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January 2010

Catholic Schools Week

"Catholic Schools - Dividends for Life" is the theme for the 2010 Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 6.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, students will mark the week-long celebration with dress-up days, litugies and other activities, and eighth-graders in Omaha will gather Feb. 4 for the annual Eighth Grade Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Nebraska's first Catholic coed school marks 125th anniversary

WEST POINT - Guardian Angels School is an anchor in this farming community of nearly 3,500 people and it's been that way for more than a century.

For the past 125 years, the Catholic preK-8 school has educated generations of families in academics, faith and morals, and Guardian Angels continues to have the community's support, said Janet Ortmeier, a third grade teacher at the school.

Ralston school celebrates golden anniversary

The year was 1959.

Alaska and Hawaii were admitted as states.

The Second Vatican Council convened in Rome.

The Barbie doll debuted.

And St. Gerald School in Ralston opened with 125 students in grades 1 through 8. There was no tuition and most students walked to school from the surrounding neighborhoods.

Fifty years later, the Catholic school celebrates its golden anniversary with nearly 400 students who come from many of the surrounding cities, including Bellevue, Millard, Omaha, LaVista and Papillion.

Celebrating education, celebrating history

For two schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Catholic Schools Week is even more special this year.

St. Gerald School in Ralston is in the middle of its 50th year and Guardian Angels School in West Point will mark its 125th anniversary March 5.

Msgr. James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, said the schools' presence has influenced the faith of people in their communities.

Generations make up part of school history

Since its doors opened Sept. 1, 1900, St. Mary School in O'Neill has seen generation after generation of students come and go.

And the Shoemaker family has been a big part of that generation legacy. The families of Charles Shoemaker and his younger brother, John, have each seen five generations enter the school.

The first family members to graduate from St. Mary School were Charles' daughters, Mae (Shoemaker) Hickey, and her sister, Ella, in 1913.

Generations make up part of school history

Since its doors opened Sept. 1, 1900, St. Mary School in O'Neill has seen generation after generation of students come and go.

And the Shoemaker family has been a big part of that generation legacy. The families of Charles Shoemaker and his younger brother, John, have each seen five generations enter the school.

The first family members to graduate from St. Mary School were Charles' daughters, Mae (Shoemaker) Hickey, and her sister, Ella, in 1913.

Art helps students learn church history

Mattie Germer has found a way to make Christian art interesting to 15-year-old boys and help them grow in their faith in the process.

Germer, a history teacher at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, uses a variety of approaches - including art scavenger hunts - to engage both the mind and spirit of the sophomore students in her church history class.

Artists use symbols, from colors to objects, to convey the story of a person, generally a saint, or an event from a particular period of time, said Germer, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha.

Art helps students learn church history

Mattie Germer has found a way to make Christian art interesting to 15-year-old boys and help them grow in their faith in the process.

Germer, a history teacher at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, uses a variety of approaches - including art scavenger hunts - to engage both the mind and spirit of the sophomore students in her church history class.

Artists use symbols, from colors to objects, to convey the story of a person, generally a saint, or an event from a particular period of time, said Germer, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha.

Coptic Church patriarch to visit St. John Church

Patriarch Antonios Naguib of the Coptic Catholic Church will be a special guest and concelebrant at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Jan. 31 at St. John Church on the Creighton University campus in Omaha.

Named patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in 2006, he was ordained in 1960 and became bishop of Minya, Egypt, in 1977, serving there until his appointment as patriarch.

Patriarch Naguib is president of the Synod of the Catholic Coptic Church and the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt.

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