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Knights of Columbus members carry the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue May 29 at St. Isidore Church in Columbus.
Post date: 06/12/2017
More than 1,000 people came to St. Isidore Church in Columbus May 29 for Mass and other prayers celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions in Fatima, Portugal. And more than 2,000 came to similar celebrations May 30 at St. Gerald Church in Omaha – two of six stops for the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of...
Post date: 06/07/2017
Sara Dykman of Kansas City, Kan., and Beyond a Book adventure-based education, visits with third-graders May 18 at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha in their monarch garden. The visit was part of Dykman’s 10,000-mile "ButterBike" bike ride following the monarch migration from Mexico and talking about challenges the butterflies face.
Post date: 06/07/2017
Transitional Deacons Taylor Leffler, left, Patrick Moser and Padraic Stack pose after their May 26 ordinations with Archbishop George J. Lucas at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The men will spend the coming year preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Photo by Marc May.
Post date: 06/07/2017
A May 9 groundbreaking marked the construction start for a 54-bed nursing home in West Point sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, which also sponsors the nearby St. Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Retirement Center, St. Francis Home Health and satellite clinics. The nursing home is the last major component of plans by...
Post date: 06/07/2017
The Christ Child Society of Omaha raised about $72,000 at a May 23 dinner to benefit its programs, including creating packages with blankets, clothes, diapers and other items for needy newborn children. Honorary chairman of the dinner at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha was Father John Pietramale, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha, who...
Post date: 06/07/2017
At least two Catholic schools in the archdiocese have received $2,500 donations from farmers as part of a national philanthropic effort. The money comes through Monsanto Co.’s charitable arm, and the farmers – Brian Vencil of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Valley, and an anonymous farmer in Antelope County – directed the donations to Holy Name...
Post date: 06/07/2017
Seventeen of 1,281 winning pieces of art from the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska will be on display in the Governor’s Mansion in Lincoln from June 16 through Sept. 28 – including work from five students in Catholic high schools in Omaha. Two of the art pieces are from students at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a painting by senior...
Post date: 06/07/2017
Out of more than 40,000 entries nationwide, St. Mary School in Bellevue won the $5,000 grand prize in a "Let it Grow" agriculture contest sponsored by digital content provider Discovery Education and educational nonprofit Nutrients for Life Foundation. To win, educators, parents and community members answered soil-related questions online and...
Post date: 06/07/2017
Archbishop George J. Lucas will join members of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Hooper and St. Lawrence Parish in Scribner for their fifth annual Corpus Christi processions June 17 and 18, and St. Peter Parish in Omaha will hold its 12th annual procession June 18. The archbishop will preside at the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church and lead a 6 p....
Post date: 06/07/2017
Father Harold Buse, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue, will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a priest with an 11 a.m. Mass and luncheon July 2 at the church. Father Buse, who grew up on a farm near West Point, has served urban and rural parishes in the archdiocese, including as pastor of St. Leo the Great in Omaha, St. Francis of Assisi...

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