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Melissa Ebel, a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre, watches as her daughters Brooklyn, left, and Morgan play a St. Katharine Drexel game during the parish’s All Saints Fest, Oct. 24. The game tracks the saint’s travels through the United States founding schools for Native American and black children in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was one of 12 activities at the parish to help recognize All Saints Day, Nov. 1. Nearly 100 people participated, including students in preschool through sixth grade, their parents and teenage helpers.
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A statue of St. Patrick that has been a mainstay of events held by Omaha’s Father Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) such as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade has been restored.  AOH is a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal organization founded in New York in 1836. The statue, which is owned by the Barrett family, is...
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Fifth-grade students at St. James/Seton School in Omaha are partnering with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Heron Haven, a nature preserve near 120th Street and West Maple Road in Omaha, to produce a video for guests visiting the site. Heron Haven is a spring-fed wetland sanctuary near the busy, west-Omaha intersection and features...
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St. Mary School in Bellevue is helping decorate the Nebraska State Christmas Tree in Washington. Twenty-two eighth-grade students decorated ornaments that, according to the National Park Service in Washington, are “emblematic of their state.” The school was selected based on its commitment to a dedicated art program with a certified art teacher...
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Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses four bells Oct. 22 before they are installed at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist, the bells were installed in the oratory’s bell tower the next day, and were rung for the first time Nov....
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Juniors Briar Braddock, left, Emma White, Lauren Kemp, Morgan Anderson and Amy Mattern participate in V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School’s annual Rendezvous, a recreation of the 1800s migration west across the United States. Students at the Omaha school create characters who explain their journey, sharing the trials and tribulations of...
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First-grader Londyn Reiser at St. Mary School in O’Neill holds Flat Londyn, modeled after the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown, and a letter from President Donald Trump thanking her for Flat Londyn’s visit through the mail to the White House. Reiser mailed Flat Londyn as part of a geography and social sciences project in Carol Willis’ classes...
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An organization that shares the message “Remember the Unborn – Jer. 1-5” on T-shirts as they participate in marathons and other running events is growing more quickly in the Omaha archdiocese than anywhere else in the country, said its founder, Pat Castle, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion. Castle founded LIFE Runners in 2008 while...
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An administrator for 13 years at senior living communities in Omaha has been hired as president and CEO at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha. Tracy Lichti on Nov. 19 will succeed Julie Sebastian, who is moving to San Jose, Calif., after four years leading the retirement home. Lichti served four years at The Heritage at Sterling Ridge, and...
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Just three months after its opening day in late July, outdoor Stations of the Cross at Cloisters on the Platte retreat center near Gretna has attracted more than 5,000 people. “The fact that 5,000 visitors have stopped and enjoyed this spiritual oasis in such a short amount of time speaks volumes to its appeal,” said Keith Backson, executive...

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