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Post date: 04/19/2018
Nebraska lawmakers April 18 gave final approval to one bill and Gov. Pete Ricketts signed another into law in efforts to combat sex trafficking. Senators passed LB1120, which in part restores state licensing and regulation of bring-your-own-drink “bottle clubs.” The 48-0 vote was the last regarding legislation during the Unicameral’s regular 2018...
Post date: 04/16/2018
Deacon Jesus Herrera, who helped establish Spanish Masses at then-Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Omaha, died April 14. He was 72. A funeral Mass was held April 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, with interment at Graceland Park Cemetery, also in Omaha. Ordained a deacon in 2002, and a member of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish, he served as spiritual...
Post date: 04/10/2018
Catholic Charities will host a free mobile food pantry April 18 for refugees in Omaha. Fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, rice, pasta and juice will be available at Yates Elementary School, which serves students from refugee camps and countries around the world, including Somalia, Burma, Sudan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala and Mexico....
Post date: 04/09/2018
Michael Emmerich wants to hear from and help music ministers in parishes and schools across the archdiocese – from Stuart to Springfield, Newcastle to Central City.   And he’s packing his schedule to make it happen.   Hired in January to the new position of associate director of music ministry and rural music ministry in the archdiocese’...
Post date: 04/06/2018
The state budget now helps ensure that no federal funds support abortions in Nebraska.   “The Nebraska Legislature made the right decision today to pass the state budget bill with the common sense, pro-life Title X provision intact,” said Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).   The provision bans...
Post date: 04/06/2018
Eight priests celebrating 50 years of service, one marking his 25th anniversary, and Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss looking back on 60 years as a priest and 25 years as an Omaha archbishop. Those are among the landmark anniversaries that will be celebrated April 10 at the archdiocese’s annual priest jubilee Mass and dinner.  ...
Post date: 04/03/2018
People of all faiths took part in public penance as they prayed the Stations of the Cross March 30 while connecting Jesus’ suffering and death with injustices around the world.   The 40th annual Good Friday Walk for Justice, sponsored by Catholic Charities, drew a couple of hundred people to downtown Omaha.   Beginning at St. Mary...
Post date: 03/26/2018
The Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF), founded 24 years ago, celebrated another milestone March 24 – its 10th anniversary as a Public Association of the Faithful.   Father Richard Gabuzda, executive director of the Omaha-based institute dedicated to spiritual formation of diocesan priests and seminarians, presided at an 8:30 a.m. Mass...
Post date: 03/22/2018
Individuals being denied life-saving treatments – but steered toward physician-assisted suicide. Physicians pressured to kill their own patients. Parents seeking the death of their own children. Could these and other threats to human dignity be coming to Nebraska?   Anti-euthanasia activist Alex Schadenberg, (at left) executive...

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