By Father Christopher Kubat
On Wednesday, Jan. 17, I had the privilege of celebrating the 8:15 a.m. school Mass at St. Teresa in Lincoln. I was invited to celebrate the Mass and preach about St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes, in anticipation of Catholic School’s Week.
Prior to offering this Mass, I learned that the student council voted to conduct a fund drive for St. Gianna’s. Each year, the school does a few projects for needy causes to raise awareness in the minds of the students of those of us who are less fortunate.
The purpose of my visit was to educate the children about the need that is present, which always helps when conducting drives or raising funds. During my homily, I talked about a young, pregnant, single mother who was living in a storage unit last fall, prior to her being accepted to St. Gianna’s. When talking to her, she was so grateful that she informed me that after arriving at St. Gianna’s, she now believes in God.
Of course, there were incentives incorporated in the drive such as earning a little more recess time depending on how much money each class would raise.
In addition, I was also informed that the St. Teresa’s Little Flower Group is helping, too. Each year, the group holds a birthday party for St. Thérèse and they decided that the gifts at this party will be donated to St. Gianna’s. At the end of the party, everyone gathered around the piano with many of the parents and the priests and sang Christmas carols. I was promised an invitation next year!
I would like to thank Father Jamie Hottovy, the pastor of St. Teresa, for his hospitality; Father Justin Fulton for his help; principal Sister Anne Joelle, C.K., assistant principal; Sister Mary Faustina, C.K.; the staff, volunteers; Jean Timmerman; the members of the student council; and all the students for their love and support of Jesus Who lives in the poor and needy in a special way (Mt 25:31-46).
Your generosity will help relieve the suffering of many of the women who come to St. Gianna’s escaping domestic violence and the pressures to abort their unborn babies like the pregnant young woman I mentioned above. Please know that all of us here at St. Gianna’s Woman’s Homes and Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska will keep you all in our prayers. St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Gianna, pray for us!