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February 2017


Tom Zadina of St. Stanislaus Parish in Omaha stands at the third Station of the Cross at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha. Zadina attended the Good Friday outdoor stations at the cemetery last year, as well as indoor Stations of the Cross offered several times during Lent at nearby Resurrection Cemetery, all held by Catholic Cemeteries. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Catholic Cemeteries to offer stations for second year

About 40 people attended Stations of the Cross each Wednesday they were offered during Lent last year at Catholic Cemeteries’ Holy Angels Mausoleum in Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha – and the same opportunity will be offered again this year.


Syrian refugees Ahmed Al Kango and his wife, Sahar, help their children learn English Feb. 7 in their Elkhorn home, Mohamad, left, Ghaith, and Abdulrazzaq with his father.

Aisha Ramadan, a refugee from Syria living in Omaha, and her daughter, Wala, enjoy the moment at a Feb. 12 party for Syrian refugees at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha.

Families help Syrian refugees in need

It’s families helping families.


Sharon Doran, teaching director of Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study, addresses more than 400 women at a Dec. 4 Magnificat gathering at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Omaha. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.

Women’s ministry focuses on faith, evangelization

A brunch later this month will be a chance for Catholic women, including those who have fallen away from the faith, to share the joy of the Lord with one another, be inspired and foster a desire to grow in holiness.


Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) fill their bowls at a pre-hockey game gathering at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near campus Feb. 10 – one of many ways students are building community at the center. In line are Aaron Borcyk, left, a UNO freshman, and Newman Center residents Matt Davis, Amy Keiter and Brett Dishman, also freshmen at the university. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Preparing snacks for a pre-hockey game gathering at the St. John Paul II Newman Center Feb. 10 are Megan Stokebrand, left, a senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and a resident adviser; Kelsey McCann, a missionary at UNO with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students; and Sydney Svehla, a senior at the College of Saint Mary and a resident adviser. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Newman Center students creating bonds

After six months together at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, residents – and non-residents – are creating bonds based on friendship, sharing and faith.


Several of the high school students prevented by a snowstorm from attending the Jan. 27 March for Life in Washington, D.C., throw snowballs at Terry Reicks, a member of St. Boniface Parish in Elgin and one of the adult leaders for the group, during a retreat at the Tintern Retreat and Resource Center near Oakdale.

Reicks and students prepare to burn slips of paper offering their frustration to God at not making the march as they gather for the retreat, which focused on pro-life issues and prayers for those who could attend the event.

Student retreat after snowstorm provides another way to defend life

Fifteen high school students turned disappointment and frustration into hope and joy by creating a retreat after a snowstorm prevented them from joining the archdiocese’s pilgrimage to the Jan. 27 March for Life in Washington, D.C.


St. Joan of Arc and St. Stephen the Martyr school banners are among many carried by students from the Omaha area in the procession Feb. 2 before the annual eighth-grade Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

Faith Bossert, left, Cassie Martin, Amy Conner and first-grade teacher associate Pam Bunda of St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha visit with Archbishop George J. Lucas after the eighth-grade Mass.

Archbishop helps celebrate CSW with eighth-grade Mass in Omaha

About 1,200 eighth-grade students from Omaha-area Catholic schools heard a call to discipleship from Archbishop George J. Lucas Feb. 2 at the annual eighth-grade Mass during Catholic Schools Week (CSW).

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