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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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 In addition to the 7 Sacraments, the Church recognizes many ways to experience God's grace through physical means.  Although God's saving grace (salvation) comes to us through the 7 Sacraments, yet we receive additional grace through sacramentals such as the rosary, the use of holy water, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Liturgy of the Hours and other pious practices.  
The Rosary
The Rosary

The Holy Rosary is a meditative prayer centering around the sacred mysteries of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Immaculate Mother, Mary.  

The Holy Rosary is prayed in the parish every day after the 7:00am mass, before the 5:15pm mass (4:45pm for pro life) on  every Thursday,  1st Friday of the month, and in Spanish on Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 10:00am.  

More information on how to pray the rosary can be found here.

Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration

What is Eucharistic Adoration? 
Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us".

During Eucharistic Adoration, we "watch and wait", we remain "silent" in His Presence and open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist ... By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, and we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us.

The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity! 
At the moment of Consecration, during the Mass, the "gifts" of bread and wine are transformed (transubstantiated) into the actual Body and Blood of Christ, at the Altar. This means that they are not only spiritually transformed, but rather are actually (substantially) transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. The elements retain the appearance of bread and wine, but are indeed the actual Body and Blood of Christ. This is what is meant by Real Presence: the actual, physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The (reserved) Blessed Sacrament serves as a focal point of devotion. 
Because, as Catholics, we believe that Christ is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is given the same adoration and devotion that is accorded to Christ.

At the beginning of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a priest or deacon removes the sacred host from the tabernacle and places it in the Monstrance on the Altar for adoration by the faithful. "Monstrance" is the vessel used in the Church to display the consecrated Eucharistic Host, during Eucharistic adoration or benediction. The word monstrance comes from the Latin word monstrare, meaning "to expose". It is known in Latin as an Ostensorium. When a consecrated host is placed in the monstrance, it is said to be a solemn exposition.

When the Monstrance contains the Sacred Host, the priest does not touch it with his bare hands, but instead, holds it with a humeral veil, a wide band of cloth that covers his shoulders (humera) and has pleats on the inside in which he places his hands.

At all other times, the reserved Sacrament is kept locked in the Tabernacle, so that the faithful may pray in the presence of the Sacrament.

"Perpetual Adoration" is Eucharistic Adoration round the clock (that is, twenty-four hours a day). A "Holy Hour" is "Eucharistic Adoration of Reparation" which lasts for about an hour.

Adorations are every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Tuesday 7 am - Wednesday 7 am.

Holy Water
Holy Water
 Using holy water calls to mind our baptism, the beginning of our lives as Christians and our entrance into the life of Christ.  Holy water is often used in times of temptation, before storms and in the blessing of objects in order to call to mind God's blessing and protection in our lives.  

Holy water fonts are at each door of the church.  A large container of holy water is available for individual use.  It is located in the south alcove, next to the candles and the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Please bring your own individual containers.  
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
In a vision to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in 1935, the Lord revealed a powerful prayer the He wanted everyone to say--the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  He promised extraordinary graces to those who would recite it.  The chaplet is prayed using rosary beads and is a litany of prayer the most merciful God who sent us His Son as a redeeming sacrifice.  

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is said on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:50pm, during Eucharistic Adoration.  
 Catholics and catechumens are encouraged to ask for blessings at certain times.  Examples are: before a trip, before a major event, blessing of a home, fields or animals, blessing of religious objects or images.  Blessings are usually given by a priest or deacon and are a sign of God's blessing imparted in our lives.  Parents may bless their own children by signing a cross on the forehead.  

Blessings can be done at any appropriate time; please contact the priest or deacon directly.  A blessing of pets is usually held around St. Francis of Assisi's feast day, October 4th.  Candles are traditionally blessed on February 2nd (the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord).  Throats are blessed on or around February 3rd (the Feast of St. Blase).  Car blessings are held occasionally.  

The proper way to dispose of a blessed object is by burning or burying it.  
The flame of a candle represents the presence of the Lord and the constant prayer of his people.  Oftentimes a person will light a candle as a sign of their prayer before God.  Just as the candle slowly burns and lights the room, so the person's prayer continues even through night and darkness.  

A vigil candle is always seen next to the tabernacle, showing that Christ is present in the Blessed Sacrament.  

Devotional candles are available for use at home or in the church.  They are located in the alcoves of the Cathedral for a suggested donation.  
 A Quinceañera is a coming-of-age ceremony for a 15-year-old girl.  Originating in Mexico, it is a popular devotional practice to have a Quinceañera mass in addition to the usual festivities.  

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and St. Mary's Cathedral regulate the celebration of Quinceañera masses.  See the Cathedral's rules (English, Spanish).  A deposit is required to reserve a date; non-parishioners are charged at a higher rate.  The girl is required to be in Religous Education classes and a special Quinceañera class.  Parents should begin planning at least one year in advance.  For more information, please speak with our bilingual secretary at (308) 384-2523 ext. 221.  
    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