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Carolyn Michaelis, right, works with her special needs daughter, Kelly, on a jigsaw puzzle Oct. 26 in their West Point home. Despite difficult challenges over the years, Michaelis, a member of St. Mary Parish, maintains an attitude of acceptance and gratitude.
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Four miscarriages. A bout with breast cancer. Her husband’s recent death. The demands of caring for a daughter with special needs. Such a series of trials might break most people. Not Carolyn Michaelis. Despite life’s sometimes painful struggles, she’s maintained a spirit of acceptance and gratitude. "People say, ‘How can you see the glass always...

Monica and Jeff Korus of St. Mary Parish in West Point and Coleen Kelly Mast look up from their discussion about “LoveEd” during Mast’s Nov. 5 presentation in Norfolk.
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They’d hoped for four or five – they got more than a dozen. After presentations Nov. 2-5 in Omaha and Norfolk, at least 16 parishes in rural and urban areas of the archdiocese have signed up to offer a parent-child program on human sexuality titled "LoveEd", developed by Coleen Kelly Mast, an author and lecturer on family life issues and host of...

Brett Goings, left, building and pantry coordinator at the St. Martin de Porres Center in Omaha, and Rita Heaston-Clark, Catholic Charities’ events coordinator, stock pantry shelves Nov. 10 with items from St. Wenceslaus School’s annual food drive for the pantry. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
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An increase in homelessness and seasonal unemployment are fueling a greater need for food donations heading into the holiday season at Catholic Charities’ Juan Diego Center food pantry in south Omaha. "We can see the need increasing," said Ana Barrios, pantry director. "We see more homeless people living in their cars or garages, so we’re trying...
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The Missionary Society of St. Columban, with its U.S. headquarters near Bellevue, is celebrating its 100th anniversary through a series of events in the coming year. The festivities start with a Dec. 2 book signing for a recently published, 431-page history of the North American mission titled, "Be Centered in Christ and Not in Self." Sister of...
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One year after Nebraska voters reinstated the death penalty, state officials said they will seek to execute death row inmate Jose Sandoval, who with three other men entered a Norfolk bank in 2002 and killed four bank employees and a customer. Prison officials said Nov. 9 they had obtained supplies of four drugs that will allow them to use lethal...
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Archbishop George J. Lucas will preside at a Dec. 5 prayer service for sexual abuse victims, especially those harmed by someone in authority in the church. "We acknowledge with sorrow the failures of the church in the past," the archbishop said. "We want to encourage a culture of mercy, where any victim of abuse can find healing and strength." The...
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Catholics can respond to Pope Francis’ call to help the poor by donating to the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection during Masses Nov. 18 and 19. Timed to coincide with the pope’s first World Day of the Poor, Nov. 19, the collection supports the work of organizations around the country that help low-income people break...

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