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Post date: 04/20/2017
Becoming Catholic seemed a natural outcome for Paula Parizek, even from her youth. But it took the help of her husband, Andy, and two children to prompt her to finally join the church four years ago. "My children and my husband were my biggest influences for finally becoming Catholic," said Paula, a member of Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha. "I...
Post date: 04/20/2017
More than 30 percent of couples married in the archdiocese today are interfaith – either the bride or groom is non-Catholic. From a strong Catholic perspective, today’s marriage preparation programs address that special situation in several ways. "We take the non-Catholic’s different faith background into account, so we try to be very clear and...

George and Sylvia Thompson share a moment of prayer at their Bellevue home April 13. Photo by Mike May/Staff.
Post date: 04/20/2017
Together, but separate – that might be one description of an interfaith marriage. But Peter Kennedy, interim director of the Center for Family Life Formation, believes there’s more to an interfaith marriage than simply acknowledging the differences. "We want them to appreciate and respect each other’s faith backgrounds," he said. "While marriage...
Post date: 04/19/2017
Some had practical suggestions, others more spiritual, when the Catholic Voice asked second-graders at two archdiocesan schools to offer advice to men and women preparing to get married. Bak Abuok of St. Joan of Arc School in Omaha took a light approach, encouraging couples to "be happy with each other," adding a key to more happiness might be to...
Post date: 04/19/2017
Each spring, the Catholic Voice takes an up-close look – from a variety of angles – at the sacrament of marriage. This year’s Marriage Emphasis coverage begins on this page, with second-graders from St. Joan of Arc School in Omaha and Archbishop Bergan School in Fremont offering spiritual, practical and whimsical advice to engaged couples. Also in...

Deacon Bob Stier, far right, and his wife, Sandy, far left, meet April 4 with engaged couple Clara Kolbo and Anthony Fusco at St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion.
Post date: 04/19/2017
Time for one another. It can be hard to come by, but it’s critical to a happy marriage – and one of several things two couples and a priest mentioned when they spoke with the Catholic Voice about marriage and their marriage preparation ministry in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Matt and Jill Bailey of Schuyler said raising three young children while...
Post date: 01/18/2017
The Omaha Catholic School Consortium is driving academic excellence and efficiently managing resources in several ways: Sharing expertise in maintenance, technology, faith-building – and teaching. One example of pooling resources, said Donna Bishop, assistant superintendent of schools and executive director of the five-school consortium, is a...

Eighth-graders Penelope Williams of St. Thomas More, left, Jane Kucera of St. Bernadette, Cesar Saloma of Holy Cross and Emma Peters of Our Lady of Lourdes schools take a break while discussing and making a poster about stereotypes in school at an Oct. 14 retreat on leadership at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue.
Post date: 01/18/2017
A five-school consortium created in Omaha five years ago continues to build a cost-effective community of faith, academic excellence and service – and the best is yet to come, school leaders said. "It’s a very exciting time," said Donna Bishop, assistant superintendent of Catholic schools and executive director of the Omaha Catholic School...
Post date: 01/18/2017
Dance to live, big band music – take free dance lessons first if that helps – and provide scholarship money for band lessons for parochial elementary school students. Those are among the opportunities at Music in Catholic Schools’ (MCS) 14th annual benefit dance and silent auction Feb. 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center in Omaha. "It’s a...

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...

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