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Knights of Columbus members load cleaning supplies and other flood relief items into trucks March 30 in Columbus. The supplies were donated by the group’s national office and delivered to four areas hard hit by mid-March flooding. Pictured are, from left, Patrick Lowery, and looking toward camera, Richard Lowery, Matt Richardson, Lou Gasper, Lee Anderson and Mike Conrad. Tony Hergott/Knights of Columbus
Post date: 05/01/2019
As flood victims around the archdiocese attempt to rebuild their lives, Catholic parishes, schools, organizations, Knights of Columbus councils and individual parishioners have been stepping up to lend a hand. In areas such as St. Edward and Genoa, Bellevue, Valley and Niobrara – and many other areas around the archdiocese – hundreds of people...

State Sen. Joni Albrecht is sponsoring LB209, which would require doctors to tell a woman seeking a medication abortion that it may be possible to reverse it. The bill, the third pro-life bill sponsored by Albrecht in as many years, has 25 co-sponsors. NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE
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When first asked to sponsor pro-life legislation, Nebraska state Sen. Joni Albrecht knew God had already given her the strength to say yes. Albrecht, who has represented Nebraska’s 17th legislative district since 2017, is currently sponsoring her third pro-life bill in three years. Her pro-life convictions stem from experience. Albrecht’s...

Therese Safranek met her daughter’s neighbor, also named Claire, while she walked each day. The woman and her children pause for a photo with Safranek in front of their home where the mother sews in the sunlight.
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Many retirees spend winters in Texas or Arizona. But when Dr. Therese Safranek retired last year, she went to Rwanda. “Terri hates winter. All year she dreads it, even in summer,” said her husband, Jim Brosnihan, a dentist. He added she was burned out by 30 years treating trauma patients in the emergency room. One of their four children, Claire...
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Archbishop George J. Lucas will ordain 10 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Omaha during a 10 a.m. Mass May 4 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. They will join the 239 permanent deacons currently serving their parishes and communities in many capacities across the archdiocese. Deacons assist at Masses; preside at baptisms, weddings...
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Priests celebrating landmark anniversaries this year joined Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss and their brother priests for a celebration Mass and dinner April 30 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont. From left, front row, are Father Michael Grewe, 40 years, Missionary Benedictine Father Volker Futter, 50 years,...
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Father Wayne Schlautman, a Howells native whose nearly 54 years of priesthood included pastoral assignments in rural and urban parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, died April 14. He was 79.  A funeral Mass was held April 22 at Christ the King Church in Omaha with interment at Calvary Cemetery.  Father Schlautman attended Howells High...
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Abbot Raphael Walsh, former president of Mount Michael Benedictine School near Elkhorn, died April 25. He was 92.  A funeral Mass was held April 29 at St. James Church in Omaha followed by a private interment. A native of St. Louis, he attended Conception Abbey and Seminary College in Conception, Missouri, made his first profession of vows in 1946...

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...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Father Wayne Schlautman, a Howells native whose nearly 54 years of priesthood included pastoral assignments in rural and urban parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, died April 14. He was 79. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. April 22 with a funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Omaha. Interment will be at Calvary...

Pope Francis bestows a marriage blessing on T.J. and Shannon Kroh at the Vatican Jan. 2. The two were married Dec. 29, 2018, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Gretna. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 04/18/2019
Marriage is in decline, especially sacramental marriage. Young people in particular are shying away from marriage in favor of remaining single, or other alternatives.   A 2014 Gallup poll found only 27 percent of millennials (those born between 1980 and 1996) were married, while 59 percent were single or never married and 9 percent were in a...


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