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Prayer petitions cover the Lenten Cross of Hope at Holy Angels Mausoleum in Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha.

Catholic Cemeteries to offer Stations of the Cross during Lent

The group gathering at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha for an outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday is growing, prompted by the desire to pray for loved ones who have died and other needs, said Deacon Jim Tardy, outreach manager at Catholic Cemeteries.
 
“We’re reliving the Passion. I think people are looking for something that maybe is a little more difficult,” Deacon Tardy said of the 1.7 mile walk that courses through the cemetery, with large, brick stations marking the way. 
 
About 50 people attended the first year of the 3 p.m. event and about 100 people participated last year, he said. 
 
 The Good Friday walk is just part of Catholic Cemeteries’ prayerful offerings during Lent. An indoor Stations of the Cross is held each Wednesday of Lent, except Ash Wednesday and the Wednesday before Good Friday, Deacon Tardy said.
 
 The indoor stations are held at 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Mausoleum in Resurrection Cemetery – just across the street from Calvary Cemetery. They include inviting people to write prayer petitions on behalf of departed loved ones and nail them to the Cross of Hope in the center of the mausoleum’s rotunda, Deacon Tardy said.
 
WANT TO GO?
 
WHAT: Catholic Cemeteries’ Stations of the Cross
 
WHERE: Holy Angels Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery; Calvary Cemetery, Omaha
 
WHEN: 6 p.m., Feb. 21 and 28, March 7, 14 and 21 in the mausoleum; 3 p.m., March 30, 1.7 mile walk, outdoors, in Calvary Cemetery.
 
CONTACT: Deacon Jim Tardy, 402-391-3711

 

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