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Students invited to weekend youth rally

Omaha school to be site for eucharistic adoration, speakers, skits and songs

High school students – those entering ninth grade through graduating seniors – are invited to a weekend rally of faith and fun in Omaha June 17-19.

The BELIEVE Eucharistic Youth Rally is built around adoration of the Eucharist and coordinated by religious sisters of the Leaven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (LIHM) and brothers of the Oblate Apostles of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary (OATH), both with mission centers in South Sioux City. The event at Roncalli Catholic High School also will feature Mass, speakers, skits, songs, small group sharing, opportunities to pray the rosary and confessions.

Archbishop George J. Lucas will celebrate a 2 p.m. Mass June 18 and the weekend will wrap up with a 10:30 a.m. Mass June 19.

The retreat is expected to draw youth from the archdiocese and around the country, including Alabama, Texas, California, Missouri and Georgia, said LIHM Sister Adrienne Sullivan, who is based in Schuyler.

Students can bring sleeping bags and sleep in classrooms, shower facilities will be available and adult volunteers with safe environment training will act as chaperones and help provide food and security, Sister Sullivan said.

The LIHM sisters and OATH brothers have held similar rallies in Nebraska and elsewhere around the world since 2004. A gathering in Columbus last year drew more than 250 youth, she said.

The weekend costs $75, including meals and a "Believe Kit" with a prayer book and T-shirt. But youth are invited to come for any length of time and costs will be adjusted, organizers said.

More information is available at, by calling the LIHM sisters at 347-405-1126 or 712-202-5525, the OATH brothers at 712-454-0642, or email at

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