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December 2014

BLUM-Jacob J.

BLUM-Jacob J., 21. Funeral Mass Dec. 20 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Graveside service 3 p.m., Dec. 20 at St. Francis Cemetery, Humphrey. Survived by father, Phil Blum and Joy Henn; mother, Janet Blum; sister, Jessica; special friend, Aubrey Strong; grandparents, George and Elizabeth Brockhaus, and Sylvia Blum; aunts; uncles; cousins; friends. Memorials to the family.


Rachel Madej and her husband, Michael, view a crèche from Peru Dec. 6 at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler. Their children from left are Lolek, 1, Veronica, 9, Michael Jr., 12, Gabriel, 6, and Viviana, 3.

St. Benedict Center’s Nativity sets draw families

Every Christmas for the last eight years – nearly as long as they have lived in the area – Rachel Madej and her family have paid a special visit to the St. Benedict Center near Schuyler.


Father Daniel Andrews, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, greets the audience at a Dec. 7 Christmas program at Norfolk Catholic Elementary School.

Choirs, bands create beautiful sounds

Musicians across the archdiocese – carrying on the ancient tradition of singing God’s praises – go into high gear at Christmas, spending weeks, even months preparing.

Holiday concert

Fifth-graders Grace Biltoft, left, and Kendra Loecker of Holy Trinity School in Hartington practice their angel roles during a dress rehearsal for the school’s Christmas concert, held Dec. 10 in the school gym.

Special Cantana

From left, Jamal Wright, DaShawn Webb, Keziah Moore, Marion Holmes and Tadrus Dau are the three kings and Mary and Joseph in Sacred Heart School’s Dec. 10 "An Advent-Christmas Cantata: Waiting for Love," in Sacred Heart Church in Omaha. The all-school performance included 43 readers and more than 40 dancers.

Third-grad pageant

Third-graders at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha play out the Christmas story Dec. 9 at the school’s annual Christmas Cantata. Mary Our Queen is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the cantata dates back at least 30 years.

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