Growing parish continues to celebrate 25th anniversary
LINCOLN (SNR) – North American Martyrs Parish in Lincoln will host Martin Doman for an evening of music, meditation and prayer.
The concert will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the church, 1101 Isaac Dr., Lincoln.
“We love his music and thought it would be nice way to celebrate,” said pastor Father Brian Connor. He said the ticket prices will not raise revenue, but rather cover the costs of Doman’s visit to Nebraska and help the parish get a sense of how many will be coming.
“We are blessed with wonderful music in our parish and diocese,” he continued, “but bringing in a Catholic musician may inspire people in another way.”
Diann Kroos made the contact on behalf of the parish, the parish council is helping with ticket sales and other details.
The concert is one of many ways North American Martyrs Parish is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In August, the parish held an event with live bands, a street dance, gelato from St. Gianna’s, and a cookout prepared by the parish Knights of Columbus. There were activities for children and tours of the new school addition. More than 800 attended.
The addition includes seven new classrooms, a double classroom, library, and several offices. There is also an amphitheater and outdoor classroom space. Renovations were made in the existing school, to the lobby and offices, to provide more security, and to classrooms and other spaces, to meet the needs of the growing school.
“The school is growing and has had a waiting list in several grades for years,” said principal Sister Janelle Buettner, M.S. The expansion “allows us to get rid of the waiting list, provide full-day preschool and gives our library its own space, as it has been using bookshelves as temporary walls sharing space in the parish hall for the past six years.”
The project was projected to be a $3.25 million endeavor, and the parish held the “Our Family, Our Faith, Our Future” campaign alongside the Joy of the Gospel diocesan campaign, for a total of $4.5 million. Sister Janelle said they have stayed on track to get that paid in less than a year and a half.
“The parishioners have always been generous in development endeavors here,” she said, “and have made this addition possible and successful.” While the renovations continue, she said, “it’s still a mess, but boy are we blessed!”
Bishop James Conley will celebrate Mass and bless and dedicate the new addition at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.