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Pondering the Passion Lent: Follow Jesus into the desert “At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert …”


– Mt 4:1 By SUSAN SZALEWSKI Catholic Voice

Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated apostolic exhortation on the Amazon synod. PAGE 3

SCHOOL OF PRAYER Students at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn learn to listen to the still small voice of God. PAGE 4


Jesus dying on the cross is depicted in one of 16 stained-glass windows installed over the past two years at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington. Catholic author and speaker Liz Kelly, whose column debuts on page 13 of this issue, encourages us to reread the Passion narratives as a preparation for Lent. Holy Trinity’s antique-style, ornate windows originally graced St. John the Baptist Church in Throop, Pennsylvania, but were removed before the building was demolished in 2017 and made available for purchase. Archbishop George J. Lucas blessed the windows at a special Mass last Nov. 17. A story on the windows will appear in the next issue of the Catholic Voice.


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The spot where Jesus was tempted in the desert is a dusty, rocky, “difficult” place – but at the same time “it’s also really beautiful,” Liz Kelly says. For Jesus, that austere, beautiful setting was a place of fasting, purification and preparation for the important work that was ahead of him, said Kelly, a college instructor, author, speaker and spiritual director who has traveled to the site. Catholics today are called to follow Jesus into the desert – in a spiritual sense – during Lent, said Kelly and Father Damian Czerniak, a Jesuit priest and teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha. That spiritual journey takes people away from the commotion of the world to a quiet place where they can hear God and be purified and prepared by him for Easter and the mission he is calling them to, they said. The journey involves prayer, fasting and almsgiving, but also freedom and grace through detachment. By entering into the desert during Lent – which begins Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Catholics follow the footsteps of many other figures in the Bible including prophets and the entire nation of Israel, Father Czerniak said. In the desert “we can find ourselves and God in us,” he said. “We see what is inside our hearts, and are challenged.” Father Czerniak said he and other Jesuits enter a spiritual desert when they participate in eight-day silent retreats. “We retreat from what we are doing. We find the truth about ourselves and what we can change.” Lay people also need time to retreat into silence, even if just for a few minutes, Father Czerniak said. Lent is a preparation for Easter, “the most important solemLENT

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‘Invite Jesus to come into your life today’ Archbishop encourages us to go to confession this Lent In this week’s interview, Archbishop George J. Lucas speaks with communication manager David Hazen about the sacrament of reconciliation in preparation for the upcoming season of Lent. The archbishop teaches that the risen Jesus is present in the sacrament in a powerful way, ready to bring the mercy of God to us right where we need it.



selfishness, for believing the lies of the devil and giving in to the lure of shortterm pleasure. Having recognized our sins, we don’t just sit there with them or look at our weakness in a way that would lead us to think less of ourselves. The first temptation of the devil is to get us to sin; the second temptation is to get us to think that we’re worthless on account of our sins. The beautiful thing about the sacrament of penance is that we come to the church with an acknowledgement of our sins. It is a vulnerable moment when we bring our sins into the open. But what do we find? We find that Jesus comes to meet us there in the person of the priest. The risen Jesus is really there in a powerful way. Why does he want to be there? He certainly doesn’t want to embarrass or punish


It strikes me that the sacrament of reconciliation is a concrete way of practicing dependence on God. Many of us, however, struggle with being scrupulous or worry about confessing exactly the right way.

You’re exactly right. A related question people often ask is, “Why do I have to go to confession?” or, “Why can’t I just think of my sins and tell God I’m sorry?” We should absolutely do that every day. But the sacrament of penance falls under the general category of worship, of liturgy. That means that while it’s a very personal thing (a conversation between an individual and the confessor), the priest also represents the entire body of Jesus, the church. Participating in this sacrament is a way to give honor and glory to God. It is really nothing other than acknowledging that God is God and that I am not. Whenever I sin, I’m saying, in essence, that I will be god of that little portion

of my life. On most days, I may let God be in charge of the big things – the moon and the stars and such. But some parts of my life, I will take over. That is sin. That’s what hurts me and hurts others because it is not true. It is not the way I am created. The sacrament of reconciliation is a moment when we acknowledge we’ve tried to be god of parts of our lives, and that those choices have hurt our relationship with God and others. Explicitly worshiping God in this way also enables us to turn away from sinful choices. We walk out of the sacrament of confession facing in the right direction and having a clear sense of the basic truth that God is God and we are not.

Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities: FEB. 23 » Confirmation – St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn

This penitential season is a time when Catholics are often invited to receive the sacrament of penance. However, many people view going to confession as a chore, as something unpleasant. It seems that for a lot of us, it is easy to focus more on what we have to do in confession than on what we receive there.

It is easy enough for us to focus on ourselves and on our shortcomings, but the sacrament really is an encounter with the risen Jesus. The more we focus on him, the more we will be attracted to it. We know in our Catholic faith that we encounter Jesus in a very personal way in the sacrament of the Eucharist. I propose that, especially during this Lenten season, we try to see confession as another really powerful encounter with him. It can be kind of embarrassing to acknowledge our sins. I know at my age I’m often a bit ashamed that some of the same shortcomings I had as a younger man are still a part of my life. I am not proud of that at all. But it’s a fact. So the church invites us to look at those things. We examine our conscience to take responsibility for our


FEB. 24 » Confirmation – St. Patrick Parish, Elkhorn FEB. 25 » Senior staff meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Review Board meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Presbyteral Council meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Gathering for priests – Bishop’s residence, Lincoln


Father Michael Phillippino of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., administers the sacrament of reconciliation July 20, 2019, during the Steubenville NYC youth conference at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. In this week’s Q&A, Archbishop Lucas explains that the sacrament is designed to be a very positive and liberating experience.

us on account of our sins. He is there because of his saving mission to bring the mercy of God to us right where we need it. It is not God’s desire that we die in our sins, nor that we drag the guilt of sin around with us. Jesus comes to remind us of the dignity that is ours in baptism. God wants us to receive the inheritance of

members of his household, a gift that Jesus has won for us by his death and resurrection. The sacrament of penance is designed to be a very positive and liberating experience. It is always the desire of Jesus that we experience more freedom, the freedom to really grow into the people that we have been created to be.


Could you offer some direction on the most important parts of making a good examination of conscience and a good confession? It seems that is a point at which people often get stuck.

Yes, it can seem daunting. There are a lot of materials available for preparing for confession, so I suggest people focus on just one and spend time praying with it. The penitential practices that we’re encouraged to take on during the season of Lent – prayer, fasting and almsgiving – also till the soil for us, and get us out of ourselves a little bit. The basic encouragement I would give is to invite Jesus to come into your life today, to let you see your great dignity as a daughter or son of God. Ask him to help you see where you may be holding onto selfishness or self-indulgence or willfulness. If you have any fear or embarrassment about coming to the sacrament, invite the Lord to be with you there. It really is a huge turning point in our understanding of discipleship and the Christian life to recognize that Jesus wants to be with us precisely where we don’t necessarily want him to be.

We resist letting anyone see some of these parts of our lives. We often don’t want to admit we are weak or sinful. The Lord is not afraid of any of that and he’s not embarrassed by us. So in prayer, we should invite him to help us make a good and sincere confession. A good confession is one that is not just complete in all the details, but is a real act of worship; in it we acknowledge God as our loving Father, Jesus as our Savior, and resolve to let go of whatever it is that is keeping us from experiencing him more powerfully. And then I think the Lord will comfort us. He will communicate to us his strength and his desire to be close to us. My hope is that even though we may walk into the confessional with a bit of discomfort (which we have of course brought on ourselves), we will also have confidence and hope that the sacrament will be a great moment – one which will point us in the right direction going forward.

FEB. 26 » Leadership team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Ash Wednesday Mass – Chancery auditorium, Omaha » Managers’ monthly roundtable – Chancery, Omaha FEB. 27 » Spirit Catholic Radio interview – KVSS Studio, Omaha » Diocesan Finance Council meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Personnel Board meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults class – St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha FEB. 29 » Lector and acolyte installation – Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln MARCH 1 » Rite of Election – St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha MARCH 2 Confirmation – Blessed Sacrament Parish, Lincoln MARCH 3 » Senior staff meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Vespers and dinner – Marian Sisters, Waverly MARCH 4 » Leadership team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Mass, Rural 6th Grade Vocations Awareness Day – Schuyler MARCH 5 » Curia Lenten gathering – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Omaha » Meeting of Latino leaders – Chancery, Omaha

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DEC. 23-APR. 3 » Family winter home – Nevada

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Pope shares his ‘dreams’ for Amazon region, its Catholics cons was mentioned at the synod, it was not included in the bishops’ final document. In his exhortation, Pope Francis said the idea that women’s status and participation in the church could come only with ordination “would lead us to clericalize women, diminish the great value of what they have already accomplished and subtly make their indispensable contribution less effective.” Instead, he called for including women in roles “that do not entail holy orders,” but that are stably established, publicly recognized and include “a commission from the bishop” and a voice in decision making. Peppered with poetry praising the region’s beauty or lamenting its destruction, much of the document looks at the exploitation of the Amazon region’s indigenous communities and poor inhabitants and the destruction of its natural resources. “The Amazon region has been presented as an enormous empty space to be filled, a source of raw materials to be developed (and) a wild expanse to be domesticated,” the pope wrote. “None of this recognizes the rights of the original peoples; it simply ignores them as if they did not exist or acts as if the lands on which they live do not belong to them.” The destruction of the forest, the polluting of the Amazon River and its tributaries and the disruption and contamination of the land by mining industries, he said, further impoverish the region’s poor, increase the chances that they will become victims of trafficking and destroy their communities and cultures, which are based on a close and care-filled relationship with nature. “The inescapable truth is that, as things stand, this way of treating the Amazon territory spells the end for so much life, for so much beauty, even though people would like to keep thinking that nothing is happening,” Pope Francis wrote.

By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church is present and active with “Amazonian features.” In his apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), Pope Francis made no mention of the idea of ordaining married men to the priesthood so that far-flung Catholic communities would have regular access to the Eucharist. Instead, he said “every effort should be made to ensure that the Amazonian people do not lack this food of new life and the sacrament of forgiveness.” “A specific and courageous response is required of the church” to meet the needs of Catholics, he said, without dictating what that response would be. However, Pope Francis opened the document saying he wanted “to officially present the final document” of October’s Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. The final document asked for criteria to be drawn up “to ordain as priests suitable and respected men of the community with a legitimately constituted and stable family, who have had a fruitful permanent diaconate and receive an adequate formation for the priesthood, in order to sustain the life of the Christian community through the preaching of the word and the celebration of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon region.” Speaking about the final document, Pope Francis wrote that the synod “profited from the participation of many people who know better than myself or the Roman Curia the problems and issues of the Amazon region.” Having a church with “Amazonian features,” he said, also will require greater


Pilgrims travel in boats as they accompany the statue of Our Lady of Nazareth during an annual river procession and pilgrimage along the Apeu River to a chapel in Macapazinho, Brazil, Aug. 3, 2014. The Vatican released Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation, “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), Feb. 12. efforts to evangelize, official recognition of the role women have and continue to play in the region’s Catholic communities, a respect for popular forms of piety and greater efforts to inculturate the Catholic faith in Amazonian cultures. The pope devoted several long passages to the theme of “inculturation,” the process by which the faith becomes “incarnate” in a local culture, taking on local characteristics that are in harmony with the faith and giving the local culture values and traits that come from the universal church. “There is a risk,” he said, “that evangelizers who come to a particular area may

think that they must not only communicate the Gospel but also the culture in which they grew up.” Instead, he said, “what is needed is courageous openness to the novelty of the Spirit, who is always able to create something new with the inexhaustible riches of Jesus Christ.” One of the characteristics of many Catholic communities in the Amazon, he wrote, is that, in the absence of priests, they are led and sustained by “strong and generous women, who, undoubtedly called and prompted by the Holy Spirit, baptized, catechized, prayed and acted as missionaries.” While the idea of ordaining women dea-

AMAZON SYNOD’S FINAL DOCUMENT NOT AUTHORITATIVE Pope declines to approve proposal to ordain married men to priesthood By HANNAH BROCKHAUS Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis’ postsynodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of the church’s ordinary magisterium – that is officially a kind of Church teaching – while the final document of the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod is not, Cardinal Michael Czerny, special secretary of the Amazon synod, said Feb. 12.

The distinction in the authoritative weight of the two documents was also emphasized that day by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and by Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Office. Bruni emphasized that “the apostolic exhortation is magisterium, the final document is not.” He later added that “anything in the final document should be read in the lens of the apostolic exhortation,” including any “application.” “The final document, consisting of proposals made and voted by the Synod Fathers, has the weight of a synodal final document,” he said, whereas the

apostolic exhortation, “reflecting on the whole process and its final document, has the authority of ordinary magisterium of the Successor of Peter.” Pope Francis released Feb. 12 the apostolic letter “Querida Amazonia,” which presents his response to the discussion of the Amazon synod, which took place in Rome over three weeks in October. This synod ended with the presentation to Pope Francis of a final document, which was voted on by synod members setting out a series of recommendations based on the issues discussed during the preparation phase

Collection supports minority ministries Catholic Voice

Catholics have an opportunity to support evangelization and catechetical efforts in parishes and schools serving minority communities through the annual Black and Indian Mission Collection planned for weekend Masses Feb. 29 and March 1 in parishes around the archdiocese. The longest running “special collection” in the United States (136 years), it provides grants to fund education and evangelization programs for African Americans and Native Americans, including formation of lay leadership, training of catechists, purchasing catechetical materials, and educating African American and Native American seminarians, and other ministries and projects. In the Omaha archdiocese, last

year’s collection returned $57,000, or 58%, of the $98,552 collected to support programs in the archdiocese. Of that total, St. Augustine Indian Mission and School in Winnebago received $37,500, the archdiocese’s Black Catholic Implementation Team (a chapter of the National Black Catholic Congress) received $15,000, and Our Lady of Africa Chaplaincy ministries received $5,000. “In parishes such as ours that historically lack the resources to create and sustain ministries, the Black and Indian Mission Collection supports initiatives for the people most in need,” said Deacon Donald Blackbird, director of religious education at St. Augustine, as well as St. Cornelius Mission in Homer, Our Lady of Fatima Mission in Macy, and St. Joseph Parish in Walthill.

“Through the years (the collection) has helped us build a worship center in Macy, it helped support the ministries to the (Omaha and Winnebago) tribes, it helped us develop a thrift store on the Omaha reservation, and it supports our religious education program for the parishes,” he said. Grants from the collection also support the archdiocese’s Black Catholic Implementation Team’s Pastoral Plan of Action, the team’s Annual Day of Reflection and participation in the National Black Congress every five years, said Angela Hardin, implementation team leader. It also provides tuition assistance for black students in Catholic grade schools, attendance of black high schoolers at the biennial SEEK youth conference, and other faith formation and educational activities.

and synodal sessions. The final document of the synod assembly is what Cardinals Czerny and Baldisseri said does not have the weight of ordinary magisterium, noting the pope’s “presentation” of the document. Pope Francis “encourages everyone to read the whole document” Cardinal Czerny stated, but added that suggestions made in the synod’s final document remain in discussion only “as proposals made by the synod.” This means that Catholics are not required to believe, or even agree with, the proposals, or regard them as teachings of the pope.


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Children learn to experience Jesus’ love through adoration By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice


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Fifth-graders at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn kneel in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament Jan. 30 at St. Patrick Church, led by parishioner and school parent Amanda Pfeifer (in pink). One Heart – One Fire Ministries of Omaha introduced the spiritual formation program at St. Patrick, which includes eucharistic adoration, Scripture, music and age-appropriate activities. One Heart – One Fire founder Erin Keller is in the background at the piano. God’s help, they too can meet

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Can children in today’s digital world – accustomed to the sensory stimulation of smartphones, video games, television and countless other distractions – learn how to sit in silence and experience the still small voice of God in their lives? For Erin Keller, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Keller, founder of One Heart – One Fire Ministries, has made the spiritual formation of children her organization’s mission, and one way that’s happening is through teaching children about the traditional, Catholic devotion of eucharistic adoration. The goal is to create an atmosphere where children can experience Jesus’ personal love for them, and understand God’s grace and presence in their daily lives, she said. This school year, One Heart – One Fire is working with students, parents and staff at St. Patrick Parish and School in Elkhorn to introduce children to that devotion, accompanied by age-appropriate activities to channel their

energies and attention. During a Jan. 30 session at St. Patrick Church, fifth-grade students sang spirited songs, listened to Scripture proclaimed and explained, reflected on and wrote in their journals about how God is active in their lives, and knelt in adoration before the Eucharist to experience Jesus’ love. Amanda Pfeifer, a St. Patrick parishioner and school parent trained by One Heart – One Fire, led the session. “I think what we are doing is teaching them (students) that there is so much power in pressing pause in your life to just sit and be with Jesus,” she said. “These kids don’t have a lot of downtime at all, and when they do, it is very stimulated, and it’s electronic. “I’ve had some really phenomenal experiences, not only with traditional adoration, but also through Ablaze Ministries, and just felt that this is something that the children need so much,” Pfeifer said. During the session, she read to students from the Book of Samuel the story of David and Goliath, and reflected on how, with


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the challenges, or “giants,” in their lives. They were then invited to come forward and select from stones spread before the altar, to write on the stones whatever grace the Lord has bestowed on them to face their giants, and to keep the stones with them as a daily reminder. Adoration sessions last from 40 minutes to one hour, and are generally held monthly by individual or groups of grade levels, and once a year for the entire school, Keller said. The length and activities are determined by grade level, she said. For younger students who may find it difficult to sit still and remain quiet for long periods, activities such as drawing or coloring are often included. “The point is really to just usher the kids into Jesus’ presence and then hang out with them,” Keller said. One Heart – One Fire began 12 years ago when Keller’s teenage daughter and friends asked for help to start a prayer group. In addition to leading prayer groups, the ministry has blossomed and includes conducting first Communion, confirmation and school retreats, providing consultation and other resources to parishes and schools, and training parents, youth ministers and teachers to help children grow in their faith. The adoration sessions at St. Patrick are new this year, Keller

said, and school parents and staff are being trained to lead the sessions themselves. “Kids love that prayer time. They look forward to it,” said Father Thomas Fangman, St. Patrick pastor. “I trust that the fruits of what they do are further reflected into the rest of their day.” Giving students the opportunity to slow down and pray during a busy day is a perfect solution to the pressures of school and other challenges in their lives, he said. “If they’re going to grow in their faith, ... having a relationship with (Jesus), … it has to be nurtured, and there are different ways to experience God’s love for them,” he said. “If we create that atmosphere, God does the rest. It’s another exciting way to experience the good Lord in their lives.” “We were trying to find a way to make Jesus a little more real and tangible to the students,” said Kami Landenberger, school principal. “What I love about this, it’s very engaging, with the music and interactive activities … it really does engage the kids,” she said. “One of the second grade teachers told me, about a month ago, that this is the best thing that’s ever happened to the school,” Pfeifer said. “We owe it to them, our children, to show them that they need to walk in his light all the time.”

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Vigilance urged on sexual orientation, gender identity bills By SUSAN SZALEWSKI Catholic Voice

Two state legislative bills that focus on gender identity and sexual orientation appear unlikely to be passed into law this year, but they still warrant Nebraskans’ attention and vigilance, officials from the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) said. Legislative Bill 873 would allow a third gender option on driver’s licenses and state IDs and make it easier to change a gender on birth certificates. Legislative Bill 627 would create protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity under anti-discrimination laws. The proposals counter basic truths about human sexuality and would have practical, negative consequences for the individuals they purport to help, for people of faith and the general public. That’s the view shared by NCC officials, the director of the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation, and a national authority on Catholic bioethics. Sexual orientation and gender identity laws don’t protect the rights of all, as some would claim, “but instead violate the rights of some to serve the interests of others, and falsely redefine the very meaning of ‘rights,’ ” said Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Measures like those being proposed in Nebraska could violate individuals’ privacy rights, punish small business owners who have beliefs incompatible with such laws and threaten religious freedom and free speech rights, Father Pacholczyk said. LB873 and LB627 are part of a continued push by a “small but mighty force of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists” “who have a radically different worldview on the nature of marriage and human sexuality,” said Tom Venzor, NCC executive director. “This is a clash of orthodoxies. … And they’re going to continue to make a push.” LEGISLATIVE BILL 873 – GENDER IDENTITY LB873, which would allow gender changes to state IDs and birth certificates, was introduced Jan. 9 by Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha. The NCC testified against it at a Jan. 29 hearing, though the

organization, which represents the public policy interests of Nebraska’s three dioceses, agreed with some arguments put forth by the bill’s supporters. “Proponents of LB873 would argue that the bill is motivated by a desire to affirm the equal dignity of and society’s respect for persons who feel a sense of incongruence between their biological sex and the gender with which they identify, often accompanied by feelings of anxiety and of being unaccepted,” Marion Miner, NCC’s associate director for Pro-Life and Family,” said at the hearing. “Love, compassion and respect for such persons, who are our brothers and sisters, along with an affirmation of their equal dignity and worth, is due them. With this affirmation we fully agree. “We also agree that the way our society addresses and cares for such persons is inadequate,” Miner said. “Those who have adopted a ‘transgender’ identity are, in many cases, either told to embrace their new identity, despite its incongruence with their physical body, or they are held at arm’s length. Both responses are inadequate, and neither is deemed acceptable by the church. If we are to treat these brothers and sisters of ours with the compassion and respect that is due to them, we owe them first of all the truth.” Miner pushed for senators to “indefinitely postpone” LB873, citing potential problems if the bill is enacted. “The issue with allowing a third option on a driver’s license doesn’t seem too harmful at first glance,” said Craig Dyke, director of the archdiocese’s Center for Family Life Formation. “The passing of legislation, however, can send the message that a behavior, action or lifestyle is now morally acceptable. Just as pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia and pro-capital punishment legislation over the years has seemed to bring about a certain amount of legitimacy to the ending of human life, legislation that would allow men and women to legally identify as something contrary to their biological sex sends the message that it is perfectly acceptable to alter one’s maleness or femaleness, and those who voice opposition are painted as big-

ots,” he said. The legislation also would contradict “the gift of the complementarity of the sexes, which in turn would undermine the unique gifts that both sexes provide to society,” Dyke said. GIRLS SPORTS LB873 would make it significantly easier to make a birth certificate gender change. Current Nebraska law allows a person a new birth certificate if that person obtains notarized confirmation from a doctor who performed sex reassignment surgery and a certified copy of a court order. LB873 would allow a person to amend an existing birth certificate in a much easier process: with an affidavit from a doctor saying the change “is warranted” and includes “documentary evidence to substantiate such an amendment,” or with a simple court order. “It is not difficult to foresee that courts will simply rubber-stamp these petitions in order to avoid the backlash that would come from denying them,” Miner said. LB873 also would give male student athletes an easier way to compete in female sports, he said. In 2016 the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) created a policy that would make athletes eligible for a sport based first on the sex on their birth certificates, and if a discrepancy was found, a male would have to complete either a year of hormonal treatment or have had sex reassignment surgery, among other things. LB873’s easier route to changing the sex on a birth certificate “would allow students to sidestep the whole NSAA policy requiring that these young men take measures to reduce the significant physical advantages they have over female athletes,” Miner argued at the bill’s hearing. “Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field,” he said. “Forcing female athletes to compete against biological males is unjust and deprives them of athletic opportunity. … A male’s belief about his gender identity does not cancel out those physical advantages he has over girls, and every boy on the winner’s podium means one fewer girl.”

LB627 – ANTI-DISCRIMINATION DESIGNATIONS The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry gave LB627 a boost when it changed policy Jan. 30 by endorsing the bill, which would provide anti-discrimination protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill, introduced last year by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, carried over into this year’s legislative session and is similar to legislation that state senators have debated in prior years. Proponents say the measure would help recruit workers into the state. The NCC, in opposing the bill at a Feb. 7 hearing, said LB627 would “ultimately harm economic freedom and target small businesses.” “Policies like LB627 discriminate against people of faith and divide our communities,” the NCC’s Venzor argued. “Similar laws have hurt ordinary people … forcing them to fight for their freedom of conscience all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.” The anti-discrimination measure also could be “devastating for faith-based social service agencies which serve the state’s poor, vulnerable, and immigrant and refugee populations,” he said. SWORD, NOT SHIELD Both Venzor and Father Palcholczek pointed to laws elsewhere in the country that have been used “to punish” small-business owners whose beliefs don’t comply

with others’ views on marriage, gender or similar issues. Venzor said that nondiscrimination laws based on gender and sexual orientation are promoted as a “shield against discrimination,” but “they end up being a sword to go after those who disagree or have differing views on human sexuality and marriage.” The bill doesn’t just address discrimination in the workplace but also would allow local municipalities to adopt nondiscrimination laws for housing and public accommodations. And the bill offers no meaningful protection for religious liberty, Venzor said. LB627 isn’t needed to attract workers to the state or thrive economically, he said. “In fact, these types of laws are bad for business.” A nondiscrimination law based on sexual orientation and gender “is not a key causal factor, or probably even really much of a contributing factor, as to whether somebody is going to come to a particular state or not,” Venzor. “They’re looking at other things,” like culture, housing market and schools. “And I would also add on the flip side, that people come to Nebraska because we’re a state that has great values. We’re a state that has traditional family values, that recognizes the importance of marriage as an institution between one man and one woman … and that we are male and female. I would argue that the state respects the dignity of the human person and human sexuality.”


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NEWS BRIEFS Architect of China’s cross removal to oversee Hong Kong affairs HONG KONG (CNS) – The architect of the three-year cross removal and church destruction campaign in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been appointed to head the Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, in what many see as a signal that Beijing intends to take a hardline approach in the financial hub that has been roiled by more than six months of street protests. Xia Baolong, 67, a close ally of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, was his deputy in Zhejiang when Xi ran the province. Later, in 2013, Xia became the Communist Party secretary of the province, one of China’s more heavily Christian regions. Xia began the campaign to tear down crosses and some churches, using China’s dense property codes as a shield, from 2013 until he stepped down in 2017. More than 1,200 crosses were removed and an unknown number of churches torn down, a tactic that later spread to other provinces. He was further promoted for his efforts and has been serving since 2017 as a vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Consultative Committee, which has traditionally included religion – as

well as ethnic minorities – as part of the sections of society it oversees.

Cardinal Pell’s appeal to be heard March 11-12 YANGON, Myanmar – Cardinal George Pell will have his last chance to have his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-yearold choirboys overturned when his lawyers plead his case to the High Court of Australia March 11-12. But the full bench of Australia’s highest court – either five or all seven justices – will take several months, at least, to determine the fate of the former senior adviser to Pope Francis. In the meantime, Australia’s most senior Catholic will remain, as he has been since his March 2019 sentencing, in virtual solitary confinement in a provincial prison. If the High Court fails to overturn the verdict of a 12-person jury that found him guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of child rape, Pell, 78, will spend at least 32 more months in prison. That’s the remainder of his minimum three years’ and eight months, of a sixyear sentence, handed down by Chief Justice Peter Kidd of the Victorian Supreme Court, who described Pell’s offenses as “a brazen and forcible sexual attack on the victims.”

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WASHINGTON – Former nurse Jill Stanek recalls 20 years ago holding “a precious child who had been abandoned to die alone in the hospital’s soiled utility room after surviving an abortion.” Today “we are still fighting for the basic care these little ones deserve,” she said. Stanek, who is national campaign chair for the Susan B. Anthony List pro-life organization, made the comments ahead of her testimony at a Feb. 11 hearing on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is the lead co-sponsor of the measure, which he reintroduced in mid-January. The bill would protect newborns who survive abortions by requiring SEN. BEN appropriate care SASSE and admission to a hospital. “As extremists in New York, Virginia, Illinois and other states push to expand abortion on demand through the moment of birth,” Stanek said, “abortion survivors desperately need Congress to pass the Born-Alive

Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to provide them with legal and medical protections and not leave open the decision whether they live or die.” Other pro-life witnesses who testified included Dr. Robin Pierucci, a clinical neonatologist and associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, and Patrina Mosely, the director of life, culture and women’s advocacy at the Family Research Council. In an opening statement at the hearing, titled “The Infant Patient: Ensuring Appropriate Medical Care for Children Born Alive,” Sasse said the hearing was not “about limiting access to abortion.” “I want to say that I am proudly pro-life, but I am not here to get my pro-abortion rights colleagues to join me at next year’s March for Life,” he said. “That’s not what this hearing is about. This hearing is not about overturning Roe v. Wade. ... This hearing isn’t a debate about third-trimester, or second-trimester, or first-trimester abortion. “This hearing is about making sure that every newborn baby has a fighting chance – whether she’s born in a labor and delivery ward or whether she’s born in an abortion clinic,” he continued. “That’s what the Born-Alive

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Abortion Survivors Protection act does. That’s all it does.” Sasse noted that in 2002, Republicans and Democrats worked together to ensure that children born alive are recognized as persons under federal law. “But, unfortunately, federal law does not criminalize the denial of care to babies who survive an abortion.” The senator is hoping for bipartisan support of the newly reintroduced measure. When it came up for a vote in the Senate a year ago, three Senate Democrats supported it, but the final 53-44 tally on the bill fell short of the 60 votes required to break filibusters and advance the legislation. On Feb. 13, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, filed for cloture on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and a second pro-life measure, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortion nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy on the basis the fetus is capable of feeling pain during an abortion at that stage of development. The Pain-Capable measure contains exceptions to save the life of the mother or if a woman is pregnant due to rape or incest. Cloture ends a debate and sets the stage for consecutive votes on the two measures later in February.


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nity of the church and the basis of our faith,” he said. “We want to be ready.” TEMPTATIONS Jesus, fully God and fully human, underwent temptations in the desert to show us that temptations happen, he said. Christ’s temptations were as real and visceral as those people today endure, Kelly said. He relied on his Father for help, she said, an example others could follow. Lent is a time “to be in truth about ourselves, to see where we fall short and for what we can apologize for” in the sacrament of reconciliation, Father Czerniak said. Jesus points people to the desert for their own purification and preparation, said Kelly, an adjunct professor in Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas and managing editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. She will be speaking at St. Patrick Parish in Gretna on March 7 for a free Women’s Lenten Reflection Morning. One of her talks will focus on “Walking the Via Dolorosa With Mother Mary.” “We need desert time to purify and prepare,” Kelly said, “so that we may do the work that God is giving us to do.” “And when we don’t get that desert time, we get chaos: interiorly, mentally, spiritually. We get confusion. We start to doubt God’s loving goodness and our call in life.” As a spiritual director, she sees problems with people constantly on social media. They tell her: “I don’t know what God is asking me to do.” “One of the first things I tell them is you’ve got to put down social media and things that are filling, peppering your brain. You have to get still so that you can hear God’s voice.”

God can use media platforms to speak to someone, Kelly said, but “the first place that we hear God’s voice is in prayer, in his word and through the sacraments. You do not need a cell phone to know God’s will for you.” “The desert … is all about freedom, freedom to serve, and clearing out the noise so you can hear clearly the voice of God. And boy, do we need that. The cacophony, that’s our culture. We need our desert time.” Even brief times of quiet are helpful, Father Czerniak said. “If we believe Jesus is alive and present in our lives, we can meet him here and now, in every moment.”

us is always because he wants us to be free.” ALMSGIVING

PRAYER Prayer can be broken down into three parts, according to Father Czerniak. The first is a greeting, in which God is given full attention. Second, a person shares with God. That could be about experiences, life, what matters most. Third are “words of promise,” which could be asking for graces, giving thanks, resolving to do something, or staying silent and listening to God. Praying those three parts could take as little as 30 seconds, he said. “It’s a beautiful prayer that builds a relationship with God, the most important thing for a spiritual life,” he said. During Lent, he said, he tries to pay more attention to personal prayer, and that includes making time for prayerful walks. Kelly recommends praying the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds of Jesus, a devotion he revealed to Sister Mary Martha Chambon more than a century ago. Kelly said she’s prayed the prayers as part of the Stations of the Cross, replacing the traditional prayers of that devotion. The chaplet, Kelly said, is “so beautiful and so simple.” FASTING People often want to “give


“Christ in the Desert,” oil on canvas, 1872, by Ivan Kramskoi (18371887), housed at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. something up” for Lent. “And that’s wonderful,” Kelly said. She said she likes to remind them that mortifications should be accompanied with some type of receiving. And those efforts often involve the other pillars of Lent: prayer and almsgiving. “So I don’t just give up a lunch or something just to give up lunch and white-knuckle my way through it,” she said. “I want to fill that time. I might spend that time praying or in service.” When she and a friend would fast occasionally for an intention, the friend would go “to my house on our fasting days at lunchtime and we would pray and read Scripture together. So we were giving up this one thing, but we were also filling ourselves more with God’s word.” People can fast from things other than food. If people feel attached to social media or the

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internet, Father Czerniak said, they could step away and instead spend five or 10 minutes in silence, reading the Mass readings for the day or sipping tea or coffee, aware of God’s presence with them. “Any kind of detachment equals freedom,” Kelly said. “So really Lent is about God wanting to give us more freedom, and that freedom then translates into a docility to serve him.” “Every mortification, every kind of purification that God offers

Time and attention can be the most important alms to give, Father Czerniak said. At home, try to spend more time with loved ones, focus on enjoying their company and building relationships, he said. At work, help someone you don’t usually help. “Step up, take the initiative, and be good to others.” Almsgiving could mean looking into the eyes of a homeless person begging on the street, asking his or her name and introducing yourself, Kelly said. “Almsgiving, I think, is really about giving what you do have. If you don’t have a lot of money, give even just a little bit of your time, a little bit of your humanity. … That can be transformative.” “There are lots of different ways to give alms,” she said. “It’s not all about money. There are so many people who are so lonely in this world, and there is no amount of money that can fix loneliness. … That requires time, attention and affection.” Jesus revealed himself as a human so he “could touch us, look us in the eye, spend time with us, get to know our stories … to know our humanity.” “And as important as it is to give money when you have resources, I think it’s far more valuable to spend time with someone who is lonely.”

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‘Nun Run’ changes life for young engineer By KATHRYN HARRIS Norfolk Daily News

This story along with its sidebar is the second in a two-part series published last November by the Norfolk Daily News on the millennial sisters at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk and the increasing interest among young Catholic women to consider consecrated life. The first story appeared in the last issue of the Catholic Voice. Sister Sarah Elizabeth McMahon has a head for science and a heart for God. The native of Hartford, South Dakota, was earning two degrees – electrical engineering and engineering physics – at South Dakota State University in Brookings when she began to feel a draw into a deeper faith life. Now, the 29-year-old is one of two millennials who have made a first profession of vows at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk to become a Missionary Benedictine Sister. Like the other religious sisters at the monastery, the decision to take those vows was not one she made lightly. “It wasn’t something on my radar,” Sister Sarah Elizabeth said when asked about her call to a religious vocation. “Honestly, if you talked to my friends or my sister’s friends, they thought she would be the one to enter if anyone did.” In college, she had a relatively long-term relationship with a boy to whom she gives some credit for deepening her interest in her faith. “He was Lutheran growing up and wasn’t practicing when we met.

He would come to Mass with me and have questions about different things, and it was like, ‘I don’t know the answer to that. I need to do my own research.’” Through the course of her own research, she said her faith began to grow, as did a sense that something was missing from her life. She joined some Bible studies and began to “dig deeper” to understand what she was saying she believed when she became confirmed in high school. “I started to delve into my prayer life more,” she said. “College is where my faith had come alive really.” But in the midst of asking God for direction, she also began feeling the call to end her relationship with her boyfriend. “(God) was calling me deeper into something, and I knew I couldn’t commit totally into discerning freely if I was committed to another person at the time,” she said. After breaking off the relationship, Sister Sarah Elizabeth attended a women’s silent retreat at Broom Tree, a retreat center in South Dakota, an event that allowed her to have a lengthy heart-to-heart talk with God about where she needed to be. “I’m a planner, and I want to know what you have planned from here on out,” she said of her conversation with God. SPRING BREAK ON THE RUN Sister Sarah Elizabeth had intended to spend spring break of her final year in college doing mis-

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Sister Sarah Elizabeth McMahon visits with a young woman at the FOCUS Seek Conference for college students in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Missionary Benedictine Sisters had set up a booth. sion work in Mississippi. Instead, she was presented with the idea of going on a “Nun Run,” where she would go with a group of women to multiple convents or monasteries in a week’s time. She was one of nine who went on the trip. She discovered one of the stops would be another silent retreat, which she looked forward to because her life at that point had become chaotic. “I didn’t think I needed to get anything else out of this trip,” she said. “God had other plans.” Throughout the week, Sister Sarah Elizabeth learned the story of how St. Therese of Lisieux – the saint to whom she became connected at her confirmation

– would give flowers to people who were called to vocations if they asked for them. She also began reading “Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” a booklet that someone on the trip had given to her after it had piqued her interest once before. “It’s written in the voice of Jesus,” she said of the booklet. “And it gets to a point where it talks about temporal goods – housing, food, clothing, your family, whatever. He says, ‘I don’t ask anyone to give this up unless I call you to religious life.’ It was in bold print, and it felt like it was talking specifically to me at that moment, which kind of freaked me out.” Her mind immediately skipped

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Overwhelmed, Sister Sarah Elizabeth had put the booklet away and spent the remainder of the day with her thoughts on the feelings brought up by what she had read. One of the things that stuck out most was the comment that those in religious vocations made up the heart of the church. With a background in engineering, Sister Sarah Elizabeth said she was accustomed to using her mind, but “the heart was different.” “It got to a point where, later in the day, I had this feeling I should look up,” she said. “When I did, there were pink roses.” Her first encounter with pink roses that day came in a portrait of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her second encounter happened when she found a statue of St. Therese of Lisieux. Later in the week, she entered the dining room of another monastery on the trip and again found herself in the midst of pink roses. Sister Sarah Elizabeth said she couldn’t ignore what she believed was an invitation to a life of religious vocation, but the planner in her continued to question the where, when, why and how that could happen. She had accepted a job in the engineering field in Sioux Center, Iowa, a move Sister Sarah Elizabeth said she also felt right about accepting, so the call to religious life seemed almost like a mixed signal. She decided to keep praying. WORTH A LOOK Sister Sarah Elizabeth worked for a year before her aunt, a Benedictine Sister in Yankton, told her about the Missionary Benedictine Sisters in Norfolk. From the description of their work that she received, Sister Sarah Elizabeth said she needed to at least look into them. After visiting the monastery and meeting the other sisters at Immaculata, Sister Sarah Elizabeth said her heart opened wide to the call she had experienced earlier. “My heart was just like yes, yes, yes, to everything and every person I met,” she said. “It was that ‘coming home again’ that I felt when I picked my college and when I picked my job.” Continued on Page 9 >>

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A follow-up visit a month later reinforced what she initially felt. LIVING IN THE MOMENT Sister Sarah Elizabeth made her first profession of vows in September 2017. She lives at the St. Augustine Mission in Winnebago, where she works with students in first through eighth grade, teaching religion and helping out with science. Occasionally, people will question whether they think she’s too young to make such an enormous decision about her future, but she quickly points out that many her age make a similar commitment through marriage – and with significantly less time in discernment. “There’s been moments that I have thought about the fact that I won’t get to have my own kids or I won’t have that special relationship with someone,” she said. “But, even right now, God is blessing me in different ways – like being able to be a spiritual mother to 117 kids in Winnebago and being able to open up to a new culture, too.” Sister Sarah Elizabeth added that if, for some reason, she was called away from the vocation before her final profession, she would feel blessed for the time spent in discernment with the Missionary Benedictine Sisters because it has given her an opportunity to grow in understanding of herself. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else right now,” she said. “You live in the moment because that’s all you’re really guaranteed.”

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Joining the Missionary Benedictine Sisters has been a lengthy process for Sister Sarah Elizabeth McMahon. That’s what the 29-yearold South Dakota native wants people to know when they ask if she thinks she’s too young to make a life-changing decision like becoming a religious sister. “I don’t think we’re necessarily too young to be making that decision because it’s made with a lot of input from the community and from our prayer life,” she said. Joining the order begins with affiliation, in which those interested in learning the way of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters develop an informational relationship with those within the community. Affiliates continue with their normal life while a spiritual director assists with spiritual growth, as well as social and emotional maturity. Postulants mark the second step. Through prayer, work and guidance, postulants are introduced to the nature of religious life and the spirituality and

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Sister Laura Ann Haschke, a native of rural Madison, center, made her first profession of vows as a Missionary Benedictine Sister in the presence of Sister Rosann Ocken, prioress, friends, family and her religious sisters last September. She is one of two millennial sisters at Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk. history of the community. Then, a novitiate period lasts for about two years. The Rite of Initiation into novitiate takes place in the presence of the prioress and the community. Novices receive white clothing and the basic documents of the priory and congregation. The first year of the novitiate is the canonical year, when there is little contact with the outside

world, said Sister Laura Ann Haschke, who recently made her first profession of vows to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters. “The first year of the novitiate – the canonical year – is to deepen your prayer life,” Sister Laura Ann said. “You’re not allowed on social media, friends can’t visit you, you can talk to your family, but it’s limited.” Sister Laura Ann said

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friends sent her letters during her canonical year, and she spoke with her parents once a week on the telephone. But, she added, the year that seemed daunting to her at first ended up being one of the biggest blessings because it allowed her to rediscover her passion for reading, art and music. “It was the year of the most self-discovery. I was allowed to get bored,” she said. “It made me start to realize that God is calling me to this life. It was allowing me to become more of myself. That’s what you are supposed to discover.” The second novitiate year puts a more intense focus on mission work and generally is followed by the first profession of vows, which takes place in a simple Mass celebration. In this period, the new sister receives her habit, veil and religious name. The final profession of vows comes after a period of temporary profession, which can last more than 3 ½ years. Final profession also is celebrated during Mass, during which the sister receives a ring as a pledge of her fidelity. Stewart Havranek, FA

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Big hits, little-seen gems among 2019’s best movies By JOHN MULDERIG Catholic News Service

NEW YORK – The year 2019 saw the release of high-quality films across a wide range of genres, from a comic book-based extravaganza and a family drama about a Chinese American clan to a crackerjack murder mystery. Family-friendly fare, meanwhile, saw extensions to popular franchises, the polished adaptation of a classic 19th-century novel and the updating of a much older literary stalwart: the story of Camelot. Below – in alphabetical order – are the Media Review Office of Catholic News Service’s picks for last year’s Top 10 movies overall and Top 10 family-friendly films. The key to CNS classifications for the movies listed below: A-I – general patronage; A-II – adults and adolescents; A-III – adults; L – limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. When it comes to the top 10 movies overall: In the compelling sci-fi drama “Ad Astra,” an astronaut (Brad Pitt) goes on a quest to communicate with his father (Tommy Lee Jones), a pioneer space traveler who long ago disappeared during a mission to search for extraterrestrial life from the outer boundaries of the solar system. By turns an epic and an intimate character study, director and co-writer James Gray’s moody film features several brief scenes of prayer that will intrigue believers. (A-III, PG-13) Primarily set five years after a cosmic villain (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of all the living creatures in the universe, the sweeping Marvel Comics-based epic “Avengers: Endgame” charts the efforts of the titular ensemble to harness time travel via Ant Man’s (Paul


Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh star in a scene from the movie “Little Women.” The movie was one of the top 10 picks of Catholic News Service’s Media Review Office for best family films of 2019. Rudd) quantum realm to undo the catastrophe. To achieve this, they need to win over tech whiz Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), but he’s reluctant to endanger his happy home life (shared with Gwyneth Paltrow). Vast, intricate and impressive, directors (and brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo’s grand finale deftly weaves together whole franchises spanning 21 previous films while also showcasing teamwork, selfsacrifice and reconciliation. (A-III, PG-13) Chronicling the events of June 17, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study being conducted at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the moving documentary

“Emanuel” celebrates the lives of the victims as well as the love and forgiveness demonstrated by the survivors and family members toward the perpetrator. Filmmaker Brian Ivie focuses not on the racial hatred that motivated the shootings, but on the faith-filled response of the people most affected by the tragedy. (A-II, not rated) In “The Farewell,” cultural differences lead to family tension as a young Chinese American aspiring writer (rapper Awkwafina) learns that her much-loved grandmother (Shuzhen Zhou) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and that her parents (Tzi Ma and Diana Lin), along with her other relatives, intend to keep the dying woman in the dark about her condition, a decision with which the daughter vehe-

mently disagrees. Writer-director Lulu Wang, basing her film on personal experiences, skillfully lightens her thoughtful drama by combining it with a comedy of manners. The delicate result is deep in insight and rich in emotion. (A-III, PG) In the fact-based drama “Ford v Ferrari,” director James Mangold, working from a screenplay by brothers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller, keeps the story stripped down to the competition between automakers Ford (led by Tracy Letts and Jon Bernthal) and Ferrari (its namesake founder played by Remo Girone) to have their cars win the grueling 24-hour Le Mans road race in 1966. Car developer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and daredevil British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale)

fight off their personal troubles to form a successful partnership in which they also keep the corporate types at bay. (A-III, PG-13) “Just Mercy” recounts how a Harvard educated lawyer (Michael B. Jordan) worked, with the help of a local activist (Brie Larson), to save the life of an Alabama deathrow prisoner (Jamie Foxx) convicted on feeble evidence of the murder of an 18-year-old white woman. Director and co-writer (with Andrew Lanham) Destin Daniel Cretton’s adaptation of a 2014 memoir by Bryan Stevenson is a humane and winning study of a subject with immense real-world significance. (A-III, PG-13) In the splendid comic whodunit “Knives Out,” a shrewd Southern detective (Daniel Craig) is hired by an anonymous client to investigate the death of a famous and wealthy crime novelist (Christopher Plummer). He seeks answers among the eccentric members of the deceased’s conflict-ridden family (Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and Toni Collette, among others). He also enlists the help of the late author’s caring and sensible Latina nurse (Ana de Armas). Writer-director Rian Johnson’s richly entertaining ensemble homage to Agatha Christie has clever twist and turns, abundant humor and sly social commentary. Though strictly for grown-ups, it’s a brainy and satisfying movie. (A-III, PG-13) “1917” is a gripping historical drama, set in the midst of World War I, in which two British soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) are dispatched across enemy territory to call off an attack by an officer (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose men are about to fall Continued on Page 11 >>


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into a German trap. By turns harrowing and lyrically beautiful, and deeply humane throughout, director and co-writer Sam Mendes’ film displays both the horrors of trench combat and the endurance of fundamental decency and spiritual striving. It’s also luminous in its affirmation of the triumph of faith, broadly considered, over cynicism. (A-III, R) In the heartwarming drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) and no family to care for him escapes from a state institution and crosses paths with a down-on-his-luck crab fisherman (Shia LaBeouf). Directors and co-writers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz handle their Southern Gothic-tinged story, which also features Dakota Johnson as a sympathetic caregiver, with a light and dexterous touch. The result is an aesthetically accomplished, implicitly pro-life movie that subtly but resolutely upholds the dignity of all. (A-III, PG-13) “Us” is a top-notch but bloody horror fantasy from writer-director Jordan Peele. A childhood encounter with an exact double of herself proves to be the far-off prelude to a California woman (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband (Winston Duke) and kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) being visited and terrorized by a malignant version of their family. There are frights aplenty in the struggle that follows as well as an allegory about economic inequality and perhaps slavery as well. Though clan closeness proves crucial to the outcome, the mayhem is too intense for a wide audience. (L, R) And here are our top 10 family films: The dreaded Yeti monster becomes a loveable furball in the animated adventure “Abominable,” directed by Todd Wilderman and Jill Culton. A resourceful teenager (voice of Chloe Bennet), aided by two friends (voices of Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Albert Tsai), embarks on an epic adventure across China to return the creature to his Himalayan home, away from the clutches of his wicked captors (voices of Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson). Along with eye-popping animation, roller-coaster action and good humor are worthy lessons on the importance of family, friendship and helping others in need. (A-I, PG) In “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” the flightless avians (voices of, among others, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Danny McBride) and crass green pigs (their leader voiced by Bill Hader) of the popular app must band together to stave off a threat from icy Eagle Island (its instigator voiced by Leslie Jones). The youngest audience members won’t understand all the jokes. But director Thurop Van Orman and screenwriter Peter Ackerman, eager to please, have seen to it that something inevitably comes along that they will. (A-II, PG) “Breakthrough” is a faith-affirming drama, based on real events, in which a strong-willed mother (Chrissy Metz) refuses to accept that her adoptive son (Marcel Ruiz) is doomed to die after falling through the ice on a frozen lake and her desperate prayers have a startling impact on his seemingly


Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in a scene from the movie "The Peanut Butter Falcon." The movie was one of the top 10 picks of CNS's Movie Review Office for best films of 2019. hopeless prognosis. Director Roxann Dawson’s adaptation of Joyce Smith’s 2017 memoir “The Impossible” (written with Ginger Kolbaba) benefits from Metz’s driven performance and will have sympathetic viewers cheering her character on all the way. (A-II, PG) “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” directed by James Bobin, is that Hollywood rarity: a sunny, fun-filled movie with valuable lessons about kindness, friendship and tolerance. A teenage Dora (Isabela Moner) is sent to live with relatives while her archeologist parents (Eva Longoria and Michael Pena) set off in search of the fabled Incan site of the title. Before long, Dora, together with her cousin (Jeff Wahlberg) and two classmates (Madeleine Madden and Nicholas Coombe), is kidnapped by bandits eager to locate Ma, Pa and the treasure from which the location of their dig takes its name. The film’s few rough edges are compensated for by its muchneeded presentation of positive role models for young people. (A-II, PG) In “Frozen II,” a queen endowed with the magical power to create ice and snow (voice of Idina Menzel) hears a voice calling her into the wilderness beyond her realm and responds by embarking on a quest. She’s accompanied by her strictly human younger sister (voice of Kristen Bell), the iceman (voice of Jonathan Groff) who would like to make the junior sibling his own and a merry sentient snowman (voice of Josh Gad). Screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee and her partner at the helm, Chris Buck, deliver an exuberant animated musical adventure stressing teamwork, family solidarity and upright values. (A-II, PG) The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in the thrilling adventure “The Kid Who Would Be King.” A 12-year-old (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) finds a sword stuck in a pile of rubble and pulls it out, unaware that the mythical Excalibur is now in his grasp. The fabled wizard Merlin (Angus Imrie in one guise, Patrick Stewart in another), promptly appears and warns that an army must be raised to oppose the resurrected, and evil, Morgana le Fay (Rebecca Ferguson). Writer-director Joe Cornish serves up an entertaining film that skillfully blends in strong messages about truth, justice and caring for others. (A-II, PG) “Little Women” is an elegant, vibrantly emotional adaptation of

Louisa May Alcott’s novel from writer-director Greta Gerwig. The familiar March sisters, Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) – together with feckless suitor Laurie (Timo-

FEBRUARY 21, 2020 thee Chalamet) – are presented in the format of a nonlinear memory play, with Jo, first shown as an adult writer, recalling the episodes that formed their characters and shaped their life decisions. Moviegoers who already love these characters will get the lush presentation they hope to see. And Gerwig’s occasional alterations prove she’s equally adept at accurate history and subtle moral messaging. (A-II, PG) At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin whom the filmmakers dub Steve and an introduction to his species as a whole, the winning documentary “Penguins” tracks Steve as he finds a mate and starts a family in the challenging surroundings of Antarctica. The spectacle of his adventures among hundreds of thousands of others of his kind, skillfully directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson and often humorously narrated by actor Ed Helms, will prove a delight for viewers of every generation. (A-I, G) “Tolkien,” a sophisticated profile of the future novelist’s youth, traces his passage from impoverished schoolboy (Harry Gilby) to

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Oxford University scholarship student and beleaguered officer in the trenches of World War I (Nicholas Hoult). Along the way, he bonds with a trio of precociously gifted peers (Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney) and falls for his future wife (Lily Collins). Director Dome Karukoski successfully conveys first the buoyant camaraderie that led the band of friends to regard themselves as brothers and later the horrors of the global conflict in which they were eventually caught up and the toll it exacted on them. (A-II, PG-13) “Toy Story 4” is a delightful addition to the animated franchise in which the cowboy leader (voice of Tom Hanks) of the familiar gang of toys who come to life when humans aren’t looking becomes the mentor of a homemade doll (voice of Tony Hale) his kid owner (voice of Madeleine McGraw) fashioned primarily out of a plastic spork. Director Josh Cooley and screenwriters Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom deftly juggle humor, sentiment and even clever gothic material by way of the creepy ventriloquist dummies who populate an antiques store. (A-I, G)


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Enemies present the supreme test of our love

n the Sunday Gospels these weeks, we are hearing passages from the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. If there is one place to which we can look to hear our Lord describe who we are meant to become as his followers, it is in the words of this extended passage. These words are inspiring to us and worthy of reflection, but at the same time the Lord is quite challenging as he tries to show us his new way of living. We cannot dismiss these words or excuse ourselves from following them – not even the words telling us to love our enemies as we hear in the Gospel this weekend. Unfortunately, part of living in this broken world means having enemies – whether we have done anything to deserve them or not. There are people who have harmed us and people whom we have harmed. One of God’s greatest desires is that these divisions be reconciled under his rule, that peace may flourish, that justice may be satisfied. It is the love of Christ which heals this discord and brings perfect harmony. This sounds great, but how do we

Scripture Reflections FATHER JOHN BROHEIMER get to that point? The answer is always love. We are bombarded by the idea that love is simply an emotion or an affection or, even worse, that love is the satisfaction of selfish desire. If that is true, we could never follow through on the command to love our enemies. But the Lord is not talking about an emotion when he commands us to love. Actual love is a choice, a decision to unselfishly want good and act for the good of another. In this sense, we can love someone even if we do not like them. The most extreme test of our love is whether we love our enemies. It may help us if we realize God is not asking anything of us that he has not done for us already in abundance. We are his enemies every time we sin, and yet he loves us still because he wants what is good for us and acts accordingly. It is only right that we should share the same love we have been given with others, even with our enemies. Father John Broheimer is pastor of St. Peter Parish in Omaha.

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Prayer is a covenant and a communion


n our discussion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on prayer, we have seen that prayer involves both our minds and our hearts. We have explored what it means to say that prayer is a gift. We move on now to the teaching on “prayer as covenant.” We read, “Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ” (no. 2564). Before we can truly understand what that means, we must understand what a covenant is. According to the late Father John Hardon, in the Old Testament a covenant was a “Sacred Agreement into which people entered and it was sealed by a sacred rite. Social covenants were made quite often in the Old Testament. The two parts of a covenant were (a) promise; (b) condition” (from the Father John A. Hardon Archives at therealpresence.org). Father Hardon goes on to explain that the Greek word used for “covenant” in the New Testament means “two wills.” It is a sacred contract involving the will of God and the will of man. Christ “sets down the conditions,” and promises us grace and a reward. We take an oath of obedience,

Conversation with God CONNIE ROSSINI bending our will to his and relying on his grace (ibid.). How, then, is Christian prayer a covenant? The catechism says, “It is the action of God and of man, springing forth from both the Holy Spirit and ourselves, wholly directed to the Father, in union with the human will of the Son of God made man” (no. 2564). Christian prayer is always in and through Christ, who signed the covenant in his blood. He promises that when we unite ourselves to him, he will help us pray. As we saw last time, the Holy Spirit steps in and prays on our behalf when we are at a loss for how to pray. He gives us the words to say. In prayer, as in Christ himself, God and man are united, both reaching up to the Father. What is the condition of this covenant of prayer? Remaining in God’s grace. “If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain” (CCC, no. 2562). These truths lead naturally to the next short section, “Prayer as Communion.” “In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son

Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit” (no. 2565). We often hear our Protestant brothers and sisters talk about having a personal relationship with God. We as Catholics are also called to such a relationship. First, we must enter into and remain in God’s grace through the sacraments, as members of his Body, the church. But God also desires a unique relationship with each one of us as his beloved children. To him, we are not just part of a crowd. Each of us is his son or daughter. He wants us to spend time with him, to share with him our hopes, fears, joys and sorrows. This sharing takes place in prayer, especially personal prayer. Prayer also helps us remain within the covenant, keeping our relationship with God alive. In a real way, prayer is the means by which we live out our salvation. Remaining open to God in prayer (while also being obedient to the church and participating in the sacraments) helps us fulfill our part of the covenant. Prayer brings us into an increasing communion with the Holy Trinity. It gives us the promised grace to continue to be faithful. Without prayer, we risk falling away. Connie Rossini is a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha. She is the author of “The Q&A Guide to Mental Prayer,” now available at amazon.com, and five other books on Catholic spirituality.

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Readying your heart for Lent Your Heart, His Home LIZ KELLY


f you practice regular meditation with Scripture, you know that St. Ignatius and other spiritual masters recommend that you read through the chosen passage the night before your prayer time. However simple it sounds, spending just a few minutes with the passage before bed seems to implant the verse somehow. It’s almost as if the Holy Spirit reads this tiny act of preparation as his sign to go to work, to begin to breathe that verse into your very being, sending out its spiritual oxygen, revitalizing the blood with new understanding and engagement even as you sleep. You find that as you begin to pray, the verse is already there somehow, in the blood, bringing its holy oxygen to your heart. It is an obvious principle that simple preparation helps to assure the fruitfulness of the prayer – or any worthy activity. Romano Guardini writes that “No one with a serious task before him will approach it unprepared, but will concentrate on the demands he has to face.” He likens it to showing up at a music concert at the last minute, “allowing for no transition between the noise and the unrest of the street and the opening bars of the concert.” Instead if we really want to receive it, “We shall be there in good time and hold ourselves ready for the beautiful experience before us.” We can apply the same principle to our Lenten practices. How can we prepare ourselves better, assuring the fruitfulness of this holy season? How do we transition from ordinary time and “hold ourselves ready for the


Reading a chosen passage from Scripture the night before one’s prayer time is a simple preparation that can increase the fruitfulness of prayer. beautiful experience” of Lent? Perhaps you might build some transition into your schedule. One simple tool is to reread the Passion narratives, maybe as a family, quietly, slowly, without much commentary or to do, simply allowing the Passion to root and then wait for the Holy Spirit to “spirit.” As a child, I can remember my parents and grade school teachers helping us to prepare for the liturgical season. They’d ask us to think about what we might give up – television or sweets or a favorite game. We would fill our “rice bowls” with our pennies and take a certain pride and childish possessiveness in being able to give something up. Lent was like a spiritual exercise I performed well or poorly. It’s embarrassing to admit how long that childish mentality stayed with me. Lent is a gift, as sure as any other liturgical season, as sure as any other grace from God. And it does not belong to me. Lent is the Lord’s to do as he wishes. We do not solely take up Lenten practices in order to achieve a certain effect;

we enter this holy season with fervor and determination to fast, pray, repent and give of ourselves because we love the Lord, and because he has asked us to. We want to receive well and in holiness every good gift he might like to bestow and in whatever way he might like to bestow it. Lent belongs to the Lord. Any outcome must be left up to him. Take a little time this week to prepare. As you read through the Passion narratives or make an extra holy hour, ask the Lord what he desires of you in it, in your prayer, your fasting, your almsgiving. Then on Ash Wednesday, place your Lent on the altar. And trust that the Holy Spirit is already at work revitalizing in you all that is most precious to heaven. Let’s be there “in good time” and “hold ourselves ready” for the beautiful experience of Lent. Liz Kelly is the author of six books, including “Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testament” (Loyola Press, 2017).

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Those meddling Catholics at the Capitol

good Catholic meddles in politics,” said Pope Francis during a daily Mass homily in 2013. This statement of the Holy Father, on its face, may seem contrary to our natural instincts these days when it comes to politics. After all, to meddle in politics would be to dirty ourselves because politics itself is dirty. Politics is a game played by the elite of our society, by those seeking power, profit and prestige, so many believe. But politics is quite the opposite. “Politics,” as Pope Francis said during that same Mass, “is one the highest form of charity, as it serves the common good.” Politics is not something “I can … wash my hands” of, the pope continues. Politics ultimately belongs to Jesus Christ. It is directed toward his Kingdom – that same Kingdom for which we pray every time we recite the Our Father. Through politics – though not


Faithful, Watchful Citizens TOM VENZOR exclusively so – we care for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned, as Matthew 25 instructs and commands. This is part of that “just ordering of society and the State” which is, as Pope Benedict XVI stated, “a central responsibility of politics” – and the church “cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.” This just ordering of society is at the heart of our annual legislative advocacy day: Catholics at the Capitol, which will take place this year on Wednesday, March 4. Catholics at the Capitol offers Catholics the opportunity to join their fellow Catholics from across the state for a day of advocacy at the State Capitol. The day begins at St. Mary’s Church in Lincoln with Mass at 8 a.m. The program

starts at 9 a.m. with speakers, lunch and concludes with senator meetings that will end by 1:30 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be former Gov. Kay Orr, who will highlight the importance of being involved in the political process as Christians. Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) staff will provide an overview of various legislative priorities important to the church. The lunch will feature several state senators who will further underscore major legislative proposals and the importance of their faith in the public policy process. For more information and to register, visit www.necatholic. org or call 402-477-7517. The only cost ($10) is for those who want lunch. SUPPORT TRAFFICKING VICTIMS The Judiciary Committee recently held a public hearing on LB745, introduced by Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue. This legislation would provide a uniform and consistent policy that helps law enforcement officials in their investigations and prosecutions of

human trafficking and other violent crimes. Federal immigration law allows an immigrant victim of human trafficking or other violent crime the ability to pursue a T or U visa. These visas provide the victim with a means for a legal status and stability after suffering sexual and violent abuse. To qualify for these visas, the immigrant must demonstrate that they have been helpful with the investigation and prosecution of the criminal activity of which they were a victim. This is done by having law enforcement certify their helpfulness and compliance in an investigation or prosecution. However, for a variety of reasons, law enforcement agencies do not always respond to certification requests in a timely manner. This leaves the immigrant victim without the ability to pursue their visa and obtain a legal status that can assist in their restoration. LB745 would require law enforcement agencies to respond to such requests within a 90-day period. This requirement does not

mandate that the agency must certify the request. It simply specifies a response timeframe, so that victims of trafficking and violent crimes can get the help they need. The NCC supports this legislation both because it combats human trafficking and the assistance it provides immigrants as they seek to establish a legal presence in our country. LB745 was advanced by the Judiciary Committee and was amended into LB518, introduced by Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, which is another important legislative bill that will aid victims and survivors of human trafficking. PRAYER AND ACTION NEEDED By the time you read this column, our two major legislative efforts – scholarship tax credits (LB1202) and dismemberment abortion ban (LB814) – will have just been heard by their respective committees. Please pray and fast for their advancement. And, be a great Catholic, meddle in politics and reach out to your senator to ask for their support of these bills!

Attacks on Pope Benedict, Cardinal Sarah unfounded

mmediately after news broke Jan. 12 that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah had written a book on the crisis of the priesthood in the 21st-century church, online hysteria erupted – which rather underscored the prudence of a New Year’s resolution I had recommended to concerned Catholics in a Jan. 1 column: “Resolve to limit your exposure to the Catholic blogosphere.” The extraordinary venom spewed at the pope emeritus and the cardinal by more than a few commentators did not advance the church’s discussion of the reform

The Catholic Difference GEORGE WEIGEL of the priesthood one jot or tittle. It actually retarded that urgent discussion, diverting attention from some urgent issues (including the deep roots of the abuse crisis and the meaning of clerical celibacy) by treating a serious book as if it were a partisan political tract. Yet the cacophony over the Benedict/Sarah book, “From the Depths of Our Hearts,” did serve two useful purposes: it spoke volumes about the character of the venomous, and it clarified some of the dynamics roiling the church as the pontificate of Pope Francis

approaches its seventh anniversary on March 13. The attack on Pope Emeritus Benedict was exceptionally nasty – and deeply ill-informed. One prominent partisan of the current pontificate opined that Benedict is “conscious barely half an hour at a time”; another wizard from the left field bleachers had it that Benedict was “incapacitated.” Neither man has the faintest idea of what he’s talking about. I spent a full 45 minutes with Pope Emeritus Benedict this past Oct. 19, discussing a broad range of issues. He was quite frail physically, but in the early evening of what I assume had been a normal day, he was completely lucid, quite well-informed, eager for new information, full of good humor, and able to recall themes and personalities from conversations

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we had had decades earlier. The pope emeritus seemed clear as a bell, intellectually, at age 92; can the same be said for those who, relying on “reports,” dismiss him as a senile old man, out of touch with events and perhaps even reality? The attack on Cardinal Sarah was equally vicious and just as ill-informed. I have had the honor of knowing the Guinean cardinal for several years and, like anyone who has spent significant time with him, I have found him a man of profound holiness: a truly converted disciple of Jesus Christ whose ministry flows from his radical fidelity to the Lord. Despite the caricatures perpetrated by those who evidently fear his present and future influence in the church, Cardinal Sarah has also struck me as a man of Christian joy, still amazed at the grace of God that has been at work in his life, and therefore able to laugh (in that robust way that only Africans can) at the human foibles of the moment. Cardinal Sarah was not laughing, however, at the claim that he had lied about the origin and nature of “From the Depths of Our Hearts” – and his righteous, if controlled, anger confirmed what those who actually know him understand: this is an honest man. These calumnies against Benedict and Sarah were amplified

by another absurd charge: that by discharging their minds and consciences on what is necessary for an authentic reform of the priesthood, the pope emeritus and the cardinal were somehow interfering with Pope Francis’s “discernment” after the Amazonian synod of this past October. So it has now come down (and I do mean down) to this: the partisans of openness and dialogue are now telling two of Catholicism’s most distinguished sons that their views are unwelcome; that the theological and pastoral defense of clerical celibacy is an act of disloyalty to Pope Francis; and that they should just shut up. These are not the tactics of advocates convinced that they have won the substantive argument and are likely to continue winning. These are the tactics of those who, fearful that time is running out, imagine that their only recourse is to resort to bullying. There is nothing of churchmanship in this, nor is there anything of Christian charity. The reform of the priesthood is essential for the evangelizing mission of the church. Those who dismissed a serious proposal for such reform, in large part by vilifying its authors, branded themselves as less interested in reforming the priesthood of the New Covenant than in ecclesiastical power-games.

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ome years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy – namely, the priest, the rite and the people. When these elements are in proper balance, rightly ordered liturgy obtains. Further, from these categories, he argued, we can discern the three typical distortions of the liturgy: clericalism (too much of the priest), ritualism (a fussy hyper-focus on the rite), and congregationalism (a disproportionate emphasis on the people). It was one of those observations that just manages to spread light in every direction. A similarly illuminating remark was made by Pope Benedict XVI concerning the work of the church, and I would like to spend a little time exploring it. Papa Ratzinger said that the church performs three basic tasks: It worships God, it evangelizes and it serves the poor. The religious activities of over a billion Catholics around the globe, he maintained, can be reduced finally to these three fundamental moves. So for example, the liturgy, the celebration of the sacraments, individual and collective prayer, the singing of monks, the whispered petitions of clois-

Word on Fire BISHOP ROBERT BARRON tered religious, praise and worship songs, the recitation of the rosary – all belong under the heading of worshiping God. And the teaching of the kerygma (proclamation of the core of the Gospel message), street preaching, catechesis, university-level theology, the evangelization of the culture, proclaiming the faith through the new media – all of that can be categorized as evangelization. Finally, care for the hungry and homeless, outreach to immigrants, Catholic Worker soup kitchens, the work of Catholic charities, hospitals, and orphanages – all are expressions of the church’s commitment to serve the poor. The life of the church consists, Pope Benedict maintains, in the harmonious coming-together of these three ministries, no one of which can be reduced to the other two and each one of which implies the other two. Properly evangelized people want to worship God and long to help the needy; helping the needy is a way of proclaiming the Gospel and a vehicle for the teaching of the faith; liturgy by its very nature leads to theology (lex orandi, lex credendi; “the church believes as she prays”) and the instantiation of

the kingdom through service. If I might borrow from Msgr. Mannion, we can also read off of these categories typical distortions in the life of the church. When the worship of God is exaggerated or exclusively emphasized, the community becomes hyper-spiritualized, disincarnate and at the limit, superstitious. What is required is the critical intelligence provided by theology as well as the groundedness provided by the concrete service of the poor. When the evangelical mission is exaggerated, the church runs the risk of falling into rationalism and of losing affective contact with God. What is particularly needed in that case is the visceral sense of the transcendent provided by the liturgical praise of God. When outreach to the needy is one-sidedly stressed, the church tends toward a reduction of the supernatural to the natural, becoming, as Pope Francis puts it, just another NGO providing social service. What is required in that case is the robust supernaturalism to which a healthy theology and liturgy give access. The point is that it is in the tensive play among the three elements, each complementing and checking the excesses of the other two, that the church finds its health and equilibrium. I don’t want to oversimplify the matter, for there are plenty of ideological battles within the three “groups”: liberal liturgists against conservative liturgists, left-wing

approaches to evangelization versus right-wing approaches, etc. But I might suggest that many of our disputes in the life of the church today have to do with a kind of imperialistic reductionism. I mean that people who are particularly interested in the praise of God sometimes think that the praise of God is everything; and that people who are really into evangelization sometimes think that the whole church should be nothing but evangelism; and that people who are passionate about the service of the poor think that this ministry should take all the oxygen in the room. At its best, the church resists this kind of imperialism, and you can see it in the lives of the great saints, who seemed to have a feel for the manner in which these three ministries harmonize. Just think of Teresa of Kolkata, pouring herself out in service among the poorest of the poor in the worst slum in the world and passing hours and hours in contemplative prayer; or of Edith Stein, one of the premier intellectuals of the 20th century and a woman who spent hours every day in silence before the Blessed Sacrament, and who, at the climax of her life, offered herself as a martyr on behalf of her people; or of Francis of Assisi, who was married to Lady Poverty and who, judging from some of the few authentic letters we have of his, was extremely con-

cerned about altar linens and the proper maintenance of tabernacles and churches. By nature, training or personal predilection, each of the baptized probably gravitates more readily to one or other of the basic Ratzingerian tasks. I, for example, have long been oriented toward evangelical work: preaching, teaching, writing, communicating, etc. But I cannot tell you how often in the course of my priesthood I have had to battle an anti-intellectualism, usually justified through appeal to the urgency and primacy of social justice work. And I have certainly known advocates of that third path who have endured attacks from liturgy devotees, claiming that service of the poor is “secularist.” And indeed I have known passionate liturgists who have been forced to endure taunts for how fussy and out of touch they are with the “real” needs of the people of God, etc. Could we please cut this out? It is not only stupid, it also crucially undermines the work of the church, which is a harmonious and mutually correcting interplay of the three Ratzingerian constants. I might close with a word of encouragement to my brother bishops. A major part of our work as “overseers” (episkopoi) of the church is to assure that a symphony among the three basic charisms remains vibrantly in place.


16 « FEBRUARY 21, 2020 The following mortuaries place notices for their Catholic services in the Catholic Voice: Bethany, La Vista; Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz, Crosby Burket Swanson Golden, John A. Gentleman, HeafeyHoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, Kremer, John E. Johnston and Son, Roeder, all in Omaha; Bellevue Memorial Chapel, Bellevue; Stokely, West Point and Dodge. If you would like to have your loved one included in Resurrection Joy, have your funeral home director contact the Catholic Voice, 402-558-6611. There is a nominal charge. ALLEN-Dudley, 90. Memorial service Feb. 8 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass at a later date at St. Thomas More Church. Private interment Grange Cemetery, Honey Creek, Iowa. Preceded in death by parents; brothers; grandson. Survived by wife, Kay Allen; children and spouse, Shari Partusch Owen and Michael Owen, Charles Allen, and Donald Allen; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME BAILEY-Joann M., 85. Funeral service Jan. 31 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Preceded in death by son, Kirk. Survived by husband, Richard; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Julie Bailey, and Troy and Rachel Bailey; four grandchildren; great-granddaughter; family; friends. ROEDER MORTUARY BORGHOFF-Joseph J. IV, 71. Funeral Mass Feb. 10 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Joseph J. and Katherine (Dolly) Borghoff. Survived by former spouse, Ingrid; daughter, Aubrey Kuhl; four grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Cathy “Kate” and Rick McAuliffe, Mary Alice Howick, and John and Rosemary Borghoff; nieces; nephews; friends. Memorials to the Katherine A. and Ingrid A. Borghoff Tuition Award, Mercy High School, Holy Cross Educational Fund or Josie Harper Hospice House. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

COLFACK-LaVerne C., 87. Funeral service Feb. 8 at the 72nd St. Chapel. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husbands, Gerald Moffett and Emil Colfack; daughter, Eileen Moffett; grandson, Ryan Kelly; son-in-law, Randy Fryar. Survived by children and spouses, Patty and John Mancuso, Kathy and Dave Brickman, Peggy Hatfield, Mike and Kelley Moffett, Jim and Christy Moffett, Jean and Mitch Kelly, Tom Moffett, and Terri Fryar; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Hughes; nieces; nephews. Memorials to autismspeaks.org, gifts.duke.edu/ medpp (select Pompe Disease Fund) or the Alzheimer’s Association. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN COSTELLO-Bernard William “B.W.”, “Bud”, 92. Funeral Mass Feb. 16 at Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey Chapel, Elkhorn. Preceded in death by wife, Shirley Costello; parents, Thomas and Mary Louise Costello; brother, Thomas Costello. Survived by children, John Costello, Denver, Mary Petersen (Michael J. O’Hara), and Carlee Heck (Matt Heck); grandchild; two great-grandchildren; cousins; niece; nephew. Memorials to Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey/School or Nebraska Humane Society. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN CUNNINGHAM-Emmett T., 72. Funeral Mass Feb. 7 at St. Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Emmett E. and Dolores F. Cunningham; sister, Ann Marie Cunningham. Survived by siblings, James P. Cunningham, Dolores A. Cunningham and Sarah A. Iwanski; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME CWIRKO-Rosemary (Peroutka), 90. Funeral Mass Jan. 31 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Albert Cwirko Sr. Survived by sons and spouse, Walter Cwirko, Albert Jr. and Susan Cwirko, and Dave Cwirko; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Dee Peroutka, George and Connie Peroutka, and Jackie Peroutka; daughterin-law, Catherine Cwirko. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME DEAN-Lois D., 82. Funeral Mass Feb. 3 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Preceded in death by husband, David; daughters, Vanessa Jones and Debra Bloomingdale; parents, Valentine and Orimal Carl. Survived by daughters and son-inlaw, Valerie and Steve Kerns, and Deanna Dean; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

Remembering Pray for those interred during January Sr. Carmelita Smisek, ND Ronald Lee Abts Kenneth H. Acker, Sr. Ida S. Alexander Mark J. Andersen Patricia M. Anderson Joan Bieker Robert J. Broghammer Lydia E. Burgos Joseph A. Burkhardt Ralph E. Capazo Joyce A. (Sapienza) Chandler Ernest “Ernie” D. Colombe Vincent Michael Costanzo James “Jim” F. Cronin Marco John De Marco Michael G. Dinges Richard E. Dyer, Sr. Yareli Enriquez Hurtado Casey M. Erwin Jeanette M. Ewing Rita J. Gannett James R. Geiger Sharon M. Hansen Robert J. Harrison Thomas M. Hartigan Allan Howick Carolyn S. Kaplan Rose M. Keefover Marlene G. Kelly Helen C. Kenney Rita M. Kessler Mary Ann Kramolisch Beverly J. Kwasniewski Tony Lane

Lois Ann Martin Juana Mena-Tlatenchi Teresa “Terri” J. Moore Stephanie E. Moorman Timothy Michael Morrison Ann A. Mullaney Bernard Mullen Jerry T. Nuffer Jean A. O’Doherty Gerald P. O’Donnell Thomas P. O’Keefe, MD Thelma L. Padilla Marie A. (Dolezal) Paschang John J. Peterson Joseph M. Pletka Donna Beverly Reznicek Guiseppe “Joe” Rizzo Antonietta B. (Bosco) Scaletta Richard “Dick” F. Schneider Elizabeth Jane Schram Sarah A. Sheehan Eugene J. Siadek Janice C. (Tegels) Siragusa Gloria J. Sorey Marguerite J. (Fangman) Stejskal Evelyn I. Stremlau Beatrice Ann (Fox) Sullivan Chánh Trân Gerald “Jerry” L. Wichert Donald K. Williams

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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED DEIGNAN-Dorothy F., 98. Funeral service Feb. 13 at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church. Entombment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Joe and Anna Barry. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Rosemary Deignan, and Jim and Karen Deignan; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials to St. Robert Bellarmine Tuition Assistance Fund. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN DROPINSKI-Francis E. “Gene”, 79. Funeral Mass Feb. 6 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Zygmunt and Cecilia (Chapleski) Dropinski. Survived by wife, Marianne (Koukal) Dropinski; children and spouses, Debbie and Brian Richardson, Dan and Ruth Dropinski, Denise Wieczorek, and Darin and Mary Beth Dropinski; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucy Riley and Leonard Dropinski; family; friends. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME DRZAIC-Eleanor Ann (Kysela), 88. Funeral Mass Jan. 31 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Steve Drzaic. Survived by sons, Paul (Dawn), Steve, David (Amy Adams), and Tom; eight grandchildren; sisters, Shirley (George) Matuella, and Virginia Shudinis; sistersin-law, Mary Podnar and Sophia Drzaic; brother-in-law, Father Frank Drzaic; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME EAMES-Nettie, 90. Funeral Mass Feb. 11 at St. Bernard Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Harold Eames; siblings. Survived by children and spouses, David and Melinda Eames, Mark and Nancy Eames, Kimberly and Bryan Hill, and Michaela and Cy Ferraguti; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN EDWARDS-James Stuart, 72. Graveside service and interment Feb. 13 at Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, John and Anna (Danaher) Edwards; son, David. Survived by wife, Debora; son, Kevin; siblings and spouse, Joanne Kolosik, and Jerry and Bonnie Edwards; nieces; nephews; family; friends. Memorials to Siena Francis House. ROEDER MORTUARY ENZOLERA-Kathleen A. “Kathy”, 72. Memorial Mass Feb. 10 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Inurnment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Margaret and Francis Weiss; parents-in-law, Sebastian and Edith Enzolera; sister-in-law, JoAnn Tess. Survived by husband, Anthony; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicky and Kirk Nelson, and Ann and Torrey Walker; six grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Charlotte Weiss, Father Joe Weiss, SJ, Bernie and Debra Weiss, and Mark and Linda Weiss; siblings-in-law and spouses, Nancy and Al Monestero, Bill Tess, and Subby and Lynn Enzolera; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL

GARDNER-Jill L., 61. Funeral Mass Feb. 5 at St. Philip Neri Church. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Marilyn Ballentine; son, Joshua Hughes Gardner. Survived by husband, Denny Gardner; children and spouse, Monica and Trevor Holmstedt, Amber Hughes, and Michelle Hughes; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Barry and Kim Ballentine, Jody and Rich Anderson, Greg and Kathy Ballentine, Betsy and Tony Theisen, and Genea and Tom Davis; siblings-in-law and spouses, Susan and Rich Kuzelka, Linda and David Crowe, Cynthia Montalvo, and Timothy Gardner. Memorials to the family. ROEDER MORTUARY GARZA-Joe C., 86. Funeral Mass Feb. 12 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Survived by wife, Connie; children and spouse, Richard and Beth Garza, Robert Garza, Randal Garza, and Roxanna Snyder; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Lydia Delgado. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER GILBRIDE-Richard L., 48. Funeral service Feb. 8 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Preceded in death by brother, Dan; stepmother, Irene. Survived by wife, Shannon; children, Cassidy, Kayla, Claudia, Drake, Roman, Khloe, and Maxximus; parents, Kay and Chuck Baldwin, Des Moines, Iowa, and Violet and Dwight Gilbride, Ankeny, Iowa; siblings and spouses, Christina Gilbride, Winterset, Iowa, Misty VanDerKamp, Amy VanDerKamp, James and Kassidy VanDerKamp, Ashley and Andrew Frantz, and Dannielle and Noah Quinn; family; friends. Memorials to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org). ROEDER MORTUARY GRIFFIN-Ronald L., 73. Funeral Mass Feb. 8 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by sonin-law, Christopher Conley. Survived by wife, Karen L. Griffin; children and spouse, Shawn and Sharon Griffin, and Dawn Conley; four grandsons; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Don Dixon; nieces; nephews; friends; relatives. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER GUNIA-Rose M. (Bogus), 98. Funeral service Feb. 1 at the funeral home. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Anton; parents, Frank and Katherine Bogus; siblings, Mary Gunia, Helen Manning, Clara Saxon, Lucille Parys, Dorothy Belfiore, Agnes Bogan, Rita Stracke, Stanley Bogus, and Edward Bogus. Survived by children and spouse, Anton Gunia, Terry Gunia, Joe Gunia, and Sandra and Ron Schropp; two grandsons; sister, Regina Fuksa. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME HEIM-Aloma I., 87. Funeral service Feb. 1 at West Center Chapel. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Francis J. Heim; son, Francis “Bo” L. Heim; parents, Robert and Zora Burke; seven brothers; six sisters. Survived by children and spouses, Kelly and Michelle Heim, Ronald “Joe” and Denette Heim, Cathy and Tom Wallin, Chris and Tom Shotkoski; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Wyowna “Sug” Pollard; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Immanuel Pathways. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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KIMBALL-Teresa Ann, 84. Funeral Mass Feb. 1 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Entombment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Herman and Ann Dubbeldee; sisters, Bernice, Leona, Lucille, Evangeline and Marley; son, Patrick Kimball. Survived by husband, Les; sons and daughtersin-law, Tom and Lynn Kimball, Greg and Kathy Kimball, Rick and Larissa Kimball, and Cathy Kimball; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church or Columban Fathers. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL KISCOAN-Patricia A. “Patty”, 57. Funeral Mass Feb. 4 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Private interment. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Mary O’Leary; sister, Peggy Walter. Survived by husband, Steve; children, Peter and Mary; siblings and spouses, Jim and Jenny O’Leary, Katie and Todd Bircher, and Mark and Susan O’Leary; brother-in-law, Dave Walter; mother-in-law, Joan Kiscoan; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Essential Pregnancy Services, Marian High School or the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER KOZIEL-Mary M., 66. Funeral Mass Feb. 7 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Interment Springfield Cemetery, Springfield. Survived by husband, Lee; children, Tony (Jodie) Koziel, and Lisa (Nick) Krueger; three grandchildren; brothers, Chuck (Marty), Bernie (Mary Ann), Mick (Sue), and Wally. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME LISS-Lonnie L., Col. USAF (Ret), 83. Funeral Mass Feb. 13 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by siblings and spouses, Rose Anania-Lippstreu and Gary Lippstreu, Delores and Mel Churchill, and Raymond A. and Karen Liss; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

MCQUEEN-Joseph P., 89. Funeral Mass Feb. 12 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Bernadette “Bunnie”; children, Patrick, Michael, Jennifer, Timothy and Mark; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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KELLY-Charles M. “Bud”, 85. Funeral Mass Feb. 1 at St. Gerald Church. Preceded in death by parents, William and Gertrude Kelly; sister, Lucille Rabe; grandson, Bud Lower. Survived by wife, Marion; children, Eva Van Lent (James), Katie Kelly (Steve Sylvester), Kristi Kelly, Theresa Lower (Robert), Margaret “Peg” Simon (Mark), and Sean Kelly (Jamie); siblings, Barbara Lambrecht and Robert Kelly; 11 grandchildren; great-granddaughter; friends. Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

MCCOUBREY-John W. “Bill”, 90. Funeral service Feb. 12 at West Center Chapel. Interment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by parents, John and Marie McCoubrey; daughter, Susan. Survived by wife, Rose Marie; daughters and son-in-law, Betsy and Michael Sorensen, and Mary Jo McCoubrey; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; relatives; friends. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER


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JARESKE-Joseph J. “Joe”, 96. Funeral Mass Feb. 5 at St. Leo the Great Church. Preceded in death by son, Harry Jareske. Survived by wife, Glenndean; children and spouses, Patty and Ray Neppl, Mike and Beth Jareske, Dan Jareske, Kathy and Roger McCullough, Tim Jareske, Tom Jareske, Kevin and Joan Jareske, and Michelle and Bob Harris; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren. Memorials to Madonna School or St. Leo’s Knights of Columbus. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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HURT-Dolores L., 93. Funeral service Feb. 12 at West Center Chapel. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by daughter, Judith Coffey; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, John Woslager. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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MEIER-Bernadette M. “Bernie”, 70. Funeral Mass Feb. 13 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Leonard Meier Sr. and Bernadette “Bunnie” Meier; infant brother, Leo. Survived by siblings and spouses, Leonard Meier Jr. and Donna Meier, and Loretta and Peter McShane; nieces; nephew; great-nieces; great-nephews. Memorials to Notre Dame Sisters. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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| RESURRECTION JOY | >> Continued from Page 16 MILLER-John William “Jack”, 88. Funeral Mass Feb. 1 at St. Leo the Great Church. Private inurnment. Preceded in death by parents, Burman and Martha (Baur) Miller; brothers, Burman Jr., Charles (Marie), and Mel (Micki); son-in-law, Jack Crider; niece, Debbie Eggebeen. Survived by wife, Hilma; daughters, Judy Crider, Cynthia (Michael) Loncar, and Beverly (Joseph) Hanson; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; nieces; nephews; family; friends. Memorials to St. Leo’s Church Building Fund or VNA. ROEDER MORTUARY MORGENSEN-Grady S., 48. Memorial service and interment Feb. 8 at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum. Preceded in death by parents, Leslie and Mary Anne Morgensen; sister-in-law, Kristina Morgensen. Survived by brothers and sister-in-law, Jeff and Sarah Morgensen, and Fred Morgensen; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME PISASALE-Alfred “Fred”, 91. Memorial Mass Jan. 31 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Preceded in death by son, Patrick Joseph; parents, Anthony and Concetta; siblings, Frank Pisasale and Mary Marchese. Survived by wife, Jean; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Teresa Pisasale; three grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. Margaret Mary School, Benson High School Alumni Association or Westside Wrestling Club. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN POGGE-Daniel, 68. Funeral service Feb. 10 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Philip and Rosemary Pogge. Survived by wife, Maureen Pogge; daughters and sonin-law, Therese and Sean Creswell, and Melissa Stanley; three grandchildren; siblings and spouses, P. Thomas and Anne Pogge, William J. and Mary Pogge, John C. and Patty Pogge, Christine A. and Patrick Smith, and James G. and Cate Pogge; nieces; nephews; cousins; family. Memorials to the family. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN PORTER-Quentin H. “Bud”, 90. Funeral Mass Feb. 6 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Maryann; grandson, Matt Tritsch; parents, Jack and Helen Porter; sister, Margaret. Survived by children and spouses, Criss and Tom Tritsch, Cindi and Ken Incontro, and Greg and Laurie Porter; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother and sisterin-law, John and Dorothy Porter, Kansas City, Missouri; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Jesuit Academy or First Tee of Omaha. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER POWERS-Laura M., 96. Funeral service Feb. 10 at St. Leo the Great Church. Preceded in death by husband, William L. Powers; parents, Christian and Sena Hansen; siblings, Leslie, Herbert, Donald and Irene; nephew, Paul. Survived by nieces; nephews; family; friends. Memorials to the church or Lauritzen Gardens. ROEDER MORTUARY RUSKAMP-Margaret C., 87. Funeral Mass Feb. 3 at St. Wenceslaus Church, Dodge. Interment Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell. Preceded in death by husband, Ray; parents, Casper and Margaret (Spenner) Gentrup; siblings, Veronica, Marie, Elizabeth, Cletus, Ambrose, Andrew and Casper. Survived by children and spouses, Marvin and Donna Ruskamp, Bertrand, Robert and Carol Ruskamp, Lincoln, Mark, Omaha, and Donna and John Bode, North Platte; siblings and spouses, Sister Carmelyn Gentrup, Appleton, Wisconsin, Bernadette and Larry Thiem, Omaha, and Tom and Myra Gentrup, Emerson; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Gentrup, Beemer, and Bernadine Ruskamp, Scribner; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; friends. Memorials to the family. STOKELY FUNERAL HOME RYAN-Diane Dale, 79. Funeral Mass Feb. 7 at Christ the King Church. Preceded in death by parents, Bonnie and Dale Hutcheson; twin sister, Dawn Price; brother-in-law, Jack Ryan; sisters-in-law, Mary Ryan Maurice, Sister Loretta Ryan and Lana Hutcheson. Survived by husband, Frank Ryan; children and spouse, Jim Ryan, and Laura and Mark Diessner; brother, Jerry Hutcheson; three grandchildren; Essi Azonyibo; Flomina Hjagi. Memorials to Toys for Tots or Teammates Mentoring. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SCHULTINGKEMPER-Verna M., 92. Funeral Mass Feb. 4 at St. Pius X Church. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Preceded in death by husband, Edward; parents; siblings. Survived by children and spouses, Christine Ann and Bob McCallister, Susan Starman, Michael Schultingkemper, and Patricia and Danny Thomas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

SKELTON-Lee, 83. Funeral service Feb. 12 at St. Pius X Church. Preceded in death by parents; siblings. Survived by husband, Buzz; children and spouses, Tom and Cindy Skelton, Steve Skelton, Jean and John Brazda, and Teri and Matt Perrotto; 17 grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Don and Bonnie Drey, Verlyn Drey, Loyal and Marlene Drey, Velva and Cy Schmieding, and Larry and Barb Drey; family. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or Nebraska Stroke Foundation. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN STILLMOCK-Mary F., 79. Funeral Mass Feb. 5 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde “Bob”; father, Joseph Pijewski; mother-in-law, Mary Stillmock. Survived by mother, Natalia Pijewski; siblings and spouses, Alice and Dennis Schweigart, Sophie Phillips, and John and Millicent Pijewski; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church for Masses. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME STOCK-Joseph A., 80. Funeral service Feb. 11 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Herman Sr. and Mary; brothers, Herman Jr. and Kenny. Survived by wife, Karen; daughters and sonsin-law, Kathy and Don Rider, Mary Ann and Bob Borgeson, and Caroline Ptacek; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gerry and Bill Swanda, and Pauline and Roger Pedroza; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Stock; nieces; nephews; friends. Memorials to the Lymphoma Society, Alzheimer’s Association or the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SULLIVAN-James G. “Greg”, 86. Funeral Mass Feb. 7 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Preceded in death by parents, Daniel and Josephine (Gaertner) Sullivan; sister, Catherine (Sullivan) Moe; infant daughter, Jacqueline. Survived by wife, Rita; sons, John (Pat), Jerry (Andrea), and Michael; seven grandchildren; sister, Caroline (Sullivan) Frenette (Donald); family. Memorials to Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey, 22520 Mount Michael Road, Elkhorn 68022. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER TRUDEAU-Victor D., 86. Funeral Mass Feb. 10 at St. Bernadette Church, Bellevue. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by wife, Austina Trudeau; parents, Victor and Laura Trudeau; sister, Dorothy Dankey. Survived by children and spouses, Chris and Gine Trudeau, Victoria and Clifford Salts, and Michelle Burns; seven granddaughters; three great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME WEEKLY-Michael C., 63. Funeral service Feb. 10 at St. Pius X Church. Entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, John “Jack” Weekly; brothers, John W. Weekly and Dan Weekly. Survived by wife, Pamela Weekly; children, John Michael Weekly and Erin E. Weekly; mother, Bette Weekly; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Tom and Trish Weekly, and Mat and Sheryl Weekly; family; friends. Memorials to Folds of Honor Department 13, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74182 or to the church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN WERNER-Scott T., 55. Funeral Mass Feb. 10 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by parents, Jane and Tom Werner; sister and brother-in-law, Deb and John Kerwin; nieces; nephew; Ken Manthe; Mary Jo Lesch. Memorials to Bethlehem House or Catholic Charities. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER WINTER-Richard Charles “Dick”, Ph.D., 83. Memorial Mass Feb. 7 at St. Matthew Church, Bellevue. Inurnment Cedardale Cemetery, Papillion. Preceded in death by wife, Ellen; daughter, Anne Winter. Survived by wife, Shirley; sons and daughter-in-law, Rick Winter, and Jamie and Julia Winter; stepchildren and spouses, Rick and Laura DeBruin, and Anne and Wayne Juhnke; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Carolyn Winter, David and Brenda Winter, Mike and Suzanne Winter, Tom and Danita Winter, and John and Mary Winter; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Hunter Education via Nebraska Game and Parks at outdoornebraska.gov/support/ or St. Matthew’s Church Building Fund. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL WRIGHT-Richard B. Jr., 71. Funeral Mass Feb. 6 at Douglas County Health Center Chapel. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Ellen Wright; grandparents, “Mamo” Nellie Peters Donahue and William Donahue; aunts; uncles. Survived by children, Scott Andrew Wright, Jean Lois Wright, and Jonathan Wesley Wright; former spouse, Terri Wright; siblings and spouses, Stephen “Stevie” William Wright, Phillip Gerard Wright Esq., and Cindy Wright, and Colleen Ellen and Peter Schleider; granddaughter; niece; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME

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Sister Mary Lucy joyfully spread God’s love Catholic Voice

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto, founder of the Daughters of the Eternal Father and the Heart of Mary Ministry in Omaha, died Feb. 8. She was 79. A funeral Mass was held Feb. 15 at St. Peter Church, with interment SISTER at Holy Sepul- MARY LUCO chre Cemetery, ASTUTO both in Omaha. Born and raised in Omaha, Sister Mary Lucy attended the former St. Peter School and Mercy High School. Shortly after her graduation in 1957, she entered the Sisters of Mercy, and professed first vows in 1960 and final vows in 1961. She earned degrees in education from College of Saint Mary in Omaha and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Early in her career, Sister Mary Lucy taught at the former St.

Ann, St. Patrick and St. Agnes schools, and St. Bernard School, all in Omaha, St. Mary School in Bellevue and St. John Neumann School in Clarkson, as well as schools in Iowa and Missouri. In 1991, she founded Heart of Mary Ministry to spread the love of God and the messages of the Blessed Mother through music, retreats, missions, conferences and days of recollection. A pianist, singer and composer, Sister Mary Lucy also produced numerous music CDs and a recitation of the original 15 mysteries of the Rosary. She also was involved with Spirit Catholic Radio from its beginnings. In 2002, she gained permission from Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss to form a new religious community, the Daughters of the Eternal Father, with a mission to catechize children, including sacramental preparation, in homes, at their convent, and in parishes and schools in Omaha and Council Bluffs.

Choosing to wear a habit of white and pink, she told the Catholic Voice in 2005 that those colors stand for purity, hope and joy. “Hope and joy – I just think we need more of that in our world today … We Christians have every reason to be happy and joyful,” she said. “The Lord has saved us and he loves us.” “Sister was very happy and joyful, and loved to tell jokes,” said Sister Maryann Frances Polson, a member of The Daughters of the Eternal Father. “She was very kind and loving to people, and if they had problems she listened and tried to help them. She always wanted to give people hope.” Sister Mary Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Rosario and Lucia (Giuliano) Astuto; brothers and sister-in-law, Salvatore “Sammy” Astuto, Joseph and Betty Astuto, and Father Lucian Astuto; and a sister, Josephine Eby. She is survived by a brotherin-law, Henry Eby, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sister Annunciata taught, studied in Omaha Catholic Voice

Sister Annunciata Muth, an Ursuline Sister of Louisville, Kentucky, whose 59-year career in education included teaching in Omaha, died Feb. 9. She was 93. A funeral Mass was held Feb. 13 at SISTER her order’s moth- ANNUNCIATA erhouse chapel MUTH with interment in St. Michael Cemetery, both in Louisville.

A native of Louisville, Sister Annunciata entered the convent in 1945, professing first vows in 1947 and final vows in 1950. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ursuline College in Louisville and a master’s in education from Creighton University in Omaha. Her teaching career included three years at the former Blessed Sacrament School in Omaha, from 1957 to 1960, as well as schools in North Platte and Sydney, Nebraska, and others in Kentucky, Indi-

ana and Ohio. Sister Annunciata retired from teaching in 2006, serving from 2006 to 2012 with the meals for seniors program at United Crescent Hill Ministries, and as a volunteer from 2010 to 2012 at Mercy Sacred Heart Village retirement community (now Nazareth Home-Clifton), both in Louisville. She is survived by her sister, Dorothea Muth Redmon of Louisville, several nieces and nephews and members of her religious community.

Deacon Chapman’s ministry had big impact Deacon Bob Chapman spent his 40 years as a deacon bringing the love of God to the people of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont, the many sick people he visited, his fellow deacons and the priests he worked with, those familiar with his DEACON ministry said. Deacon Chap- BOB man died at home CHAPMAN Feb. 10. He was 92. A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 14 at St. Patrick, with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont with military honors. “My life as a priest was really affected by his generosity and example and friendship and love,” said Father David Belt, pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, who served at St. Patrick as an associate pastor from 1991-92 and pastor from 2010-17. “Bob and his wife (Terry) together were so generous, so willing to sacrifice for the parish,” Father Belt said. Deacon Chapman was ordained in 1979, during the early years of the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Omaha, and assisted at many funerals, weddings and baptisms, including the weddings of his six children and the baptisms of

eight grandchildren. Deacon Chapman was tireless in visiting the sick who were homebound and in hospitals and nursing homes, said Deacon Vic Henry, also of St. Patrick Parish. He said he was one of several men Deacon Chapman encouraged to become a deacon. “He’s very inspirational to me,” Deacon Henry said. “He had a quiet confidence and strength. … He brought the love of Jesus into the hearts of everybody he met.” Deacon Chapman served on a Low-Income Ministry Board in Fremont. He was also involved with the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick, the Christian Family Movement, the Fremont Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marriage Encounter. He donated

blood as often as possible. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elsie (Faist) Chapman; daughter-in-law Kelleen (Amell) Chapman; brothers Bill, Ken and Dick Chapman; and sister, Joyce Kreikemeier. Survivors include his wife; children, Joe (Terri) Chapman of Hagerman, Idaho, Jerry Chapman of Lenore, Idaho, Mike (Connie) Chapman of Stilwell, Kansas, Greg (Sue) Chapman of Lincoln, Maureen (Mike) Melonis of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Betty (Greg) Counts of Madison, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and brothers Don (Beverly) Chapman of Omaha and Larry (Judy) Chapman of Signal Mountain, Tennessee; nieces, nephews, godchildren and in-laws.


18 « FEBRUARY 21, 2020 SCHOOLS All Saints – Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up: Feb. 28, 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Center, 1248 S. 10th St., Omaha.

EVENTS 45th Annual Melodrama and Musical Variety Show: Feb. 21, 22, 23 and Feb. 27, 28, 29 at Sokol Auditorium, 13th and Martha streets, Omaha. All performances at 7:30 p.m. except Sunday’s at 6:30 p.m. Produced by members of St. James and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes. Includes refreshments. Cost $23. Round trip bus ride from St. James Church, 9025 Larimore Ave. an additional $10. For tickets and more information contact Lil Chatfield at 402-4933326 or www.sjseamelodramaolio.org. Be Not Afraid Family Hour: Sundays, 6-7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. • Feb. 23: The Church, Life and Government • March 1: Supporting Life • March 8: Our Mission is Mercy • March 15: Trust in God (reception following) • March 22: Misery and Mercy • March 29: Be Merciful Young Catholic Professionals – Holy Hour: Sundays through Feb. 23, 7-8 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Omaha, in the Adoration Chapel on northeast side of church. No entry codes needed. All professionals in their 20s and 30s from every industry are invited. Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus (Shrove Tuesday) Mass: Feb. 25 at St. Gerald Church, 96th and Q streets, Omaha. 6 p.m. confessions, 7 p.m. Mass with Father Michael Voithofer, followed by benediction, prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus and veneration of a Holy Face relic. Contact Robert at holyfaceomaha@gmail.com or 402-452-4220 for more information. Blood Drive: Feb. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc School cafeteria, 7430 Hascall St., Omaha. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter “StJoanofArc” to schedule an appointment. Hooley – An Irish Celebration for the Whole Family: March 1, 12-6 p.m. at Omaha Firefighters Hall, 6005 Grover St., Omaha. Join the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians for food, friends, fun and entertainment. Cost $10 adults, $5 children, $30 family. Go to www.laohomaha.com for more information. Couple to Couple League – Natural Family Planning: The series of three virtual, online classes begins March 1 with subsequent classes on April 5 and May 3, 7-9 p.m. Teaching couple is Craig and Amy Dyke. Go to www.ccli.org for more information and to register.

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CALENDAR Your guide to activities & events around the archdiocese Catholic Community Calendar is a listing of events from the parishes, schools, institutions and organizations in the Archdiocese of Omaha. SUBMIT » Include date, start and end times, street addresses, description of event and contact information. Items published up to two times as space allows. Notices may be sent three ways:

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Catholics at the Capitol: March 4, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Church, 1420 K St., Lincoln. Learn about legislation before the Nebraska Unicameral and how to talk with your state senator about issues important to Catholics. Mass at 8 a.m.; program at 9 a.m.; attend legislative session 11 a.m.; optional lunch with senators at 11:45 a.m. (cost $10); meet with senators at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Nebraska Catholic Conference. Register at necatholic.org, or call 402-477-7517 for more information.

ShamRock Dinner: March 21, 5 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont; then 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner and 8:30 p.m. live music, all at St. Patrick Auditorium, 435 N. Union St., Fremont. This four-course meal with wine and craft beer pairings and music by The Charm School Dropouts supports St. Patrick Parish and Archbishop Bergan Catholic School. Tickets $125 per person. Call the parish office at 402-721-6611 for tickets or more information.

Lenten Mini Retreat – “Practical Spirituality for the Busy Person”: March 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church and Parish Center, 74th and Grover streets, Omaha. Led by Father Eugene McReynolds, OSB. Includes light refreshments. No registration fee, free will offering accepted. Call Jean at 402-391-1497 for more information.

Parish Mental Health Support Group: Meets first and third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. All are welcome. Call Rose at 402-896-4693 or Elaine at 402-378-6252. World Apostolate of Fatima – The Blue Army: Mass first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Dowd Chapel, Boys Town, and Immaculate Conception Church, Omaha; 7:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral; 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church; 8:15 a.m. at Mary Our Queen Church, all in Omaha; 8:15 a.m. at St. Gerald Church (Lakeview Chapel), Ralston, and St. Columbkille Church, Papillion (Communion service).

Women’s Lenten Reflection Morning – “Walking the Via Dolorosa with Mother Mary”: March 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish Center, 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. Join noted Ignatian retreat speaker and award-winning author, Liz Kelly, for this free event. Continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m. No registration required. Call Kathleen Krantz at 402-850-4610 for more information. Magnificat-Omaha Brunch: March 7, 9:30 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church’s Mainelli Center, 11802 Pacific St., Omaha. All area women are invited to brunch featuring speaker Teresa Tomeo, bestselling author and host of “The Catholic View for Women” on EWTN. Go to www. MagnificatOmaha.org to register. Call Karen Dwyer at 402-616-7328 or 402-3337704 for more information. Holy Mass and Healing Services: March 9, 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha; March 10, 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont; March 11, 5:30 p.m. at St. Bridget-St. Rose Church, 4112 S. 26th St., Omaha. With hundreds of documented healings, Alan Ames of Australia brings his gift of healing to the Omaha area. Go to www.alanames. org for more information. Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska – Pope Saint John Paul II Scholarship Essay Competition: Application is open to eighth grade students of Polish descent graduating this spring from a local Catholic grade school and planning to attend an Omaha-area Catholic high school. For application form and instructions, parents should contact polishheritagesocietyne@ gmail.com with “scholarship” in subject line. Completed application forms and essays must be received by March 21.

First Friday Evening Adoration at Holy Family Shrine: Every First Friday of the month, 6-9 p.m. at 23132 Pflug Rd., Gretna. Adoration with the Blessed Sacrament.

PARISHES St. Peter – 12th Annual Catholic Trivia Night: Feb. 22, 6-10 p.m. at the parish hall, 723 S. 27th St., Omaha. Italian dinner catered by Lo Sole Mio, desserts by WheatFields and rolls by Rotella’s. Beer and wine available for donation. Cost $320 per team of 8 or $40 per person. For registration forms and more information go to stpeterchurch.net/trivia_night, 402-341-4560, ext. 100, or secretary@ stpeterchurch.net St. Philip Neri/Blessed Sacrament – Mardi Gras: Feb. 22, 6 p.m. at St. Philip Neri School activity center, 8202 N. 31st St., Omaha. Social hour, dinner, dancing with music by Taxi Driver, silent auction, raffle and live auction. Tickets available at the parish and school offices. Cost $50 ($25 tax deductible). Christ the King – Free Concert: March 3, 7:30 p.m. at the church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. The chamber choir from College of St. Benedict/St. John University of Collegeville, Minnesota, will present a free concert of sacred and secular music from around the world. Call 402-391-3606 ext. 210 for more information.

St. Bernadette – Men’s Club’s 45th Annual Spaghetti Dinner: Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parish hall, 7600 S. 42nd St., Bellevue. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, meatballs or sausage, salad, bread, drink and desserts. Cost $9 adults, $5 child, $25 family takeout (feeds four). Carryout $.25 extra. St. Thomas More – Pancake Breakfast: March 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the parish social hall, 48th and Grover streets, Omaha. All-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, coffee and juice. Free will offering. St. Wenceslaus – “Living and Loving Lent” Parish Mission: March 1 and 2, 7-8:30 p.m. at 15353 Pacific St., Omaha. Mike Patin, well-known speaker, “faith horticulturist” and author, will inspire your Lenten journey and fire up your relationships with God, family and community. All ages welcome. Free will offering accepted. Call Christine at 402-9913425 for more information. St. Bernadette – “The Kingdom of God is at Hand” Parish Mission: March 1-3, 7 p.m. nightly in the church at 7600 S. 42nd St., Bellevue. Father Scott Hastings, judicial vicar and vicar for clergy for the Archdiocese of Omaha will be the presenter. Babysitting provided. Contact Juan Jesus at 402-7314694 or juanj@stbernadetteparish.org for more information. St. Wenceslaus – The Magdalene XIV: March 3, 7 p.m. at 15353 Pacific St., Omaha. A performer portraying Mary Magdalene leads a meditation on the Stations of the Cross with the Magdalene as witness, guide and companion. Email Kevin Euteneuer at kjjaeuteneuer@aol.com for more information. St. Patrick – The Magdalene XIV: March 5, 6:30 p.m. at 20500 W. Maple Rd., Elkhorn. A performer portraying Mary Magdalene leads a meditation on the Stations of the Cross with the Magdalene as witness, guide and companion. Email Kevin Euteneuer at kjjaeuteneuer@aol.com for more information. St. John – Novena of Grace in Honor of Saint Francis Xavier: March 4-12, 7 p.m. nightly at the church on Creighton University campus, 2500 California Plz., Omaha. Park in lot at 24th and Cass streets. Novena includes veneration of a relic of Francis Xavier. Go to stjohns-creighton.org for more information. St. Bernard – “An Evening of Irish Fun” Dinner Dance: March 14, 6-11 p.m. at St. Bernard School, 3604 N. 65th St., Omaha. Corned beef and cabbage dinner followed by the Connor Dowling Band and Dowds Irish Dance Academy. Cost $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children, 5 and under free. Call 402-551-0269 for tickets or more information.

St. Boniface – Spring Benefit Auction: March 14, 5 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 115 S. 2nd St., Elgin. See auction listings at www.stbonparishes.com. Call Matt Beckman at 402-843-6045 or Luke Beckman at 402843-0598 for more information. St. Lawrence – 32nd Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner and Raffle: March 15, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium, 650 County Road 13 Blvd., Scribner. Meal includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, salad bar, dessert and beverage. Take out available. Pre-sale tickets at Scribner Bank. Cost $10 11 and up, $5 4-10, 3 and under free. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Holy Hour for Vocations: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at 5419 N. 114th St., Omaha. Call Shelly at 402-493-3006 for more information. St. Peter – Chanted Vespers: Saturdays, 6:15 p.m. in Spanish; Sundays, 5 p.m. in English at 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. St. Margaret Mary – Prayer and Praise Group: Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Suneg Center, 6116 Dodge St., Omaha. St. Stanislaus – Eucharistic Adoration: Saturdays, 4-5 p.m. before evening Mass at 4002 J St., Omaha.

SPIRITUALITY CENTERS Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. To register, call 402951-3026, email scc@osms.org or visit osms. org. • The Spiritual Foundation of God’s Unconditional Love: March 7, 8:30-11 a.m. Presenter Sister Kerry Larkin, OSM, uses the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to focus on what it means to become aware of God’s deep love for us. Cost $15. • World Religions Study Group: First Wednesday of each month, September to May, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Using the book “World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery” by Jeffrey Brodd. Participants are responsible for obtaining the book. Facilitator is Sister Margaret Stratman, OSM. Cost $45. • Family Caregiver Solutions Group: First Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Facilitator is Nancy Flaherty, MS, CDP. Discover knowledge, skills and support in dealing with dementia in loved ones. No cost. • St. Peregrine Liturgy: Third Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. in the chapel. No cost and no registration needed. St. Benedict Center, three miles north of Schuyler. Call 402-352-8819, email retreats@ stbenedictcenter.com or register online at stbenedictcenter.com. • Ignatian Silent Retreat – Listening in the Gardens: Feb. 27, 6 p.m. to March 1, 1 p.m. Father Larry Gillick, SJ, guides retreatants through the three gardens of redemptive history. $315.59 (Single), $292.79 (Double). • Astronomy and Seeking God: March 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Science is not the opposite of faith. Father Christoph Gerhard details connecting points between the universe and its physics and God the Creator. $46.02 per person. • Silent Directed Retreat: March 8, 6 p.m. to March 13, 1 p.m. Margie M. Walker and Marisa B. Gilbert guide these five days of Lenten quiet and reflection. Spiritual direction provided. $532.65 (Single). • Wherever You Are I Am: March 21, 9:30 a.m. to March 22, 1 p.m. Sister Marie Micheletto, RSM, helps retreatants notice encounters or “God Moments” with the Divine Presence in one’s daily life. $149.55 (Single), $141.95 (Double).

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Irish Fest set for March 14 Catholic Charities of Omaha will hold its 28th annual Irish Fest March 14 at the Omaha Marriott Downtown, 222 N. 10th St. in Omaha. The fundraiser supports the numerous programs and services the organization provides to more than 80,000 people throughout the archdiocese every year. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner and a live auction begin at 7 p.m. Live music and dancing featuring Omaha band Finest Hour begin at 9 p.m. Individual tickets are $150, and $125 for young professionals (40 and under). For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, go to www. ccomaha.org/Events. For more information, contact Denise Bartels at deniseb@ ccomaha.org.

Catholics at the Capitol set for March 4 Catholics are encouraged to take part in the political process by attending the sixth annual Catholics at the Capitol March 4 in Lincoln. Sponsored by the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC), the event is an opportunity to learn about and make one’s voice heard concerning bills being considered by the Nebraska Legislature. The day begins with Mass at 8 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 1420 K St., followed by presentations in the church basement, including keynote speaker former Nebraska governor Kay Orr. NCC staffers also will speak about the status of current bills and prepare participants to talk

with legislators about issues important to Catholics. At 11 a.m., participants will move to the State Capitol where they will observe the Legislature in session. An optional lunch with several state senators at St. Mary Church is available for $10. After lunch, participants will return to the Capitol to meet with their senators. For more information, call the NCC at 402-477-7517 or email lgarcia@necatholic.org.


CSM to build new athletic facility College of Saint Mary in Omaha announced plans to build a new, state-of-theart, 82,000-square-foot athletic facility to be called the Wellness & Athletic Center (WAC). Construction of the $18 million facility will begin in March and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. Attached to the Lied Fitness Center, it will expand yearround training, recreation and performance spaces for students, athletes and the surrounding community. “We really want to claim the space for women’s athletics in the region,” said College of Saint Mary President Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM. “Evidence is overwhelming that athletic participation and physical activity play critical roles in the health, wellbeing, and success of women. This is a major investment in line with our commitment to call forth potential and foster leadership.” The facility will feature a competition-quality track capable of hosting collegiate-level indoor track and field events, three bas-

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Adults: $10 Over 65: $9 Children: $5

ketball/volleyball courts, indoor batting tunnels, a golf simulator, new fitness areas and cardio equipment, modern locker rooms, meeting space, and more.


Online detachment course set for Lent Connie Rossini, columnist for the Catholic Voice and contributor to www.spiritualdirection.com, will give an online video course on St. John of the Cross’ teaching on detachment this Lent to help participants grow in their relationship with Christ. St. John of the Cross, 15421591, a Spanish mystic and doctor of the church, is author of the “Ascent of Mount Carmel” and “Dark Night of the Soul.” He is considered the church’s foremost expert on detachment. The 12-part series covers topics such as what detachment is, why it is necessary, the joyful state of the soul that is no longer attached to created things, and how to practice detachment as a lay person. Two eight- to ten-minute videos will be released each week of Lent, which participants can view on their own time and complete the course

Tuesday, March 17 E 11 a.m. E

Irish music including sing-a-long starting at 10:15 a.m. Celebrant: Fr. Ralph O’Donnell Green attire is welcome.

materials. Cost of the course is $35, which includes access to the videos, worksheets and participation in a private online forum to discuss each lesson with the

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Featuring: CRAOÍ NA TÍRE Studio of Irish Dance at 2 p.m.

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Sister Bethany, left, and Sister Kateri, members of the Marian Sisters of Waverly, Nebraska, help fourth-grader Emma Richards, left, fifth-grader Genevieve (GeGe) Hoge and fourth-grader Claire Bellenbaum try on religious garb during Vocations Day Jan. 30 at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha. In addition to talks by the Marian Sisters, students learned about vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and lay ministries.

Classified ads will be accepted up until noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, for the March 6 issue. All classified ads must be paid in advance, unless credit has been approved. Ad requests partially paid will receive an invoice for balance due. If ad requests are not fully paid within 30 days of receipt, any monies received will be returned. Ad requestssentanonymouslyandnotfullypaidwillbeconsideredadonation,without the ad being published. COSTS: Up to 5 lines $13.00, each additional line $2.50. Approximately 27 characters/spaces per line. Display classified open rate $24.95 per column inch. To place your classified ad, mail to: Classified Advertising, Catholic Voice, P.O. Box 641250, Omaha, NE 68164-3817; or visit catholicvoiceomaha.com.

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20 ÂŤ FEBRUARY 21, 2020 St. James Catholic Church

Fish Frys & Lenten Dinners

Knights of Columbus â&#x20AC;˘ 4720 N. 90th St.

Feb. 28, Mar. 13, 27 â&#x20AC;˘ 5-8 p.m. St. James/Seton Cafeteria/Gym

$13/adults, $6/children age 4-12, 3 & under free, $9 Seniors age 60+, $42/5 Serving Family To Go Pack Takeout orders available at the Larimore Street entrance. Information: 402-572-0499

Soltys Brothers Premium Fried or Cajun Fried Fish, Baked Tilapia, macaroni and cheese, green beans, potato wedges or baked potato, cole slaw, bread and butter, coffee, milk and soda pop.

Desserts, beer and wine sold separately.

23rd Annual Annual Lenten Lenten Fish Fry 20th Feb. 28, 6, 24, 13,31 20,and 27, April Apr. 37 March 3, Mar. 10, 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hand-breaded, Original, Cajun or Baked Pollock ďŹ lets

St. John the Baptist Fort Calhoun

1100- Adults $900 - Seniors (60 and over) $ 00 5 - Children (12 and under) $

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North Bend Knights of Columbus #3736

Pre-Lent AllCan You Can Eat FISH All You Eat FISH FRYFRY

Friday, March 3, 10,February 17, 24, 3121st & April 7 5:45-7:45 â&#x20AC;˘ Takeout Available

â&#x20AC;˘ Spirits available â&#x20AC;˘ RafďŹ&#x201A;es

Pollockâ&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘Coleslaw Coleslaw â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Southwest Southwest macaroni Pollock macaroniâ&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘Mac Macâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ncheese cheese Vegetarian baked beans â&#x20AC;˘ Round potato fries Vegetarian baked beans â&#x20AC;˘ Round potato fries Gluten free available $9 Kids Adults: $10 Kids(7-13) (7-13): :$4 $5(6(6and andunder) under):: free free Family â&#x20AC;&#x153;Specialâ&#x20AC;? (kids 7-18 or high school): $32 (Sales tax included) Thanks for your support!!!

St. Charles Parish Center â&#x20AC;˘ North Bend, NE

Knights Center Council 6192Event Bldg. Corp. Hall 1020 Lincoln Rd., 205 Bellevue NE (Formerly Knights of Columbus Hall) Industrial Drive, Bellevue

Serving All 7 Fridays of Lent 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 p.m. TableService Service â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Full Table Full bar Barâ&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘Senior SeniorDiscount Discount

#NAOD=GA@0=HIKJÂ&#x2030;'QI>K0DNEILÂ&#x2030;#NEA@ Fresh Baked Salmon â&#x20AC;˘ Jumbo Shrimp â&#x20AC;˘ Fried =PĂŞOD#EHHAP Fish Fillet Fried Fish Fillet BakedFish White Fish Fillet â&#x20AC;˘Pasta Stuffed Pasta Bakedâ&#x20AC;˘White Fillet â&#x20AC;˘ Stuffed Fish SandwichDinner Dinnerâ&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘Mac Mac& &Cheese Cheese Fish Sandwich Grilled CheeseSandwich Sandwichâ&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘Slice Sliceof ofPizza Pizza â&#x20AC;˘â&#x20AC;˘ Desserts Desserts available available Grilled Cheese

Mary Our Queen Knights of Columbus #11700

Lenten Fish Fry! Join Us: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 7 3 Feb.March 28, March 6, 13, 20,and 27 April & April

5-8 pm at Mary Our Queen Social Hall, 3405 S. 118th St.

Adults: $10, $11, Seniors: $8, Children: $7 Baked or Fried Fish with â&#x20AC;˘ Macaroni & Cheese â&#x20AC;˘ Cole Slaw, Spudsters & French Fries â&#x20AC;˘ Iced Tea, Coffee

GREAT FOOD! GREAT FUN! Soda pop, beer, wine and desserts also available


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St. Vincent de Paul

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5:30 to 8:30 PM Fridays Feb 28 to April 3 Menu: Fried Fish, Baked Fish, Cheese Pizza, Slaw, Mac & Cheese, and French Fries or Baked Potato

Adults $10 Seniors $ 9 Kids (4_12) $ 6 sales Tax Included

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FISH FRY Each Friday of Lent 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

MENU INCLUDES Adults $11.00 â&#x20AC;˘ Seniors $10.00 Kids 12 & Under $6.00 Credit cards accepted Fried Cod, Jumbo Fried Shrimp, or Baked Tilapia â&#x20AC;˘ French Fries or Baked Potato â&#x20AC;˘ Cole Slaw and Bread â&#x20AC;˘ Macaroni & Cheese or Cheese Pizza Dessert, Pop, and Beer (available for purchase) Carry-out available

(402) 426-3823 â&#x20AC;˘ 2005 Davis Drive â&#x20AC;˘ Blair, NE

ST. PATRICK GRETNA FISH FRY Fry-Day 5-8 p.m. Feb. 28; 8, Mar. 13,29; 20,April 27; Apr. March 15,6,22, 5, 123

Beer, wine & mixed drinks available for purchase. Charge cards accepted

Sponsored by KofC Council #10047 Kids Activities provided by St. Patrick Youth Group

St. Stephen the Martyr Fish and Shrimp Combo Dinner; Salmon Salmon - $11 â&#x20AC;˘ Shrimp - $11 Dinner; Shrimp Dinner: $11 Combo - $11 Fish Dinner: $ Fish $10meal: $6 Cheese-Pizza Mac & Cheese; Cheese Mac and kids$6 (5-10): $ +IDS&ISH Cheese Pizza $6 Kids Meals (4 and under): &REE Kids Fish (5-10 years) $6 !LLMEALSINCLUDEFRIES COLESLAW ICEDTEA Kids under 4 Free PUNCHWATER

Meals include French Fries, Cole Menu items include sales tax. slaw, Coffee, ice tea, punch, & water

96 TH Q 96 TH & & Q Each Friday during

Each(except Friday during Lent Good Friday) Lent (except Good Friday) Feb. 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20, Serving: 4:30-7:30 PM 27, & Apr. 3 Featuring Baked Cod Serving: 4:30-7:30 PM

Macaroni & Cheese Featuring Baked Cod Cole Macaroni Slaw â&#x20AC;˘ Baked Potato & Cheese Slaw â&#x20AC;˘ Baked Potato orCole Fries â&#x20AC;˘ Cheese Pizza or Fries â&#x20AC;˘ Cheese Pizza Beer & Wine Available Beer & Wine Available Adults: $9 Children (10 & under): $6 Seniors (60+): $8 Drive up and Carry-out: $9 Desserts available for purchase to support parish and school organizations.

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Parish Center â&#x20AC;˘ 508 West Angus Street â&#x20AC;˘ Gretna


ST. GERALDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S


52nd Annual FISH FRY

Adults: $12, Kids (10 & under): $6

GULTEN FREE Fried & Baked Alaskan Pollock Scalloped Potatoes or French Fries Coleslaw â&#x20AC;˘ Mac & Cheese â&#x20AC;˘ Green Beans â&#x20AC;˘ Bread Coffee â&#x20AC;˘ Lemonade â&#x20AC;˘ Tea

Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your fish fry? Call 402-558-6611 to advertise

Feb. 28, Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27

5-8 p.m.

Adults: $12 Children: $5 Seniors: $10


&RIDAYS&EB !PRIL Fridays Feb. 28 - April 3 168th & Q StreetS

5-8 p. m.

Parish Hall 307 East Meigs St. Valley, NE


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Feb. 28, Mar. 13 & 27 Early Bird Seating available at 4:30pm 4:30 pm


2110 S. 32nd Avenue

Proceeds help support OLL Sports Program

Call 402-346-0900 with questions

Baked or Fried Cod â&#x20AC;˘ Shrimp Cheese Pizza â&#x20AC;˘ Baked potatoes Mac & Cheese â&#x20AC;˘ Great Desserts

St. Patrick Elkhorn Fish Fry Fridays, February 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 3 â&#x20AC;˘ 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. rd

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church - Aspen Lane Activity Center, 20500 W. Maple Rd., Elkhorn

â&#x20AC;˘ Fried Fish â&#x20AC;˘ Baked Fish â&#x20AC;˘ Fried Shrimp Appetizers â&#x20AC;˘ French Fries â&#x20AC;˘ Mac & Cheese â&#x20AC;˘ Desserts â&#x20AC;˘ Sam & Louis Cheese Pizza â&#x20AC;˘ Bread â&#x20AC;˘ Green Beans â&#x20AC;˘ Coleslaw â&#x20AC;˘ Meat Wheel â&#x20AC;˘ Drive-Thru Available â&#x20AC;˘ Craft Beer â&#x20AC;˘ Entertainment for the Kids

Eat Moreth Pasta! Try the 19 17th Annual

P IUS P ASTA F RIDAYS St. Pius X Parish Center

69th and Blondo streets, Omaha

Feb. 23 & Mar. 9, 16, 23 Fri.,16,Feb. 28 - 2,April 3 Serving from 5-7:30 p.m. Your choice of great meatless sauces over a variety of pastas. Cheese pizza for the kids.

Tickets: $9 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Kids

Questions? 558-8446 stpiusxomaha.com

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