A place of peace and worship for all people across the metropolitan area for nearly 150 years.
Omaha’s downtown parish.


Welcome to the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church website. I hope that you will find everything you are looking for here and that you will soon find your way to our parish, if you have not yet been here. Our parish is a place of holiness, prayer and support. We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel welcome. We have been in downtown Omaha for nearly 150 years serving people from all across the metropolitan area. We offer Mass and Confessions every single day, several times a day to meet the needs and desires of those seeking to worship our Good and Great God.

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mary Magdalene Parish,
simply email Fr. Rodney at
or call the rectory at (402) 342-4807.

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From the Pastor

Another Advent is upon us. Another opportunity to prepare for Christmas and Christ’s. Jesus has already come into the world, nevertheless, in Advent the Church invites us to renew our desire for the Lord more deeply into our lives, and to renew our desire for Christ’s triumphant second coming into the world. Advent is a season in the Church’s life intended to renew the experience of waiting, and longing, for the Messiah. Advent is the time we prepare for Christmas, the day we remember Jesus Christ being born into the world. Preparations are practical, like decorating a tree or stringing lights, but they’re also intended to be spiritual. During Advent, we’re invited to enter more frequently into silence, into prayer and reflection, into Scripture, and into the sacramental life of the Church, for example by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, all to prepare for celebrating Christmas. Here are some common questions about Advent. What does the word Advent mean? Advent comes from the Latin ad-venire, which means, essentially “To come to,” or “to come toward.” Ad-venire is the root of the Latin “Adventus” which means “arrival.” So Advent is the season of arrival: The arrival of Christ in our hearts, in the world, and into God’s extraordinary plan for our salvation. So, it’s like four weeks long? Advent is a slightly different length each year. It starts four Sundays before Christmas. But because Christmas is on a fixed date, and could fall on different days of the week, Advent can be as short as three weeks and a day, or as long as four weeks. And, Advent wreaths. Where do they come from? Is it true that they’re just pagan wreaths borrowed by the Church? The Catholic Church has been using advent wreaths since the Middle Ages. Lighting candles as we prepare for Christmas reminds us that Christ is the light of the world. And the evergreen boughs remind us of new and eternal life in Christ. It is definitely true that Germanic people were lighting up candle wreaths in wintertime long before the Gospel arrived in their homeland. That a Christian symbol emerged from that tradition is an indication that the Gospel can be expressed through the language, customs, and symbols of cultures that come to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Christmas Memorial Flowers

Again this year we have the opportunity to honor our deceased with flowers at Christmas. The money collected will be used to buy the flowers that adorn the altars this Christmas. We will publish all the names in our bulletin and on our website during the season . You can find Christmas Memorial Flower envelopes in the back of church. Please be careful to write the names of those you want to honor legibly so that we can be sure to get the names correct. There is no minimum amount requirement, we simply trust your best judgment of what you wish to and can afford to give in honor of those who have gone before us.

Immaculate Conception

This Thursday 12/8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception which honors the truth that our Blessed Mother Mary was free from original sin from the moment of her conception. This is a holy day of obligation. The Masses here at St. Mary Magdalene will be: Vigil Mass Wednesday 12/7 at 5:15 pm, Thursday 12/8 at 7:00 and 11:00 am and 12:05 and 5:15 pm

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24
4:00p.m. & 5:15 p.m.

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
12:00 Midnight
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
(No 5:15 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day)

Confessions will be heard before Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
(No confessions before Midnight mass)

Weekly Mass Intentions

  Monday, December 5th
7:00 AM Matt Gambee, M.D., dec.
12:05 PM Cliff & Marie McCann, dec.
5:15 PM Olivia & Nicole Vanscoy

Tuesday, December 6th
7:00 AM Floyd & Rose Virant, dec.
12:05 PM Catherine Steinbock & Family
5:15 PM Poor Souls

Wednesday, December 7th
7:00 AM Kris Zelensky
12:05 PM Jake G.
5:15 PM Jeffrey & Donna Caniglia Family

Thursday, December 8th
7:00 AM Jim Grace
11:00 AM Fedro & O’Rourke Families, Living & dec
12:05 PM Katherine Martin, dec.
5:15 PM Salerno Family

Friday, December 9th
7:00 AM Kathleen Garza, dec.
12:05 PM Patrick Maly & Family
5:15 PM Tony Ficenec

Saturday, December 10th
12:05 PM Roland & Bettie Kenny, dec.
5:15 PM Romano & Jackie Milani, dec.
7:00 PM Martin & Edith Burke Family, Living & dec.

Sunday, December 11th
7:30 AM Russ Kennedy
9:00 AM Ruth Ann “Heitman” Maginn
11:00 AM For the People
12:15 PM Louie & Mary Batenhorst, dec.
5:15 PM Jerry Panzer, dec.


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May the Lord continue to bless everyone who enters St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church as they seek strength and consolation from God in this holy place. And may God be with all those who leave this church, as they go forth as living signs of His presence.

Fr. Rodney Pastor