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March 2018


BYAM-Clayton, Funeral Mass March 5 at St. Leo the Great Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Irma Byam; children and spouses, Joseph and Rosemary Byam, Ann Byam, and Mary and James Clifford, all of Eden Praire, Minn., Catherine and William Witt, Englewood, Colo., and Thomas and Jody Byam; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews.  

“The Gathering”- of CUES Greats

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 5:30pm

“The Gathering”- of CUES Greats: March 24, 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner at Embassy Suites, 12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista. Business casual. Keynote speaker is Les “Pee Wee” Harrison. Tickets at; will benefit CUES’ Sacred Heart, All Saints and Holy Name schools. 

Roncalli Catholic High School free day camp

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm

Roncalli Catholic High School free day camp: March 18, 1-3 p.m. for 5th-8th graders at the school, 6401 Sorensen Parkway, Omaha. Register to Camps are leadership (with student government) led by Nancy Wolf; campus ministry, led by Father Matthew Niggemeyer; basketball, led by J.J. Stoffel; and soccer, led by Jacob Laville. 

St. Joseph Altar at Christ the King Church

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:15pm

St. Joseph Altar: March 18, 4-7 p.m. viewing of the altar at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. March 19, 9:30 a.m. Mass in honor of St. Joseph; children please come dressed as a saint and participate in a 10:30 a.m. blessing of the altar and “Tupa-Tupa” ceremony. The food will be delivered to St. Vincent de Paul Society’s care of the poor. All non-perishables, baked goods and fruits may be dropped off at the rectory on March 18 until 1 p.m. A free-will, meatless spaghetti luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish center. Proceeds will benefit the poor.

Bishop Habash comments on plight of Christians in the Middle East

The Catholic Voice contacted Bishop Yousif Behnam Habash of the Syriac Catholic eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance in Newark, N.J. and asked him to share his perspective on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. His comments follow:

Q: Describe the persecution and genocide Christians in the Middle East have experienced.

Father Paul Thabet inspects the damage to his Chaldean Catholic church in Karamles, Iraq, which was desecrated by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in 2014. The church is being restored as residents return to the widely damaged area. St. John the Baptist Parish Knights of Columbus Council 10305 in Fort Calhoun is trying to help by leading a fundraising effort titled “Rebuilding the Cradle of Christianity.” The initiative is a local version of the national Knights’ efforts to build homes for returning residents.PHOTO COURTESY OF CHALDEAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF ERBIL, IRAQ

Iraqi Christian children in Erbil receive brand new coats courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. PHOTO BY STIVAN SHANY

A region – and a faith – in peril

From a town of just over 900 people, a Knights of Columbus council and its 162 members hope to have a big impact halfway around the world.
They are supporting an effort to help Christians in Syria and Iraq who were driven from their homes by terrorism, genocide and war.


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