Patrick Castle, founder of the pro-life LIFE Runners organization, carries a crucifix in the Vigil for Life rosary procession on Sept. 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. With him are Alyssa Gahl, left, and Janice Todd. All are members of St. Matthew Parish in Bellevue. Participants in the rosary procession walked and prayed from St. Mary Church in Bellevue to a nearby abortion clinic and back to the church. Archbishop George J. Lucas led the prayers. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designates October as Respect Life Month every year. That appellation gives rise to the Catholic Voice’s annual Respect Life coverage in our first issue of the month. The theme this year is “Christ Our Hope:... Read More

Judy Mansisidor, a parishioner at both St. Mary Parish in Bellevue and Our Lady of Peace Parish at Offutt Air Force Base, leads a Sept. 14 rosary procession with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. The procession, from St. Mary Church to the nearby Bellevue abortion clinic, was part of the archdiocese’s annual Vigil for Life. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF
Angi Castle and Prissila Burgos often witness the cross. As sidewalk counselors with a regular Saturday morning shift outside a Bellevue abortion clinic, they see a lot of pain and suffering. They encounter women and families in difficult situations... Read More

Cullen Herout of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha has a “Ready to Stand” radio program on the Spirit Catholic Radio network that focuses on pro-life topics. He also writes for numerous publications. COURTESY PHOTO
As a mental health practitioner who has worked with a post-abortion healing ministry, Cullen Herout has seen the pain abortion can inflict. But in that capacity he also has seen God’s “incredible love and mercy” at work. Colored by that experience... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas, assisted by Deacons Mike Conzett, left, and Chuck Adams, blesses a reliquary in the base of a statue of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which contains a first-class relic of the saint. The blessing took place during a Sept. 21 Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Margaret Mary Parish. ROBERT ERVIN
Seven years ago LesLee Hacker was distraught. Her daughter Lauren had just been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Having worked in a hospital’s pathology department, she knew the seriousness of the often fatal disease. She knew she had to be... Read More

Deacon Ken Broz assists Father Matthew Gutowski, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, at morning Mass Sept. 16. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Ken Broz was content with his commitment level to his parish and the church. He was already a lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion and acolyte for St. Mary Parish in Ashland, Nebraska (in the Lincoln diocese), and considered that to be... Read More

St. Stanislaus pilgrims stand atop Mount Gubalowka, above the town of Zakopane, Poland, on Sept. 1. From left are Mary Ann Gridley, Tom Jodlowski, Sharon Saniuk, Deacon Daniel Saniuk, Cathie Dieteman, Pat Dieteman, Steve Sanuik and Melissa Sanuik. COURTESY PHOTO
Twenty-one people – parishioners and others associated with St. Stanislaus Parish in Omaha – went to Poland, seeking to grow closer to God. They didn’t journey by themselves on the pilgrimage, part of the parish’s centennial celebration.  The... Read More

Patrick Castle, founder of the pro-life LIFE Runners organization, carries a crucifix in the Vigil for Life rosary procession on Sept. 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. With him are Alyssa Gahl, left, and Janice Todd. All are members of St. Matthew Parish in Bellevue. Participants in the rosary procession walked and prayed from St. Mary Church in Bellevue to a nearby abortion clinic and back to the church. Archbishop George J. Lucas led the prayers. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF

Judy Mansisidor, a parishioner at both St. Mary Parish in Bellevue and Our Lady of Peace Parish at Offutt Air Force Base, leads a Sept. 14 rosary procession with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn. The procession, from St. Mary Church to the nearby Bellevue abortion clinic, was part of the archdiocese’s annual Vigil for Life. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF

Cullen Herout of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha has a “Ready to Stand” radio program on the Spirit Catholic Radio network that focuses on pro-life topics. He also writes for numerous publications. COURTESY PHOTO

Archbishop George J. Lucas, assisted by Deacons Mike Conzett, left, and Chuck Adams, blesses a reliquary in the base of a statue of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, which contains a first-class relic of the saint. The blessing took place during a Sept. 21 Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Margaret Mary Parish. ROBERT ERVIN

Deacon Ken Broz assists Father Matthew Gutowski, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, at morning Mass Sept. 16. MIKE MAY/STAFF

St. Stanislaus pilgrims stand atop Mount Gubalowka, above the town of Zakopane, Poland, on Sept. 1. From left are Mary Ann Gridley, Tom Jodlowski, Sharon Saniuk, Deacon Daniel Saniuk, Cathie Dieteman, Pat Dieteman, Steve Sanuik and Melissa Sanuik. COURTESY PHOTO
Deacon William J. Barnes, who served St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha for more than 20 years, is being remembered for his kindness and gentleness, and as someone who “preached from his heart.” Deacon Barnes died Sept. 30 in Omaha. He was 79. A funeral Mass was held Oct. 7 at St. Vincent de Paul...

Archbishop George J. Lucas visits with St. Thomas More School students before blessing public safety equipment after the Oct. 1 Blue Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha. With the archbishop are, from left, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen and Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. The annual Blue Mass honors law enforcement and fire personnel of all faiths. SUSAN SZALEWSKI/STAFF

Phillip Keller put his drawing skills to work to show his support for the unborn, and had his artwork displayed in a larger-than-life format for all to see. An eighth-grade student at St. Francis School in Humphrey, he was the grand prize winner in an art contest sponsored by Humphrey Knights of Columbus Council 1794. His winning artwork has been displayed since July on a billboard on Highway 81 outside Humphrey. PATRICK MURPHY/HUMPHREY DEMOCRAT
Looking for ways to publicly witness to the intrinsic value of human life with others who think like you do? The month of October offers at least two great opportunities: Life Chain and 40 Days for Life. Life Chain demonstrations on Oct. 6 will provide a prayerful, pro-life witness in more than 25,...

                 

     

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