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Post date: 10/05/2016
"Moved by Mercy." That’s the theme for Respect Life Month this October from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and for the yearlong observance of the bishops’ Respect Life Program, which includes materials and resources on the bishops’ website, usccb.org/respectlife. All human life must be "cherished and protected," said Cardinal Timothy M....
Post date: 10/05/2016
Prayers, hymns, sacraments. For Catholics suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, these expressions of the faith can crack open a window in their minds to let in a glimmer of memory, recognition and awareness. "Things like traditional prayer still mean a lot, and traditional practices are still meaningful," said Father James Tiegs...
Post date: 10/05/2016
Advanced Alzheimer’s disease, brain damage or coma from a traffic accident are among challenges that could render a person mentally or physically unable to express any wishes concerning medical care. And that’s where allowing someone else to make medical decisions through a power of attorney, or POA, comes into play, said Bill Lindsay, an attorney...

Elaine Boyce, left, and Fran Traynor, rely on their faith as client advocates of Essential Pregnancy Services.
Post date: 10/05/2016
The young woman came to Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) in Omaha earlier this year feeling overwhelmed and hopeless, seeking a pregnancy test, dreading the answer and considering an abortion. Then she met Elaine Boyce, a member of Christ the King Parish in Omaha and a volunteer client advocate at EPS since 2002. Boyce told the young woman...
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Catholic Cemeteries will hold an ecumenical committal service for cremated remains kept by families for various reasons on Oct. 29 at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha. In its fifth year, the service includes free inurnment of remains in the cemetery’s mausoleum, said Lance Zimmerman, family service manager. "The service is for anyone who has...
Post date: 10/05/2016
It’s simple, and it’s effective. To help avoid stillbirths, women in the third trimester of a pregnancy can "Count the Kicks," by keeping a daily record of their children’s movements in the womb – kicks, rolls, punches or jabs – and alerting their doctors to any changes. Since Count the Kicks campaigns were initiated in Iowa in 2008, that state’s...
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John Paul Hauser’s life is an example of how God can turn a dire situation into a blessing. That’s what his mother, Tami, tells students at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn when she speaks about the joy her son brings to those who know him, and the way he has lived with Trisomy 13, a rare chromosomal disease that brings challenges – but more often...
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Among young people today, there is passion and a willingness to work to advance the cause of life, says the founder of Project Rachel, a national, Catholic-based ministry that counsels women recovering from the trauma of abortion. These are young people who understand that "God never takes a nap" when a child is conceived, regardless of the...

Brent and Reggan Simons throw leaves with their son and his birth mother, Katie Brown, right, at an Omaha park. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 10/05/2016
Three years ago, Katie Brown of Lincoln found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy for the second time. Unmarried at 18 years old, she already had a 6-month-old and wasn’t sure she could take on the responsibilities of parenting two children alone. Throughout her first pregnancy, Katie had strong support from her family and friends when she...
Post date: 10/05/2016
People with intellectual, physical or other challenges, and their families, will be honored at an Oct. 15 Mass and dinner at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Omaha. In its 24th year, the event is open to anyone who would like to support and celebrate with people who have special needs, said Margaret Benak, parishioner, longtime coordinator and now...

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