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

Embrace Lent 2021

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline  and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

Fasting Days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Ages 18-59
Abstinence Days: Every Friday during Lent Ages 14+

How do we fast?
When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together do not equal to a full meal.

Am I excused from fasting and abstinence?
Those that are excused from fasting and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.

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Easter Flower Memorials

If you would like to honor your deceased loved ones this Easter with flowers that will be used to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection this coming Easter Season in the sanctuary, we have envelopes in the back of church for that purpose. There is no set amount, we trust your judgment how much you wish to or can afford to spend. Please PRINT the names very clearly so that we have them correct when we publish the names in memoriam at Easter.

Palm Sunday

March 28th

Palms will be distributed at all masses.
7:30 a.m. | 9:00 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. | 12:15 p.m. | 5:15 p.m.


Jesus on the cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection. Christ’s cross, embraced with love, never leads to sadness, but to joy, to the joy of having been saved and of doing a little of what he did on the day of his death.

Pope Francis

Holy Thursday

4:30 – 5:10 PM
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
5:15 PM
Followed by Eucharistic adoration 30 minutes

Good Friday

11:00 – 12:00 noon
Stations of the Cross
12:05 PM
4:30 – 5:10 PM
Veneration of the Cross
5:15 PM

Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil
8:00 PM
No confessions on Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday Masses

7:30 AM
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:15 PM
5:15 PM

This week’s Sunday Mass Replay

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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.

Please continue to look on our website and Facebook page for updates.

Weekly Mass Intentions

 Monday, March 29th
7:00 AM Dr. Joseph Stothert, dec., & Family
12:05 PM John Depa, dec.
5:15 PM Ken Wammel

Tuesday, March 30th
7:00 AM Floyd & Rose Virant, dec.
12:05 PM Jake Redding, dec.
5:15 PM Rita Oseka, dec.

Wednesday, March 31st
7:00 AM Manuel & Blaise Rosas, dec.
12:05 PM Sr. Marilyn Wallace
5:15 PM Nowaczyk Family

Thursday, April 1st – Holy Thursday
4:30 PM Confessions
5:15 PM For the People

Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday
11:00 AM Confessions
12:05 PM Stations of the Cross
4:30 PM Confessions
5:15 PM Veneration of the Cross

Saturday, April 3rd – Holy Saturday
8:00 PM Easter Vigil – Jimmy Walker, dec.

Sunday, April 4th – Easter Sunday
7:30 AM Mary Alyce & Albert Nejezchleb Family, living & dec.
9:00 AM Nora Vondra, dec.
11:00 AM Bruno Beier, dec.
12:15 PM Alice A. Forget
5:15 PM Rich & Mary Ferstl, 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