Service Opportunities

  • All Opportunities
  • Liturgical Ministry
  • Liturgical Music
  • Volunteer Ministry
  • Visit Ministry
  • Health Ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference
  • Holiday Helpers
  • Charity of the Month

  • 5:00 p.m. Music Group +

    Lead the assembly in singing at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays.

    Meetings: Practice Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with additional practices as needed for special liturgies.

  • Youth Choir (High School & Young Adults) +

    For singers and musicians. Provide music for the Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Mass.

    Meetings: Practices before Mass at 4:15 p.m.
    Contact: Tom Whitcomb: 402-578- 2512 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Liturgy Ministry +

    Director: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2210 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Administrative Assistant: Pam Lunbeck: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2230

    Liturgy Committee Member: Assist the Liturgy Office with activities relating to liturgy.
    Meetings: Monthly, as needed

  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference +

    St. Vincent de Paul Conference

     

    What is a St. Vincent de Paul Conference?

    • The SVdP Society is a lay Catholic organization that responds to the needy throughout the world.  At St. Wenceslaus, we have a conference that helps people who call our parish when they have a desperate need.
    • Conferences provide financial assistance to people in the form of food, rent, utilities, and other necessities. 
    • Conferences respond to other needs in the community, such as food pantries, assistance to elderly and disabled, mentoring.

     

    What does our St. Vincent de Paul Conference do?

    • Home Visits - When the church receives phone calls from people in need of help with rent, utilities, food assistance, and other needs, we make personal contact with them, usually meeting them in their home.
    • Pantry Sundays -First Sunday of every month.  Food is collected for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at 2101 Leavenworth St., open Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Caring for Others Volunteers provide transportation, odd jobs, companionship, and other assistance to the elderly, handicapped and homebound in our parish area.
    • Poor Box collections - Money collected goes to our SVdP conference to help the needy who call for assistance.
    • Twinning -  We contribute financially to other St. Vincent de Paul Conferences when they have a client with a large need.
    • Clothing / Household goods drives- St. Wenceslaus has two clothing drives:  Spring and Fall.  You can drop off gently used items at the truck in our parking lot.  The SVdP stores then give away or sell clothing, as needed, including winter coats.

    Where do we get our funds from?

     

    • SVdP envelopes are in the St. Wenceslaus's packet of envelopes in April and September.

    • December's Charity of the Month.
    • The received in the above envelopes goes to our SVdP conference to help needy clients.

     

     

    How our conference has helped others in Oct 2016-July 2017:

    ·         Clients served:  over 160

    ·         Rental assistance:  ,494.02

    ·         Utility assistance:  90.00

    ·         Other expenses:  58.60

    ·         Assistance to other local SVdP’s:  00.00

     

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

     

    **For more information please contact Gene Walker at 402-933-0017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    or Rose Berkey at 402.334.8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

  • April Charity of the Month: Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria +

     

    Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria 

    “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.” (Pope Francis) The mission of HCHN is to reduce the circle of poverty by reaching out to poor children in the rural and remote regions of Nigeria. We help build schools, educate young people, provide clean water to sustain hope for a better future. Please join us to fulfill our commitment to help our increasing number of unschooled rural poor children attain at least high school education, as we strive to provide adequate classrooms, as well as begin construction of a greatly needed secondary school for them to transition into. Every donation makes a difference and is so greatly appreciated. God bless you!

     

     

  • Bread Run +

    Bread, rolls etc. are picked up at area grocery stores and delivered to the Sienna/Francis House on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    Contact:  Kim Lang:  402-672-7738 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Stieren:  402-697-7514 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Home Visits to the Bereaved +

    Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things we ever have to do.  Feeling the care and concern of our parish can help our parishioners who have suffered a loss heal.  Our Home Visits to the Bereaved Ministry hopes to offer some hope and comfort to those who have lost a loved one with a home visit at the one month, three month, six month and one year anniversary of the death.  Your kindness and caring can be a real gift to the bereaved.  If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514.

  • Liturgy Ministry +

    Director: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2210 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Administrative Assistant: Pam Lunbeck: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2230

    Liturgy Committee Member: Assist the Liturgy Office with activities relating to liturgy.
    Meetings: Monthly, as needed

  • Thanksgiving/Easter Families +

    Each year parishioners are given the opportunity to provide needy families with food at Thanksgiving and Easter. Families receive this food through the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. Envelopes will be available with instructions in the bulletin before Thanksgiving and Easter for anyone who would like to donate funds for these meals. Your donation makes a big difference for these families. Thanks for your generosity. If you have questions please contact Rose at 402-334-8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Jr. High/High School Handbell Choir +

    Play handbell music at Sunday liturgies throughout the year under the direction of Mrs. Joyce Miller.

    Meetings: Practices held Sundays as scheduled
    Contact: Joyce Miller: 402-333- 0715 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Contact: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Want to Help or Serve +

    Provide financial assistance to the needy in the form of food, rent, utilities, etc.
    Meetings:  4th Monday of each month

    Contact:  Mary Stieren:  402-697-7514 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • March Charity of the Month +

     

    Mater Filius, NE:   Mater Filius, NE, is a non-profit home for pregnant women who do not  have emotional or financial support. Mater Filius, NE  is located at 5924 S. 36th St. in Omaha, Ne. (Corner of 36th & Y St.)   The mission of Mater Filius is to safeguard the life of the unborn child and defend the dignity of the child’s mother.   All women are accepted at Mater Filius regardless of age, race or faith  denomination .  A woman may enter Mater Filius at any time during her pregnancy and remain there until her baby is eight months old.  Moms who have other children may bring them into Mater Filius if they are under the age of five. During her stay, a mom must work or go to school. She will receive the benefits of the workshops offered inside the home including skills in parenting, relationship building, dignity of the woman, and group counseling. When the babies are six weeks old, they may enter our Early Childhood Learning Center at no charge to the mom. Even after the mom transitions out to independent living, she may bring her child back to the ECLC until the child is ready for preschool. Learn more about Mater Filius, NE, at their website at materfiliusne.org or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Essential Pregnancy Services: Their services include: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing & treatment, confidential counseling services and education. It is the desire of EPS to provide no cost services in a hassle-free , confidential and convenient atmosphere. No woman leaves the centers without the help she needs to make an informed choice. Essential Pregnancy Services has 3 locations in Omaha. This month we are supporting EPS with a Baby Shower. The Baby Shower will be held from March 4th through March 27th. Their website is: www.essentialps.org 

    Any donations received in the March Charity envelopes will go to support Mater Filius. All items received for the Baby Shower will go to EPS. Thank you for your donations!

     

  • Caring For Others +

    Provide transportation, odd jobs, companionship, and other assistance to elderly, handicapped, and homebound..
    Contact:  Carol Koenig:  402-330-2871 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Legband:  402-333-0766 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • About Liturgical Ministry +

    The Sunday liturgy brings the hope of resurrection into our lives. It is where Jesus reaches out and touches us. No matter what sorrow or pain we may be struggling with, no matter how difficult we may find life or how overwhelmed we may be, the Eucharistic presence of the Risen Christ can touch us profoundly and intimately.

    This is the gift and teaching of the Catholic faith. That Jesus Christ is present to us during Mass through God’s word proclaimed in Sacred Scripture, through His people assembled to worship, in the priest who presides and, most uniquely, in the Eucharist we share — Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity. Jesus showers us with graces and blessings at Mass, which brings healing to our bodies as well as our souls.

    The gift and mystery of the Eucharist is that Jesus thirsts for our love and nourishes us with Himself so that we can go out and feed a world starving for the love of Christ.

    Take part in the Liturgical Ministry.

    St. Wenceslaus relies on our parishioner volunteers to bring about the prayerful celebration of the liturgy. Those who serve in the liturgical ministries of our Church come from the gathered faithful to minister to and with them. Liturgical ministers are men, women, young adults, high school youth and children.

  • Christmas Families +

    Provide food, clothes and gifts for poor families from Catholic Charities Enrichment Program.

    Contact:  Karla Dubisar:  402-991-2395 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Andrea Barton:  402-333-0415 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Adult Choir +

    Sing at the 9:00 a.m. Mass September through May.

    Meetings: Practice Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    Contact: Mary Alice Laferla: 402-334- 5523 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • February- Holy Family Door Ministry, Blessed Family Street Ministry +

    Holy Family Ministry: Holy Family Parish is located in north Omaha at 1715 Izard st. Holy family can be described as a small, welcoming, participatory community devoted to serving the poor and it is well known on the streets that one can get a sandwich at Holy Family. The Door Ministry, the Food Re-Distribution Program and the Lunch Program are ministries of Holy Family parish. The Door Ministry helps to serve many in need of clothing, food, rent, and utilities. the Food Re-Distribution program picks up unsold food from participating groceries and bakeries and delivers them to various locations around the city six days a week. The Lunch Ministry invites volunteers to make sandwiches, which are then distributed throughout downtown. Last October alone, 9,970 sandwiches were distributed. They have a crew of volunteers, who do this 5 days a week. If you would like to volunteer please contact, Deacon Al Aulner, who is the Parish Coordinator at: 402-345-1062 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Blessed Family Street Ministry: This ministry helps poor people with utility and rental assistance. It also helps those who are homeless to better their situations.

    Any donations received in the February's Charity of the Month envelope will be divided between these 2 ministries. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee 

  • Food Pantry +

    Parishioners have the opportunity to donate non perishable grocery items on the first Sunday of each month for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. These items are collected in the foyer and volunteers from the parish deliver the items to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry downtown.  These items will be sorted and then needy families have the opportunity on Tuesdays and Thursdays to come grocery shop for food to feed their families.

    If you would like to volunteer and take part in delivering the food down to the food pantry, please email Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Want to Help at the Food Pantry?

    The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 21 st Street & Leavenworth, serves about 25,000 people a year. It ’s a "client choice" pantry which means that the people shop for their groceries just as one would in a grocery store. It takes a lot of work and a lot of groceries to stock to keep the Pantry running smoothly and about 50 people volunteer their time each week to make this happen. There is only one paid employee to manage the entire operation.

    Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday or Thursday mornings? There are a variety of jobs at the Pantry, from assisting clients shop for food, to sorting food deliveries and stocking shelves, to name a few. We also started a garden next to the store to grow produce. If you have a green thumb, feel free to help us out! Volunteers are the backbone of the Food Pantry.

     

    Won’t you please consider lending a helpful hand? In this Year of Mercy, being kind and compassionate to those who need assistance is w hat we are encouraged to do. For further information or to sign up to help, contact Kara Walters at 402-493-2499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • Sacristan +

    Set up and prepare for liturgies...

    Assist the priest in setting up and preparing for liturgies on the weekends and holy days. Also assists with cleanup after Mass. Those who volunteer for this ministry must already be ministering in the parish as an EMHC or lecor.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Elderly/Homebound Christmas Bags +

    The Elderly/Homebound Christmas Bags provide personal care items for the elderly and homebound of several parishes. For some, these are the only Christmas gifts they receive. Our Christmas Giving table for the Elderly/Homebound is in the church foyer for two weekends in December displaying ornaments with over 25 personal care items for parishioners to buy. The items are bagged and over 80 large bags each containing over 25 personal care items are delivered. Many volunteers help staff the Masses and make up the bags for delivery. These gifts are greatly appreciated by the Elderly/Homebound. If you would like to help please contact Shirley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Musician +

    Lead and accompany assembly at the weekend liturgies, scheduled every 2 to 3 weeks.

    Meetings: Approximately 4 times a year as needed

  • Funeral Meal Volunteer +

    The bereaved may opt for a funeral meal for their guests following the funeral Mass.  Served buffet style, the dinner composition is ham, fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans with craisins, Greek salad, fruit salad, dinner rolls, a dessert table, coffee and lemonade.  Hosted by The Guild, a .00 per planned-for guest donation is requested.  

    Volunteers join a 350-member-strong list.  This list is notified via mass e-mailing, of the specific needs of each funeral meal.  Using an easily learned internet sign-up, members opt to volunteer time or donate an item as is convenient with their schedule, once a year or oftener. 

    Your help is so appreciated by those families who have lost a loved one.  It eases the burden of preparing for the funeral.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Anne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults +

    Participate in weekly class sessions while seeking to become a member of the Catholic Church or serving as a sponsor.
    Meetings: Weekly classes held on Wednesday evenings

  • Cantor/Song Leader +

    Lead the assembly in singing for weekend Liturgies, scheduled every 2 or 3 weeks.

    Meetings: Approximately 4 seasonal music ministry meetings throughout the year

  • December: St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus +

    The St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus is an organization which assists families who come upon a “bump in the road” with some unexpected occurrence where they run short of money to pay all their bills. We help parishioners and other families in our parish area who seek our assistance. SVdP volunteers do a home visit to assess the situation and determine how we can best help each family. Your donation in this month’s envelope will help to keep someone’s OPPD or MUD from getting disconnected, provide food on the table or help with rent to keep them in their home or apartment. Could you call your church for assistance? That is very hard to do for lots of folks and when they do and we are able to assist them in their need, they are very humble and are so very grateful for what we can do for them. Can you imagine if you had no food in your refrigerator and did not know what you were going to feed your children for the next meal? Or your electricity is getting disconnected, could you live without that? We need to count our blessings and thank God for how He has blessed us. What is more rewarding than to be generous and share your rewards with our sisters and brother in Christ! We thank you for your generosity to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus. If you are interested in learning more about St. Vincent de Paul, consider attending our meetings the fourth Monday of the month at 4:00 pm. in the Upper Room or call the Pastoral Ministry Office at 402.697.7514. We welcome you! 

    We encourage all the members in the parish: To have ears to hear the "cries of the poor," eyes to "seek and find the forgotten, the suffering or the deprived," and to have hearts that "bring God's love to the poor" through their generosity and donations.

    We thank you and appreciate you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • Habitat for Humanity +

    Volunteers help build a home for a family in need.

    Contact:  Ed Thiele:  402-680-4196 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Server Alb Caretaker +

    Inspect, mend and launder server albs. Approximately every 6 weeks.
    Meetings: None

  • November: IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity +

    Any donations received in the Charity of the Month envelopes this month will go to IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity. IXIM, pronounced “ee-sheem”, is the Mayan word for corn, a staple of Guatemala and a livelihood of Nebraska. IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity is an organization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. It began in 2003 to foster a relationship between the people of Omaha and the Mayan people of the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, through the sharing of our humanity, faith and resources. Your donations support their water project and eye glasses project. Your donations will also go to support Sr. Patricia Nicolas Francisco Diego, a Disciple of the Good Shepherd in Guatemala, who has consecrated her life to service to the women in the Diocese of Huehuetenango. She is a wonderful young woman who, with your help, is doing the work of our Lord. Have you ever considered doing a short term mission project in a foreign country? Have you felt the call from God to share faith with people from other lands but never knew how to make it happen? You could work side by side with the people there to improve the conditions and grow in faith.

    If you would like to learn more about the next mission or would like to be part of a mission trip, go to www.ixim.org or contact Mark Zimmer at 402-452-4980.

    Thank You for your generosity!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • Health Ministry +

    Health support for parishioners...

     

  • Minister of Hospitality +

    Men, women, junior and senior high school youth and families are scheduled approximately once a month for the weekly Mass of their choice to assist with greeting, seating, taking up the collection, directing the communion procession, handling out bulletins and straightening up church after Mass.
    Meetings: As needed

  • October: Domestic Violence Shelter +

    Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter offers safe, temporary housing to victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter is at an undisclosed location to protect the safety and privacy of clients. The shelter has 26 beds available with an average stay of 28 days. After-care services are also provided. The emergency services include housing, medical and emotional support, legal & financial assistance, children services, counseling and community educational services. They also have a 24-hour crisis hotline at 402.558.5700. Their website is www.ccomaha.org. Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter is there to help. If you or someone you know may be abused, do not hesitate to call anytime, day or night at the above number. You can help make a difference for abuse victims with your financial donations made in your October’s Charity of the Month envelope. Thank You for your generous donations.

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • Helping Hands +

    The Helping Hands Ministry is available to help a family during a difficult situation in their lives.  The family may be suffering from a loss of a loved one or going through the pains of a serious illness of a family member.  Volunteers assist the family during this hard time with kindness and caring through a meal, providing transportation, babysitting or house sitting during a funeral.  E-mails are sent to ask for assistance so you can help as available. 

    hese acts of mercy are such a support for our hurting parishioners.  If you have questions or would like to be part of this ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514

  • Lector +

    Proclaim scripture at weekend and holy day liturgies. Archdiocesan and parish training required, which is
    offered once a year around August & September respectively.
    Meetings: Scheduled approximately every 6 weeks.

  • September: KVSS, Jail Ministry, Mass For the Shut-Ins +

    September’s Charity Any donations received in the Charity of the Month envelopes this month will be divided between KVSS, Jail Ministry and Mass for the Shut-Ins. KVSS: Spirit Catholic Radio can be found on FM 102.7. They strive to bring Christ to the people and people to Christ. This radio ministry depends upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the generosity of the faithful throughout Nebraska and western Iowa to bring this work to complete realization. Thank you for your generosity. Mass for the Shut-Ins: Those who are homebound or sick and cannot attend Mass on Sundays have the opportunity of participating in the Sunday Mass one of two ways. The Mass for the Shut-Ins can be viewed at 10:30 AM on Sundays on WOWT, Channel 6 or Mass may be listened to at noon on Sundays on KVSS 102.7 FM. WOWT Channel 6 has been airing the Mass for over 50 yrs. It was started in February, 1964. You may also listen to the Mass on the weekdays at 9:30 AM on KVSS 102.7 FM. Your donation helps with the cost of making Mass available for the sick and homebound. Thank you for your donation. Jail Ministry: Many inmates reflect on their lives and choices they have made. God has a way of touching those who are open to His message. Your donations will be used to provide spiritual booklets, calendars and prayer cards as a source of encouragement to the inmates. On behalf of those who are incarcerated, we thank you for your help. Thank You for your generosity! The Human Needs Committee 

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry +

    Shawls are made for parishioners who are experiencing a difficult time in their life such as illness or loss of a loved one.  As the shawl is being made comfort and healing are prayed for the recipient.
    Meetings: First Thursday of each month

    Contact:  Ruth Cowles:  402-333-4652 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) +

    Assist with distribution of Communion at weekend and holy day liturgies. Archdiocesan and parish training required, which is available once a year around August and September respectively.
    Meetings: Scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • August Heart Ministry Center +

    The Heart Ministry Center started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests in the north Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance. The Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities. The Center expanded and is doing healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic and introduced social work and case management services to those needing these services.

    Their motto is "We believe in the dignity of all." In 2017, the Center is projecting to provide more than 90,000 acts of assistance including, food for more than 1.2 million meals, clothing for more than 34,000 people, household/toiletry items for more than 4,000 people, medical assistance for more than 2,000 people, and social work and case management services for more than 2,000 people. Your monetary donation placed in this month’s Charity of the Month envelope will go to the Heart Ministry Center.

    If you have any questions, please contact Eric Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-451-2321. We are also doing a collection for the Heart Ministry Center of new socks and underwear, any sizes, baby diapers, or men’s and women’s toiletries. You may drop off these items to the Foyer starting August 20th-August 31st. Thank you for your generosity.

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

     

  • Quilt Ministry +

    Provides quilts for the seriously ill of our parish and for priests leaving St. Wenceslaus.
    Meetings:  4th Wednesday of the month

    Contact:  Lynette Wieger:   402-492-2183 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Art/Environment (decorating, sewing) +

    Help with decorating the environment in the church and foyer. Also sewing banners and altar linens as needed.
    Meetings: As needed

  • July: Habitat for Humanity +

    Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships and breaks down barriers. Habitat eliminates vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of North and South Omaha while improving the overall appearance of our community. Habitat Omaha Partner Families are required to complete up to 350 hours of Sweat Equity before purchasing their homes through 25 or 30-year no-interest mortgages. Since 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with more than 800 families in our community to help address their housing issues through homeownership, repairs and community building activities. The Faithful Builders group, of which St. Wenceslaus is part of, is building a new home at 3912 Florence Boulevard. They are in need of volunteers to help with the build and in need of funds to buy the material to build the house. You may use your July’s Charity of the Month envelope to help them with funds to build this home. To sign up to volunteer your talent please visit https://habitatomaha.volunteerconnect.com/ FaithfulBuilders2015/full. You can also contact Ed Thiele (402) 680-4196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • School Supply Shower +

    School supplies are collected to help students in need  begin the school year with new materials.

    Contact:  Josah Powers:  402-960-4263  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Altar Server +

    Open to boys and girls 7th grade and older. The primary training for altar servers is held in September/October each year; however, new servers are welcome and will be trained at any time during the year.
    Meetings: 1 large group and 1 small group training meeting

  • June: The Stephen Center +

     

    Siena/Francis House: Founded in 1975, the Siena/Francis house is Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter providing food, emergency shelter, and clothing. The Siena/Francis House also houses a residential chemical addictions treatment center, an employment training program, and a medical clinic.  The Siena/Francis House has an “open door” policy, in that they try to never turn away any individual who comes to them in need, regardless of the circumstances that led them to seek their help. This organization is independent, non-denominational and provides more shelter and food to the homeless than any other Omaha homeless shelter. All of their services are provided at no cost to their guests.  In 2017, they provided overnight accommodations to an average of over 500 people each evening. With only 392 total beds, an average of 108 people slept on overflow mats on the floor, or in chairs, each night.  The total number of meals served per day in 2017 was total 1,162. Visit the Siena/Francis House website at http://www.sienafrancis.org to learn more.  The SFH is located at 1702 Nicholas Street. Any money you donate in your June Charity of the month will go to the Siena/Francis House for these people in need. You will have a service opportunity to donate to our collection of bath towels, wash cloths, bath soaps and personal care items which will be divided between the St. Stephens Center and the Siena/Francis House.  You may drop off your donations in the foyer between June 2nd and  June 17th, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

     

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

     

    The Human Needs Committee 

  • Altar Linen Caretaker +

    Collect dirty linen from the sacristy on Monday, wash, iron and return by Friday.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Online Ministry Schedule +

    Online Ministry Schedule

     

  • Homebound/Elderly Visits +

    Our Homebound / Elderly Visits Ministry strives to bring a little joy and comfort to those who seldom get out or have visitors. Seeing a smiling face can brighten their day and make an otherwise gloomy day, sunny. Sharing stories, conversation and just listening gives them something to look forward to. Your presence is a gift for those who are lonely or who just love to visit. Visits can be scheduled to fit your availability. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

     

  • Hospital Visits +

    Being in the hospital is not fun especially if the stay is prolonged. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to visit and pray with our parishioners can be very comforting. Learning if they have other needs as they leave the hospital will aid the transition home. Perhaps they would like Communion on Sunday while they recovery. Letting the Pastoral Ministry or Parish office know makes it easier for the patient. Mostly, it is your presence that brings comfort. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Deacon Mike DeSelm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-333- 3603 or Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

     

  • Hospital Visits +

    Visit Parishioners in the hospital...

    Being in the hospital is not fun especially if the stay is prolonged. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to visit and pray with our parishioners can be very comforting. Learning if they have other needs as they leave the hospital will aid the transition home. Perhaps they would like Communion on Sunday while they recovery. Letting the Pastoral Ministry or Parish office know makes it easier for the patient. Mostly, it is your presence that brings comfort. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Deacon Mike DeSelm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-333- 3603 or Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

  • Lakeside EMHC Ministry +

    Distribute Communion at Lakeside Hospital...

    The Lakeside EMHC Ministry allows those Catholics in the hospital at Lakeside to receive Communion each day they are a patient. Receiving Communion can give the comfort that the sick need as they face a difficult or scary situation. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to bring Communion, visit and pray with patients can be just what they need. Often, we hear how grateful the sick are to receive Jesus and be touched by the kindness of the ministers. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

  • Volunteer Nurse Ministry +

    Provide information to improve health...

    Parish Nursing at St. Wenceslaus is a volunteer ministry that is part of the Health Ministry of the parish.  Volunteers who have taken a Faith Community Nursing or Health Ministry course coordinate other volunteers to meet our goals.  We integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so people can achieve wholeness in, with and through the faith community. Parish Nurses focus on health promotion and education (e.g. Tai Chi, educational programs) and health counseling (e.g. blood pressure screening).  We educate and motivate people to take positive action regarding wellness, prevention, and appropriate treatment of illness.  Volunteer Nurse Ministry members strive to promote healthy lifestyles for all ages, advocate for excellent care of the sick, and encourage healthcare justice. Rather than practicing from a medical model, Parish nursesrecognize spiritual health is at the core of a person’s well-being and offer a sense of hope for individuals with a disease, being aware that healing can happen without cure.  We are always looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas to help us better meet the needs of St. Wenceslaus parishioners.  If you have any questions or would like to join the Nurse Ministry please contact Joan Mack at 402-330-3090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bev Vazzano at 402-758-1350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • Liturgy Ministry +

    Director: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2210 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Administrative Assistant: Pam Lunbeck: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2230

    Liturgy Committee Member: Assist the Liturgy Office with activities relating to liturgy.
    Meetings: Monthly, as needed

  • About Liturgical Ministry +

    The Sunday liturgy brings the hope of resurrection into our lives. It is where Jesus reaches out and touches us. No matter what sorrow or pain we may be struggling with, no matter how difficult we may find life or how overwhelmed we may be, the Eucharistic presence of the Risen Christ can touch us profoundly and intimately.

    This is the gift and teaching of the Catholic faith. That Jesus Christ is present to us during Mass through God’s word proclaimed in Sacred Scripture, through His people assembled to worship, in the priest who presides and, most uniquely, in the Eucharist we share — Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity. Jesus showers us with graces and blessings at Mass, which brings healing to our bodies as well as our souls.

    The gift and mystery of the Eucharist is that Jesus thirsts for our love and nourishes us with Himself so that we can go out and feed a world starving for the love of Christ.

    Take part in the Liturgical Ministry.

    St. Wenceslaus relies on our parishioner volunteers to bring about the prayerful celebration of the liturgy. Those who serve in the liturgical ministries of our Church come from the gathered faithful to minister to and with them. Liturgical ministers are men, women, young adults, high school youth and children.

  • Sacristan +

    Set up and prepare for liturgies...

    Assist the priest in setting up and preparing for liturgies on the weekends and holy days. Also assists with cleanup after Mass. Those who volunteer for this ministry must already be ministering in the parish as an EMHC or lecor.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults +

    Participate in weekly class sessions while seeking to become a member of the Catholic Church or serving as a sponsor.
    Meetings: Weekly classes held on Wednesday evenings

  • Server Alb Caretaker +

    Inspect, mend and launder server albs. Approximately every 6 weeks.
    Meetings: None

  • Minister of Hospitality +

    Men, women, junior and senior high school youth and families are scheduled approximately once a month for the weekly Mass of their choice to assist with greeting, seating, taking up the collection, directing the communion procession, handling out bulletins and straightening up church after Mass.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Lector +

    Proclaim scripture at weekend and holy day liturgies. Archdiocesan and parish training required, which is
    offered once a year around August & September respectively.
    Meetings: Scheduled approximately every 6 weeks.

  • Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC) +

    Assist with distribution of Communion at weekend and holy day liturgies. Archdiocesan and parish training required, which is available once a year around August and September respectively.
    Meetings: Scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Art/Environment (decorating, sewing) +

    Help with decorating the environment in the church and foyer. Also sewing banners and altar linens as needed.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Altar Server +

    Open to boys and girls 7th grade and older. The primary training for altar servers is held in September/October each year; however, new servers are welcome and will be trained at any time during the year.
    Meetings: 1 large group and 1 small group training meeting

  • Altar Linen Caretaker +

    Collect dirty linen from the sacristy on Monday, wash, iron and return by Friday.
    Meetings: As needed

  • Online Ministry Schedule +

    Online Ministry Schedule

     

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  • 5:00 p.m. Music Group +

    Lead the assembly in singing at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays.

    Meetings: Practice Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. with additional practices as needed for special liturgies.

  • Youth Choir (High School & Young Adults) +

    For singers and musicians. Provide music for the Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Mass.

    Meetings: Practices before Mass at 4:15 p.m.
    Contact: Tom Whitcomb: 402-578- 2512 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Liturgy Ministry +

    Director: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2210 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Administrative Assistant: Pam Lunbeck: 402-330- 1518 Ext: 2230

    Liturgy Committee Member: Assist the Liturgy Office with activities relating to liturgy.
    Meetings: Monthly, as needed

  • Jr. High/High School Handbell Choir +

    Play handbell music at Sunday liturgies throughout the year under the direction of Mrs. Joyce Miller.

    Meetings: Practices held Sundays as scheduled
    Contact: Joyce Miller: 402-333- 0715 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Contact: Cindy Brown: 402-330- 1518 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Adult Choir +

    Sing at the 9:00 a.m. Mass September through May.

    Meetings: Practice Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    Contact: Mary Alice Laferla: 402-334- 5523 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Musician +

    Lead and accompany assembly at the weekend liturgies, scheduled every 2 to 3 weeks.

    Meetings: Approximately 4 times a year as needed

  • Cantor/Song Leader +

    Lead the assembly in singing for weekend Liturgies, scheduled every 2 or 3 weeks.

    Meetings: Approximately 4 seasonal music ministry meetings throughout the year

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  • Bread Run +

    Bread, rolls etc. are picked up at area grocery stores and delivered to the Sienna/Francis House on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Contact:  Kim Lang:  402-672-7738 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Stieren:  402-697-7514 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Caring For Others +

    Provide transportation, odd jobs, companionship, and other assistance to elderly, handicapped, and homebound..Contact:  Carol Koenig:  402-330-2871 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Legband:  402-333-0766 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Food Pantry +

    Parishioners have the opportunity to donate non perishable grocery items on the first Sunday of each month for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. These items are collected in the foyer and volunteers from the parish deliver the items to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry downtown.  These items will be sorted and then needy families have the opportunity on Tuesdays and Thursdays to come grocery shop for food to feed their families. If you would like to volunteer and take part in delivering the food down to the food pantry, please email Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Want to Help at the Food Pantry? The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on 21 st Street & Leavenworth, serves about 25,000 people a year. It ’s a "client choice" pantry which means that the people shop for their groceries just as one would in a grocery store. It takes a lot of work and a lot of groceries to stock to keep the Pantry running smoothly and about 50 people volunteer their time each week to make this happen. There is only one paid employee to manage the entire operation. Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday or Thursday mornings? There are a variety of jobs at the Pantry, from assisting clients shop for food, to sorting food deliveries and stocking shelves, to name a few. We also started a garden next to the store to grow produce. If you have a green thumb, feel free to help us out! Volunteers are the backbone of the Food Pantry.   Won’t you please consider lending a helpful hand? In this Year of Mercy, being kind and compassionate to those who need assistance is w hat we are encouraged to do. For further information or to sign up to help, contact Kara Walters at 402-493-2499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
  • Funeral Meal Volunteer +

    The bereaved may opt for a funeral meal for their guests following the funeral Mass.  Served buffet style, the dinner composition is ham, fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans with craisins, Greek salad, fruit salad, dinner rolls, a dessert table, coffee and lemonade.  Hosted by The Guild, a .00 per planned-for guest donation is requested.   Volunteers join a 350-member-strong list.  This list is notified via mass e-mailing, of the specific needs of each funeral meal.  Using an easily learned internet sign-up, members opt to volunteer time or donate an item as is convenient with their schedule, once a year or oftener.  Your help is so appreciated by those families who have lost a loved one.  It eases the burden of preparing for the funeral.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Anne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Habitat for Humanity +

    Volunteers help build a home for a family in need. Contact:  Ed Thiele:  402-680-4196 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Health Ministry +

    Health support for parishioners...  
  • Helping Hands +

    The Helping Hands Ministry is available to help a family during a difficult situation in their lives.  The family may be suffering from a loss of a loved one or going through the pains of a serious illness of a family member.  Volunteers assist the family during this hard time with kindness and caring through a meal, providing transportation, babysitting or house sitting during a funeral.  E-mails are sent to ask for assistance so you can help as available.  hese acts of mercy are such a support for our hurting parishioners.  If you have questions or would like to be part of this ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry +

    Shawls are made for parishioners who are experiencing a difficult time in their life such as illness or loss of a loved one.  As the shawl is being made comfort and healing are prayed for the recipient.Meetings: First Thursday of each month Contact:  Ruth Cowles:  402-333-4652 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Quilt Ministry +

    Provides quilts for the seriously ill of our parish and for priests leaving St. Wenceslaus.Meetings:  4th Wednesday of the month Contact:  Lynette Wieger:   402-492-2183 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • School Supply Shower +

    School supplies are collected to help students in need  begin the school year with new materials. Contact:  Josah Powers:  402-960-4263  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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  • Home Visits to the Bereaved +

    Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things we ever have to do.  Feeling the care and concern of our parish can help our parishioners who have suffered a loss heal.  Our Home Visits to the Bereaved Ministry hopes to offer some hope and comfort to those who have lost a loved one with a home visit at the one month, three month, six month and one year anniversary of the death.  Your kindness and caring can be a real gift to the bereaved.  If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514.

  • Homebound/Elderly Visits +

    Our Homebound / Elderly Visits Ministry strives to bring a little joy and comfort to those who seldom get out or have visitors. Seeing a smiling face can brighten their day and make an otherwise gloomy day, sunny. Sharing stories, conversation and just listening gives them something to look forward to. Your presence is a gift for those who are lonely or who just love to visit. Visits can be scheduled to fit your availability. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

     

  • Hospital Visits +

    Being in the hospital is not fun especially if the stay is prolonged. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to visit and pray with our parishioners can be very comforting. Learning if they have other needs as they leave the hospital will aid the transition home. Perhaps they would like Communion on Sunday while they recovery. Letting the Pastoral Ministry or Parish office know makes it easier for the patient. Mostly, it is your presence that brings comfort. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Deacon Mike DeSelm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-333- 3603 or Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

     

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  • Hospital Visits +

    Visit Parishioners in the hospital...

    Being in the hospital is not fun especially if the stay is prolonged. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to visit and pray with our parishioners can be very comforting. Learning if they have other needs as they leave the hospital will aid the transition home. Perhaps they would like Communion on Sunday while they recovery. Letting the Pastoral Ministry or Parish office know makes it easier for the patient. Mostly, it is your presence that brings comfort. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Deacon Mike DeSelm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-333- 3603 or Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

  • Lakeside EMHC Ministry +

    Distribute Communion at Lakeside Hospital...

    The Lakeside EMHC Ministry allows those Catholics in the hospital at Lakeside to receive Communion each day they are a patient. Receiving Communion can give the comfort that the sick need as they face a difficult or scary situation. Having a friendly face from St. Wenceslaus stop by to bring Communion, visit and pray with patients can be just what they need. Often, we hear how grateful the sick are to receive Jesus and be touched by the kindness of the ministers. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697- 7514.

  • Volunteer Nurse Ministry +

    Provide information to improve health...

    Parish Nursing at St. Wenceslaus is a volunteer ministry that is part of the Health Ministry of the parish.  Volunteers who have taken a Faith Community Nursing or Health Ministry course coordinate other volunteers to meet our goals.  We integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so people can achieve wholeness in, with and through the faith community. Parish Nurses focus on health promotion and education (e.g. Tai Chi, educational programs) and health counseling (e.g. blood pressure screening).  We educate and motivate people to take positive action regarding wellness, prevention, and appropriate treatment of illness.  Volunteer Nurse Ministry members strive to promote healthy lifestyles for all ages, advocate for excellent care of the sick, and encourage healthcare justice. Rather than practicing from a medical model, Parish nursesrecognize spiritual health is at the core of a person’s well-being and offer a sense of hope for individuals with a disease, being aware that healing can happen without cure.  We are always looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas to help us better meet the needs of St. Wenceslaus parishioners.  If you have any questions or would like to join the Nurse Ministry please contact Joan Mack at 402-330-3090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bev Vazzano at 402-758-1350 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • St. Vincent de Paul Conference +

    St. Vincent de Paul Conference

     

    What is a St. Vincent de Paul Conference?

    • The SVdP Society is a lay Catholic organization that responds to the needy throughout the world.  At St. Wenceslaus, we have a conference that helps people who call our parish when they have a desperate need.
    • Conferences provide financial assistance to people in the form of food, rent, utilities, and other necessities. 
    • Conferences respond to other needs in the community, such as food pantries, assistance to elderly and disabled, mentoring.

     

    What does our St. Vincent de Paul Conference do?

    • Home Visits - When the church receives phone calls from people in need of help with rent, utilities, food assistance, and other needs, we make personal contact with them, usually meeting them in their home.
    • Pantry Sundays -First Sunday of every month.  Food is collected for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at 2101 Leavenworth St., open Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Caring for Others Volunteers provide transportation, odd jobs, companionship, and other assistance to the elderly, handicapped and homebound in our parish area.
    • Poor Box collections - Money collected goes to our SVdP conference to help the needy who call for assistance.
    • Twinning -  We contribute financially to other St. Vincent de Paul Conferences when they have a client with a large need.
    • Clothing / Household goods drives- St. Wenceslaus has two clothing drives:  Spring and Fall.  You can drop off gently used items at the truck in our parking lot.  The SVdP stores then give away or sell clothing, as needed, including winter coats.

    Where do we get our funds from?

     

    • SVdP envelopes are in the St. Wenceslaus's packet of envelopes in April and September.

    • December's Charity of the Month.
    • The received in the above envelopes goes to our SVdP conference to help needy clients.

     

     

    How our conference has helped others in Oct 2016-July 2017:

    ·         Clients served:  over 160

    ·         Rental assistance:  ,494.02

    ·         Utility assistance:  90.00

    ·         Other expenses:  58.60

    ·         Assistance to other local SVdP’s:  00.00

     

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

     

    **For more information please contact Gene Walker at 402-933-0017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    or Rose Berkey at 402.334.8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

  • Want to Help or Serve +

    Provide financial assistance to the needy in the form of food, rent, utilities, etc.
    Meetings:  4th Monday of each month

    Contact:  Mary Stieren:  402-697-7514 |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Thanksgiving/Easter Families +

    Each year parishioners are given the opportunity to provide needy families with food at Thanksgiving and Easter. Families receive this food through the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. Envelopes will be available with instructions in the bulletin before Thanksgiving and Easter for anyone who would like to donate funds for these meals. Your donation makes a big difference for these families. Thanks for your generosity. If you have questions please contact Rose at 402-334-8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Christmas Families +

    Provide food, clothes and gifts for poor families from Catholic Charities Enrichment Program.

    Contact:  Karla Dubisar:  402-991-2395 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Andrea Barton:  402-333-0415 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Elderly/Homebound Christmas Bags +

    The Elderly/Homebound Christmas Bags provide personal care items for the elderly and homebound of several parishes. For some, these are the only Christmas gifts they receive. Our Christmas Giving table for the Elderly/Homebound is in the church foyer for two weekends in December displaying ornaments with over 25 personal care items for parishioners to buy. The items are bagged and over 80 large bags each containing over 25 personal care items are delivered. Many volunteers help staff the Masses and make up the bags for delivery. These gifts are greatly appreciated by the Elderly/Homebound. If you would like to help please contact Shirley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • April Charity of the Month: Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria +

     

    Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria 

    “Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.” (Pope Francis) The mission of HCHN is to reduce the circle of poverty by reaching out to poor children in the rural and remote regions of Nigeria. We help build schools, educate young people, provide clean water to sustain hope for a better future. Please join us to fulfill our commitment to help our increasing number of unschooled rural poor children attain at least high school education, as we strive to provide adequate classrooms, as well as begin construction of a greatly needed secondary school for them to transition into. Every donation makes a difference and is so greatly appreciated. God bless you!

     

     

  • March Charity of the Month +

     

    Mater Filius, NE:   Mater Filius, NE, is a non-profit home for pregnant women who do not  have emotional or financial support. Mater Filius, NE  is located at 5924 S. 36th St. in Omaha, Ne. (Corner of 36th & Y St.)   The mission of Mater Filius is to safeguard the life of the unborn child and defend the dignity of the child’s mother.   All women are accepted at Mater Filius regardless of age, race or faith  denomination .  A woman may enter Mater Filius at any time during her pregnancy and remain there until her baby is eight months old.  Moms who have other children may bring them into Mater Filius if they are under the age of five. During her stay, a mom must work or go to school. She will receive the benefits of the workshops offered inside the home including skills in parenting, relationship building, dignity of the woman, and group counseling. When the babies are six weeks old, they may enter our Early Childhood Learning Center at no charge to the mom. Even after the mom transitions out to independent living, she may bring her child back to the ECLC until the child is ready for preschool. Learn more about Mater Filius, NE, at their website at materfiliusne.org or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Essential Pregnancy Services: Their services include: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing & treatment, confidential counseling services and education. It is the desire of EPS to provide no cost services in a hassle-free , confidential and convenient atmosphere. No woman leaves the centers without the help she needs to make an informed choice. Essential Pregnancy Services has 3 locations in Omaha. This month we are supporting EPS with a Baby Shower. The Baby Shower will be held from March 4th through March 27th. Their website is: www.essentialps.org 

    Any donations received in the March Charity envelopes will go to support Mater Filius. All items received for the Baby Shower will go to EPS. Thank you for your donations!

     

  • February- Holy Family Door Ministry, Blessed Family Street Ministry +

    Holy Family Ministry: Holy Family Parish is located in north Omaha at 1715 Izard st. Holy family can be described as a small, welcoming, participatory community devoted to serving the poor and it is well known on the streets that one can get a sandwich at Holy Family. The Door Ministry, the Food Re-Distribution Program and the Lunch Program are ministries of Holy Family parish. The Door Ministry helps to serve many in need of clothing, food, rent, and utilities. the Food Re-Distribution program picks up unsold food from participating groceries and bakeries and delivers them to various locations around the city six days a week. The Lunch Ministry invites volunteers to make sandwiches, which are then distributed throughout downtown. Last October alone, 9,970 sandwiches were distributed. They have a crew of volunteers, who do this 5 days a week. If you would like to volunteer please contact, Deacon Al Aulner, who is the Parish Coordinator at: 402-345-1062 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Blessed Family Street Ministry: This ministry helps poor people with utility and rental assistance. It also helps those who are homeless to better their situations.

    Any donations received in the February's Charity of the Month envelope will be divided between these 2 ministries. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee 

  • December: St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus +

    The St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus is an organization which assists families who come upon a “bump in the road” with some unexpected occurrence where they run short of money to pay all their bills. We help parishioners and other families in our parish area who seek our assistance. SVdP volunteers do a home visit to assess the situation and determine how we can best help each family. Your donation in this month’s envelope will help to keep someone’s OPPD or MUD from getting disconnected, provide food on the table or help with rent to keep them in their home or apartment. Could you call your church for assistance? That is very hard to do for lots of folks and when they do and we are able to assist them in their need, they are very humble and are so very grateful for what we can do for them. Can you imagine if you had no food in your refrigerator and did not know what you were going to feed your children for the next meal? Or your electricity is getting disconnected, could you live without that? We need to count our blessings and thank God for how He has blessed us. What is more rewarding than to be generous and share your rewards with our sisters and brother in Christ! We thank you for your generosity to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Wenceslaus. If you are interested in learning more about St. Vincent de Paul, consider attending our meetings the fourth Monday of the month at 4:00 pm. in the Upper Room or call the Pastoral Ministry Office at 402.697.7514. We welcome you! 

    We encourage all the members in the parish: To have ears to hear the "cries of the poor," eyes to "seek and find the forgotten, the suffering or the deprived," and to have hearts that "bring God's love to the poor" through their generosity and donations.

    We thank you and appreciate you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • November: IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity +

    Any donations received in the Charity of the Month envelopes this month will go to IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity. IXIM, pronounced “ee-sheem”, is the Mayan word for corn, a staple of Guatemala and a livelihood of Nebraska. IXIM: Spirit of Solidarity is an organization within the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. It began in 2003 to foster a relationship between the people of Omaha and the Mayan people of the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, through the sharing of our humanity, faith and resources. Your donations support their water project and eye glasses project. Your donations will also go to support Sr. Patricia Nicolas Francisco Diego, a Disciple of the Good Shepherd in Guatemala, who has consecrated her life to service to the women in the Diocese of Huehuetenango. She is a wonderful young woman who, with your help, is doing the work of our Lord. Have you ever considered doing a short term mission project in a foreign country? Have you felt the call from God to share faith with people from other lands but never knew how to make it happen? You could work side by side with the people there to improve the conditions and grow in faith.

    If you would like to learn more about the next mission or would like to be part of a mission trip, go to www.ixim.org or contact Mark Zimmer at 402-452-4980.

    Thank You for your generosity!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • October: Domestic Violence Shelter +

    Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter offers safe, temporary housing to victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter is at an undisclosed location to protect the safety and privacy of clients. The shelter has 26 beds available with an average stay of 28 days. After-care services are also provided. The emergency services include housing, medical and emotional support, legal & financial assistance, children services, counseling and community educational services. They also have a 24-hour crisis hotline at 402.558.5700. Their website is www.ccomaha.org. Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter is there to help. If you or someone you know may be abused, do not hesitate to call anytime, day or night at the above number. You can help make a difference for abuse victims with your financial donations made in your October’s Charity of the Month envelope. Thank You for your generous donations.

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • September: KVSS, Jail Ministry, Mass For the Shut-Ins +

    September’s Charity Any donations received in the Charity of the Month envelopes this month will be divided between KVSS, Jail Ministry and Mass for the Shut-Ins. KVSS: Spirit Catholic Radio can be found on FM 102.7. They strive to bring Christ to the people and people to Christ. This radio ministry depends upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the generosity of the faithful throughout Nebraska and western Iowa to bring this work to complete realization. Thank you for your generosity. Mass for the Shut-Ins: Those who are homebound or sick and cannot attend Mass on Sundays have the opportunity of participating in the Sunday Mass one of two ways. The Mass for the Shut-Ins can be viewed at 10:30 AM on Sundays on WOWT, Channel 6 or Mass may be listened to at noon on Sundays on KVSS 102.7 FM. WOWT Channel 6 has been airing the Mass for over 50 yrs. It was started in February, 1964. You may also listen to the Mass on the weekdays at 9:30 AM on KVSS 102.7 FM. Your donation helps with the cost of making Mass available for the sick and homebound. Thank you for your donation. Jail Ministry: Many inmates reflect on their lives and choices they have made. God has a way of touching those who are open to His message. Your donations will be used to provide spiritual booklets, calendars and prayer cards as a source of encouragement to the inmates. On behalf of those who are incarcerated, we thank you for your help. Thank You for your generosity! The Human Needs Committee 

  • August Heart Ministry Center +

    The Heart Ministry Center started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests in the north Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance. The Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities. The Center expanded and is doing healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic and introduced social work and case management services to those needing these services.

    Their motto is "We believe in the dignity of all." In 2017, the Center is projecting to provide more than 90,000 acts of assistance including, food for more than 1.2 million meals, clothing for more than 34,000 people, household/toiletry items for more than 4,000 people, medical assistance for more than 2,000 people, and social work and case management services for more than 2,000 people. Your monetary donation placed in this month’s Charity of the Month envelope will go to the Heart Ministry Center.

    If you have any questions, please contact Eric Crawford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-451-2321. We are also doing a collection for the Heart Ministry Center of new socks and underwear, any sizes, baby diapers, or men’s and women’s toiletries. You may drop off these items to the Foyer starting August 20th-August 31st. Thank you for your generosity.

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

     

  • July: Habitat for Humanity +

    Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses, forges community partnerships and breaks down barriers. Habitat eliminates vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of North and South Omaha while improving the overall appearance of our community. Habitat Omaha Partner Families are required to complete up to 350 hours of Sweat Equity before purchasing their homes through 25 or 30-year no-interest mortgages. Since 1984, Habitat Omaha has partnered with more than 800 families in our community to help address their housing issues through homeownership, repairs and community building activities. The Faithful Builders group, of which St. Wenceslaus is part of, is building a new home at 3912 Florence Boulevard. They are in need of volunteers to help with the build and in need of funds to buy the material to build the house. You may use your July’s Charity of the Month envelope to help them with funds to build this home. To sign up to volunteer your talent please visit https://habitatomaha.volunteerconnect.com/ FaithfulBuilders2015/full. You can also contact Ed Thiele (402) 680-4196 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

  • June: The Stephen Center +

     

    Siena/Francis House: Founded in 1975, the Siena/Francis house is Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter providing food, emergency shelter, and clothing. The Siena/Francis House also houses a residential chemical addictions treatment center, an employment training program, and a medical clinic.  The Siena/Francis House has an “open door” policy, in that they try to never turn away any individual who comes to them in need, regardless of the circumstances that led them to seek their help. This organization is independent, non-denominational and provides more shelter and food to the homeless than any other Omaha homeless shelter. All of their services are provided at no cost to their guests.  In 2017, they provided overnight accommodations to an average of over 500 people each evening. With only 392 total beds, an average of 108 people slept on overflow mats on the floor, or in chairs, each night.  The total number of meals served per day in 2017 was total 1,162. Visit the Siena/Francis House website at http://www.sienafrancis.org to learn more.  The SFH is located at 1702 Nicholas Street. Any money you donate in your June Charity of the month will go to the Siena/Francis House for these people in need. You will have a service opportunity to donate to our collection of bath towels, wash cloths, bath soaps and personal care items which will be divided between the St. Stephens Center and the Siena/Francis House.  You may drop off your donations in the foyer between June 2nd and  June 17th, 2018.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

     

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

     

    The Human Needs Committee 

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