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Antonia Serrano with her husband, Pedro, son-in-law Jorge Ruiz and daughter Yesica Ruiz at the 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass March 12 at St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus. Behind them are Juan Madrigal and Maria Mendoza.
Post date: 03/22/2017
Rosario and Rosa Pacheco say the Spanish Mass at St. Bonaventure Parish in Columbus – which is celebrating 20 years of serving the Hispanic community – has fostered their faith and created for them a family of faith. When the couple arrived in Columbus 24 years ago from Chihuahua, Mexico, they spent the first four years driving 20 miles each...
Post date: 03/16/2017
The annual Catholic Relief Services (CRS) collection during Masses on March 25-26 provides an opportunity to live this year’s theme, "Help Jesus in Disguise," an archdiocesan official told the Catholic Voice. "The Lord is in those people" seeking assistance, said Omar Gutierrez, manager of the Office of Missions and Justice, referring to the...
Post date: 03/16/2017
A sacred space for worship will soon become a reality for students, staff and visitors at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha. Archbishop George J. Lucas will dedicate the center’s oratory (or chapel) April 2 – the 12th anniversary of the saint’s death – during a 10:30 a.m. Mass. Father Joseph Taphorn, director and pastor of the Newman...

Mary Ann and Fred Fangman shortly after unveiling a statue in Concordia, Kan., of the late Father Paul Fangman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Photo by National Orphan Train Complex.
Post date: 03/16/2017
It was a big day for Fred and Mary Ann Fangman of St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville. As part of a project by the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kan., they unveiled a statue Feb. 23 in Concordia dedicated to the late Father Paul Fangman, an archdiocesan priest who arrived as a young boy in Nebraska by train from New York City in 1923...
Post date: 03/16/2017
Finding ways to live mercy by helping others – one goal of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s new pastoral vision and priority plan – is taking concrete shape with help from Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Archbishop George J. Lucas, Omar Gutierrez, manager of the Office of Missions and Justice, and three CRS officials – one via Skype from the East Coast...
Post date: 03/15/2017
When sharing the faith, keep it simple. That was the message of keynote speaker Dominick Albano of Dynamic Catholic Institute at the Catholic Professional & Business Club (CPBC) of Omaha’s 2017 Leading with Faith Awards luncheon March 9 in Omaha. People excited about their love of Christ and the tenets of the Catholic faith often learn all...

Viewing a replica of the Shroud of Turin following a March 13 presentation at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue are freshmen Sophie Egermier, left, Hannah Roberts, Maggie Padilla and Jaycee Billings, and sophomores Dylan Wilson and Eric Yanovich.
Post date: 03/15/2017
Living Stations of the Cross, special meals, eucharistic adoration, prayer and penance services – these and other activities are bringing the Lenten season to life for students at Catholic high schools around the archdiocese. "During Lent, the church gives us opportunities, like fasting and abstaining from meat, to enhance our Lenten experience,...
Post date: 03/15/2017
Each Lent, Victoria Hegarty, a sacristan at St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, remembers an incident eight years ago with one of her grandchildren, Owen, who found himself seeking a savior for the Savior. Age 3 at the time and at the parish’s Omaha church with his grandmother, Owen gazed at a crucifix that graphically depicts Jesus suffering on the...
Post date: 03/15/2017
As it looks to the future, the Archdiocese of Omaha is purchasing 32 acres for a possible church and elementary school near Papillion. Archdiocese officials gave no timeline for when a new parish could be established. "Future development of the property will be determined by demographic changes in the area, including the pace of new home...
Post date: 03/15/2017
When Valerie Conzett retired at the end of December as director of the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation, she didn’t need to figure out how to spend her time – she knew she would continue serving others. Now working part-time for the office she led, Conzett coordinates the Courage/EnCourage program that provides pastoral care and...

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