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The Pastor’s Connection – May 10, 2018


“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20


Dear Saint Stephen Families,


Last week, Father Mark McKercher shared the news with the parish that he has been asked by Archbishop Lucas to take a new assignment as the Senior Associate Pastor at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish. We are grateful for the 6 years of faithful service that Father Mark has offered to our parish. We will certainly be making time to celebrate and say “thank you” to him over these next weeks, as he prepares to leave us.


This past week, Archbishop Lucas informed me that he is assigning a newly-ordained priest to Saint Stephen. Deacon Padraic Stack, who will be ordained a priest on June 2, will begin his duties here on June 30. He is very excited about coming to our parish, and I know that you will welcome him and pray for him. If you want to learn more about him, there is a biography page for all of our seminarians on the Archdiocese of Omaha webpage. It can be found under the “Ministries” tab.


Having a newly-ordained priest assigned to our parish is a great honor, but it is also a serious responsibility. Through your love, support, prayers, and guidance, Father Stack will come to learn the beauty and challenge of priestly ministry. Please continue to pray for the priests that serve Saint Stephen the Martyr Parish, and for the priests of the Archdiocese who will be moving to new assignments this summer. Beginning in a new parish or ministry is one of the most difficult elements of life as a diocesan priest. I know that you will be patient and supportive as we go through this time of transition.


In Christ,


Father Dave


Saint Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church – New Position


Director of Evangelization and Catechesis


Saint Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a full-time Director of Parish Evangelization and Adult Catechesis. Applicants must faithfully uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church and promote the vision to evangelize and catechize active parishioners, inactive Catholics, and all searchers and seekers of Jesus Christ. This positon will lead Saint Stephen the Martyr’s community efforts to encounter, know, and proclaim Christ through program creation, formation experiences, and sacramental support within the Church’s vision of the New Evangelization. The successful candidate will also be responsible for forming both staff and volunteers as missionary disciples so that all parish programs and activities will embody the New Evangelization and be opportunities to encounter Christ. In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Religious Education, and Youth Minister, the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis will oversee all areas of catechesis in the parish as well as formation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.



  • Practicing Catholic with an understanding of the major principles of Evangelization and Catechesis as expressed in the Joy of the Gospel, the 1997 General Directory for Catechesis, and the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis.
  • A servant mentality with the ability to engage all parishioners, staff, and those seeking Christ with a spirit of faith, hope, and charity.
  • Professional and positive team player in all aspects and responsibilities of the position.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Theology, Philosophy, Pastoral Ministry, or Religious Education preferred.
  • Excellent leadership abilities with a track record of effectively leading a team to implement and achieve a vision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Send a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and 2 or 3 references including names and contact information to Father David Belt at, or to 16701 S Street, Omaha, NE  68135. Applications will be accepted until May 29.


Money Counters Needed


St. Stephen the Martyr is looking for additional money counters.  Money Counters count on Mondays at 9:00 am.  You may choose the Monday that you would like to count (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th).  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy Stodola at or 402-861-4535.


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 Hospitality 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 Hospitality (Donuts and Coffee), please contact Karen at  These are great ministries that families can get involved with and do together.


Sacristan Needed


We are in need of an individual to assist with our Noon Liturgies as a Sacristan.  This individual must be EMHC Mandated.  There are training opportunities in the Fall of 2018 where you could accomplish this .  Our Sacristans are crucial in preparing the Worship Space for the liturgy and ensuring that all supplies and people are in place at the start of the liturgy.  You would be joining a team of wonderful people that would train you and ensure that you are comfortable with the process prior to serving as a Sacristan on your own.  You would be scheduled approximately once every four to five Sundays.  If you are interested, please contact Karen Hardy at or 402-861-4537.


What is happening?


This week:


May 10 – The Solemnity of The Ascension of The Lord.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We will have masses yet today at 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm.

May 13 – We will have a second collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign.  50% of this collection will remain in the Archdiocese.


Next Week 


May 20 – Pentecost Sunday.  The final Sunday of the Easter Season.  After Pentecost the Church calendar moves back to Ordinary Time.


May 23 – Last Day of School – 10:00 am Dismissal.


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!!!


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.




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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