Using a doll as a prop, deacon candidate Jay Wingler, right, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, practices the baptism rite with aspirant Terry Boer and wife, Lori, members of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, at a recent deacon formation class at Immaculata Monastery and Spirituality Center in Norfolk. Photo by Mike May/Catholic Voice
The 2008 funeral of a National Guard colleague was an eye-opener for Gary Krupa of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue.   During the tributes to Deacon Bob Chadwick of St. Leonard Parish in Madison, people talked about how he had touched them,... Read More

Several generations of the Rudloff family pose with a photo of Howard Rudloff’s mother, Clarice, who is among the family’s graduates of St. Bernard School in Omaha.
“Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved,” wrote Pope Francis in “The Joy of the Gospel” (no. 6). That kind of joy and... Read More
Archbishop George J. Lucas reports on the archdiocese's financial health: "It is my privilege to present the financial report for the central administration of the Archdiocese of Omaha for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. I remain grateful to... Read More

Chelsie and Jeremy Promes of St. Boniface Parish in Menominee are greeted by Archbishop George J. Lucas at the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Chelsie is journeying toward confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff
It’s brought order out of chaos, meaning to a life that had become dry and mechanical, and a closeness to Christ that Chelsie Promes could not have imagined.   It’s the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) – entry into full communion... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas celebrates Mass Jan. 30 with 15 priests at St. Mary Church in Norfolk during the inaugural all-rural Catholic school Mass for Catholic Schools Week. About 300 students from 21 schools and 19 towns attended the gathering, which included a mini-retreat.
NORFOLK – At the inaugural all-rural Catholic schools Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30, the focus was on unity.   Michael Ashton, superintendent, emphasized it as he welcomed about 300 students from 21 schools and 19 towns,... Read More

Benedictine Sister Carol Jean VanDenHemel, foreground, Benedictine Brother August Schaefer, Connor Kerschinske, a St. John Paul II Newman Center parishioner, and Father Andrew Roza, associate pastor and archdiocesan vocations director, enjoy building relationships while building “settlements” with the Settlers of Catan board game Feb. 3 at the center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Photo by Elizabeth Wells/For the Catholic Voice
A promise of prayer, food and board games drew about two dozen students and young adults to a gathering with priests and members of consecrated life communities at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)... Read More

Using a doll as a prop, deacon candidate Jay Wingler, right, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion, practices the baptism rite with aspirant Terry Boer and wife, Lori, members of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, at a recent deacon formation class at Immaculata Monastery and Spirituality Center in Norfolk. Photo by Mike May/Catholic Voice

Several generations of the Rudloff family pose with a photo of Howard Rudloff’s mother, Clarice, who is among the family’s graduates of St. Bernard School in Omaha.

Chelsie and Jeremy Promes of St. Boniface Parish in Menominee are greeted by Archbishop George J. Lucas at the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Chelsie is journeying toward confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff

Archbishop George J. Lucas celebrates Mass Jan. 30 with 15 priests at St. Mary Church in Norfolk during the inaugural all-rural Catholic school Mass for Catholic Schools Week. About 300 students from 21 schools and 19 towns attended the gathering, which included a mini-retreat.

Benedictine Sister Carol Jean VanDenHemel, foreground, Benedictine Brother August Schaefer, Connor Kerschinske, a St. John Paul II Newman Center parishioner, and Father Andrew Roza, associate pastor and archdiocesan vocations director, enjoy building relationships while building “settlements” with the Settlers of Catan board game Feb. 3 at the center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Photo by Elizabeth Wells/For the Catholic Voice

Sujey Sayre of St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City smiles after being greeted with her husband, Mark, by Archbishop George J. Lucas at the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. As the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Mark Sayre hopes to receive the sacraments of confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil.
Addressing hundreds of people seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, Archbishop George J. Lucas assured them God has a plan – calling all to sainthood and eternal life with him. From baptism through confirmation, first Communion and the other sacraments, God demonstrates his desire that...
Creating fertile ground for vocations will be a major theme of a Feb. 24 Lenten morning retreat at Christ the King Parish in Omaha.   And realizing the connection between nurturing vocations and living the ways of Christian discipleship, including encountering Jesus, learning about the church...
Providing a visible reminder – in the form of a small, cardboard box – for people to make sacrifices for the poor, the 43rd annual Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl project is underway in parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese and around the country.    This year’s theme, “...

Eighth-grader Haley Hoffman leads her classmates onto the volleyball court to take on the teachers as part of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha. The teachers swept the Feb. 2 competition, but that didn’t quell the eighth-graders’ spirits. More Catholic Schools Week photos PAGE 24 and at catholicvoiceomaha.com.
Special Masses, prayers, lighthearted athletic competitions – sometimes pitting students against teachers – as well as Catholic trivia contests, service projects and other events highlighted Catholic Schools Week (CSW) Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 in the Archdiocese of Omaha.   Photos help tell the CSW...

                 

     

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