Archbishop George J. Lucas delivers the homily at a vigil Mass celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Father Scott Hastings, vicar for clergy and judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, translates. Photo by JOE RUFF/STAFF.
About 1,000 people – including many Hispanics – filled St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha Dec. 11 for a vigil Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. “It was beautiful,” said Moises Aguero of Assumption-... Read More

Participants in the archdiocesan Encuentro gathering Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha process to the closing Mass with the Encuentro Cross. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.
Sometimes it’s hard to feel welcome, especially when moving to a new community – or in the case of many Hispanics, a new Catholic community. Language barriers, fears of being discovered in the country illegally and other concerns can keep families... Read More

Above, Bill Cutler, left, and Tom Heafey stand at the reception desk of the new Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory facility at 78th and West Center Road in Omaha. The building replaces one destroyed in a fire last year, and the ornamental glasswork in the background replaces a decades-old Tiffany window destroyed by the fire. Below, Tom Heafey looks at his fire-damaged but recently restored antique oak desk.
An antique, carved oak desk – significantly damaged but a survivor of a catastrophic fire – is a symbol of history and renewal for an Omaha business with roots dating to the 19th century. In October, Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries and... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas is introduced by Kiley Allgood, a member of the youth group at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Bend and a senior at North Bend Central High School, at the National Catholic Youth Conference’s opening session Nov. 16 in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Kelli Emanuel.
Before last month’s National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), Ryan Fabian and sisters Marin and Isabella Jetensky had only a limited sense of being part of the body of Christ. But Jesus met them there, they said. First, when they joined some 25,000... Read More

Tom Venzor, left, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, license plate designer Shelley Novosad of Lincoln and Gov. Pete Ricketts help unveil the state’s “Choose Life” license plate at Bethlehem House Nov. 27 in Omaha. Photo by JOE RUFF/STAFF.
Nebraska’s pro-life license plate, unveiled Nov. 27 at an Omaha home for pregnant women in crisis and available beginning Jan. 1, is a symbol of hope and caring for the unborn and others in need, backers of the initiative said. Displaying the phrase... Read More

Elizabeth and Peter Hansen and their children – Margaret, left, Catherine and John – work on a Jesse Tree as part of their Advent traditions Nov. 20. The family uses the traditions to help their children more fully appreciate the importance of preparing for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
Decorations and advertising for Christmas begin appearing shortly after Halloween. Christmas music on the radio and at the mall elicits a festive spirit. And the hectic, noisy, hustle-bustle of shopping, traveling and celebrating builds to a frenzy... Read More

Archbishop George J. Lucas delivers the homily at a vigil Mass celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Father Scott Hastings, vicar for clergy and judicial vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, translates. Photo by JOE RUFF/STAFF.

Participants in the archdiocesan Encuentro gathering Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha process to the closing Mass with the Encuentro Cross. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.

Above, Bill Cutler, left, and Tom Heafey stand at the reception desk of the new Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory facility at 78th and West Center Road in Omaha. The building replaces one destroyed in a fire last year, and the ornamental glasswork in the background replaces a decades-old Tiffany window destroyed by the fire. Below, Tom Heafey looks at his fire-damaged but recently restored antique oak desk.

Archbishop George J. Lucas is introduced by Kiley Allgood, a member of the youth group at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Bend and a senior at North Bend Central High School, at the National Catholic Youth Conference’s opening session Nov. 16 in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Kelli Emanuel.

Tom Venzor, left, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, license plate designer Shelley Novosad of Lincoln and Gov. Pete Ricketts help unveil the state’s “Choose Life” license plate at Bethlehem House Nov. 27 in Omaha. Photo by JOE RUFF/STAFF.

Elizabeth and Peter Hansen and their children – Margaret, left, Catherine and John – work on a Jesse Tree as part of their Advent traditions Nov. 20. The family uses the traditions to help their children more fully appreciate the importance of preparing for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
Listen in prayer. Rest in God. Trust that Jesus is coming. Those simple but profound actions help prepare hearts to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Lord, advised a deacon and a priest of the archdiocese. "We live in a very distracted culture, fast paced, easily bored,"...
Looking for gift ideas for loved ones? Books by authors in the archdiocese – a university professor, a doctor, a stay-at-home dad, a retired priest, and others – offer a wealth of opportunities for prayerful, faith-filled and entertaining reading this Advent and Christmas season. An early gift that...
From piloting educational initiatives such as balanced literacy and blended learning to collaborating on professional development, academic and administrative programs, the five-school Omaha Catholic School Consortium has broken new ground since it opened in 2013. Celebrating those achievements...
Concerts, bus tours and other events are on hold because of erosion damage to a main access road, but Holy Family Shrine just off Interstate 80 near Gretna remains open during normal business hours to welcome visitors. "We ask everyone to pray for us and to be patient – we just have to bear with it...

                 

     

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