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September 2018

Jim Nailon relaxes with his guitar on his front porch in Omaha. PHOTO BY LISA SPELLMAN

‘I’m just the instrument’: Omaha musician praises God for gift of song

It was 1999 and Jim Nailon was sitting next to his mother’s hospice bed, playing guitar, singing one of her favorite hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and trying not to cry.
His voice drifted out into the nursing home hallway. Soon the door to her room was gently pushed open and a group of residents gathered around to listen. 

KROUPA-Mary Ellen

KROUPA-Mary Ellen, 93. Funeral Mass Sept. 10 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Rudy; brothers, Paul and John Mahoney; sister, Joan Cole.

College of Saint Mary sophomore Elaundra Nichols reviews her class schedule and makes notes Aug. 22 in the school’s library. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/STAFF

Colleges pursue affordability through reduced tuition

Increasing college affordability – in perception and reality.
That was the goal of a tuition reduction by all-women’s College of Saint Mary (CSM) last school year – a move that is yielding benefits for students and the Omaha school.

University of Mary Catholic Studies Program

Catholic Studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., is an academic program to help college students integrate faith, learning and life.

Begun in 2010, the program aims to help students flourish intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and socially.

The Catholic Voice asked university faculty and administrators to describe the program and its benefits.


Student rarely missed weekly rosary

Danny Howell started saying the rosary in the school chapel at about 7:30 a.m. once a week when he was in day care at St. Bernard School in Omaha.
He missed some days … but through preschool he was just warming up. From first grade until graduating from eighth grade last year, Howell never missed the weekly rosary, unless he had to serve on safety patrol. 

Blake Green of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish (red head band, blue shirt) helps lead campers and youth leaders in “capture the flag” during the fourth annual archdiocesan Camp Virtus et Veritas, July 22-28 at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha near McCool Junction, Neb. The faith, fun and vocations camp for boys entering sixth through ninth grade includes daily Mass, adoration of the Eucharist and Bible study. It drew 65 campers and 24 youth leaders this year, and organizers might add another one-week camp next year. Others facing the camera, from left, all from Omaha parishes, are Mark Schroll of St. Robert Bellarmine, Mark Anderson of St. Peter (green shirt), Andrew Forbes of St. Margaret Mary and Nate Franco of St. Stephen the Martyr. COURTESY PHOTO

Vocations and fun

Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses the altar at Bethlehem House in Omaha as part of an Aug. 13 dedication Mass for the renovated and newly named Chapel of the Visitation at the home for at-risk pregnant women. Assisting the archbishop is Deacon Terry Ficenec of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield. Funded by Doug and Mary Beth Broderick of Denver in honor of Doug’s parents, Margaret Broderick of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha and her late husband, Bob, the renovation includes the altar and high altar from now-closed St. Anthony Church in Omaha, updated lighting and new stained glass windows, pews and carpet. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF

Chapel dedication

Ten students from Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin stand with Archbishop George J. Lucas in Sacred Heart Church in Norfolk after being mandated at an Aug. 29 Mass as lectors or extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (EMHC). In the front row, from left, are junior Brynn Dilly, senior Madison Schrage, Archbishop Lucas, senior Lauren Seier and junior Kacey Kallhoff. In the back row, from left, are juniors Faith Kinney, Luke Henn, Conor Ramold; senior Kyle Schumacher; sophomore Simon Beacom and junior Breann Bartak. Beacom will serve as a lector and an EMHC. The group will serve their school and home parishes of St. Boniface in Elgin, St. Bonaventure in Raeville, St. John the Baptist in Deloit Township and St. Francis of Assissi in Neligh. COURTESY PHOTO

Mandation Mass

Movie on rosary at Omaha parish

A movie about the beauty and power of the rosary titled “Power in My Hands” will be shown at an Omaha church Sept. 23.
St. Gerald Parish in Ralston will show the film at its larger church in Omaha after securing the rights to screen it for up to 1,000 people, said Becky Tometich, a parishioner who helped organize the event.


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