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.
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BOETTGER-LeRoy “Patrick,” 73. Funeral Mass March 5 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
“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 cuesschools.org; will benefit CUES’ Sacred Heart, All Saints and Holy Name schools.
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 roncallicatholic.org. 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: 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.
St. Lawrence Parish’s Chicken Fried Steak Dinner: March 18, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium, Scribner. Cost $10 adults, $5 children ages 4 to 10, 3 and under is free. Takeout available.
Prayer Rally in Support of Traditional Marriage: March 17, noon on the northeast corner of 76th and Dodge streets, near Charleston’s restaurant. Organized by America Needs Fatima. Call Christine at 402-880-4620 or Linda at 402-333-6167.
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.