Services and Events at SJV


Ash Wednesday, February 14th,  Mass times: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm

Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 4:00 pm

Reconciliation Services: March 27th at 7:00 pm and March 28th at 1:30 pm

Holy Thursday, March 29th, no morning Masses, Mass at 7:00 pm

Good Friday, March 30th, no morning Masses, Stations of the Cross at Noon, Liturgy at 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday, March 31st,  no morning Mass, no reconciliation, Mass at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1st,  Masses are 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 9:35 am and 11:30 am


Events & Formation

Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (See Home Page)

Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., February 15 to May 10

Join us at Mary Our Queen Church for a life-changing Lent/Easter retreat experience – the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The Spiritual Exercises are a “school of prayer” – a compilation of meditations and contemplative practices – that bring you into an intimate encounter with God, revealed in Jesus Christ, and lead you to interior freedom that comes from ordering your life-values, putting on the mind of Christ, and taking on an attitude of holy indifference and detachment. It might be called the ultimate freedom – the freedom that accompanies deep awareness of the true meaning of your life, so to respond more generously to God’s call in your life. 

The retreat is over 13 weeks – every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., February 15 to May 10. Each week is built off the previous week, and it is built upon a commitment of daily prayer.  

Full of Grace Night of Reflection:  (See Home Page)

Full of Grace tells the story of the Blessed Mother’s final days on earth. Surrounded by Peter and the remaining Apostles, she recounts the beauty and mystery of her experiences with her Son. During her last earthly days, she helps the early Church regain their original encounter with the Lord. Full of Grace is a new genre of film. It is intentionally paced in a manner that draws the viewer into deep spiritual reflection. It takes what we know through scripture and tradition and artfully tells a story with great depth and insight. It causes viewers not only to reflect on the struggles of the characters in the film, but also to ponder their own personal walk with Christ. - Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Mass at 5:30; dinner, movie, and reflection beginning at 6:30 pm in the Social Hall.

Theology Day from Saint John School of Theology and Seminary:  (See Home Page)

Luther, the Reformation, and the Question of Christian Unity: Pope Francis, the Reformation, and the Spiritual Works of Ecumenism - Presenter: Shawn Colberg, Ph.D. - March 4, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Social Hall

Lenten Men’s Retreat:  (See Home Page)

Led by Fr. Mike Eckley, Pastor of St. Pius X Church in Omaha. Mass and Lunch included. - Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Social Hall. 

Lenten Women’s Retreat:  (See Home Page)

Led by Teresa Monaghan, Director of the Pro Sanctity Movement in Omaha. Mass and Lunch Included. - Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Social Hall.

The Holy Shroud of Turin:  (See Home Page)

Presented by Jim Bertrand, Turin Shroud Center. A full size replica of the Shroud will be on for display this evening. If it is the burial cloth of Jesus, then it is a precious relic. If it is not then it is an icon. Either way, it is a “sacramental”. In fact, the Shroud replica you will see has been blessed. - Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Social Hall. 

Lenten Fish Fry & Family Fun

Stop by between 4:30-8:00 pm. 

We'll be serving baked & fried pollock, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, pancakes, french fries, tomato soup, coleslaw, lettuce salad, and a Bake Sale 
Beer, wine & pop available. 
All you can eat. 
LIVE music with Win Lander.
Drive through & take out available. 

Cost: Adults $11, Seniors: $9, Kids 12 and under $7
Immediate family (parents with minor children) $35

Lent in Three Minutes

This Lent....

What Is Lent?

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, "The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent -- the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance -- should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God's word more frequently and devote more time to prayer" (no. 109). The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning "Spring," and lenctentid, which literally means not only "Springtide" but also was the word for "March," the month in which the majority of Lent falls.

An emphasis should be placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation.

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Guidelines for Fasting

Fasting Guidelines for Roman Catholics in the United States: In the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared that "the age of fasting is from the completion of the eighteenth year to the beginning of the sixtieth." The USCCB also allows the substitution of some other form of penance for abstinence on all of the Fridays of the year, except for those Fridays in Lent. Thus, the rules for fasting and abstinence in the United States are:

  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (your 59th birthday begins your 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat on all other Fridays of the year, unless he or she substitutes some other form of penance for abstinence.

IPhone, IPad, and Android Apps

•  Laudate. This is a given. Known as the No. 1 Catholic app, it offers a wide variety of resources, from the daily readings to Vatican documents. Great resources for Lent include the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours (although it has a different translation, and the days mix up on iPhones at times) and a daily examination of conscience. (iOS, Android)

•  Truth & Life. This app is a dramatized audio rendition of the New Testament. For Lent, you can download the free version and study the book of Mark (the full version is $19.99). It still has study questions and other resources. (iOS, Android)

•  Rosary of the Hours. You can try a new way of praying the Rosary this Lent. It’s designed for using one decade for each hour of the day (from the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries), but you can simply use the Sorrowful. The app has Psalms, meditations and Scripture passages for each mystery. You could then transition to the full Rosary after Easter. It’s a great way to start a new spiritual habit. (iOS)

•  Confession. Suggested by Bishop Conry, this app develops an examination of conscience based on age, sex and vocation and then walks you through the sacrament. With this tool, you can commit to more frequent confession throughout Lent. (iOS, Android)

•  Mary. Made by the creators of the popular Divine Mercy app, “Mary” is a great way to get to know the Blessed Mother. Journeying with her thought Lent is a beautiful way to approach her Son. The app includes information about dogma, doctrine, titles, apparitions and more, as well as prayers and devotions. (iOS)

•  Ignio. This is a more social option for spirituality. The app tracks your spiritual activities, and you can share your prayers and thoughts with your friends. I recommend identifying a group of friends to try this with, since you have to get started by “bumping” your device with someone else’s to have full access to features. This could be a great way to start a Lenten group. (iOS, Android)

•  Mass Explained. While this is only available on the iPad, it looks like an incredible experience made for that platform. Lent is a great time to learn more about the Mass and fall deeper in love with Christ. (iPad)

•  The Pope App. News, speeches, images, live feeds … you can follow Pope Francis every day. A good place to start could be to read (or watch) his general audiences or Sunday Angelus addresses throughout Lent. (iOS, Android)

•  CRS Rice Bowl. This app from Catholic Relief Services is a great way to tap into almsgiving during Lent. You can set specific goals and track your progress. It also offers reflections, meatless recipes and personal stories. (iOS, Android)

•  UNICEF Tap Project. You may have heard of this one. It’s not Catholic, but it is a great way to give. By leaving your phone alone for 10 minutes, their sponsor will provide one day of clean water for a child in need. It is a great way to practice detachment without sacrificing the ability to evangelize throughout this great season. (visit website)

Lent Videos and Other Resources



Catholic Relief Services is sponsoring a wonderful series that will help you make Lent meaningful for you and your family. As you know, CRS is one of the great organizations in our church, and this is a terrific Lenten resource.

Some great Lenten spiritual resources from the Ignatian Solidarity Network. "Renew the Face of the Earth" is a Lenten Reflection series written by Jesuit and lay authors from around the world. Renew will offer short reflections on caring for creation that relate each day’s mass readings throughout Lent. To learn more & subscribe via e-mail, click here.

The first is from the US Jesuits. "Igniting Our Values" is a digital prayer experience beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Each evening, material for the following day’s prayer will be posted here. Participants who sign up will receive an evening email with the newly posted content. "Igniting our Values" will bring us together again, as pilgrims, to follow Jesus through the Lenten desert to the healing waters of the Resurrection. You can sign click here.