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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.

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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You can visit your cell phone’s App Store and search for “My Parish App.”   The download is free. Search for St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, and connect with our parish’s information.                   

 

 Parish Outreach
Food Pantry
Food Pantry

 Mary's Table - Camille's Cupboard (food pantry).  It is an extension of the Lord's command to feed the hungry, so it is managed by the Christian Service Committee.    

Food Pantry Hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  

All faiths are welcome.  One bag of non-perishables per month is given per address.  Photo identification is required.

Alpha
Alpha

Alpha is a chance to explore and question the meaning of life. Over a series of about 10 sessions, you'll find out about the basics of the Christian faith. Each session involves a main talk and some time to say what you think. It's fun, relaxed and free, and you can ask anything you like (that's why over 25 million people worldwide have already tried Alpha).

Alpha is for ANYBODY: Are you wondering if there is more to life than what you’ve experienced? Do you know Christ but want to know Him better? Do you need a ‘shot in the arm’ in regards to your relationship with Christ? Are you new to the Church? Are you searching for answers?

If you said yes to any of the above, ALPHA IS RIGHT FOR YOU!

At Alpha, enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a welcoming atmosphere.

Be our guest as you explore questions about the existence of God and Jesus, the purpose of life, the value of prayer, what happens after death and more.

For information visit facebook.com/alphastmarysgi or call Sr. Jesusmerling or Judy Priess at 308-384-2523.


 

Friendship Luncheon
Friendship Luncheon

The Friendship Luncheon is a group of parishioners that come together each month on the second Thursday for a good meal and fellowship.  There are a handful of people who help in the kitchen and clean up, and several that take care of decorating the tables.  It is for parishioners to gather for conversation, people sharing a meal together and entertainment when possible.  Everyone is welcome no matter what the age you are!

Everyone brings a side dish to the luncheon that is shared by all. Each month the main dish is provided. A donation is given for this in the beginning of the line.  Several people help with finances and door prizes.

Monthly themes for the main dish:

  • January   -  Wild Game Feed
  • February  -  Valentine  - Fried Chicken
  • March  -  St. Patrick’s Day  -  Corn Beef and Cabbage
  • April – October  - Fried Chicken
  • August – County Fair
  • September  -  State Fair
  • October  -  Halloween
  • November  -  Thanksgiving  -  Turkey with all the trimmings
  • December  -  Christmas  -  Turkey with all the Trimmings

Before the Friendship Luncheon a Healing Mass is offered at 11 am in the Cathedral. Confessions are also heard at 10:45 am.

Pax Christi Multimedia

Our Mission
To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world through mass media. 
                                        - Mark 16:15

Nuestra Misión
Llevar el Evangelio de Jesucristo 
a todo el mundo a través de los medios de comunicación masivos.
                                      - Marcos 16,15


Our Apostolate gives Bible Study courses, retreats and has a music ministry to help Catholic Communities have a personal encounter with our Lord Jesus.

Nuestro Apostolado da cursos de estudio bíblico, retiros y tiene un ministerio de música para ayudar a las comunidades católicas a que tengan un encuentro personal con Nuestro Señor Jesús.

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Facebook: 
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YouTube:
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El Pescador (Spanish Outreach)
El Pescador (Spanish Outreach)

 El Pescador is our Spanish-language ministry group.  Members reach out to Spanish-speaking parishioners, lead the rosary in Spanish, serve at parish functions, lead Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon prayer services and sponsor retreats.  

The Saturday prayer group meets in the Church at 7:00pm with a Eucharistic Holy Hour the first Saturday of the month.  The Sunday afternoon service offers charismatic prayer and music with fellowship and mutual support beginning at 4:00pm in the basement of Cathedral Square (parish hall).  See more here.  

Grief Support Group
Grief Support Group
 St. Mary's Cathedral sponsors a grief support group in association with Curran Funeral Chapel.  The support group has two sessions per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  

The spring session begins approximately 7 weeks before Easter and continues for 6 weeks.  The fall session begins approximately 7 weeks before Thanksgiving and continues for 6 weeks.  The meetings are on Mondays at 6:00pm in Cathedral Square (the parish hall).  

Social gatherings for those who have attended the sessions are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm with a potluck.  

For more information, please call Trish Curran at Curran Funeral Chapel, (308) 384-8862.  
Prayer Chain / Prayer List
Prayer Chain / Prayer List

 The Christian Service Committee maintains the Prayer Chain.  When someone asks for prayers, the intention is forwarded to members of the prayer chain, who ask God to grant the intention.  To add or remove a name from the Prayer List (published in the Bulletin) or the prayer chain (not published), please call the office at (308) 384-2523.

Mary's Closet  -Thrift Store
Mary's Closet -Thrift Store

Stop by and see our Mary’s Closet which is located in the Cathedral basement. (North West door)

 Mary’s Closet open 3 days a week:  Mondays and Wednesdays 1-4 pm and Saturdays 10 am -3 pm   Weekly specials.

Mary Closet will accept donations of clothing, small appliances, toys, home decorations and kitchenware. Furniture and large electronic will be only accepted only by Ann Baker. Volunteers are welcome to come and help any time.

Questions or to volunteer please contact Ann Baker at 391-1527 or by email: thriftstore@stmarysgi.com

    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