By Fr. Christopher Kubat
When I was assigned to Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska in 2003, I mistakenly thought I would have to give up doing some of the things I enjoyed as a priest assigned to a parish, namely teaching RCIA classes.
For those who do not know, RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. These are the classes people take when they want to enter the Catholic Church. These classes are also a great way for Catholics to obtain a ‘brush-up’ course in the faith that Jesus founded on the rock of Peter and the apostles that is handed down to us today.
Through my almost 16 years at CSS, I have had the privilege of teaching RCIA a number of times and bringing people into the Church. Currently, I am teaching a class at St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes. After the classes are concluded, I will be able to baptize one of the ladies at St. Gianna’s and, with Bishop Conley’s permission, confirm another.
St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes is a program which assists women who are victims of domestic violence and are being pressured to abort their unborn babies. The largest site is a 24-apartment building, with a chapel, run by the Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln. We have another house and apartments in other areas, including south central Nebraska.
Last year, at our main location, we helped 35 women and 44 children with 17,992 nights of housing. Since opening over eight years ago, we have helped 215 women and their 257 children with nearly 90,000 nights of housing with 126 women graduates with their 114 children. In addition, we have helped save 34 babies from abortion.
I am happy to announce that St. Gianna’s is holding their annual Carole Fest, a benefit for St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes at the beautiful Newman Center (located at 16th and Q street in Lincoln) on Sunday Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Like previous years, multiple choirs will be performing and singing Advent and Christmas carols. The cost to attend is $10 per person and $25 per family. Christmas cookies and refreshments will be served after the concert.
I pray that you will be able to join us, but if not, please pray for the success for this wonderful event and please consider helping us because St. Gianna’s is funded solely by private donations.
As we enjoy the Thanksgiving break, the ladies, their children and I would like to personally thank our benefactors and volunteers for supporting St. Gianna’s. St. Gianna, pray for us!