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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...

Couples perform traditional folk dances of Panama Jan. 23 in the school gymnasium of San Gerardo Mayela in Panama City. The performance followed the first catechesis session to welcome pilgrims for World Youth Day. MIGUEL BARREIRO
Post date: 02/14/2019
In the universal church and in the Archdiocese of Omaha, the message of unity echoes loud and clear. The local church mixed into the global one at the 15th international celebration of World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panama City, where Pope Francis spoke to young pilgrims about their common bond. “We come from different cultures and peoples, we...

Archbishop George J. Lucas joins students from St. Gerald School in Ralston for a photo after the annual eighth-grade Mass Jan. 31 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The Mass, celebrated by the archbishop, marked Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 02/14/2019
Jazlyn Rodriguez dreams of being a police officer and starting a family dedicated to Christ. “Hopefully I could teach them well,” the eighth-grader at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue said about her desired future family. Amaya Sims, an eighth-grader at Holy Name School in Omaha, wants to be a veterinarian — and a prayerful one. Amaya is a...
Post date: 02/14/2019
Catholics should be concerned about a new bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature to prohibit conversion therapy for individuals experiencing same-sex attraction.  That’s the view of Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC), the public policy voice for the three Catholic dioceses in Nebraska. He says some of the...
Post date: 02/14/2019
Father Daniel Andrews has been named pastor and director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha, effective July 1. He replaces Father Jake Anderson, who has been serving in an interim role since Father Joseph Taphorn, the center’s first pastor and director, became rector of The Saint Paul Seminary School of...

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