Sunday - 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 5:30 pm
Saturday - 7:30 am and 5:30 pm
Daily - 7:00 am and 11:15 am


Most Holy Day Masses
Vigil - 5:30 pm
Holy Day - 9:00 am or 7:00 pm

Confession Schedule
Weekdays - 7:30 - 8:00 am
Saturdays - 4:00 - 5:00 pm

 

 

Cathedral is YOUR HOME for Holy Mass!

Please join us for our Masses
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 5:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am and 5:30 pm
Daily: 7:00 am and 11:15 am
Daily Masses are held in Our Lady of Nebraska Chapel.

The Cathedral is open for individual visits for prayer from 6:30 am to 6 pm every weekday and 7 am to 6:30 pm weekends.

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JANUARY MASS INTENTIONS

1Sat7:30Chris Engelbert + (A)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Archbishop's Circle members
2Sun7:30Margaret Crowley Baxter + (B)
  9:30Dr. Steven Lange + 
  11:30Blake Smola +
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
3Mon7:00Donald Ray Worchesick +
  11:15Patsy Gunia +
4Tues7:00Kathy Lampert (B)
  11:15Allen Braun +
5Wed7:00Kluever & Dubas families +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
6Thurs7:00Sobota family +
  8:30School students
  11:15Special Intention
7Fri7:00Jacob W. Schamp +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
8Sat7:30Betsy Morrison +
  5:30Ed Warin +
9Sun7:30Rita & Don Wall family
  9:30Susan Koch +
  11:30Richard Vincent Andrews + (B)
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
10Mon7:00Kluever & Dubas families +
  11:15Dr. Steven Lange + 
11Tues7:00Jacob W. Schamp +
  8:30School teachers
  11:15Lorraine Melcher +
12Wed7:00Roland Thoma + (A)
  11:15Anne Stroup
13Thurs7:00Ryan McNeil + (A)
  8:30Enid McNamara + 
  11:15Sophia Drzaic
14Fri7:00Special Intention
  11:15Suzanne Braun + (B)
15Sat7:30Dan Snethen
  5:30Walt and Mary Chase (WA)
16Sun7:30John Fitzgerald +
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Juliette Zea
  5:30Kim Stroup
17Mon7:00Sally Wirth +
  11:15Allen Braun +
18Tues7:00Kluever & Dubas families +
  8:30School parents
  11:15James Skinner +
19Wed7:00Special Intention
  11:15Aubrey Devon Gaskill + (B)
20Thurs7:00Jacob W. Schamp +
  8:30School alumni
  11:15Betsy Morrison +
21Fri7:00Jeanette Keely
  11:15Jacob W. Schamp +
22Sat7:30Dona Edic
  5:30Nancy Vaughan +
23Sun7:30Ron Baldwin Jr
  9:30Cathedral priests
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Jeanne McAndrews Johnston +
24Mon7:00Allen Braun +
  11:15Tom Livingston Jr + (A)
25Tues7:00Robert Humey
  8:30School students
  11:15Dianna Grandgenett +
26Wed7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Marianna Zaccone +
27Thurs7:00Georgia Ragole +
  8:30School grandparents
  11:15Patrick D'Anna + (B)
28Fri7:00Special Intention
  11:15Merrilleen Tippery +
29Sat7:30Mark Humey
  5:30Leo Batenhorst +
30Sun7:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  9:30Joanne M. Glow +
  11:30Sr. JoEllen Sumpter RSCJ +
  5:30Millie & Art Gorup +
31Mon7:00Special Intention
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +

 

FEBRUAY MASS INTENTIONS

1Tues7:00Bernadette Conneely +
  11:15Homebound/hospitalized parishioners
2Wed7:00Isabel & Leonard Stessman (WA)
  11:15Servants Special Intention
3Thurs7:00Mike Crowley +
  10:00All School Mass
  11:15NO MASS
4Fri7:00Sally Wirth +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
5Sat7:30Merrilleen Tippery + (B)
  5:30Leo Batenhorst +
6Sun7:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  9:30Trinity Grace Carroll (B)
  11:30Corrine Simon +
  5:30Lois Tate +
7Mon7:00Georgia Ragole +
  11:15Catherine Brungardt
8Tues7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  8:30School students
  11:15Allen Braun +
9Wed7:00Tom Crowley +
  11:15Blake Smola +
10Thurs7:00Marion Szalewski +
  8:30School teachers
  11:15Dave Gogoladze 
11Fri7:00Betty Buckley +
  11:15Ron Swallow +
12Sat7:30Betsy Morrison +
  5:30Betty & Frank Wees +
13Sun7:30Susan Stillmocks
  9:30Donna Jensen + (B)
  11:30Corrine Simon +
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
14Mon7:00Gustaaf Valkamp +
  11:15Richard Ferstl + (B)
15Tues7:00Doug Watson +
  8:30Corrine Simon +
  11:15Servants Special Intention
16Wed7:00Jim Holton +
  11:15Dianna Grandgenett +
17Thurs7:00Josephine Thoma + (B)
  8:30School parents
  11:15Marianna Zaccone +
18Fri7:00Allen Braun +
  11:15Dave Kaminski (B)
19Sat7:30Betsy Morrison +
  5:30Gloria A. Meier +
20Sun7:30Ryan Dineen +
  9:30Gerry Moran +
  11:30Maj. Walter E. Stephens (B)
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
21Mon7:00Dick Schenkelberg +
  11:15Richard Ferstl + (A)
22Tues7:00Jerry Nebal +
  8:30School alumni
  11:15Servants Special Intention
23Wed7:00Jim Chamberlain +
  8:30School grandparents
  11:15Betty Buckley +
24Thurs7:00Jean Ryan
  8:30School students
  11:15Evelyn Joan Kelly +
25Fri7:00Larry A. Hoffman + (B)
  11:15Catherine Brungardt
26Sat7:30Nancy Olderog
  5:30Ed Warin +
27Sun7:30Blanche Cain + (B)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Florence Mitchell +
  5:30Catherine Brungardt
28Mon7:00Betty Buckley +
  11:15Patsy Gunia + (B)

 

Mass intention key:

B indicates the person's birthday
+ indicates the person is deceased

A indicates the person's anniversary of death
WA indicates the couple's wedding anniversary

To Request Mass Intentions
Call Sheila at 402-551-2313 or email sgraham@stceciliacathedral.org to schedule.
$10 offering per Mass is requested.

What are Mass intentions? And why do we have to pay for them?

Philip Kosloski | Sep 02, 2017

One part of Catholic culture that is sometimes hard to understand and very often misunderstood is the custom of offering Mass intentions. When a priest celebrates Mass each day, he offers each celebration of the Eucharist for a particular person, or intention. By doing so he applies special graces from God upon that person or intention.

Similar to how we are able to intercede for others by our personal prayers, the Church is able to intercede for us through the celebration of the Mass. However, since the Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life” the Mass possess a power that our personal prayers do not.

The practice of offering Mass for particular intentions is an ancient one, dating back to the early Church.

Fr. William Saunders explains, “Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century [give] evidence [for] this practice: for example, the epitaph on the tomb of Abercius (d. 180), Bishop of Hieropolis in Phrygia, begs for prayers for the repose of his soul. Tertullian (c. 200) attested to observing the anniversary of a spouse with prayers and sacrifices, i.e. the Mass.”

This tradition is also seen in St. Augustine’s Confessions (c. 397), where Monica asks Augustine, “One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord.”

Canon Law confirms this practice and states, “In accord with the approved practice of the Church, any priest celebrating or concelebrating is permitted to receive an offering to apply the Mass for a specific intention” (Can. 945 §1).

Furthermore, it continues by saying, “The Christian faithful who give an offering to apply the Mass for their intention contribute to the good of the Church and by that offering share its concern to support its ministers and works” (945 §2).

What this refers to is a longstanding practice in the Church of offering a specified amount of money to the Church for a particular intention offered by the priest. Upon hearing this practice many people might be tempted to think it is “simony,” the selling of sacred things for money. However, the Baltimore Catechism explains, “It is not simony, or the buying of a sacred thing, to offer the priest money for saying Mass for our intention, because the priest does not take the money for the Mass itself, but for the purpose of supplying the things necessary for Mass and for his own support.”

While it is true that this custom has been abused in the past, the Church lays out specific rules regarding the money paid for Mass intentions. Each council of bishops determines the amount acceptable for the region, but the priest will offer a Mass for an intention even if someone doesn’t have the money for it. In many places the cost of a Mass intention is $10.

The important part is to remember that you are not paying for the graces from God (which are of infinite value and can not be paid for), but for the material things that are involved with celebrating that particular Mass. With that in mind it makes much more sense and is not something that should cause scandal.

Pope Paul VI said, “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!” It has immense power and countless miracles and conversions have occurred throughout the centuries by offering Masses for a specific intention or person. Mass intentions are a great treasure of the Church and have a spiritual weight that is incalculable.