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September 2018

All 112 students in kindergarten through sixth grade show off new playground equipment at St. Mary School in O’Neill. The $126,000 project completed last month leveled the large playground, laid down rubber mulch and a new field of grass and refurbished two basketball courts. An anonymous donor gave $20,000, Knights of Columbus Council 701 gave $10,000, local businesses and people in the community helped, and elementary and high school students raised funds with taco bars and dodge ball tournaments, a walkathon and other events. St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary School development director Jennifer Wallwey says the playground is safer than the old one, handicap accessible and appealing to families. COURTESY PHOTO

Hard work, donors bring the gift of play

Catholic education builds up the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

And St. Mary School in O’Neill is covering students’ need for exercise in a special way: new playground equipment in a $126,000 project completed last month, said Jennifer Wallwey, development director for the school and its parish, St. Patrick in O’Neill.

Mary Beth Hanus, manager of the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office, takes a telephone call in her office. Hanus helps provide pastoral care and support for people who have been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other church personnel. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF

Clergy sex abuse victims are heard and helped in Omaha archdiocese

Victims of clergy sexual abuse can find help and healing in the Archdiocese of Omaha.
They have a faith-filled, compassionate and safe place to turn.
“My first and primary thing, I want them to be heard,” said Mary Beth Hanus, manager of the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office. 

Father David Korth, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, discusses the sin of racism and the need for healing and reconciliation during a Sept. 9 prayer service at the church as Archbishop George J. Lucas and Deacon Jim Chambers listen. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY

Two parishes come together to heal wounds of racism

Praying together – holding hands – swaying to Gospel music – and for more than five minutes sharing an emotional embrace or handshake as a sign of peace throughout the congregation.


ABBOTT-Mary E., 71. Funeral service Sept. 21 at St. Columbkille Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Glenn Abbott. Survived by daughter, Elizabeth Resset; granddaughter; two sisters; four brothers.  Memorials to American Red Cross.




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