Weekly update from Fr. Catania 7-29-17

St. Barnabas Catholic Church was established in 1869 as a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established by Pope Benedict XVI, in July 2013. The Sunday Mass is at 10:30 am, preceded by Confessions.
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WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE NEXT SATURDAY
There will be a slight and temporary change to the weekday Mass schedule this Saturday, August 5. The Mass for the first Saturday of the month will be at 9 am rather than the usual time of 10 am. This will be followed by a meeting of the Pastoral Council at the rectory.
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HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION AUGUST 15
The Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation, is on Tuesday, August 15. There will be a Low Mass at 9:00 am and High Mass at 7:00 pm..
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ADULT EDUCATION AND SUNDAY SCHOOL WILL RESUME SOON
Once the work in the kitchen is concluded and the undercroft is back in order, the 9:30 am Adult Education class and Sunday School for children will resume. Please be sure to check the Sunday bulletin and the website for details.
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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN CLARKSON PARK AUGUST 1
National Night promotes neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for safer neighborhoods and a safer nation. Join our neighbors in the Joslyn Castle neighborhood in Clarkson Park (located one block north of Dodge on 42nd Street) from 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, August 1.
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ST. BARNABAS FOOD BASKET
The parish food basket has now been restored to the narthex. Donations of canned food and dry goods are being accepted, as well as toiletries and personal care products. This month, the collected donations will be given to Project Hope, Inc., an emergency food serving Greater Omaha. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
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CATHOLIC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AUGUST 9
Join area Catholic business leaders and young professionals on Wednesday, August 9, for “Calling Hearts to Witness”, a free evening of networking, dinner and discussion featuring Jennifer Baugh, founder and Executive Director of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to ‘Work in Witness for Christ.’ This event, co-hosted by Young Catholic Professionals Omaha and the Omaha Legatus Chapter, will be held at St. Robert Bellarmine Church starting at 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by August 1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ycp-omaha-executive-speaker-series-jennifer-baugh-tickets-36215806452\
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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ROUND-TABLE
Our parish Knights of Columbus Round-table, part of the Immaculate Conception Council, will meet at the rectory on the evening of Tuesday, September 5. If you are a man 18 years or older, and are a practicing Catholic, this is the organization for you! If you are a knight, or are interested in becoming one, please plan to attend. Further details will be forthcoming.
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THE CHESTERTON ACADEMY OF OMAHA is the school which has been operating at St. Barnabas since 2015. It serves students from 9th through 11th grade.
It is a Classical and Catholic school. There are still openings for the 2017-2018 academic year. Go to the school website for more information, and for instructions for registering students.http://www.chestertonacademyofomaha.com/
The opening school Mass, which will feature the taking of the Oath of Fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church by all board members, faculty, and staff, will be the Sunday Mass at St. Barnabas on Sunday, August 20. Classes begin on Monday, August 21.
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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
The work on the new tile floor in the sanctuary, the final phase of the renovation which began last fall, is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. Once it is done, all the construction materials will be removed and the church will be professionally cleaned. Also, the demolition of the "Blue House" is expected to begin at any time. This will temporarily limit parking in the area south of the church, but once it is done, the entire area formerly occupied by the old rectory and the Blue House will be available for parking. Next year, when the addition on the east side of the church (for the elevator and new bathrooms) is built, those lots will become a proper paved parking lot. Your patience through all of this work is most appreciated.
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O Lord God Almighty, who didst endue thy holy Apostle
Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Spirit: leave us not,
we beseech thee, destitute of thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace
to use them always to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ
thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.