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Post date: 04/18/2019
Father Wayne Schlautman, a Howells native whose nearly 54 years of priesthood included pastoral assignments in rural and urban parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, died April 14. He was 79. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. April 22 with a funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Omaha. Interment will be at Calvary...

Pope Francis bestows a marriage blessing on T.J. and Shannon Kroh at the Vatican Jan. 2. The two were married Dec. 29, 2018, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Gretna. COURTESY PHOTO
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Marriage is in decline, especially sacramental marriage. Young people in particular are shying away from marriage in favor of remaining single, or other alternatives.   A 2014 Gallup poll found only 27 percent of millennials (those born between 1980 and 1996) were married, while 59 percent were single or never married and 9 percent were in a...

Tom Stubby, left, and Erik Taylor chat at St. Pius X Church in Omaha April 14 before joining fellow RCIA participants for discussion of the Sunday Mass readings. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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Tom Stubby almost didn’t get to begin classes to join the Catholic Church, but not because of schedule conflicts or second thoughts. He was lying in a hospital bed for 12 days. On Aug. 30, while riding his bicycle on Big Papio Trail in Omaha, he was severely injured after hitting a large branch lying across the trail and crashing. But with the...

Members of a small faith-sharing group at St. Isidore Parish in Columbus meet April 12 in the home of leader Sarah Doerneman, center. Other members are Natalie Luchsinger, left, Leslie Styskal, Lynn Heinrich and Erin Schmidt. JENNIE KRUEGER
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Imagine friends and neighbors regularly gathering around the Word of God and praying as a normal part of their Lenten journey. That’s the vision of Jim Jansen, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. To that end, he said, his office held workshops earlier this year to help parish leaders around the archdiocese form...

Danny Leger leads praise and worship music for “XIV from the Crowd,” a meditation on the Stations of the Cross, March 19 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
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He recognized his passion for music and ministry at age 14. Omaha musician Danny Leger, now 34, first expressed intentions to use music for evangelization while talking with a small group on his first youth retreat.  He doesn’t remember what he said, but the memory is preserved in the journal he kept from that day. In it, a young girl had written...
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Priests from across the archdiocese will honor 18 brother priests who are celebrating milestone anniversaries – two commemorating 60 years of service, three celebrating 50 years, three marking 40 years and 10 celebrating 25 years. The annual priest jubilee Mass and dinner will be held April 30 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont, with Archbishop...

Vocation Ministry founder Rhonda Gruenewald explains how to start and sustain a successful vocations committee at the Vocation Summit at St. Patrick Church in Fremont April 6. FATHER DAMIEN WEE
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“The vocation landscape is hurting in our church.” Rhonda Gruenewald, founder of Vocation Ministry and author of “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry,” identifies in her video, “What is Vocation Ministry?” the decline of vocations to marriage, the priesthood and the religious life as a major obstacle to growth in the church.  There...
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Archbishop George J. Lucas prays over the oil of catechumens, oil of the sick and the sacred chrism at the archdiocesan Chrism Mass April 15 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The archbishop gathered with priests of the archdiocese to renew their ordination promises and bless the oils that will be used in parishes throughout the archdiocese in...
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Missionary Benedictine Sister Mary Agnes Salber, whose 76 years of religious life included service at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk and St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, died April 7 in Norfolk. She was 90. A funeral Mass was held April 10 at the monastery chapel, with interment in Prospect Hill Cemetery, also in Norfolk. Sister...

Msgr. James Gilg, spiritual director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the archdiocese, conducts a brief ceremony and blesses their newest store on North 90th Street in Omaha as part of its April 10 grand opening. At left is Marty Smith, executive director for the society. LISA SPELLMAN
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Marty Smith stood in the front of the new Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store at 5505 N. 90th St. in Omaha, and looked out over the crowd gathering near the entrance.  He shook hands with a few people and exchanged pleasantries with others. Smith, who took the position of executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul last...

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