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Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, plans to remind people that the church walks with them in all phases of life – from birth to death – and the funeral liturgy is an important part of the journey.
Social media has been abuzz about the video of 29-year old Brittany Maynard who has terminal brain cancer and has announced she intends to commit suicide Nov. 1. Mrs. Maynard and her husband moved from California to Oregon where physician-assisted suicide is legal.
The U.S. Supreme Court took the odd and alarming step last week of quickly denying all seven petitions on appellate-court rulings that had struck down state prohibitions on recognition and/or re-definition of marriage as other than the union of a man and a woman.
In this part of the country, we have a reputation for our Midwestern work ethic. It is an enviable ethos that marks us as dependable, conscientious and productive. It is certainly a standing we should continue to seek and for which we can be proud.
Transitional Deacon Matthew Niggemeyer celebrates Oct. 2 with his parents, John and Sue, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, at a reception after his ordination in Rome.
Although I grew up in a loving, safe and nurturing family and community, one of the dominant memories of my childhood and teenage years is that of being restless and somehow discontent. My life always seemed too small, too confined, a life away from what was important in the world.
Father Mark Tomasiewicz, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Tekamah and Holy Family Parish in Decatur, blesses a sign provided by Knights of Columbus Council 15068 outside St. Patrick Church Oct. 5, Respect Life Sunday, after the 10 a.m. Mass. Parishioners prayed for respect for life at all stages, beginning at conception.
Hy-Vee employees, from left, Tina Petty, Don Kuhn and Nick Fitch, with inside help from Josh Schlotfeld, load a grocery cart Oct. 8 from the store at 5150 Center St. in Omaha for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at 2101 Leavenworth St.
Third-grade teacher assistant Susan Thonen and her students strike poses, including signs of "peace" and "I love you" Sept. 22 before heading to an icy treat after St. Wenceslaus School’s fifth-annual Knights Walk-A-Thon fundraiser. More than 800 students from preschool to eighth grade participated in the walk around the neighborhood.