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A relic of St. John Vianney – his incorrupt heart – is displayed before Mass Nov. 12 at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. The relic is coming to St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha March 21. BOB ROLLER/CNS
Post date: 03/01/2019
During this difficult time for faithful priests due to the recent revelations of sex abuse in the church, a consolation is coming to Omaha in the form of a relic from their patron saint. The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, also known as the Curé of Ars (or priest of Ars), is coming to St. Cecilia Cathedral for veneration by priests and the...

Margie O’Brien shares her lifelong love of reading in her retirement by teaching reading strategies to clients of Essential Pregnancy Services in Omaha. Benefits of reading to young children include stronger relationships, larger vocabularies, improved school readiness, and enhanced memory and cognitive thinking skills. ELIZABETH WELLS
Post date: 03/01/2019
“Oh the Places You’ll Go!” That’s not just the name of a treasured Dr. Seuss book, it’s a prayer Margie O’Brien prays for mothers and children who attend Essential Baby Reads. She’s the instructor for the class on reading strategies at Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS), teaching young moms the value of reading to their children. “As an educator,...
Post date: 03/01/2019
For the fifth consecutive year, Catholics will make their voices heard in the halls of the Legislature as the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) hosts Catholics at the Capitol March 27 in Lincoln.   This half-day program is “an opportunity to educate, engage and empower our Catholic laity from across the state concerning issues of importance to...
Post date: 03/01/2019
People of faith have an opportunity to peacefully and prayerfully stand for the unborn as visible witnesses throughout Lent. The effort is part of the international 40 Days for Life campaign, March 6 (Ash Wednesday) through April 14 (Palm Sunday), said Lauren Bopp, a board member with Nebraskans Embracing Life, local sponsor of the event. The...

Deacon Jim Tardy, a member of St. Cecilia Parish and outreach manager for Catholic Cemeteries, leads the Stations of the Cross at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha at last year’s Good Friday service.
Post date: 02/28/2019
For the fourth consecutive year, Catholic Cemeteries is offering the faithful an opportunity to commemorate Christ’s passion and death by praying the Stations of the Cross on most Wednesdays of Lent and on Good Friday. Although open to everyone, people who have lost loved ones during the past year are especially invited to attend as a way to pray...

State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan addresses students and teachers Jan. 24 at the Capitol in Lincoln at a rally for National School Choice Week. At the event she announced the introduction of the Opportunity Scholarships Act, LB670, which would provide state income tax credits for donations to nonprofit, scholarship-granting organizations. CORY RICHMOND
Post date: 02/28/2019
Working in politics has always been an important way for state Sen. Lou Ann Linehan to live out her Catholic faith.   “Growing up in a large Catholic family, I was taught to trust my faith in God, to respect others and myself, to act responsibly and to be a productive member of my community,” said Linehan. “I have carried these lessons with me to...

Ralph Martin leads a retreat on holiness and evangelization for 300 priests and bishops in Uganda during the summer of 2018. In addition to retreats, he often gives talks at priest and deacon study days, men’s conferences and academic symposia. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 02/27/2019
“I have never seen so many ‘ordinary Catholics’ – who usually never follow or hear about Church news – as deeply troubled as I have seen them in response to the recent revelations about the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C.,” Ralph Martin wrote last year in “Dear Troubled Catholics.” In the open letter to Catholics in the pews regarding the...

Cast members of “Cross and Light” perform a song during the dramatization of Pentecost as tongues of flame are projected in the background. The multimedia musical will be the finale of ArchOmaha Unite, an archdiocese-wide celebration of the Catholic faith set for June 8, the eve of Pentecost, at the CHI Health Center arena in Omaha. KELLY NIETO
Post date: 02/14/2019
Can a former agnostic and New Ager tell the story of God’s love and forgiveness so powerfully that viewers can’t help but spread the Good News to others? Catholics in the Omaha archdiocese will get to answer that question for themselves as the musical play “Cross and Light” provides the finale to ArchOmaha Unite, an archdiocese-wide gathering in...

Father John Norman, pastor of St. Peter de Alcántara in Ewing and St. John the Baptist in Deloit Township, makes a point during a meeting of priests Jan. 10 at St. Patrick Parish in Fremont. There, Father Jeffrey Lorig and Father Scott Hastings introduced priests to a plan for organizing rural parishes in light of the projected decline in future numbers of priests and shifting rural population. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 02/14/2019
Conversations are beginning around the archdiocese aimed at ensuring the future viability of rural parishes while helping them achieve the archdiocese’s pastoral vision and priorities. These conversations are the start of a process to help parishes not only survive but thrive given the declining numbers of priests projected for the future and...

Abby Johnson, right, and Ashley Bratcher, the actress who portrays her, on the set of their new movie, “Unplanned.” The film will play in select theaters beginning March 29. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 02/14/2019
“She does a great job … of explaining her motivation for wanting to work for Planned Parenthood as misguided good intentions, and her reasons for leaving and starting her pro-life work as God-guided good intentions.” “The story of her turning point was heart wrenching.  I found myself bawling like a baby several times during the three days it took...


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