“Agony in the Garden” by Adriaen van de Velde, oil on canvas, 1665. PUBLIC DOMAIN


‘Keep watch with me’

Catholics are invited to enter into the events of Holy Week, remaining close to Jesus through His Passion and Death and waiting expectantly for the Resurrection.

One of the best ways to accompany Christ is through the special liturgies parishes offer on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. 

Another Catholic tradition is praying the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha and several organizations are inviting people to join them outdoors as they recall Jesus’ walk toward Calvary.


Catholic Cemeteries will recall the Lord’s path to the cross at 3 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery, at 7710 W. Center Rd. in Omaha.

Participants will walk a 1.3-mile course. Transportation is available for those who need it.

The annual event drew 175 to 200 people last year, said Deacon Jim Tardy, outreach manager at Catholic Cemeteries.


The 43rd annual Walk for Justice begins at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mary Magdalene Church, at 19th and Dodge streets in Omaha. The stations include stops at the Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse, Douglas County jail and Douglas County Courthouse and City-County Building.

The Stations conclude at 2:30 p.m.

The Walk for Justice is sponsored by several Omaha-area parishes, schools and organizations, including Holy Name, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict the Moor, St. Leo the Great, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Pius X parishes.

The high schools include Creighton Preparatory School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Marian High School, Mercy High School, Mount Michael Benedictine School and V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School.

Also sponsoring the walk are Creighton University’s Campus Ministry and Schlegel Center for Service and Justice, Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul Society.


The ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation will lead its 10th annual outdoor Way of the Cross from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.

The Way of the Cross will begin in the parking lot in front of St. Margaret Mary Church, 6116 Dodge St. in Omaha and proceed through nearby Memorial Park.

Parking is available in the parish’s parking lot.

The walking meditation recalls the suffering and death of Our Lord through scriptural meditations, poetry, silence and song. All ages are welcome.

Donations will be accepted.


Nebraskans Embracing Life will hold Way of the Cross services outside two separate Omaha-area abortion clinics on Friday.

The first Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion will be 9 a.m. at Bellevue Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, at 1002 Mission Ave. in Bellevue.

The second prayer service will be at 11 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 3105 N. 93rd St. in Omaha.

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