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November 2017


Helen Preusser of St. John the Baptist Parish in Petersburg, left, Kathy Buelt of St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville, and Pauline Pelster, also a member of St. John the Baptist, work on quilts for the needy Oct. 17 in Raeville. Photo courtesy of Lynell Morgan of The Elgin Review.

Quilters join forces to help those in need

Bordered by brown fields of beans and corn awaiting harvest and in the shadows of the regal St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville, the parish hall was a hive of activity.


Participants in the archdiocesan Encuentro gathering Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha process to the closing Mass with the Encuentro Cross. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.

Hispanics across archdiocese gather to share faith, experiences

Sometimes it’s hard to feel welcome, especially when moving to a new community – or in the case of many Hispanics, a new Catholic community.


Above, Bill Cutler, left, and Tom Heafey stand at the reception desk of the new Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory facility at 78th and West Center Road in Omaha. The building replaces one destroyed in a fire last year, and the ornamental glasswork in the background replaces a decades-old Tiffany window destroyed by the fire. Below, Tom Heafey looks at his fire-damaged but recently restored antique oak desk.

Funeral home survives fire, forges ahead

An antique, carved oak desk – significantly damaged but a survivor of a catastrophic fire – is a symbol of history and renewal for an Omaha business with roots da


Archbishop George J. Lucas is introduced by Kiley Allgood, a member of the youth group at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Bend and a senior at North Bend Central High School, at the National Catholic Youth Conference’s opening session Nov. 16 in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Kelli Emanuel.

Youths meet Christ in each other at NCYC

Before last month’s National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), Ryan Fabian and sisters Marin and Isabella Jetensky had only a limited sense of being part of the body of Christ.


Tom Venzor, left, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, license plate designer Shelley Novosad of Lincoln and Gov. Pete Ricketts help unveil the state’s “Choose Life” license plate at Bethlehem House Nov. 27 in Omaha. Photo by JOE RUFF/STAFF.

Pro-life license plates a symbol of hope

Nebraska’s pro-life license plate, unveiled Nov. 27 at an Omaha home for pregnant women in crisis and available beginning Jan. 1, is a symbol of hope and caring for the unborn and others in need, backers of the initiative said.

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