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Post date: 05/01/2019
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,...
Post date: 05/01/2019
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.  A funeral Mass was held April 22 at Christ the King Church in Omaha with interment at Calvary Cemetery.  Father Schlautman attended Howells High...
Post date: 05/01/2019
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...

Tom Stubby, left, and Erik Taylor chat at St. Pius X Church in Omaha April 14 before joining fellow RCIA participants for discussion of the Sunday Mass readings. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 04/18/2019
Tom Stubby almost didn’t get to begin classes to join the Catholic Church, but not because of schedule conflicts or second thoughts. He was lying in a hospital bed for 12 days. On Aug. 30, while riding his bicycle on Big Papio Trail in Omaha, he was severely injured after hitting a large branch lying across the trail and crashing. But with the...

Members of a small faith-sharing group at St. Isidore Parish in Columbus meet April 12 in the home of leader Sarah Doerneman, center. Other members are Natalie Luchsinger, left, Leslie Styskal, Lynn Heinrich and Erin Schmidt. JENNIE KRUEGER
Post date: 04/18/2019
Imagine friends and neighbors regularly gathering around the Word of God and praying as a normal part of their Lenten journey. That’s the vision of Jim Jansen, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. To that end, he said, his office held workshops earlier this year to help parish leaders around the archdiocese form...

Danny Leger leads praise and worship music for “XIV from the Crowd,” a meditation on the Stations of the Cross, March 19 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha. DANIKA LANG/STAFF
Post date: 04/18/2019
He recognized his passion for music and ministry at age 14. Omaha musician Danny Leger, now 34, first expressed intentions to use music for evangelization while talking with a small group on his first youth retreat.  He doesn’t remember what he said, but the memory is preserved in the journal he kept from that day. In it, a young girl had written...
Post date: 04/18/2019
Priests from across the archdiocese will honor 18 brother priests who are celebrating milestone anniversaries – two commemorating 60 years of service, three celebrating 50 years, three marking 40 years and 10 celebrating 25 years. The annual priest jubilee Mass and dinner will be held April 30 at St. Patrick Church in Fremont, with Archbishop...


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