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The Pastor’s Connection – 5/31/2018

Dear Saint Stephen Parishioners,

I’ve received notification from Archbishop Lucas that we will have a 3rd priest living in our parish rectory. Father Francis Nigli, who is currently serving as an associate pastor at Saint Wenceslaus Parish, will be serving as chaplain of the Poor Claire Sisters in Elkhorn, and will provide spiritual care at Methodist Women’s Hospital and Lakeside Hospital. While his assignment doesn’t include duties at Saint Stephen, he will be assisting with Sunday Mass here.

Please continue to pray for the priests and parishes that are affected by the change of assignments this summer. I also ask that you pray for the 3 men of the archdiocese who will be ordained to the priesthood this Saturday at the Cathedral of Saint Cecilia, including Padraic Stack, our new associate pastor.

In Christ,

Father Dave


Summer Mass Sacristan Needed:

Are you a regular attendee of our Summer 12:05 Noon Mass?  Would you be interested in assisting as a Sacristan for this Liturgy?  If so, please contact Karen Hardy at


What is happening?

This week:

June 2/3 – A Second collection will held this week to benefit IXIM (pronounced i-sheem) Missionary work.  Many of our parishioners are involved in this work to bring water filters to homes in Guatemala.  Please be generous.

June 2 to 17 – EPS Baby Shower in the Gathering Space.  There will be a Pack-n-Play set up for donations.

Next Week 

Vacation Bible School

June 11 – 15 – Adult volunteers are needed to help us make VBS 2018 a fun and enjoyable learning experience for everyone.  Adult station leaders are needed in Games, Skits, the Cinema room.  Station leaders facilitate activities that support and enhance our theme, Shipwrecked-Saved by Jesus!  All supplies and instructions are provided.  If you are interested in this opportunity or if you have any questions, please contact VBS coordinator, Rhonda Richeson, by email at


Coming Soon!!

Ablaze Praise & Worship

St. Stephen the Martyr will be holding a night of Praise, Worship, and Adoration as we welcome back Fr. Michael Voithofer and the Ablaze Ministry Team Friday, June 15th at 7pm in the Worship Space. There is no better way for your family to spend a Friday night then to spend it worshiping and adoring our Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I-80 Collar Series 2018

Support vocations at the annual I-80 Collar Series. The Lincoln priests will take on the Omaha priests once again. All ticket sales will to to vocation discernment programs across the Dioceses in Nebraska.

his year’s Collar Series will be held at Haymarket park in Lincoln on Father’s Day,  June 17th. The game will start at 6pm. Concessions will be available! Tickets on sale at the gate, or online.

Visit or contact Dr. Bryan Voithofer for more information.


John Paul II Newman Center Presentations

The weekend of June 16/17th, Lauren Hankes will be here making a presentation just before each weekend mass about the JPII Newman Center.

Drop offs begin June 16th!!  Mark your calendars!!


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