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Shaina McBride, physical education instructor and athletic director at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, helps pre-kindergarten student Victor Rivero Barajas at gym class Jan. 13. McBride has honed her Spanish to help in the classroom. Barajas’ classmate, Margo Haske, is in the background. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Attending recent parent-teacher conferences at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, the coordinator of Latino enrollment in the Catholic Schools Office said she was happy to see a family greeted in Spanish by one of the teachers. The family’s response, Beatriz Arellanes said, was enthusiastic. Hoping to grow that level of enthusiasm – on the part of...

Juniors Audrey Yost, left, of Marian High School, Caleb Myers of Creighton Preparatory School and Grace Woltemath, also of Marian, all in Omaha, put the final touches with other cast and chorus members on Marian’s 2016 fall musical, “Singin’ in the Rain,” during an Oct. 26 dress rehearsal.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Rehearsal for real life. That’s how Jennifer Cimino – who studied music and theater and is involved in music ministry at Christ the King, St. Pius X and St. Frances Cabrini parishes in Omaha – describes the value of performing arts education in Catholic schools. Through a program she founded called "On Cue," Cimino this year is helping children...

Second-graders Corbin Rusiecki, left, Elena Brown and Riley Mogis compete for the ball in a round of scooter soccer Jan. 11 at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.
Post date: 01/18/2017
It’s not your parents’ gym class anymore. At Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese, including St. Margaret Mary in Omaha, Archbishop Bergan in Fremont, St. Mary in O’Neill and St. Augustine in Winnebago, teachers are using innovative techniques to make fitness fun and keep students moving. Scooter soccer, disc golf, drumming for fitness, and...

Mary Lentino, a kindergarten teacher at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue, helps a student with her phonics lesson Jan. 13 using an iPad, which the school received through grants from the Ignite the Faith capital campaign. Lentino said technology upgrades enhance the way she is able to teach her students. Photo by LISA MAXSON/For the Catholic Voice.
Post date: 01/18/2017
Kindergartners in Mary Lentino’s class used their index fingers to write the word "mud" on their iPad screens during a recent phonics lesson at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue. Once finished, they electronically sent their work to their teacher’s laptop, and it appeared on the large projector screen in front of the classroom. Lentino said the...

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Post date: 09/01/2016
Serving the bereaved through the simple gift of food, prepared and served with love, is a special ministry for Marilyn White and Donna Foxhoven, members of St. Michael Parish in South Sioux City – and hundreds of others in parishes across the archdiocese. While the corporal work or mercy – burying the dead – is a sign of honor and respect for the...
Post date: 09/01/2016
As a priest for 37 years, I have officiated at many, many funerals in church and committals at cemeteries. What a gift it is to pray with people at these significant moments. One committal I will always remember happened just a few years ago at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Omaha. As you may know, we have a new societal challenge – families who...
Post date: 08/11/2016
About 50 priests, deacons, and lay people participate in the archdiocese’s Catholic Jail and Prison Ministry – but more volunteers are needed. And Deacon Al Aulner, ministry coordinator, refers to Pope Francis’ words and actions in describing the work’s importance. The pope has called on all Catholics to join him in proclaiming the Gospel to the...
Post date: 08/10/2016
Have you ever visited someone in prison, a correctional center, or a jail? I had a former high school student who was arrested for the tragic death of a State Patrol officer. The young man, who had committed a crime, was driving on Interstate 80 pursued by the State Patrol. His vehicle collided with a patrol car, killing the officer. He was...

Paulette Paprocki, left, and Mary Tworek-Hofstetter, right, both jail ministers from St. Isidore Parish in Columbus, meet with an inmate Aug. 2 at the Platte County Detention Center in Columbus.
Post date: 08/10/2016
  What happens when you go out of your way to help someone who is hurting? You can change lives. That’s what motivates Bill Wegener and Paulette Paprocki, members of St. Isidore Parish in Columbus, as they and other volunteers visit prisoners in county and juvenile detention centers – a corporal work of mercy. Wegener visits inmates in the Madison...
Post date: 07/14/2016
Many years ago, I attended a directed retreat. The spiritual director assigned to me was a 39-year-old Jesuit priest confined to a wheelchair, immobilized by multiple sclerosis. He said to me, "Jim, there’s a lot you can learn from the sick." He then asked me to assist him in going to the bathroom, an intimacy I had never experienced. Jesus was...

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