Midtown Catholic is a community of two parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha. We are One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy.
May is a month dedicated to Mary. The photos below are of the students at St. Joan of Arc and the Dual Language Academy taking part in a May crowning ceremony to honor the Virgin Mary.
Brandon Harvey- Tonight
Midtown Catholic’s Family Formation Program is excited to welcome guest speaker Brandon Harvey to St. Joan of Arc Church on May 3rd at 6:15 pm. He will be talking about Catholic parenting. All adults at Midtown Catholic are invited to attend. Childcare will be available for the youth who are already registered in the Family Formation Program.
Brandon Harvey is native to the Omaha Archdiocese. He is an instructor for the Evangelium Institute and also teaches English Literature at the university level. Brandon married his high school sweetheart, and they are blessed with four children. He has spoken throughout the country on topics relating to faith and family.
This event is free, so please come enjoy conversation and community with other parents and learn more about our Family Formation Program!
Totus Tuus this Summer
Totus Tuus is returning to Midtown July 9-14, 2023! Held at St. Thomas More and open to youth going into 1st through 12th grades, Totus Tuus, meaning “totally yours,” is an incredible summer camp where youth learn from about Christ through song, prayer, Mass, games, and more! Registration info coming soon – watch the bulletin, website, and facebook for more details.
We also can’t do this program without you! Please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with one or more of the following tasks:
- Housing: Four young adult missionaries from the Archdiocese visit our parish to put on this program. They need a place to stay while they are here.
- Food: Our missionaries need meals provided during the week!
- Middle and High school helpers: We encourage youth who attend the evening program to help out during the day program. It’s a great way to earn service hours.
- Adult volunteers for the day program. The RE Coordinator needs at least one adult each day helping with the 1st through 6th grade program (supervising doors, sign in, classrooms, lunch). This person must be safe environment trained. Safe environment training is provided by the Archdiocese for no cost, contact Rachel Bielstein at the parish office for more info.
Please direct all questions to Rachel Bielstein at 402-556-1456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred Music Concert
You are invited to enjoy an hour of sacred music performed by accomplished liturgical musicians Jim Nailon and Chris Bingcang on Sunday, May 7 at 2 pm in the Our Lady of Lourdes church sanctuary. A freewill offering and a bake sale to follow the concert will go to support the Ad Gentes Missionary Congregation Society, founded in 2003 by Fr. Vitalis Anyanike, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes/St.Adalbert parish. This Society of avowed women and men focuses on serving the pastoral needs to those in rural and inner-cities, especially those who are marginalized and oppressed. Please join us!
Spirit Catholic Radio invites you to a Eucharistic Encounter June 22nd at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha! This Archdiocesan event will celebrate and deepen our Faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Hear from speaker Fr. Malachy Napier, CFR, and Archbishop George Lucas. Participate in adoration, eucharistic piety, dynamic teaching, and powerful sacred music. View the Vatican International Exhibition, Eucharistic Miracles of the World display created by Blessed Carlo Acutis, who was named patron of the National Eucharistic Revival initiative, and watch a video about his life. Doors will be open for Eucharistic Events from 5 – 10pm, and the Liturgical Program will take place from 6:45 – 9pm. The event is free, and registration is not needed. Visit spiritcatholicradio.com/encounter for details.
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, will host an in-person Monastic Experience June 23-29, 2023.
“It’s a chance to experience the daily rhythm of our life where you can join us in singing the divine office, attend daily Mass, spend time in personal prayer and open your heart to God’s call by learning about discernment and prayer,” Vocation Director Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB said. “It’s always a joy and an honor for me to journey with women who are discerning their path in life.”
This opportunity is for single women, age 18-40, who are considering religious life. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to learn about upcoming Monastic Experiences, including virtual opportunities, please contact Sister Maria Victoria at email@example.com, call (660) 944-2221 ext. 127, or visit www.BenedictineSisters.org and click on Vocations/Walk With Us.
Omaha Sidewalk Advocates For Life- Training
On May 20th, at the Catholic Charities education room (9223 Bedford Ave, Omaha NE 68134), Sidewalk Advocates will be presenting its fourth training for a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding approach in reaching out to women and men on the sidewalks of abortion facilities. This training is also open to those wishing to engage in prayer support on the sidewalk, which is vital to our mission.
To register or get more information, Please contact Michelle Witt Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training: Saturday May 20, 2023 from 8:30-4:30 pm in the Catholic Charities education room
COST: $20.00 per person/ to cover training materials and lunch
Movie “Nefarious” Reminds Christians that the Devil is Real
I recently went to go watch the movie “Nefarious” in theaters with my small group. It has led to great discussion and reflection about the battle of spirits and our daily decisions to follow Christ. I highly recommend the film. You can read more about it with NCR’s interview with the co-writer/directors: ‘Nefarious’: Filmmakers Take the Mask Off Evil in New Exorcism Film| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com)
You cannot put straight in others what is warped in yourself. – St. Athanasius of Alexandria
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