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May 2017


Father Gerry Gonderinger, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler, during Mass in a public high school gym as part of a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration.

Parish marks Divine Mercy with installation of relic

More than 1,500 people – about 600 more than most weekends – attended Masses at Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler April 22-23 as part of a Divine Mercy celebration that included a Eucharistic procession led by the Knights of Columbus, Latino music and dancing and installation of an important relic.


Catholics and Lutherans gathered May 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha for a prayer service to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and efforts to continue dialogue between the two faith communities. Archbishop George J. Lucas, right, and Lutheran Bishop Brian Maas led the service, which included sprinkling holy water on the congregation.

Bishops lead ecumenical service

Opening the doors of St. Cecilia Cathedral to the ritual knock of Lutheran Bishop Brian Maas, Archbishop George J. Lucas greeted him with an embrace.


Marius Baumert, a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Aloys, works in the hobby shop in his home on a replica of the parish’s original wood-frame church. On the same table is a model he built of the former school, and both are on display in the parish rectory after being showcased last year at the parish’s 125th anniversary celebration. Photo by Delores Meister/for the Catholic Voice.

St. Aloysius parishioner shares hobby, talent

Eighty-four-year-old Marius Baumert, a lifetime member of St. Aloysius Parish in Aloys, is putting his woodworking to good use – serving his family, church and community.


Mercedes Aguilar, left, and her husband, Alex, review U.S. history April 4 – with help from their daughters, Mia and Estefania – as they prepare to become U.S. citizens. Catholic Charities is helping the couple, members of St. Cecilia Parish in Omaha, work through the naturalization process. Photo by Lisa Maxson/for the Catholic Voice.

Immigrants appreciate Catholic Charities aid

If Catholic Charities is looking for an endorsement for its assistance to immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens, the charitable arm of the archdiocese need only turn to Mercedes Aguilar and Arturo Adame.


Whitney Bradley, Respect Life Apostolate coordinator with the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation, left, and Jeanna and Robert Faulhaber of St. Bernard Parish in Omaha applaud Gov. Pete Ricketts’ April 26 signing in Lincoln of LB506, the Compassion and Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act.

Nebraska Catholic Conference sees progress this legislative term

Nearly a month still remains in this session of the state Legislature, but the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) already has seen several victories for pro-life issues, health care, human dignity and religious freedom.

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