Formation & Prayer

  • Childrens Faith Formation
  • Youth Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Sacraments
  • Becoming Catholic
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  • Faith Formation 2018-2019 Registration Form +

    Faith Formation 2018-19 Registration Form.pdf

  • Children's Faith Formation +

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VISION STATEMENT:
    The religious education program of St. Wenceslaus Church will work to increase the interest and enhance communication within our community of parishioners and young people by providing interactive and cooperative learning opportunities emphasizing the basics of our Catholic faith.

    Program Goals:

    • To support parents in their role as primary educators of their children. To teach Jesus Christ, our Savior and Model of Christian life.
    • To provide opportunities for diverse prayer forms calling students to open their hearts to God's presence and activity.
    • To develop a strong sense of belonging to the parish family, as evidenced by participation in Sunday Mass and other parish celebrations.
    • To prepare families for their children's first reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist, thereby fostering moments of adult faith development.
    • To work with youth in preparing spiritually and doctrinally for the Sacrament of Confirmation while developing a habit of service to others and commitment to worship and community.
    • To offer opportunities for adult faith development through ministry, courses and other adult education.
  • VBS and Totus Tuus +

    VBS (Vacation Bible School)

    VBS gets kids to actively watch for God and recognize that he is working in their lives. It brings Scripture to life with interactive lessons and activities that reinforce the daily Bible message. One memorable Bible Point is reinforced throughout each day making it easy to apply long after VBS is over.

    Coming Summer 2019:  ROAR! Life is Wild, God is Good

    Date: June 17- 21, 2019

    Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Ages: Pre-schoolers aged 4+ (MUST be potty trained) and children entering 5th grade NEXT fall.

    Cost: $40.00 per child. Family discounts given for adult volunteers. Please contact the faith formation office if you are able to volunteer.

    Cash or checks made payable to St. Wenceslaus Church will be accepted. Please bring payments to the parish office in an envelope marked VBS along with the family name. 

    Please consider being a part of this exciting ministry event!! If you have any questions, please contact the Faith Formation office at 402-330-1889 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Register Here for VBS 

     

     

    Totus Tuus

    Sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese, Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program for children going into grades 1st-6th dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.

    Coming Summer 2019:
    July 15th-July 19th

    The program runs from 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Monday - Friday.  Time is spent on catechetical instruction, songs, games, daily Mass, and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The focus is on imparting an understanding and love of the Eucharist, devotion to Mary, catechetical instruction, vocational discernment, and providing an enjoyable experience.  While classes comprise a large part of the day, TOTUS TUUS is not school and makes sure that the kids have FUN, too!! 

    The cost for the week long program is $ 50.00 per child. Registration forms can be downloaded from the below link. Please return both the registration form and the medical release form to the Faith Formation Office, along with the $ 50.00 registration fee. Make checks payable to St. Wenceslaus Church. Registration will be taken on a first come first serve basis. The maximum number of participants is 125 for the week. We are also in need for a few high school or adult volunteers, willing to help out for the week. For adult volunteers, we are offering a 50 % discount off your child's registration fee. Volunteers are also first come first serve, and will need to bring a sack lunch Monday - Thursday.  

    Register Here for Totus Tuus

     

    For High School Students

    Totus Tuus will run in the evenings from Sunday, July 14th - Thursday, July 18th. Registration cost is
    $ 25.00 per child. Thank you!

     **Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch Monday - Thursday.  Drinks will be provided for everyone on all days during lunch and snack time.  On Friday, we will host a “cook out” for all, so no need for a sack lunch on that day.**

    If you have any questions about TOTUS TUUS, please call the Faith Formation office at 402-330-1889 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to sharing this Faith filled experience with the youth of St. Wenceslaus!

    ***For more information about the TOTUS TUUS program for Jr. High and High School students held the same week but in the evenings, please contact our youth minister Olivier Coutant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-330-3429 for more information.*** or visit https://archomaha.org/?s=totus+tuus 

     

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Volunteers are needed for Totus Tuus during the day to assist the teachers and work behind the scenes. Any student who has completed 7th grade and above, and any adult, is welcome to volunteer. Please sign up through the following online Google Form.

     TOTUS TUUS Volunteer Form

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Mission and Vision of Youth Ministry

Young people are worth it.

Not just for what they can offer in the future, but for who they are and what they can offer to the world here and now. For this reason, youth ministry at St. Wenceslaus exists to serve the spiritual needs of young people and to empower them to build the kingdom of God. The way we do this is by leading young people into a real relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and community.

To make this happen, the office of youth ministry works to identify, encourage, and empower adults to become directly involved in the lives of young people, helping them to realize their identity as sons and daughters of the Father, to recognize the Holy Spirit's action in their lives, and to respond generously by following Jesus.

If you would like to be part of this mission or would simply like to learn more, please contact Olivier Coutant, the director of youth ministry.

402-991-3429 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Interested in Becoming a Youth Ministry Leader?

Make a difference in a young person’s life by helping them in their journey of faith! Being a youth ministry leader means committing to personal holiness, sharing faith with young people, and being present to them as mentors and friends. We are looking for talented people with a desire to grow in holiness and to lead others to Jesus. Please contact the youth ministry office if you are interested!

   

High School Youth Ministry

Download the Spring 2019 High School Ministry Calendar to find out what's happening!

The high school youth group typically meets twice a month on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Please contact the youth ministry office or see our Facebook, Instagram, or weekly bulletin column for the latest events, retreats, mission trips, and conferences!

Hope Nebraska Mission Trip (June 11-15)

Join us on a mission trip to Winnebago, NE, where we will encounter Jesus in prayer, community, and in the poor of the native reservation. Cost: $137. Registration due date: May 1st. Contact the youth ministry office for more details or visit the Hope Nebraska website. 

Totus Tuus Week (July 15-19)

Totus Tuus is a week of youth activities centered around getting to know Jesus and each other better. The week is hosted by a dynamic team of young & energetic college students and seminarians! All students entering 7th grade and above are invited. Week runs Sunday-Thursday evening from 7-9pm. Cost: $25. 

*If you are looking to get your grade school child (1st-6th grade) registered for the Totus Tuus day program, please find the relevant information under the Children's Faith Formation tab at the top of the page. The cost for the day day program is $50.

Steubenville Conference (July 19-21) 

Join us and 5000+ young Catholics for a weekend of inspirational talks, powerful prayer and worship, and fun & fellowship. To register, contact the youth ministry office to see if we have spots available and download the Steubenville Conference 2019 Registration Form. For more information, visit the Steubenville STL Mid-America website.

  

Middle School Youth Ministry

Download the Spring 2019 Middle School Ministry Calendar to find out what's happening!

The middle school youth group typically meets twice a month on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Please contact the youth ministry office or see our FacebookInstagram, or weekly bulletin column for the latest events, retreats, mission trips, and conferences!

Least of My Brethren Service Saturdays

Join us on Saturday mornings during Lent as we help out those who are less fortunate. Contact the youth office for more information.

Least of My Brethren Summer Dates: May 4th and 18th, June 1st and 15th, July 6th and 20th, August 3rd and 17th

Worlds of Fun

Join us for a fun bus ride down to Kansas City and a day's worth of rollercoaster rides and summer fun! Open to all 7th and 8th grade students. Contact the youth office for registration information.

Just 5 Days Middle School Service Camp (July 15-19)

Join middle school students from all over the Archdiocese of Omaha during a week of service, prayer, fellowship, and fun! Spend a week being Jesus' hands and feet here in the community and learning what it means to live the works of mercy. Contact the youth office for more information.

Totus Tuus Week (July 15-19)

Totus Tuus is a week of youth activities centered around getting to know Jesus and each other better. The week is hosted by a dynamic team of young & energetic college students and seminarians! All students entering 7th grade and above are invited. Week runs Sunday-Thursday evening from 7-9pm. Cost: $25. 

*If you are looking to get your grade school child (1st-6th grade) registered for the Totus Tuus day program, please find the relevant information under the Children's Faith Formation tab at the top of the page. The cost for the day day program is $50.

Forms and Documents

All students are required to have parental consent to attend youth ministry events. Download the Parental Consent Form, print and fill it out, and return it to the next youth ministry event your child attends.

Download the Just 5 Days Form, print and fill it out, and return it to the parish office with the $150 deposit no later than May 1st. 

Download the Totus Tuus 2019 Registration Form, print and fill it out, and return it to the parish office with the $25 registration fee.

Download the Steubenville Conference 2019 Registration Form, print and fill it out, and return it to the parish office no later than February 1st with a $50 deposit.

 

What do you want from your church?

Life gets busy for college students, young professionals, and young families: that’s why we want church to be worth your time as a young adult.

We offer various get-togethers and events, ranging from Oktoberfest to Saturday mornings of prayer & reflection. Whether your aim is social, spiritual, or somewhere in between, we hope that you will find what you are looking for. And if not, our office is here to help make it happen!

Please contact us, follow us on Facebook, or read the weekly bulletin for upcoming events!

  • Centering Prayer +

    Centering Prayer- This  group meets at St. Wenceslaus in the lower conference room on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9-11am.  Please contact Marilyn Buresh for more information at 402-330-1123.

  • Christian Family Movement +

    Christian Family Movement (CFM) is a small faith sharing group that meets in homes monthly to reflect on the Sunday scriptures. Please contact Margie Walker at 402-933-0017

  • Christians Encounter Christ +

    Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) is a Catholic movement within the Archdiocese of Omaha. The Christians Encounter Christ Movement believes that Christianity can penetrate all areas of the secular world, living, growing and transferring Christ’s values to society. The CEC Method is introduced in a highly structured three-day “weekend” experience, beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday night. It is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward evangelization of the world in which we live through strengthened spirituality, lived and shared in everyday environments. 

    For more information go to http://www.cecomaha.org

     

  • Faithful Motherhood +

    This energetic group supports young mothers in the faith as they face the joys and challenges of raising young Catholic children. The group provides an opportunity for women to connect with other Catholic moms to enrich and deepen their faith through shared experiences. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:15 PM in the Community Room at the parish. Facilitators are Laura Larson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Sara Cooper This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Family Rosary +

         Our world is so in need of prayers so we are asking parishioners to consider saying the rosary in their homes. Each family is encouraged to say the rosary as a family each day for a week when they sign up to have the rosary box in their home.  The box will contain information about the rosary and suggested intentions.  This would be a great family activity. For questions or to sign up, call Mary at 697-7514 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Friday Morning Bible Study +

    This group meets on Friday mornings at 9:30 am to read and reflect on the Word of God. Contact: Karen Stevens: 402-333-0612 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Friends of Mercy +

    This group meets weekly to go through various studies of the Catholic faith. The group meets Thursdays from 1 - 2:30 pm at the parish. Contact: Mary Stieren: 402-697-7514 |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

  • Lenten Mission +

    Our Parish Lenten Mission is Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25

    Join us for 2 inspiring evenings with Fr. Jim Kubicki on

    "The Heart of Jesus and the Cross"

    Presentations will take place from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Church

    Receptions follow each evening in the foyer

    Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., is president of St. Francis Mission on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, the oldest Jesuit mission among the Lakota Sioux. He previously served as the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer (now the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network). Kubicki entered the Society of Jesus in 1971 and was ordained in 1983. He has served the Jesuits in numerous capacities including, vocations, priestly formation, and deacon and lay ministry formation.

    He is the author of A Heart on Fire and A Year of Daily Offerings. Kubicki is a popular conference speaker, retreat director, and parish mission speaker.

  • Lord, Teach me to Pray +

    “Lord, Teach Me To Pray” (LTMTP) is a three-part prayer series, rooted in Ignatian spirituality and designed to help participants learn how to pray.  The three parts are taken in succession. Each part is a prerequisite for the next part. For the Tuesday afternoon group, please contact Willa Cool 402-917-1093. For the Thursday morning group, please contact Julie Wilson 402-334-9430 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

    http://lordteachmetopray.com/about/the-series

  • Men's Friday Morning Faith Study +

    Join the men of the parish for spiritual reflection and study on Friday mornings at 6:15 a.m in the St. Wenceslaus gym. Please call Loren Steenson at 402-330-6649 for more information.  

  • Men's Retreat +

    The 14th Annual Men's Retreat is scheduled for October 18-19, 2019 (beginning at 5 pm on Friday and concluding by noon on Saturday)at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler. Fr. Taylor Leffler will lead the retreat. For more information, contact Dan Bleyhl at 402-691-0129.

  • Men's Wednesday Evening Bible Study +

    Facilitated by Matt Daeges  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  8:30-10 p.m. in the Cry Room on Wednesday nights. All men are welcome.

  • Mercy Studies +

    This group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. to learn more about the Catholic faith. Contact: Mary Stieren: 402-697-7514 |This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Mom's JOY Group +

    Find joy through the study of scripture. Bible study for women (children welcome) in the home. If interested, please contact Jen Dilisio at (330-907-7280) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Mothers with Mary +

    On the First Saturday of the month from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., join other mothers in the Cry Room for prayer followed by Mass and reconciliation.

    Contact Jen Dilisio at 402-907-7280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Parenting in the Faith +

    Parenting in the Faith -- For parents who desire to share the ups and downs of parenting in a Catholic home.  This group meets during children's faith formation time on Wednesday nights. 

  • Perpetual Adoration +

    Perpetual Adoration
    Lent:  A Time of Prayer
    Reservation Chapel
     
    Any amount of time you spend with the Lord is so precious, wonderful, and, pleasing to Him. Our Reservation Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Feel free to drop in and spend a few moments with Our Lord.  Upon entering the Chapel you will notice how very serene it really is.
     
    In addition, we are seeking adorers who can spend at least an hour or more a week in the Chapel.  Our openings are meant to best fit your schedule.
     
    Also, I’m seeking Adorer Day Team Captains to assist me on Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Their primary task is to notify the Adoration Coordinator of any additions, deletions, or changes to the adorer’s scheduled time(s) shown on the daily assignment board located in the Chapel.  
     
    If you would like to be an Adorer or an Adorer Day Team Captain, please give me a call or you can email me.
     
    Thank you,
    John Hall
    Adoration Coordinator
    Tel:   402-758-0451
    Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    What is Perpetual Adoration?
    What are the benefits and results of Perpetual Adoration?
    Who takes the night hours?
    What if I suddenly cannot come?
    Does the priest supervise the assignment of the hour?
    Where do the adorers pray?
    Is there an attendance record kept?
    Can I take my hour during the Daily Mass I usually attend?
    Must certain prayers be said during the weekly hour?
    Who promotes Perpetual Adoration?

    What is Perpetual Adoration?
    Perpetual Adoration involves someone visiting our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for one hour a week, 24 hours a day.  By each person committing to offer just one hour a week, we have a Perpetual Adoration vigil so that our Blessed Lord is never alone any hour of the day.

    Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and devotion is exactly the same as spending time before the living God.  There He humbly awaits our visit where He prepares graces for us hour by hour.


    What are the benefits and results of Perpetual Adoration?
    A. A deeper meditative awareness of Christ's true presence in the Eucharist.
    B. Healing of your body and soul.
    C. A deeper awareness of Christ’s Holy Spirit’s abiding presence in you and every phase of  your life.
    D. Improved prayer life, deeper faith, and inner peace.

    Who takes the night hours?
    Adoration continues 24 hours per day.  For those who hold the late night hours a security system is in place, and the church is locked from 9pm to 6am.  During these hours you enter the church by the coded door to the left of the main church doors.

    What if I suddenly cannot come?
    No matter how firm your commitment, obstacles are sure to arise.  If you and your co-adorer are unable to attend the hour, please first try to find a substitute by asking your family and friends or consider trading your hour with another adorer.  If this is unsuccessful, please contact your Day Captain as soon as possible so they will have sufficient time to fill the hour.

    Does the priest supervise the assignment of the hour?
    No.  A "captain" is needed for each day of the week to assist adorers in finding substitutes, when a schedule conflict occurs.  If a substitute is not available the captain is invited to attend that hour, if possible.

    Where do the adorers pray?
    Adoration is held by the Tabernacle in the Reservation Chapel (where the Blessed Sacrament is reposed) in the back of the church.  When daily Mass is celebrated, the adorers should move to the main sanctuary of the church to celebrate the Mass in community.

    Is there an attendance record kept?
    Yes, there is a registry book kept on top of the bookshelf in the Chapel, which adorers sign as they enter.

    Can I take my hour during the Daily Mass I usually attend?
    Yes, however part of your hour will be spent attending Mass, the highest form of prayer, in the main sanctuary (not in the chapel).  In receiving the Blessed Sacrament during Mass you become the living tabernacle of His presence.

    Must certain prayers be said during the weekly hour?
    No, however we recommend that your prayer includes: worship, thanksgiving, petition & supplication.  To aid you in prayer there are devotional books and pamphlets in the bookshelf that are regularly updated. The Holy Spirit will lead you and teach you in the practice of silent, peaceful prayer.  Ask the Holy Spirit to clear your mind, sit in silence, listen to our Lord speak and receive His love. 
     
    Who promotes Perpetual Adoration?
    EVERYONE!
     
     

  • Prayer Requests +

  • Praying the Scriptures +

     

    This circle of women gathers weekly on Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the parish. Through scripture, song, journaling, faith sharing and more, within the frame work of the SPIRITUAL EXERCISES of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this group explores and experiences the breadth of God's great embrace. Facilitated by Margie McMenamin Walker, a spiritual director trained in Ignatian Spirituality. For more information, contact Margie at 402-933-0017.

  • Prodigal Love +

     

    Prayers you can pray at home:

     

    PRAYER FOR HOLY MARRIAGES

    AND HOLY HOMES AND FAMILIES

     

    O Eternal Father, we consecrate our marriage, our family and our home into Your Holy Hands, that Your Will be done in us. May all our work, words, play and activities be pleasing to You and bring honor and glory to Your Name. May we uphold Your Holy Laws and live together in harmony as Your beloved sons and daughters.

    O Sacred Heart of Jesus, font of love and mercy, pour forth Thy graces upon us to heal us from all our brokenness, shortcomings and sins and help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Assist us with Thy graces against all temptation and sin and protect us, who place our trust in You, from Satan and all the evils of the world.

    O Immaculate Heart of Mary, we place our hearts into Thy Immaculate heart. Loving Mother, dispenser of endless blessings and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be magnified in our hearts and home.  Pray that the Lord may increase our love for one another that we may gratefully treasure the love we receive from each other and never take that love for granted.

    O Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Holy Mary, make Your home with us, make our home a refuge for all and lead us home to heaven. Amen.

    +OUR FATHER    +HAIL MARY    +GLORY BE


     The Home (Domestic Church) of A Holy Family

    Consecrated to God Strives to:

     

    - Create a "Holy Sanctuary" in the home dedicated to God for daily family/ individual prayer (This could be done simply by having a large Crucifix or Icon/s that is used as the focus for the prayer time. Also try to have crucifixes or icons throughout the home especially in each bedroom, to reflect God's presence)

    - Have daily, holy faith conversations between spouses, between children and their parents, between siblings and with extended family

    - Pray together and for each other each day. (Holy Rosary/ Divine Mercy Chaplet)

    -Help children discern their vocation and support them in their vocation.

    -Parents and children bless each other daily. (At bedtime: mark a sign of the cross with holy water on your foreheads)

    - Gather daily or as often as possible to have a meal together

    - Attend Weekend/Sunday Mass together

    - Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least four times each year and especially in Advent and Lent

      

    Prayer for Holy Vocations

     

     ['Sign of the Cross']O Loving God and Father, in baptism You called us, Your beloved sons and daughters, by our name and You gave us our primary vocation: Your call to be holy.  Help us grow in personal holiness.  By sanctifying ourselves, we will sanctify society.  Through holy lives of prayer, fidelity and chastity, lead us to hear and recognize our secondary vocation: the way of life and the labor of love You planned for us as holy chaste single men and women, holy faithful husbands and wives, holy consecrated religious sisters and brothers or holy ordained priests and deacons.

     

    Lord, You said, "The harvest is plentiful, but laborers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38). You, alone, know what is best for us. Choose and send forth from our parishes, from our homes and families, and from our schools and colleges, an abundance of holy, dedicated laborers, according to Your will, to reap a bountiful harvest pleasing to You.

     

    Protect each of us in our respective vocations from the Evil One.  May You bless the Church and the world with the graces we need to support each other in our own particular vocation and to respond generously and enthusiastically to doing Your will, building Your kingdom on earth and growing in holiness, until we are with You and the blessed in heaven for all eternity.

     

    We ask this through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.   Amen.                  

    PRAYER INTERCESSIONS FOR HOLY VOCATIONS

    Let us pray to the Lordfor all men and women, for ourselves and for our loved ones, that we may embrace our primary vocation - personal holiness. May we be attentive to Your Word, bear witness to the Gospel by our love of God and neighbor, be faithful to the Sacraments and steadfast in resisting sin and evil. By living thus, may You lead each of us to know and embrace our secondary vocation - the way of life and the labor of love that You know is best for us. [PAUSE to Pray for personal holiness]

     

     

     Assist the men and women whom You call to the lay single life, with all the graces they need to be chaste and holy. May they find joy and fulfillment in lives of service dedicated to You. We especially pray for any single men and women we may know. [PAUSE to Pray in silence]                        

     

     

    Pour out an abundance of graces on the men and women, whom You call to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, so that they may be faithful husbands and wives. With Your help, may they humbly support each other and their children to grow daily in holiness. We especially pray for our own marriages or any married couples we may know. [PAUSE to Pray in silence]                         

     

     

    Fill all our consecrated religious communities with a multitude of men and women so that they may be a holy, powerful witness to the Gospel in the world. We especially pray for any loved ones we may know who are in consecrated religious communities. [PAUSE to Pray in silence]                      

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    Lead many more men to generously and selflessly embrace the call to Holy Orders, that as holy priests or deacons, they may be the face of Jesus to the world. May they celebrate the Sacraments with reverence, proclaim the Gospel and its values with clarity and boldness and form communities of love and service. We especially pray for any priests, deacons or seminarians we may know, especially in our own diocese.  [PAUSE to Pray in silence]   

    Prayer for Prodigal Love

     

    Uniting our hearts with the suffering of all fathers and mothers, let us pray for the return of all prodigal sons and daughters who have fallen away from the faith, turned away from the Church and who have alienated themselves from God with bad habits, sinful addictions and the pursuit of worldly attractions and glories devoid of any adherence to God, His Laws and His values. 

     

    O God, when You created us, You gave our hearts the capacity for extravagant, bountiful, prodigal love for You and for one another. When we, or our beloved sons and daughters, turn our hearts away from You, we open ourselves to be seduced by Satan who leads us to ungodly, prideful, prodigal sinfulness. With deep sadness and heartache, we acknowledge that some of Your sons and daughters stop practicing the faith, stop believing in You and leave the Church.

     

    O Heavenly Father, Your Beloved Son Jesus taught us that You never give up on us and that You long for our return to Your loving embrace. Saint Monica, relying on this assurance from You, prayed persistently for over 20 years for the salvation and conversion of her wayward son, Augustine. Her prayers, mingled with the offering of her aching heart, were received at the throne of Your mercy. You poured Your light and love into Augustine's heart abundantly, to lead him beyond mere conversion to a heroic sainthood! 

     

    O Merciful Father, relying on Your Prodigal Love, we now unite ourselves with the pain of all fathers and mothers to lift up in prayer all prodigal wayward sons and daughters. Through the intercession of Saint Monica, and on their behalf we pray, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against You." (Luke 15:21)

     

    Please grant our sons and daughters, and each of us, all the graces we need to turn away from Satan and sin. In Your compassionate, merciful love, claim our hearts once again, fill them with new faith in You and new love for You. May parents and all Your beloved sons and daughters find joy in celebrating life with You, Prodigal Love personified, now and in the world to come. We make this prayer in Jesus' Name. Amen.

     

    Let us now surrender into God's mercy, all prodigal sons and daughters, remembering especially any loved ones we may know in the silence of our hearts.   

     

     

     

  • Women at the Well +

    Women at the Well is an evening formation opportunity for the women of the parish. Beginning in 2019, participants will explore Twentieth Century Catholic thought through a brief introduction to four of its most influential figures.

    January 29 - Thomas Merton
    February 26 - Caryll Houselander
    March 26 - Flannery O'Connor
    April 30 - Dorothy Day

    Sessions will meet from 7:00-8:30 pm. This series will be facilitated by Mary Eileen Andreasen. Mary Eileen has been a parishioner since 1985 and holds a Masters in Ministry from Creighton University.

     

    Registrations requested one week prior to the first session you plan to attend. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Women's Evening Bible Study +

    This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday in the Cry Room at 7:30 p.m. Facilitated by Katy Daeges (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  • Women's Retreat +

    St. Wenceslaus Women's Lenten Retreat for 2019 will be Saturday April 6, 2019 from 8:30- 4 PM at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE

    This will be a day-long event. No overnight. You can register anytime with Christine Edmonds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-991-3425 

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  • 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."

    Catechism of the Catholic Church 1229

    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. 2200 
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    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  

    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 

    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 

    "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 

  • 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. Ron Wasikowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.l)
     

    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 

    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.

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  • Becoming Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) +

    About RCIA:

    • Would you like to know more about the Catholic Faith?
    • Have you been thinking about joining the Catholic Church?
    • Are you a baptized Catholic who has not received the sacraments of Eucharist & Confirmation?
    • Are you a practicing Catholic who would like to share your faith with others and learn more about the Church?

    If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then take a look at the St. Wenceslaus RCIA process!

    The RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process for those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and considering membership in the Catholic Church. If you are interested, we would like to journey with you in this process. Sponsors, fully initiated Catholics in good standing with the Church, are also needed to serve as companions to those who wish to become Catholic.

    RCIA classes are held weekly and over the course of several months those who attend the RCIA classes are educated on what the Catholic Church believes and are given the opportunity to ask question about those beliefs.

    Just because you start RCIA, doesn't mean you are committed to becoming a Catholic. If you are merely curious about what Catholicism is, please feel free to come. All are welcome. RCIA classes meet every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Community Room, which is located in the school. For more information, email Cindy Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-330-1518.

    For families with children entering the Church as well, please keep reading for Children's RCIA.

     

     

     

  • RCIA for Children +

    Children over the age of 7 who have not been baptized need to enter into the Church through a special program called RCIA for children. They are offered classes meant to introduce them to the Catholic Church and then receive the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation all together at the Easter Vigil in the spring. Children who have reached the age of 7 and were raised in another religious tradition, must also attend the RCIA for children if they would like to become members of the Catholic Church

    Please contact the Faith Formation office for more information at 402-330-1889. 

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