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May 2018

Members of Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha mark the parish’s 100th anniversary by forming the number 100 with an exclamation point in the church parking lot. PHOTO BY JAKE BUCKINGHAM FOR THE CATHOLIC VOICE

Holy Ghost Parish in Omaha celebrates 100 years of faith

A hundred years ago a parish was established near the southwest edge of Omaha.
Omaha’s stockyards were booming, and employees and their families were filling up homes near what is now 52nd and Q streets.


URBANSKI-Eleanor T., 100. Funeral service May 7 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Leonard; parents, Joseph and Stella Kocol; brothers, Leo and Richard Kocol; sisters, Rose Urzendowski, Evelyn Galas and Loretta Wesely.

Archbishop George J. Lucas, left, tours the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha April 17 with University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chancellor Jeffrey Gold and Father Joseph Taphorn, right, pastor and director of the center. In the background are Father Andrew Roza, associate pastor and director of the archdiocese’s Vocations Office, and Chief of Staff Marty Bilek, representing Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. The center opened in 2016 near the UNO campus and is a residence and spiritual home for more than 110 UNO students and several students from other nearby colleges and universities. The tour introduced the recently-appointed chancellor and city officials to the center’s environment and mission. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

Grand tour

Dave Adams, left, and Ken Wessling, inaugural 65-year adorers of the Eucharist at St. Mary Parish in Bellevue, prepare to present the offertory gifts at the 65th anniversary Mass of perpetual adoration April 26 at St. Mary Church. The parish held a weeklong exposition of the Eucharist to celebrate the milestone, which culminated with Benediction, a celebratory Mass and social gathering. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF

Mark Morehouse, past grand knight of Boys Town Council 652, left, Win Lander, grand knight of St. John Vianney Council 7740, and Bob Finger, deputy grand knight of St. Stephen the Martyr Council 10160, all in Omaha, stand by an Omaha city bus emblazoned with a pro-life “tail wrap” April 18. Sponsored by several Omaha-area Knights of Columbus councils, the tail wrap promotes God’s gift of life and offers pregnant women a source of help and support through a Knights of Columbus website. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY


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