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Omaha high school students to help lead eucharistic adoration – in a football stadium

Adoration of the Eucharist, with prayers, song and silence, is being taken from the chapel at an Omaha high school to its football stadium April 24 – and everyone is invited.

"We’re hoping students might experience Jesus," said senior Matthew Pohlman of V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School, who with classmate Adam Baker first thought of a smaller-scale expansion of eucharistic adoration, from monthly gatherings of about 10 students in the chapel to the school’s parking lot.

The students brought that idea to campus minister Christine French, who spoke with school administrators. They suggested something bigger – the football field.

It’s called Awakening. It will be held 7 to 9 p.m. and feature a band titled "From Dust" that includes Pohlman and Baker and five other Skutt Catholic students who have been playing together for months in the chapel and at school retreats.

Speakers will include Skutt Catholic President John McMahon, a former campus minister, and Father Jeffrey Mollner, school chaplain.

Texting, tweeting and other social media invitations have been extended to high school youth ministry groups, and several already have said they will come, French said. Invitations have been offered to parishes and posters have been placed all over the school.

French said administrators are eager to respond to students excited about their faith, as one way to demonstrate that faith-filled ideas make a difference.

"When God moves them to action, and they respond, God rewards that," French said.

It also provides another opportunity to introduce people to Jesus, she said.

"I’m hoping students have an encounter with Christ," French said. "When students have an experience like that, it changes everything."

Pohlman said he and Baker are grateful for the administration’s response, and hope the evening will brighten people’s lives.

"The advertising around school has been incredible, they are so on board with this," Pohlman said. "When Adam and I thought about this in January, during the March for Life, we thought we were dreaming. It’s amazing."

Want to go?

WHAT: Awakening, an outdoor adoration of the Eucharist.

WHERE: V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School’s Moylan Stadium, 3131 S. 156th St., Omaha.

WHEN: April 24, 7-9 p.m.

MORE DETAILS: All ages invited.

Speakers include Skutt Catholic President John McMahon, school chaplain Father Jeffrey Mollner.

High school band "From Dust" will perform.

A stage will be placed on the football stadium’s track, people are encouraged to bring blankets – chairs will be available for those unable to sit on ground.

QUESTIONS: contact Christine French, campus minister, 402-333-0818

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