Sacraments

"From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion."

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For those wanting to receive sacraments, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 402-330-1889 for registration or information.

Baptism

By reason of their dignity and mission, Christian parents have the specific responsibility of educating their children in prayer, introducing them to gradual discovery of the mystery of God and to personal dialogue with Him.  (Saint John Paul II)

Families seeking Baptism in the parish need to be registered members.  Parish registrations can be found on the parish registration page.  If the family has not had a child baptized at St. Wenceslaus, parents should plan on attending an orientation session.  These sessions are offered on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7 PM in the parish office.  To register for a session or schedule a baptism, please contact the parish office at:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227
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Adults wishing to be baptized in the Catholic Church should look at the RCIA Program.  Families with children age 7 or beyond should look at the RCIA for Children.

Reconciliation

Times for confession are:

M-Thursday 5:15-5:30 PM
Sat. 8:15 AM & 3:30-4:45 PM
or by appointment

Appointments can be made with the parish office:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227
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For information on children celebrating their 1st Reconciliation, please keep reading.

"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation" St. Francis of Assisi

Every baptized child in the parish entering the 1st grade school year, may pursue the sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.  Both sacraments will be received and celebrated during the 2nd grade school year, with Reconciliation in the fall and Communion in the spring.  The preparation for these sacraments begins at Baptism within the family.  Memorized prayers, the 10 Commandments, informal prayer, stories in the Bible, participation at Holy Mass, and the teachings of the Church should all be a regular part of a child's faith life before seeking the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion from the parish.

For more information about preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, please call the Faith Formation Office 402-330-1889.

Eucharist

The sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated everyday at the parish.  Here is a schedule of Masses:

Weekdays
M-Fri. 6:45 AM
M-Sat. 8:30 AM
M-Thurs. 5:30 PM(Chapel)
 
Weekends
Sat. 5 & 6:30 PM
Sun. 7:30, 9, &
10:30 AM
Noon & 5:30 PM
Holy Days
Vigil, 5:30 PM
6:45 & 8:30 AM
5:30 & 7:00 PM

On National Holidays there is a 9 AM Mass.

If you wish to have a Mass said for a special intention, please contact the parish office at:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227
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For information on children celebrating their 1st Eucharist,

"What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation" St. Francis of Assisi

Every baptized child in the parish entering the 1st grade school year, may pursue the sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion.  Both sacraments will be received and celebrated during the 2nd grade school year, with Reconciliation in the fall and Communion in the spring.  The preparation for these sacraments begins at Baptism within the family.  Memorized prayers, the 10 Commandments, informal prayer, stories in the Bible, participation at Holy Mass, and the teachings of the Church should all be a regular part of a child's faith life before seeking the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion from the parish.

For more information about preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion, please call the Faith Formation Office 402-330-1889.

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St. Wenceslaus is fortunate to have a team of trained volunteers who bring communion to the sick or homebound on Sundays and during the week. Please call Mary Stieren at 402-697-7514 to arrange this service or to volunteer your services to bring communion to the sick.

Confirmation

The Archbishop visits the parish once a year in the spring to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.  For youth interested in being Confirmed, please read below.  For adults wishing to be Confirmed, please contact the parish office:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227

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"O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams." St. Augustine

Every baptized member of the parish entering the 7th grade school year, may pursue the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation will be received and celebrated in the spring of the 8th grade school year.  The preparation for this sacrament begins at Baptism within the family.  Memorized prayers, the 10 commandments, informal prayer, stories in the Bible, participation at Holy Mass, service to the community and the teachings of the Church should all be a regular part of person's life before seeking the sacrament of Confirmation from the parish.

 

Marriage

Couples wishing to be married in the parish must meet with a priest for 6 months of preparation prior to receiving the sacrament.  Either the bride or groom(or both) should  be a parishioner for at least 6 months before beginning the planning process. This is waived if the bride or groom has a family member that belongs to the parish.  To begin the process, a couple should contact a priest in the parish.  Contact information can be found on the staff page.

When reserving space for a wedding: Rehearsals are generally held the night before the wedding at 5:30 p.m. in the church and last one hour. Friday weddings are generally booked at 5:30 p.m. Saturday weddings are at 2:00 p.m.

For More information, please contact the parish office:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227
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Holy Orders

Men seeking more information about becoming a priest or deacon in the Catholic Church should consider speaking to one of the parish priests:

Pastor, Fr. Tom Bauwens ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Associate Pastor, Fr. Francis Nigli ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Associate Pastor, Fr. Andy Syring ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

More information can be found at the Archdiocesan website:

Priesthood =  http://www.archomaha.org/vocations/priesthood/

Deaconate =  http://www.archomaha.org/vocations/permanent-deaconate/

Anointing of the Sick

Parishioners seeking the sacrament of Anointing should contact the parish office to set up a priest visit:

402-330-0304 ext. 2227

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St. Wenceslaus is fortunate to have a team of trained volunteers who bring communion to the sick or homebound on Sundays and during the week. Please call Mary Stieren at 402-697-7514 to arrange this service or to volunteer your services to bring communion to the sick.