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July 2018

Dr. Thomas Hilgers holds a child conceived and born with the help of Natural Procreative Technology (NaPro Technology) developed at Hilger’s Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha. COURTESY PHOTO

‘Humanae Vitae’ 50 years later: a doctor’s reflections

July 25 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, “Humanae Vitae” (“On Human Life”), which re-explored and re-affirmed the Catholic Church’s long-standing opposition to artificial contraception and its teachings on sexual morality.

Angelina Quevedo, left, and Guillermina Reyes watch the chicken empanadas they prepared being fried June 24 at the annual Kermes Festival held on the grounds of St. Mary Church and Norfolk Catholic Schools in Norfolk. Put on by the Hispanic community with help from Benedictine Missionary Sister Jania Maria Keogh, the celebration drew more than 800 people. It was founded 25 years ago by the late Benedictine Sister Margaret Garcia and includes dancing, music, children’s games and a raffle. Money raised goes to help Hispanics in need. PHOTO BY DARIN EPPERLY/NORFOLK DAILY NEWS

Kermes Festival


Anne Marie Fraser of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion talks excitedly to a room full of eighth-graders about Pentecost and the apostles as part of the parish’s summer religious education (PRE) program. Meeting daily for two weeks in June, nearly 330 students complete their PRE year over the summer, with help from more than 20 teachers. COURTESY PHOTO

Gina Troia, a junior this fall at Mercy High School and a member of St. Philip Neri Parish, both in Omaha, poses June 10 after being crowned queen of the Santa Lucia Festival, a three-day Italian faith and cultural celebration that draws thousands of people to Omaha’s riverfront. Troia was honored in part for volunteering in the festival’s name at her church, a public school and a day care center, and selling festival raffle tickets. COURTESY PHOTO

Crowned queen

Back-to-school giveaway Aug. 4

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is holding its annual Back-to-School Basics Giveaway Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Omaha.
The event, at the Juan Diego Center, 5211 S. 31 St., provides vouchers for new undergarments and socks for students from Head Start and pre-kindergarten through high school.

Nearly 6,000 diapers collected

Catholic Charities of Omaha recently joined forces with Spirit Catholic Radio to collect nearly 6,000 diapers for the needy. They will be donated to the Juan Diego and St. Martin de Porres food pantries in Omaha, and a shelter for victims of domestic violence, adoption and other services, all run by Catholic Charities. 


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