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Father Frank Jindra, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha, stands Oct. 15 beside a poster in front of the church with Andrew Bauer, principal of the parish school. The pastoral council put up the poster – which is signed by parishioners – in the midst of the worldwide clergy sexual abuse crisis, to show support for all priests and prayers for those priests who have fallen. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 10/23/2018
By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice In the midst of the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, an archdiocesan prayer apostolate is encouraging people around the archdiocese and worldwide to “Pray for our Priests.” Organized nine years ago, Maria Regina Cleri long has urged Catholics to unite in prayer for priests, and is now stepping up its...

Memorial statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha. The statues will be part of a Catholic Cemeteries-sponsored Nov. 2 walking rosary and Marian songs for all the souls in purgatory.
Post date: 10/23/2018
People who have lost loved ones over the last year or have not interred the cremated remains of a loved one have special opportunities for prayer and burying the dead this month through Catholic Cemeteries. The archdiocesan ministry has offered those gatherings for several years to help mark All Saints Day on Nov. 1, a holy day of obligation, and...

Sandy Garcia sorts fresh fruits and vegetables Oct. 9 at the food pantry at Catholic Charities’ Juan Diego Center in south Omaha. Joe Ruff/Staff
Post date: 10/23/2018
Asked what she feels when she reflects on ways Catholic Charities has helped her, Sandy Garcia has a ready answer. “Gratitude,” says Garcia, coordinator of the Catholic Charities food pantry at the Juan Diego Center in south Omaha – where she once received the kind of bread and other grocery items that she now helps distribute. It’s been a long,...

Cathy Jenkins Walsh, left, and Brigid Huston, both of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, were among people attending a Sept. 13 parish orientation session at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha discussing ways to team up with other parishes to promote ArchOmaha Unite, an archdiocesewide event set for June 8 in Omaha.
Post date: 10/18/2018
Imagine 15,000 Catholics, united and on fire for their faith, filling Omaha’s CHI Health Center arena. That’s Archbishop George J. Lucas’ vision and hope for a major gathering June 8 – the eve of Pentecost – as organizers begin this month announcing ArchOmaha Unite in parishes around the archdiocese. “The purpose of Unite is to bring thousands and...
Post date: 10/18/2018
She kept offering excuses – she didn’t want to go.  But Ana Martinez finally gave in to her mother’s urgings – and, as a result, underwent a life-changing experience.  Martinez, 21, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, said participating in a Hispanic retreat, Jovenes Para Cristo (Youth for Christ) in 2016, helped her experience God’s love...
Post date: 10/18/2018
Children in the archdiocese have an opportunity to display their artistic flair while immersing themselves in the story of Jesus’ birth as the Catholic Voice’s Colors of Christmas contest gets underway. Now in its eighth year, the contest encourages students from kindergarten through sixth grade to use whatever medium they choose – such as crayons...
Post date: 10/18/2018
This school year alone, the Archdiocese of Omaha is distributing $390,660 in tuition assistance to 383 students in all 17 Catholic high schools. And signup for the coming school year will begin in high schools in January, with forms available in English and Spanish. Eligibility is based on the federal free- and reduced-lunches program. Families...

Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, center, receives Boys Town’s Spirit of Father Flanagan Award Sept. 25 during the Omaha organization’s annual priest appreciation dinner. With him are Archbishop George J. Lucas, left, and Father Steven Boes, executive director of Boys Town.
Post date: 10/18/2018
A priest of the archdiocese was honored for his dedication to the education of children and families. Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, received the Spirit of Father Flanagan Award from Boys Town Sept. 25 at its annual priest appreciation dinner. Father Steven Boes, Boys Town executive director, presented...

Mercy Sister Ana Maria Pineda, center, with members of St. Oscar Romero's family in Rome as they celebrated the martyred archbishop's Oct. 14 canonization.
Post date: 10/18/2018
Mercy Sister Ana Maria Pineda, a native of El Salvador now living in Omaha, was among thousands gathered in Rome on Oct. 14 to celebrate the canonization Mass of Archbishop Oscar Romero and six other servants of the church.   Tired but gratified later that evening, Sister Ana Maria told the Catholic Voice by telephone that she hopes the...

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, processes out of Christ the King Church in Omaha after Mass on Oct. 13 with Deacon Randy Park of Christ the King Parish, left, and Deacon Michael Conzett of St. Margaret Mary Parish, right. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
Post date: 10/18/2018
Nearly 900 people filled Christ the King Church in Omaha on Oct. 13 as the pope’s representative to the United States celebrated 50 years of the re-established permanent diaconate in the church.    Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio, concelebrated the 5 p.m. Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis...

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