December 2, 2011
Now that the
largest site of St. Gianna Women’s Homes has been open
for more than six months, there are many moving stories
Even though each woman’s story is different, each
share one common element: all of the women at St. Gianna’s have fled a
violent situation and now feel safe and secure. Since we are also concerned
about the spiritual well-being of our residents, I am happy to announce that
a baby of one of the ladies who fled to save him from abortion has been
baptized. This beautiful boy, created in God’s image and likeness, now has
the Blessed Trinity indwelling in his soul.
I am elated to announce that our annual concert,
An Evening With Ellen & Friends: Celebrating the Season, a benefit
for St. Gianna Women’s Homes, will be held Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Rococo
Theater, 140 N 13th St., Lincoln. Hors d’oeuvres will be served
at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person
and all proceeds will help support St. Gianna Women’s Homes.
I would like to thank recording star Ellen Soukup
along with her special guest Gene Klosner, who will be performing with her.
Performing with them are Father Dave Korth, Ellen’s husband John and their
daughter Carolyn, and The Spectrum Singers from Pius X High School in
Also back by popular demand is Dr. Cary Ward and
his CSS Concert Band! In addition to this star-studded lineup, there will be
some special surprises. Please be reminded that like last year, there are
multiple levels of corporate sponsorship opportunities available.
What could be more satisfying than listening to
great music and singing, satisfying multiple taste buds with delicious
finger foods and desserts, while knowing that your support will directly
benefit women who have and will be escaping violent abusers - some of whom
have and will be escaping to save their unborn babies?
If I have heard it once, I have heard it many
times from the three Marian Sisters at St. Gianna’s: when these ladies see
their new home, furnished with beautiful furniture and beds adorned with
lovely quilts handmade from ladies all across the diocese, they weep.
There is a special room at St. Gianna’s where
these ladies can "shop" at no charge for household, hygiene and other items
given to us by our generous donors. Since we are in the seventh month of the
project, some are already ready to move on to a safe and permanent location.
Because of our generous benefactors, we are able to help them with the same
items when they move out, including furniture for their new homes.
I would like to thank Ellen and her talented
friends, our corporate sponsors, and everyone involved in planning this
year’s concert. I would like to thank in a special way Spirit Catholic Radio
because without them, this concert would not be a reality.
For those of you who are free and able to attend
this yearly event, I look forward to seeing you Dec. 11. For those who
cannot, please pray for the success of this important yearly endeavor.
Together, we can help these women and their children in need. St. Gianna,
pray for us!
To reserve your tickets, call Lisa at (402) 450-5529. The reservation
deadline is Dec. 6.
Father Christopher Kubat
Catholic Social Services