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

The Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. The Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. The organization was founded by Sharon and Dick McNeil, who determined a distinct need to focus on those living in poverty in south Omaha. To that end, Stephen Center serves individuals and families through the four distinct programs below. HERO Program: The HERO Program is a CARF-accredited, 64 bed state licensed substance abuse treatment program assisting those who have made a commitment to overcome the lifedestroying effects of drugs, alcohol and co-occurring mental illness. The facility was purposefully designed as a combination low-income housing and a substance abuse treatment center focusing on homeless and low-income individuals. The treatment center is capable of housing 32 men and 32 women. Thrift Store: The Thrift Store provides jobs and job training to Stephen Center clients, plus vouchers for clients to shop for clothing and other items. All proceeds from sales to the community directly support Stephen Center’s mission and programs. Pettigrew Emergency Shelter: Stephen Center’s new emergency shelter opened January 2015, and advances the shelter’s distinct reputation for treating every individual with dignity and respect while maintaining a sober and drug-free environment. Within 72 hours of arrival, every shelter client meets with a Stephen Center case worker to develop and implement a plan for success to emerge from homelessness and regain independence and stability. Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments: For the first time in Stephen Center’s history, Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) apartments are part of the campus. PSH apartments comply with HUD Housing Quality Standards, and are designed to develop and provide housing and voluntary access to supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent, supportive living. The opportunity exists to live in a stable environment, increase life skills and income, and gain control over decisions that impact personal and familial needs. There are 61 PSH units for rent to those who meet income and disability standards. To Volunteer, please go to http://www.stephencenter.org. Thank You for your help.

All donations in the Charity of the Month envelopes in June will go to the Stephen Center.

Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

The Human Needs Committee