Welcome to
St. Cecilia Catholic Church

Hastings, Nebraska

A Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lincoln

Kansas Ave, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Hastings, NE

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Dr. Denis McNamara's Recorded Videos

If you missed Dr. McNamara's videos on participating in the Mass through sacred beauty, music, and architecture, click on the botton to watch all three outstanding lectures.

Rorate Mass: Sat. December 3rd, 6:30 am

Find ALL available Mass times, including Holy Days of Obligation, as well as Confession, Stations of the Cross, and Eucharistic Adoration times  under the "Mass and Confessions Schedule" tab, accessed via the button below.

High Rorate Mass

Saturday, December 3rd
6:30 am

You are invited to worship the Lord at the Rorate Mass Saturday, December 3, at 6:30am at St. Cecilia Church. The Rorate Mass gets its name from the Entrance Antiphon, from the words of Isaiah 45:8 "Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluantiustum" (Drop down dew, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One). In the Ancient celebration of the Roman Rite, it is offered on a Saturday during Advent (except for Ember Saturday) in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and celebrated by candlelight, traditionally before dawn.

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Advent Confession Schedule

December 15-23

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Dr. Denis McNamara

Dr. Denis McNamera holds a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Yale University, as well as a Masters and Doctorate in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.  He teaches at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS where he is the director of the Center of Beauty and Culture.  He spent two decades at the Mundelein Seminary near Chicago where he served as Academic Director and Associate Professor at the Liturgical Institute.  

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His written works include How to Read Churches:  A Crash Course in Ecclesiastical Architecture.  He’s a sought-after lecturer, scholar, architectural consultant and judge of sacred art, as well as co-host of the popular podcast, The Liturgy Guys.

Recorded Lectures

If you missed DMac's presentations, you can find access to his lectures by clicked on the buttons:

His books include "Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy" and his newly (November, 2022) release "Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty." What an incredible gift it was to have such an amazing lecturer come to our parish!


Email stcbulletin@windstream.net by Monday to add to next Sunday's bulletin & "Events at a Glance."

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Events At a Glance

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Upcoming Parish Events are periodically updated here accordingly and can be found in full in the Bulletin.

 Please join us for the Parish Holy Hour

on Thursdays at 6:30pm,

Confessions 6:45pm

and Benediction at 7:30pm

Altar Society is hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange on Dec. 13th at 6pm in Centennial Hall.  All St. Cecilia and St. Michael Parishioners are invited.  Bring a dozen and take home a different dozen.

CCD Wednesday, Dec. 7 Mass @6pm Class at 7pm

If you or a family member are in the hospital and would like a priest to visit or receive the sacraments, please be sure to call the parish office to let us know. 


Join us for coffee and donuts after the 8am and 10am Mass on Dec. 4

Remember your loved ones this Christmas with a flower to adorn the altar.  Please use envelope and add $15 per name.  You can honor living or deceased.  Checks payable to STC Altar Society.  Please put envelope into the collection bascket or mail to St. Cecilia 301 W 7th Street, Hastings, NE 68901 by December 20

Stewardship packets that were not picked up have been mailed.  Please return yours as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Parish Council Meeting has been moved to Dec. 6 at 7pm

Catholic Daughters Advent by Candlelight 6:15pm in Theisen Hall, Wednesday, November 30.

Traditional Latin Sung Rorate Mass 6:30am, 7am Mass moved to 8am on Saturday, December 3.

Good Angel Tree Toy Shoppe is up and going.  Please stop and pick up an angel ornament at the back of church.  You can bring back the gift to CSS or St. Michael's Foyer by Wednesday, December 7

Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, October through May, at 6:00 pm in Centennial Hall. 

Council 11823 meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Centennial Hall KofC Room.


Email: stcbulletin@windstream.net
Parish Office: 402-463-1336 

Available 7:30 am - 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday (excluding Holy Days of Obligation).

Locating & Contacting Our Parish

St. Cecilia Catholic Church: Corner of W. 7th St. & N. Kansas Ave.

Parking along Kansas Ave, in the high school parking lot, and 7th St. (Sundays only)

Parish Office: 301 W. 7th St. Hastings, NE, 68901

Sacramental Emergencies: 402-463-1336

Contact us via:

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Our Parish Bulletin

Email stcbulletin@windstream.net by Monday to add to next Sunday's bulletin.

Fr. Clinch's Letter

Read Fr. Clinch's Pastoral Letter for spiritual insight and periodical parish updates.


Select the button below to access his letter, found under the "Fr. Clinch's Letter" tab.

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Fr. Craig Clinch



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Access the Parish's spiritual resources, which includes:

  • Engaging the Mass

  • Spiritual Readings

  • Spiritual Podcasts

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, located in Waverly, Nebraska, serves the Diocese of Lincoln in providing retreats to the laity year round. New retreats are offered nearly every week, ranging from 1-8 days in length. Hosts vary from our local diocesan priests and religious orders to nationally recognized Catholic retreat leaders.

Select the Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House logo above to be sent to their retreat schedule to find out the next opportunity for you to attend!




By clicking on the "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults" emblem, you can send us an email with your intent to join our classes with Fr. Clinch.



By clicking on the "Hastings Catholic Schools (HCS)" seal, you can access information about Catholic education at St. Michael Elementary and St. Cecilia Middle/High School here in Hastings.

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By clicking on the "Faith Direct" emblem, you can access the donation portal for our parish to monetarily donate to our parish. Your support is vital to continually moving our parish forward in our mission to bring Christ to all. Your generosity is so very appreciated!

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