Members of this ministry are committed to praying for the sanctity of all human life, world peace, an end to abortion, and vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It is our goal to have a prayerful presence in the church at all times between the hours of 6am and 10pm.  All are welcome to come sit in our church and pray.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is available every day in our Eucharistic Adoration Chapel.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament and a devotion to His Sacred Heart. The opportunity to pray and be in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord can change hearts. There is no cross that any one of us carries which cannot be lightened by the grace and mercy of Christ.

Eucharistic Adorers can enroll for a specific hour or as a Drop-In Adorer.  Adoration in the Chapel will begin at 6am each day and conclude at 10:00pm, with the exception of Saturday when the Chapel and church close at 8:00pm. While the Chapel is open and available to everyone, we want to provide security and protection for Adorers.

Everyone is required to have a security access card and code for entrance to the Chapel. To enroll in the Adoration Chapel.  Enroll Here

 

 

Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help - Tuesday Mornings after the 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Masses

 Devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is the most widespread Marian devotion throughout the world. As long as we have doubts and fears, uncertainties and preoccupations, worries and problems, devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help will never grow old. Since she accompanied her son Jesus with faith throughout the events in his life (cf. Mt 1:18, Lk 2:35), she is ideally positioned to understand our situation today. Once the woman of prayer in Nazareth, she is now also the woman of help, who set out with haste from her own village to go to see Elizabeth and be of service (Lk 1:39). The public veneration of the icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help has resulted in striking miracles and marvels of grace. Please join us on Tuesday mornings after the 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Masses to honor our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede to our Lord Jesus for our intentions.

The miraculous image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is an icon, painted on wood, and seems to have originated around the 13th century on the Greek island of Crete. The original artist of the icon is unknown is unknown. However, at some point in the late 15th century, the icon was brought to Italy from Crete. In 1499 the icon came to the Church of St. Matthew in Rome where it was venerated for nearly 300 years until the church was destroyed in 1798 during the Napoleonic invasions. The icon disappeared for over 50 years but was discovered through the intercession of our Mother of Perpetual Help. On December 11, 1865, Pope Pius IX entrusted the icon to the Redemptorists and asked them to “make her known throughout the world.” The image was enshrined in the Church of St. Alphonsus Ligouri in Rome, built at the site of the former Church of St. Matthew, where it remains to this day.

Each element of the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help has a specific meaning:

  • Mary’s eyes, filled with compassion and love, are directed toward us.
  • Our Lady is clothed in the colors of virgins (red) and of mothers (blue). These are also royal colors.
  • Jesus, depicted as a young boy, wears the colors of a king.
  • The star on Mary’s veil reminds us that she is the dawn announcing the coming of Christ.
  • Our Lady’s hands hold her Son securely, and her right hand directs our gaze to Him.
  • The Christ Child grasps his mother’s hand as though he is frightened by what he sees.
  • On Our Lady’s left and right we see the reasons for the child’s fear. On the right is the Archangel Gabriel, holding a cross and four nails. On the left is the Archangel Michael, holding a lance, a pole with a sponge, and a vessel of vinegar. This vision of the instruments of the crucifixion has driven the young Jesus to his mother’s protective embrace.
  • In His hurry to reach his mother, Jesus has almost lost one of his sandals. He became human, like us, in all things but sin.
  • Yet Our Lady’s gaze is fixed on us, her children on earth. She is our source of constant comfort and hope.

 

 “Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help”

O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary.

The Rosary is prayed in church on Mondays and Thursdays after the 8:30a.m. Mass and on the first Sunday of the month after the 9:00a.m. Mass.

 

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous.

The prayers of the Rosary

The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ's spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

The Five Joyful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Mondays, Saturdays, and, during the season of Advent, on Sundays:

    The Annunciation
    The Visitation
    The Nativity
    The Presentation in the Temple
    The Finding in the Temple

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Tuesdays, Fridays, and, during the season of Lent, on Sundays:

    The Agony in the Garden
    The Scourging at the Pillar
    The Crowning with Thorns
    The Carrying of the Cross
    The Crucifixion and Death

The Five Glorious Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Wednesdays and, outside the seasons of Advent and Lent, on Sundays:

    The Resurrection
    The Ascension
    The Descent of the Holy Spirit
    The Assumption
    The Coronation of Mary

The Five Luminous Mysteries are traditionally prayed on Thursdays:

    The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan
    The Wedding Feast at Cana
    Jesus' Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God
    The Transfiguration
    The Institution of the Eucharist

 Prayer Requests

The parish community of St. Margaret Mary would be glad to join you in prayer.  If you or a loved one is in need of prayers, please fill out the form below.

If you’d rather make your request in person, please stop in the parish office or call 402-558-2255.

Below the form is a list of all our current prayer requests. Please include them in your own prayers. You can also find this list of names in the parish Bulletin each Sunday.

To all parishioners of Saint Margaret Mary who are in the Armed Forces or have a family member in the Armed Forces – please CLICK HERE to add names to our parish list of service members.

On this form you also have the option of leaving information if the person would like to be visited at home or in the hospital.  All information will be submitted confidentially via email directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Pastoral Coordinator.

 Click Here to submit your prayer request.

Christians Encounter Christ (CEC) is a Catholic movement within the Archdiocese of Omaha. The CEC Method is introduced on a 3-day weekend retreat. It is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward evangelization of the world in which we live by strengthened spirituality lived and shared in everyday environments. The community spirit of the weekend is continued through group and community gatherings called Avanti Cristo. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall CEC Weekends:   Men's - October 12-14, 2018   Women's - November 2-4, 2018

Spring CEC Weekends: Men's - March 8-10, 2019  Women's - March 22-24, 2019

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Meets every Monday morning in the Suneg Center (lower level of the church) from 9:30am-11:00am. The Monday Morning Prayer Group gathers together in prayer and praise of the Lord Jesus Christ to grow in our daily faith walk. All are welcome. Childcare provided. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.