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Father Anthony Weidner, pastor of St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City, left, and Father Michael Keating, associate pastor, cut the ribbon at the dedication of their new parish center Dec. 15. Archbishop George J. Lucas blessed and dedicated the center following a Mass, then joined parishioners, priests and religious sisters for refreshments.
Post date: 01/04/2019
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Holy Cross School in Omaha exceeded the $2,500 fundraising goal for its annual Operation Giving campaign, which provides funds for Holy Cross Parish families in need. To celebrate, on Dec. 18 more than 400 students and staff participated in Sumopalooza II as teachers donned inflatable sumo wrestler costumes and pretended to wrestle each other...
Post date: 01/04/2019
More than 6,000 people had a Christmas meal thanks to the annual Operation Others food drive and efforts of students from the eight Omaha-area Catholic high schools. Working with Catholic Charities, students signed up 1,220 families to receive the donations. Students also planned fundraisers and food collections, and prepared, packaged and...
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At St. Francis School in Humphrey, something was missing in the school’s accelerated reading (AR) program – variety. So Stacie Baumgart, AR coordinator, came up with a solution. She developed the “passport” program, which encouraged reading program participants in grades one through seven to select works from a variety of literary genres. After...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Kindergarteners AvaLynn Swassing, left, and Ava McKamy, and fifth-grader Sophia Savoie at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha look at pulseras (bracelets) made by artists in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The items were offered for sale during a pop-up store sponsored by the school’s student council. Students purchased 560 bracelets and four small bags...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Matthews Children’s Foundations, a nonprofit affiliated with Matthews-Aurora Funeral Solutions and Matthews Cemetery Products of Pittsburgh, is accepting grant applications through Dec. 31 for local children’s charities throughout the country. Participating local funeral homes and cemeteries, such as John A. Gentleman Mortuaries in Omaha, sponsor...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Spirit Catholic Radio is helping needy people in the archdiocese stay warm this winter through its Warm Up Winter clothes drive. Through Dec. 28, the station is collecting new coats, boots, hats, gloves, mittens and socks for adults and children. Items will be distributed throughout the archdiocese in Omaha, West Point, Hartington and Norfolk by...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha raised about $17,000 during its first annual Taste of Pride wine-tasting fundraiser Dec. 7. More than 230 guests paid $45 each to attend the event to raise money for the school’s annual fund, which provides scholarships and helps pay teachers’ salaries. It also supports educational initiatives like the...
Post date: 12/21/2018
St. Francis High School in Humphrey won the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Class D1 state play production championship for its performance of “No Loose Ends.” Twelfth-grader Kelly Zach was named outstanding male performer. The competition was held Dec. 5 at Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk.  The play, directed by teachers Michael...
Post date: 12/21/2018
A building that was once home to a well-known World War I pilot was purchased by St. Barnabas Parish in Omaha, which it will use as its parish house and rectory beginning Jan. 1. The Offutt-Yost house, and more recently, former Cornerstone Mansion bed and breakfast, was the home of Lt. Jarvis Offutt, the first Nebraska pilot to die in WWI and the...

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