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January 2019

GUTGSELL-Francis Lee

GUTGSELL-Francis Lee, 100. Funeral service Jan. 21 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by first wife, Josephine; grandson, Christopher Pfau; stepson, Doug Jasa. Survived by second wife, Barbara (Jasa); sons and daughters-in-law, Father Michael F., James K., and Father Stephen J., Thomas A.

MURPHY-Patricia A.

MURPHY-Patricia A., 64. Funeral Mass Jan. 21 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Private interment. Preceded in death by husband, Earl T. “Murph” Murphy; brother, Bill Ratcliff. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Joel Kassera, and Ben and Lisa Kassera; four grandchildren; sister, Sally Burkhiser. Memorials to the family.


Pro-life advocate Rebekah Buell Hagan, right, tours an Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) facility in Omaha while in Nebraska Jan. 11 to support new pro-life legislation at the state capitol in Lincoln later that day. Erika Choquette, a nurse at EPS, explains the facility’s ultrasound equipment used to give pregnant women a glimpse of their unborn children. The machine was donated by the Nebraska Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Foundation, largely through donations to the annual One Rose-One Life campaign. MIKE MAY/STAFF

Legislation would expand ability to choose

Nebraska State Senator Joni Albrecht, District 17, introduced legislation in the Unicameral Jan. 11 that is both pro-life and “pro-choice.”

LB209 would expand the state’s informed consent law to include information about an available treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, or medication abortion.

The Pohlman family of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston gathers in their home Dec. 26; from left, Clara, Katie, Brent, Zachary, Michele, Matthew and Amanda. MIKE MAY/STAFF

For Pohlman family, receiving much entails giving much

Giving back to the church is nothing new for Brent and Michele Pohlman. But now they stand poised to give their greatest gift of all.

Members of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, they are thankful for the many gifts their faith, their parish and Catholic schools have given them and their five children. 

Michael Emmerich practices Jan. 4 on the St. Cecilia Cathedral’s dual temperament Pasi organ. (DANIKA LANG/FOR THE CATHOLIC VOICE)

Organist to give ‘homecoming’ concert at St. Cecilia Cathedral

A Jan. 20 concert at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha will mark a homecoming of sorts for organist Michael Emmerich. 

Hired last year as associate director of music for the archdiocese’s Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts, Emmerich will give the concert as part of the St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Arts Project series “Welcome Home Organists.” 


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