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The Pastor’s Connection – May 17, 2018

“The heads of the families of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites – everyone whose spirit of God had stirred – got ready to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord in Jerusalem”, Ezra 1:5


At Martyr Madness this past March we raised $28,000 in the Adopt-a-Project campaign to fund four major repair / renovation projects.  Many people have stepped forward and contributed to our first four projects on our Adopt-a-Project list.  Here is our first update!


Project #1 – A storm blew out a window in the dining room.  We have secured the window with plywood, but we are in need of funds to effect replacement.  The cost of this project to replace the four window set is $5,700.

Project #1 is complete!!

Project #2 – Replacement of the Rectory Patio is underway.

Project #3 – Landscaping is in the plan formation phase.

Project #4 – Replacement of the School doors.  The doors have been ordered and we are waiting for delivery and installation.

We will bring you further updates as the other projects near completion.  Thank you again to everyone that supported the Adopt-a-Project funding at Martyr Madness.  If you missed out and still want to help us with projects, check out the Omaha Gives! opportunity May 23rd!


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 position 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.


What is happening?


This week:


May 18 – Eighth grade graduation.


May 20 – Pentecost Sunday.  The final Sunday of the Easter Season.  After Pentecost the Church calendar moves back to Ordinary Time.  Many of our Senior Servers are graduating High School and will be advanced to greater liturgical roles at the weekend liturgies.


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)



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!!!


Next Week 


May 26/27 – Many masses will have senior server advancements.  During this short ceremony Senior Servers are advanced from the server ranks and available to continue service to the parish in other liturgical roles.


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.


Altar Server Training  


Any students who are in the 5th grade or older are eligible to become Altar Servers at our Weekend Liturgies.

Even though your student has been trained in the 5-Day school they need to attend this session to be placed on the Weekend Schedule and learn additional items in regards to the Sunday liturgy.


Sessions will be held on:


Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (5 Day School Students with last names A-K)

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (5 Day School Students with last names L-Z)

This training is customized for those students who have been trained as 4th graders in the 5 day school.  (Parents MUST arrive at 4:40 for a parent meeting and determination of Server Scheduling Mass Time Requirements.)  RE Students are welcome to attend, but please inform Karen upon your arrival that afternoon as we will focus their training a little differently since they haven’t had the base training that the 5 Day Students have had.


Saturday September 8th, 2018 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.   (Parents should plan on attending the first 20 minutes for a parent meeting and determination of Server Scheduling Mass Time Requirements.)


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


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