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Post date: 06/18/2019
The Religious Educators, Leaders and Coordinators of Omaha (RELCO) held a luncheon May 16 at the Millard Social Hall in Omaha to recognize retiring religious education directors and to celebrate the many services provided by religious education staff and volunteers, such as Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Vacation Bible School,...
Post date: 06/18/2019
New officers of the Serra Club of West Omaha were installed in late May to serve for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which began June 1.  The newly-appointed officers included: Julia Palzer, president; Jolene Jefferies, president-elect; Mary Ann Casey, secretary; Jerry Smith, treasurer; Stacey Floersch, vice president of events; Chris Tooker, vice...
Post date: 06/18/2019
The Christ Child Society of Omaha awarded scholarships to 12 young mothers at the organization’s annual Summer Soiree event May 30 in Omaha. Scholarships were awarded to women who are advancing their educations while caring for children. This year’s recipients are students at College of Saint Mary, Metropolitan Community College and the University...
Post date: 05/15/2019
Allison Vana, senior class president at Mercy High School in Omaha, crowns a statue of the Blessed Mother during the school’s annual May Crowning May 6. A longstanding tradition at many Catholic schools, May Crowning ceremonies honor the Blessed Mother during May, a month dedicated to Mary. They usually include prayers, songs and the crowning of a...
Post date: 05/15/2019
The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska presented four $1,000 scholarships to the winners of its annual essay competition in a May 5 ceremony during the Polish Constitution Day celebration at the Polish Home in Omaha. Omaha scholarship recipients were Maximilian Kalkowski, a student at St. Stephen the Martyr School planning to attend Creighton...
Post date: 05/15/2019
On June 1, Scotus Central Catholic High School will host its 12th Annual Shamrock Open golf tournament at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha to raise money for new athletic facilities and equipment. The scramble-style tournament with four-member teams will include pin prizes and prizes for the top three teams in each of the two flights.  The $90 entry...
Post date: 05/15/2019
ShareSpace Education, part of the Aldrin Family Foundation, hosted two assemblies focused on its Giant Mars Map at St. Bernard School in Omaha April 25. St. Bernard is one of 58 American schools in 23 states to receive a Giant Mars Map package. This is the first time a Nebraska school has been a recipient. Individual schools, school districts and...

Fifth and sixth grade students at St. Mary School in O’Neill present a dramatized version of the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. Students gave two performances on April 16 and one on April 19. The Passion Play has been an annual tradition at St. Mary for more than 20 years, organized and directed by Nancy Berg, a former sixth grade teacher at the school. Sixth grade actors included (kneeling, from left) Peyton Thompson and Bella Barlow; Jace Rosenkrans as Jesus on the cross; and guards Trever Reiser and Risken Dawson. Apostles were played by fifth graders Basil Wetzel (left), Brayden Krugman, Alivia Parks and LaShanna Werth; Jesus raising the host was fifth grader Myles Hamilton; and Mary was played by sixth grader Adilyn Shald. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 05/01/2019
SCHOOLS Trivia night supports tuition assistance On April 6, more than 350 people turned out for V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School’s Trivia Night fundraiser to support tuition assistance, nearly doubling last year’s attendance of 200 people. The event helped kick off the Omaha school’s monthlong fundraising efforts to support financial...

LIFE Runners in Jerusalem marathon: Pat Castle, founder and president of LIFE Runners, kneels to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, in Jerusalem March 16. He and his wife, Angi, represented LIFE Runners, the world’s largest team of pro-life runners based in Omaha, in the 2019 Run for Zion. The run was an opportunity for Christians to participate in the Jerusalem marathon while fundraising for local mission work including outreach to terror victims, widows, orphans and Israeli soldiers on the front line. LIFE Runners was the top donating team in the marathon, raising $2,350. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 04/18/2019
SCHOOLS Tuition grants available for new students The Archdiocese of Omaha is offering tuition discounts next school year to students transferring to a Catholic elementary school from a public, private or home school. Transfer students entering first through seventh grade can receive Welcome Tuition Grants and have their tuition reduced by $1,000...
Post date: 04/05/2019
Sister of Mercy Delores Hannon, center, president of Mercy High School in Omaha, joins students in a flash mob March 22 as they dance to “Dancing Queen” by ABBA – her favorite song. Students surprised her with the action to celebrate her 50-year jubilee and as part of a school day festival capping the school’s Mission Week, March 18-22. During...

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