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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.

Amen

. -- 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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 Confirmation

 In the Diocese of Grand Island, the age for Confirmation is usually 17 or 18 (Junior or Senior in High School).  Classes are held September-April during the child's Sophomore year (10th grade).   See Religious Ed for more information on registration.

It is desireable that the confirmation sponsor (godparent) is the same as the baptismal godparent(s) (see c. 892.2).

  • Sponsors must be Catholics in good standing who have received Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. They must be true examples of faith, living in accord with the Church's moral teachings. Sponsors must be at least 16 years old. (see c. 874.1).
  • To be living in accord with the Church's moral teachings means:
    • Going to Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
    • Going to Confession when necessary and receiving Communion.
    • Avoiding sin and sincerely trying to live a prayerful life.
    • Living as a single person or a married person.
      • NB: cohabitation is a serious sin and is not in keeping with the Church's moral teaching.
      • NB: Catholics who are married civilly, but not married in the Catholic Church should validate their marriage in the Church before serving as sponsors.
    • To be clear: If you are a Catholic who is married outside the Church, you CANNOT be a sponsor.
  • A baptized, non-Catholic person may not participate except together with a Catholic sponsor, and then only as a Christian Witness (c. 874.2)
  • The above references are from the Code of Canon Law.  St. Mary's Cathedral follows the Catholic Church's regulations regarding baptism, as found in canon law.

A person should be confirmed, if at all possible, before entering marriage (see c. 1065.1).  

If a person older than 18 desires to receive Confirmation, please contact a priest directly for information.

    St. Mary's Cathedral
    112 S Cedar St.  Grand Island, NE 68801
    PH: (308) 384-2523 | FAX: (308) 384-2527
    Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
    Email:
    office@stmarysgi.com

    St. Mary's Immigration Program/Programa de Inmigración
    PO Box 938 | Grand Island, NE 68802-0938
    PH: (308) 381-2855  #2 Carmen #3 Jacinto | FAX: (308) 381-2925
    Office Hours: Tues-Fri 9:00a.m. - Noon & 1:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.
    Saturday: By appointment only ~ Sunday ~ Closed