September 28: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Saint Teresa Parishioners,

Please take time to review the new and updated parish announcements. You are always welcome to call the parish office for information or with questions.

May God bless you and keep you!


Our parish’s Titular Feast Day is October 1st! (Titular = title, name)

Although, due to health restrictions, we are unable to celebrate in the way we would like,—together as a community—we are encouraged to make this day special for ourselves and our families. A special meal with desert (Chocolate Eclairs were Thérèse’s favorite treat), roses in the home or brought to the altar, special prayers, music, or litanies, encouraging young girls to dress as a Carmelite nun, adoration, attendance at Mass—all of these things honor our patroness and make the day special for us.

Confession Schedule

The confession schedule has been the same for several weeks—this is only a reminder for the times that confessions are currently offered. Thanks always for your patience while things change, adjust, and change again as we work toward getting back to a normal schedule as a parish!

Confessions will be heard before daily Masses on Thursdays & Fridays beginning 30 minutes before Mass and stopping 10 minutes before Mass.

Confessions are also heard from 3-4pm on Saturdays and again after the Vigil Mass from 5-5:15 (or until the last confession is heard).

Altar Society

  • There will NOT be an Altar Society meeting in October.
  • On Mon, Sept 28th, join the Altar Society for fun and service making beds at the Waverly Retreat Center. Meet at 9am or 7pm in the church parking lot. Contact Theresa (402-440-2617) for more information or to confirm your attendance.

RCIA Classes have begun! Everyone is welcome to attend—non-Catholics who want to learn more or are interested in converting, and Catholics who seek to expand their knowledge of the Faith. Meetings are Thursdays from 7:30-9pm in the Marian Room. Call the parish office to register (402-477-3979).

Life Chain | Sunday October 4th

From 2:30-3:30, join St. Teresa Parishioners—and other Pro-Life people—on the south side of O St between 33rd & 36th Streets to pray peacefully for an end to abortion.

Welcome by Baptism: Karlie Grace Ngo, daughter of Ken Masters and Hanh Ngo. Congratulations!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Robert “Bob” Fulton, father of Fr. Justin Fulton, who passed away on September 23rd and for long-time parishioner Henrietta “Henny” Davis, who passed away September 24th (her funeral Mass will be at 11am on Wednesday, Sept 30th).

Welcome Newcomers: Robert and Carly Turvey and their children Calliope and Magdalynn

Congratulations to those who have received the long-awaited Sacrament of Confirmation!

Amelia CLARE Andreasen, Samantha LUKE Arteaga, Emily KATERI Bauman, Vianney JOAN OF ARC Boever, Evelyn GIANNA Casady, Daniela DYMPHNA Castillo, Elliot PAUL Cunningham, Margaret MAXIMILIAN KOLBE Cunningham, Emma TERESA OF AVILA Davis, Sloan EZEKIEL Donahoo, Jaedyn CATHERINE OF SIENA English, Bryn PIUS X Fair, Brendan KEVIN Fitzpatrick, Bryan JOHN PAUL II Garcia, Violet JUAN DIEGO Hoffman, Gemma JERZY POPIELUSZKO Johnson, Margaret BENEDICT Klabenes, Adrian JOHN PAUL II Miranda, Derek PETER Nagle, Jocelyn RITA Noack, Martin THOMAS AQUINAS Owens, Andres JOSE SANCHEZ DEL RIO Rodriguez, Gisella CECILIA Rutledge, Zelie STANLEY ROTHER Rutledge, Maura ROSE OF LIMA Timmerman, Abigail FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI Tlamka, Jay SEBASTIAN Wesolowski, Penelope REBECCA Willis, and Madelyn MADELEINE SOPHIE BARAT Zimmer

 Spiritual Adoption

It’s not too late to join your parish family in the spiritual adoption program. So far 43 families are participating and 68 babies have been adopted. Everything that you need to get started is in a basket on the table in the vestibule.

40 Days for Life began Sept 23rd. St. Teresa Parish’s assigned times are Thursdays 11am to 6pm.  Please sign up on the  board in the back of the church to pray for an hour outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Please join in … and bring a friend!

Eucharistic Adoration: Updates!

Due to the wonderful response to our initial resumption of Adoration, we decided to try it every day for 7 weeks, starting Sun, Oct 4 through Weds, Nov 25. If you have some flexibility on what day you can attend, please try to take a day that is almost full so we can have as many full days as possible. If we can't fill enough hours on a particular day, you are still welcome to have a holy hour at that time, but we might not be able to have Eucharistic Adoration that day. Please consider signing up for one hour a week for 7 weeks. If it goes well, we can look at the next two months. God bless you for giving of your time! The sign-up genius link is HERE.

St. Teresa Thrift Shop

  • The Christmas Boutique will be held October 30th & 31st at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Hours are TBA.
  • Thanks for supporting your parish thrift shop.  Our customers continue to express their appreciation for us being open.  We made $2300 last weekend!  We are in dire need of weekend help.  We have 5 weekends as well as the Christmas boutique to staff in October.  Grab a friend, your spouse, or older child and volunteer with us next month!  We are also happy to pair you up with someone.
  • 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

October Diaper Drive: Information will be coming soon.

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


CCD: K–8th

  • Sign-up forms are located at exits. Please leave forms and fees in the parish office dropbox, Attn: Terry.
  • Meet in the church at 4:15 on Sept 23rd: Mass then parent meeting. Social distancing & masks required.
  • Volunteers and Teachers are needed.
  • Questions: Call Terry at 402-730-3518

40 Days for Life begins Wednesday, September 23rd,  St. Teresa’s assigned times are Thursdays 11am to 6pm.  Please sign up on the board in the back of the church to pray for an hour outside Planned Parenthood.  Weekly commitments are greatly needed.  Please join in and bring a friend.

Bed Making on Mon, Sept 28th.  Join the Altar Society for fun and service making beds at the Waverly retreat center.  Meet at 9am or at 7pm in the church parking lot.  Contact Theresa Kottwitz 402-440-2617 for more info and to let her know you’re coming!

ABLAZE WORSHIP with Fr. Michael Voithofer coming to LincolnFriday Oct. 2nd 7 p.m.  @ St. Peter Catholic Church, 4500 Duxhall Dr.  You are invited to share in a time of Eucharistic Adoration through music, prayer, scripture and meditation.  A beautiful evening

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 (; 402-477-3358).

Those who are unable to attend Mass or Confessions in person may contact the parish office to schedule a home-visit from a priest for confession and/or communion.

We will NOT be having a parish picnic this year (normally celebrated around our Titular Feast Day of Oct 1st) again—due to health concerns. We are also NOT planning a parish bazaar for 2020.


Are you interested in learning more about your faith or are you considering becoming Catholic?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will be offered this year. Classes are in the Marian Room from 7:30-9pm on Thursday evenings, beginning on Sept 24th. These classes are for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Invite a friend and plan to attend!




FATHER/SON PROGRAM “In His Image” for boys age 10-14 and their fathers will be held Sunday, October 4th, 2020 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at John XXIII Diocesan Center and virtually.  This program is designed to educate boys on growing up and becoming a man. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per father/son or $35 per family in person and $10 virtually.  To register, visit  Questions, please call the NFP Offices 402-473-0630 or email

MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAM “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” for girls age 9-13 and their mothers will be held Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon at John XXIII Diocesan Center and virtually.  This program is designed to educate girls on growing up and becoming a woman. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per mother/daughter or $35 per family in person and $10 virtually.  To register, visit Questions, please call Jen Davis at 402-261-6375 or email

Divorced? Come find comfort, counsel, hope and healing consistent with Catholic Church teachings.

The twelve-week video series & facilitator led Surviving Divorce program begins on October 5th,

7-9pm, at John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. A suggested donation of $50 covers the cost of the program and includes the Surviving Divorce personal guide and all materials. Classes are kept small and may be registered for by contacting the Family Life Office at 402-473-0620 or Social distancing measures & precautions will be in place.  Attendees are asked to wear a mask for entrance into the building.

Menopause Information Session. Michele Chambers, CFCP, will be speaking about the health, hormonal, and charting implications of menopause on October 26th at 7 pm at the John XXIII Diocesan Center. The event will also be held virtually. Event is free, pre-registration requested at Questions, please call the NFP Office at 402-473-0630 or email

Men’s Conference: October 17 from 9 am – 3 pm at St. Peter Church in Lincoln. Men on Fire: Take Back What Belongs To You. Online participation option now available! Register online at

Scholarships available - contact Annette Wemhoff at for more information. This event is sponsored by Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

All students being confirmed along with their parents are invited to attend the “Confirmed in Mission” Confirmation Retreat! It will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-4:30pm at Camp Kateri. This event is an opportunity for parents and their children to come together to be renewed in the Holy Spirit and prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Light breakfast and lunch is provided, and appropriate health measures will be taken. Cost is $15 per person to register. To register or for more information visit:


May God bless you and keep you!