Thank you for your prayers for Fr. Hottovy as he continues to recover from COVID-19. He’s slowly but steadily improving. Father’s doctor instructed him to quarantine until Nov 28th; he will be available on a limited schedule after that. His message to you is: “Thank you for your continued prayers, cards, and support. I continue to get better and I look forward to being back soon. May you and your loved ones experience the fullness of gratitude to our generous and loving Father this Thanksgiving. With a heart filled with gratitude, Fr. Hottovy”
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! There will NOT be Eucharistic Exposition on Thursday or Friday (Nov 25-26). For further details on Exposition and Adoration, please see the e-mail that was sent earlier today. Also, remember that the parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday.
This coming Sunday, November 28th, is the first Sunday of Advent! Make sure you take a few minutes to look through the links and suggestions which were compiled for you (between Current & Repeat announcements).
:: CURRENT, NEW, & UPDATED PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Prodigal Prayer Partners
Many of us have been praying for our loved ones: friends, relatives, or even our own children who are no longer practicing the Faith. Our prayers become more powerful when prayed with others.
NEXT THURSDAY, Dec 2nd, a rosary will be offered at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month before the Blessed Sacrament.
Please mark your calendar and join us!
Bring your rakes, muscle, and other tools, and join Men’s Club on Sat, Dec 4th, at 9am to clean up our campus and prep it for winter. Children are encouraged to come with their parents. Students: do you need service hours? This would be a great way to earn them!
Seminarian of the Week: Jonah Brox is the son of Tim & Melissa Brox of our beloved St. Teresa Parish. He is studying Theology 2 at St. Charles Borromeo. Remember to pray for Jonah and for his formation. Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations: Our parish’s goal was $25,840; we have met it! Thank you for your generosity.
First Friday Holy Hour
Join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour on Friday, December 3 at 7:15pm at the Pink Sisters’ Chapel: 1040 S. Cotner Blvd.
Singing will be led by the Anima Christi Singers (Mike Zeleny).
:: ALL THINGS ADVENT ::
Advent is a time of preparation, prayer, sacrifice, penance, and conversion. The purple, or violet color represents penance and preparation. Although Advent is not as rigorous as Lent, it is to be a time of penance to properly prepare for the coming of Christ. We can give something up or fast, incorporate more prayer, and perform acts of charity, such as participating in our Advent Giving Wreath.
Advent Family Traditions
- Eucharistic Adoration
- Attending Masses together
- Fast from tech and media
- Scripture Reading
- Advent Wreath with Scripture
- Jesse Tree
- Feast of St. Nicholas: Dec 6th
Copies of The Magnificat Advent Companion are available at the exits of the church.
- Shop local and stop in at Gloria Deo (located with the Shoppes at Piedmont) for Advent & Christmas book selections, gifts and products.
- Many Advent resources found at, Formed.org (You can access the videos by clicking on Sign-Up, followed by Sign-In as a Parishioner, Search for St. Teresa Parish) Special weekly and daily programming will occur throughout Advent. Watch the bulletin for highlights!
- Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies. Advent Retreat, https://goodcounselretreat.org/product/advent-retreat/
- Emmaus Institute local Advent Speaking Events, https://www.emmausinstitute.net
- Jesse Tree Reflections for individuals and families, led by the leaders of Camp Wojtyla. Sign-up and watch their short video description at https://vimeo.com/644064080. Or Search “Camp Wojtyla” on social media to learn more.
- Word on Fire with Bishop Robert Barron, Advent resources and books, https://books.wordonfire.org/adventbooks2021
- Pray More Novenas self-paced online Advent Retreat featuring Dr. Ted Sri, Ashley Stevens (St. Michael’s parishioner), Dr. Kenneth Howell and others, https://praymoreretreat.org/
- Online Advent Retreat hosted by Leah Darrow, featuring Sister Miriam, Fr. Calloway & Fr. O'Laughlin, https://event.webinarjam.com/register/35/znyr0sx9
- Joy in Advent, free through December, from Real Life Catholic, https://coaching.reallifecatholic.com/living-joy
- Participate in the St. Andrew Christmas Novena (beginning November 30), https://www.praymorenovenas.com/
Resources for Families
- Catholic Icing, ideas for celebrating Advent with children. https://www.catholicicing.com/
- Catholic All Year website and social media. Ideas for Advent and Feast Days in December, https://catholicallyear.com/
- Mary on the Mantle created by Be a Heart, https://beaheart.com/blogs/blog/mary-on-the-mantel
St. Nicholas Day, December 6th
Watch: Nicholas: The Boy who became Santa on Formed.org
Children leave their shoes out overnight so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies, and other small gifts and treats. This tradition grew from the story of when St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, threw bags of dowry money, either through a window or down a chimney, into the home of an impoverished family to rescue their daughters from being sold into slavery. This was just one of his many acts of good will and charity towards the poor, especially poor children.
*Tip: many grocery stores carry chocolate coins that are a fun addition to include in shoes. (Trader Joe’s currently has coins in stock.)
:: REPEAT PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Adoration with Exposition
Sub-finding is changing! Please read the e-mail that was sent recently.
The next session runs from Nov 28 until Dec 23. If you wish to change your hour, please use the sign up genius. If you wish to keep your hour, there’s no need to do anything.
- Sunday 3-4
- Mon 10-11, 12-1 & 1-2
- Wednesday 11-12
- Thursday 3-4 & 5-6
- Friday 10-11 & 6-7
Acolyte & Lector Diocesan Training
Men, are you interested in serving the Church as a Lector or Acolyte?
Training is offered through the diocese by Fr. Chris Eckrich. There are two sessions being offered—you need attend only one:
¨ Sat Jan 29th, 2022 from 2pm-4pm
¨ Sat Feb 12th, 2022 from 10am-Noon
Bishop Conley will install new Lectors and Acolytes on February 19, 2022 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
If you would like to train for either ministry, please contact the parish office.
Parish Office | 402-477-3979
General Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri
- Jeanne Kee: Financial Secretary
Mon-Thu, 9-4 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aubrey Potter: Parish Secretary
Mon-Fri, 9-1 | email@example.com
Deadline for Bulletin Announcements (send to Aubrey) is Wednesday at Noon.
Trivia Night Returns!
Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 7pm at Pius X High School.
Mark your calendars!
Registration will begin in late December.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
CCD & Godteens Coordinators Needed
We are still in need of coordinators for the CCD and Godteens programs. Responsibilities include creating the schedule, coordinating with the teachers or leaders and Fr. Beardslee, communicating with parents, and keeping track of enrollment. Contact the parish office if you are able to fill one of these volunteer roles.
:: NEW DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Advent with Spirit Catholic Radio: How are you celebrating Advent this year? The four weeks of Advent are meant to give us hope and reassurance that the Lord is coming, and also the opportunity to give hope to those around us. This year, Spirit Catholic Radio is focusing on a theme for every week of Advent: Hope, Joyful Expectation, Prayer, and Peace. Follow us on social media, subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Halo, and visit https://spiritcatholicradio.com/advent/ as we share with you ideas for bringing these themes to life in your own special way either with your family, coworkers, or community. You can also tune in to Spirit Catholic Radio on weekday mornings, during our Spirit Mornings show, to hear inspirational guests discuss what Advent can mean in our lives. Tune in on Sundays for special Advent programming from EWTN. More info at https://spiritcatholicradio.com/
Catholic Daughters of the Americas December meeting and Christmas get together is on December 14, 6:30 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall 6044 South Street. Please bring a favorite Christmas goodie and your Holy Family from your nativity scene for a blessing. Guests are cordially welcome.
Help Overturn Roe v. Wade
On December 1st, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson, a case that legal scholars on both sides of the aisle agree could overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion policy back to the states.
Come out on December 1st and join thousands of pro-lifers across the country in support of this urgent campaign!
Event: Rally at Lincoln
When: Weds, Dec 1, Noon-3pm
Where: In front of Planned Parenthood
More Info: Contact Mike Davis:
402-480-0404 or email@example.com
On December 6th at 7 pm please join Sandy Danek, founder of Healing Hearts Grief Ministry, as she explores "Grief and the Holidays" from a Catholic perspective. More information and registration is at https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/grief. This event will be at the Harbor Coffeehouse and livestreamed, and is free.
Advent Day of Recollection for Women Dec 11th 9am-3pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The day will include a Traditional Latin Mass, breakfast and lunch, prayer, and conferences by Fr. Lillard, FSSP. All women are welcome; the cost is $20. Contact Kimberly with questions or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
:: REPEAT DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::
Creighton Model FertilityCare System Creighton Model is a women's health science that allows users to learn more about their fertility and in conjunction with NaProTECHNOLOGY treat many reproductive disorders. Introductory sessions are available in person or online. For more information or to register, visit, https://lincolndiocese.regfox.com/creighton-introductory-session