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Syrian refugees Ahmed Al Kango and his wife, Sahar, help their children learn English Feb. 7 in their Elkhorn home, Mohamad, left, Ghaith, and Abdulrazzaq with his father.
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It’s families helping families. That’s the bottom line as parishes and Catholic ministries step up to help refugee families – most recently, several from war-torn Syria – adjust to a new life in the United States. "We reach out to our vulnerable brothers and sisters," said Kaela Volkmer, who chairs the social teaching ministry at St. Wenceslaus...

Sharon Doran, teaching director of Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study, addresses more than 400 women at a Dec. 4 Magnificat gathering at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Omaha. Photo by Lisa Maxson/For the Catholic Voice.
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A brunch later this month will be a chance for Catholic women, including those who have fallen away from the faith, to share the joy of the Lord with one another, be inspired and foster a desire to grow in holiness. That’s how Karen Dwyer, coordinator of the Omaha chapter of the Catholic women’s ministry "Magnificat," describes a gathering that...
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A reminder of mortality, the need to repent and believe in the Gospel. The ashes of Ash Wednesday carry that familiar message as the Lenten season begins – and in a way perhaps not as recognized, they can represent even more, bringing to mind the sometimes transitory nature of faith and the true kingship of Christ. That’s because the ashes...

Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) fill their bowls at a pre-hockey game gathering at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near campus Feb. 10 – one of many ways students are building community at the center. In line are Aaron Borcyk, left, a UNO freshman, and Newman Center residents Matt Davis, Amy Keiter and Brett Dishman, also freshmen at the university. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
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After six months together at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, residents – and non-residents – are creating bonds based on friendship, sharing and faith. The center, which opened in August 2016 near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus, is the dormitory home to more than 100 students from UNO and the College of Saint Mary (...

Several of the high school students prevented by a snowstorm from attending the Jan. 27 March for Life in Washington, D.C., throw snowballs at Terry Reicks, a member of St. Boniface Parish in Elgin and one of the adult leaders for the group, during a retreat at the Tintern Retreat and Resource Center near Oakdale.
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Fifteen high school students turned disappointment and frustration into hope and joy by creating a retreat after a snowstorm prevented them from joining the archdiocese’s pilgrimage to the Jan. 27 March for Life in Washington, D.C. The students, 14 from Pope John XXIIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin and one from Clearwater-Orchard High...

St. Joan of Arc and St. Stephen the Martyr school banners are among many carried by students from the Omaha area in the procession Feb. 2 before the annual eighth-grade Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha celebrating Catholic Schools Week.
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About 1,200 eighth-grade students from Omaha-area Catholic schools heard a call to discipleship from Archbishop George J. Lucas Feb. 2 at the annual eighth-grade Mass during Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The message and Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha hit home with Ethan Funke of St. Wenceslaus School, also in Omaha. "I thought the Mass was...
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The archdiocese’s Metropolitan Tribunal, which decides marriage annulment cases, has hired a canon lawyer with a background in politics, theology and pastoral ministry as a judge. Elizabeth Sondag, a native of Hastings, Neb., is the first lay person and first woman to serve as a judge in the archdiocese. She will gather and examine evidence, and...
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A half-day workshop to help parishes encourage financial support through a program based on prayer, the spiritual tenets of stewardship and tools of development will be held Feb. 21 at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha. Sponsored by the archdiocese’s Stewardship and Development Office, the 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. session titled "A Workshop on...
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Accepting a gift often includes saying "thank you." And that’s what the archdiocese’s Stewardship and Development Office is all about this time of year. As the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal takes in more pledges than its $3.5 million goal, development officers are sending out thank you letters and making telephone calls and personal visits to...

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