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January 2017


Father Vitalis Anyanike, pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha, helps Angela Hardin, left, and Perlie Whitley adjust the altar linens on the new church altar Jan. 10. The women are part the parish’s worship and spiritual life committee.

Faith, prayers drive renovations

When Father Vitalis Anyanike celebrates Mass at the newly renovated St. Benedict the Moor Church in Omaha, he stands on the prayers of his parishioners.


Second-graders Corbin Rusiecki, left, Elena Brown and Riley Mogis compete for the ball in a round of scooter soccer Jan. 11 at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Amy Sund’s fourth-grade students use exercise balls instead of chairs as one way to keep them active in the classroom at Archbishop Bergan Catholic School in Fremont.

Developing lifelong habits key to fitness and health

It’s not your parents’ gym class anymore.


Mary Lentino, a kindergarten teacher at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue, helps a student with her phonics lesson Jan. 13 using an iPad, which the school received through grants from the Ignite the Faith capital campaign. Lentino said technology upgrades enhance the way she is able to teach her students. Photo by LISA MAXSON/For the Catholic Voice.

Technology upgrades enhance students’ learning experience

Kindergartners in Mary Lentino’s class used their index fingers to write the word "mud" on their iPad screens during a recent phonics lesson at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue.


More than 4,000 people chanted, prayed and carried signs defending life in the seven blocks between the state Capitol and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union Jan. 14 in the annual Walk for Life in Lincoln.

Carmen and Brent Melliger of St. Anthony Parish in Columbus, with five of their seven children, listen to speakers before the march.

More than 4,000 join Lincoln Walk for Life

With messages of love and life, prayer and assistance to those in need in the battle against abortion, more than 4,000 people from across Nebraska came to Lincoln Jan. 14 for the annual Walk for Life.


Carlos Ddominguez prepares to enjoy breakfast at Assumption-Guadalupe’s parish hall Jan. 5 as secretary-receptionist and breakfast founder Zita Herrera helps at the counter. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Weekly breakfast is available for those in need

As a secretary-receptionist at Assumption-Guadalupe Parish in southeast Omaha, Zita Herrera sees great need at the doorstep every day: People hungry, sometimes lonely, seeking help with utilities and rent, often looking for work.

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