Diocesan News

Parish promises ‘much more than a fish fry’

LINCOLN (SNR) – St. Peter Parish in Lincoln will begin Lenten suppers Feb. 16, meals that through stewardship efforts will go beyond the typical “fish fry.”

The Knights of Columbus and Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) will host the meals on Fridays during Lent with the hope of fostering an avenue for community building.

“Stewardship is much more than building with bricks and mortar—it is about building opportunities for growth in faith and personal relationships,” said parishioner Mary Spethman. “It connects everything we do with what God is doing in the world to serve the common good and further His Kingdom.” 

With this goal of stewardship in mind, a committee – Don and LaDonna Hegemann, Donovan Lempka, Greg and Brenda Nepper, Tom Deter, and Spethman – led by Grand Knight Rick Garneau and PCCW President Debby Rye created a menu with unique offerings for the Lenten season that have been taste-tested and approved by parishioners.

The Knights invited all members’ spouses, as well as PCCW members, to a taste-testing of menu items Feb. 6. More than 80 people attended and said they were looking forward to the Lenten meals.

The suppers will be held each Friday of Lent from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Vasa Hall, 4500 Duxhall Dr. “Kid-friendly” staples of meatless pizza and macaroni and cheese will be available at each meal. 

Guests with more adventurous palates will have a chance to enjoy new menu selections each week with offerings such as meatless pasta, shrimp corn bisque, cheese or seafood enchiladas, baked three-cheese ziti with spinach, and shrimp or fish tacos.  All meals will come with sides to round out the dining experience. The complete menu and schedule are available at www.saintpeterslincoln.com.

Diners will be invited to make free-will donations for their meals with net proceeds going to St. Giana Women’s Home, Villa Marie, seminaries, and Pi Alpha Ki (UNL Catholic Sorority).  Mission trips such as FOCUS and Extreme Missions will also be beneficiaries.

A raffle will also be held for four pairs of tickets to the March 23 Matt Maher concert at the Berean Church. Chances at $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5, and all proceeds of the raffle will be donated to St. Giana Women’s Home.

In addition to Friday evening meals, pastor Father Charles Townsend and assistant pastor Father Timothy Danek added to St. Peter’s Lenten sacramental schedule with extra opportunities for Mass, confessions, adoration, and stations of the cross.

Weekly talks and presentations have been scheduled and a women’s Bible study, “Praying with a Pen,” will meet, inviting women to spend time with sisters in Christ and to learn how to use a prayer journal to grow in a personal relationship with Christ. 

“Although Lent is a time of penitence, it is also a time to prepare to celebrate the resurrection and the promise of new growth in the lengthening of days,” Spethman said. “It is a call to treasure each day and focus on what is truly important—a time to bring heavenly values to earth, experience loving relationships and share in the bounty of our gifts—especially the gifts of the Sacraments, worship, friendship and good food!”

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