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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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 First Communion / Eucharist
Eucharist

 The Eucharist (Mass) is the source and summit of our faith.  It is the re-presentation of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary.  It is the union of our own sacrifices with his.  It is the foretaste of the glory of Heaven and the Resurrection.  

To receive Holy Communion, a person must be a baptized Catholic, be free of mortal (serious) sin, and be sufficiently prepared. NB: those who are cohabiting or only civilly married should separate or marry in the Church before receiving Holy Communion.  Non-Catholic Christians may not receive Holy Communion, except under special circumstances, as determined by the Bishop.  

The Catholic Church requires that ALL Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once per year, during the Easter season.  Of course, one should confess all of their mortal (serious) sins beforehand.  The Church earnestly encourages all Catholics to receive Holy Communion frequently.  

First Communion
First Communion
To participate most fully in the Sacrament of the Eucharist is to receive Communion.  

First Holy Communion is usually received at age 7 (2nd grade).  Parents, please register your children for Religious Education classes around the same time of year that you register them for school.  Older adolescents and adults should contact a priest directly for their preparation.  

In the United States, godparents (padrinos) are not part of the first Communion celebration and are not required. 
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

 The truly ancient and persistent belief of the Church in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament has led to the practice of Eucharistic Adoration.  If Jesus is truly present in the Communion that we receive, then he can truly be worshiped in the Blessed Sacrament just as God is worshiped in Heaven and on earth.  

The Church encourages the faithful to make visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to develop a devotion to Christ's presence in the Eucharist.  The Cathedral is open during the day for the faithful to come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.  

Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration is held the 2nd  and 4th Tuesday of each month beginning after the 7am mass and continuing for 24 hours and ending with solemn benediction immediately before the 7am mass on Wednesday.  

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament should always stem from and lead to the Eucharistic celebration of the Mass, the source and summit of our faith.

    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