Parish Community

Committees and Organizations

Parish Pastoral Council
Nora Kleinsasser / 402-657-6849
The Parish Pastoral Council is the principal consultative body of parishioners who share with the pastor in providing vision and direction to the parish by assisting in apostolic, spiritual, and administrative responsibilities of the parish. It works with and relies upon various boards, committees, and groups that carry out the work of our parish and provides a means of communication between these groups. Members are elected by the parish for a three-year term. Open meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.

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Finance Council
Father Michael Grewe / 402-551-2313
This council advises, counsels, and assists the pastor on the overall fiscal operations of the parish. Monitoring expenses and income, establishing a yearly budget and delivering the annual financial report to the parish while encouraging the Stewardship Way of Life are among the duties of this committee appointed by the Pastor. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Administration Office.

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Board of Education
Becky McCreery / 402-651-2970
The Board of Education advises and counsels the Pastor and Principal with the formulation policy and works to assure the continued viability and excellence of the programs, curriculum, and personnel of Saint Cecilia Grade School. The Board also facilitates communications between parishioners and school families regarding Faith Formation of children, youth and adults not belonging to the Grade School. Open meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.

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Stewardship
The Stewardship Committee considers, plans and implements initiatives and programs to inform, educate and engage parishioners and those connected with the Cathedral so that they can be genuine stewards of time, talent and financial means. Volunteers for specific activities or programs or volunteers for the overall vision of the Committee are welcome. 

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Campus Grounds, Plants, and Gardens
Kathy Dietsch / 402-553-5733
Do you have a green-thumb? Or just enjoy getting your hands dirty? This year-round group is committed to improving and maintaining the exterior appearance of the Saint Cecilia campus grounds. Activities include planting, watering, and weeding the many plants and flower gardens during the spring and summer months, as well as raking, pruning, and clean-up as needed.

 

Flower Guild
Judy Wees / 402-558-1784
The Cathedral Flower Guild sets the standard for parish floral design and execution throughout the Archdiocese. Volunteer members, under the guidance of Br. William Woeger, FSC, decorate the Cathedral for the various liturgical seasons, and provide resources and support for other annual events held throughout the campus. The majority of the volunteers, both parishioner and non-parishioner, have had no formal training, but have become very adept at creating stunning displays. The door is ALWAYS open to anyone interested in exploring a new and lovely way to pay homage to Our Lord.

The Guild’s annual masterwork is the decoration of the Nave and Sanctuary during Cathedral Arts Project’s Cathedral Flower Festival. Held on the last weekend in January, it brings the freshness of spring into Saint Cecilia Cathedral in the depths of the long winter! Volunteers work prior to the Festival to plan, design, and create their finest work of the year. Plan to volunteer, and certainly attend and stroll through the church, dressed in splendor and beauty!

 

Saint Cecilia's Women's Guild
Cathy Lyons and Ellen Ehlers – Guild Co-Presidents / 402-556-3581 / lyons3830@gmail.com
The mission of the Women’s Guild is to encourage spirituality, community and friendship among the women of Saint Cecilia Parish and to identify and work toward providing some the material needs of the parish. Our vision is to bring the women of Saint Cecilia Parish together outside of the celebration of the Mass and enable them to live out and grow in their faith through fellowship with each other. Within the Guild are groups called Circles. All women in the parish are welcome to join any or all of these groups. $10 annual dues. 
Saint Bernadette’s Circle / Book Club: Cathy Lyons
Saint Cecilia’s Circle / Quilting: Deb Herold
Saint Elizabeth's Circle / School Alumni Moms: Ellen Ehlers
Mary's Widows Circle / Widows of the Parish: Catherine Vescio
Saint Mary's Circle / School Moms Fellowship: Erica Bush
Saint Theresa’s Circle / Fostering Friendships: Mary Jane Chamberlain

 

Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Jan Schnack / 712-310-3322 / schnackpack@hotmail.com
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #2186 participates in the national organization founded in 1903 to serve the current needs of the Church and country with special concern for women and mothers and family life in the civic arena. The Saint Cecilia Parish Court #2186 engages local and national activities in support of leadership, education, youth, quality of life, legislation and spirituality. Meetings are held in the Parish Center Conference Room on the 3rd Sunday of the month following the 9:30 am Mass. 

 

Knights of Columbus  (website)
Al Vaccaro / knightscouncil652@gmail.com
Knights of Columbus Council #652, founded in 1902, participates in the international fraternal organization founded by Fr. Michael McGivney in 1887. As the oldest council in Nebraska, Council #652 is active in the support of priestly and religious vocations, Right to Life issues, and support of programs for needy and disabled persons. General membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the LAC. Members gather to pray the rosary before each meeting at 7:15 pm. Officers meet to plan the membership meeting and to conduct the financial business of the Council on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the LAC.

 

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Tim Peffer / 402-551-2313
The Saint Cecilia Parish Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society has a mission to witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Conference responds weekly to requests for rent, food, utilities or other emergency needs and also collaborates with the central office or parish conferences for special or larger projects. The Conference provides a personal spiritual development and growth program which sustains its members for the work of the Society.