Mary Our Queen School kindergartner Elizabeth Barta, left, gets some help with her letter to Santa Clause from seventh-grade buddy Abigail Elkins. Seventh-grade students at the Omaha school meet with kindergartners once a month for faith and fun activities such as making rosaries – and compiling Christmas wish lists for Santa.
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Third-grader Taka Goremsandu’s picture of a cigarette crossed out in a circle and the words "Just Do It," along with other efforts, helped the class win $100 in books and a pizza party at St. Bernard School in Omaha.
Sixteen students from V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School worked at food pantries and other area charities Nov. 21-23 as part of "SkyHawks in the City," a service project offered each semester by the Omaha school.
It even has an acronym – ARC – for academics, religion and community.
V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School and Creighton Preparatory School, both in Omaha, took first and second, respectively, in the Omaha Central High School chess tournament last month. St. Mary School in Bellevue placed second in the elementary school division.
Eighth-graders at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha help load about 50 boxes of books donated by students and their parents during a recent book drive to help stock the library at Sacred Heart School, also in Omaha.
Please excuse some reminiscing. It’s an effect caused by winding down on almost four decades working for the same employer; in my instance, the nine diocesan bishops who have served in Nebraska during that time and their association for public-policy purposes, the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).
It is with immense gratitude that I write this column. This month we complete the formal activities of the Ignite the Faith capital campaign that occurred in each of our 140 parishes and missions over the last two years, and the response has been overwhelming.
About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice
For those of you who aren’t Canadian, perhaps this name might not mean much, but Canada recently lost one of its great cultural icons, Jean Beliveau, a famed athlete. He died, and all Canadians, including this Canadian in exile, mourn his passing.