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The Pastor’s Connection – June 14, 2018

​Dear Saint Stephen Parishioners,


I was recently informed that Fr. Francis Nigli will not be in residence at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish. The plan of having Father Nigli serve as chaplain of the Poor Claire Sisters and to care for Catholic patients and families at Methodist Women’s Hospital and Lakeside Hospital is no longer in effect. Father Stack and I, along with the deacons and EMHCs of the parish, will continue to offer spiritual care to patients in the area hospitals and residents of nursing homes.


Please continue to pray for the priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Omaha, especially those who are in transition to new assignments and parishes. In these next weeks, we offer our gratitude to Father Mark for his 6 years of service to our parish, and we prepare to welcome Father Padraic Stack, our newly-ordained associate pastor.


In Christ,


Father Dave


What is happening?


This week:


June 2 to 17 – EPS Baby Shower in the Gathering Space is wrapping up this Sunday.  There is a Pack-n-Play set up for donations.  Thank you to all those that have donated so far.


Vacation Bible School


June 11 – 15 – Vacation Bible School is in session, but ends tomorrow!


June 15 – Rummage Sale set-up!



Rummage Sale Set up is tomorrow!!  Calling all volunteers!  We need your help.  We begin the set up of the rummage sale moving tables, setting up shelves, setting up clothing racks, and lots of little tasks tomorrow at 2pm at the east end by the gym.  If you have an hour or two free, come on by and help.  Do you have teenagers that are already bored with the summer?  Bring them by and we’ll give them something to do!  Below is the link to our sign up genius.  We need many items and some of them right away and all the opportunities to volunteer are listed there.  Check it out!


Drop offs begin, Saturday, June 16th and continue until Sunday, July 8th.

Sat-Sun  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mon-Thu 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fri – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

These are some of the things that we don’t accept:  Exercise Equipment, Entertainment Centers, Large Desks, Sleeper Sofas, Pianos, Tube TVs, CRT Computer Monitors, and Adult clothing.  Just about anything else if fair game.  When in doubt, call Deacon Ernie at 402-861-4515.  The sale begins July 12th!


Ablaze Praise & Worship


June 15 – 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.


Newman Center Guest Speakers


June 16/17 – Ms. Lauren Hankes, John Paul II Newman Center representative, will be here making a presentation just before each weekend mass about the JPII Newman Center.


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.  This 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.


Next Week 


Rummage Sale drop offs continue!

Coming Soon!!


Parish 2 Parish Relay


The Parish 2 Parish relay is a multi-person relay race through the streets of four west Omaha parishes.   The race begins and ends at Mary Our Queen with stops at St. Stephens, St. Wenceslaus and St. Roberts along the way.  Each team is comprised of 6 members (a minimum of 3 females per team), with each member running one leg of the 19 mile course (each member ends up running about 3 miles).


Parish 2 Parish is in its 5th year of being hosted by Mary Our Queen and has expanded to include 40+ teams and 6 different parishes


We are hoping that you are all able to join us in this year’s race, either as a participant or a volunteer. Runners of all pace are welcome to join!  This event has gained a reputation as a friendly competition that builds relationships among parishes and individual competitors.


For more information and to register, please  visit:


Facebook page

Registration page


Contact Nate Driml at with questions.




The Archdiocese has announced their annual lector dates.  You must attend all three things to become either an EMHC or a Lector.  If you want to be BOTH an EMHC and Lector you must attend 2 of the Archdiocesan Training Sessions.


Please RSVP to as we must turn in the names of those seeking training to the Archdiocesan Office with a referral from Father Dave Belt.  These names must to be turned into the Archdiocese by July 23, 2018.


  1. Archdiocesan Training (3 opportunities to attend)
  2. Sunday August 5th 2018; St. Columbkille – 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  3. Monday August 13th, 2018; St. Vincent de Paul – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  4. Tuesday August 21st, 2018; St. Leo the Great – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  5. Internal St. Stephen the Martyr Training:  Monday August 27th, 2018  – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.(Worship Space)
  6. Mandation Mass and Ceremony; Thursday August 30th, 2018– 7:00 St. Cecilia’s Cathedral


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