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November 2018

Melissa Ebel, a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre, watches as her daughters Brooklyn, left, and Morgan play a St. Katharine Drexel game during the parish’s All Saints Fest, Oct. 24. The game tracks the saint’s travels through the United States founding schools for Native American and black children in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was one of 12 activities at the parish to help recognize All Saints Day, Nov. 1. Nearly 100 people participated, including students in preschool through sixth grade, their parents and teenage helpers.

Benedictine monk: Gratitude starts with silent prayer

Missionary Benedictine Father Joel Macul didn’t want to go to Kenya 25 years ago.

Asked by the Catholic Voice to reflect on the importance of gratitude in view of Thanksgiving and how it is lived out in a faith-filled life, Father Macul said the five years he served at a monastery and school near Nairobi had a powerful impact on his life.

Lauren Miller, director of admissions for Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, answers questions at the Catholic Schools Office’s Latino Parents High School Night Oct. 22 at College of Saint Mary in Omaha. COURTESY PHOTO

Enrollment in Archdiocesan Catholic schools dips slightly

Despite large graduating classes and concern among some Hispanic families over immigration politics, overall enrollment in the archdiocese’s 71 elementary and high schools dipped only slightly this year after three years of growth.

Mercy High School senior Mayela Hernandez, left, chats with classmate Shacty Alvarez-Hurtado in the school’s media center. They are two of 66 Latino students at the all-girls school in Omaha. JOE RUFF/STAFF

Latino families find a home in Catholic schools

Sergio Hernandez couldn’t be happier with his decision – along with his wife, Maria – to place their daughters at Mercy High School in Omaha.

Jason Evert speaks to tens of thousands of young people worldwide every year about the virtue of chastity and ways to cope with the permissiveness of modern culture. COURTESY PHOTO

Chastity Project founder Jason Evert to speak at schools, parishes

An internationally acclaimed Catholic speaker and author will talk to teens and parents at several archdiocesan parishes and schools about the beauty of chastity and ways to cope with the influences of a permissive culture.

Joyce Johnson serves up a helping of green bean casserole for Joyce Hudson at the community Thanksgiving dinner at St. Francis Borgia Church in Blair in 2017. JOE BURNS/ENTERPRISE MEDIA GROUP

Blair parish to share large Thanksgiving Day mean

Large family gatherings are common at Thanksgiving. Few, however, compare to the family of 900 expected at the 10th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner – on Thanksgiving Day – at St. Francis Borgia Church in Blair.


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