Strategic Planning Open Forum – May 5th & 6th

Save the date for our next Strategic Planning Open Forum!

Two meeting options are available for you to attend:

  • Sunday, May 5th at 3:30 p.m. in the school gym
  • Monday. May 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the church commons

We are excited to have Fr. Hottovy with us to present on the topic of “Sacred Architecture.” There will also be time at the end of the session for questions by attendees. Childcare will be available at both sessions.

We hope to see you there! 

Construction of Two New Confessionals

New confessionals expected to deliver in three months. 

We are excited about the construction progress of our two new confessionals! While they have taken a little longer to build than expected, they should be ready for us to enjoy in about three months! The confessionals are modular and will need to be disassembled at the shop in Octavia … and reassembled once they arrive at our church.

We love the detailed craftsmanship and know they will be a beautiful addition to our parish! It will be worth the wait!


Lent Begins Wednesday, Feb. 14

The start of the 2024 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. 

…A day for sacrifice, sorrow and reparation for sins, giving of alms due to gratitude, and remembrance that this world leads us to eternity.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

Mass times at Church of the Holy Spirit are at 8:10 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross dates this Lent:

  • Wednesdays at 5:30pm: Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20
  • Thursdays at 2:40pm: Feb 15, Feb 22, Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21
  • (2:40pm Stations will be canceled if school is canceled.)
  • Good Friday, Apr 15 at Noon

2024 Diocesan Lenten Regulations:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
  • All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.
  • Fasting means eating only one full meal with two smaller meals, which together do not equal the full meal. No snacks or eating between meals. Fasting obliges Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59.
  • Abstinence means eating no meat nor soup nor gravy made from meat. Abstinence obliges all Catholics over the age of 14. Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc., automatically excuse a person from these obligations.
  • Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that these are serious obligations. In cases of doubt or question, the priest who hears a person’s confession should be consulted.

Lenten Fish Fries at Our Parish

For more information about our fish fries, and to view the menu and prices, click here. 

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”
-Pope Francis

Lenten Resources for Catholics:



Lenten Fish Frys – Feb. 16 thru March 22

Our Parish will continue the time-honored tradition of the Lenten Fish Frys, beginning Friday, February 16th through March 22nd.There will be no fish fry on Good Friday, March 29th.

Fish Frys are opened to the public and are held in the St. John the Baptist School Gym (500 S. 18th St.) from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dine in or carry out is available. Plus, live entertainment every Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and raffle drawings each week!


  • Choice of entrée: Fried Alaskan Pollock, Baked Salmon or Fried shrimp.
  • Meal includes choice of baked potato, mac and cheese or soup.
  • All meals include cole slaw, bread, and dessert.
  • Complementary water and coffee.
  • Beer, wine, bottled water and soda available for purchase.


  • Large Plate – $12.00
  • Small Plate – $8.00

Credit cards, checks and cash accepted.




Attend an Upcoming Townhall Meeting – Feb. 4 & 5

Help us Create a Vision for the Future!

Please join us for an upcoming Town Hall Meeting February 4th and 5th to learn about the findings from a recent Facilities Condition and Needs Assessment conducted on the church and school this past fall.

Make plans now to attend one of the town hall meetings held on the church commons:

  • Sunday, February 4th, 4:00 pm
  • Monday, February 5th, 7:00 pm

Representatives from Clark & Enersen, a Lincoln-based architecture firm and our partner on the project, will present maintenance projects and ideas for future growth. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on the vision and ask any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Charitable Giving Presentation & Dinner – January 10th

You are invited to attend a special dinner and presentation hosted by Scott Yates at the Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska is offering a dinner and presentation on January 10th at 6:00 p.m. at Lourdes Central Catholic.

St. Mary’s parish in Nebraska City traditionally hosts the Foundation about once a year to provide a presentation on a planned giving related topic. Their presentation is not specific to Lourdes Central Catholic School and the Foundation is not a fundraising group. They simply want to provide you with information to help area parishioners understand methods of strategic charitable giving that will hopefully benefit our local Catholic schools, churches, organizations, etc.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity!


Christmas Mass & Confession Schedule

See the below flyer for our Christmas Mass and Confession schedule at Church of the Holy Spirit. Christmas Mass and Confession times for parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln can also be found at:

Check Out the Progress on Our New Confessionals

Exciting News!

Progress is being made on the new confessionals for church … and they are going to be beautiful!

Many thanks to all who donated towards them, and thank you for your patience as they have taken longer to complete than was anticipated.

We are looking forward to them being in church and being used by all of us!