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February 2016


Elizabeth Gregory of St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue signs a page for the Book of the Elect at the Rite of Election Feb. 14 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Gregory was among catechumens signing the book to demonstrate their intent to receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. Looking on are Gregory’s sponsor, Susan Tracy, left, and a volunteer at the rite, Servants of Mary Sister Mary Ann Petrylka, adult education coordinator at St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Clergy, volunteers help those entering church

For years, Father Lydell Lape, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Columbus, has been accompanying people on their journey to full communion with the church.


Banners proclaim the names of Omaha-area schools represented at a special Feb. 4 eighth-grade Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week. More than 1,000 students filled St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Archbishop George J. Lucas greets students after the eighth-grade Mass.

Students join Archbishop Lucas celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Carrying colorful banners representing their schools, about two dozen eighth-graders – with more than 1,000 classmates looking on – helped lead the traditional opening and closing processions of a Feb. 4 Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week (CSW) at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Ash Wednesday

Angela Kramer, a member of St. John Vianney Parish in Omaha, receives ashes on her forehead from Father Richard Reiser, pastor, during a Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday Mass at the church.

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