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Cast members of “Cross and Light” perform a song during the dramatization of Pentecost as tongues of flame are projected in the background. The multimedia musical will be the finale of ArchOmaha Unite, an archdiocese-wide celebration of the Catholic faith set for June 8, the eve of Pentecost, at the CHI Health Center arena in Omaha. KELLY NIETO
Post date: 02/14/2019
Can a former agnostic and New Ager tell the story of God’s love and forgiveness so powerfully that viewers can’t help but spread the Good News to others? Catholics in the Omaha archdiocese will get to answer that question for themselves as the musical play “Cross and Light” provides the finale to ArchOmaha Unite, an archdiocese-wide gathering in...

Father John Norman, pastor of St. Peter de Alcántara in Ewing and St. John the Baptist in Deloit Township, makes a point during a meeting of priests Jan. 10 at St. Patrick Parish in Fremont. There, Father Jeffrey Lorig and Father Scott Hastings introduced priests to a plan for organizing rural parishes in light of the projected decline in future numbers of priests and shifting rural population. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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Conversations are beginning around the archdiocese aimed at ensuring the future viability of rural parishes while helping them achieve the archdiocese’s pastoral vision and priorities. These conversations are the start of a process to help parishes not only survive but thrive given the declining numbers of priests projected for the future and...

Abby Johnson, right, and Ashley Bratcher, the actress who portrays her, on the set of their new movie, “Unplanned.” The film will play in select theaters beginning March 29. COURTESY PHOTO
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“She does a great job … of explaining her motivation for wanting to work for Planned Parenthood as misguided good intentions, and her reasons for leaving and starting her pro-life work as God-guided good intentions.” “The story of her turning point was heart wrenching.  I found myself bawling like a baby several times during the three days it took...

Couples perform traditional folk dances of Panama Jan. 23 in the school gymnasium of San Gerardo Mayela in Panama City. The performance followed the first catechesis session to welcome pilgrims for World Youth Day. MIGUEL BARREIRO
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In the universal church and in the Archdiocese of Omaha, the message of unity echoes loud and clear. The local church mixed into the global one at the 15th international celebration of World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panama City, where Pope Francis spoke to young pilgrims about their common bond. “We come from different cultures and peoples, we...

Archbishop George J. Lucas joins students from St. Gerald School in Ralston for a photo after the annual eighth-grade Mass Jan. 31 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The Mass, celebrated by the archbishop, marked Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. MIKE MAY/STAFF
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Jazlyn Rodriguez dreams of being a police officer and starting a family dedicated to Christ. “Hopefully I could teach them well,” the eighth-grader at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue said about her desired future family. Amaya Sims, an eighth-grader at Holy Name School in Omaha, wants to be a veterinarian — and a prayerful one. Amaya is a...
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Catholics should be concerned about a new bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature to prohibit conversion therapy for individuals experiencing same-sex attraction.  That’s the view of Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC), the public policy voice for the three Catholic dioceses in Nebraska. He says some of the...
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Father Daniel Andrews has been named pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha, effective July 1. He replaces Father Jake Anderson, who has been serving in an interim role since Father Joseph Taphorn, the center’s first pastor and director, became rector of The Saint Paul Seminary School of...

Deacon James Keating, director of theological formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation, discusses the Eucharist, mysticism and holiness, topics of his new “Discerning Hearts” podcast series, with host and founder Kris McGregor in her home recording studio Feb. 5. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
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Why does God matter? Why do the sacraments matter? Why does prayer matter? Discerning Hearts, a nonprofit online apostolate dedicated to evangelization and spiritual formation, seeks to answer these questions among others in Archbishop George J. Lucas’ latest podcast series “Why It Matters,” said founder Kris McGregor.   In the series, Archbishop...

Local students carrying the official banner of Nebraska Right to Life lead marchers in support of the unborn during the 45th annual Nebraska Walk for Life in Lincoln Jan. 26. Nearly 4,000 walkers were estimated to have taken part in the walk from the State Capitol to the University of Nebraska student union. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 02/01/2019
A brief snow flurry greeted people milling about K St. and filing out of St. Mary Church across from the State Capitol in Lincoln. But the snow quickly stopped and, despite the remaining chill and overcast skies, spirits were high as the 45th annual Walk for Life began Jan. 26 to support the pro-life cause. After a Mass at St. Mary Church, Sandy...

Mount Michael Benedictine School students, Max Swiniarski, left, a junior, and sophomore Zachary Rapoza, put the finishing touches Jan. 23 on a robot created during robotics class, part of the STEM curriculum at the school. The banner behind them points to the school’s accomplishments in a recent robotics competition. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 02/01/2019
Is a strong STEM education compatible with a strong Catholic faith?  On the surface, the question seems ludicrous. Many, if not all, Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha offer  thoroughgoing STEM instruction. They are also known for their strong Catholic identity. Yet disturbing trends in the last decade reveal that many Catholic...

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