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March 2017


Peg Ricketts, a member of St. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish in Omaha, receives ashes at an Ash Wednesday Mass March 1 from Father John Andrews, pastor, at St. Philip Neri Church.

Peg Ricketts in her kitchen, with a prayer candle she keeps lit 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and a statue of Jesus washing the feet of an apostle.

Simple, profound practices can make season special

Sometimes, Lent might be honored simply by folding a pile of family laundry before bedtime – while bringing meditations about Mary, Jesus and Joseph to the task.

Superintendent of Catholic schools taking education job in Baltimore

The superintendent of schools in the archdiocese, Patrick Slattery, is leaving his post on June 30 for a leadership role in a Baltimore-based network of 13 Catholic high schools in five states.

Beginning July 10, Slattery will serve as executive director of Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools in Maryland, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.


Charlene Shambare, left, a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha, reviews notes with her sister Roshna during RCIA class Feb. 23.

Thomas Blechschmidt, right, talks with his Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) sponsor, Cort Irish, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, during a Feb. 23 RCIA class.

Recent converts help others join church

More than 350 soon-to-be-Catholics will gather March 5 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha for the annual Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion with Archbishop George J. Lucas.

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