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“You must propagate veneration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with all your might, for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist is the queen of all devotions.”
– Pope Benedict XV

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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Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.  A plenary indulgence will be granted to Catholics who complete an act honoring St Joseph.

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What Are You Missing in the Mass?

Join this study led by parishioner, Christa Pichler.  No materials or previous study required.  Just show up and learn more about the Mass!  In-person and online options offered!

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Chosen Video Series

The Chosen is a new television drama based on the life of Jesus Christ.  The series portrays Jesus “through the eyes of those who met him.”

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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 – Evening Mass at 6:00 PM (7:30 AM, beginning July 1)
Friday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

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

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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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Blessed feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you! We are incredibly blessed to have a Heavenly mother praying for us daily and teaching us to rely on her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Marys Immaculate heart, much like the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph, is packed with symbolism. The heart itself is a symbol of her maternal love for us. The roses (generally white) represent her purity. The fire above her heart symbolizes her fire of love for Jesus and for us. And finally, the sword in her heart to represent the sorrows of Mary.
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Tomorrow is the Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, however the whole month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Do you have an image of the Sacred Heart in your home? Is it blessed? If not, you may consider doing an Enthronement (this can be lead by a priest or by the head of the household). It is one of the easiest and best ways to show your devotion to the Sacred Heart. After all, Jesus told St. Margaret Mary, “I will bless every dwelling where an image of My Heart is both exposed and honored.”  For ideas on how to do an Enthronement ceremony check out the link here:  https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=430
Have you ever wondered why the priest wears different color vestments at different Masses?  Similar to the way that we associate different holidays with different colors (ex. red and green for Christmas, orange and black for Halloween), the Churchs liturgical calendar is represented by different colors. There are four main colors that the priest wears throughout the year: green, violet, red and white.  Green is worn during Ordinary Time. Violet is worn during Lent and Advent. White is worn during the Christmas and Easter seasons. Red is worn on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost and martyrs feast days.  On the Third Sunday of Advent and the Fourth Sunday of Lent, the priest wears rose, or a shade of pink which represents joy and hope.
Happy National Best Friends Day!  Everyone has that one close friend, the one that you can count on to be there for you, the one you want to share your secrets with, the one you want to do fun things with, the one you want to just hang out with, that one person is your best friend.  Who is your best friend, and how are you going to honor them today?

The remains of Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapaun have been found! Fr. Kapaun was ordained in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas on June 9, 1940. Just four years later he joined the U. S. Army Chaplain Corps. He served in India and Burma at the end of World War II. After the war, he served as a parish priest for two years before re-entering the Chaplain Corps and serving in Japan.

A year later Fr. Kapaun was sent to Korea as the Korean War began. Fr. Kapaun was quickly recognized for his bravery in risking his life for "his boys". Multiple times Fr. Kapaun would walk into enemy fire to save his fellow soldier or to give them last rites.

Only a few months into the Korean War, Fr. Kapaun and his unit were captured and forced to march over 60 miles to Prisoner of War Camp #5. He turned down the opportunity to escape in order to care for the wounded soldiers. In was in the POW camp, where Fr. Kapaun cared for many soldiers - feeding the hungry, cleaning soiled clothing, nursed the sick and wounded, bringing hope to the men.

Fr. Kapaun fell very ill himself and was sent to a "hospital" where he was denied medical attention and on May 23, 1951 he died. His body was brought back to a mass grave in Hawaii where many other unidentified U.S. soldiers were buried in the 1950s and 1990s. On March 4, 2021 his remains were identified. Fr. Kapaun was named a Servant of God in 1993 and now we pray for and await his beatification and canonization.
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The remains of Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapaun have been found! Fr. Kapaun was ordained in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas on June 9, 1940. Just four years later he joined the U. S. Army Chaplain Corps. He served in India and Burma at the end of World War II. After the war, he served as a parish priest for two years before re-entering the Chaplain Corps and serving in Japan.  A year later Fr. Kapaun was sent to Korea as the Korean War began. Fr. Kapaun was quickly recognized for his bravery in risking his life for his boys. Multiple times Fr. Kapaun would walk into enemy fire to save his fellow soldier or to give them last rites.  Only a few months into the Korean War, Fr. Kapaun and his unit were captured and forced to march over 60 miles to Prisoner of War Camp #5. He turned down the opportunity to escape in order to care for the wounded soldiers. In was in the POW camp, where Fr. Kapaun cared for many soldiers - feeding the hungry, cleaning soiled clothing, nursed the sick and wounded, bringing hope to the men.  Fr. Kapaun fell very ill himself and was sent to a hospital where he was denied medical attention and on May 23, 1951 he died. His body was brought back to a mass grave in Hawaii where many other unidentified U.S. soldiers were buried in the 1950s and 1990s. On March 4, 2021 his remains were identified. Fr. Kapaun was named a Servant of God in 1993 and now we pray for and await his beatification and canonization.
One of the hardest teachings of the Catholic Church regards the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It seems to be the most far-fetched teaching and the most difficult for us to wrap our heads around. Great theologians and even priests have struggled with this belief throughout the history of the Church. The truth of the matter is this is a teaching straight from the mouth of Jesus. He even tells us in scripture that many of His followers will leave Him because of this teaching. And sadly, that is true. Moreover, studies show that fewer than 50% of Catholics profess to believe in the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist!  To counterbalance this lack of faith among the people, God has blessed us with many Eucharistic miracles over the years to deepen our understanding and belief in this teaching. It was thanks to a Eucharistic miracle and the visions of a mystic that brought about the Solemnity we celebrate today, Corpus Christi – the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Have you been able to experience the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist? Do you have faith to believe that you receive the Body and Blood of Jesus at Mass? Do you spend time in Eucharistic Adoration of our beloved Jesus present with us in the form of bread?

Two men were ordained transitional deacons last Friday here in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Brett Jamrog and Minh Tran. After just one more year of formation they will be ordained priests next June!

Both men are excited to proclaim the Gospel and to evangelize to the people while growing in their love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist. You can learn more about both of these men by visiting: https://catholicvoiceomaha.com/two-men-to-be-ordai….

Let us pray for Dcn. Brett Jamrog and Dcn. Minh Tran and they continue their formation and begin their ministry.

Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving.

We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shines out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed, in their doubts never despair, in temptation never be destroyed, and in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising.

In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your Heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By your same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted.

And may the gift of Mary, your Mother, to the disciple whom you loved be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, Amen.
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Two men were ordained transitional deacons last Friday here in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Brett Jamrog and Minh Tran. After just one more year of formation they will be ordained priests next June!  Both men are excited to proclaim the Gospel and to evangelize to the people while growing in their love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist. You can learn more about both of these men by visiting: https://catholicvoiceomaha.com/two-men-to-be-ordained-transitional-deacons-for-archdiocese/.  Let us pray for Dcn. Brett Jamrog and Dcn. Minh Tran and they continue their formation and begin their ministry.  Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving.  We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shines out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed, in their doubts never despair, in temptation never be destroyed, and in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising.  In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your Heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By your same Holy Spirit put your word on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted.  And may the gift of Mary, your Mother, to the disciple whom you loved be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, Amen.
Friday Funny  During an impassioned sermon about death and final judgement, the pastor said forcefully, Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement. Glancing down at the front pew, he noticed a man with a big smile on his face. The minister repeated his point louder. Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement! The man nodded and smiled even more. This really got the preacher wound up. He pounded the pulpit emphatically when he came to the ultimatum: Each member of this church is going to die and face judgement!!! Though everyone else in the congregation was looking somber, the man in front continued to smile. Finally, the preacher stepped off the platform, stood in front of the man and shouted, I said each member of this church is going to die! The man grinned from ear to ear. After the service was over, the preacher made a beeline for the man. I dont get it, the preacher said in frustration. Whenever I said, Each member of this church is going to die, your smile got bigger. Why? Im not a member of this church, the man replied.

Corpus Christi – the body of Christ – the feast in which we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and the real presence of Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Eucharist. This feast day was first celebrated in 1264 a year after the Eucharistic miracle in Bolsena, Italy took place.

The year was 1263 and theologians began to debate the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. A German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, was on a pilgrimage to Rome when he stopped to celebrate Mass in Bolsena, Italy at the Church of St. Christina. He himself was having doubts about the true presence. As he was reciting the prayer of consecration during Mass, the consecrated host began dripping blood onto the altar and corporal. Fr. Peter reported the miracle to Pope Urban IV who was in Orvieto at the time. The blood-stained corporal and host were brought to Orvieto for investigation and the relics now remain in the Cathedral of Orvieto.

Meanwhile, St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon in Belgium, a nun and mystic, had a series of visions in which Our Lord instructed her to work to establish a liturgical feast day for the Holy Eucharist. Though she died in 1258 and was unable to see this feast day established for the universal church, she had tried for many years and eventually convinced the bishop, future Pope Urban IV to create this feast day.

Traditionally the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday, however in many countries like the United States we now celebrate it on the following Sunday.
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Corpus Christi – the body of Christ – the feast in which we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and the real presence of Jesus – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Eucharist. This feast day was first celebrated in 1264 a year after the Eucharistic miracle in Bolsena, Italy took place.  The year was 1263 and theologians began to debate the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. A German priest, Fr. Peter of Prague, was on a pilgrimage to Rome when he stopped to celebrate Mass in Bolsena, Italy at the Church of St. Christina. He himself was having doubts about the true presence. As he was reciting the prayer of consecration during Mass, the consecrated host began dripping blood onto the altar and corporal. Fr. Peter reported the miracle to Pope Urban IV who was in Orvieto at the time. The blood-stained corporal and host were brought to Orvieto for investigation and the relics now remain in the Cathedral of Orvieto.  Meanwhile, St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon in Belgium, a nun and mystic, had a series of visions in which Our Lord instructed her to work to establish a liturgical feast day for the Holy Eucharist. Though she died in 1258 and was unable to see this feast day established for the universal church, she had tried for many years and eventually convinced the bishop, future Pope Urban IV to create this feast day.  Traditionally the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Holy Trinity Sunday, however in many countries like the United States we now celebrate it on the following Sunday.

The novena prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is attributed to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque who widely promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after receiving apparitions of Jesus with instruction to teach on His Sacred Heart.

It is said that St. Padre Pio recited this novena daily for all those who requested his prayers. This novena (repeating the same prayer for nine consecutive days for a particular intention or devotion) can be prayed at any time, though it is a tradition to begin nine days before the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (today).

To be recited each day:

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of ______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Hail Holy Queen . . .
St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
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The novena prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is attributed to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque who widely promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after receiving apparitions of Jesus with instruction to teach on His Sacred Heart.  It is said that St. Padre Pio recited this novena daily for all those who requested his prayers. This novena (repeating the same prayer for nine consecutive days for a particular intention or devotion) can be prayed at any time, though it is a tradition to begin nine days before the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (today).  To be recited each day:  O my Jesus, you have said: Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.  O my Jesus, you have said: Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of ______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.  O my Jesus, you have said: Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away. Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of______ (name your request here).
Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . .
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.  O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.
Hail Holy Queen . . .
St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
A world at prayer is a world at peace. - Venerable Patrick Peyton  Thursday, June 3 Holy Cross Family Ministries is hosting their annual Rosary and Mass to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. You can join them virtually as they do an outdoor Rosary walk followed by Mass in the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chapel at the Father Peyton Center.  For more information visit their Facebook page Family Rosary.
Let us turn to You, Lord, in our grief and in our remembrance of the fallen. Guide us toward a harmonious existence as we honor those who were willing to give up their lives that we may gather here today freely. On this Memorial Day, we pray for peace and for those who gave all. Lord, please bless the families and friends of the faithfully departed whom we remember today. Amen.
In todays gospel message we receive the Great Commission from Jesus. What is this great commission? Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  For the early disciples this meant physically baptizing hundreds of people everyday. We know that that isnt necessary what we are being called to do today so how is the Great Commission relevant to us today? We are still being called to teach the gospel to others, to live out our baptism as Catholic Christians and to lead others to Christ.  Jesus even tells us that He will be with us until the end of the age, therefore there is no need to be afraid of sharing the gospel. If we rely on Christ, He will fill us with the words to say, the actions to take. How can you go, therefore, this week to preach the gospel?
We will have a special Eucharistic Adoration hour on Saturday, June 5 at 10 AM to pray for priests and vocations in the Archdiocese. This would have been the exact hour that priesthood ordination would have been taking place; however, we do not have any transitional deacons to ordain as priests in the Archdiocese this year.  Together during this special Eucharistic Adoration hour, we will pray a rosary for vocations before the Blessed Sacrament. We will also recite the Archdiocesan Litany of Patrons, and spend time in silent adoration as we pray for an increase in vocations throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha. All are welcome to attend.  Prayer by Pope Francis:
God our Father, You made each of us to receive our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will. Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the Sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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