By Fr. Christopher Kubat
Recently, one of the priests of the diocese came to our main office, wanting to chat about a married couple and their family in need; a family that he sees in the pews.
Many of us have had calls or texts that come during work, meetings or appointments that we are unable to answer immediately. This priest in question called moments before arriving at the office during a meeting I was in. Having my window shades opened, I saw him pull into the lot and walk into the building. When I was informed that he arrived, I instructed the receptionist to have him wait for me in the chapel until my meeting was finished.
When my meeting ended, I found him sitting in the back pew praying in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Ten feet away, a man who appeared homeless was also sitting with his head buried in his hands …. a man with nothing came into our chapel to possess everything. This is the reason we have Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in all of our permanent sites, so people off the street can be consoled by Jesus truly present in the Sacrament of the Altar.
I am happy to announce that on Sunday, Feb. 17, we will hold our 32nd annual Celebration of Caring banquet at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. The social time starts at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner/program at 6 p.m. Like past years, we will highlight the works of charity the agency has accomplished by the grace of God and the generosity of our donors.
Every year, CSS gives the Cor Christi Award to a deserving individual or individuals who by their actions reflect the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, the people involved with the Lincoln Sack Lunch Program will receive the award.
Since there is a vacuum of services for the homeless surrounding our near-downtown Lincoln office, we started this program modeled after our successful Hastings Sack Lunch Program. Last year 12,270 lunches were distributed to those in need. Some of our sack lunch recipients come to us for a lunch and for some adoration time in our chapel like the gentleman mentioned above.