy Cross, Holy Crib, St. Philip Neri, Pope St. Gregory the Great, St. Aureus, and St. Diodisus — True Cross — St. Benedict Joseph Labre — St. Lucy


 The Crib of Bethlehem - Manual for Interior Souls:  The crib of Bethlehem is as much the school of the spiritual life as the cross is. We begin to learn at the crib, and we finish with the cross; the one contains all the elements of a life of holiness, the other contains its consummation. To begin, why should Jesus have been born a little child? …He wished to teach us that, from the moment we give ourselves to God, we must put our own judgment, our own will, and our own strength; that we must go back to the smallness and the weakness of a little child; that all our past life must be blotted out, and that we must enter upon a new state of existence, a new life, of which God alone must be the principle. This new life consists in a perfect dependence upon Divine grace, in simplicity and obedience.  Read more at

St. Helena brought the Holy Crib from the Holy Land in 326 A.D.   Pope Pius IX, had a great devotion to the Holy Crib of Jesus.  Because of this devotion, he commissioned a reliquary crypt built under the high altar of St. Mary Major Basilica to hold the wood of the Holy Crib for veneration.   In November 2019, Pope Francis returned a small fragment of the Holy Crib  back to Catholics in the Holy Land


St. Lucy of Syracuse (283-304) was raised in a wealthy pious family of Greek ancestry.  She vowed her life to Christ at a young age. Her mother, Eutychia, arranged a marriage for her which Lucy forestalled for three years. Lucy changed her mother’s mind about the marriage through prayer at St. Agatha’s tomb from whom she received the healing of her mother’s long hemorrhagic illness.  Her rejected pagan bridegroom, Paschasius, denounced Lucy as a Christian to the governor of Sicily who sentenced her to forced prostitution.  When guards went to fetch her, they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. The governor ordered her killed instead. After torture that included having her eyes torn out, she was surrounded by bundles of wood which were set afire; they went out. She was executed by being stabbed to death with a dagger. Legend says her eyesight was restored before her death. This and the meaning of her name led to her connection with eyes, the blind, eye trouble, etc.

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

Updated times: Confessions will be heard a 1/2 hour before daily Masses on Mon, Thu, and Fri, and on Sat from 3-4 and 4:45-5:15.

Altar Society Prayer Line

An Altar Society Prayer Line has been established to lift up our prayers to God as a community. Leva Orationes Deo is Latin for lift up prayers to God. Requests can be made by e-mailing or calling the first caller for the phone prayer line: 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. 

Paper Needed:  The school has a need for recycled paper – any 8 ½” x 11” paper that is blank on one side and free of wrinkles and staples.

School Announcements

  • We are now offering free school breakfast (7:15-7:40 am daily) and free school lunch to our students.
  • Coming soon: our annual Christmas Wish List for St. Teresa School.
  • Please remember to stay safe, wear a mask and social distance – this makes all the difference on allowing us to remain open for in-person learning. We need to work together to keep our students in school! Thank you.


Thefts-from-cars have recently taken place during Masses at other parishes. Conceal your belongings and be aware.


Urgent Repeat: Ushers Are Greatly Needed!

Health restrictions have changed many things—including how we are seated when we come to Mass. We need two men for each weekend Mass who are able and willing to help people sit according to social distancing, and to sanitize surfaces after Masses.

Regular Ushers: please return to duty!

Men: can you make yourself available—even temporarily—to help our parish in this time of need?

Please call Will Varicak at 402-438-3616


Mario Herrera Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to generous benefactors and family friends who wished to honor the memory of Officer Mario Herrera, a new scholarship at Pius X has been established that will forever benefit students. The Mario Herrera Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Pius X student who is the child of a police officer, first responder, or military service member. The annual distribution will be $1,205: Officer Herrera’s badge number. To donate to this scholarship, visit



Healing Hearts Grief Ministry On December 3rd at 7 pm please join Sandy Danek as she explores Grief and the Holidays from a Catholic perspective. Open to anyone who has experienced a loss of a loved one or is suffering from infertility or miscarriage, or those who want to know how to better support a loved one experiencing grief. More information and registration is at This event will be at the Harbor Coffeehouse and livestreamed, and is free.


Thrift Store Associate – Cashier Lincoln:  St. Louise Gift and Thrift Store of Catholic Social Services in Lincoln is seeking a detail oriented person with outstanding people skills to serve our customers as a cashier. This part-time position covers afternoon shifts and includes excellent Holiday and Holy day paid leave benefits. Job Description is available by clicking on the job title above.  To apply, please email the application cover letter, and resume to Position open until filled.

General Ledger Specialist: Catholic Social Services is seeking an experienced accountant with excellent analytical and communication skills for the position of General Ledger Specialist. This part-time, 20 hour per week position has flexible tele-commute options and includes a generous Holiday/Holy Day paid leave package. Job Description is available by clicking on the job title above. To apply, please email the application, cover letter, and resume to Position open until filled. 


MASS with Prayers for HEALING.  December 13, 2020.  Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 35th & Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE. Please join together to pray for healing for yourself, your family, friends, for our Church and our Nation.

Remembering our loved ones.  Please join us at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Lincoln for our annual Advent Remembrance Tree Blessing and Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 P.M. on December 5, 2020.  Christmas tree ornaments are available in the cemetery office to take home and decorate for the Remembrance Tree.  Please bring the ornaments back to the cemetery office by December 1, 2020  Flyer attached

Register now for the following in-person or online winter classes with The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies, running November 30-February 18: Studying Ecclesiastes: A Journey Toward a Meaningful Life, The Historical Books (Joshua-Maccabees), Heaven Help the Home: Recapturing a Biblical Vision of Marriage and Family, and Encountering Jesus in The Gospel of Luke. Learn more and register now at


Catholic Social Services provides cash assistance to those struggling to pay rent, utilities, car repairs, and more. Requests taken every Monday morning. Call (402) 327-6211, the line opens at 9am. Contact our Emergency Services Coordinator, Marilu Cazares at (402) 327-6222 or with questions.

Calvary Cemetery has a new Burial Space Hold Policy.  If you believe you placed space(s) on hold prior to the new policy which was started in 2019, please contact the cemetery at 402-476-8787 to complete the proper paperwork or to purchase the space(s).  If you do not contact the office and complete the new form or purchase the space(s) by December 15th, 2020, your hold will be removed from the record so the space(s) can be released back into inventory for other individuals or families to purchase. Call 402-476-8787 for questions or more information. Thank You!

Director of Ground Maintenance:  Saint Mary's Church in Lincoln is looking for a Director of Grounds/Maintenance. Responsibilities include janitorial duties, maintenance & repair of equipment & furnishings, upkeep of grounds & maintaining heating/cooling systems.  If interested or to apply, contact Father Dietrich at 402-435-2125.