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October 2013

Group traveling to Ireland seeks unified prayer for sainthood cause

A crest symbolizing key points in the life of Father Edward Flanagan and a prayerful sense of unity in the cause for sainthood of the founder of Boys Town in Omaha were important takeaways from a five-day trip to the Irish priest's native land, said people in the Archdiocese of Omaha who made the journey and are promoting the cause.

Group traveling to Ireland seeks unified prayer for sainthood cause

A crest symbolizing key points in the life of Father Edward Flanagan and a prayerful sense of unity in the cause for sainthood of the founder of Boys Town in Omaha were important takeaways from a five-day trip to the Irish priest's native land, said people in the Archdiocese of Omaha who made the journey and are promoting the cause.

Catholic Charities urges immigration reform

Stressing the need for a path to citizenship for immigrants who have come to call the United States home but find the naturalization process inaccessible and prohibitive, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha urged in a letter to the editor published in the Omaha World-Herald that the U.S. House join the Senate in passing immigration reform.

Family plans big celebration for 70th wedding anniversary

Like many families, Lawrence and Mildred Lechtenberg of Sacred Heart Parish in Boyd County will pause this Thanksgiving season to give thanks for all their blessings.

But this year is a little special for the farm couple near Butte: They will gather with approximately 300 family and friends - including community members and parishioners from churches in all three towns that make up the parish - to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

Youth rallies attract hundreds of participants, help deepen the faith

Trust and faith - when destinations are not known or persecution is present - were themes for two separate youth rallies that drew a total of 350 junior high school students to rural and urban locations last month.

Nearly 90 seventh- and eighth-graders from rural parishes put their trust in God during a mystery trip youth rally Oct. 19 as they traveled hundreds of miles across the archdiocese - unaware of where they were going - in two buses to four locations chosen by Archbishop George J. Lucas.

Youth rallies attract hundreds of participants, help deepen the faith

Trust and faith - when destinations are not known or persecution is present - were themes for two separate youth rallies that drew a total of 350 junior high school students to rural and urban locations last month.

Nearly 90 seventh- and eighth-graders from rural parishes put their trust in God during a mystery trip youth rally Oct. 19 as they traveled hundreds of miles across the archdiocese - unaware of where they were going - in two buses to four locations chosen by Archbishop George J. Lucas.

Participants in March for Life fueled by spiritual renewal, forging friendships

The archdiocesan-sponsored trip to the March for Life is an opportunity to stand up for the unborn - and it offers spiritual renewal on a personal level, say students who have boarded buses more than once to the pro-life rally in Washington, D.C.

From daily Mass and confession opportunities to meeting priests, religious sisters and faith-filled peers, participants are immersed in prayer, said Zach Mellender, a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha who was schooled at home and attended the march all four years of high school.

Participants in March for Life fueled by spiritual renewal, forging friendships

The archdiocesan-sponsored trip to the March for Life is an opportunity to stand up for the unborn - and it offers spiritual renewal on a personal level, say students who have boarded buses more than once to the pro-life rally in Washington, D.C.

From daily Mass and confession opportunities to meeting priests, religious sisters and faith-filled peers, participants are immersed in prayer, said Zach Mellender, a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha who was schooled at home and attended the march all four years of high school.

High school students return to vocations event as ushers

More than 1,000 sixth graders from Omaha-area Catholic schools chatted and grinned as they gathered for Vocation Awareness Day Oct. 18 at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

But they weren't the only excited participants.

About a dozen high school students returned to the event this year to work as ushers and relive their experience from an older, more mature vantage point.

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