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Safe environment coordinator Cathi Snyder reviews procedures for enrolling staff and volunteers in training sessions and submitting background checks at the coordinator in-service at St. Leo the Great Church in Omaha March 12. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/05/2019
Revisions made in June 2018 to the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are leading to significant changes in the archdiocese’s safe environment training and policies to better protect children and young adults. These enhancements come in addition to safe environment initiatives the archdiocese is undertaking on...

Taylor Wiester, left, a second grade teacher at Holy Cross School, assists student Julia Hernandez Wiley with independent spelling work during Lexia small group rotations March 13. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/05/2019
Blended learning works, and the Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools Office (CSO) has the numbers to prove it. The blended learning initiative is a new CSO program in which technology is used to improve  instruction in math and reading in grades K-8. The project was organized in 2013, piloted during the 2017-18 school year and is now in its first...

Archdiocese of Omaha deacon candidate Librado Maiz, center, and his family pray together Feb. 22 at Divine Mercy Church in Schuyler. From left: Daniel, 11, Judith, 13, Dilcia, Librado, Elizabeth, 4, and Felipe, 7. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
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“Why am I not studying to be a deacon?” Librado Maiz, a member of Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler, asked himself this question as he considered what more he could do for his parish community.  He currently serves as a lector, extraordinary minister of holy Communion (EMHC) and sacristan. But he recognized that the growing Hispanic community in his...

Mary Parizek transports needed items March 22 to her grandson, who with a friend airlifted them to flood victims in Fremont following historic flooding that isolated the town for several days in mid-March. Parizek’s concern for meeting human need is most evident in her work on Mary Our Queen’s Human Needs Committee, an organization she co-founded in 1976. ELIZABETH WELLS
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Mary and Dick Mollner first met Mary Parizek when their fifth child was born prematurely. Mary Mollner couldn’t work during the baby’s short 17-month life, and hardships were common. A can of special formula lasted three days and cost $40. It was 1980. “We were members of Mary Our Queen Parish. Mary called all the time asking, ‘Isn’t there...
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“I know this bill will allow for more students with similar stories as mine to have a choice in their education, a choice that could change their lives.” These were Jacob Idra’s closing remarks during a recent Revenue Committee hearing on LB670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act. The legislation would provide more private education choice for low-...
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People throughout the Omaha area are invited to enter into the Passion of Jesus Christ at any of three Good Friday commemorations, April 19. The annual Communion and Liberation Way of the Cross procession in Omaha’s Memorial Park, the Walk for Justice in downtown Omaha, and the Catholic Cemeteries Stations of the Cross service at Calvary Cemetery...
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Five seniors at Marian High School in Omaha received National Merit Scholarship honors, with three being named finalists. Amirtha Arun, Abigail McGill and Mary Watson are among 15,000 students nationwide vying for more than 7,500 National Merit college scholarships. Also honored were Eleanor Ricketts, named a commended student for placing among...
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Father Damien Wee, pastor of St. Rose Parish in Hooper and St. Lawrence Parish in Scribner, venerates the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney as the relic makes a stop at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha March 21 as part of a nationwide tour. Priests had the opportunity to privately venerate the relic of their patron saint before a Mass,...
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Two Catholic business leaders who live their faith at work were honored by the Catholic Professional & Business Club (CPBC) at the group’s fourth annual Leading with Faith Award luncheon March 14. Eric Crawford, executive director of Heart Ministry Center, and Sam Wageman, co-founder of Fusion Medical Staffing, both in Omaha, received the...
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Servant of Mary Sister Justina Tsoku, whose 64 years of religious life included 34 years of service in Omaha, died March 15 in Omaha. She was 90. A funeral Mass was held March 18 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the order’s motherhouse in Omaha, with interment in the motherhouse cemetery. A native of Heidelberg, South Africa, Sister Justina...

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