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Post date: 01/23/2018
One-half of each day, classes will be in Spanish. The other half, English. That’ll be the format at a Catholic schools’ dual language academy for preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten students set to open in Omaha next school year. The initiative is another response by the Omaha Catholic School Consortium to a rapidly changing and...
Post date: 01/22/2018
Catholic schools in the archdiocese are taking seriously the problems of student anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.   One effort to help is a pilot program providing counseling to students at seven Omaha-area Catholic schools.   Through a partnership with archdiocesan schools, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of...

Father Scott Hastings prays the Stations of the Cross Jan. 12 with, from left, John and Jeanne Stadsvold of St. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sheila Osterhaus of St. Bernard Parish and Felicia Elizalde of St. Peter Parish, all in Omaha. The stations at Holy Name Church in Omaha preceded a special Mass marking National Migration Week, Jan. 7-14. Photo by MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 01/22/2018
About 50 people from various parishes gathered to show support, pray with and for migrants and refugees during a special Stations of the Cross and Mass Jan. 12 at Holy Name Church in Omaha.   With Deacon Gregorio Elizalde, manager of the archdiocese’s Latino Ministry Office, carrying a crucifix and leading the procession to each station,...

Sixth-grader Nathan Davis, left, fifth-grader Braden Mackey, seventh-graders Emma Newton, Ella Daly and Zoe Rauterkus, and kindergartner Sydney Gatzemeyer greet Bo, the therapy dog, Jan. 10 at St. James/Seton School in Omaha.
Post date: 01/22/2018
Every Wednesday morning, Bo roams the halls at St. James/Seton School in Omaha.   But he’s not a student ducking class – he’s a golden retriever/labrador mix eager to offer a friendly greeting to everyone he meets.   As a trained therapy dog, Bo helps students de-stress before and after school, and between classes, by providing...
Post date: 01/19/2018
Faith and pro-life messages – and a little comedy – will highlight Essential Pregnancy Service’s (EPS) 22nd annual benefit dinner Jan. 28 in La Vista.   Comedian Jeff Allen of Nashville, Tenn., will deliver family-friendly humor, stories about his conversion to Christianity and a tribute to his wife, Tami, for her decision as a single mother...
Post date: 01/19/2018
Federal funds would be blocked from health clinics that provide abortion services under Gov. Pete Ricketts’ state budget proposal unveiled Jan. 10, a move applauded by the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).   “We are thankful for a governor who works to affirm the protection of unborn life in our state,” said Tom Venzor, NCC’s executive...

This flower arrangement from 2012 is a sampling of the beauty that fills St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha each January as the Cathedral Arts Project sponsors its flower festival.
Post date: 01/19/2018
The architectural accomplishments – including St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha – of famed architect Thomas Rogers Kimball will be the subject of this year’s Cathedral Flower Festival, Jan. 28-29.   The work of 30 florists from the Omaha area will highlight the free event, sponsored by the Cathedral Arts Project, said its executive director,...
Post date: 01/19/2018
A woman who began her volunteer work for St. Bernard Parish and School by stuffing church bulletins after grade school volleyball practices was honored last month by the archdiocese’s Stewardship and Development Office.   Margaret Nicolini was recognized Dec. 14 at the office’s annual education and network series prayer service and Christmas...

Sister Pauline Wolpert of the Leaven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters gives instructions to the St. Michael School boys basketball team during a Dec. 7 game at South Sioux City Middle School in South Sioux City, Also pictured, from, left, are team member Santiago Gonzales, assistant coach Angel Varela, team members Roberto Rundquist, Joshua Barragan, Osvaldo Magana and Stan Sibrian. Photo by Jerry Mennenga for the Catholic Voice
Post date: 01/18/2018
She entered religious life thinking skills she’d learned on the soccer field, and volleyball, basketball and tennis courts would have to stay on the sidelines.   Then came the boys and girls of St. Michael School in South Sioux City, praying and hoping they would be granted a basketball and volleyball coach.   “It’s a classic God move,”...

Students from the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, look up Scripture passages on their cellphones during a group discussion Jan. 3 at a conference on evangelization sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in Chicago .CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic
Post date: 01/18/2018
About 30 priests, deacons, lay people and archdiocesan staff spent five days in Chicago earlier this month, tapping into an evangelization program that has brought thousands of college students closer to Christ and equipped them to be evangelists.   They attended a Jan. 2-6 Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) conference that...

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