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December 2017


Above, Second-grader Leena Brunt, who played Peppermint Patty, visits with Clara Miserez of New Cassel after the performance. Below, Second-grader Jimmy Prchal of St. Gerald School as Charlie Brown and classmate Rachel Wright as Lucy stand ready to help during “A Charlie Brown Christmas” presentation at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha.

Students bring cheer to senior residents

Second-graders from St. Gerald School in Ralston brought Christmas cheer to New Cassel Retirement Center residents and family members Dec.


Archbishop George J. Lucas kneels during the penitential rite with Deacon Mark White of St. Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Bellevue as part of a Dec. 5 prayer service at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha for victims of sexual and other forms of abuse. Photo by Mike May/Staff.

Archbishop prays with victims of abuse

Victims of sexual, emotional and physical abuse, their family members, friends and others were invited to join Archbishop George J. Lucas Dec. 5 to pray for comfort and healing.


Father William Sanderson, pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish in Omaha, explains attributes of the crèche he purchased for the parish on a trip to the Holy Land in October. With him are parishioners Paul and Joan Wawryzinkiewicz and members of their extended family.

Father Sanderson shows Anna Vasquez, holding her sister, Senovia, a camel that is part of the parish’s new crèche. They gathered at the parish center after Mass Dec. 3 with their mother, Patricia, parish secretary, who is in the background. A sibling, Lily, peaks between the figures, while another sister, Donna, and cousin, Liviana, stand behind the figurines.

New crèche to enhance beauty of Christmas

The size and beauty of the olivewood, hand-carved crèche caught Father William Sanderson’s eye as he toured shops during an October trip to Bethlehem.

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