MidWeek Update 2/1

Midtown Catholic is part of the Archdiocese of Omaha. We are One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy

Ash Wednesday- February 22, 2023

While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass to mark the beginning of the Lenten Season.

St. Thomas More- 8:15 am and 6:00 pm

St. Joan of Arc- 8:30 am and 6:00 pm

More Di Gras March 25th

Host a Catholic Exchange Student

Global Outreach is a Catholic exchange program matching excellent students (male and female) from Eastern Europe with Catholic American families. These students spend one academic year in an Omaha archdiocesan high school, living with a Catholic family, learning to be servant leaders for their communities in former Communist countries. Host families are still needed for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please contact Monsignor James Gilg at 402-618-0607, Dee Drozd at 402-440-0817, or Allison Drozd at 402-580-1369 if you are interested. Read a letter from one of this year’s applicant’s here.

Alpha

Do you, or someone you love, have questions about faith and meaning? Alpha is a course that focuses on building relationships in the community and sharing reactions to the basic tenets of Christianity. All Alphas have food (free), a talk, and a discussion. It is a great place to go for a small group experience or if you are new to our community.

Alpha will start on February 23rd, 6:30 p.m. in St. Thomas Cafeteria/Social Hall. Just show up, or sign-up here.

Daughters of the King Women’s Conference

Answer the call to discover the identity you have in Christ’s love with women all over the area! Open to women ages 14 and up (14-17 year olds must be with an adult). Let’s fill the church…spread the word!

Click here for more information!

Nebraska Legislature

The Nebraska legislature is debating on several pieces of legislation that are important to us. Please pray for God’s will to be done, and follow the coverage here.

Want to be an Usher?

During the Mass, Ushers are responsible to take up the church offering.  They help minimize any distractions that may occur during the Mass.  In case of an emergency, Ushers take the lead in getting people to safety.

After Mass, Ushers are again at the door to greet folks as they leave, hand out bulletins, and help as needed.   

If you are currently an Usher or would like to become an Usher, please contact Eric Whitesides at eric.whitesides@gmail.com.

Saint Quote

“Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Is this person known as a friend? Let them stay as a friend. Is this person your enemy? Let them become a friend.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

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MidWeek Update 1/25

Midtown Catholic is part of the Archdiocese of Omaha. We are One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy

Alpha

Do you, or someone you love, have questions about faith and meaning? Alpha is a course that focuses on building relationships in the community and sharing reactions to the basic tenets of Christianity. All Alphas have food (free), a talk, and a discussion. It is a great place to go for a small group experience or if you are new to our community.

Alpha will start on February 23rd, 6:30 p.m. in St. Thomas Cafeteria/Social Hall. Just show up, or sign-up here.

baked bakery baking bread

Bake Sale

This Sunday is the WINGS (Women in Gods Image) Bake Sale. 

Drop off times are;

Saturday – School Lobby by the elevator 10:00am – Noon 

Sunday –  Any time after 9:00am School Cafeteria. 

1 Parent Participation Hour per baked item. 

Brownies, Cupcakes, Pies, Cakes ect.

group of people making toast

Parish Dinner

St. Thomas More Parish Dinner is this Sunday, January 29th in the St. Thomas More Cafeteria from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Menu Pulled Pork, Chicken Thigh
Mashed Potatoes and Green beans


Single Entrée – $7; Double Entrée – $10

Daughters of the King Women’s Conference

Answer the call to discover the identity you have in Christ’s love with women all over the area! Open to women ages 14 and up (14-17 year olds must be with an adult). Let’s fill the church…spread the word!

Click here for more information!

January 28: Nebraska Right to Life Walk for Life in Lincoln


9:00 am Mass at St. Mary’s, 1420 K St.

10:00 am Rally at the Capitol and Walk to the UNL Student Union with speaker Dr. John Bruchalski, abortionist to pro-life doctor.

Saint Quote- Francis de Sales

“Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales

Sign up for Fr. Jindra’s podcast: Father Frank’s Think Tank (buzzsprout.com)

Live Lent Together

Live Lent Together is an initiative that equips parishioners to lead a 6-week small group for Lent. Each small group leader will pray for and invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members to gather for prayer and discussion with Scripture.

Led by Archbishop Lucas and his Pastoral Support Team, Live Lent Together aims to bring all Christians closer to Jesus by learning to pray with scripture in the timeless tradition known as Lectio Divina. The goal is to help as many as possible hear the voice of the Lord through scripture.

Don’t think you are capable? Come to a training session to see what it is all about. Sign up here:

Learn more about the Archdiocese Live Lent Together Program here:

Contact TJ Simpson with any questions about getting started.

email: TjSimpson@midtowncatholic.church

Work Phone: 402-507-5546

MidWeek Update 1/18

brown soup in white ceramic bowl

Winter Soup Supper

Join us Saturday, January 21st, at St. Joan of Arc for a bowl of soup. Knights of Columbus will serve you after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Free will offering to defer expenses with anything extra supplementing parish and school support programs.

If you can provide a dessert, please email Marvin: marvinshulz@cox.net

More di Gras

The St. Thomas More gala is approaching. You should receive a formal invitation in the mail to attend. If you do not receive one in the next two weeks and would like to attend, please send an email to moredigras@gmail.com

Fr. Jindra’s Class continues . . . With a twist!

After some feedback at the first meeting, Fr. Jindra’s class will be on apologetics. Fr. Jindra is very passionate about apologetics and was excited to hear the attendees last week would like to hear more on the subject.

Fr. Jindra will cover a wide variety of arguments for and against the faith. Bring your own doubts and learn about how reasonable our faith is! Sundays after the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas More.

More Volunteers Needed

Stations of the Cross rehearsals are continuing, but we need more young people to make it special. If you have a child in 4th grade to a senior in High School who may be interested, contact Rebecca and Anthony Manno: greycross@cox.net or (402) 991-4497

Evangelium Institute Survey

Evangelium Institute is looking to offer more opportunities for Catholics to come together and learn about the faith, but they’d like to know more about YOU and what YOU would like to get out of it! Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous, 7-question survey so that they can better serve and provide the programs & courses that you would like to attend!

Link to survey: bit.ly/EI-survey

Pro-Life Bills at the Nebraska Level

These are the main points of an important press release from Senator Joni Albrecht:

Albrecht announced both THE NEBRASKA HEARTBEAT ACT and THE NEBRASKA PREGNANCY HELP ACT.

THE NEBRASKA HEARTBEAT ACT will protect the lives of preborn babies with beating hearts from abortion. The legislation requires physicians to perform an ultrasound to listen for a fetal heartbeat. If a heartbeat is detected, the legislation would prohibit the physician from aborting a living preborn baby. (The legislation allows abortions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.)

THE PREGNANCY HELP ACT would support and empower women and families in Nebraska by incentivizing donations to pregnancy help organizations in Nebraska through the creation of a tax credit. This would support the work of pregnancy help organizations (There are 25 from every corner of Nebraska.) as they serve pregnant and parenting women in need, including food, housing, transportation, baby supplies and job training.

WHEN THESE BILLS ARE BROUGHT UP FOR A VOTE, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS TO VOTE “YES.” May the Holy Spirit be ever present in this process. May Nebraska truly become a Pro-Life State!

Press Release: Albrecht Press Conference Press Release (11Jan2023).pdf

Saint Quote- St. Anthony of the Desert

“Regard as free not those whose status makes them outwardly free, but those who are free in their character and conduct. For we should not call men truly free when they are wicked and dissolute, since they are slaves to worldly passions. Freedom and happiness of soul consist in genuine purity and detachment from transitory things.” ~ Anthony the Great

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Midtown Catholic is part of the Archdiocese of Omaha. We are One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy

MidWeek Update 1/11

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the Archdiocese of Omaha:

One Church: Encountering Jesus, Equipping Disciples, and Living Mercy.

The Parish Council and Staff has dedicated this year to learning the mission statement of our Archdiocese and our community. Throughout the year, we will be breaking down the separate parts of the mission statement. Our goal is for everyone to be able to know and recite the Mission statement by the end of the year. It is a fitting time to reflect on the idea of one church as the week of Christian Unity is this month (From the 18th to the 25th of January.)

Write the mission statement down. Pray with it throughout the day. This mission has the ability to revive our parish communities. “Bear in mind these teachings. Drill them into your children, and your children’s children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. When you lie down and when you rise.” (Duet. 6:6-7)

FlockNote

A lot of our parish communications are now going out on flock note, it is likely the system that send you this newsletter. More of our small group leaders are using it for communications. If you are in the parish directory you are likely in the system, but you can log in through the app or at flocknote.com with your email or cell number. From there you can join different groups and be sure you are getting the latest communications.

Fr. Jindra’s Class

Fr. Jindra’s class starts this weekend after the 4:30 Mass at St. Thomas More. I would recommend bringing a notebook, pen, and (if you have one) a copy of the Catechism.

Envelopes

A large-scale issue is going on with the printer of our contribution envelopes. Many of our parishioners have not gotten their envelopes in months. While we are troubleshooting the issue, it is larger than just our parish.

Those in our parish family who use envelopes and those who receive the newsletter are likely not the same crowd. If you know a friend or family member who is having trouble, please have them contact the parish office for a temporary solution or help them get set up with WeShare to donate electronically.

St. Thomas More: Give (wesharegiving.org)

St. Joan of Arc: Give (wesharegiving.org)

KoC Family Movie Night

STM Knights of Columbus will be hosting our monthly movie night once again on Monday January 16th! This month we will be showing TOY STORY! Thanks again for your help and support! 

Pro-Life Corn Hole Tournament

Do you and your friends like cornhole? Do you have interest in a corn hole tournament that supports a good cause? Immaculate Conception Church is planning on hosting a pro-life tournament on February 4th after their 9 a.m. Mass.

Contact Josef Stark jstark@vireoresources.com if you are interested in entering.

More di Gras

The St. Thomas More gala is approaching. You should receive a formal invitation in the mail to attend. If you do not receive one in the next two weeks and would like to attend, please send an email to moredigras@gmail.com

MidWeek Update 1/4

Catechism of the Catholic Church Class

January 15th Fr. Jindra will be starting a class on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, based on the Knights of Columbus publications titled the “Luke Hart Series” written by renowned philosopher Peter Kreeft. Please join Fr. Jindra at 5:30 Sunday – after the 4:30 Mass.

Support Our Seminarians

This Sunday’s second collection goes to supporting our seminarians. Your donations are greatly appreciated for supporting our next generation of priests.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Our second collection on the weekend of January 22nd and 23rd will be for our St. Vincent de Paul fund for our two parishes.

Our St. Vincent de Paul societies help the less fortunate within our parish boundaries. You can donate money, food, clothing, shop at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift stores, Volunteer to be a member, and pray to help your neighbors in need.

We get several calls a day to our parish office. We could use more volunteers to listen to the voice of God in the poor.

Live Lent Together

Lent is more than just giving something up.
It’s an opportunity to refocus on Jesus. And you don’t need to do it alone!

Break open God’s Word with fellow parishioners. Jesus spent most of his public
life teaching a small group of twelve men, and that small group of disciples went
on to change the world. This Lent, it’s your turn!

LEADERS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Group Leaders will be trained to lead a 6-week small group centered around the Word of God during Lent. Each leader caninvite friends, neighbors, co-workers, and/or family members to be participants in their group. You could also have us fill your group with interested parishioners.
All materials will be provided to group leaders and their members.

More info here: Live Lent Together – Archdiocese of Omaha (archomaha.org)

Contact TJ Simpson to talk about training times and getting set up.

Tjsimpson@midtowncatholic.church

Saint Quote

“Live simply so others may simply live.” St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Feast today, January 4th)

Midweek Update 12/28

white clock

New Mass Schedule Starts this Weekend

January 1st, this Sunday is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This weekend will mark the start of our new Mass schedule. Just one change from the last schedule:

There is no longer a 5 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Thomas More.

There is now a 4:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday at St. Thomas More.

wooden sign closed hanging in shop

Office Closed

The Midtown Catholic office will be closed at noon on Friday the 30th of December and Closed all Day on Monday the 1st of January.

Rosary

As mentioned above, the new Sunday Mass at St. Thomas More is at 4:30 pm. The Legion of Mary says their rosary at 6 pm. Stick around say the rosary with the community!

New Year’s and Lent

The New Year is a great time to renew ourselves. Many will begin New Year’s resolutions. Please consider a resolution that will spur on your journey to Christ. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” St. Paul’s Letter to the Roman’s (12:2)

Looking ahead to Lent, we have two great opportunities to renew your yourself in the community. For both young and old, preparations are already beginning to experience Lent and Easter. Consider getting involved with one!

Live Lent Together

Lent is more than just giving something up.
It’s an opportunity to refocus on Jesus. And you don’t need to do it alone!

Break open God’s Word with fellow parishioners. Jesus spent most of his public
life teaching a small group of twelve men, and that small group of disciples went
on to change the world. This Lent, it’s your turn!

LEADERS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Group Leaders will be trained to lead a 6-week small group centered around the Word of God during Lent. Each leader caninvite friends, neighbors, co-workers, and/or family members to be participants in their group. You could also have us fill your group with interested parishioners.
All materials will be provided to group leaders and their members.

More info here: Live Lent Together – Archdiocese of Omaha (archomaha.org)

Contact TJ Simpson to talk about training times and getting set up.

Tjsimpson@midtowncatholic.church

(402) 507-5546

Living Stations of the Cross

Rehearsals in the church at Saint Joan of Arc
6:30 to 8 pm

January 4th (W) Parents should attend this first rehearsal

January 12nd (Th), and 18th (W)

February 1st (W), 9th (Th), and 15th (W)

March 1st (W), 15th (W), 23rd (Th) and 29th (W)

Presentation Dates
Friday, March 31st
Sunday, April 2nd (Palm Sunday)
Wednesday, April 5th

Types of Roles available:

Jesus, Pontius Pilate, and the Chief Priest – Major roles, a lot of memorization

The Narrator – No memorization, but the largest “part” of the presentation.

(We might have more than one . . )

“The Crowd”, the Soldier(s)– simple memorization (very few lines)

Mary, Veronica, Women of Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene – important parts, but no memorization required

“Set Crew” / Lights – support section – no lines, no “stage time”

Music – similar to being a cantor / singing at Mass

If you are interested and able to commit to this schedule, please contact

Anthony & Rebecca Manno

 greycross@cox.net

(402) 991-4497

(402)301-4014

Saintly Quote

“Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.” St. John Bosco

Pope’s Request

Pope Francis has requested prayers for his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

“I would like to ask you all for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict, who in silence is supporting the Church. Remember him – he is very ill – asking the Lord to console him, and sustain him in this witness of love for the Church, until the end.”

Read more here: Pope Francis asks for prayers for Benedict XVI – Vatican News

Don’t Stop Celebrating Christmas

Christmas is not over; it began on Sunday. We just shook off the retail madness.

As Christians, we are to always hold in awe the incarnation. Specifically, in this Christmas season, continue to ponder and celebrate the all-powerful God becoming a fragile infant because of his love for us. Be merry, and rejoice, for the Lord has come to save his people. Below, is the Angelus prayed. Prayed by many Catholics throughout

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary…

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary…


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 
 

‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you’ (Lk 1: 28)

‘Blessed are you among women, 
and blessed is the fruit of your womb’
(Lk 1: 42).

Midweek Update 12/21

Christmas is upon us. Join us for Christmas Mass this Sunday. See schedule here.

Christmas Mass Times

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Mary Mother of God (New Year’s) Mass Schedule

On Saturday, Dec 31st, STM will have its normal 8am Mass (Does NOT count towards Sunday Obligation)

On Saturday, Dec 31st, SJA will have the vigil Mass at 5:30 pm

On Sunday, January 1st, SJA will have Mass at 8 am

On Sunday, January 1st, STM will have Mass at 10:30 am and at 4:30 pm

These Times will reflect the new Sunday Mass Schedule going forward.

Celebrate Christ’s Birth with Music! 

Before the 4pm Christmas Eve and Midnight Christmas Masses at St. Thomas More Church, parish musicians will be playing and singing carols.  Music will begin about 30 minutes before Mass; please come and enjoy an opportunity for musical prayer! 

3:30pm at St. Thomas More on Christmas Eve

11:30pm at St. Thomas More on Christmas Eve

Serve at Mass and in the Neighborhood

One of Midtown Catholic’s Goals for 2023 is to invite more parishioners to become Liturgical Ministers and to attract Homebound Ministers.

If you are a mandated Liturgical Minister who is ready to return to the schedule, please contact one the following:

Lectors: Robert Dargy (robertjdargy@gmail.com) at STM or

               Carol Nish (carolnish@gmail.com) at SJA   

EMHC:  Sue Franco (psfranco@cox.net) at STM or

               Pat Grant (degrant39@msn.com) at SJA

Homebound: Rick Fanciullo (rjfanciullo@gmail.com) at STM or

                       Deacon Tim (leiningeroma@outlook.com) at SJA

If you are not a Liturgical Minister, please prayerfully consider participating in the training that will be offered by the Archdiocese during July or August of 2023.

*A Lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Psalm.  A Eucharistic Minister (EMHC) is an individual that assists in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to parishioners.  A Homebound EMHC brings the Eucharist to our parish members who are unable to join us at Sunday Mass. 

If you are a Eucharistic Minister, please consider becoming or returning to active status in this ministry. 

 When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God’s presence in that Word.

sorry we re closed but still awesome tag

Office Closed

The Midtown Catholic office will be closed today (December 21st) at Noon

Friday December 23rd at Noon

Monday December 26th All Day

Friday December 30th at Noon

Monday January 2nd All Day

You can still call and reach out to our priests if you or a loved one is in emergency need of the sacraments.

Jesus, Pontius Pilate, and the Chief Priest – Major roles, a lot of memorization

The Narrator – No memorization, but the largest “part” of the presentation.

(We might have more than one)

“The Crowd”, the Soldier(s)– simple memorization (very few lines)

Mary, Veronica, Women of Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene – important parts, but no memorization required

“Set Crew” / Lights – support section – no lines, no “stage time”

Music – similar to cantering / singing at Mass

If you are interested and able to commit to this schedule, please contact

Anthony & Rebecca Manno

 greycross@cox.net

(402) 991-4497

(402)301-4014

Please keep this whole endeavor in your prayers!

Advent Mission- Thank you for participating!

The Advent Mission had us reflect on our relationship with the sacrament of Penance. Additionally, we made some new friends! Big thank you to our Deacons (Allan, Ron, Tim, and Matt) for leading this endeavor. We are blessed to have these men and their wives supporting our priests.

TMIY Service Weekend Thank You

Living Mercy Today

The Saturday morning TMIY group had their first TMIY serve day on Saturday, December 17th.  Following the Saturday meeting, the team worked together to assemble gift bags* destined for the Sienna Francis House.  With Christmas music playing in the background, it was a great way to bring on the Christmas spirit. 

The group proceeded to deliver the gifts to the Sienna Francis House and served lunch to the people at the Sienna Francis House.  It was a great opportunity to encounter Jesus through others.  Thank you everyone who participated!!

* The two hundred sixteen gift bags included: a winter hat, gloves, three pairs of wool socks, thermal long sleeve shirt and pants, chap stick, and a candy cane. 

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