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

 

OCTOBER MASS INTENTIONS

DateDayMass TimeIntention
1Fri7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
2Sat7:30Mike Boyle & family
  5:30Cathedral High School Class of 1980
3Sun7:30Eugene Danzer + (A)
  9:30Alice Lammers +
  11:30Francis Boganowski+
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
4Mon7:00Bernard Kavan +
  11:15Blake Smola+
5Tues7:00Patsy Gunia +
  8:30Ted McKercher +
  11:15Alice Lammers +
6Wed7:00Gary Novak (B)
  11:15Michael Barmettler + (A)
7Thurs7:00Brent Goetzinger (B)
  8:30Mary Wees +
  11:15Blake Smola+
8Fri7:00Special Intention
  11:15Nancy Owens & Pat D'Anna + (WA)
9Sat7:30Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  5:30James and Ann Mulhall +
10Sun7:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  9:30George Werner +
  11:30Robert & Mary Belle Soener
  5:30Emily Perina +
11Mon7:00Ed and Betty Woodley +
  11:15Florence Mitchell + (A)
12Tues7:00Bernard Kavan +
  8:30Mrs. Pick, School Principal
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
13Wed7:00Bryce Crandall (B)
  10:00Blue Mass
14Thurs7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  8:30School Parents
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
15Fri7:00Patsy Gunia +
  11:15Alice Lammers +
16Sat7:30Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  5:30Bill and Irene Higgins +
17Sun7:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  9:30Rose Cuttshall + (B)
  11:30Nancy Vaughan +
  5:30Francis Boganowski+
18Mon7:00Merrilleen Tippery +
  11:15Special Intention
19Tues7:00Cecilia "Babe" Feeney +
  8:30School Students
  11:15Nancy Christensen +
20Wed7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
21Thurs7:00Debbie Bercume + (A)
  8:30Scott Werner +
  11:15Mary Margaret Baxter (B)
22Fri7:00Bernard Kavan +
  11:15Special Intention
23Sat7:30Merrilleen Tippery +
  5:30Ed Warin +
24Sun7:30Bernard Kavan +
  9:30Alice Lammers +
  11:30Emily Perina +
  5:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
25Mon7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
26Tues7:00Bernard Kavan +
  8:30Vocations
  11:15Special Intention
27Wed7:00Marriages
  11:15Special Intention
28Thurs7:00Conversion of Souls to Christ
  11:15Dianna Grandgenett +
29Fri7:00Maria Lanh Nguyen +
  11:15Betty Jane Hegi +
30Sat7:30Merrilleen Tippery +
  5:30Mary Ann Foral + (A)
31Sun7:30Frank & Blanche Cain + (A)
  9:30Saint Cecilia Parishioners
  11:30Francis Boganowski+
  5:30Special Intention

 

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.