Bereavement Network

It has been a long held ministry at Holy Ghost to be there for each other in times of great sorrow. There is a group who each do their part in different ways to provide comfort and services for fellow parishioners when there is a death in the family. When the Parish Office is notified of a death, a call goes out to those who will contact the family and meet to assist them in making plans for the Vigil Service and Funeral Mass. Other calls are made to arrange for music ministers, ushers, a sacristan and altar servers. The family is also asked about the parish providing a luncheon following the funeral and many from the parish are then contacted to provide salads and desserts for the funeral. 

If you would like to offer your help with any part our Bereavement Ministry, please call the Parish Office: (402) 731-3176 Press 5

Funeral Luncheons (St. Gerard Circle)

The Funeral Luncheon ministry that hosts a luncheon for the family and friends of the deceased after a funeral held at Holy Ghost is a longstanding, compassionate tradition in our parish. The luncheon provides for a meal and a time of sharing for those who have just buried a loved one. When the parish is notified of a funeral, our luncheon coordinator will call the family contact and work out the details for the luncheon. The family is asked to supply the dinner meat or sandwich meat, cheeses and bread. Then calls go out to our parish volunteers who will provide the side dishes and desserts. Some from our group will also be there to work the day of the funeral setting up, making coffee and punch, serving the meal and cleaning up after. 

We ask that you prayerfully consider joining this important parish ministry by volunteering to be on a call list to provide a salad or dessert for funeral luncheons.

Please call our Funeral Luncheon coordinator Grace Pohl: (402) 731-1544 to offer your help with this ministry.

Religious Education (CCD)

The Religious Education Program at Holy Ghost is primarily for children who do not get religious education through a Catholic school. The fundamental aim is to assist parents in helping their children grow more aware of God and develop their own relationship with Jesus while also learning the prayers, rituals and essential principles and beliefs of the Catholic faith. Religious Education classes are held September thru April for students in grades kindergarten through eight. Religious Education Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. 

For information or to enroll your child please call Mitzi Taylor: (402) 731-3176 Press 108

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society dedicated to helping the poor and underprivileged, the sick, the shut-ins, the elderly and the confined. Sensitive to the dignity of all people and with strict confidentiality, they give material and spiritual assistance to those whose needs are brought to their attention by fellow-parishioners. 

For information about or to join St. Vincent de Paul Society call Don Noonan: (402) 731-0715

For St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry contact  (402) 731-3176 Press 8

Knitting for Charity

The Knitting for Charity group, sponsored by Women’s Club, had its start in 2015. The women in this group meet in the Pastor Center on the third Sunday of each month, September through May.  Since its inception more than 1000 knitted and crocheted items have been donated to local shelters and charities.  In addition, many of the handmade items have become Christmas gifts for Holy Ghost’s homebound parishioners and for the residents at Southview Heights Senior Living Facility. 

If you like to knit and spend time with a group who like to help others, please feel welcome to join us or you can contact Diane Quaiver: (402) 597-3891  

The Alpha Course

Alpha is a parish tool for deepening spiritual growth based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation. Alpha is a series of 13 sessions that explore the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation where people can share ideas about their faith, ask their questions, build friendships and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

We start each session with dinner followed by a talk on video that looks at a different question that explores the big issues around our faith. Following the video we have the chance to share our thoughts and ideas on the topic, and simply discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything but it is an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment. We want everyone in the parish to feel welcome and have an opportunity to grow in faith taking part in our Alpha sessions.

For more information about details of upcoming Alpha sessions please contact Deacon Al or Terri Aulner: (402) 669-1714 or Deacon Tom or Kathy Schulte. 

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process in which adults become full, participating members of the Catholic Church. Those who go through the RCIA process fall under one of the following categories:

* Someone who is unbaptized and wishes to convert to Catholicism
* An individual who was baptized in another Christian denomination and wishes to become a member of the Catholic faith

Someone who was baptized in the Catholic Church, but never received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation

There are four steps in the RCIA process
1. Period of Evangelization or Inquiry: The first step in the process where individuals, known as inquirers, first consider joining the Catholic faith. Reaching out to a priest for guidance is a helpful first step. This time is spent searching, asking, praying, and learning if this is something they want to pursue.

Rite of Acceptance: Inquirers declare their intent in embarking on the journey to becoming full members of the Catholic Church and are publicly welcomed by the church community and become catechumens, “one being instructed.”
During this step, the catechumens go through an extended period of studying and learning about the Catholic way of life. They’ll study the Scriptures and learn about the doctrines of the Church. They’ll regularly attend mass and reflect on the different readings each week.

3. Rite of Election: On the first Sunday of Lent the catechumens formally sign the Book of the Elect at the Cathedral declaring before the community, their family, and the Archbishop that they are called by God to receive sacraments. They are now known as the elect and continue to pray and prepare to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
4. Initiation and Mystagogia. The elect are fully initiated into the Church when they receive the sacraments during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. For the newly initiated, the period between Easter and Pentecost (known as mystagogia and lasting 50 days) is a meaningful time spent on reflecting further on the sacraments they just received as well as the commitment they made to the Lord and to their community.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or are a Catholic who has never received sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation, please call Fr. Sanderson at the St. Stanislaus Parish office weekdays (402) 731-4152 or call the Holy Ghost Parish Office: (402) 731-3176 Press 5.