November 6: Message From Fr. Hottovy

“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God…I have gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory, for your kindness is a greater good than life”

Dear Parishioners,

This excerpt from Psalm 63, the Psalm for this Sunday’s Mass, is a good reminder of where we are to find our peace, our solace, our meaning.  It is a reminder as we continue to have uncertainty about our elections that we are not to place our peace and trust in principalities and powers, politicians and governments.  Hopefully with our current uncertainty about our elections we have gotten down on our knees and implored our God, the only one who can save us.  If we are overcome with fear and anxiety because of the political scene right now, it indicates that we have not placed the foundation of our lives in the all-loving, all powerful hands of God.

Continue to pray.

Trust in the Lord in all things.

He will see us through no matter what the future holds.

Come to Mass daily.  Pray the Rosary every day.

Come adore our Lord.  Exposition continues this Fri: until 9 pm, Sat: 9 am – 4 pm, Sun: 1 pm – 9 pm, Mon, Tues, Wed: 9 am – 9 pm.

At the top of our parish Facebook page is a video of the Patriotic Rosary. Some parishioners have been watching/praying it every day in praying for our elections.

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

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Hottovy 

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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:

November 8th Bulletin

Bulletin Advertisers

Remembering All Souls Flyer

Spotlight on Art & Election Prayers Flyer

 

:: NEW & UPDATED PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS :: 

Grand Group: Because there were no other planned events that we could safely enjoy during the COVID pandemic, we will not be having an event in November. I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you  the best Thanksgiving possible while observing COVID safety restrictions. Hopefully we can all be together again in January!

Parish Council is a vital part of our parish community—a body of parishioners who advise the pastor and with whom he consults in order to make decisions. Every two years, we hold elections to fill positions on the council. Prayerfully consider giving your time and talent to serve our parish in this way. The positions up for election this year are:

  • Education: this position involves itself with all of the educational enterprises of a parish.
  • Evangelization: this position provides direction and impetus to outreach programs in the parish.
  • Spiritual Life: this position is to support and enhance the spiritual life of our parish.

Please contact the parish office to submit your name for election.

Updated: The Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations has begun! Our parish’s goal is $23,770. We have raised $22,133, so we have $1,637 to go. Our parish will be assessed by the diocese for any shortfall. Thank you for your generosity in support of our seminarians.

 Seminarian of the Week

David Tines is the son of Patrick & Mary Tines from St. Joseph Parish in Lincoln. He is studying College 4 at St. Gregory the Great Seminary. Remember to pray for David and for his formation! 

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 levaorationesdeo@yahoo.com 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.

School Announcements

  • Reminder: 1:30 dismissal on Friday, November 13, for a faculty meeting.
  • 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.

(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.

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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.

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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

   True Cross & St. Helena

(Excerpt from Taking the Measure of the Relics of the True Cross by Thomas Craughwell published in The National Catholic Register)

According to an ancient tradition, in 326 beneath a Roman temple, excavators found three crosses, but nothing to distinguish the cross of Jesus from the crosses of the two thieves who were crucified with him. Helena had a dying woman carried to the site so she could touch each cross in turn. After touching one of the crosses, the sick woman was instantly healed, which was taken as a sign that it was the cross upon which Our Lord had died. Helena took a portion of the cross back to Rome, where she had it enshrined in the chapel of her palace (now the Basilica of the “Holy Cross in Jerusalem”). The rest of the True Cross remained in Jerusalem, in a chapel attached to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

  St. Benedict Joseph Labre

Throughout his youth, St. Benedict demonstrated cheerfulness and was wise for his age with a strong aversion to sin. He desired to enter a monastery but instead became a poor pilgrim, visiting holy places and shrines throughout Europe. He died April 16, 1783 in Rome (kept as his feast day), was canonized on December 8, 1881, and  is the Patron Saint of Homeless People

:: 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.

BE ALERT!

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

Diaper Drive: St. Teresa School did an awesome job of collecting diapers for this year’s diaper drive. They brought in around 15,000 diapers—a little more than 15% of the entire goal of 90,000 for the diocese! Thank you to all who contributed! Please see the recent Register for a story on St. Teresa’s diaper drive.

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 https://go.piusx.net/Herrera

Parish Council is a vital part of our parish community—a body of parishioners who advise the pastor and with whom he consults in order to make decisions. Every two years, we hold elections to fill positions on the council. Prayerfully consider giving your time and talent to serve our parish in this way. The positions up for election this year are:

  • Education: this position involves itself with all of the educational enterprises of a parish.
  • Evangelization: this position provides direction and impetus to outreach programs in the parish.
  • Spiritual Life: this position is to support and enhance the spiritual life of our parish.

Please contact the parish office to submit your name for election.

St. Teresa Thrift Shop

  • Many thanks to the School Family Association and the Men’s Club for their help with the Christmas Boutique. Thanks also to those who shopped with us! We made just over $2500 and will continue to sell Christmas items at the store.
  • Hours for business and donations are Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3
  • Guidelines:
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Children wearing masks are welcome, but please: no infants, toddlers, or strollers.
  • The number of shoppers may be limited.
  • Please donate only during store hours.
  • The Thrift Shop always needs volunteers! For more information, call Karen Restau: 402-309-9769 or Ann Reinke 402-560-4114

We are NOT planning a parish bazaar for 2020 (due to health concerns and restrictions).

:: NEW DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::

Catholic Daughters of the Americas: Mass for deceased members is Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the St. Pope John XXIII Center 3700 Sheridan Blvd, Mass at 5:00 PM dinner following. A box supper will be served.  The dinner speaker is Susan Kroner, Director of the new Women’s Care Center.

 Guests Welcome Reservations required for box supper to Caroline Helget 402-419-0460.

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 www.emmausinstitute.net

 

:: REPEAT DIOCESE-wide ANNOUNCEMENTS ::

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 mcazares@cssisus.org with questions.

Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture: 2020 Reborn In Wonder Lecture Series

Please come join the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture for our next “Reborn In Wonder” lecture by Fr. Tom Weinandy, OFM, Cap. entitled: "The Primacy of Jesus and World Religions." The event will be held Wednesday, November 11th at the Newman Center (320 N. 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68508) and will begin at 7pm. It is free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed and/or recorded to be posted. More information can be found at newmaninstitute.com

Open Position:  Business Manager, Saint Peters Catholic Church and School, Lincoln

St. Peter’s is seeking a full-time Business Manager to assist the church and school in the stewardship of parish finances.

Principal Duties Include: Accounting and banking of Sunday collections and other revenues.  Prepare all accounting, budgetary, fiscal and statistical records including reports for the diocese and government. Prepare quarterly reports for the Finance Council.  Manage all revenue and expense accounting into our accounting system and produce monthly financial reports. Provide payroll and human resources for the parish and school.  This is a full time position and eligible for all benefits, including health and dental insurance, free tuition in our grade school for your children.  You must be a practicing Catholic. Please send cover letter and resume to:   nancy-allder@cdolinc.net

Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is hiring a full-time Senior Case Manager for our Refugee Resettlement Department. This position is responsible for delivering core resettlement services and offering guidance to eligible refugee and immigrant populations on their path to achieving self-sufficiency. See more at www.cssisus.org/who_we_are/careers.html.

 

Aflame is Friday, November 6th  from 7-9:00 pm at North American Martyrs Church.  Praise & worship music, and adoration. Come for the whole time, or just a few minutes. You can also watch it online on our North American Martyrs Facebook page.

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!

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