Mater Filius, Nebraska is a non-profit home created to help pregnant women who find themselves without the support of family or who are experiencing financial difficulties.
The mission of Mater Filius is to safeguard the life of the unborn child and defend the dignity of the child’s mother, regardless of how the child was conceived.
Our vision is to help expectant mothers learn about good parenting through our parenting workshops and through the education, caring and support of our volunteers, many of whom are mothers themselves.
Mothers and their babies receive services at Mater Filius for up to eight months following the birth of their child. During this time, they will learn to appreciate and understand the great blessing that has entered their life and how to best care for that blessing in a healthy and stable manner.
The Heart Ministry Center offers a “choice” food pantry. Pantry clients can choose from a variety of bread, meat, produce, and canned or boxed items.
In their own words:
The Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.
We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our objectives are:
To establish the Church where the Gospel has not been preached.
To help local Churches grow into evangelizing communities open to all peoples.
To facilitate interchange between local Churches.
To promote dialogue between Christians and those from all other religious traditions.
To promote justice, peace and creation from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor.
We work in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Rome, France, Mexico and the United States.
Through living and ministering among peoples of other cultures and traditions, we witness to our belief that all peoples are children of the one God and brothers and sisters in Christ. In those countries where we are unable to preach the Gospel openly, we continue to offer support to small and vulnerable Christian communities through our presence with them in their struggles. We invite people who have been abandoned or forgotten by society to find support and hope in vibrant faith communities.
In the U.S., we continue to invite all the baptized to share in the universal mission of the Church through actively supporting our various missionary endeavors or through exploring the missionary dimensions of their own faith with us in a cross cultural setting. We work with Korean, Hispanic, Filipino and Chinese communities in Washington, D.C., Bristol, Rhode Island, Omaha, Nebraska, El Paso, Texas (and across the border in Juarez, Mexico) and California. Our Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington, D.C., focuses on the issues of justice, peace and integrity of creation, raising awareness among lawmakers and providing young people with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the voiceless.
In all of our work, we strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said, “He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor.” (Lk 4:18)
The Missionary Society of St. Columban was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St. Columban, Ireland’s sixth century missionary to Europe.
For more information please visit the Columban Father's website.
The Social Hall has been home to the Holy Family Ministries for decades. We are continuing programs including the Sack Lunch Program, the Closet Door (formerly the Door Ministry), and Street Outreach. Some of our future visions include Bridges Out of Poverty and other classes, film screenings, game nights, and more.
For more information on the Holy Family Community Center, please visit svdpomaha.com.