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December 2018

HOLEWINSKI, Joseph C.

HOLEWINSKI, Joseph C., 76. Funeral Mass Dec. 10 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by wife, Pam; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Amanda, and Michael and Katie; three granddaughters. Memorials to Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.
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Sharon Doran, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha and director of Seeking Truth, a Bible study apostolate, lights her family’s Advent candle Dec. 2 with husband, Steve, and their son John.

Father Tobias Letak, associate pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, passes on the flame of a candle to women attending “Advent by Candlelight,” an evening of reflection, music and fellowship at the church Dec. 2. Sharon Doran, parishioner and director of Seeking Truth, a Bible study apostolate, was the featured speaker.

Advent an opportunity to fill darkness with Jesus

A light to shine in our darkness: Jesus, the long anticipated Messiah.

During Advent, Jesus can illuminate our own personal darkness if we allow him, said Jesuit Father Andy Alexander, director of collaborative ministry at Creighton University in Omaha.


Christine Guenther, left, executive director of Nebraskans Embracing Life (formerly Nebraskans United for Life), consults Nov. 28 with executive assistant Mary Briganti about arrangements for the organization’s Celebration of Life Dinner in Omaha on Jan. 25. MIKE MAY/STAFF

New name, new emphasis for Nebraska-based pro-life group

“Nebraskans Embracing Life.”

The organization’s new name honors the “greatest example of a pro-life Mother” in the history of humanity, wrote executive director Christine Guenther in a September letter to members and supporters of Nebraskans United for Life.


Archbishop George J. Lucas enjoys a moment with Connor Rose, left, and Kathy Hecker at the monthly gathering of the Omaha chapter of Young Catholic Professionals Nov. 20 at the St. Cecilia Parish Center in Omaha. After Mass, celebrated by the archbishop at St. Cecilia Cathedral, he spoke to the group about being disciples in this time of challenge for the church. The group formed about three years ago to provide Catholic professionals in their 20s and 30s networking opportunities and support for their faith. MIKE MAY/STAFF

Father Hall was an Air Force chaplain and associate pastor

Father Douglas Hall, a retired priest of the archdiocese and U.S. Air Force chaplain, died Nov. 25. He was 68.

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 1 at St. Cecilia Cathedral, with interment at Calvary Cemetery, both in Omaha.

Father Hall was born in Lincoln where he grew up in St. Teresa Parish and later in St. Joan of Arc and St. Robert Bellarmine parishes in Omaha.

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