October 30: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

Thank you for financially supporting your parish. In October, we exceeded our monthly goal by over $11,000!  We need to continue that momentum with the Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations. We’re nearly to our diocese-set goal of $23,770; we need to bring in another $3400 for this Appeal. In this way, we are supporting our young men in their discernment and from among them, our future priests and spiritual fathers. If you have not yet donated, please contribute generously, and call the parish office (Jeanne) if you have questions about how to accomplish this.

On Monday—All Souls Day—Come to pray and light a candle for our beloved dead. Details are in the announcements below.

On Tuesday—Election Day—go vote! And come to church to pray in Eucharistic Adoration. Over 1000 parishes across the United States are having Eucharistic Adoration for our country and elections on this historic day.

We’re still in need of Ushers to help with distance-seating and to wipe down the surfaces of the church after weekend Masses. Note: people sanitizing after Masses would not necessarily need to be Ushers! If you are healthy and able, consider this service to our community. (Acolytes and Lectors who are currently unable to serve in that capacity: are you able to temporarily Usher?)

Come shop at the Christmas Boutique this weekend! The Thrift Shop puts on this annual sale at the Knights of Columbus Hall. This year, the dates are October 30th and 31st, from 9am til 5pm both days.

Handy Links:

  1. Thrift Shop October Volunteer Sign-Up
  2. Eucharistic Adoration Sign-Up
  3. Parish Website
  4. Parish Facebook Page
  5. Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House Schedule



+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.


NEW TRADITION: On All Souls Day, beginning after the 8:15am Mass, there will be hundreds of candles in the sanctuary. Come and light a candle for the faithful departed and write down their name(s), which will be put on the altar for the month of November.

Please light no more than two candles per person. Thank you!


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

— St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born July 15, 1850 in Italy. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and wanted to go to China … but Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to America. She became an American citizen in 1909. She died Dec 22, 1917, was canonized in 1946, and is the patron saint of Immigrants. Her feast day is Nov 13. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us!

— St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in France, the 4th of 6 children. He was raised Catholic in a time of persecution and was drafted into Napoleon’s army. He deserted, entered the seminary, and was ordained Aug 12, 1815. Fr. Vianney served his people tirelessly—primarily at the parish of Ars—until his death at age 73, Aug 4, 1859. He was canonized in 1925 and is the patron saint of Parish Priests. St. John Vianney, pray for us!



Altar Society’s November Meeting: Altar Society will meet November 4th beginning with a rosary in church at 7pm and meeting in Kaczmarek Hall at 7:15.

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.



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


Updated: The Bishop’s Appeal for Vocations has begun! Our parish’s goal is $23,770. We have raised $20,296, so we have $3,474 to go. Our parish will be assessed by the diocese for any shortfall. Thank you for your generosity in support of our Men in Black.

 Seminarian of the Week: Tyler Johnson is the son of Todd & Leah Johnson from St. John Parish in Lincoln. He is studying College 2 at St. Gregory the Great. Remember to pray for Tyler and for his formation.

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.

Prayer Line | Prayer Chain

We are always stronger when unite our prayers and when we pray for one another. If there are intentions you would like to have the parish family pray for, please submit them by phone or e-mail: Mary Pat: 402-314-1296 | Margy: levaorationesdeo@yahoo.com or 402-488-9356

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Barbara Ertl, fellow Catholic.

Parish Income & Giving: In October 2020, we gave and collected $99,731.95. Our budget requires $88,400 which means we were $11,331.95 OVER our goal! Thank you for your generosity!

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


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

 Our parish will continue Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition until November 25th. There is an online sign-up (check the parish e-mail for the link or call the parish office for help). If all hours are covered—if someone will be with Our Lord during Exposition—we can increase the days of Exposition and carry past our goal of Nov 25th. Please consider making yourself available for Thursdays and Fridays!

These are the current days & times for Eucharistic Adoration (with Exposition):

  • Sundays from 1-9
  • Mondays from 9-9
  • Tuesdays from 9-9
  • Wednesdays from 9-9
  • Saturdays from 9-4

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

  • The Christmas Boutique will be held October 30th & 31st at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Hours 9-5 both days.
  • Thanks for supporting your parish thrift shop. The Shop brings in about $2000 per weekend and is a great service for its customers and for our parish. Consider taking the time to volunteer, especially on the weekends, and encourage friends and family to join you in service!
  • 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

In-parish Job Opening: St. Teresa School is seeking an Extended Learning Center director. The position is about 15 hours per week with the program running from 3:15-5:30 p.m. each school day and from 12:30-5:30 on early dismissal days. Must have a degree in education or child/youth development, have 6 credit hours in the area of education, OR have 3000 clock hours of verifiable experience in organized group activities for school-age children. Please contact Sister Mary Ruth if you have questions or are interested (sr.mary-ruth@cdolinc.net; 402-477-3358).

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


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

Do you love someone who isn't practicing their Faith?

The Marian Mantle Silent Strength Prayer Group, praying for the return of our prodigal children, will meet Tuesday, October 27th in Rectors Hall at The Cathedral of the Risen Christ at 4:00 P M.   This schedule is for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  For more information call Kathy 402-423-3810 or email kneugeba@gmail.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!


On Monday November 2, 2020 Pius X will be hosting an all school Mass for the Deceased Alumni of Pius X. Families of the deceased alumni are invited to join us for the 9:30 a.m. Mass. RSVP is required by October 26th, 2020 to Kristin Heath at 402-488-0931 ext. 56132, kristin.heath@piusx.net or online at https://www.piusx.net/alumni/all-souls-mass-rspv/ with the names of all family members planning to attend. Masks are required to attend in person, but will also be live-streamed at facebook.com/lincolnpiusxalumni. Any updates or cancelations will be made by October 30th and found on piusx.net.