March 16 2020
Our Religious Ed classes at St. Mary's Cathedral has been cancelled until further notice. Our First Communion will be rescheduled at later date. Thank you and Bless you
¡Las Clases de Educación Religiosa de los miércoles han sido canceladas hasta nuevo aviso! . Esta junta será programada para otra fecha. Muchas bendiciones para todos.
All meetings, groups, masses, adorastions, and events are canceled at St. Mary’s Cathedral until futher notice.
Please read the Bishop letter on the right for all other cancellations
A prayer in this time of the coronavirus
Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COID-19 and from all serious illness. For all those who have died from it, have mercy; for those who are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your precious blood be our defense and our salvation. By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy.
. -- Pedro de la Cruz
There have been multiple reports from parishes and from other dioceses that many priests are being impersonated by phishers and scammers trying to convince parishioners to send them gift cards or gift card numbers.
What these phishers and scammers do is obtain priest and parishioner information from different sources. They then use the information to impersonate the priest and send out emails requesting gift card numbers. When phone numbers are available, fake texts have been sent also.
Please be aware of these types of phishing attacks and scams! If you receive any messages requesting gift cards or gift card numbers, or even a text that says something like, “I need a favor from you, please text me back as soon as possible”, and the sender claims to be me, it is a phishing attempt. You can contact the parish to let us know of the phishing attempt. You may want to report this attempt to the authorities. See www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing for more details.
You should never email or text the numbers from a gift card. Once a scammer has that information, they can immediately drain the gift card and make it worthless.
If I or the parish ever needs assistance or if I am asking for a donation, I typically will write, call, or visit with you in person. Unless you are expecting me to request assistance or a donation by email or text message, you should confirm that I really am making this request. That confirmation should be made by any other means besides replying to the suspicious email or text you received (which would go back to the scammer).
If you have any questions about this scam, you are welcome to contact the parish offices.
Fr. Jim Golka
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March 17 2020 Fr. Jim Golka
Greetings parishioners of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Following President Trump’s statement today on St. Patrick’s Day – Bishop Hanefeldt and leaders of the Diocese of Grand Island have suspended the celebration of all Sacraments until at least Monday, April 16, 2020. This will give our diocese 20 days to try and “flatten the curve” of people diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
This means that we will not offer public masses. We are asked to also suspend the celebration of weddings, baptisms, quinceaneras, and confessions as well as Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Each priest is asked to offer a daily private mass for the intention of the day. If there is no intention listed, we will offer the mass for the cease of the virus outbreak.
During this time, we are asked to not offer communion to the faithful. If a priest or Eucharistic minister has been infected, they may inadvertently pass along the virus to the communicant.
The Cathedral church will remain open each day from 6 am until 9 pm. People are encouraged to pray in their homes and to stay home as much as possible. If you choose to come to the Cathedral to pray, we ask that you maintain a distance from other worshipers and take caution against possible contamination of the doors and handrails.
I was in the meeting in which these issues were discussed. As a priest and pastor, it is incredibly difficult to suspend any celebration of the Sacraments of our Church. I know that we have had times in our history when the Church has had lengthy times in which reception of the Sacraments was suspended. I encourage you to consider this time as a time of fasting from the Sacramental life of the Church. Instead we are encouraged to turn to the many “sacramentals” which our church offers. If you do not have a “home altar” or “prayer room” I encourage you to create one. In that space you can pray the sacramentals such as the rosary, chaplet of divine mercy, liturgy of the hours or praying the readings of the daily mass.
We hope to make available my private celebration of the mass via our Facebook page and other social media. You are also welcome to watch the mass as a family – especially on Sundays. Mass is offered on EWTN at 7 am, 11 am and 11 pm. A more local mass is offered on the ABC Channel 8 at 9 am. You can watch a Spanish mass on catholictv.org.
Do not hesitate to call the parish office if you are in need of pastoral care. Even thought the regular celebration of the sacraments is suspended – we can always offer them in times of emergency or personal danger.
May God bless us all! Fr. Jim Golka
3-17-2020 Latest Coronavirus Measures for the Diocese of Grand Island
- Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt
- To all people of faith and good will in the Diocese of Grand Island,
Throughout his public ministry, Jesus often said to people, “It is your faith that has saved you.” As we struggle with what must be done to limit the spread of the coronavirus in this country, I ask you, above all, to pray for an increase in the supernatural gift of faith. Particularly when our concerns, fears and insecurities disturb our peace. Like St. Joseph, let us renew our faith and trust in God, who sent his only begotten Son, to save us.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recommended the cancellation of public assemblies with 10 or more people, including worship services. While this is devastating news, it is vital that we are united in our efforts to contain the spread of this virus. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I am invoking more stringent measures throughout the Diocese of Grand Island. Effective immediately, and consistent with the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln, all public Masses and other communal celebrations of the Sacraments or other liturgies are temporarily suspended throughout the Diocese of Grand Island. In other words, there will be no public funeral services, weddings, Lenten Penance services, Confirmations, retreats, Parish Missions, or the Chrism Mass until further notice.
While funeral services may not take place, the committal of the body or the cremains at the cemetery should be commended to the Lord with only the closest relatives present, as long as the number of those in attendance is in compliance with civil authorities. Then, at a later date, a Memorial Mass or Service for the deceased may be scheduled.
Weddings ceremonies that are limited to the bride and groom, their two witnesses, and their parents may be celebrated, as long as the number of those in attendance is in compliance with civil authorities. Then, at a later time, a full reception may be scheduled to honor the newlyweds and celebrate with them.
These are very difficult measures because of how important our sacramental life is to us. May these limitations on what is most sacred to us, the freedom of worship, renew our longing for the day when we can again assemble to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy and receive our Lord in Holy Communion.
With the suspension of all public Masses, I ask every priest (health permitting) to celebrate Mass in private each day, praying for all those who are afflicted with the Coronavirus, for those in the medical community who are treating patients and for family members who are providing care at home.
While these measures are unprecedented in our times, there are many ways in which our faith tradition as Catholics can enrich our spiritual lives when we are unable to receive Holy Communion.
- While public gatherings for worship are suspended, I ask that our Churches remain open and available daily for private prayer, from sunrise until a reasonable time into the evening. It is my hope that people of faith will come to spend time with our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, offering him their love and pouring out their heart’s deepest desires with great faith in Him.
- Perhaps you may be able to watch Mass on Television (e.g., on EWTN) or view Sunday Mass livestreamed from somewhere. This is a way of being united, to some degree, with the celebration of the Mass going on throughout the world, and remotely with one another.
- The practice of making a “Spiritual Communion” is a beautiful way to unite ourselves with the Lord as we express our hunger for Eucharistic communion with him. Making a Spiritual Communion is a beautiful expression of our deep longing to ultimately be united with God for eternity. This can be done at any time, and in any place, including from our own homes.
- Utilizing the time you would otherwise be at Sunday Mass to read and reflect upon the Sunday Scripture readings, either as a family or individually, can be deepen our sense of being united with our Lord and with one another.
- Family devotions can also be a way of uniting ourselves within our own homes, to pray the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Stations of the Cross or other personal devotions.
- Practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy can be done by making phone calls to those in our parish communities who live alone, encouraging them, praying with them and perhaps offering to bring them groceries or assist them in other ways.
I encourage you to be creative in how you will nourish and deepen your relationship with our Lord in this time before we are able to resume the public celebration of the Sacraments.
Palm Sunday occurs on April 5th this year. As civil authorities continue to assess the situation in our state, I will be providing an update with further direction about the liturgical celebrations for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Likewise, further details regarding the possibility of livestreaming Masses will be made available as soon as some determination can be made.
Finally, please check regularly the website for the Diocese of Grand Island: www.gidiocese.org for updates and additional information.
Let us invoke the powerful intercession of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, for his protection upon us all, and his heavenly aid for all who are afflicted with the Coronavirus, and their caregivers.
In Christ, our Hope!
+Joseph G. Hanefeldt
Bishop of Grand Island
Prayers for the World during the Outbreak of the Coronavirus
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation. Through that charity which bound you to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s children from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection. Amen.
(Excerpted from the Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1969)
Oración para el Mundo durante el Brote del Coronavirus
A ti, o beato San José, venimos en nuestra tribulación. Por esa caridad que te ataba a la inmaculada virgen madre de dios, y por el amor paternal con cuál abrazabas el niño Jesús, te imploramos humildemente que aceptes generosamente la heredad que Jesucristo compró con su sangre, y con tu poder y fuerza nos ayudes en nuestras necesidades.
O padre tan cariñoso, que combates todos los contagios del error e influencia que nos corrompen; o fuerte protector nuestro, que seas propicio con nosotros y nos ayudes desde el cielo en nuestra lucha con el poder de las tinieblas; y, como una vez rescató al niño Jesús del peligro mortal, ahora, que protejas los niños de dios de las trampas del enemigo y de toda adversidad; que protejas a cada uno de nosotros por tu protección constante. Amén.