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November 2016

The end of the world

People are forever predicting the end of the world. In Christian circles, this is generally connected with speculation around the promise Jesus made at his ascension, namely, that he would be coming back, and soon, to bring history to its culmination and establish God’s eternal kingdom.


Fourth-graders Amy Praest, right, Addison Baumert and Joseph Blaha help decorate a Christmas tree in the main hallway at St. Wenceslaus School in Dodge. Students place gifts under the tree for residents of a local nursing home.

Sophomores Emily Ernst, right, and Claire Donahoe pray with Scripture in the spirituality unit of their theology course “Paschal Mystery” at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha. Advent prayer stations for students at Duchesne Nov. 29 to Dec. are part of the Paschal Mystery course, but all students are invited to spend time in the chapel before or after school, between classes or during a study hall.

Parishes and schools stress reason for season

Kirsten Nelson remembers sitting in the back of her high school’s chapel during Advent last year, decompressing while reflecting on the busy holiday season and what Christmas is really all about.


Rachel Kraft of Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Adalbert Parish in Omaha leads six of her seven children in their home Nov. 21 making saint ornaments to prepare for Christmas. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.

Family keeps Advent focus on Christ

Eleven-year-old Zac Kraft used an orange-colored pencil to shade in the hair in a picture of St. Barbara, paying attention to staying inside the lines.

Good breakfast

Melanie Stara’s fourth-grade students cheer at Holy Name School in Omaha while enjoying a free breakfast provided by Chicago-based Action for Healthy Kids. The school applied for and won a grant from the nonprofit organization providing a free breakfast twice a month for all children at the school.

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