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 PM Music Group +

     

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

    Meetings: Practice Thursdays at 6:30 PM 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 PM Mass.

    Meetings: Practices before Mass at 4:15 PM
    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 responds to people who call our parish and those individuals in our community who are in desperate need for assistance. SVdP provides assistance to the elderly and disabled by offering mentoring and financial assistance to people in the form of food, rent, utilities, and other necessities.

     

    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., 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM


    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?

     December's Charity of the Month goes to support the SVdP Society. A special collection envelope is also included in the annual tithing envelope boxes for the month of April and September.

     

     

    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..

     

     

  • January: Educate Uganda +

     

    When you donate to Educate Uganda, you are supporting a child’s chance at a better life. Educate Uganda is a non-profit organization focused on helping improve the educational opportunities for the impoverished children of Uganda. Your donation provides school fees for orphaned children and allows for improvements to their learning environments.

    Educate Uganda focuses on children who have lost one or both of their parents. For the 2.7 million children who have been orphaned in Uganda, the ability to attend school is often difficult due to the compulsory school fees which must be paid. School fees are about  PER YEAR. However, in a country where the average wage earned is approximately per month, the school fees are simply not affordable for most orphans. In fact, the extended families that orphan children rely on for care see school fees as a major factor in deciding whether to take in an additional child. By providing the annual school fees of , the orphans and their families will have hope for a better life.

    Families in Uganda are not the only ones facing the problem of obtaining basic needs. The schools are also faced with the difficulty of providing a good learning environment for the students. In addition to assisting the orphaned students with their school fees, Educate Uganda is also working to improve the environment in which they learn and the materials the educators have available. Educate Uganda wants the schools we are working with to be a haven for the students.

    For more information please contact Karen Van Dyke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Call (402) 334-6923 or www.educateuganda.org

     

  • 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 to be begin the healing process.  Our Home Visits to the Bereaved hopes to offer some hope and comfort to those who have lost a loved one with a home visit at the one month, three months, six months 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 Stieren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514.

  • 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. If you have questions please contact Rose Berkey at 402-334-8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Thank you for your generosity. 

  • 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.

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

     

    Holy Family Parish is located in north Omaha at 1715 Izard Street. Holy family can be described as a small, welcoming, participatory community devoted to serving the poor. 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 

  • 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.

     

  • 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 AM Mass September through May.

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

  • March: Guatemala Global Outreach IXIM +

    Donations 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. 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

  • 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 shop for food to feed their families.

    If you would like to volunteer and take part in delivering the food to the pantry, please email Rose Berkey 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 is located on 21st & Leavenworth and serves about 25,000 people a year. It’s a "client choice" pantry which means 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 and keep the Pantry running smoothly. There are over 50 people who volunteer their time each week to make this happen.

    Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday or Thursday mornings? There are a variety of volunteer options at the Pantry, from assisting clients while they shop for food, to sorting food deliveries and stocking shelves. 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.

    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 +

    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 lector.


    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. Over 80 Elderly/Homebound parishioners will receive a Christmas bag. Many volunteers help to display the ornaments during 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 Hahn 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

  • April: 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 and 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 a high school education. Every donation makes a difference and is so greatly appreciated. God bless you!

     

     

  • Funeral Meal Volunteer +

    The bereaved may opt for a funeral meal for their guests following the funeral Mass. Volunteers join a 350-member-strong list.  This list is notified via mass emailing, of the specific needs for each funeral meal.  Using an easily learned internet sign-up, members opt to volunteer time or donate an item as it is convenient with their schedule. 

    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

  • May: Stephen Center +

    The Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. The 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. Stephen Center serves individuals and families through the four distinct programs below.


    HERO Program: The HERO Program is a treatment program which provides substance abuse treatment for low-income and homeless individuals. Services are also provided for those who are dually diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental illness. Multiple levels of care include: inpatient services, outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, outpatient services (HERO) juvenile intensive outpatient services and substance abuse evaluations. The treatment center is capable of housing men and women.


    Thrift Store: The Thrift Store provides jobs and job training to Stephen Center clients, plus vouchers for clients at no cost to shop for clothing and other items. All proceeds from sales to the community directly support the Center’s mission and programs. Open 7 days a week, at 5125 S. 24th St. 402-614-1017.


    Pettigrew Emergency Shelter: Pettigrew Emergency Shelter is the Stephen Center’s new emergency shelter which opened in January 2015. The Pettigrew Emergency Shelter provides emergency services for homeless single men and women as well as parents with children. Meals are available to residents three times per day, seven days per week. Stephen Center’s facilities are substance-free. Residents must be sober to enter.


    Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) are apartments that comply with HUD Housing Quality Standards. Single room occupancy plus one, two and three bedroom apartment rentals for individuals and families seeking to live in a supportive, sober-living community. Supportive services include case management and life skills education. Applicants must qualify at or below 50-60% of the area’s median income and provide verification of special needs status. Application fee and background check apply. 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.

    All donations will go to the Stephen Center. 5217 S. 28th Ave. Omaha, NE 68107. 402-715-5440. Or to volunteer, please go to http://www.stephencenter.org. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates 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

  • June: 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 Siena/Francis House 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. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    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

  • 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 for Humanity 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 home ownership, repairs and community building activities.

    Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help build the homes and fund the purchase of the building materials. 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

  • 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. 

    These 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 Stieren 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 and September.
    Meetings: Scheduled approximately every 6 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." The Heart Ministry 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. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    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 in August and September.
    Meetings: Scheduled every 3 to 4 weeks.

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

    Donations 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. 

    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 years. 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.

    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. 

    Thank You for your generosity!
    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

  • October: Madonna School +

    As the Omaha Archdiocese’s only special education school and service provider, Madonna School serves students with disabilities from kindergarten through adulthood.  Madonna staff are guided by Catholic teaching to recognize the value and dignity of all people regardless of their ability.

    Located at 6402 N. 71st Plaza, Madonna provides special education for students in grades kindergarten through 12th and offers further resources and education for young adults who have completed high school.  Young adults in Madonna’s Transition Program learn independent living skills such as community navigation, healthy lifestyle choices, comparison shopping, personal finance and cooking.  Transition students also gain practical work experience with local employers under the supervision of Madonna staff.

    When students are ready, they may enter Madonna’s Employment Services Program to further their independence by preparing for competitive employment in the community.  Students in Madonna’s Employment classroom fill out job applications and hone their communication, customer service and interview skills.  Many work under the guidance of a Madonna job coach and are employed at local businesses such as UNMC, Arby’s, Walmart and Bakers.  On days off, these students continue to build independent living skills in Madonna’s Employment classroom.

    For those adults for whom competitive employment is not a good fit, Madonna offers Community-Based Services, a program offering those with disabilities a familiar and safe working environment.  In this setting, work is completed on-site under the guidance of caring Madonna staff.  This allows our clients to enjoy the dignity of earning a paycheck and the comfort of being surrounded by friends.

    At Madonna, we are called to form in faith the students and clients we serve so they may better know God’s love and grace.  We ask that you pray for our students and their families as they navigate lives touched by a disability and for our staff as they offer those students opportunities to lead successful, fulfilling lives.

    All donations received during the month of October will help support those with disabilities through one of Madonna’s successful programs.

    To learn more, please visit madonnaschool.org, or contact Erin Dahms: (402) 556-1883 or 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 to 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

  • November: Mater Filius +

    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 South 36th Street. 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  materfiliusne.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Altar Linen Caretaker +

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

  • 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

  • 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. Your presence is a gift for those who are lonely or who just love to visit. Sharing stories, conversation and just listening gives them something to look forward to in their day. 

    Visits can be scheduled to fit your availability. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary Stieren 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 that will 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 Stieren 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 and 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 Stieren 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 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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  • Sacristan +

    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 lector.


    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 and September.
    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 in August and September.
    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 PM Music Group +

     

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

    Meetings: Practice Thursdays at 6:30 PM 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 PM Mass.

    Meetings: Practices before Mass at 4:15 PM
    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 AM Mass September through May.

    Meetings: Practice Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM
    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 shop for food to feed their families. If you would like to volunteer and take part in delivering the food to the pantry, please email Rose Berkey 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 is located on 21st & Leavenworth and serves about 25,000 people a year. It’s a "client choice" pantry which means 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 and keep the Pantry running smoothly. There are over 50 people who volunteer their time each week to make this happen. Are you looking for something to do on Tuesday or Thursday mornings? There are a variety of volunteer options at the Pantry, from assisting clients while they shop for food, to sorting food deliveries and stocking shelves. 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. 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. Volunteers join a 350-member-strong list.  This list is notified via mass emailing, of the specific needs for each funeral meal.  Using an easily learned internet sign-up, members opt to volunteer time or donate an item as it is convenient with their schedule.  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.  These 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 Stieren 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 to 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 to be begin the healing process.  Our Home Visits to the Bereaved hopes to offer some hope and comfort to those who have lost a loved one with a home visit at the one month, three months, six months 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 Stieren 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. Your presence is a gift for those who are lonely or who just love to visit. Sharing stories, conversation and just listening gives them something to look forward to in their day. 

    Visits can be scheduled to fit your availability. If you have any questions or would like to join the ministry please contact Mary Stieren 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 that will 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 Stieren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 402-697-7514.

     

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  • 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 and 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 Stieren 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 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 responds to people who call our parish and those individuals in our community who are in desperate need for assistance. SVdP provides assistance to the elderly and disabled by offering mentoring and financial assistance to people in the form of food, rent, utilities, and other necessities.

     

    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., 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM


    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?

     December's Charity of the Month goes to support the SVdP Society. A special collection envelope is also included in the annual tithing envelope boxes for the month of April and September.

     

     

    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. If you have questions please contact Rose Berkey at 402-334-8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Thank you for your generosity. 

  • 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. Over 80 Elderly/Homebound parishioners will receive a Christmas bag. Many volunteers help to display the ornaments during 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 Hahn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • January: Educate Uganda +

     

    When you donate to Educate Uganda, you are supporting a child’s chance at a better life. Educate Uganda is a non-profit organization focused on helping improve the educational opportunities for the impoverished children of Uganda. Your donation provides school fees for orphaned children and allows for improvements to their learning environments.

    Educate Uganda focuses on children who have lost one or both of their parents. For the 2.7 million children who have been orphaned in Uganda, the ability to attend school is often difficult due to the compulsory school fees which must be paid. School fees are about  PER YEAR. However, in a country where the average wage earned is approximately per month, the school fees are simply not affordable for most orphans. In fact, the extended families that orphan children rely on for care see school fees as a major factor in deciding whether to take in an additional child. By providing the annual school fees of , the orphans and their families will have hope for a better life.

    Families in Uganda are not the only ones facing the problem of obtaining basic needs. The schools are also faced with the difficulty of providing a good learning environment for the students. In addition to assisting the orphaned students with their school fees, Educate Uganda is also working to improve the environment in which they learn and the materials the educators have available. Educate Uganda wants the schools we are working with to be a haven for the students.

    For more information please contact Karen Van Dyke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Call (402) 334-6923 or www.educateuganda.org

     

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

     

    Holy Family Parish is located in north Omaha at 1715 Izard Street. Holy family can be described as a small, welcoming, participatory community devoted to serving the poor. 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 

  • March: Guatemala Global Outreach IXIM +

    Donations 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. 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

  • April: 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 and 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 a high school education. Every donation makes a difference and is so greatly appreciated. God bless you!

     

     

  • May: Stephen Center +

    The Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. The 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. Stephen Center serves individuals and families through the four distinct programs below.


    HERO Program: The HERO Program is a treatment program which provides substance abuse treatment for low-income and homeless individuals. Services are also provided for those who are dually diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental illness. Multiple levels of care include: inpatient services, outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, outpatient services (HERO) juvenile intensive outpatient services and substance abuse evaluations. The treatment center is capable of housing men and women.


    Thrift Store: The Thrift Store provides jobs and job training to Stephen Center clients, plus vouchers for clients at no cost to shop for clothing and other items. All proceeds from sales to the community directly support the Center’s mission and programs. Open 7 days a week, at 5125 S. 24th St. 402-614-1017.


    Pettigrew Emergency Shelter: Pettigrew Emergency Shelter is the Stephen Center’s new emergency shelter which opened in January 2015. The Pettigrew Emergency Shelter provides emergency services for homeless single men and women as well as parents with children. Meals are available to residents three times per day, seven days per week. Stephen Center’s facilities are substance-free. Residents must be sober to enter.


    Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments: Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) are apartments that comply with HUD Housing Quality Standards. Single room occupancy plus one, two and three bedroom apartment rentals for individuals and families seeking to live in a supportive, sober-living community. Supportive services include case management and life skills education. Applicants must qualify at or below 50-60% of the area’s median income and provide verification of special needs status. Application fee and background check apply. 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.

    All donations will go to the Stephen Center. 5217 S. 28th Ave. Omaha, NE 68107. 402-715-5440. Or to volunteer, please go to http://www.stephencenter.org. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!
    The Human Needs Committee

  • June: 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 Siena/Francis House 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. 

    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 for Humanity 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 home ownership, repairs and community building activities.

    Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers to help build the homes and fund the purchase of the building materials. 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

  • 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." The Heart Ministry 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. 

    Our community thanks you and appreciates you!

    The Human Needs Committee

     

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

    Donations 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. 

    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 years. 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.

    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. 

    Thank You for your generosity!
    The Human Needs Committee 

  • October: Madonna School +

    As the Omaha Archdiocese’s only special education school and service provider, Madonna School serves students with disabilities from kindergarten through adulthood.  Madonna staff are guided by Catholic teaching to recognize the value and dignity of all people regardless of their ability.

    Located at 6402 N. 71st Plaza, Madonna provides special education for students in grades kindergarten through 12th and offers further resources and education for young adults who have completed high school.  Young adults in Madonna’s Transition Program learn independent living skills such as community navigation, healthy lifestyle choices, comparison shopping, personal finance and cooking.  Transition students also gain practical work experience with local employers under the supervision of Madonna staff.

    When students are ready, they may enter Madonna’s Employment Services Program to further their independence by preparing for competitive employment in the community.  Students in Madonna’s Employment classroom fill out job applications and hone their communication, customer service and interview skills.  Many work under the guidance of a Madonna job coach and are employed at local businesses such as UNMC, Arby’s, Walmart and Bakers.  On days off, these students continue to build independent living skills in Madonna’s Employment classroom.

    For those adults for whom competitive employment is not a good fit, Madonna offers Community-Based Services, a program offering those with disabilities a familiar and safe working environment.  In this setting, work is completed on-site under the guidance of caring Madonna staff.  This allows our clients to enjoy the dignity of earning a paycheck and the comfort of being surrounded by friends.

    At Madonna, we are called to form in faith the students and clients we serve so they may better know God’s love and grace.  We ask that you pray for our students and their families as they navigate lives touched by a disability and for our staff as they offer those students opportunities to lead successful, fulfilling lives.

    All donations received during the month of October will help support those with disabilities through one of Madonna’s successful programs.

    To learn more, please visit madonnaschool.org, or contact Erin Dahms: (402) 556-1883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • November: Mater Filius +

    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 South 36th Street. 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  materfiliusne.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • 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

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