Fr. Christopher Onuoha, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
The Power of Holiness (I)
I was in Michigan at the Ford Field stadium in the heart of Detroit city this past weekend to attend the
Beatification ceremony of Father Solanus Casey on
November 18, 2017. The whole world descended on Ford Field to witness the legacy of a poor Franciscan friar who lived a holy life just by being a doorkeeper.
Father Solanus was a Capuchin priest from an Irish
immigrant family born on November 25, 1870. He was
the sixth of sixteen children of Bernard James Casey and
Ellen Elizabeth Murphy. Barney Casey Jr., whose
religious name became Solanus, had difficulties with his
seminary studies, and was asked by his superiors to leave
and maybe consider a religious community where he
could be a Brother. He prayed to our Blessed Mother, and
was led to become a Franciscan Brother. Because of his
continued difficulty with his studies, he was ordained a
‘simplex priest,’ which meant he could not preach a
doctrinal sermon or hear confession. At the Franciscan
monastery, he served as the ‘porter’ or doorkeeper whose
duty was to greet the sick, poor and the infirm in search
of material and spiritual help at the monastery. His
holiness became known as he attended to his duties with
extra-ordinary dedication. His favorite saying was:
“Blessed be God in all His designs.” His goal was to
trust God always and to be at peace with whatever God
wanted. He believed strongly that whatever happened
was according to God’s will. Even though ordained a
simplex priest, which some might consider demeaning
and humiliating, Fr. Solanus saw his situation as God’s
will, and he embraced it, and through it, became holy.
Father Solanus is now Blessed, following the
miraculous healing of a woman from Panama in 2012.
Paula Medina Zarate suffered an incurable skin disease
ichthyosis vulgaris which caused her untold suffering
throughout her life. She came to the Solanus Casey
Center at the Franciscan monastery in Detroit. As she was
engulfed praying for others by the tomb of Fr. Solanus,
she heard a voice say to her, “And you, what do you
need?” she fell to her knees and begged God for healing.
Then currents of heat began to flow through her body,
and scales and scales and scales began to fall off her skin.
Several doctors have examined her over the past years,
and they have all confirmed she is healed. I met and
spoke with Paula; she is such a joy-filled happy woman.
She said not only did God heal her skin, He healed her
mind and heart as well.
What is the key to living a holy life?
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Christopher Onuoha, Pastor