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Archbishop George J. Lucas interacts with students during Mass at Madonna School in Omaha. The Mass preceded the 53rd annual Christmas party Dec. 14 at the school, sponsored by the Father Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Post date: 12/21/2018
The tradition began when a member of a local fraternal organization and father of a son with special needs was looking for a way to serve others with similar challenges. Fifty-three years later, the Father Flanagan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is still bringing Christmas joy to the hearts of students at Madonna School in Omaha.  The...
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Father Emmett Meyer, a retired priest of the archdiocese and former administrator of Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus, died Dec. 3 in Sioux City, Iowa. He was 80. A funeral Mass was held Dec. 6 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City with a graveside service later that day at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha. A native of Bloomfield, Neb...
Post date: 12/21/2018
Nice details and use of techniques that showed a lot of effort and craftsmanship – and it told the story.  Those were some of the reasons judges chose Omaha Holy Cross School sixth-grader Vivianna Schlueter’s artwork as winner of her age category (grades four through six) and as grand prize winner in this year’s Catholic Voice Colors of Christmas...
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Deacon candidate Bart Zavaletta, a theology instructor at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, leads table discussions at an Ecclesial Movements and Lay Associations Gathering Nov. 29 at St. Peter Parish in Omaha. The meeting brought together 16 English- and Spanish-speaking Catholic groups from across the archdiocese to become...
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An overflow crowd of 400-plus people filled the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in south Omaha to celebrate its patronal feast Dec. 12. Mass, celebrated by associate pastor Rafael Majano of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish, and several dance group performances capped two days of parish festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Other activities...

Sharon Doran, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha and director of Seeking Truth, a Bible study apostolate, lights her family’s Advent candle Dec. 2 with husband, Steve, and their son John.
Post date: 12/06/2018
A light to shine in our darkness: Jesus, the long anticipated Messiah. During Advent, Jesus can illuminate our own personal darkness if we allow him, said Jesuit Father Andy Alexander, director of collaborative ministry at Creighton University in Omaha. And the coming of Jesus in our hearts, which follows from his coming at the first Christmas,...

Christine Guenther, left, executive director of Nebraskans Embracing Life (formerly Nebraskans United for Life), consults Nov. 28 with executive assistant Mary Briganti about arrangements for the organization’s Celebration of Life Dinner in Omaha on Jan. 25. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 12/06/2018
“Nebraskans Embracing Life.” The organization’s new name honors the “greatest example of a pro-life Mother” in the history of humanity, wrote executive director Christine Guenther in a September letter to members and supporters of Nebraskans United for Life. The Blessed Mother “was a young teen who said Yes to Life while living in a time when an...
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The St. John Paul II Newman Center is not only yielding spiritual fruit in the hearts of college students living there – it’s winning kudos for its physical beauty. The center, located near the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus and home to more than 100 students, recently won four design and engineering awards. “It’s evidence that … we’ve...
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The Archdiocese of Omaha released to the public on Nov. 30 a list of 38 clergy accused since 1978 of criminal sexual misconduct.* The list also was submitted to Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson along with investigative documentation on the cases, responding to his September request for information from all three Nebraska dioceses concerning...
Post date: 12/06/2018
A safe place to tell her story. That’s how a survivor of clergy sexual abuse described her interactions with the archdiocese’s Victim Outreach and Prevention Office. • List of substantiated claims of clergy sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct with a minor • Archbishop notifies faithful of abuse report “I can’t express in words what it has meant...

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