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April 2019

Father Schlautman served rural, urban parishes throughout archdiocese

Father Wayne Schlautman, a Howells native whose nearly 54 years of priesthood included pastoral assignments in rural and urban parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, died April 14. He was 79.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. April 22 with a funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Omaha. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Archbishop Lucas: Jesus died for us and is now risen!

In this week’s interview, communications manager David Hazen asks Archbishop George J. Lucas how we can celebrate the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus more meaningfully, so that it will bear more fruit in our lives.

Q:  As we observe the triduum once again this year, how can we enter into these holy days in a way that isn’t simply rote or routine?


Pope Francis bestows a marriage blessing on T.J. and Shannon Kroh at the Vatican Jan. 2. The two were married Dec. 29, 2018, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Gretna. COURTESY PHOTO

Young Catholics marry and resist modern societal trends

Marriage is in decline, especially sacramental marriage. Young people in particular are shying away from marriage in favor of remaining single, or other alternatives.  


Tom Stubby, left, and Erik Taylor chat at St. Pius X Church in Omaha April 14 before joining fellow RCIA participants for discussion of the Sunday Mass readings. MIKE MAY/STAFF

Accompaniment key to converts’ faith journeys

Tom Stubby almost didn’t get to begin classes to join the Catholic Church, but not because of schedule conflicts or second thoughts. He was lying in a hospital bed for 12 days.

On Aug. 30, while riding his bicycle on Big Papio Trail in Omaha, he was severely injured after hitting a large branch lying across the trail and crashing.


Members of a small faith-sharing group at St. Isidore Parish in Columbus meet April 12 in the home of leader Sarah Doerneman, center. Other members are Natalie Luchsinger, left, Leslie Styskal, Lynn Heinrich and Erin Schmidt. JENNIE KRUEGER

Small groups enhance Lenten experience

Imagine friends and neighbors regularly gathering around the Word of God and praying as a normal part of their Lenten journey.

That’s the vision of Jim Jansen, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.


Danny Leger leads praise and worship music for “XIV from the Crowd,” a meditation on the Stations of the Cross, March 19 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha. DANIKA LANG/STAFF

Music, ministry unite in ArchOmaha Unite performer's work

He recognized his passion for music and ministry at age 14.

Omaha musician Danny Leger, now 34, first expressed intentions to use music for evangelization while talking with a small group on his first youth retreat. 


Vocation Ministry founder Rhonda Gruenewald explains how to start and sustain a successful vocations committee at the Vocation Summit at St. Patrick Church in Fremont April 6. FATHER DAMIEN WEE

Parish-based ministry can foster vocations

“The vocation landscape is hurting in our church.”

Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry and author of “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry,” identifies in her video, “What is Vocation Ministry?” the decline of vocations to marriage, the priesthood and the religious life as a major obstacle to growth in the church. 

Blessing of the oils

Archbishop George J. Lucas prays over the oil of catechumens, oil of the sick and the sacred chrism at the archdiocesan Chrism Mass April 15 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The archbishop gathered with priests of the archdiocese to renew their ordination promises and bless the oils that will be used in parishes throughout the archdiocese in the coming year. DANIKA LANG/STAFF

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