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March 2010

Knights State Council plans Marian festival

Although more than 475 years have passed since Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City, her message to bring people closer to her son, Jesus, is the same today.

And the Nebraska State Council of the Knights of Columbus hopes to emphasize that message and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe March 27 at a Marian Festival in Lincoln.

Mike Conrad, state deputy for the Nebraska State Council, said organizers hope to draw thousands from Nebraska and the Midwest to the Pershing Center event.

Priest, 53, succumbs to cancer after long battle

For eight years, Father Daniel Keller lived and battled cancer, which claimed his life March 8 at the age of 53.

A funeral Mass was held March 12 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha, where Father Keller was in residence on medical leave since 2002.

Entombment was at the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum in Omaha.

Father Keller is survived by parents, Lloyd and Janet Keller; siblings, Nancy Lee and Greg Keller; family and friends.

Priests say it's not too late to spend time with the Lord

When parishioners come to Father Steven Stillmunks, pastor at Christ the King Church in Omaha, and tell him they haven't done anything this year for Lent, he gives them a simple answer.

There's still time.

"Here we are in the home stretch and it's not too late to start spending a little more time with the Lord," Father Stillmunks said. "Just take a half-hour each day and have quiet time with the Lord by going for a walk or praying quietly."

Priests say it's not too late to spend time with the Lord

When parishioners come to Father Steven Stillmunks, pastor at Christ the King Church in Omaha, and tell him they haven't done anything this year for Lent, he gives them a simple answer.

There's still time.

"Here we are in the home stretch and it's not too late to start spending a little more time with the Lord," Father Stillmunks said. "Just take a half-hour each day and have quiet time with the Lord by going for a walk or praying quietly."

Omaha man's love doesn't end when sickness takes over

When Elmer Jackson made those wedding vows about better and worse, richer and poorer and sickness and health 67 years ago to his wife, Mary, he probably didn't fully understand the meaning of what he was promising.

But he does now.

Sitting next to his wife, Elmer looked like a man in love.

There was a twinkle in the 89-year-old's eye during his visit to her room at Parsons House, an assisted living facility in West Omaha.

"She always looks pretty," Elmer said while looking at a photo taken when they were dating.

Omaha man's love doesn't end when sickness takes over

When Elmer Jackson made those wedding vows about better and worse, richer and poorer and sickness and health 67 years ago to his wife, Mary, he probably didn't fully understand the meaning of what he was promising.

But he does now.

Sitting next to his wife, Elmer looked like a man in love.

There was a twinkle in the 89-year-old's eye during his visit to her room at Parsons House, an assisted living facility in West Omaha.

"She always looks pretty," Elmer said while looking at a photo taken when they were dating.

Getting married in the Catholic Church? Answers to questions you might have as you prepare for your big day

As couples begin preparing for their wedding and marriage, they face many decisions and often have many questions. The Catholic Voice turned to two archdiocesan officials - Father Patrick Harrison, judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Omaha who works with annulment cases, and Valerie Conzett, director of the Archdiocesan Family Life Office - for answers to some of those questions. This Q&A summarizes their answers and also includes information from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Policy book.

Q. When do we need to approach our parish to be married?

Getting married in the Catholic Church? Answers to questions you might have as you prepare for your big day

As couples begin preparing for their wedding and marriage, they face many decisions and often have many questions. The Catholic Voice turned to two archdiocesan officials - Father Patrick Harrison, judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Omaha who works with annulment cases, and Valerie Conzett, director of the Archdiocesan Family Life Office - for answers to some of those questions. This Q&A summarizes their answers and also includes information from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Policy book.

Q. When do we need to approach our parish to be married?

Students create blankets for auction



Students at St. Boniface School in Elgin helped create no-sew fleece blankets for the St. Boniface auction March 14. Each class created one blanket. Pictured, from left to right, in the first row is Sadie Heckert, kindergarten, and Layne Bullock, first grade; second row is Lauren Seier, third grade, and Taralyn Baum, fourth grade; third row are sixth-graders Samantha Voss and Lexie Heithoff, and Noah Knievel, fifth grade.

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