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

 

 

Holy Mass Times and Intentions

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.

Read our latest bulletin

 

JULY MASS INTENTIONS

1Thurs7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
2Fri7:00Ivy Carnahan +
  11:15Ted McKercher +
3Sat7:30Rick Graham (B)
  5:30Lynley Potts +
4Sun7:30Sharon Markey +
  9:30Gordon & June Reefe +
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Francis Boganowski +
5Mon7:00James P. Nemetz +
  11:15Ron Baxter family
6Tues7:00Jesus Asuncion (B)
  11:15Blake Smola+
7Wed7:00Jerry Nebel +
  11:15Blake Smola+
8Thurs7:00Mary Sue Riley +
  11:15Vincent Ogbulafor
9Fri7:00Marie Shafer + (B)
  11:15Margaret Swanson +
10Sat7:30Scott Werner +
  5:30Ed Warin +
11Sun7:30Alice Fitzgerald + (B)
  9:30Frank Griffis
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Emily Perina +
12Mon7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Blake Smola+
13Tues7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
14Wed7:00Phillip Thoma + (A)
  11:15Mary Ann Foral + (B)
15Thurs7:00Paula Kresl +
  11:15Anthony Nigro +
16Fri7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Loreta DeMarco +
17Sat7:30Mary Ferstl + (B)
  5:30Elmer & Margaret Bradley +
18Sun7:30Barbara J. Guzinski +
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Robert & Mary Belle Soener
  5:30Amelia Rios +
19Mon7:00Ron Baxter family
  11:15 
20Tues7:00Fr. Michael Printy +
  11:15John & Jeannie O'Gara + (WA)
21Wed7:00Bill Cunningham (B)
  11:15Maureen Allen 
22Thurs7:00Ed and Betty Woodley +
  11:15Nancy Vaughan +
23Fri7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Anthony Nigro +
24Sat7:30 
  5:30Bev Rosenthal +
25Sun7:30Peter Youngblut + (A)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Thomas & Terri Hennig (WA)
  5:30 
26Mon7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15 
27Tues7:00 
  11:15 
28Wed7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15 
29Thurs7:00Joe Piccolo + (A)
  11:15Ann Mulhall +
30Fri7:00 
  11:15Nancy Vaughan +
31Sat7:30Merrilleen Tippery +
  5:30John Campbell +

 

AUGUST MASS INTENTIONS

DateDayMass TimeIntention
1Sun7:30Marion Szalewski +
  9:30 
  11:30 
  5:30Francis Boganowski +
2Mon7:00Margaret Crowley Baxter + (A)
  11:15Ron Swallow +
3Tues7:00Mary E Lampert + (B)
  11:15Blake Smola+
4Wed7:00Ed and Betty Woodley +
  11:15 
5Thurs7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Charles Mitchell + (A)
6Fri7:00Ray Fitzgerald +
  11:15Helen O'Berg
7Sat7:30Bernadette Egr + (B)
  5:30Joan Lanahan +
8Sun7:30Glorian Green (B)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Robert & Mary Belle Soener
  5:30Amelia Rios +
9Mon7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Gustaaf Valkamp +
10Tues7:00Doug Watson +
  11:15Barb Elman (B)
11Wed7:00 
  11:15Thomas M. Hennig + (A)
12Thurs7:00Lynne Humphrey + (B)
  11:15 
13Fri7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15 
14Sat7:30Jim Holton +
  5:30Ed Warin +
15Sun7:30Dick Schenkelberg +
  9:30Jerry Nebal +
  11:30Nancy Vaughan +
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
16Mon7:00 
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
17Tues7:00Blake Smola+
  11:15Jim Houlton +
18Wed7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Marriages
19Thurs7:00Missy Albright +
  11:15Ted McKercher +
20Fri7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15 
21Sat7:30Shirley Uhing + (B)
  5:30Walt Chase + (B)
22Sun7:30Missy Albright + (A)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Blake Smola+
  5:30Amelia Rios +
23Mon7:00Justin Asuncion (B)
  11:15Kevin & Nancy Vaughan + (WA)
24Tues7:00Patsy Gunia + (A)
  11:15Eugene Danzer (B)
25Wed7:00Mary Margaret Baxter
  11:15Dolores Desmet + (A)
26Thurs7:00Jim Chamberlain +
  11:15Nancy Vaughan +
27Fri7:00Doug Watson +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
28Sat7:30Jean Ryan
  5:30Elmer & Margaret Bradley +
29Sun7:30Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  9:30Theresa Werner +
  11:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  5:30Nancy Olderog
30Mon7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Maria Lanh Nguyen +
31Tues7:00Susan Stillmocks
  11:15Dave and Connie Rumbaugh

 

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.