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June 2018

Blizzard warnings don’t stop party

Blinding snow fell only two hours before Scotus Central Catholic High School held its annual Gala dinner and auction in Columbus.
But the all-day blizzard warning didn’t stop the show April 14 as volunteers shoveled the walks and 475 people stepped through the school’s doors to help raise more than $240,000 for the high school’s general fund.

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses the three priestly chalices for transitional Deacons Taylor Leffler, Patrick Moser and Padraic Stack June 1, the night before their ordinations to the priesthood, at St. John Vianney Church in Omaha. PHOTO BY LABADIE COMMUNICATIONS

Transitional Deacons Taylor Leffler, Padraic Stack and Patrick Moser carry their priestly chalices to the altar for the archbishop's blessing. PHOTO BY LABADIE COMMUNICATIONS

Pre-ordination evening a time of prayer, fun, friends and family

A gathering the night before the June 2 ordination of three men to the priesthood included Archbishop George J. Lucas and close friends and family of the seminarians to be ordained. It was something like a groom’s dinner before a wedding.

Blessing for the archbishop: Moments after their June 2 ordinations, Fathers Padraic Stack, left, Patrick Moser and Taylor Leffler bless Archbishop George J. Lucas on the steps of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. PHOTO BY ROBERT ERVIN

The heart of the Good Shepherd

As good shepherds guarding their flocks, three men ordained to the priesthood June 2 were called by name to carry on the mission of Christ, gathering, protecting and consoling their people. 

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses the congregation with holy water during a June 3 Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY

Archbishop Lucas greets a member of the Knights of Peter Claver after the Mass at St. Benedict the Moor Church. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY

Northeast Omaha parish celebrates faith, service to community

Archbishop George J. Lucas joined the faithful at St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha June 3 for a Mass celebrating their parish’s 100 years of service to the black community in northeast Omaha.

St. Isidore and his wife, St. Maria, are depicted in this stained glass window at the church. COURTESY PHOTO

Deacon Jack Konsel addresses the congregation at the May 6 gathering to celebrate completion of the stained glass window project. Below, fall and winter scenes bookend a Gospel image of Jesus curing the paralytic in another clerestory window. COURTESY PHOTO

Church celebrates stained glass windows

“It’s amazing,” said Father Joseph Miksch, pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Columbus. “It creates such an incredible atmosphere for prayer and devotion.”


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