508 Angus St, Gretna, Nebraska 68028
402.332.4444
stpatrick.gre@archomaha.org

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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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Gretna Youth Groups Scavenger Hunt for Safe Haven

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If you need more information, please call Gretna United Methodist at 402-332-3213 or email at SafeHavenScavengerHunt@gmail.com.

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Jesus: the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our God. Our belief in Jesus is what makes us who we are as Catholics, as Christians, but do we really know Him as we should? Who is Jesus for you? Is He a part of your life, or is He at the center of your life as He should be?

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Join us! Choir Rehearsals Begin Soon

Adult Choir –> begins Monday, September 13
The Mezzos (6th – 8th grade) –> begins Sunday, September 12
Children’s Choir –> begins Monday, October 4

Click the link below to contact Tracy Hoye, the Muisc Director to get your name on the roster.

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Christ Renews His Parish

How often do we think about doing something for ourselves spiritually to refocus our priorities and lives? Let Christ renew you duirng a Christ Renews His Parish Weekend. What can 32 hours do for your soul?

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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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Registered 9th-12th graders of the St. Patrick Youth Group are invited to travel to Washington DC for the March for Life, January 18-23, 2022.  The cost is $560, however St. Patrick teens are able to go for only $200 as the Youth Group will cover the rest of the cost. We dont ever want anyone to be unable to go because of the cost. A $50 deposit is due at time of registration and the remaining $150 will be due by October 29. An invoice will be sent to you from Verso Ministries. The Archdiocese has enlisted the help of Verso Ministries to plan and handle the details of the trip this year.  To register visit, https://versoministries.com/omaha/ and use referral code SPCGretna. Travel insurance can be purchased in addition to the cost of the trip. The deadline to register is Thursday, September 30.
Last Wednesday, over 70 teens and leaders from our Youth Group kicked off the school year by celebrating an outdoor Mass. Father Greg Baxter encouraged the youth and leaders as they embark on the new year. Following the Mass, teens enjoyed s’mores over a bonfire, played kickball and other yard games, and reconnected with each other and their leaders!  Check out our parish website, https://stpatricksgretna.org/mesmerize/education/youth-group/, for more exciting events coming up for our youth and ways that you can get involved with our Youth Group.
An angel, a lion, an ox, and an eagle what do these creatures have in common? They are the symbols of the Gospel writers. Commonly used in Catholic/Christian art to depict these four apostles.  Matthew, whose feast day is today: a man or an angel because his Gospel begins with the genealogy of Jesus.  Mark: lion because his Gospel begins with a roar fiery words from St. John the Baptist.  Luke: ox, the animal of sacrifice, as his Gospel begins with Zechariah who was sacrificing to God when he was visited by St. Gabriel about the birth of John.  John: eagle because throughout his Gospel he soars above earthly events contemplating the divinity of Christ.

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We need the four living creatures in the new adoration chapel!

The power of God.

It was good to see the Religious Education kids able to gather together again in the Church. They were able to kick the year off right by having a prayer service during each of the sessions this past week.  Please pray for our youth that they may be open to learning more about the faith. Pray too for all of our catechists and volunteers that they serve as Jesus hands and feet, preaching the Gospel by word and deed.
St. Thomas Aquinas once answered the question, If there was a fire, whom should I rescue first? Thomas listed in the order of importance: ones parents first, ones spouse second, ones children last of all. Clearly children were the least important during ancient times, not like today in our Western culture. Jesus taught that serving one such as a child really shows true leadership for we are serving the ignored and the helpless. Leadership does not mean power but service.  We are called to serve the “children” of our world: the outcast, the sinner, the sick and feeble, friend and foe. How we lead others, how we serve them, reveals the seriousness of our commitment to Christ. Let us serve others well.  Try this simple exercise of imagination. Place yourself in the center of the Twelve disciples along the side of Jesus. In your minds eye, face Jesus and watch Him embrace you. Do you feel the strength of His arms, the tenderness of His touch, the warmth of His hands? Do you feel the strength of His love? After the exercise, think about those in your life who need the embrace of Christ? How can you help them to receive that embrace?
Next Sunday is Priesthood Sunday. To celebrate we are creating a Spiritual Bouquet for Father Baxter. Please pick up and fill out a card in the Narthex and return to the parish office before October 7. We will present them to Father on his birthday.  Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, hear our prayers for the sanctification of our priest, Rev. Gregory Baxter. Let him be a shepherd according to your own Heart, single-minded in service to you and to the Church and a shining example of a holy, simple and joyful life.  Amen.
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Geeez, that looks like my wife making that request. GBY

Progress is being made as we speak on the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. The foundation is done and they are working on the walls now.  Jesus, son of a carpenter, you taught  that Gods kingdom can be understood through different forms of work. In the Eucharist, the offering of my labors are returned as your Body and Blood. Through this exchange of gifts, give me gratitude and strength for my work, especially when I am exhausted, frustrated, or afraid. Amen.
Happy feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Join us today in the Sanctuary at 3 PM, to pray the Via Matris prayer together as we remember and honor the Seven Sorrows of Mary: The Prophecy of Simeon, The flight into Egypt, The Child Jesus Lost in the Temple, Mary meets Jesus carrying the cross, Mary at the foot of the cross, Mary receives the body of Jesus, and Mary witnesses the burial of Jesus.
Early Christians saw the cross as an object of shame, death and decay. It was the form of death for a criminal. Jesus death on the cross gave us redemption thus allowing the symbol of the cross to represent redemption and hope.  Using the symbol of a cross did not become popular amongst Christians until the early fourth century. It was at that time that the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher was built over Jesus tomb. This is about the same time that veneration of the cross became popular during Good Friday.  We now celebrate The Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the dedication for the basilica.
We are preparing for a couple really exciting events to kick off year with Youth Group. This week they will be having an outdoor Mass and bonfire.  Next week, the Archdiocese of Omaha Vocation Director, Fr. Andrew Roza will be coming for a night of Praise and Worship with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament along side singer/songwriter, Grace Giebler, Grace Music, who will be sharing her testimony of faith.  If you havent registered your teen for Youth Group, now is the time to do so! We also have a few opportunities to get involved with our youth, visit our website for more information, https://stpatricksgretna.org/mesmerize/education/youth-group/
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” There is no part of this request from Jesus that is easy.  Denying oneself, offering up the struggles of our lives, making sacrifices, fasting, accepting persecution, turning the other cheek, willing to become a martyr - none of these things are popular or enjoyable. The general public isn’t itching to encourage others to do these things nor participate in them themselves. Yet, this is precisely what Jesus is calling us to do in today’s Gospel.  Living the Christian life has its challenges. No one said that being a Christian would be easy. How have people criticized you for your virtue, prayer life, or faith practices?
Heavenly Father, Creator of All, You have created the human person as good. You have placed us in the world as one human family, as sisters and brothers.  We pray today for all victims of violence across the world, for the healing of their mind and body, for their mourning family members, for the repose of their souls.  Jesus, You have told us to love our enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us. Give us the strength and courage to forgive.  Remove all lingering desire for revenge. Holy Spirit, reveal to us the mercy of God. Give us the gift of Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
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