Fr. Pat Nields, 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
GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT
In 1890, Pope Leo XIII allowed the local Diocese of Tarbes to celebrate this feast; Pope Pius X made it a universal feast in 1907. Lourdes is perhaps the most famous Marian shrine in Western Europe, where many go to invoke God’s healing grace through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes. —
On February 11, the Church celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was on this date in 1858 that an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous. Over the next month and a half, Mary—appearing as the Immaculate Conception— would appear a total of 18 times. After the ninth appearance, on February 25, Bernadette discovered a spring in the grotto where Mary appeared. Many miraculous cures have been ascribed to the waters of the spring.
Later in her life, Bernadette became a Sister of Charity of Nevers and sought a life of silence and prayer. She died on April 16, 1879, at the age of 35. She was canonized—declared a saint—in 1933.
St. Bernadette’s accounts of seeing a heavenly vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary were initially met with skepticism. After a careful investigation by a commission established by the local bishop, the Church declared that her visions were genuine and contained nothing contrary to the Catholic faith. Given the powerful impact that such apparitions can have on individuals and the whole faith community, the Church always approaches such claims with great care and formally evaluates them before either accepting or rejecting a visionary’s claims. Many times, the claims can’t be substantiated, or are contrary to the Church’s faith.
But Bernadette’s visions were quickly recognized as genuine. They encouraged a deeper life of prayer, especially praying the Rosary, and encouraged a fervent trust in God’s salvific power. —Fr. Larry Rice, CSP
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!
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. Pat Nields, Pastor