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The Pastor’s Connection – April 26, 2018

Pastoral Council Open Positions


The Pastoral Council is looking for individuals who are passionate about their faith and their parish to serve on the Council.  New members would serve a 3 year term and would have the opportunity to contribute to the development and execution of a 3-5 year strategic plan for St. Stephen the Martyr Parish as well as advising and supporting the vision of our pastor.


Skills that would be particularly sought after include organizational development, strategic planning, communication and marketing, familiarity with our ministries, parish and archdiocese mechanics, etc.  But most of all, we seek those with the faith, energy, and drive to make St. Stephens the parish God is calling it to be.


Those interested in more information can contact the Parish Office at 402-861-4507 or or reach out to any of the current Pastoral Council Members. The deadline for applications is May 10.


Parish Survey


The response to our Parish Survey has been strong. Thank you to all who have completed it. If you have not, there is still time to make your voice heard. We would like every member of your household, high-school age and above, to complete the survey. A link to the survey can be found on our website or in the bulletin.



Liturgical Schedule – June through September 2018


Please send your proactive Vacation/Unavailable Liturgical Requests to the liturgy office for the June through September 2018 timeframe.  If you are no longer able to meet your Ministry Committment, or you would like to be switched to a different Mass time, it would be a good time to let the liturgy office know.   Please email Karen at or contact her at 402-861-4537


Liturgical Ministers Needed


We are in need of more individuals to assist with our Liturgical Hospitality Ministries.  If you are interested in becoming a Greeter, Usher or Hospitatlity (Donuts and Coffee), please contact Karen at  These are great ministries that families can get involved with and do together.


What is happening?


This week:


April 29 – Graduation Breakfast for graduating seniors and their parents.  See the bulletin for the details.


April 29 – The Adoration Committee will be filling empty adoration slots on this Adoration Commitment Sunday.  The goal is to have 2 people signed up for adoration 24 X 7.  Representatives will be outside the North and South doors to assist parishioners with signing up for an hour.

Next Week


May 2 – Kick off committee meeting for the 2018 Rummage Sale is at 7pm in the GPC.  All committee members and those interested in helping on the committee are invited.  We are going to shake things up this year and all input is welcomed.  We need for Clothing, Small Electronics (Assistant), and Receiving/Drop offs.


Coming Soon!!


May 23 – Kick off committee meeting for the 2018 Parish Festival is at 7pm in the GPC.  All committee members and those interested in helping on the committee are invited.  We have a full agenda with lots of decisions to make.  We have been busy since March getting things going and now it is time to kick things into high gear.  We need many new volunteers this year for set-up and tear down, booth captains (new this year), raffle ticket sales and tracking.  We want to change up the Friday Night activities and focus.  Come share your ideas!


May 23 – Omaha Gives! sponsored by the American National Bank.  Our goal is $65,000 to knock out our Adopt-a-Project list.

– Repair School Roof ($33,000)

– Remodel Restrooms – North Hallway ($33,000 – $13,000 raised last year)

– Update 2nd Floor bathroom at rectory ($10,000)

– Replace ceiling tiles ($6,000)

– Replace Office Window Sills ($600)

– Replace Rectory Carpet ($6,525)

– Repair Rectory Kitchen Ceiling ($250)

– Purchase needed equipment ($7,844)


When:  May 23rd – You may schedule your gift starting May 1 for processing on May 23.



Go to

Click on “Non-profits”

In the name, Keyword box, type “St. Stephen the Martyr”, then hit enter

Click on St. Stephen the Martyr logo

Then click on “Donate Now” and set up your Omaha Gives! Profile.


Thank you for your support!!!


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