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September 2015


Students from eight Omaha-area Catholic high schools watch a livestream Sept. 24 of Pope Francis addressing a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. They gathered at Creighton University in Omaha. Creighton University photo

Francis’ address to Congress inspires students

When Pope Francis urged the U.S. Congress Sept. 24 to avoid bickering and even hatred that could smother the country’s past, promise and potential, more than lawmakers were listening.


Sixth-graders Avery Dierman, left, and Abee Hutchinson decorate treat bags Sept. 10 at St. Anthony School in Columbus as fifth- and sixth-graders remembered the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the East Coast by honoring local fire and police officers, moms and dads and others identified as heroes in their lives. Students gathered biographies for about 25 people and posted them in an entrance to the school, and invited their heroes for a Sept. 11 prayer service.

Remebering 9/11

Sixth-graders Avery Dierman, left, and Abee Hutchinson decorate treat bags Sept. 10 at St. Anthony School in Columbus as fifth- and sixth-graders remembered the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the East Coast by honoring local fire and police officers, moms and dads and others identified as heroes in their lives.


Fourth-grader Luke Hojnicki, left, kindergartner Mia Hirschfeld, and two of Hojnicki’s classmates, twin sisters McKenna and Madison Stover, participate in eucharistic adoration Sept. 17 at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha. Students gather once each month for exposition and Benediction, taking time as well to pray in groups before the Eucharist.

Grandparents Day

First-grader Leah Wheatley and her grandparents Linda and Rick Wheatley of Omaha relax during Grandparents Day Sept. 11 at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha. More than 300 grandparents visited classrooms, celebrated Mass and had cookies and punch.

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