508 Angus St, Gretna, Nebraska 68028
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Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Groundbreaking

Tuesday, July 27 – Groundbreaking / Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

4:00 PM – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (West Lawn)
4:30 PM – Reception with refreshments and desserts (Parish Center)
5:15 PM – Litany of the Most Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
5:30 PM – Rosary (Sanctuary)
6:00 PM – Mass (Sanctuary)

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WHO WE ARE

The community of St Patrick is one of faith and commitment to the Lord.

We, the faithful community of St. Patrick, are using our collective gifts to serve the Lord and one another.  Through worship, faith, formation, education, and outreach we strive to be a sign of Christ’s presence in our community and the world.

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Deepen Your Faith with St Patrick Church

There are many ways you can deepen your faith and walk with God being offered now by our church.

Year of St Joseph

Learn about St Joseph and ways to deepen your faith walking with Jesus’ earthly father!

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What Are You Missing in the Mass?

Videos and slide decks available here!  Watch and study at your own pace!

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Chosen Video Series

Seasons 1 and 2 available online.  Season 3 crowd-funding now!

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MASS TIMES

The Mass is our most important prayer as Catholic Christians. The Church tells us that celebrating the Mass is the “source and summit” of our Christian life.

WEEKEND MASSES

Saturday – 5 PM
Sunday – 8 AM, 10 AM, Noon
Rosary 30 minutes before each Mass

DAILY MASSES

Tuesday – Evening Mass at 6:00 PM
Wednesday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM
Thursday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM
Friday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

Morning Mass at 7:30 AM
Evening Mass at 6:00 PM

Holidays on weekdays – Morning Mass at 9:00 AM

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RECONCILIATION

Saturday – 4:00-4:40 PM

If you are unable to come to confession at the scheduled time, please contact Father Baxter.

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Building Access

Main East Entrance (Narthex) – Open 7 days a week, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Weekend Masses Only:
– All church entrances unlocked half hour prior to start of Mass
– All church entrances locked five minutes after Mass begins
– Main East Entrance South Door (Narthex) opened by security guard only

Church Basement / Elevator – locked around-the-clock every day of the week
Conference / Meeting Rooms – available for limited use with the approval of the parish office

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Offering a Mass for someone is the highest form of praying for our loved ones. Sure you can offer a Mass for someone on your own, but it is increasingly more beneficial to request a Mass to be said through a parish. Then your intention will be posted in the bulletin as well as spoken aloud during the Mass so that the community can join in prayer with you.  Praying for the souls in Purgatory is especially important as they can no longer pray for themselves.  Requesting a Mass is simple, visit or contact the parish office and we will work with you on getting a Mass said for your loved ones. We do ask for a small donation, usually $10 for each Mass.
Friday Funny  Murphy was complaining to the grocer about the bread.
“There’s nothing wrong with that bread,” said the grocer. “A hundred years ago the people of Ireland would have been thrilled to have bread like that.”
“I know,” said Murphy, “but it was fresh then.”
We were blessed to be able to break ground for the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel yesterday. We had a crowd of about 70 people witnessing this monumental occasion for St. Patrick Church.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the building of our Chapel. We are just over halfway raising funds to complete this project.

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Ahh, the magnificent 7! What a great way to start the new chapel, ground breaking ceremony, litany of the Eucharist, rosary and mass! God is good!

Hello Father Baxter!

I Love this so Much!!

Did you guys record it for me?!? 😬

This afternoon is the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Eucharistic Adoration Chapel! We are very excited to have a space for perpetual prayer here at St. Patrick.  If you would like to join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony today we will meet in the west lawn behind the Church at 4 PM. Afterwards there will be a reception in the Parish Center. You are also welcome to stay for the Litany of the Most Holy Eucharist, Rosary and Mass.
The Serra Club of West Omaha is hosting a special Rosary for Vocations followed by a Mass with music today (July 26) here at St. Patrick to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life within the Archdiocese of Omaha.  The Rosary will begin at 5:30 PM and Mass is at 6 PM. After Mass, Father Baxter will speak on the importance of Vocations within the diocese. All are welcome.
Sometimes we confuse Gods blessing with faith: we assume abundance is the sign of Gods favor. This sets up a vicious cycle of greed. The little we have is not enough; we want more. And we rationalize this greed in the name of God.  Looking at today’s Gospel, the signs, the time, and the place seemed perfect for a miracle. The signs were Jesus cures. The time was spring, close to Passover, the feast of liberation from slavery. The place was a mountain in the desert; on such a mountain, God gave the Law to Moses and revealed His power.  Expecting an experience like their ancestors of the Exodus, the people followed Jesus, and Jesus did not disappoint them. In the multiplication of the loaves and the fish, Jesus surpassed the two great prophets of Galilee, Elijah and Elisha. From a single basket of food, there were twelve baskets left over, a number that meant fulfillment. The time and the place were just right; the sign was from God, and Jesus revealed Himself as the Great Prophet. The multiplication of the loaves reminds us of an image for Gods kingdom, the never-ending feast.  How can we truly appreciate Gods gifts to us? And how do we resist the temptation to demand more from God and turn faith into an exercise of selfish greed?
Back in January, Pope Francis established World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. This day is to be celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, Marys parents. Tomorrow is the first celebration of this new World day.  The Holy Father said he instituted the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly because “grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving roots and passing on” what the elderly have received. He emphasized the importance of grandparents and grandchildren getting to know one another.
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Did you know that we have a parish library?
It is an attractive, well organized small nook
located just off our coat room. There is a wide
variety of spiritual reading available to be
checked out by parishioners of all ages.  Our two volunteer librarians have
volunteered for many years to establish and
maintain a viable organized and inviting
facility for parishioners.  If you are interested in volunteering as a parish librarian send us a message and we will get you in contact with the right person.

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What all does it entail?

This coming Saturday is Parent Appreciation Day. What a great opportunity to do something special for your parents to thank them for all they have done for you.  One of the best examples of parenthood are Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Before marriage both Louis and Zelie had felt a call to religious life. Through discernment they each realized that wasnt their call and shortly thereafter they met, fell in love and married three months after they had begun their relationship.  They had five beautiful daughters who all became religious sisters and now not one but all five sisters are either canonized saints or are in the process of becoming a saint! It really is true that saints make other saints.  To all the parents reading this: 
First of all, please know that you are appreciated. Im sure you arent told that enough. Second, I challenge you to think about what you have done or are doing to help instill the faith in your kids? How will you help them become saints?
Did you know that there was a chaplet specific to the intercession of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus? Its called the Chaplet of the Precious Blood.  The chaplet includes five mysteries each focused on the five wounds of Christ: The Nailing of the Right Hand of Our Lord Jesus, The Nailing of the Left Hand of Our Lord Jesus, The Nailing of the Right Foot of Our Lord Jesus, The Nailing of the Left Foot of Our Lord Jesus, and The Piercing of the Sacred Side of Our Lord Jesus.  You can find all of the prayers here: https://www.preciousbloodinternational.com/prayers_05.html
Similar to the weekly Wednesday devotion to Saint Joseph, the nineteenth day of each month is treated likewise. Think of it like an extension of March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph throughout the rest of the year.  An excerpt from a conference given by Father Gerald in 1942:  “…consider how fitting it is that Saint Joseph should have a special place in our lives and in our devotions.  I love to think of Saint Joseph as a man whom God trusted and who did not fail.”
Escape and relax. Dont those words sound inviting? These words can mean more than vacation; they can mean prayer. After all, prayer is not mere work. It is an encounter with the Lord.  Just like His followers in the Gospel today, we, too, are invited to find a quiet place to spend time with the Lord. We can pray before the Blessed Sacrament in a church or chapel. We can create and use prayer corners in our homes, centered around icons and the Scriptures. We can visit places of prayer like monasteries and partake in communal celebrations, like the Liturgy of the Hours. Even the travel to and from churches and shrines can invite us to prayer, creating an atmosphere of pilgrimage. All times and all places invite us to prayer.
Last week, young kids from St. Patrick had the opportunity to participate in the Amazing Athletes Camp. It was a fun camp where they learned about several different sports, enjoyed beautiful weather and  exercised the bodies God gave them.
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