Midweek @ Midtown – May 18

Joy of Giving

Today is the day to give to your favorite Catholic organizations. Join us today as we celebrate the parishes, schools, ministries and organizations of the Archdiocese of Omaha!

St. Thomas More

St. Joan of Arc

Consortium Schools (St. Thomas More and the Dual Language Academy)

Totus Tuus

Midtown Catholic is hosting Totus Tuus this summer! Totus Tuus is like vacation bible school with a Catholic flavor. Missionaries come to our parishes and they do all the teaching and activities. We just help them pull off the best week our kids will experience this summer.

Learn more about how to register your child or grandchild as well as volunteer in other ways – Read Here.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Did you know St. Thomas More does a little extra to help our youngsters grow in their faith?

Midweek at Midtown: May 11th

EMHC & Lector Training

We are always in need of more people to serve as lectors and Extra Ordinary Ministers of Communion (EMHC). Please consider getting involved. Eligible candidates–practicing Catholics, in good standing, at least a rising junior in high school–can register at this link.

The archdiocesan portion of this formation is online and the timing is flexible.

Teaching ‘Mass’

On Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm at St. Thomas More Church Fr. Frank will will be doing a “teaching Mass” for our new Catholics who just joined the Church. While you may have experienced one of these during an actual Mass, Fr. Frank will not actually be celebrating the Mass. However, he will be going through every part of the Mass and giving a thorough explanation. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Office Walk-In Hours

Our walk-in office hours will be changing starting next week on May 16th. Walk-in office hours will be from 8am – 2pm, Monday – Friday.

Beginning May 27th, we begin our summer office hours, which means the office will close at 12pm on Fridays.

If you need anything after those hours, please call ahead.

Keeping Catholic Schools in our Neighborhoods

The Omaha Catholic Consortium Schools are fulfilling the mission of keeping schools in our neighborhoods. Please consider giving to the Consortium on May 18th.

The Joy of Giving day is ONE WEEK AWAY

On May 18,  we hope you’ll show us your support during the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Joy of Giving Day! 

All donations we receive during Joy of Giving will help:

  • Increase teacher compensation rates and benefits
  • Update our school buildings
  • Offer more tuition assistance funds to families who desire a Catholic education
  • Provide necessary funds to help cover operational expenses 

Giving has begun! Advance donations are being accepted now through May 18.

More good news: Generous supporters have offered to match all gifts for the Joy of Giving! When you give, you will double the impact. 

Midweek at Midtown – May 4th

Pastoral Planning Kick-Off

Pastoral planning is in full swing throughout the archdiocese. If you recall, parishes in the 23-county archdiocese will make important structural decisions in the coming months. These decisions are essential for parishes to respond to the current reality facing the Church and achieve the goal of becoming missional communities. Representatives from both parishes will be attending a kick-off on Wednesday, May 4 where information will be shared and questions can be asked.

Parenting Faith

How do you parent teenagers in the context of faith?

All adults in our parish our invited to come learn more about our Family Formation program and enjoy hearing from our guests! Held at St. Thomas More Cafeteria/Social Hall on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:15pm.

Speakers:

– Tina Targy is the Events and Volunteer Coordinator at the Institute of Priestly Formation. She also is the Coordinator for the Christ Life program at her home parish, St. Mary’s of Bellevue, NE.

– Cathy Keisling is the Director of Pastoral Affairs at Boys Town.

Get the Vote Out

Good news! Nebraska has primary elections next week! This link can help you find where your polling place is, and you can check and make sure you’re registered. On May 10th, you get the chance to choose who the candidates for your party will be for offices like Governor, US House Representative, and State Senators (if your district is one of the 25 seats up for election/reelection). These seats are extremely important and have an even bigger impact on your daily life than flashier offices. As Catholics we have a responsibility to participating in the policy making and Kingdom building in our communities

Youth Choir Debut Two

The Youth Choir is back. This weekend they’ll be sharing their gifts at the 5:30pm Mass at St. Joan of Arc

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

May 8th, 2022 marks the 59th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  Consider offering a holy hour or saying prayers as a family to commemorate this day of prayer.

Joy of Giving

Counting down the days to May 18th and Joy of Giving Day. Consider helping out our Consortium Schools, which include St. Thomas More, Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Cross, St. Peter and Paul, St. Bernadette, and the Dual Language Academy. Help them to reach the goal of $30,000 and 150 donors.

Here are a few easy ways that you can support the six schools.

  • Make a gift. On May 18, visit https://omaha.igivecatholictogether.org/organizations/omaha-catholic-school-consortium to make a donation. You may also call our office at 402-590-2810 to make a gift via phone or mail a check to us at the address in my signature below. Is May a busy month for you? Advance gifts are possible beginning on May 2. Giving ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 18.
  • Share and share alike. Online days of giving are successful because of our own networks, aka YOU. Help us grow our network by sending the attached graphic to your network, also sharing the important work we do and asking them to join in helping make a difference for our students and staff.
  • Be socially (media) active. Use your social media networks: post on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, Twitter about Joy of Giving Day, sharing about your passion for Catholic education.

Midweek at Midtown: April 27

Parish Council

The combined parish councils of St. Thomas More and St. Joan of Arc have competed an update of the bylaws to officially become one Midtown Catholic Council. The new Council will have two vacancies next year. We are seeking two parishioners from St. Joan of Arc to fill those vacancies. Please let Fr. Lorig know if you are interested in serving our family of parishes in this capacity.

Parish Council Member Job Description

Parish Council Member Application

Minutes from March Meeting

Parenting Faith

On Wednesday, May 4th, Midtown Catholic’s Family Formation program (Wednesday Night RE) will be hosting guest speakers for our final parent session of the year. We are opening this event to all interested adults in the parish, so please come join us and learn more about our Family Formation program!

photo of family standing outdoors during golden hour

This event will be held in the St. Thomas More School Cafeteria from 6:15 to 7:30pm. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer childcare for families who are not already part of the Family Formation program.

Our speakers are Tina Targy and Cathy Keisling, who will be sharing their experiences in parenting teenagers with a faith-based approach.

Tina Targy is the Events and Volunteer Coordinator at the Institute of Priestly Formation. She also is the Coordinator for the Christ Life program at her home parish, St. Mary’s of Bellevue, NE. She enjoys spending time with her family and participating in the Archdiocese of Omaha Mentorship program. Fun fact: Her son, Will, is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Omaha right now!

Cathy Keisling works at Boys Town. Fun fact: Her son, Eric, served as Midtown Catholic’s Director of Finance and Operations from 2021-2022 and another son, Sean, has served as the President of Roncalli since 2021!

For additional information and questions, please contact Rachel Bielstein at 402-556-1456 or rjbielstein@midtowncatholic.church.

Office Hours

Our walk-in office hours will be changing starting May 16th. Walk-in office hours will be from 8am – 2pm, Monday – Friday. Beginning May 27th, we begin our summer office hours, which means the office will close at 12pm on Fridays. If you need anything after those hours, please call ahead.

Kentucky Derby Party

This is not really a Kentucky Derby party, but you could call it that if you like.  It will be an opportunity to get to know the people sitting around you at church. We are planning something new following the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas More on Saturday, May 7th.  It is a social gathering in the parking lot, after Mass.  Wine, beer, soda, water, cheese, crackers, and some deserts will be available.  No cost.  Please join us.  Any questions?  Call Joe Benes at 402-681-1062 or Jerry Hassett at 402-650-0360.

The Case for Jesus

TMIY (That Man Is You) Summer Game Plan

Do you believe Jesus rose from the dead?  We will get started with “The Case for Jesus” series from Brant Pitre on Saturday, May 7th.  

The TMIY Men’s Group meets every Saturday at 6am in the St. Thomas More cafeteria.

The series will run for nine weeks.  Breakfast will always be served on the first Saturday of the month.  The resurrection will always be a mystery to us.  It is a matter of faith to believe in the resurrection of Jesus.  The resurrection is the single most important detail of our faith.  Paul mentioned a couple of times in his letters that our faith was a hoax, if Jesus did not rise from the dead.  The series from Brant Pitre is a good mix of facts and faith.  It is a great opportunity to augment our faith and improve our ability to speak to those who want to question the legitimacy of the Gospels.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Hassett at 402-650-0360.

Teaching Mass with Fr. Baumert

On Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm at St. Thomas More Church Fr. Frank will will be doing a “teaching Mass” for our new Catholics who just joined the Church. While you may have experienced one of these during an actual Mass, Fr. Frank will not actually be celebrating the Mass. However, he will be going through every part of the Mass and giving a thorough explanation. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Midweek at Midtown – Octave of Easter

What does “Octave” mean?

The Easter Octave begins on Easter Sunday and ends on the Second Sunday of Easter of the Divine Mercy with every day being another solemnity or another “little Easter.” The current title for each of the octave is “Monday in the Octave of Easter,” “Tuesday in the Octave of Easter” etc., but commonly called “Easter Monday,” “Easter Tuesday,” and so forth. The Easter Octave “overrides” any other feasts on the calendar. (https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/easter-octave/)

Divine Mercy Sunday

Thank You

Fr. Frank and Fr. Lorig would like to say thank you to all those who made the Holy Triduum such a beautiful and prayerful experience for so many: the deacons, the musicians, the decorators, the readers, the servers, and so many more. It was just fantastic.

Pray for our Confirmation Candidates

Eighth Graders from both parishes and religious education will be confirmed this Friday night. “Come, Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Teaching Mass with Fr. Baumert

On Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm at St. Thomas More Church Fr. Frank will will be doing a “teaching Mass” for our new Catholics who just joined the Church. While you may have experienced one of these during an actual Mass, Fr. Frank will not actually be celebrating the Mass. However, he will be going through every part of the Mass and giving a thorough explanation. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Crusade for Excellence at SJA

It’s time to get your tickets for the Crusade for Excellence Development Dinner.  It’s St. Joan of Arc’s biennial parish and school fundraiser where you can enjoy an evening featuring dinner, auction and fellowship. The theme this year is “Gearing Up for Our Future.” All money raised will go towards the maintenance fund to make building improvements.

The dinner and auction are held after the 5:30pm mass on Saturday, April 30th.  The silent auction is in the gym and the dinner and live auction are in the cafeteria. We would like all reservations in by the end of the week.

Purchase your tickets or make a donation using the following link: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/sjoaauction/register/

Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A45AEAD29ABFE3-development

Support fellow Midtown Catholics at the Crusade for Excellence Development Dinner at St. Joan of Arc!

Posted by St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 19, 2022

It’s Mid-Holy Week

Holy Week Services

Both parishes will have Holy Week services. The only difference will be that RCIA (those joining the Catholic Church) members will be attending services at St. Joan of Arc this year.

Here’s the Holy Week Schedule

Youth Choir

If you plan to attend the 10:30am Easter Sunday Mass at St. Thomas More this year, you are in for a treat. Rachel Bielstein, our Coordinator of Religious Education and Liturgical Music, has been working with a group of talented and enthusiastic youth from both parishes who will be sharing their singing talents with the rest of us for the first time that day. Their next service will be at St. Joan of Arc’s 5:30pm Pentecost Mass.

Children’s Collection

Fr. Frank will be reintroducing the children’s collection at the St. Thomas More Masses this weekend.

Crusade for Excellence

The St. Joan of Arc Crusade for Excellence Development Dinner is a biennial parish and school fundraiser where you can enjoy an evening featuring dinner, auction and fellowship. The theme this year is “Gearing Up for Our Future.” We have made new connections in the recent past and are excited to build and strengthen these partnerships in the future.

All money raised will go towards the maintenance fund to make building improvements.

The dinner and auction are held after the 5:30pm mass on Saturday, April 30th.  The silent auction is in the gym and the dinner and live auction are in the cafeteria. 

Here’s the link

Divine Mercy Sunday

St. Thomas More annually celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter) with a special program. Come, Sing, and Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with us in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. All Are Invited to Attend!

  • 11:30am – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 12:30pm – 3pm – Confessions
  • 1pm – Rosary
  • 2pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet – 2pm
  • 2:30pm – Benediction
  • 2:45pm – Procession
  • 3pm – Mass

Midweek at Midtown – April 6

Pasta and Pancakes

A St. Joan of Arc Lenten Pasta Feed is scheduled for Friday, April 8th 4:30 -8:00 pm. Adults, $10; Children 6-12, $5; Children ages 5 and under, Free. This affordable price includes all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, bread & butter, dessert, & beverage. There’s a single serve to-go option as well. Pop is available for $1. Beer/Wine available for donation. The Pasta Feed is sponsored by the SJA Men’s Club and the Knights of Columbus. Questions, contact Kevin Malick at 402-990-4759 or at kmalick@cox.net.

There will also be a Pancake Feed at St. Thomas More in the cafeteria on Sunday, April 10th, 8:30 – 12pm. Menu includes all the pancakes you can eat along with sausage, coffee, and juice. Free will offering. Proceeds go to SVdP Conference at STM.

SJA Development Dinner – April 30

The Crusade for Excellence Development Dinner is a biennial parish and school fundraiser where you can enjoy an evening featuring dinner, auction and fellowship. The theme this year is “Gearing Up for Our Future.” We have made new connections in the recent past and are excited to build and strengthen these partnerships in the future.

All money raised will go towards the maintenance fund to make building improvements.

The dinner and auction are held after the 5:30pm mass on Saturday, April 30th.  The silent auction is in the gym and the dinner and live auction are in the cafeteria.

The Crusade for Excellence Dinner is open to everyone!  Parishioners, SJA parents, DLA (Dual Language Academy) parents, STM friends and families are all welcome.  Invitations will be handed out over the next weeks prior to the event and tickets will be made available online at that time. 

Here’s the link

Easter Egg Hunt

The Knights of Columbus will be putting on an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9th at Pipal Park at 9am.

Extra Confession Times

We have extra confession times available on Saturday, April 9th from 10am -11:30am at St. Joan of Arc and Tuesday, April 12th from 6:30 – 8pm at St. Thomas More. Extra priests besides Fr. Lorig and Fr. Baumert will be available for the Tuesday evening session at STM.

Women’s Retreat

The SJA Ladies Guild is excited to host a Lenten Retreat April 9th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. If you haven’t RSVP’d for this free opportunity to deepen your faith journey, please call Amanda Wells, 402-981-2420. This is a FREE event. Bring an open heart and a desire to love. The retreat is open to any woman from either parish and will make for a great opportunity grow in faith and friendship together!

Holy Week Schedule

Here’s a link to see Midtown Catholic’s Holy Week Schedule.

Midweek at Midtown – March 31

Parish Council Update

The St. Thomas More and St. Joan of Arc Parish Councils have been meeting both separately and together over the last two years. They have decided to meet as one council from here on out. To accomplish this, they are working on combining their bylaws. There will be some turnover at the end this academic year, and they will need new council members from both parishes. Information about how to become a council member will be shared as soon as the new bylaws are completed.

Serve Here Highlight: Food for the Francis House

man sitting beside wall

Food for the Francis House has been in existence at St Joan of Arc since 1983.  We provide the supper meal every 3rd Friday of the month.  Menu is meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, & desserts.  Each person who brings one of the mentioned should have it feed at least 10 people.  We are always in need of volunteers.  No meetings involved. 

Maybe cooking is not your thing? They also need people to help deliver it. 

Call Mary Kentch at 402-676-5054 to get involved.

Discover more ways to serve here.

Additional Reconciliation Opportunities

10:00 am, Sat., April 9th at St. Joan of Arc
6:30 pm, Tues., April 12th at St. Thomas More

Women’s Retreat at SJA

person placing a lighted candle on sand

The SJA Ladies Guild is excited to host a Lenten Retreat April 9th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. If you haven’t RSVP’d for this free opportunity to deepen your faith journey, please call Amanda Wells, 402-981-2420. This is a FREE event. Bring an open heart and a desire to love. The retreat is open to any woman from either parish and will make for a great opportunity grow in faith and friendship together!

Midweek at Midtown – March 24

Consecration to Mary

Pope Francis has asked bishops worldwide to join him March 25 in consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Fr. Frank and Fr. Lorig will offer the prayer of consecration at the end of the 7am (STM) and 8:30am (SJA) Masses on Friday, before the blessing and dismissal.

Archbishop Lucas will join Pope Francis first by celebrating the 11:15 Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral and then offer the prayer of consecration at the end.

Pope Francis also invites priests, religious and lay faithful to assemble in their churches and places of prayer on Friday, “so that God’s Holy People may raise a heartfelt and choral plea to Mary our Mother.”

https://archomaha.org/consecration-for-russia-ukraine/

New Pastor Named

It’s not a rumor, a new pastor has been named for St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More. Fr. Frank Jindra will take over as pastor in July.

Job Opening

Eric Keisling, our current Director of Finance and Operations, has accepted a position at Gallup. His last day of employment is April 15th. While saddened that he is leaving, we are excited for this new opportunity for him. We wish him the best of luck. 

We now begin a job search to fill the position. If interested or know someone who might be a good fit, check out the job description in the link below.

https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=director%20of%20finance&l=Omaha%2C%20NE&vjk=f13d4448bde95f27

Office Closed Friday

The parish office will be closed on Friday, March 25.

Extra Confession Times

10:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 9th at St. Joan of Arc

6:30pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, April 12th at St. Thomas More

Note: These are not penance services, just extra times for confession. You do not need to be there at the start time.

Midweek at Midtown – March 16

2nd Collection

This week, we are taking up a second collection. March 19-20 is the USCCB Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, which will allow the faithful to give critical and timely humanitarian aid to the victims of war in Ukraine. Please continue to pray for all of those affected by the war in Ukraine.

Midtown Catholic Office Closed March 25

The Midtown Catholic Offices will be closed on Friday March 25 to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation.

Serve Here

We’ve recently created a page on our website titled “Serve Here”. It’s far from complete because we need your help. We need information about the ways you serve and how others can get involved. It can range from church cleaning to decorating. We’re not looking for ways to join groups like the ladies guild or men’s clubs, which do a lot of serving. We’ll create a page for those groups later. Please send your information to office@midtowncatholic.church or call the parish office. Thank you!

Hospitality Team Coming to STM

We will be launching our Hospitality Team at St. Thomas More on Sunday March 27 at 10:30 a.m. Mass. If you are interested in being a part of this team which will serve in welcoming all who join us for worship in a spirit of prayer and Christ-like hospitality for either St. Thomas More or St. Joan of Arc, please contact TJ Simpson, Director of Evangelization, at tjsimpson@midtowncatholic.church.

Fr. Jeff on Vacation

Fr. Jeff is on vacation for the rest of this week. If you need the immediate assistance of a priest, please contact Fr. Baumert, for any other issues or questions please contact the parish office or Eric Keisling at ejkeisling@midtowncatholic.church.