All 112 students in kindergarten through sixth grade show off new playground equipment at St. Mary School in O’Neill. The $126,000 project completed last month leveled the large playground, laid down rubber mulch and a new field of grass and refurbished two basketball courts. An anonymous donor gave $20,000, Knights of Columbus Council 701 gave $10,000, local businesses and people in the community helped, and elementary and high school students raised funds with taco bars and dodge ball tournaments, a walkathon and other events. St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary School development director Jennifer Wallwey says the playground is safer than the old one, handicap accessible and appealing to families. COURTESY PHOTO
Catholic education builds up the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. And St. Mary School in O’Neill is covering students’ need for exercise in a special way: new playground equipment in a $126,000 project completed... Read More

Mary Beth Hanus, manager of the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office, takes a telephone call in her office. Hanus helps provide pastoral care and support for people who have been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other church personnel. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF
Victims of clergy sexual abuse can find help and healing in the Archdiocese of Omaha.   They have a faith-filled, compassionate and safe place to turn.   “My first and primary thing, I want them to be heard,” said Mary Beth Hanus, manager... Read More

Father David Korth, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, discusses the sin of racism and the need for healing and reconciliation during a Sept. 9 prayer service at the church as Archbishop George J. Lucas and Deacon Jim Chambers listen. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY
Praying together – holding hands – swaying to Gospel music – and for more than five minutes sharing an emotional embrace or handshake as a sign of peace throughout the congregation.   Sacred Heart parishioners in Omaha welcomed their... Read More

And they’re off! The first of six runners from each of 48 teams start the first leg of the fifth annual Parish 2 Parish Relay Race at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH WELLS
Surrounded by family and friends, runners exchanged greetings as they adjusted to the cool, humid morning on Aug. 18 and prepared for the fifth annual Parish 2 Parish Relay Race at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha.   Tom Worthington, a member of... Read More

Singing during an Aug. 19 Mass celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Anne Parish in Dixon are Emma Kneifl, left, Diane Sullivan, Mandy Boyle, Sharon Brentlinger, Miley Boyle, Dave Podany and Sharon Kneifl. Not pictured is pianist Donna Kraft. COURTESY PHOTO
Emma Kneifl grew up in the Lutheran faith – but her reverence for the Catholic Mass drew her to the church and St. Anne Parish in Dixon.   “Whenever I went there, I felt my spiritual well-being nourished,” she said. “It felt like coming home... Read More

Jim Nailon relaxes with his guitar on his front porch in Omaha. PHOTO BY LISA SPELLMAN
It was 1999 and Jim Nailon was sitting next to his mother’s hospice bed, playing guitar, singing one of her favorite hymns, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and trying not to cry.   His voice drifted out into the nursing home hallway. Soon the door to... Read More

All 112 students in kindergarten through sixth grade show off new playground equipment at St. Mary School in O’Neill. The $126,000 project completed last month leveled the large playground, laid down rubber mulch and a new field of grass and refurbished two basketball courts. An anonymous donor gave $20,000, Knights of Columbus Council 701 gave $10,000, local businesses and people in the community helped, and elementary and high school students raised funds with taco bars and dodge ball tournaments, a walkathon and other events. St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary School development director Jennifer Wallwey says the playground is safer than the old one, handicap accessible and appealing to families. COURTESY PHOTO

Mary Beth Hanus, manager of the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office, takes a telephone call in her office. Hanus helps provide pastoral care and support for people who have been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other church personnel. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF

Father David Korth, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, discusses the sin of racism and the need for healing and reconciliation during a Sept. 9 prayer service at the church as Archbishop George J. Lucas and Deacon Jim Chambers listen. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY

And they’re off! The first of six runners from each of 48 teams start the first leg of the fifth annual Parish 2 Parish Relay Race at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH WELLS

Singing during an Aug. 19 Mass celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Anne Parish in Dixon are Emma Kneifl, left, Diane Sullivan, Mandy Boyle, Sharon Brentlinger, Miley Boyle, Dave Podany and Sharon Kneifl. Not pictured is pianist Donna Kraft. COURTESY PHOTO

Jim Nailon relaxes with his guitar on his front porch in Omaha. PHOTO BY LISA SPELLMAN
A doctor from California doing groundbreaking work on reversing chemical abortions will be the keynote speaker at the annual Bishops’ Pro-Life Banquet & Conference in Lincoln.   Dr. George Delgado, a Catholic and founder of Culture of Life Family Services medical practice in San Diego,...
High school students, clergy, men and women religious and others from the archdiocese will again have the opportunity to defend the unborn as part of a pilgrimage to the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15-20.   Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to...
Asked last year by Gov. Pete Ricketts to fill out the term left by the resignation of state Sen. Joni Craighead, Theresa Thibodeau said she prayed about her decision with her husband and their three children.   “My husband was the first to say, ‘I think you can do it, and make a difference...
For Dave Loecker, evangelization is a personal mission.   “I have friends and family who have left the Catholic Church, so I want to learn how to start conversations to hopefully bring them back,” said Loecker, a member of All Saints Parish at St. John the Baptist Church in Fordyce.  Now,...

                 

     

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