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A note from Fr. Jim Golka  May 1 2020

I would like to add my personal note to express both my great desire for you to be able to gather with us for the celebration of the Eucharist and my concern for our physical health as the pandemic continues to affect our community.  There is no greater joy for me than the experience of sharing Communion with our Lord as a parish family.  At the same time, I appreciate Bishop Hanefeldt’s concern for the physical safety and well-being of those of us living in the Grand Island community.  Public masses will not be possible for us yet.  May 30th is the earliest possible date for a return, but that will be reevaluated as we draw closer to that time.

I have been in communication with local physicians who confirm that our cases of coronavirus patients continue to rise.  Because of this I do not believe it would be safe for us to offer public times for Confessions or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  As we stated before, Pope Francis encourages parishioners to make a perfect Act of Contrition on a daily basis with the firm resolve to go to confession once it is available.  In the meanwhile, we will hear confessions on an emergency basis by appointment. 

Our parish staff is beginning plans for the time when we can gather again for public sacraments.  Both the Governor of Nebraska and Bishop have offered stipulations and procedures to which we must adhere. 

Let’s continue to pray for each other during this difficult time.

In Christ,

Fr. Jim Golka Rector

Una nota del P. Jim Golka

Me gustaría agregar mi nota personal para expresar tanto mi gran deseo que tengo de que ustedes puedan reunirse con nosotros para la celebración de la Eucaristía y mi preocupación por nuestra salud física a medida que la pandemia continúa afectando a nuestra comunidad. No hay mayor alegría para mí que la experiencia de compartir la comunión con nuestro Señor como familia parroquial. Al mismo tiempo, aprecio la preocupación del obispo Hanefeldt por la seguridad física y el bienestar de aquellos de nosotros que vivimos en la comunidad de Grand Island. Las misas públicas aún no serán posibles para nosotros. El 30 de mayo es la fecha más próxima posible para un regreso, pero eso será reevaluado a medida que nos acerquemos a ese momento.

He estado en comunicación con médicos locales que confirman que nuestros casos de pacientes con coronavirus continúan aumentando. Debido a esto, no creo que sea seguro para nosotros ofrecer momentos públicos para Confesiones o Adoración del Santísimo Sacramento. Como dijimos antes, el Papa Francisco alienta a los feligreses a hacer un acto de contrición perfecto a diario con la firme resolución de confesarse una vez que esté disponible. Mientras tanto, escucharemos confesiones de emergencia con cita previa.

Nuestro personal parroquial está comenzando planes para cuando podamos reunirnos nuevamente para los sacramentos públicos. Tanto el gobernador de Nebraska como Bishop han ofrecido estipulaciones y procedimientos a los que debemos adherirnos.

Sigamos orando los unos por los otros durante este momento difícil.

En Cristo,

El P. Jim Golka, Rector

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 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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 Donation Envelopes: A Description

When you receive your set of envelopes, you will see that the envelopes come dated, with descriptions of each collection.  Please use the envelopes with the corresponding date.  They can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the office.  

Below is a description of our different envelope types.  
 Sunday Envelope – White envelope, with a picture of the Cathedral.  There is one for every Sunday of the year.  Contribution from this envelope goes to the needs of the church: payroll, heating, regular maintenance and other bills.

Captial Campaign – White envelope with powder blue border.  Appears twice a month. In March of 2017 we began a three-year campaign to raise money to erase our debt, do capital improvements and try to put money in savings.   We have reach many of our goals already.  We are in the process of replacement of our Heating and Air Conditioning of the Cathedral.  The bid we received is for $1,100,000.  This work will soon commence, and the new unit should be done by April 2019.  We will need an additional $405,000 in order to stay out of debt and leave money in savings.

Haiti Mission Project – St. Mary's Cathedral has a parish in Haiti that we sponsor through the Parish Twinning Program.  Donations go to help our sister parish.  One blue envelope  appears one Sunday of the month.  

Holy Days – Collections are taken up on all Holy Days of Obligation: Mary, Mother of God (Jan 1), Easter, Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter), Assumption of Mary (Aug 15), All Saints (Nov 1), Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) and Christmas (Dec 25). One envelope is provided for each day, with donations going to the parish. 

Diocese Appeal Envelope  – A white envelope with purple trim will appear for 12 months, October- September.  This pledge and contribution goes to the Diocese of Grand Island .

  • Ministries Supported by the Diocesan Appeal
  • Seminary Formation 
  • Youth & Young Adult/Higher Ground-
  • Hispanic Ministry 
  • International Priest Program
  • Newman Centers-UNK & Chadron State College
  • Ongoing Priestly Formation 
  • Permanent Diaconate 
  • Retired Priest Medical Insurance 
  • West Nebraska Register 
  • Faith Formation & Evangelization 

The new Diocesan Appeal Logo is a representation of the beautiful landmarks that make up our Great diocese.  From the beauty of Chimney Rock in the West, to the Windmills that run all across our sandhills, the Rivers that flow through our diocese, to our Mother Church the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and finally the Holy Spirit that draws us all closer to Christ as One Holy and Apostolic church.   

We are a diocese known for our hard work and hospitality.  Let’s continue to Receive, Cultivate and Share God’s Abundant gifts in our efforts to grow, The Church.  The ministries below are needed to help the church and our diocese do just that, Grow.  Our 2018 goal is $1.33 million.  Your support of this year’s Diocesan Appeal will help the following ministries in many ways to include some that are listed below.  Every pledge large and small is necessary to our success. 

 The following National Collections are taken up once per year: 

Latin America – Since 1996, U.S. Catholics have helped our brothers and sisters in Central and South America and the Caribbean to carry out their pastoral ministry, through the Collection for the Church in Latin America.  Funds from the collection are used to train seminarians, men and women religious, permanent deacons, catechists and other lay leaders. Funding is limited to programmatic expenses and excludes building construction.

Eastern Europe – This collection was initiated by the U.S. Bishops in 1990.  the collection to Aid the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe provides much-needed help in restoring church institutions, teaching the laity through programs of religious and moral education, spreading the Word of God through the mass media and restoring Catholic charitable organizations once outlawed by Marxist states.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) – CRS has been serving those in need worldwide since the early 1940’s providing emergency relief and long-term development assistance, which helps people help themselves.  The second largest international relief and development agency in the United States, CRS aids the suffering and distressed in more than 75 countries.

Holy Land – This collection supports the sacred places, educational and charitable institutions in the Holy Land through the Good Friday collection, and educates young men for Mission of the Custody of the Holy Land in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Rhodes, Israel and Egypt.

Catholic Home Missions – Launched in 1998 the appeal strengthens the Catholic Church where it is weak in the United States and its territories where resources are thin and priests are few.  This appeal also supports about 25 organizations and religious communities engaged in home mission work.  The appeal funds a wide range of pastoral services including evangelization, religious education, maintenance of mission parishes, training of seminarians and lay ministers and ministry with ethnic groups, especially Hispanics.

Communications – The U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) produces and supports media projects that prormote Gospel values and bring the Catholic Church’s message to the marketplace.

Peter’s Pence – The Peter’s Pence Collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial aid assistance to request to aid the most needy throughout the world—those who suffer as a result of way, oppression, and natural disasters.

World Mission Sunday – Our diocese, through the parishes and missions which constitute it, is given an opportunity to help mission lands and the work of missionaries.

Campaign for Human Development – In 1970 the bishop of this country created this program to address the rote causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and education.  Studies have shown that CCHD-funded projects have touched 1 in 10 Americans and nearly half the poor people in the United States.

Retirement Fund/Religious – The proceeds from this collection help Religious Orders to establish more effective and cost-efficient care for retired members, to establish development programs so the orders can raise funds on their own and to meet emergency needs.  The average age of religious sisters, brothers and priests continues to grow, and so does the need to care for them in their final years.

    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.

    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