Previous Church Bulletin - Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Physical Address .......... 404 S. Broadway
Parish Offices .................... 402-254-6559
Rev. Jeffery S. Loseke, Pastor
[email protected]
Rosemary Kathol, Business Manager
[email protected]
Louise Guy, Receptionist
[email protected]
Steve Heine, Plant Manager
Office Fax Line ................. 402-254-6553
Rectory (after hours).......... 402-254-6556
Order of Deacons:
Deacon Paul Steffen ... 402-254-6720
[email protected]
Elementary School ............ 402-254-6496
Terry Kathol, Principal
[email protected]
Lisa Klug, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
There is one among you
whom you do not recognize.
Religious Education........... 402-841-7589
Sr. M. Jane Conrad, PBVM, Director
[email protected]
Council Leadership:
Pastoral Council
Sam Hochstein .... 402-841-4351
[email protected]
Finance Council
Matt Steffen ......... 402-254-2117
[email protected]
School Board
Jennifer Kleinschmit..402-254-6544
[email protected]
Parish Website & E-mail:
[email protected]
Saturday Vigil:
Daily (T-F):
5:30 p.m.
8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
8:05 a.m. (and 6:30 a.m. on 1st Fridays)
10:45 a.m. at Golden Living Center
Daily (T-F):
2nd & 4th Wed:
7:40—8:00 a.m.
7:00—8:00 p.m.
4:00—5:00 p.m.
December 14th in the Year of Our Lord 2014
Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday
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Monday, December 15th
L/D of Francis & Theresa Gubbels family
Tuesday, December 16th
8:05 a.m. L/D of Rudy Wortmann family
Wednesday, December 17th
8:05 a.m. L/D of Alton & Delores Thoene family
† Marie Lammers
Thursday, December 18th
8:05 a.m. † John Murray
2:45 p.m. † Loren Steffen
Friday, December 19th
8:05 a.m. † Wilma Promes
Saturday, December 20th
10:45 a.m. Christian Mothers
(at Golden Living Center)
Vigil for Sunday
5:30 p.m. † Gert Konz
The People of Holy Trinity Parish
Sunday, December 21st
Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m.
L/D of Francis & Grace Hoesing family
10:30 a.m. † Kristen Johnson
The “O Antiphons”
During the last seven days of Advent, beginning
December 17th, the Church acknowledges Christ by
addressing Him with seven ancient, descriptive titles
for the long hoped-for Messiah. These verses are
known as the “O Antiphons,” and are prayed at
Vespers (i.e., Evening Prayer) each day.
Daily Readings for This Week
Mon: Nm 24:2-7,15-17a & Mt 21:23-27
Tue: Zep 3:1-2,9-13 & Mt 21:28-32
Wed: Gn 49:2,8-10 & Mt 1:1-17
Thu: Jer 23:5-8 & Mt 1:18-25
Jgs 13:2-7,24-25a & Lk 1:5-25
Sat: Is 7:10-14 & Lk 1:26-38
Sun: 2 Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Rom 16:25-27 &
Lk 1:26-38
Points of Ellipses... Fr. Jeff
n my homily last Sunday, I reflected on our need to face
our sins and temptations by examining our consciences
and going to Confession. (In case you missed it or would
like to revisit it, you may watch it on our parish website at It was my goal and my hope
that those who have been away from the Sacrament for some
time—decades even—would hear the invitation of God calling
them back to Himself to be reconciled with Him. Many times, fear
and pride keep us from accepting God’s free gift of mercy. We may
be afraid because we are unsure of what we are supposed to do in
Confession. Likewise, we may fear having to face our sins, our
ugliness, and the fact that we were wrong about our own goodness
for so long. On the other hand, pride keeps us from sharing our
sins out loud to the priest. Pride tells us that we don’t need to
confess our sins to another person, that we can be forgiven all by
ourselves. In the end, the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
that Jesus Himself gave to His Apostles and to the Church (cf. John
20:19-23) is rejected by us.
y the same token, however, we may not understand why
God’s plan for forgiveness of serious sins requires the
intervention of another person (i.e., a priest). In order to
better understand this, picture yourself standing on level ground
facing God, who is standing opposite you. Whenever we sin, we
cause a rupture between us and God. A chasm forms, and we can
cross it no longer on our own. We need a bridge.
The Son of God, by taking on our humanity and
dying for our sins has become the bridge that
allows us to come back into relationship with the
Father. No human being can cross this horrible
chasm of sin that leads to death on his or her own.
We always need Jesus to act as our Bridge. Before
His Ascension into heaven, Jesus instituted the Sacraments and
gave the Church a share in His own Priesthood. Now, every time
we find ourselves separated from God by serious sin we approach a
priest—one whose very soul has been configured to Christ—so
that he can make present for us the bridge of our salvation through
the Sacraments.
ut why can’t I just tell God I’m sorry in my own personal
prayer? Won’t He forgive me? Think of it like this: We
say, “God, I’m sorry, please forgive me.” God responds, “I
desire it, and so I already have sent you my Son to bring you back
to me. He has come to you as a Man. Go to Him, and He will
bring you home to me.” Jesus becoming a man makes our
salvation possible. The Incarnation is a sign of God’s great love for
us! This is why, even after Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, the
continuation of these same saving mysteries would always be
expressed in an incarnated way, that is, through our own humanity
in the Church. As the Catechism reminds us, “reconciliation with
the Church is inseparable from reconciliation with God” (n. 1445).
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Points from the Parish & Community...
 ANNUAL APPEAL COMPLETED: We reached our goal of
$31,685.83 this week—thanks to all who participated
in the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal this year.
 SYMBOLON REGISTRATION: Because Holy Trinity has
purchased a parish subscription for the Symbolon
faith-formation series, all registered members of the
parish can access it online without any payment or
fees. Simply register online on our parish website.
 RELIGIOUS ED: Students in grades 7-8 & 12 will meet
as usual this Wednesday, Dec. 17th. Students in
grades 9-11 will meet at church at 6:45 p.m. for
 CHURCH CLEANING THANKS: Thanks to everyone who
helped clean church this Saturday in order to get
ready for Christmas! Your stewardship of time is
most appreciated.
the church for Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd after
8:05 a.m. Mass. Anyone wanting to help may come
and lend a hand.
Choir invites you to arrive early for the Christmas
Midnight Mass to enjoy a “Prelude of Christmas
Music,” beginning at 11:35 p.m.
Please be
attentive to the liturgical schedule for the Christmas
and New Year’s Masses. If you or your children will
not be able to minister at your assigned Mass, please
find a substitute or trade with someone else. If you
are unable to find someone, please notify Louise at
the parish office as soon as possible.
 GUILD NOTES: December’s cleaning groups are
Groups 7 & 8, led by Carla Wintz & Becky Jones.
Group 4, led by Doris Feilmeier, will serve the next
funeral luncheon. Also, you may receive a call from
your group leader for putting up and taking down the
Christmas decorations in church.
 ROME PILGRIMAGE: As introduced in last week’s
bulletin, Fr. Jeff will lead a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi,
and other Italian cities next year, Sep. 21—Oct. 1,
If you are interested in receiving more
information about this trip, please call the parish office
to have your name added to the list.
Envelopes are in your
stewardship packets for Christmas flowers. Please
return your envelope and the names of those you
wish to memorialize with your donation. Memorials
will be listed in the bulletin on Sunday, Dec. 28th.
 PRO-LIFE CALENDARS: Pro-Life calendars are still
available at the parish office for $20.
 PRAYER SHAWLS: The Prayer Shawl Ministry has
many new prayer shawls available for Christmas.
Shawls have been blessed by Fr. Loseke and
sprinkled with holy water from Lourdes. They are
available by calling Joyce Gentrup (402-254–3271) or
Laurie Kathol (402-254-3307).
 OPEN ADORATION HOURS: Please call the parish
office to take one of these open hours: Friday 6:00,
8:00, 9:00 & 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 &
4:00 p.m.
having a Pancake & Waffle Breakfast this Sunday,
Dec. 14th, at 8:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
 OACCW SCHOLARSHIP: The Omaha Archdiocesan
Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) offers a $500
scholarship to Catholic female seniors. The Rural
North Central Deanery offers a $150 scholarship.
Applications are available from high school guidance
counselors. The deadline is January 15th. Late
applications will not be considered.
 SCRIP AVAILABLE ALL YEAR: Use Scrip gift cards as
gifts or for personal shopping and a percentage of
your purchases will come back to our Catholic
schools. Orders received by 11:30 a.m. on Monday
mornings will be available on Friday afternoons for
pickup at the Catholic Development Office or they can
be sent home with your Catholic school student, if you
For more information, please call the
Catholic Development Office (402-254-3912).
interested in learning more about their reproductive
health and God’s design for achieving or postponing
pregnancy are invited to contact Adel Fischer (402254-2352 or [email protected]) for consultation.
Adel is studying through the Pope Paul VI Institute in
Omaha to become the second NaProTechnology
FertilityCare System Practitioner for our area along
with Donna Kramer in Fordyce.
Financial Update - November 30, 2014
Thanksgiving Envelopes (74 out of 570) = $7,580
Financial Info has not been
Sunday Stewardship .............$
Year-to-Date Income:
$ 493,234.29
this week
as Rosemary
Tuition & Other Income.. .......$has
Year-to-Date Expenses: $ 502,458.84
been away on
Total Income...................$ 20,165.82
Fiscal YTD Excess/(Deficit): ($ -9,224.55)
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Penance Services with Confession
Sun, Dec 14
Sun, Dec 21
3:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity
7:00 p.m.
St. Rose,
3:00 p.m.
St. Jane Frances,
7:00 p.m.
St. Mary,
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8:30am—12:30pm Pancake & Waffle Breakfast at Senior Center
3:30pm Penance Service at HT Church
7:00pm Penance Service at St. Rose in Crofton
7:00pm Choir Practice at Church
Additional Parish Confession Times
Thu, Dec 18
Dec 19
Sat, Dec 20
Mon, Dec 22
Tue, Dec 23
7:00—8:00 p.m.
7:00—8:00 p.m.
8:00—9:00 a.m.
3:45—5:15 p.m.
12:00—1:00 p.m.
5:30—?:?? p.m.
Wedding Banns
Garrett Flamig & Makisha Brown
December 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Church
6:45pm Rel Ed (gr. 7-8, 12) at HT Meeting Room or Godparents
6:45pm Rel Ed (gr. 9-11) Confessions at Church
7:00pm CCHS Christmas Concert at Activity Center
2:00—3:00pm Prayers for Priests Holy Hour at Church
2:45pm CCHS Mass at HT
7:00—8:00pm Confessions
Day of Penance: Abstain from meat or take up some other penance
7:00—8:00pm Confessions
Dec. 14—20: Curt & Kristi Loecker family
Dec. 21—27: Keith & Michelle Loecker family
Dec. 16, 3:30pm: Sandra Loecker
Dec. 23, 3:30pm: Darlene Wieseler
8:00—9:00am Confessions
1:00pm Flamig ~ Brown Wedding
3:45—5:15pm Extended Confession Time
3:00pm Penance Service at St. Jane Frances in Randolph
7:00pm Penance Service at St. Mary in Osmond
7:00pm Choir Practice at Church
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Jane Kathol
Brooke Kleinschmit
Duane Arens
Aleacia Herbolsheimer
Ron Wortmann
Angela Barnell
Greeters &
Rob & Brenda Miller
Jeff & Julie Lentz
Jim & Carla Wintz
Rollie & Barb Becker
Stephen & Thomas Hillis
Shane Hamilton
Hunter Heimes, Kerby Hochstein
Gina Jueden
Jay & Sara Reifenrath
Abbie Steffen
Bill Meyer, Chris Miller
Jan Arens
Don & Karen Hoesing
Anna Brodersen
Lisa & Jesse Kruse
Ron Lammers
Robin Potts
Holly Kathol
Rose Koch
Don Noecker
Kayla Guy
Amber Leise
Brad Arens
If you are unable to be at the Mass for which you are scheduled, please exchange with another liturgical minister or arrange for a substitute.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
I have lied, gossiped, or spread rumors about others.
I revealed secrets or broke the confidence of another.
I betraying someone’s friendship or trust.
I have criticized others uncharitably.
I refused to forgive someone or held a grudge.
I failed to apologize or make amends to someone I offended.
I deliberately hid sins from the priest in Confession.
Good Confession
You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse or goods.
I have entertained impure thoughts and desires.
I have been greedy and selfish.
I have been vain or boastful.
I was jealous/envious of someone’s possessions or successes.
I took delight in the misfortunes of others.
I was ungrateful or failing to recognize my own worth.
I put myself in tempting situations where it was easy to sin.
I do not share my time, talent, and treasure as I ought.
An Act of Contrition
O my God,
I am heartily sorry for having offended you,
and I detest all my sins
because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell,
but, most of all,
because I have offended you, my God,
who are all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve
with the help of your grace
to confess my sins,
to do penance,
and to amend my life.
Prayer before Confession
Father, send your Holy Spirit upon me.
Help me to remember my sins and to be sorry for them.
I know that my sins have caused your Son
to suffer and die for me on the Cross.
Help me to make a good Confession
so that
I might meet him in this Sacrament and be forgiven.
I love you but cannot avoid sin without your help.
Fill me and all who beg your mercy
with your strength and healing.
Through Christ our Lord.
An Examination of Conscience
You shall have no other gods besides the LORD your God.
I denied or seriously doubted the existence of God.
I refused to believe the teachings of the Church.
I was afraid to practice my faith in front of others.
I neglected to pray because of indifference or laziness.
I committed sin presuming God would forgive me anyway.
I relied on, trusted in, or experimented with superstitions.
I focused too much time or attention on something or
someone other than God.
You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
I used God’s name carelessly or in anger
I have committed sacrilege (misused something holy/blessed).
I have sworn or cursed.
I have been angry at God.
Keep holy the Lord’s Day.
I missed Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation.
I have arrived at Mass late or have left Mass early.
I failed to respond, sing, or pray at Mass.
I have done unnecessary labor on a Sunday or Holyday.
I received Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin.
I failed to observe days of penance, fast, or abstinence.
Honor your father and your mother.
I have disrespected or failed in my duties to my family.
I was disrespectful, impolite, or discourteous toward others.
I neglected my responsibilities at home, school, or at work.
I have disrespected those in legitimate authority.
I have broken laws or failed in my duty to be a good citizen.
I tried to avoid just punishment for my offenses.
You shall not kill.
I have injured or killed someone else.
I have encouraged or participated in an abortion.
I have relied on non-natural methods to conceive a child.
I have encouraged or allowed euthanasia.
I failed to come to someone’s aid in their distress.
I have hurt or mutilated my body or another’s body.
I had myself surgically sterilized.
I attempted suicide or seriously considered suicide.
I sought revenge or dwelt upon thoughts of hatred or malice.
I abused alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug.
I neglected to take proper care of my health.
I discriminated against someone or a group of people.
I have caused scandal by setting a bad example for others.
I have driven recklessly.
I have been cruel to animals.
You shall not commit adultery
I have viewed pornography or other impure shows, books, etc.
I have aroused sexual desires by impure kissing or touching.
I have aroused myself or another through masturbation.
I have committed homosexual acts or other unnatural sex acts.
I used artificial forms of contraception and birth control.
I had sexual intercourse outside of the bond of marriage.
I was unfaithful to my marriage vows in thought or action.
I dressed immodestly or was too concerned with appearance.
I have told or listened to impure jokes or stories.
I have dated someone whom I could not marry in the Church.
I have treated others as objects.
You shall not steal.
I stole, took, or borrowed something that was not mine.
I damaged private or public property; vandalism.
I downloaded or copied music or software illegally.
I bribed or manipulated someone to get my way.
I have wasted money, time, goods, or food.
I have neglected the environment or other things in my care.
I have cheated at work, school, games, sports, etc.
I have gambled excessively.
I have failed in my financial commitments to others.