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November 2014


Fifth-graders at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha practice a song Nov. 11 during music class with teacher Mary Alice Laferla. Back row, from left, Luke Muse, Ben Bernier; front row, Emma Hetherington, Kate Timmerman and Ashton Lagasse. Photo by DAVID GOUGER/STAFF.

Fifty years of giving highlight Omaha school

Along with faith formation and academic excellence, commitment to service has been an important part of student life for 50 years at Mary Our Queen School.


Lee Ferrante, left, maintenance, and Doug Bloomquist, facilities engineer, place a guardian angel statue in the first floor conference hall of the Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center in Omaha. The statue came from Blessed Sacrament Church, which closed when the parish merged in June with St. Philip Neri Parish. Photo by David Gouger/Staff.

New home for artwork from merged parishes

Creating a faith-filled atmosphere and preserving church history.


Father Ralph O’Donnell, an archdiocesan priest currently serving as vice rector of Immaculate Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., and set in January to take a national post promoting vocations, leads a father and son retreat in July 2006 at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler.

Retreats vary in format and goals

Who wouldn’t like something that starts with a nap?

And that is just one possible – perhaps even unexpected – benefit of a retreat, or time spent with heart and mind focused on God, said Father Damian Zuerlein, pastor of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion.

Cemeteries director retiring

After a 45-year career that spanned the military, education and finally service as director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Deacon Bill Hill said it is time to slow down.

He will retire at age 65 from Catholic Cemeteries effective June 1.

Frozen Food Sales

Cecilia Cohen, a junior at Mercy High School, bends under the weight of a box full of frozen food given her by classmate Meagan Austin at the Omaha school Nov. 11, distribution day for frozen pizzas, pies, cookie dough and other goods sold to boost the school’s negotiated tuition program.

Saintly Display

St. Patrick School fifth-grader Caleigh Copenhaver shares her display on St. Zita of Italy with Alexis Beller, a parent of five students at the Elkhorn school. The fifth-grade students dressed up as saints and presented the information Oct. 30 at the school’s fifth-annual Saint "Wax" Museum.

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