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.
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.
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 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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|| Service Committees
The Liturgy Committee is responsible for planning devotional events and organizing seasonal decorations in the Cathedral. Duties include: decorating (altar cloths, plants, Christmas, Easter), organizing events (Pet Blessing, May Crowning, Divine Mercy), assisting as necessary (Holy Week, Pentecost, Confirmation).
Every woman in the parish may be a member of the Cathedral Ladies (the parish's women's organization), and non-Catholic spouses of parishioners may participate as well. The group promotes friendship and fellowship among all women of the parish, regardless of age or length of time a person has been a parish member.
The purposes of the Cathedral Ladies:
- To foster and contribute to the works of the Lord.
- To unite the women of the parish as devout persons working for the good of the parish.
- To organize, provide, and serve bereavement dinners to the families of deceased parishioners.
- To provide and serve meals, as needed for our youth/adults at First Communion, Confirmation, RICA, and Senior Meal.
- To labor for the adornment and cleanliness of the House of God (Spring cleaning)
Each year the main fund-raising effort of the Cathedral Ladies is the annual “Waffleman” This event takes place on the second Saturday of November. Many parishioners, including the men and youth of the parish, assist the women to guarantee the success of this important undertaking.
The Cathedral Ladies meet the second Monday at 6:30 pm in the Cathedral Square. Everyone is invited.
Every helping hand and heart is welcome to participate in the Cathedral Ladies from prayer and sharing, paying dues, working on a committee to fulfilling the role of an officer. For more information, please contact the current President: Barb Ernst 384-2523 ext 213
Music Ministry / Choir
Music Ministry at St. Mary's is one of the most spiritually rewarding of the ministries because our sole purpose is to participate and lead the congregation in song at the celebration of the Masses. Every week we join the Priest singing Glory to God in the Highest, praying our voices will complement his words of the greatest prayer, the Celebration of the Eucharist.
We invite musicians of all faiths to join our ministry.
Christian Service Committee
The members of the Christian Service Committee strive to fulfill the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
- Feed the Hungry: members collect food for the Food Pantry on the 1st Sunday of each month at the parish masses. They also prepare and bag the food for distribution.
- Visit the Sick: members visit the homebound and those in nursing homes, bringing them Communion.
- Bury the Dead: members attend funerals of parishioners and send condolence cards to the family of the deceased.
- Pray for the Living and the Dead:
- The committee mainains the Prayer Chain.
- Members pray the rosary before the 5:15pm mass on the 1st Friday of the month.
- Members pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 2:50pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
- The committe sends cards to the ill, bereaved, students, military personnel and seminarians.
The Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm in Cathedral Square.
Funeral Dinner Committee(s)
Serveral groups help the bereived by providing food for the funeral luncheon. Each group is 'on-call' for a particular month to provide side salads, serve the meal or clean up afterwards. St. Mary's Cathedral is proud to be able to help families at such difficult times by providing a hot meal and welcome environment.
The Maintenance Committee is an informal group of parishioners who assist the priests and the maintenance director. The maintenance commitee helps each year with a parish grounds cleanup, application of grass fertilizer, and other duties.
To assist with the work of the Maintenance Committee, please call the parish office for more information at 308-384-2523.
Knights of Columbus, Council #1159
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. It is dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. The organization boasts a worldwide membership of more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils.
St. Mary's Cathedral Council #1159 has 240 members. Membership is limited to practicing Catholic men aged 18 or older.
Examples of service provided by the Knights:
- “One Rose, One Life" campaign the last Sunday of January
- Fish Fry during Lent
- Tootsie Roll drive to help with special needs children
- Bingo (the first two Sundays of the month) in Cathedral Square
- Soup supper fundraisers
- Sponsoring youth teams and the free throw contest
- Have appreciation meals for the priests and nuns of the area, and a meal for the teachers at GICC
- Assist priests of the diocese
- Bring Communion to the homebound
- Sponsor (2) TV Masses during the year to be broadcast on Sundays on KHASTV channel 5
- Help older Knights, their widows and veterans
- Help with parish clean up each spring and with lawn care
Parish Vocations Committee
The Parish Vocations Committee affirms, encourages and supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This is accomplished through prayer, building awareness, affirmation of our priests, deacons and lay ministers, and projects to support our seminarians.
The Committee meets quarterly. Although not under the Serra Club’s direction, they do assist the Serra Club with certain projects such as Priesthood Sunday and the Altar Server Awards program.
Activities have included praying the Bishop’s Vocation Prayer after certain weekend Masses, encouraging Eucharistic adoration for vocations, encouraging parishioners and parish committees to “adopt a seminarian,” and sponsoring “Meet our Seminarians”, an event where parishioners can visit with our seminarians. This is a relatively new committee with new ideas and projects on the horizon.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas meets the first Tuesday evening of each month. Our patron saint is Blessed Mother and the rosary is very dear to us. Our mission of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and dignity for all. In our court we do several projects that we work on during year. We make prayer blankets for those who are ill, provide rosary to RCIA/RICA, travel vocation cross among the members and work on Legislation items that effect our Catholic faith. We attend the rosary and funeral and become the Honor Guard at funerals for deceased members. We welcome all ladies 18 and above to visit our court and meet your sisters in Christ.
Contact: Pat McHugh, (308)-384-6863. email@example.com