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January 2016


Sixth-grader Lili Powers helps kindergarteners Kuei Akol, left, and Ramona Zulfer during an activity Jan. 12 for the buddies program at St. Philip Neri School in Omaha. Photo by Lisa Maxson for the Catholic Voice.

Eighth-grader Zach Molczyk, left, works on an art project this month with his “sacrament buddy,” second-grader Dominic Ullery at St. Gerald School in Ralston.

Buddy system builds community among students

Lili Powers slowly moved her finger over the words of a book as Kuei Akol and Ramona Zulfer sat beside her and followed along.


Missionary Benedictine Sister Frances Betz works Jan. 12 with several Latin Club members, second-grader Ayden Armell, left, his brothers, fifth-grader Isaiah and seventh-grader Austin, and fourth-graders Morgyn Horton and Ava Dobbins, in the St. Augustine Indian Mission library in Winnebago.

Latin Club brings important language to life

It was a pleasant surprise and proud moment for Esther Mercer – her 11-year-old son Isaiah Armell stepping up to the microphone at the Christmas program last month at St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago to recite the Lord’s Prayer in Latin.


Rachel Olive, executive director of Hunger Free Heartland, highlights the problem of hunger in the Omaha area at a meeting Jan. 16 at St. Pius X Church in Omaha. Several churches and social service agencies met to discuss multi-agency, interfaith efforts to help the working poor.

Omaha parish begins effort to battle hunger

Several Omaha-area churches and social service organizations gathered Jan. 16 at St. Pius X Church to learn about hunger in Omaha and to share ideas for addressing the issue.


Students prepare for the day last fall at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Centers of faith, community

It’s an annual, national celebration, but the values and quality honored during Catholic Schools Week are celebrated year-round by students, faculty and parents, said Patrick Slattery, superintendent of schools in the archdiocese.


Mural of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Church in Osmond.

Mural graces Osmond church

Parishioners at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Parish in Osmond received a special Christmas gift in this Jubilee of Mercy, which began Dec. 8, courtesy of a talented painter and a generous benefactor.

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